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Key Motorsports (formerly The Motorsports Group and Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group) was an American professional stock car racing team that last competed in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The team was founded by Virginia businessman Curtis Key. The team is operated out of Mooresville, North Carolina. The team formerly competed in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In 2017, longtime team owner Joe Falk joined TMG, bringing his charter and No. 33 to the team, allowing the team to successfully make every race during the season. In December 2017, Circle Sport and TMG parted ways.

Key Motorsports
The Motorsports Group logo.png
Owner(s)Curtis Key
BaseMooresville, North Carolina
SeriesMonster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
ManufacturerChevrolet
Opened1993
Closed2019
Career
DebutMonster Energy NASCAR Cup Series:
2015 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (Atlanta)
Xfinity Series:
1993 Miller 500 (Martinsville)
Camping World Truck Series:
2004 Florida Dodge Dealers 250 (Daytona)
Latest raceMonster Energy NASCAR Cup Series:
2017 Ford EcoBoost 400 (Homestead)
Xfinity Series:
2014 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
Camping World Truck Series:
2009 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (Charlotte)
Races competedTotal: 562
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: 37
Xfinity Series: 439
Camping World Truck Series: 86
Drivers' ChampionshipsTotal: 0
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: 0
Xfinity Series: 0
Camping World Truck Series: 0
Race victoriesTotal: 0
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: 0
Xfinity Series: 0
Camping World Truck Series: 0
Pole positionsTotal: 0
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: 0
Xfinity Series: 0
Camping World Truck Series: 0

On June 21st, 2018, The Motorsports Group announced they had changed their team name back to Key Motorsports. Soon afterwards, the team closed up shop at the beginning of 2019.

Curtis KeyEdit

Curtis Key is an American businessman and plumber from Chesapeake, Virginia. Key owns a plumbing business in Chesapeake, Curtis Key Plumbing. He founded Key Motorsports in 1993 when he purchased a team owned by Tommy Ellis. Key Motorsports started out racing in the NASCAR Busch Series between 1993 and 1998. Between that period, Key Motorsports' best finish was a 5th place at Hickory Speedway in Key's first start as team owner, with driver Tommy Ellis. After a few more top tens, in 1998, Key closed the team following a family tragedy. After a decade away from the sport, in 2008, Key rebuilt Key Motorsports, later renaming it to The Motorsports Group in 2012. Between 2008 - 2014, TMG was an unsponsored team that usually started the car, ran a few laps, and then parked it, to collect last-place money.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup SeriesEdit

Car No. 30 historyEdit

On September 15, 2014, the team announced they would begin fielding a full-time entry, the No. 30, in the Sprint Cup Series starting in 2015.[1] On January 21, 2015, it was announced that Ron Hornaday Jr. would be the primary driver of the team's No. 30 car for the 2015 season.[2][3] In the team's first attempt, Hornaday failed to qualify at the Daytona 500. The following week at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hornaday made the race, but finished 42nd because of a broken gear after 182 laps. The team chose not to run the "West Coast Swing", enabling them to get better prepared for Martinsville Speedway. Unfortunately, Hornaday wrecked the car during the first round of qualifying at Martinsville and failed to make the race. After failing to qualify at Bristol Motor Speedway, Hornaday left and was replaced with Jeff Green starting at Richmond International Raceway Green drove same numbered 30 in 2001-2003.[4] There, Green was able to make the field on speed, starting 33rd and finishing 40th.[5] Green made the Sprint Showdown and finished 19th in a 29-car field. But failed to qualify in the follow weekend for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway. Green was later released by the team.

They returned to Kentucky with Travis Kvapil as their driver, but failed to qualify due to a rainout. They returned for Bristol as well, but again failed to qualify. They entered Darlington with Kvapil but failed to qualify again. At the September Richmond race, the team hired Josh Wise to run the car, but Wise could only muster 37th place in qualifying and thus missed the race. Kvapil returned at Chicagoland, but another rainout once again sent the team home. Wise was slated to return to New Hampshire, but was placed in BK Racing's No. 26 at the last minute and replaced by Kvapil, who once again failed to qualify. Kvapil was slated to attempt the second Dover race, but due to Hurricane Joaquin, the team chose to withdraw the day before qualifying. The team did not make an attempt for the remainder of 2015. Travis Kvapil left the team after the team temporarily suspended operations until the 2016 season.

