NASCAR: Kyle Busch Motorsports responds to Rick Ren lawsuit

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Kyle Busch Motorsports has responded to the recent lawsuit filed by former team competition director Rick Ren according to a report from Bob Pockrass of the Sporting News.

Pockrass writes that as part of KBM’s response to the suit in North Carolina Superior Court, a contract with Ren was filed. The contract says Ren was paid $300,000 his first year (2010), then $325,000 his second year (2011).

On top of that, he got guaranteed bonuses for both of those years and a 10 percent cut on all sponsorships he got for the team.

Following two years under the original deal, Ren signed an extension that paid him $242,500 per year in 2012 and 2013, with a potential $75,000 in bonuses.

KBM released Ren following the 2013 season after the team was forced to shut down its NASCAR XFINITY Series program due to lack of funds. KBM has continued with its program in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Ren alleges that he and his consulting firm are owed $35,000 in bonus money and another $355,000 in commissions from landing a pair of sponsorships for the team – one in 2013 worth $3 million for driver Parker Kligerman and another in 2012 worth $550,000 for driver Brian Scott.

However, per Pockrass, KBM says in its response that Kligerman and Scott got the funding themselves – and all Ren did was take the initial phone calls and then close the deals.

The team also says that those phone calls do not fall under a contract stipulation that says Ren must “procure” the sponsorship to get the commissions.

As for the bonus $35,000, KBM says that’s not applicable due to the bonus structure of Ren’s revised contract that went into effect at the start of the 2012 season.

Report: Spencer Pigot out at Ed Carpenter Racing

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Spencer Pigot will not return to Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020, according to a story Thursday by RACER.com.

The 26-year-old Floridian, who won the 2015 Indy Lights championship, is expected to be replaced in the No. 21 Chevrolet by 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay.

“I’m appreciative of the opportunity ECR gave me,” Pigot told RACER.com. “I understand the reasons they had to go in a different direction, and wish them all the best.”

In 56 NTT IndyCar Series starts, Pigot has 15 top 10 finishes, with a best finish of second at Iowa in 2018. He finished 14th in the 2019 point standings.

VeeKay, who tested in an Indy car twice for ECR in 2019, has six wins in 18 Indy Lights starts, including a weekend sweep of the final two rounds of the season at Laguna Seca in September.

A representative from ECR told NBC Sports Thursday that the team currently could not comment on any driver rumors as the team currently does not have any drivers under contract for the 2020 season, although it is presumed that owner/driver Carpenter will return to the No. 20 entry for the oval rounds.

NBC Sports will provide updates on the story once more information becomes available.