Stewart-Haas Racing to field Xfinity Series team in 2017

Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart walks to his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Friday, June 26, 2015, in Sonoma, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Stewart-Haas Racing will field an Xfinity Series team next season when it moves to Ford.

No driver or sponsor was announced Monday for the team, which will be full-time in 2017. SHR fields four full-time Sprint Cup Series teams.

SHR won Cup titles in 2011 with team co-owner Tony Stewart and in 2014 with Kevin Harvick. Stewart is retiring at the end of the season and will be replaced by Clint Bowyer.

The team has always fielded Chevrolets, but announced at the start of this year it will move to Ford next year. The change means Harvick and development driver Cole Custer are in need of teams to align with for lower-tier NASCAR races. Harvick is a frequent competitor in the Xfinity Series, while Custer races in the Truck Series.

 

AP

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