NASCAR Cup: Leavine Family Racing, Circle Sport go separate ways
Michael McDowell and the No. 95 Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)
By AMANDA VINCENT
Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing that fields the No. 95 Chevrolet, primarily for Michael McDowell, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this season has split. The two entities — Circle Sport and Leavine Family Racing — joined forces prior to the 2016 season, with Circle Sport owner Joe Falk bringing a coveted charter to the table. The No. 95 is a carry-over from Leavine Family Racing, while Circle Sport fielded the No. 33 prior to its merger with Leavine.
Multiple reports, including one on the NASCAR Race Hub show on FOX Sports 1, have Leavine Family Racing purchasing a charter from Tommy Baldwin Racing. TBR owner Tommy Baldwin recently confirmed that he had spoken to his employees, letting them know that they were free to seek employment elsewhere, but he said he has given the same speech to his personnel multiple times before. Baldwin was adamant, though, that his team would not be shut down, but a sale or merger could be a possibility. Some speculation has Baldwin joining forces with Falk and his No. 33 team. When asked, Baldwin declined to comment on that theory.
Leavine Family Racing Vice President Jeremy Lange has confirmed that his team is in the process of purchasing a charter for 2017 but would not reveal from which team it was purchasing the charter.
Leavine Family Racing plans to field a single car, the No. 95, in 2017 and continue its alliance with Richard Childress Racing. Meanwhile, specific plans for Circle Sport and the No. 33 have not yet been revealed.