RAB Racing

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RAB Racing
Owner(s)Robert A. Benton, Sr.
Robert A. Benton, Jr.
Brack Maggard
BaseConcord, North Carolina
SeriesSprint Cup Series
Nationwide Series
Race driversSprint Cup:
29. Joe Nemechek / Matt Crafton
Nationwide:
99. James Buescher
29. Scott Lagasse, Jr. / Kenny Wallace / Milka Duno / Daniel Suárez
SponsorsSprint Cup: Toyota Care
Nationwide: Rheem, Toyota Care
ManufacturerToyota
Career
Drivers' Championships0
Pole positions4
 
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RAB Racing
Owner(s)Robert A. Benton, Sr.
Robert A. Benton, Jr.
Brack Maggard
BaseConcord, North Carolina
SeriesSprint Cup Series
Nationwide Series
Race driversSprint Cup:
29. Joe Nemechek / Matt Crafton
Nationwide:
99. James Buescher
29. Scott Lagasse, Jr. / Kenny Wallace / Milka Duno / Daniel Suárez
SponsorsSprint Cup: Toyota Care
Nationwide: Rheem, Toyota Care
ManufacturerToyota
Career
Drivers' Championships0
Pole positions4

RAB Racing with Brack Maggard is a team that competes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and formerly the Camping World Truck Series and the ARCA Racing Series. It is co-owned by former NASCAR driver Robert A. Benton Sr. and his son Robert Jr. along with Georgia businessman Brack Maggard and was founded in 2005. They currently field the No. 99 Rheem Toyota for James Buescher.

ARCA history[edit]

After leaving the drivers seat and having an eight-year stint as a crew member for Robert Yates Racing, Robert Benton decided to start his own race team in 2005 in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. The team first hired young Georgia native Walt Brannen to drive their #65 for a few races with little success. Brannen was released as RAB stepped up to a full-time schedule with Justin Marks and Damon Lusk splitting the #65 Construct Corps/Crocs Dodge. The duo would earn a pole, two top fives and nine top tens. Marks ran the full 2007 season with RAB and ended the season fifth in points with a pole, four top fives, and ten top tens.

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

RAB Racing entered the #09 Cup car for Kenny Wallace in the 2012 Daytona 500 with sponsorship from American Ethanol. The team failed to qualify. RAB Racing next fielded a Cup car at the 2014 Coke Zero 400. Joe Nemechek attempted qualify the #29, but did not qualify. Later in the summer, Matt Crafton attempted to make both his and RAB's first Cup race in the #29 at Indianapolis for the Brickyard 400, but posted the slowest time and failed to qualify. In the GEICO 500, RAB made their third attempt of the season with the #29, once again using Nemechek. Despite initially running 24th after making it to round two but declining to run in the round, they failed to qualify again after the car failed post-qualifying inspection.

Nationwide Series[edit]

Car #29 history[edit]

The second RAB car made its debut at the STP 300 at Chicago in 2012 as the 09 car with Kenny Wallace, who finished 4th in the race. In 2013, Wallace returned to drive a limited schedule of races in a second RAB Racing team, the renumbered 29 car. Alex Bowman, the full-time driver of the main #99 car, was set to drive one of two RAB cars at the season finale at Homestead, but his sponsor pulled out and the team released him.

In 2014, Scott Lagasse, Jr. drove at both Daytona races with "Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow" as the sponsor. Wallace is set to drive for the team later in the year.

Car #99 History[edit]

Alex Bowman driving the No. 99 at Road America in 2013

With Marks moving up to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with Germain Racing, RAB hired John Wes Townley for 2008 to drive seven races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Townley brought Zaxby's sponsorship on board, and team changed manufacturers to Ford. Townley's new number would be 09. RAB and Townley ended the 2008 ARCA season 7th in points. On the Nationwide side, RAB qualified for three of their 7 scheduled races with a best finish of 27th in Charlotte.

In 2009, RAB moved up to the Nationwide Series full-time, running with Townley for Rookie of the Year honors. Townley had a decent year, finishing 23rd in points but amassing no top-15 finishes. Also in 2009, RAB hired Boris Said to run at Watkins Glen and Montreal with a best finish of 11th at Watkins Glen. Travis Kvapil ran at Richmond and finished 20th.

Townley left RAB at the end of 2009 for Richard Childress Racing, and the team announced it would run as much of the 2010 season as possible with Scott Riggs. However, the team only ran the first five races of the year before replacing Riggs with a many other drivers including Jason Bowles, Chad McCumbee, Patrick Sheltra, Hermie Sadler, Sean Caisse, Robb Brent, Ken Schrader, Kevin Hamlin, and Landon Cassill. "Road Course Ringer" Boris Said drove for RAB at Watkins Glen and Montreal. In Montreal, Said held off another road course ace, Max Papis, in a photo finish to give RAB its first win in any division. Townley returned to the team for a few races, but left before Richmond. The team then hired former Braun Racing driver Brian Scott to drive the #09 car at Kansas. Scott drove the rest of the season and finished runner-up to Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. for ROTY. Scott left for Joe Gibbs Racing at the end of the season. For 2011, the team hired Kenny Wallace from Jay Robinson Racing. Wallace and RAB would take home 11 top-10s and finish 7th in points.

For 2012, Wallace returned to the team for the first few races with sponsorship from American Ethanol/Family Farmers. After campaigning for weeks, he was forced to run a part-time schedule due to sponsorship issues. Meanwhile, the 09 was renumbered 99 in a deal with Michael Waltrip Racing to allow Travis Pastrana to run his seven Nationwide races. The rest of the year was split among Wallace, Townley, Ryan Truex (former driver of the 99 with MWR), Alex Bowman, Patrick Carpentier, and Brett Moffitt (another MWR driver). Wallace would grab the team's best finish of 4th at Chicagoland.

In January 2013, it was announced that Alex Bowman would be running the full 2013 Nationwide Series season for RAB Racing, competing for Rookie of the Year honors.[1] In April, he would win his first career Nationwide pole at the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas.[2] He would sweep the poles at Texas but would be released at Homestead-Miami. Blake Koch would drive the 99 to a 13th place finish. On December 13, it was announced that James Buescher would drive the 99 car full-time starting in 2014, bringing sponsor Rheem/Rudd from the Truck series.[3] After the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol, the 99 was penalized for violating two sections of the NASCAR rulebook: 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 20A-2.3A (added car weight; improperly attached weight; loss of weight during the event); crew chief Chris Rice and car chief John Guerra were placed on probation until December 31, the former also being fined $10,000.[4]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

History[edit]

For 2012, RAB created a Truck team intended to be fielded for John Wes Townley, using the number 09. However, Townley was cited with a DUI before Speedweeks, resulting in his suspension by RAB. Townley was replaced by Travis Kvapil for Daytona. Townley returned the next round, at Martinsville. After competing for Rookie of the Year honors in 2012 and collecting his best series finish of eighth at Pocono Raceway, Townley left the team and joined Red Horse Racing for 2013.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bowman Will Try For Rookie Of The Year". SPEED Channel. Fox Sports. January 21, 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  2. ^ "Bowman wins Nationwide pole at Texas". Yahoo! Sports. April 12, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  3. ^ Pockrass, Bob (December 13, 2013). "James Buescher leaving father-in-law's team for RAB Racing". Sporting News. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  4. ^ Turner, Jared (March 18, 2014). "Buescher's RAB Racing team hit with Bristol penalty". Foxsports.com. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 

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