NASCAR News Briefs

Sam Hornish, Jr. will be driving in seven races this season for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series where he will pilot the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota. His first race will be May 3 at Talladega Super Speedway. He will also participate in races at Road America, Chicagoland Speedway, Mid-Ohio, Kentucky Speedway and both races at Iowa Speedway. Kyle Busch will drive in the remaining 26 races of the season with Adam Stevens calling the shots from atop the pit box. Hornish spent the past two seasons driving the No. 12 Ford for Penske Racing in the Nationwide Series.

Chase Elliott, 18, will run full-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports. Elliott will drive the No. 9 NAPA Chevrolet. NAPA Auto Parts will be the full-season primary sponsor. Elliott’s father, legendary racer Bill Elliott, carried that number throughout his career. The 2014 season will mark NAPA’s 19th in NASCAR. The company pulled its sponsorship from Michael Waltrip Racing in the Sprint Cup Series after a controversial action at Richmond International Speedway prior to the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Dan Askey, President of NAPA, stated that they were “proud to form a new relationship with JR Motorsports”. Elliott drove the No. 9 truck in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and won in his sixth start in the series on Sept. 1, 2013 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew member Todd Parrott has been reinstated after successfully completing NASCAR’s Substance Abuse Policy Road to Recovery Program. Parrott was suspended indefinitely on Oct. 17 after violating the policy. He was the crew chief of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports crew for Aric Almirola.