Mooresville, NC - This weekend Gase will be pulling double duty at Talladega Superspeedway. However, this isn't his typical double duty weekend that he's done five previous times throughout the season. Gase will be making his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut with Copp Motorsports and finishing off the weekend in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race with StarCom Racing.
This weekend will be Gase's fourth race with StarCom Racing in the #00 Chevrolet with one of those starts coming back in April at Talladega. Unfortunately with about 10 laps remaining in the GEICO 500 Gase was experiencing engine issues which ended their top 20 run. Despite the engine issue, he was still able to pick up seven spots and finished the race in 27th.
A few weeks ago Gase announced that Sparks Energy Inc. was teaming up with him on both his MENCS #00 and his NCWTS #83. However, you won't see the typical black and yellow scheme with lightning bolts down the side. That's because Sparks Energy is donating their sponsorship space to The PFK Foundation in efforts to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. On the upper quarter panels you will find a text-to-donate number (Text PFK to 243725) in which fans can donate directly to the Foundation. Also, on the deck lid and bed of the truck you will find loved ones names who have been affected by this terrible disease in some way.
Gase's last start with StarCom Racing came just a few weeks ago at Richmond Raceway in the Eternal Fan #00. Eternal Fan is jumping back on board the #00 Chevrolet this weekend as an associate sponsor on the lower quarter panels. "We are pleased to partner up with Joey and StarCom again, as they return to Talladega," said Eternal Fan President Matt Linn. "As many race Fans know, great racing and Memories are made at 'Dega. We look forward to a memorable weekend where many Fan Memories are talked about for years to come!"
Gase has made a total of 231 starts between the NASCAR XFINITY Series and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but he's never made a start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. This weekend he will get his shot with Copp Motorsports in the Fr8Auctions 250. His #83 Chevrolet Silverado will look almost identical to his Cup car with The PFK Foundation logo on the hood and the purple and pink wings extended down the side of the truck. "I'm beyond excited to get my first truck series start under my belt this weekend," said Gase. "Not only that, but to do it for such a great cause means even more to me. What Sparks Energy Inc. is doing for The PFK Foundation is incredible. I'm so humbled to be apart of it all and it couldn't be a better weekend to do it."
Friday, October 12th
10:05-10:55 a.m. | NCWTS First Practice | FS2
11:35 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. | NCWTS Final Practice | FS2
5:35 p.m. | NCWTS Qualifying | FS2
Saturday, October 13th
11:05 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. | MENCS Practice | NBCSN
1:00 p.m. | NCWTS Fr8Auctions 250 | FOX
4:35 p.m. | MENCS Qualifying | NBCSN
Sunday, October 14th
2:00 p.m. | MENCS 1000Bulbs.com 500 | NBC
*All times are Eastern*
About The PFK Foundation:
From the moment Kayleigh was diagnosed with DIPG our family was surrounded with amazing supporters. From our family, to our town, to our amazing medical team at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - we have been blessed. Now, it is our turn to honor our precious girl's memory and give back.
The PFK Foundation is Kayleigh's legacy, a legacy of hope, joy, and a brighter future for all children fighting cancer. Our primary objective is to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research. Currently, we are partnering with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to fund new DIPG research, as well as give back to the community that has so graciously cared for us. Together we can make a difference!
About Sparks Energy Inc.:
Sparks Energy, Inc. was founded in 2007 to address a growing need by both Investor Owned Utilities and Electric Co-ops for a quality workforce to perform storm response and energy restoration services. The Sparks Energy, Inc. team has over 35 years of experience in utility construction and management.
Sparks is a committed leader in Energy Restoration Management. Their crews are qualified for overhead/underground distribution, transmission, substation and ROW operations. They are composed of both union and non-union crews. The crews remain non-associated with mutual aid giving them the ability to move throughout the U.S. without having to request RMAG releases.
About Eternal Fan:
Eternal Fan™ was created to provide a better way for Fans to celebrate the passion that they have for sports and the places where they experienced positive shared memories. Eternal Fan™ is transforming traditions by creating a legacy for people to celebrate their sporting lives for generations to come.
Fan Memories™ programs are custom-designed for each venue to continue the relationships with their avid fans. Their most passionate enthusiasts can preserve their favorite memories for generations to come. Fan Memories™ is powered by Eternal Fan™, who in turn works with the venue to create many innovative opportunities for Fan engagement. These enhanced, customized interactions are designed to deepen connections with sports venues and create perpetual Fan loyalty.
About StarCom Racing:
StarCom Racing, founded in 2017, is located in North Carolina and fields the 00 and 99 cars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. New to the sport, but eager to succeed, SCR acquired a NASCAR Charter and is running a full 2018 season with the 00 Camaro, staying true to its passion for Chevrolet. Bringing new innovation and competition to the track, SCR is led by Team Manager and former Daytona 500 Champion, Derrike Cope.
About Copp Motorsports:
Competing in their second consecutive season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), Copp Motorsports field the No. 83 Chevy Silverado. The team is owned and operated by NASCAR over-the-wall veteran and New York Native, DJ Copp. In 2017, Copp Motorsports earned their team-best finish of 10th at ISM Raceway.