REPORTS: NASCAR Team NY Racing Set to Field a Car in the 2021 Daytona 500 and Full Cup Season

Published 01/06/2021, 1:23 PM EST
AVONDALE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 10: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, and Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, lead the field to turn one after taking the green flag to start the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bluegreen Vacations 500 at ISM Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


Recently, reports emerged that the NY Racing Cup Series team was eyeing the 2021 Daytona 500. To make matters even better, team owner John Cohen revealed that he has plans for running a full NASCAR Cup schedule. Admittedly, there has been no word on hiring a driver nor have there been any hints of sponsorship.

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Previously, it was called Xxxtreme Motorsports and last raced in 2018. At the time, J.J. Yeley was behind the wheel and it was all thanks to a Premium Motorsports and BK Racing partnership. However, it is worth mentioning that the team race on a limited schedule, in just a handful of races.

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Who will race for NY Racing if the NASCAR team gets a Daytona slot?

Although nothing is official, leaked images suggested that 2016 Truck champion Johnny Sauter has been recruited. Of course, this piece of news should be taken with a pinch of salt. However, the team is nevertheless excited to potentially race on a full-time basis in the 2021 Cup Series season.

If there is some truth to the NY Racing rumors, the team will be the fourth new arrival. The other three teams are 23XI Racing, Trackhouse Racing Team, and Live Fast Motorsports. If the NY Racing Team does hit the tarmac, it will be the first time that the outfit is racing on a full-time basis.

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FORT WORTH, TEXAS – JUNE 07: Johnny Sauter, driver of the #13 Tenda Heal Ford, looks on during US Concrete Qualifying Day for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series SpeedyCash.com 400 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 07, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

The John Cohen-owned team’s last race was at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. At that time, J.J. Yeley in the #7 car, finish down in 38th place. In his defense, the driver suffered from a fuel pump issue, which ended his race early.

Other NY Racing alumni include Reed Sorenson, David Reutimann, Scott Riggs, Timmy Hill, and Travis Kvapil. Their highest ever finish was Sorenson’s 32nd place finish in the 2015 Daytona 500. Prior to its hopeful full-time debut, the outfit competed in 17 Cup Series races.

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Admittedly, things may be difficult for them as they do not have a charter to guarantee a starting spot. However, team owner John Cohen will be determined to get his team on the track.

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