Josh Wise rejoined the team in 2016. TMG and Wise announced that they expected to run the full season together. Wise didn't make the Daytona 500, but rebounded the next week, qualifying 38th of a 39-car field at Atlanta. Wise finished 39th after going down 13 laps but made it to the end of the race without any broken equipment. Because only 39 cars attempted the next 3 races, the No. 30 was guaranteed to qualify in Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Fontana with Josh Wise. After a long string of races in which Wise easily qualified the No. 30 TMG car in the races, including at Richmond when more than 40 cars showed up for the first time since Daytona, Wise missed his second race at the 2016 GEICO 500 when he qualified 41st out of a 40-car field. The team then qualified for every race until the Coke Zero 400 when Wise failed to qualify after running 40th of 41, behind the other non-chartered teams. This second streak included Wise managing to qualify at Sonoma, when 41 cars were entered for the first time since Talladega. The team qualified for the next two races, with Wise posting TMG's best finish with a 24th at Kentucky in July; he then missed the 2016 Brickyard 400 after posting the slowest speed of 41 cars in qualifying.

In the week leading up to the 2016 Bojangles' Southern 500, Wise and TMG got a two race sponsorship from Incredible Bank, an online banking system. The sponsor joined TMG after Wise posted a request for sponsorship on Twitter. The sponsorship allowed them to participate in the throwback weekend during the Southern 500 race weekend, with a throwback scheme honoring Dale Earnhardt's 1976 No. 30 Army car. Having failed to make 3 of the superspeedway races (and not entering the fall Talladega race, due to 43 cars entering), TMG didn't field the No. 30 for the 2016 Hellman's 500 but rebounded at Martinsville Speedway, this time with Gray Gaulding as the driver. Gaulding ran two more races at Phoenix and Homestead, failing to qualify at Homestead. Despite rumors that Gaulding would drive the No. 30 for TMG in 2017, plans changed due to the Circle Sport merger and Gaulding was picked up by BK Racing.

In January 2017, it was announced that TMG would partner with Key's lifelong friend Joe Falk and Circle Sport Racing to jointly field the Nos. 30 and 33 Chevrolets in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. This also meant that CS/TMG would partner with Richard Childress Racing as Falk's team is a satellite team of RCR. The team also formed an alliance with Hendrick Motorsports, who would provide CS/TMG with a pit crew and manager.[6] However the No. 30 car didn’t run in 2017 as a part time team even though people were expecting it to run at some point.

For the 2018 season, The Motorsports Group planned to run a No. 30 team, with Eddie Pardue as the crew chief, though the driver wasn't decided. The team never entered a single race in 2018, briefly renamed themselves back to Key Motorsports, and then shut down ahead of 2019.

Car No. 30 resultsEdit

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Owners Pts
2015 Ron Hornaday Jr. 30 Chevy DAY
DNQ
ATL
42
LVS PHO CAL MAR
DNQ
TEX BRI
DNQ
49th 6
Jeff Green RCH
40
TAL KAN CLT
DNQ
DOV
DNQ
POC MCH SON DAY
Travis Kvapil KEN
DNQ
NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI
DNQ
DAR
DNQ
CHI
DNQ
NHA
DNQ
DOV CLT KAN TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM
Josh Wise RCH
DNQ
2016 DAY
DNQ
ATL
39
LVS
35
PHO
34
CAL
36
MAR
38
TEX
40
BRI
33
RCH
39
TAL
DNQ
KAN
36
DOV
36
CLT
38
POC
27
MCH
30
SON
38
DAY
DNQ
KEN
24
NHA
40
IND
DNQ
POC
34
GLN
26
BRI
36
MCH
38
DAR
29
RCH
30
CHI
38
NHA
39
DOV
39
CLT
29
KAN
39
TAL TEX
40
40th 174
Gray Gaulding MAR
39
PHO
37
HOM
DNQ

