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Report: Premium Motorsports halts operations on No. 66 NASCAR Sprint Cup car

Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 - Practice

Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 - Practice

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The No. 66 NASCAR Sprint Cup car for Premium Motorsports won’t be seen at Auto Club Speedway this weekend.

According to, Premium Motorsports owner Jay Robinson’s reasoning is simple.

“The No. 66 is not a sponsored team,” Robinson told “And if you’re not making races, then you’re not making money. Fortunately, we made the Daytona 500, so that carried us for a while. Every race is expensive and when you have to pay for tires, engines and personnel it’s hard to do.”

While Mike Wallace placed 36th for the team in the Daytona 500, the following weeks saw the car fail to get through inspection in time to qualify at Atlanta and then fail to make the race at Las Vegas. Tanner Berryhill replaced Wallace last weekend at Phoenix and failed to qualify.

Robinson has fielded cars in the XFinity Series since 2000 and moved into the Sprint Cup Series in 2014. He said he doesn’t know when the No. 66 car will appear again.

“If an opportunity comes up, we might be at Martinsville, but as of now we won’t be taking the car to California,” Robinson said.

Robinson’s second car, the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevy driven by Brendan Gaughan, is on the entry list for this weekend’s race.

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