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Stewart-Haas Racing has announced its 2018 driver and crew chief pairings for its four teams competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. John Klausmeier, a race engineer with SHR since 2009, has been promoted to crew chief for Aric Almirola and the No. 10 Smithfield team, Stewart Haas Racing PR reports.

Stewart-Haas Racing has announced its 2018 driver and crew chief pairings for its four teams competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Taking over as crew chief for Kurt Busch and the No. 41 team is Billy Scott, who joined SHR in 2016 as crew chief for Danica Patrick and the No. 10 team, Stewart Haas Racing PR reports.

Front Row Motorsports will step up its two-car Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series program in 2018 with an elevated partnership with Ford Performance. The Bob Jenkins-owned team will put experience behind the wheel of its Fords, re-signing veteran David Ragan and adding free agent Michael McDowell to the driver roster, Front Row Motorsports PR reports.

Ricky Taylor believes Acura Team Penske is already "ready to win" heading into the program's debut race in next month's Rolex 24 at Daytona. According to Taylor, the level of preparation has given added confidence for the team to hit the ground running, sportscar365.com reports.

Richard Childress Racing and Caterpillar Inc. have renewed their overall partnership and sponsorship of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro team, and driver Ryan Newman, Richard Childress Racing PR reports.

Kurt Busch, who said two weeks ago that he "absolutely" planned to return to Stewart-Haas Racing, has signed a contract to remain at SHR with sponsorship from Monster Energy, Bob Pockrass of ESPN reports.

Justin Fontaine will compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series next season, driving a second-truck full-time for Niece Motorsports, catchfence.com reports.

John Hunter Nemechek is taking the next step up the NASCAR career ladder. The 20-year-old son of NASCAR veteran Joe Nemechek, will move up to the NASCAR Xfinity Series next season, where he will share the driving duties in Chip Ganassi Racing's No. 42 Chevrolet, motorsport.com reports.

Michael Shank Racing has confirmed its return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a revised two-car lineup, featuring new additions Lawson Aschenbach, Justin Marks and Alvaro Parente joining Katherine Legge at the wheel of the pair of Acura NSX GT3 cars, sportscar365.com reports.

Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber have been confirmed in returning to Porsche's IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship program, rejoining the CORE autosport-run operation on a full-time basis following their stints in LMP1, sportscar365.com reports.

Wright Motorsports will make its return to endurance racing full-time next year, with Patrick Long and Christina Nielsen confirmed in a Porsche 911 GT3 R for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, sportscar365.com reports.

After ending his rookie Xfinity season with Randall Burnett as crew chief, Daniel Hemric will be back with Danny Stockman Jr. on top of his pit box in 2018, NBC Sports reports.

Heinemeier Hansson will drive one of 3GT's Lexus entries in the IMSA GT Daytona class for the 2018 season.

Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Rheem will sponsor Christopher Bell and Ryan Preece in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2018, Joe Gibbs Racing PR reports.

GMS Racing officials announced that veteran crew chief, Chad Norris will join Spencer Gallagher and the No. 23 team for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season, GMS Racing PR reports.

Talks between Danica Patrick and Chip Ganassi Racing about driving in the 2018 Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 appear to have broken down, according to Chip Ganassi, who informed a packed crowd of the news at the Performance Racing Industry Show opening breakfast, Kickin' the Tires reports.

Although nothing official has been announced, Richard Petty confirmed to Kickin' the Tires that his operation - Richard Petty Motorsports - would be joining the Chevrolet camp and forming an alliance with Richard Childress Racing.

One of the four IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) teams testing at Daytona International Speedway this week is BMW Team RLL. Two of the team's drivers were on hand, returning BMW driver John Edwards alongside Connor de Phillippi, who joins the team after competing with Land Motorsport for two seasons, IMSA.com reports.

While there have been several well-known additions to the Prototype class in 2018, there is one driver who makes his return to the Prototype ranks this week after several years in both the Prototype Challenge (PC) class and, most recently, the GT Daytona (GTD) class. Colin Braun returns with CORE autosport and longtime co-driver Jon Bennett this season as the two debut the team's new No. 54 ORECA LM P2, IMSA.com reports.

Kyle Busch returned to his short track roots over the weekend and won arguably the biggest race in the recent history of Super Late Model competition in the 50th annual Snowball Derby, Autoweek reports.