Car No. 33 historyEdit

 
Boris Said driving the No. 33 at the 2017 Toyota/Save Mart 350

On January 6, 2017, it was announced that longtime team owner Joe Falk would partner with Key and field a second car for TMG, bringing a charter and the No. 33 from Circle Sport Racing. It was announced that former TMG crew chief Pat Tryson would return to the team after being released by TMG in 2015.[7]

It was announced on January 31 that Jeffrey Earnhardt would be the driver of the No. 33 Chevrolet for CS/TMG for the Daytona 500. Earnhardt brought sponsor Starter Clothing Line to the team.[8] He finished 26th after being involved in a crash on lap 143.[9] Veteran road course ringer Boris Said was hired to run the two road courses for the team at Sonoma and Watkins Glen, with these being his last two NASCAR starts. Before the 2017 Toyota/Save Mart 350, CS/TMG, again, released Tryson from the team and replaced him with veteran crew chief Frank Stoddard for specifically, Said's races. For the rest of the season, Eddie Pardue was the crew chief for the No. 33.

At the end of the season, Falk and Circle Sport parted ways with Key and TMG. With the split, this meant that Jeffrey Earnhardt was out of a ride, despite having signed an extension with CSTMG in October of 2017.

Car No. 33 resultsEdit

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Owners Pts
2017 Jeffrey Earnhardt 33 Chevy DAY
26
ATL
33
LVS
32
PHO
39
CAL
39
MAR
36
TEX
40
BRI
27
RCH
35
TAL
28
KAN
33
CLT
40
DOV
27
POC
34
MCH
35
DAY
37
KEN
29
NHA
33
IND
26
POC
36
MCH
35
BRI
40
DAR
30
RCH
34
CHI
34
NHA
38
DOV
37
CLT
30
TAL
38
KAN
26
MAR
38
TEX
33
PHO
29
HOM
32
37th 160
Boris Said SON
29
GLN
30

Xfinity SeriesEdit

1993–1998Edit

Key Motorsports was formed after it was purchased from Tommy Ellis in 1993 and debuted at the Miller 500 as the No. 05 Moen Faucets Chevrolet with Roger Sawyer driving. He qualified 14th and finished 22nd. Bobby Hamilton drove three races later at Dover International Speedway, where he finished 29th after suffering handling problems. He ran two additional races for Key later in the season, finishing 17th and 32nd, respectively. Ellis drove for Key in their final race of the year at Hickory Motor Speedway, and finished fifth. Randy MacDonald drove for two consecutive races for Key at the beginning of the following season, his best finish being 21st. Tommy Ellis returned to run a part-time schedule for Key. In nine starts, he had two top-ten finishes but failed to finish the other seven. Tom Peck finished out the season for Key, failing to finish both races due to engine failure.

Key Motorsports made its first race of 1995 at the Hardee's 250 with Steve Boley. They did not run until the fall Richmond race with Chuck Bown driving. After finishing 38th due to an engine failure, Bown finished 9th at the following race at Charlotte before suffering another engine failure at North Carolina Speedway. Bown returned to Key in 1996 at Richmond, where he finished in 31st place. Later in the season, Jeff Burton drove for Key at Charlotte, finishing 42nd with Exide Batteries sponsorship. In 1997, 19-year-old Jimmy Foster was hired to drive the No. 11 Outdoor Channel/Speedvision car, running ten races with a best finish of 16th at New Hampshire. He was released and replaced for a pair of races by Larry Pearson. After the season, a lack of funding coupled with a family tragedy forced Key to close his team.

Key Motorsports reopened in 2008.

