Joe Gibbs Racing has announced 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion Harrison Burton will drive for the organization in the 2018 ARCA Racing Series Season. Burton, son of former NASCAR driver Jeff Burton, will drive part time in the #18 Dex Imaging Toyota, sharing the ride with 2017 driver Riley Herbst. This is the second year for the still newly formed ARCA team for Joe Gibbs Racing. Riley Herbst scored one win in the 2017 season, at the Pocono Raceway, and will move up to the Truck Series in 2018, driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Harrison Burton, who will also drive for KBM in select races, will make his 2018 debut at Nashville on March 17th
Hendrick Motorsports has signed 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Champion William Byron to drive the #5 Chevrolet Camaro in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season. Byron, 19, drove for JR Motorsports in his Rookie Year in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, and will make the Jump to Cup with Hendrick. The XFINITY Champion will replace Kasey Kahne, who will move to GMS Racing in 2018, after a 6 year tenure with Hendrick Motorsports. Byron will enter his third full season in NASCAR's Top 3 Series in 2018 after on year in Trucks (2016), XFINITY (2017), and now 2018 in Cup. Liberty University, long time sponsor and current college William Byron is attending, will also make the trip to Cup and sponsor in 13 races beginning with the 2018 Daytona 500. Axalta will split the 2018 season on both the #88 and the #5, sponsoring Byron in 17 races beginning at Atlanta in February. William Byron is expected to run a handful of NASCAR XFINITY Series races for JR Motorsports in the #88 Chevrolet, to get more seat time for his Rookie Campaign in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
GMS Racing has announced Friday that the organization will expand into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, by fielding one Monster Energy Cup team beginning in 2018. Maury Gallagher, the team owner at GMS Racing, announced Kasey Kahne will join the GMS Stable in 2018, driving the #90 UniFirst Chevrolet next season. UniFirst, which was a primary sponsor for Kahne at Hendrick Motorsports in the past, will follow Kahne to GMS and sponsor in 14 races beginning with the 2018 Daytona 500. GMS Racing will continue to have technical support from Richard Childress Racing but will also receive support from Hendrick Motorsports. Kahne is expected to drive in at least 1 race in the Truck Series for GMS in 2018.
Team Penske announced Friday Morning that Paul Menard, 37, will join the organization in 2018, driving a third car from Team Penske in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Menard will drive the #12 Menard's Ford Fusion in 2018, while also running a limited schedule in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for Penske. Menard parted ways with Richard Childress Racing at the end of the 2017 season. Longtime sponsor "Menards" will also expand its sponsorship role with the organization. This is the first time the Penske's #12 team will be full time since Brad Keselowski was the driver back in 2010
Stewart Haas Racing finally announced Wednesdey Afternoon in a Press Conference that 2003 Cup Champion Matt Kenseth will join the team for the 2018 Monster Energy Cup Series Season. Kenseth, who left Joe Gibbs Racing at the end of the 2017 season, will move into the seat of the #10 Ford beginning in 2018. Kenseth will replace Danica Patrick as she will not return to NASCAR in 2018. DeWalt Tools will also leave Joe Gibbs Racing, and join Kenseth at Stewart Haas, being the primary sponsor in 25+ races. There were no details surrounding if this is currently a one year deal or not. Matt Kenseth will join teammates Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, and Kurt Busch in his return to Ford, the manufacture he drove for 13 years at Roush Fenway Racing.