Circle Sport, The Motorsports Group split after one year

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

On Tuesday, The Motorsports Group (TMG) announced that Circle Sport will not be returning as a managing partner for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

The decision to separate from TMG came from Circle Sport owner, Joe Falk, came on Monday. The partnership between these two organizations lasted only one year

“We wish them the best,” stated TMG owner Curtis Key, Sr. “I will continue on this journey and look to rebound for 2018.

Eddie Pardue will continue with TMG. Pardue took the responsibilities as crew chief in the middle of the season from Pat Tryson and will serve as crew chief for TMG in 2018.

“Eddie and I have known each other for a long time, since the Busch Series days, I am happy that he will continue on with us,” Key stated in a press release.

According to reports, Jeffrey Earnhardt, driver of the No. 33 for Circle Sport-TMG, was released from his contract extension that was announced in October. Hulu, who sponsored Earnhardt, does not have definitive plans for 2018 sponsorship.

TMG is currently on a search for a driver and sponsorship for the 2018 season.  “This is sudden for us but we pit a plan together rather quickly, we’ve had discussions with potential drivers but it’s only been a day since the news and we have more calls to make, we look to have a driver announce in early January,” said Key.

TMG will continue to run with Chevrolet as their manufacture and expect to be in Daytona for Speedweeks.

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