Car No. 11 resultsEdit

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Owners Pts
1993 Roger Sawyer 05 Chevy DAY CAR RCH DAR BRI HCY ROU MAR
14
NZH CLT
Bobby Hamilton DOV
29
MYB GLN MLW TAL IRP MCH NHA BRI DAR RCH
21
DOV
32
ROU CLT
Tommy Ellis MAR
DNQ
CAR
DNQ
HCY
5
ATL
1994 Randy MacDonald DAY CAR RCH
21
ATL
37
Tommy Ellis MAR
10
DAR HCY
30
BRI ROU
6
NHA NZH CLT
16
DOV
41
MYB
34
GLN MLW SBO
28
TAL HCY IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH
38
DOV
37
CLT
Tom Peck MAR
34
CAR
33
1995 Steve Boley Ford DAY CAR RCH
25
ATL NSV DAR BRI HCY NHA NZH CLT DOV MYB GLN MLW TAL SBO IRP MCH BRI DAR
Chuck Bown RCH
38
DOV CLT
9
CAR
30
HOM
1996 DAY CAR RCH
31
ATL NSV DAR BRI HCY NZH
Jeff Burton CLT
42
DOV SBO MYB GLN MLW NHA TAL IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV CLT CAR HOM
1997 Jimmy Foster 11 DAY
DNQ
CAR
35
RCH
41
ATL
30
LVS
40
DAR
31
HCY TEX
41
BRI NSV
22
TAL
40
NHA
16
NZH CLT
42
DOV SBO GLN MLW
Larry Pearson MYB
25
GTY IRP
31
MCH
DNQ
BRI DAR RCH DOV CLT CAL CAR HOM
1998 Kevin Cywinski DAY CAR
DNQ
LVS NSV DAR BRI TEX HCY TAL NHA NZH CLT DOV RCH
25
PPR GLN MLW MYB CAL SBO IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV CLT GTY CAR ATL HOM

Car No. 31 historyEdit

Key Motorsports returned to the then Nationwide Series in 2008. Jeff Green took the wheel of the No. 31 Chevy for three races with a best finish of 28th.

Car No. 31 resultsEdit

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 Owners Pts
2008 Jeff Green 31 Chevy DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI NSH TEX PHO MXC TAL RCH
38
DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP CGV GLN MCH BRI
28
CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT
35
MEM TEX PHO HOM 64th 186

Car No. 40 historyEdit

 
Lewandoski racing the No. 40 in 2011

In 2009, the team changed the number to No. 40 and signed Scott Wimmer as the primary driver. Wimmer ran 24 races for the team with a best finish of 7th in Memphis. During the races Wimmer spent with JR Motorsports, Green, Aric Almirola, Jeffrey Earnhardt, and Bliss drove the car.

For 2010, Bliss signed on as the driver of the car for the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. Bliss ran 31 races with a best finish of 8th at Bristol. Jeff Green drove four races for the team when Bliss drove for Kevin Harvick Incorporated with a best finish of 20th at Kentucky.

In 2011, Scott Wimmer started with the intention of running full-time for the No. 40 team. After 11 races and the best finish being 12th, Wimmer left since the team began starting and parking. Rookie of the year candidate Charles Lewandoski began driving the No. 40 after Wimmer left. Lewandoski had the best finish being 24th with the team while keeping them in the top 30 in owner's points to remain locked in.

For 2012, Josh Wise drove the car for the first two races before switching to the No. 42, to ensure Erik Darnell ran a full season.

In 2013, Reed Sorenson was scheduled the run the full schedule, but subbed for the injured Michael Annett in the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 until his return. Josh Wise ran the car for 5 races. Sorenson departed at season's end, moving to Tommy Baldwin Racing in the Sprint Cup Series.

In 2014, Wise returned to the No. 40, but left at mid-season to focus on his Sprint Cup obligations to Phil Parsons Racing. Matt DiBenedetto, previously driver of the start-and-park No. 46, moved over to the No. 40 at this time, running full races. DiBenedetto left for BK Racing at season's end, and the No. 40 was sold to MBM Motorsports due to the formation of TMG's own Cup team.

