Stewart-Haas, Biagi-DenBeste join forces in 2018

Stewart-Haas Racing

By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

In an effort to bolster their inaugural efforts with a NASCAR XFINITY Series program, Stewart-Haas Racing announced on Monday that they will be partnering with Biagi-DenBeste Racing for the 2018 season. The operation will be known as Stewart-Haas Racing with Biagi-DenDeste, and only applies to the XFINITY program.

In 2018, Stewart-Haas Racing with Biagi-DenBeste will continue to run the No. 00 Haas Automation Ford with Cole Custer. The part-time No. 41 ride, driven by Kevin Harvick, will change to the No. 98. Hunt Brothers Pizza and FIELDS will remain as sponsors for the part-time ride in 2018.

“We’re always looking to improve our performance and find ways to make our teams more efficient,” said Tony Stewart, who co-owns Stewart-Haas Racing with Haas Automation founder Gene Haas. “While we’ve been in NASCAR for nine years, this was our first year in the XFINITY Series. Partnering with Biagi-DenBeste Racing gives our XFINITY Series program added depth as we prepare for next season.”

Biagi-DenBeste Racing currently has a partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports. Aric Almirola and Casey Mears were the drivers for the part-time efforts. Since 2001, Biagi-DenBeste Racing have collected three wins.

“Racing is our passion and to ensure our presence in this sport for years to come, it made sense to partner with an established team that also fields entries in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series,” said Fred Biagi, co-owner of Biagi-DenBeste Racing with Bill and Lori DenBeste. “We look forward to competing for wins and defending our victory at Talladega.”

The schedule for the No. 98 ride will be announced at a later date.

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