The NASCAR Cup Series team that never had a driver

Two years ago, a NASCAR Cup Series team planned to compete at Texas Motor Speedway. But they never named a driver and they never ended up competing.

After a contentious All-Star race weekend in May, the NASCAR Cup Series returns to Texas Motor Speedway for the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500, the first of three races in the 2022 playoff round of 16.

This is a big change from recent seasons, when the four-turn, 1.5-mile (2.414-kilometre) oval playoff run in Fort Worth, Texas was featured in the Round of 16, the third and final lap before the winner. all Championship 4.

Two seasons ago, Texas Motor Speedway hosted the second of three round-of-16 races, but it also hosted a regular-season (non-exhibition) race.

There was 41 cars on the entry list (yes, we know – a foreign concept in the Next Gen era) for the regular season event, which was contested in mid-July.

However, Cup Series champs are capped at 40 cars.

In 2020, there were no practice or qualifying sessions for most of the races on the schedule after the sport returned in mid-May following the unexpected 10-week hiatus caused by COVID-related restrictions. 19.

Naturally, the 36 chartered entries were locked, as they still are. The last four places were allocated according to the qualification formula.

But one of the five open (non-charter) teams on the entry list was Team Keller Racing’s No. 90 team, which had no owner points at the time and therefore did not not qualified for the race. This team, owned by Vic Keller, was to compete with Tommy Baldwin Jr. for team leader.

Axele TMS, Optym’s revolutionary transportation management software, served as main sponsor of several cars throughout the season, primarily at Rick Ware Racing, thanks to Keller’s role as CEO of Optym.

Axele was also listed as a sponsor for this race at Texas Motor Speedway. But because of their DNQ, the #90 Chevy driver was never named, and this team never ended up competing.

The entry of the #90 Chevrolet would have marked the first time a #90 car has competed in the Cup Series since David Stremme drove the #90 Chevrolet for Circle Sport at Richmond Raceway in September 2014.

Tune into USA Network at 3:30 p.m. ET this Sunday, September 25 for the live broadcast of the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 from Texas Motor Speedway. Start a FuboTV free trial now if you haven’t already!

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