SPIRE MOTORSPORTS TO FIELD NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES TEAM IN 2022

CONCORD, N.C. (November 23, 2021) – Spire Motorsports announced today that it will expand its NASCAR footprint and field a team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) in 2022.

 

The team will be led by championship-winning industry veterans Mike Greci and Kevin “Bono” Manion.

 

Greci comes to Spire Motorsports from Hattori Racing Enterprises, where he served as general manager for the last six seasons. Manion has spent the last two years at GMS Racing and will handle the team’s crew chief responsibilities.

 

“After spending the last three seasons establishing our footing in the NASCAR Cup Series, Spire Motorsports is eager to lean on Mike Greci’s leadership and build a competitive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team,” commented Spire Motorsports co-owner T.J. Puchyr. “Mike’s resume speaks for itself. He’s a proven winner and excels at developing young talent. We’re fortunate to add someone as accomplished as Mike to our roster. Being able to complement him with an experienced, championship-winning crew chief in Bono Manion creates a foundation that we expect to be successful right out of the gate.

 

“There’s a tremendous amount of interest, enthusiasm and opportunity in the Camping World Truck Series. We’re excited to expand our team, create new jobs and make our mark in the Truck Series garage the Spire Motorsports’ way.”

 

Greci, a Granby, Conn., native with over five decades of experience, launched his NASCAR career in 1990 as Mike McLaughlin’s crew chief in the ARCA Menard’s Series East (formerly Busch North Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East). Since then, he has earned ARCA Menard’s Series East victories with McLaughlin, Mike Stefanik, Ryan Truex and Brett Moffitt.

 

Greci won consecutive championships with Truex in 2009 and 2010. From 2013-2016, he held the competition director’s role for Turner-Scott Motorsports and HSM with Justin Marks when the teams won four straight ARCA Menard’s Series East titles with drivers Dylan Kwasniewski, Ben Rhodes, William Byron and Justin Haley.

 

He transitioned to Hattori Racing Enterprises as general manager at the end of 2016 where he won four races and earned NCWTS championship honors in 2018 with Moffitt. From 2019-2021, Greci and Austin Hill combined to notch eight wins while clinching a spot in the NCWTS playoffs all three years.

 

“I’m proud to join Spire Motorsports and take full advantage of the opportunity in front of us,” said Greci. “I’ve known both T.J. Puchyr and Jeff Dickerson (Spire Motorsports co-owners) for many years and I’m really impressed with how they go about their business. We’ll have an opportunity to develop some exciting young talent. Being able to pair a young driver with a crew chief as experienced as Bono Manion positions us to be competitive as soon as we hit the track.”

 

Manion has been a staple atop the pit box since 2002 and boasts wins in all three of NASCAR’s elite touring series. Some of his most recognizable accomplishments include back-to-back NASCAR Xfinity Series Championships with Martin Truex Jr., (’04 – ‘05) and NASCAR Cup Series wins including the Daytona 500, Brickyard 400 and Bank of America 500 with Jamie McMurray. He has collected seven NCWTS wins with four different drivers including Daniel Suarez, Kyle Busch, Tyler Ankrum and Zane Smith.

 

“This is an exciting opportunity to help build a new team and establish Spire Motorsports as a top-flight organization in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” offered Manion. “Building something from the ground up is the type of challenge that gets me out of bed in the morning. Collectively, we all envision this as a great opportunity to be competitive and give back to the sport that has given so much to all of us.”

 

The team will name its driver and announce 2022 schedule plans once they are finalized.

 

 

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About Spire Motorsports …

Spire Motorsports was established in 2018 and is co-owned by longtime NASCAR industry executives Jeff Dickerson and Thaddeus “T.J.” Puchyr. Spire Motorsports earned an upset victory for the ages in its first full season when Justin Haley took the checkered flag in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 7, 2019.

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS TO SHOWCASE STREAMER PEACOCK ABOARD NO. 77 CHEVROLET IN SEASON FINALE

CONCORD, N.C. (November 2, 2021) – Spire Motorsports announced today that Peacock – NBCUniversal’s streaming service – will serve as the primary sponsor of the team’s No. 77 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE with driver Justin Haley in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race at Phoenix Raceway.

“We’re thrilled to close out the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season with our friends at Peacock with an absolutely incredible paint scheme,” said Spire Motorsports co-owner T.J. Puchyr. “NBC has provided robust and compelling NASCAR coverage since picking up its portion of the schedule in June at Nashville Superspeedway. Given all NBC does for the sport, we’re proud to fly the Peacock flag in Sunday’s season finale. Spire Motorsports prides itself on bringing exciting and vibrant paint schemes to the track and I think our design team knocked it out of the park with this one. We can’t wait to unload and finish out the season with a solid run at Phoenix.”

Haley earned his lone Cup Series victory in stunning fashion behind the wheel of Spire Motorsports No. 77 Chevrolet on July 7, 2019 at Daytona International Speedway. Over the last three seasons, the Winamac, Ind., native has made 35 starts on NASCAR’s senior circuit, tallying one top-five and trio of top-10 finishes.

In NASCAR Xfinity Series competition, he has earned four wins, 22 top-five and 64 top-10 finishes in 100 starts, including an appearance in the 2020 Championship 4. The 21-year-old is sixth in the series’ point standings heading into the final race of 2021.

While Sunday’s start will be his last for Spire Motorsports, Haley’s presence will be felt across the organization indefinitely.

“Justin Haley has been a staple with Spire Motorsports since we began this adventure and we’ll never forget celebrating our first Cup win with him at Daytona,” added Puchyr. “He’s done everything we’ve ever asked of him, and then some. Justin has an amazing opportunity in front of him with Kaulig Racing in the Cup Series next year. My business partner Jeff Dickerson and I are beyond proud of him and grateful for all he has done to help our team grow. We’ll always be close by and wish him only the very best as he moves into a full-time Cup ride next season.”

Peacock offers a massive catalog of current season hits, iconic movies and TV shows, as well as live news and sports including Sunday Night Football, Premier League, NASCAR, INDYCAR and Nitro Rallycross. Peacock also streams daily sports programming on the NBC Sports channel, including Peacock Original ”Brother from Another” with Michael Smith and Michael Holley, and staples like “The Dan Patrick Show,” “Pro Football Talk Live” and ”The Rich Eisen Show.”

Spire Motorsports collaborated with Peacock earlier this season when Corey LaJoie’s No. 7 entry featured “Boss Baby: Family Business” in the Quaker State 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race from Phoenix Raceway will be televised live on NBC Sunday, November 7 beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). The 36th and final race on the 2021 NCS schedule will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

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About Spire Motorsports …
Spire Motorsports was established in 2018 and is co-owned by longtime NASCAR industry executives Jeff Dickerson and Thaddeus “T.J.” Puchyr. Spire Motorsports earned an upset victory for the ages in its first full season when Justin Haley took the checkered flag in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 7, 2019.