NASCAR: New team expected to run full-time in 2021

J.J. Yeley, NY Racing Team, NASCAR (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)
J.J. Yeley, NY Racing Team, NASCAR (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images) /

NY Racing Team have never competed full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series before, but that is expected to change in the 2021 season.

We already know about the arrival of three new chartered teams to the NASCAR Cup Series for 2021: the Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin co-owned 23XI Racing, the Justin Marks-owned Trackhouse Racing Team and the B.J. McLeod and Matt Tifft co-owned Live Fast Motorsports.

But there is one other team expected to run full-time in 2021 after having never done so before.

NY Racing Team, the team formerly known as Xxxtreme Motorsport and Team Xtreme Racing, have not competed in the Cup Series since 2018, and they have never run a full season at the top level of stock car racing.

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The John Cohen-owned team last competed in the Cup Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May of 2018 with J.J. Yeley behind the wheel of the #7 Chevrolet. He was classified in 38th place after a fuel pump issue ended his race on lap 192 of 400.

This marked their first start since Reed Sorenson’s 32nd place finish in the 2015 Daytona 500 behind the wheel of the #44 Chevrolet. All in all, the team have competed in just 17 Cup Series races. They opened in 2009 and competed in three Xfinity Series races that year, but they did not make their their Cup Series debut until 2012 with David Reutimann behind the wheel of the #44 Ford at Phoenix Raceway.

NY Racing Team have been planning to return in 2021, and according to Catchfence‘s Chris Knight, they are planning to run the full 36-race schedule, despite not having one of the 36 charters to guarantee themselves a starting spot in each race.

They do not yet have anything to announce as far as driver(s) and sponsor(s) are concerned.

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The 2021 season is scheduled to run from Sunday, February 14 with the 63rd annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway to Sunday, November 7 with the championship-deciding season finale at Phoenix Raceway.