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Sprint Cup Team Phoenix Racing Sold, With Turner Scott Motorsports Rumored As Buyer

The sale of NASCAR Sprint Cup team Phoenix Racing "was completed" yesterday, with an official announcement coming as soon as tomorrow, according to sources cited by David Newton of ESPN.com. Team Owner James Finch would not name the potential buyer, but a source said that Turner Scott Motorsports co-Owner Harry Scott Jr. "had strong interest." Turner Scott teams compete in NASCAR's Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series. Finch will fund the No. 51 Chevy that "gets its engines and chassis from Hendrick Motorsports through the July 28 Brickyard 400" at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sources said that Finch will "be with the organization that also fields a Nationwide car part time through the Sept. 7 Sprint Cup race at Richmond" (ESPN.com, 7/17). Finch said that he will "assist the new owner through the Sprint Cup race at Atlanta on Sept. 1." That race will "mark the end of Finch’s 23-year run as a Sprint Cup and Nationwide team owner." Finch: “They wanted the help. They’ve never run any Cup races or anything like that, so I’m going to help them. I don’t want to say a whole lot. They’ve got a sponsorship and a driver they want to introduce later in the year" (Panama City NEWS HERALD, 7/18).
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