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Sources: Penske Buying NASCAR Charter From Roush Fenway For Blaney's Ride

Team Penske is going to buy a charter from Roush Fenway Racing, sources said, presumably to run starting for the '18 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season on its new No. 12 Ford driven by Ryan Blaney. The selling price was unclear, but charters have typically been sold for low seven figures since the system’s implementation in '16. It was also unclear whether the move would be officially announced, but RFR informed its shop of the move yesterday. The move by Penske to acquire a third charter was expected, as teams need to run charters on each of their cars in order to receive the significant financial benefits that come with it. Penske needed to purchase or lease a third one for '18 as it expands to a third car in the Cup Series. It was unclear how many teams Penske talked to about acquiring a charter. By selling one of its charters to Penske, RFR also keeps the charter in the Ford stable. RFR after the sale will have two charters for its two Cup cars. Sources said that if the opportunity arose, RFR could expand back to three cars and buy another charter. RFR moved from three cars to two last season when it dissolved its No. 16 operation that had been driven by Greg Biffle. There were eight charter transactions during the first offseason under the system in '16, and there have been several more this offseason.