Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing names new crew chief

Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing announced Thursday that Dave Winston has joined the team as crew chief of the No. 95 Chevrolet SS that will compete full time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this season with drivers Michael McDowell and Ty Dillon.In addition, Jeremy Lange, who oversaw marketing for the Concord, North Carolina-based team the past two years, has been promoted to...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss


No. 95 Race Team Switches to Chevrolet with Support from Richard Childress Racing and ECR Engines  CONCORD, N.C. (January 21, 2016) – Leavine Family Racing (LFR) will join forces with Circle Sport Racing to run the full 36-race schedule in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS). In addition, the race team will enter into an alliance with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and will...
Via On Pit Road
13 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Season Preview – Leavine Family Racing

HHP/Tim Parks Posted By: David Morgan – Follow at @damorgan86 January 5, 2016 As the calendar moves to 2016, the time has come to take a look ahead to the upcoming 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and how things could shake out for the teams planning to run full-time. Based on owner points from last season, we’ll make our way through the field with a team by team preview...
Via Motor Racing Digest
January 05, 2016  |  Discuss


Single Car Team Looks Back at 2015 Highs and Lows CONCORD, N.C. (November 25, 2015) – Leavine Family Racing completed its fifth season of competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this past weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The team had a turbulent 2015, which included a fire at the race shop, personnel changes mid-season and challenges with rained-out qualifying sessions...
Via On Pit Road
November 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Drivers not pleased about track conditions after oil cleanup

Following Sunday's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a number of drivers were quite vocal about oil on the track late in the going. When Justin Allgaier got into the back of Michael McDowell on a restart on Lap 182, he crushed the radiator and sent fluids all over the racing surface. While NASCAR and track officials cleaned the track with Speedy Dry, a number of drivers...
Via Fox Sports
October 11, 2015  |  Discuss


CONCORD, N.C. (October 6, 2015) – Thrivent Financial will celebrate its 10th Anniversary of partnering with Habitat for Humanity at the hometown race for Leavine Family Racing and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Michael McDowell. During the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend occurring Oct. 8-10 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the No. 95 Thrivent Financial Ford Fusion will have...
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October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

4 Sprint Cup teams docked practice time for tardiness at Richmond

NASCAR announced late Tuesday that four Sprint Cup Series teams will be docked practice time this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway for being late through the inspection line last weekend at Richmond International Raceway. The teams of Alex Bowman, J.J. Yeley and Michael McDowell will each be forced to sit out 15 minutes for being late to qualifying inspection at RIR. The team of Jeb...
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September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Michael McDowell hits safety truck under caution

Michael McDowell may not be in the NASCAR Chase but the driver of the No. 95 Ford Fusion drew some attention to himself Saturday night. McDowell ran into one of the safety trucks under caution at Richmond International Raceway. NASCAR asked McDowell, his crew chief and spotter to report to them following the conclusion of the Federated Auto Parts 400.
Via Tireball.com
September 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Look out! Michael McDowell nails safety vehicle during Richmond race

Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway was a bit of a lackluster affair through the first 290 laps, but things suddenly got interesting under the race's fifth caution. When the yellow flag flew for debris on Lap 288, the field slowed as the safety truck went onto the racing surface to retrieve a piece of debris. As the field snaked around the...
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September 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Leavine Family Racing appoints interim crew chief for McDowell

Less than a week after announcing it has parted ways with crew chief Wally Rogers, Leavine Family Racing says Kevin Walter will be the crew chief on an interim basis for driver Michael McDowell starting this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. "Kevin Walter will be the interim crew chief for the No. 95 team while we actively seek a replacement," team owner Bob Leavine said...
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September 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Wally Rogers out as Michael McDowell's crew chief

Leavine Family Racing has announced that Wally Rogers, the crew chief for driver Michael McDowell, is no longer with the organization. A replacement has not been named. "We appreciate everything Wally has done for this organization," said team owner Bob Leavine in a team release. "I'm committed to growing this race team and improving our on-track performance. Looking ahead to 2016...
Via Fox Sports
September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Sponsor POV: Thrivent Financial Looks Back at One Strong Year with LFR at Bristol Motor Speedway

Craig Stacey, Director of Content Marketing and Marketing Communications at Thrivent Financial, the primary sponsor on the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing entry at Bristol Motor Speedway, shares his perspective of the Irwin Tools Night Race weekend.Coming back to the Bristol Motor Speedway to celebrate our one-year anniversary in NASCAR with Leavine Family Racing and Michael McDowell...

