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2017 Anthem Annual February

Allmendinger. Buescher, the 2015 XFINITY Series champion, spent his rookie Cup season at Front Row Motorsports — which David Ragan has rejoined after spending last season at BK Racing and a large portion of 2015 in substitute roles with Joe Gibbs Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing. Also adding a second team for 2017 is Denver, Colorado-based Furniture Row Racing, where 20-year-old rookie Erik Jones will compete as a teammate alongside veteran Martin Truex Jr. In the NASCAR XFINITY Series, the most notable new arrival is 19-year-old Hendrick Motorsports signee William Byron, who will compete full-time for JR Motorsports after winning seven races last year as a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Stewart-Haas, meanwhile, will make its XFINITY Series debut this year with 19-yearold Cole Custer — a Truck Series driver for JR Motorsports the past two years. Bowyer, for his part, is impressed by the sport’s latest crop of young talent. “It is nice to see good kids coming in,” he said. “These aren’t punks. These aren’t kids that don’t make you proud or that don’t represent themselves well. They do all those things, they’re very polished, they’re very professional in and out of their race cars, and you know that they’ll do a great job.” Another New Rules Package NASCAR’s premier series will have an even lower-downforce aerodynamic package in 2017, the continuation of a major reduction in downforce from 2015 to 2016. The 2017 package, highlighted by a smaller spoiler and to be used in all except the restrictor-plate races, is expected to further boost the overall level of competition and increase passing opportunities after modest gains in these areas last season. Reigning and seven-time NASCAR premier series champion Jimmie Johnson applauds the latest changes, which should accomplish “We are all wanting slower center of corner speeds. We all feel that will put on a better race.” — Jimmie Johnson, seven-time NASCAR premier series champion. William Byron won seven races last season as a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images A reduced spoiler height is one of the most significant changes in the 2017 rules package for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. NASCAR via Getty Images Reigning and seven-time NASCAR premier series champion Jimmie Johnson is optimistic about the new, lower-downforce rules package for 2017. Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images 168 ANTHEM MOTORSPORTS ANNUAL


2017 Anthem Annual February
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