Car No. 40 resultsEdit

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 Owners Pts
2009 Scott Wimmer 40 Chevy DAY
32
CAL
DNQ
LVS
11
BRI
22
TEX
DNQ
NSH
28
PHO
19
TAL
DNQ
RCH
16
CLT
28
DOV
18
NSH
33
KEN
16
NHA
17
DAY
21
CHI
15
GTY
15
MCH
35
BRI
21
ATL
18
DOV
14
CAL
21
CLT
25
MEM
7
TEX
14
PHO
15
HOM
19
21st 3,350
Jeff Green DAR
23
Aric Almirola MLW
11
IRP
14
IOW
34
Jeffrey Earnhardt GLN
24
CGV
31
Mike Bliss RCH
16
KAN
21
2010 DAY
40
CAL
27
LVS
27
BRI
8
NSH
27
PHO
38
TEX
20
RCH
13
DAR
32
DOV
22
CLT
12
ROA
31
NHA
34
DAY
19
CHI
18
GTY
19
IRP
13
IOW
17
GLN
14
MCH
19
BRI
17
CGV
15
ATL
15
RCH
40
DOV
18
KAN
19
CAL
9
CLT
31
TEX
21
PHO
12
HOM
31
21st 3,421
Jeff Green TAL
16
NSH
24
KEN
20
GTY
25
2011 Scott Wimmer DAY
35
PHO
16
LVS
33
BRI
22
CAL
34
TEX
33
TAL
12
NSH
21
RCH
24
DAR
38
DOV
35
BRI
24
32nd 491
Charles Lewandoski IOW
41
CLT
DNQ
CHI
24
MCH
30
ROA
37
DAY
40
KEN
28
NHA
22
IOW
22
CLT
33
Chase Miller NSH
31
Tim Andrews IRP
31
Josh Wise GLN
28
CGV
29
ATL
22
RCH
33
CHI
31
DOV
33
KAN
33
TEX
36
T.J. Duke PHO
23
HOM
28
2012 Josh Wise DAY
14
26th 601
Erik Darnell PHO
26
LVS
35
BRI
21
CAL
24
TEX
23
RCH
35
TAL
14
DAR
29
IOW
18
CLT
27
DOV
27
MCH
22
ROA
23
KEN
25
DAY
21
NHA
40
CHI
30
IND
38
IOW
27
CGV
16
BRI
35
ATL
20
RCH
18
CHI
22
KEN
24
DOV
31
CLT
21
KAN
17
TEX
25
PHO
37
HOM
35
J.J. Yeley GLN
31
2013 Reed Sorenson DAY
30
PHO
18
CLT
37
DOV
29
IOW
15
MCH
24
ROA
37
KEN
22
DAY
39
NHA
34
CHI
30
IND
28
IOW
31
GLN
16
MOH
36
BRI
28
ATL
21
RCH
27
CHI
33
KEN
21
30th 526
Josh Wise LVS
25
BRI
19
CAL
20
TEX
37
RCH
34
TAL
18
DAR
21
T.J. Bell DOV
28
KAN
33
CLT
28
TEX
32
PHO
37
HOM
38
2014 Josh Wise DAY
36
PHO
26
LVS
37
BRI
30
CAL
33
TEX
31
DAR
15
RCH
25
TAL
26
CLT
28
DOV
33
MCH
26
KEN
29
DAY
32
NHA
38
IND
29
27th 544
Matt DiBenedetto IOW
25
ROA
11
CHI
34
IOW
30
GLN
32
MOH
13
BRI
19
ATL
26
RCH
26
CHI
27
KEN
26
DOV
30
KAN
16
CLT
36
TEX
31
PHO
24
HOM
38

Car No. 42 historyEdit

Key Motorsports began fielding the No. 42 at Michigan (race 15) as a third car for Tim Andrews. The team is another start and park operation like the No. 46 and No. 47. All three cars help fund the main car, the No. 40. Erik Darnell drove the car for the first two races until he switched with Josh Wise in order for Wise to run for Cup rookie honors and Darnell a full Nationwide season. Wise was replaced by Matt Frahm at Iowa and Tim Schendel and Road America.

In 2013, the No. 42 team returned with Wise, though J. J. Yeley drove the car until Wise returned from the No. 40. The team shut down after the season, and Wise moved to the No. 40.