Fender to Fender: Michael McDowell’s Experience, Hopes and Lessons Learned

Michael McDowell is one of the top all-around racers in NASCAR Sprint Cup today. Getting a taste of Champ Car in 2005, the 30-year-old Arizona native has lengthy time and success in the Rolex Grand-Am Sports Car Series, ARCA Racing Series and has accumulated 276 starts in NASCAR’s top-3 series. Meeting up with McDowell on Saturday at Watkins Glen International, we wanted to know...
Via Rubbings Racing
August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Michael McDowell weaves through weekend at Watkins Glen

By: Michael McDowell, Driver of the No. 95 K-LOVE Radio Ford FusionWhenever the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits Watkins Glen International, it’s a big weekend for the team and me. With my formative years based in road-course racing, I know we have a solid shot of securing a great finish. This weekend was no different. Thursday, August 6 On the flight, I used that time to prepare...

NSCS: Motor Racing Outreach Bringing Together NASCAR Garage

Walking through the NASCAR garage area, you see the beasts that are the NASCAR race cars. They hit more than 200 mph and are hot, merciless machines that have been the deciding factor on whether or not the driver comes back home or leaves the track via helicopter. “MRO is my church basically and it’s a huge part of my life and most of the people in this garage’s life.” –...
Via Rubbings Racing
August 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Michael McDowell swings a hammer for Indy Habitat for Humanity

Sprint Cup Series driver Michael McDowell took some time out of his schedule before hitting the track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to lend a hand to a family in need while taking part in a Habitat for Humanity build.  McDowell, members of his No. 95 Leavine Family Racing team, as well as members of the team's sponsor Thrivent Financial spent the day painting, adding siding and...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

NASCAR Driver Michael McDowell Volunteers To Repair Indianapolis Home

Prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, NASCAR driver Michael McDowell joined forces with his sponsor, Thrivent Financial, to volunteer with Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity and help a local homeowner.McDowell and members of his No. 95 Leavine Family Racing team, along with Thrivent and Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity volunteers spent...

McDowell To Run 5K in Sonoma Supporting 3Strands Global

In addition to racing more than 200 miles at Sonoma Raceway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, June 28, Michael McDowell, driver of the No. 95 K-LOVE Radio Ford Fusion will run in a 5K the day prior to support 3Strands Global, a non-profit that focuses on raising awareness and funds to address the issue of human trafficking.  “I met with 3Strands founder Ken Peterson...

Thrivent Online Game Benefits Habitat For Humanity

Through a new interactive game introduced today by Thrivent Racing, fans not only have the chance to win prizes, they also can be part of a $95,000 donation from Thrivent Financial to Habitat for Humanity. Plus, just by playing,they will also be entered into a grand prize drawing for a VIP trip for two to the championship race weekend on Nov. 22 in Homestead, Fla. Thrivent Racing...

NSCS: High School Students Take An Inside Look At NASCAR with Camp 95

CONCORD, N.C. (June 17, 2015) – Leavine Family Racing kicked off the start of summer by holding the debut session of Camp 95, a summer camp program designed to give high school students a behind-the-scenes look at the world of NASCAR. The camp, attended by 19 students, was held on Tuesday, June 16 at Roush Yates Engines and offered campers an in-depth exploration of the career...
Via On Pit Road
June 18, 2015  |  Discuss

High School Students Take An Inside Look At NASCAR with Camp 95

Leavine Family Racing kicked off the start of summer by holding the debut session of Camp 95, a summer camp program designed to give high school students a behind-the-scenes look at the world of NASCAR. The camp, attended by 19 students, was held on Tuesday, June 16 at Roush Yates Engines and offered campers an in-depth exploration of the career options available in racing.   ...

Charlotte Hornets Power Forward Enjoying his Time at the Race Track

Growing up in Indiana, Cody Zeller always had an interest in racing.  He wanted to attend the Indianapolis 500, but as an aspiring NBA basketball player, the annual event never matched with an open weekend on his schedule.Now, living in Charlotte and playing for the Hornets, Zeller has been able to attend two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte Motor Speedway as a guest...

Sights & Sounds: SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway

Editor's note: Scroll down for updates... Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob SquarePants!  The cartoon character and his friends have made their way to Kansas Speedway for Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.  David Ragan, Greg Biffle, Ty Dillon, Michael McDowell and Casey Mears all have SpongeBob characters on their cars for Saturday night's race, and...
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May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Fire damages race shop of Leavine Family Racing

A fire which started around 7 am damaged the race shop of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team Leavine Family Racing. Leavine Family Racing released a statement saying that there were no injuries and that the cause of the fire was not yet determined. “We can confirm there was was a fire at our Concord, NC shop,” the team said. “Luckily no one was injured. We are working with the...
Via Tireball.com
May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Fire wipes out 4 backup cars for Leavine Family Racing

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) A fire that broke out at Leavine Family Racing's facility in North Carolina early Friday damaged four backup cars, including one that the team uses on road courses. The team, which fields the No. 95 Ford for Michael McDowell, had arrived at Kansas Speedway for Saturday night's Sprint Cup race when it received word that a fire had broken out in the back of...
Via AP on Fox
May 08, 2015  |  Discuss
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