When the 2021 season kicks off at Daytona Worldwide Speedway in February, Spire Motorsports will likely be entering into its third full-time season as a crew in NASCAR. Sure, you heard that right.
Their first two years all through the NASCAR ambiance have been fascinating, to say the very least. After the unlucky collapse of former championship-winning crew Furnishings Row Racing, Spire Sports activities actions actions & Leisure purchased the outdated No. 78 construction and shortly morphed the operation into its personal race crew. Due to buy of the construction, it gave Spire Motorsports a locked-in spot for each race.
In 2019, Spire was principally acknowledged for an infinite second beneath gloomy Florida skies, as Justin Haley, in merely his third occupation begin, shocked the NASCAR world and stole the win at Daytona Worldwide Speedway by staying out on the observe when lightning pressured the race to an early finish.
Nonetheless the crew scored solely two extra top-30 finishes after that time and completed 36th all through the ultimate proprietor standings, extra indicative of what was a principally underwhelming maiden season with its roster of drivers all through the No. 77.
So understandably, the targets for 2020 have been set larger: bigger velocity, bigger consistency and higher finishes.
It began off sturdy; Ross Chastain drove Spire’s No. 77 all through the Daytona 500, ending 25th after caring in a multi-car crash with merely two laps to go whereas racing inside the most effective 10.
The crew utilized one totally different number of drivers for 2020 along with Chastain, with Reed Sorenson, JJ Yeley, Garrett Smithley, Josh Bilicki, BJ McLeod, assortment newcomer James Davison, Stanton Barrett and Haley filling out the season. Sorenson made primarily primarily essentially the most begins out of this group with 12, though he solely had a finest end of 29th, which purchased proper right here at Darlington Raceway in Would possibly.
As rapidly as as quickly as additional, it was Haley who was part of Spire’s two largest moments all via the 2020 season.
Attributable to his upset win at Daytona in 2019, the win granted he and the crew a spot all through the All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway in July. Haley drew the fourth beginning place and managed to finish all 140 laps and end 14th, beating out loads of the assortment’ superstars.
Then purchased proper right here October, when the YellaWood 500 befell at Talladega Superspeedway. Misplaced all through the midst of the last-lap penalties and wrecks was the No. 77 of Haley, who minded his personal enterprise and quietly took residence 11th, giving Spire its finest end of the 2020 season.
This consequence by Haley at Talladega was a part of three top-20 finishes the crew recorded, turning right into a member of Chastain’s finishes of 17th at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and 16th at Daytona in August. The final of top-30 finishes for Spire jumped from seven in 2019 to 13 in 2020. The crew furthermore completed 34th all through the ultimate proprietor standings, shifting up two positions from 36th in 2019.
With Leavine Household Racing going up within the market on the tip of the yr, Spire used this as an opportunity to increase its fleet, searching for the belongings of Leavine’s outdated No. 95 crew, which furthermore had a construction, which suggests each of Spire’s vehicles will likely be locked into every race in 2021.
On Nov. 30, it was launched that Corey LaJoie was signed to be the first driver of Spire’s No. 7 car in a multi-year deal. As of now, no driver confirmations have been made for his or her No. 77 car, though it’s projected to be a multi-driver lineup.
The hiring of LaJoie, plus its growth to a two-car common, can a minimal of give Spire a couple of factors to carry their heads excessive on all via this offseason. Nonetheless in the long term, it nonetheless has a tall hill to climb. The crew has solely six lead-lap finishes in its 72-race tenure. Contemplating its stage of lackluster performances with only one car of their common, it’ll be fascinating to see the best way through which it fares with two full-time vehicles. If LaJoie and the Spire crew can uncover a superb stage of chemistry between one another, probably its fixed finishes of 25th or worse may very successfully be a component of the sooner.