Car No. 42 resultsEdit

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 Owners Pts
2011 Tim Andrews 42 Chevy DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX TAL NSH RCH DAR DOV IOW CLT CHI MCH
41
ROA
41
DAY
Wth
KEN
38
NHA
41
NSH
39
IOW
41
GLN
DNQ
BRI
39
ATL
39
RCH
38
CHI
DNQ
DOV
40
KAN
DNQ
56th 54
Scott Wimmer IRP
39
Chase Miller CGV
DNQ
Erik Darnell CLT
42
TEX
DNQ
Josh Wise PHO
DNQ
Scott Speed HOM
41
2012 Erik Darnell DAY
DNQ
44th 141
Josh Wise PHO
40
LVS
41
BRI
43
CAL
39
TEX
40
RCH
38
TAL
40
DAR
39
CLT
41
DOV
37
MCH
39
KEN
40
DAY
41
NHA
41
IND
42
GLN
39
BRI
40
ATL
40
RCH
40
CHI
41
DOV
39
CLT
41
KAN
DNQ
TEX
42
PHO
40
HOM
42
Matt Frahm IOW
38
KEN
42
Tim Schendel ROA
42
IOW
39
Blake Koch CHI
36
CGV
41
2013 Josh Wise DAY PHO
38
DOV
38
MCH
37
ROA KEN
38
DAY NHA
38
IND
39
GLN
39
BRI
40
ATL
39
RCH
38
CHI
DNQ
DOV
38
KAN
39
CLT
DNQ
TEX
38
PHO
39
HOM
39
44th 144
J.J. Yeley LVS
QL
BRI
38
CAL
38
TEX
39
RCH
39
TAL DAR
38
CLT
DNQ
Chase Miller LVS
39
T.J. Bell IOW
37
CHI
36
IOW
37
MOH
DNQ
KEN
38
- Qualified for Chase Miller

Car No. 46 historyEdit

Key Motorsports began fielding the No. 46 at Iowa (race 12) as a second car for Chase Miller. The team is another start and park operation like the No. 42 and No. 47. All three cars help fund the main car, the No. 40. Former Joe Gibbs Racing development driver Matt DiBenedetto drove the car at Dover. In 2013, the No. 46 team and Miller returned. Miller left after the season and DiBenedetto returned again in 2014, then moved to the No. 40 at mid-season. Matt Frahm, Wise, Josh Reaume, and Carl Long all took turns in the car after this, before Ryan Ellis closed out the year in the car. The No. 46 shut down after the season.

Car No. 46 resultsEdit

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 Owners Pts
2011 Tim Andrews 46 Chevy DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX TAL NSH RCH DAR DOV IOW
39
52nd 64
Chase Miller CLT
DNQ
CHI
41
MCH
DNQ
ROA
40
DAY
DNQ
KEN
41
NHA
39
IRP
41
IOW
39
GLN
DNQ
CGV BRI
40
ATL
40
RCH
42
CHI
40
DOV
39
KAN
39
CLT
DNQ
TEX
39
PHO
38
HOM
38
Brett Rowe NSH
DNQ
2012 Chase Miller DAY
DNQ
PHO
41
LVS
39
BRI
40
CAL
38
TEX
39
RCH
42
TAL
41
DAR
41
IOW
43
CLT
40
MCH
38
ROA
40
KEN
39
DAY
40
NHA
38
CHI
40
IND
41
IOW
42
CGV
42
BRI
43
ATL
38
RCH
42
CHI
42
KEN
39
DOV
38
CLT
37
KAN
43
TEX
DNQ
PHO
42
HOM
41
46th 112
Matt DiBenedetto DOV
42
GLN
41
2013 Chase Miller DAY PHO
39
LVS
DNQ
BRI
39
CAL
DNQ
TEX
DNQ
RCH
DNQ
TAL DAR
39
CLT 49th 66
J.J. Yeley DOV
37
MCH
38
ROA KEN
37
DAY NHA
39
IND
37
BRI
38
ATL RCH
40
CHI
39
DOV
36
KAN
38
CLT
DNQ
TEX PHO HOM
Jason Bowles IOW
39
IOW
39
Tim Schendel CHI
DNQ
T.J. Bell GLN
38
Dexter Stacey MOH
DNQ
Matt DiBenedetto KEN
36
2014 DAY PHO
38
LVS
38
BRI
39
CAL
37
TEX
39
DAR
38
RCH
37
TAL
39
DOV
39
MCH
DNQ
KEN
40
DAY
DNQ
NHA
40
IND
39
44th 129
Ryan Ellis IOW
40
CLT ROA
34
CHI
37
CHI
39
KEN
39
DOV
40
KAN
DNQ
CLT
DNQ
TEX
40
PHO
DNQ
HOM
DNQ
Matt Frahm IOW
40
BRI
DNQ
RCH
39
Josh Wise GLN
39
Josh Reaume MOH
38
Carl Long ATL
39

