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.

X44 Racing win 2022 Extreme E championship as Abt Cupra score first race victory

2022 Extreme E Uruguay
Extreme E
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Abt Cupra Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and Klara Andersson scored their first win in the Extreme E Energy X Prix in the 2022 finale in Uruguay as Lewis Hamilton’s X44 Vida Carbon Racing drivers Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez survived a chaotic finale to edge the 2021 champion Rosberg X Prix team of Johan Kristoffersson and Mikhaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky, by two points.

“There are so many emotions,” Andersson said in Extreme E’s coverage. “I’ve been waiting for this for so long. In my second race, first full weekend to be at the top of the podium: it’s big.”

Andersson was behind the wheel at the finish.

Rosberg Racing entered the event with a 17-point advantage over X44, but the standings were close enough that four teams remained in contention in Round 5.

“It’s a crucial weekend for us,” Loeb said in Extreme E’s coverage prior to the race. “We are not in the best position to win the championship, but the only thing we can do is try to win the race and score as many points as possible.”

The top two title contenders each crashed in qualification and were relegated to the Crazy Race, Extreme E’s version of the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). For the moment, they had the steepest hill to climb, but then the other two championship contending teams, Chip Ganassi Racing and Acciona Sainz Racing failed to advance from their heats.

Only one team advances from the Crazy Race, so the X44 drivers were in a must-win situation to simply keep hope alive.

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Ahlin-Kottulinsky and Gutierrez ran wheel to wheel into the first turn at the start of the LCQ.

The Rosberg racer experienced crash damage in that turn that damaged her front steering, but managed to limp back to the pits at the end of her two-lap stint. The team attempted to fix the steering, but incurred a penalty for having too many mechanics in the pit area.

Meanwhile, Gutierrez took the early lead, but knew she would need to sit through a five-second penalty for an incident earlier in the weekend. The female half of the gender equal pair erased the penalty by entering the Switch Zone with a five-second lead before turning the car over to Loeb.

That was all the nine-time World Rally Championship titlist needed to give him the advantage needed to win the Crazy Race.

But the championship was not over yet. X44 Racing needed to finish third or better in the five-car finale to earn enough points for the title and after advancing from the LCQ, they were forced to take the worst grid position.

A chaotic start to the Finale saw Loeb run as high the lead and low as fourth after getting pushed off course during his first lap. And that is how he entered to Switch Zone.

On her first lap, Gutierrez slammed into Molly Taylor. With one lap remaining, X44 and Gutierrez were still in fourth and the title hope was quickly evaporating, but it was announced halfway through the lap that the third-running Andretti United team would suffer a penalty for a Switch Zone infraction. The seven-second deduction for Timmy Hansen braking too late in the zone made the difference in the title.

Coming off a disappointing Copper X Prix when Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour crossed under the checkers first, but were relegated to fifth by penalty, the McLaren pair scored their first podium of the season in second.