NASCAR: Jay Robinson buys Tommy Baldwin Racing’s No. 36 team, re-numbers to No. 62

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Under the new banner of Premium Motorsports, Jay Robinson has purchased the assets of the No. 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team from Tommy Baldwin Racing.

Reed Sorenson drove the No. 36 TBR Chevrolet full-time last year and finished 34th in Sprint Cup points. His best result was a 14th in the Chase race at Talladega Superspeedway.

In a short release from this morning, Premium announced that the car would be re-numbered to No. 62 for the upcoming season. Sponsor and driver announcements for the car were noted to be “forth coming.”

However, it has been reported by several outlets that, for the season-opening Daytona 500, the No. 62 will be prepared by Richard Childress Racing and driven by RCR Xfinity Series veteran Brian Scott.

That would create, essentially, a five-car RCR squad for the Great American Race – RCR’s main trio of Ryan Newman, Austin Dillon, and Paul Menard, then Scott and his Xfinity teammate, Ty Dillon, in affiliated cars. Ty Dillon is driving the No. 33 for Circle Sport Racing in partnership with RCR.

Catchfence.com and Motorsport.com are also additionally reporting that Slugger Labbe, RCR’s head of research and development, will serve as crew chief for Scott and the No. 62 team during Daytona Speedweeks. Labbe stepped down from his role as crew chief for Menard last October to take his current position.

Scott drove a Circle Sport/RCR machine to 25th in his Daytona 500 debut last year.

Three in position to capture World Rally Championship title at Rally Australia

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COFFS HARBOUR, Australia (AP) Defending champion Sebastien Ogier goes into this weekend’s Rally Australia with a chance to clinch his sixth World Rally Championship in a row. Thierry Neuville, a runner-up four times but never a champion, hopes to change the world order.

Neuville led the series for much of the season but Ogier’s win in Britain and a second place in Spain has given the Frenchman 204 points, three ahead of Neuville, heading into the final rally of the championship.

“We are not the best friends but we are rivals and respect each other for our performances,” Neuville said Wednesday. “I’ve been second many times in the championship now, we are so close to the main goal.”

“If we need to take more risks because we need to pass Sebastien we’re going to try,” the Belgian driver added, “we’ll take the maximum risks.”

Ogier says the feeling is mutual when it comes to his main rival.

“We are different, definitely, but most important we’re in a great fight together and respect each other for that,” Ogier said. “It’s about trying to beat each other and do it with respect.”

Ott Tanak of Estonia sits 23 points behind and with 30 points for a win in Australia, and other results going his way, he could also capture the world title.

Ogier will be hoping for some Friday morning rain to settle the dust and gravel before he sets off first on what will be more than 300 kilometers (180 miles) of timed racing through forests on the New South Wales state’s north coast, about 530 kilometers (325 miles) north of Sydney.

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