Car No. 47 historyEdit

Key Motorsports began fielding the No. 47 at Kentucky (race 18) as a fourth car for Danny Efland and Scott Wimmer. Efland attempted Kentucky, but did not qualify. The team is another start and park operation like the No. 42 and No. 46. All three cars help fund the main car, the No. 40. The No. 47 was shared between Scott Speed and Brian Keselowski for 2011. For 2012, Speed drove the car for most of the races, being replaced by Tim Schendel at Iowa and Matt DiBenedetto at Michigan and Road America. In 2013 the team returned with Scott Riggs and Jason Bowles as drivers. The team attempted Texas, Richmond and Darlington and failed to qualify for all three.

Car No. 47 resultsEdit

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 Owners Pts
2011 Danny Efland 47 Chevy DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX TAL NSH RCH DAR DOV IOW CLT CHI MCH ROA DAY KEN
DNQ
62nd 40
Scott Wimmer NHA
42
Charles Lewandoski NSH
41
IRP
40
DOV
38
KAN
40
Brian Keselowski IOW
42
GLN
DNQ
CGV BRI
42
ATL
DNQ
RCH
43
CHI
DNQ
Scott Speed CLT
41
TEX
43
PHO
37
Josh Wise HOM
39
2012 Scott Speed DAY
DNQ
PHO
42
LVS
42
BRI
41
CAL
41
TEX
41
RCH
40
TAL
42
DAR
42
CLT
42
DOV
38
KEN
43
49th 89
Tim Schendel IOW
42
Matt DiBenedetto MCH
41
ROA
41
IOW
41
CGV
40
KEN
41
Stephen Leicht DAY
42
NHA
42
CHI
41
IND
43
GLN
42
BRI
DNQ
J.J. Yeley ATL
42
RCH
41
CHI
40
CLT
38
KAN
40
TEX
41
PHO
38
HOM
DNQ
T.J. Bell DOV
41
2013 Scott Riggs DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL
39
TEX
DNQ
67th 0
Jason Bowles RCH
DNQ
TAL DAR
DNQ
CLT DOV IOW MCH ROA KEN DAY NHA CHI IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV KAN CLT TEX PHO HOM

Camping World Truck SeriesEdit

Truck No. 40 historyEdit

Key Motorsports returned to NASCAR competition in 2004 starting at the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway. Joey Clanton drove for the first two races of the season in the No. 40 Optech Chevy, wrecking out of both of them. Tony Raines attempted the fall races at Richmond and Martinsville for Key, but did not qualify. Key did not race in 2005 until the summer Bristol race when Andy Houston drove the truck to a 33rd-place finish after a wreck. Their next attempt at Richmond resulted in a DNQ.

Chad Chaffin attempted the first six races of 2006, finishing eighteenth at Auto Club Speedway, and a 26th-place finish at Gateway. Beginning at the City of Mansfield 250, Dale Earnhardt, Inc. development driver Ryan Moore was named the team's new driver. He had three top-twenty finishes before resigning his position after the New Hampshire race. Tim Fedewa drove at Las Vegas followed by Derrike Cope at Talladega Superspeedway, who ran in the top-ten before becoming involved in a late crash. Shane Huffman finished out three of the final four races of 2006 for Key.

In 2007, Mike Bliss drove the first four races in the 40, posting a tenth-place finish at California. Clay Rogers and Huffman shared the ride for the rest of the half of the season, with Stacy Compton driving at Memphis. Brandon Miller drove for the next five races with Westerman Companies sponsoring, before Chaffin returned to finish out the season in the 40. Chaffin began the 2008 season in the No. 40, but was replaced by Jeff Green and Paul Poulter later in the year. Mike Bliss took over the No. 40 Chevy for ultimately a part-time schedule in 2009.

