A pair of Texas natives are pairing to form a new NASCAR team in 2011 that will compete on a limited basis in the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck series in 2011 with another Texan, David Starr, behind one of the wheels.
Leavine Fenton Racing will attempt six Cup races with Starr and three Truck events with co-owner Lance Fenton as driver. Both Ford entries will carry No. 95 and receive support from Roush Fenway Racing and Roush Yates Engines. Wally Rogers has been hired as crew chief for the operation, which will be based out of their Concord, N.C., shop.
Co-owners Fenton and Bob Leavine hail from Tyler, Texas, and look to combine their business savvy and racing experience into a successful venture.
"They understand what it will take, and they're willing to do it," Starr said. "Bob's company was involved in some sponsorship with my racing last season, and Lance did a few Truck races with us last year. We were talking about doing some Nationwide races, but they decided they wanted to try the Sprint Cup Series."
Leavine is owner of WRL General Contractors Ltd., which has been in operation for more than 30 years. His racing background also spans several years.
"I am excited about our new NASCAR Cup team," Leavine said. "There are some opportunities now in NASCAR that may never come around again, and we are blessed to be in a position to take advantage of those opportunities. There are several things I expect to get out of this venture but top on the list is to enjoy myself around a great group of people at NASCAR."
Fenton is the owner of Fenton Motor Group in Tyler and Phoenix Design and Manufacturing LLC, in Oklahoma City. He has raced and owned teams since the mid 1980s. Last year, he made his debut in the Truck Series, competing in five races combined with Team Gill Racing and Rick Ware Racing, with a best finish of 19th at Darlington.
Leavine Fenton Racing's initial schedule includes both races at Texas and Charlotte, and one each at Kentucky and Chicagoland in Cup; both races at Texas and one at Charlotte in Truck.
"I am really looking forward to the opportunities at Leavine Fenton Racing," said Rogers, a 10-time winner as a crew chief. "Just knowing that Bob and Lance are 100 percent supportive makes the sky the limit for what we can achieve as a group. I also can't wait to start working with David. He and I became friends back when I was in the Camping World Truck Series in 2004. I feel like we both carry a mutual amount of trust and respect for one another and that is going to make it a lot of fun."
Starr, of Houston, has never made a Cup start during a NASCAR career that began in 1998. He is a four-time winner in Trucks and is in negotiations to continue to race in that series in 2011, as well.