Truck No. 40 resultsEdit

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Owners Pts
2004 Joey Clanton 40 Chevy DAY
32
ATL
31
MAR MFD CLT DOV TEX MEM MLW KAN KEN GTW MCH IRP NSH BRI 48th 232
Tony Raines RCH
DNQ
NHA LVS CAL TEX MAR
DNQ
PHO DAR HOM
2005 Andy Houston DAY CAL ATL MAR GTY MFD CLT DOV TEX MCH MLW KAN KEN MEM IRP NSH BRI
33
RCH
DNQ
NHA LVS MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM 53rd 104
2006 Chad Chaffin DAY
DNQ
CAL
18
ATL
DNQ
MAR
DNQ
GTY
26
CLT
DNQ
32nd 1,920
Ryan Moore MFD
36
DOV
DNQ
TEX
14
MCH
27
MLW
21
KAN
34
KEN
32
MEM
31
IRP
35
NSH
18
BRI
31
NHA
15
Tim Fedewa LVS
29
Derrike Cope TAL
27
ATL
28
Shane Huffman MAR
35
TEX
26
PHO
28
HOM
20
2007 Mike Bliss DAY
23
CAL
10
ATL
25
MAR
35
28th 2,376
Clay Rogers KAN
21
MFD
16
TEX
25
MCH
25
Shane Huffman CLT
24
DOV
24
MLW
22
Stacy Compton MEM
24
Brandon Miller KEN
19
IRP
23
NSH
22
BRI
25
GTW
27
Chad Chaffin NHA
36
LVS
16
TAL
8
MAR
7
ATL
36
TEX
24
PHO
22
HOM
30
2008 DAY
36
CAL
28
ATL
25
MAR
22
KAN
17
CLT
21
MFD
19
DOV
21
TEX
25
MCH
27
MEM
23
KEN
23
IRP
13
HOM
28
26th 2,311
Paul Poulter MLW
30
NHA
25
Jeff Green NSH
26
BRI
27
GTW
18
LVS
7
TAL
21
MAR
31
ATL
23
TEX
24
Mike Bliss PHO
31
2009 DAY
33
CAL
18
ATL
8
MAR
15
KAN CLT
27
DOV TEX MCH MLW MEM KEN IRP NSH BRI CHI IOW GTY NHA LVS MAR TAL TEX PHO HOM 42nd 515

Truck No. 44 historyEdit

In 2007, Key debuted a new second truck, numbered 44 to run alongside the primary number 40. At Daytona, the truck was driven by Larry Foyt, who finished 32nd after an early accident. Morgan Shepherd piloted the truck for the next two races Auto Club and Atlanta, start and parking both times finishing 34th and 33rd, respectively. Frank Kreyer drove the truck at Martinsville, and drove again two races later at Mansfield with sponsorship from Culver's. Kreyer finished 28th at Martinsville, and 34th at Mansfield after engine problems. The team returned for one race in a start and park role in 2008 with Shepherd at Auto Club finishing 34th. The team returned in 2009, with the crew chief of the 40 truck, Lance Hooper, behind the wheel. Hooper raced the opening two races, finishing 35th at Daytona, and 36th at Auto Club in a start and park role.

Truck No. 44 resultsEdit

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Owners Pts
2007 Larry Foyt 44 Chevy DAY
32
41st 332
Morgan Shepherd CAL
34
ATL
33
Frank Kreyer MAR
28
KAN CLT MFD
34
DOV TEX MCH MLW MEM KEN IRP NSH BRI GTW NHA LVS TAL MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM
2008 Morgan Shepherd DAY CAL
34
ATL MAR KAN CLT MFD DOV TEX MCH MLW MEM KEN IRP NSH BRI GTY NHA LVS TAL MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM 63rd 0
2009 Lance Hooper DAY
35
CAL
36
ATL MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX MCH MLW MEM KEN IRP NSH BRI CHI IOW GTW NHA LVS MAR TAL TEX PHO HOM 66th 113

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