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The Motorsports Group was formed after it was purchased from Tommy Ellis in 1993 and debuted at the Miller 500 as the #05 Moen Faucets Chevrolet with Roger Sawyer driving. He qualified 14th and finished 22nd. Bobby Hamilton drove three races later at Dover International Speedway, where he finished 29th after suffering handling problems. He ran two additional races for Key later in the season, finishing 17th and 32nd, respectively. Ellis drove for TMG in their final race of the year at Hickory Motor Speedway, and finished fifth.Randy MacDonald drove for two consecutive races for TMG at the beginning of the following season, his best finish being 21st. Tommy Ellis returned to run a part-time schedule for TMG. In nine starts, he had two top-ten finishes. Tom Peck finished out the season for TMG.

 

The Motorsports Group made its first race of 1995 at the Hardee’s 250 with Steve Boley. They did not run until the fall Richmond race with Chuck Bown driving. After finishing 38th due to an engine failure, Bown finished 9th at the following race at Charlotte before suffering another engine failure at North Carolina Speedway. Bown returned to TMG in 1996 at Richmond, where he finished in 31st place. Later in the season, Jeff Burton drove for TMG at Charlotte, finishing 42nd with Exide Batteries sponsorship. In 1997, 19-year-old Jimmy Foster was hired to drive the #11 Outdoor Channel/Speedvision car, running ten races with a best finish of 16th at New Hampshire. He was released and replaced for a pair of races by Larry Pearson

The Motorsports Group returned to the Nationwide Series in 2008. Jeff Green took the wheel of the #31 Chevy for three races with a best finish of 28th.

In 2009, the team changed the number to #40 and signed Scott Wimmer as the primary driver. Wimmer ran 24 races for the team with a best finish of 7th in Memphis. During the races Wimmer spent with JR Motorsports, Green, Aric AlmirolaJeffrey Earnhardt, and Bliss drove the car.

For 2010, Bliss signed on as the driver of the car for the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. Bliss ran 31 races with a best finish of 8th at Bristol. Jeff Green drove four races for the team when Bliss drove for Kevin Harvick Incorporated with a best finish of 20th at Kentucky.

In 2011, Scott Wimmer started with the intention of running full-time for the #40 team. After 11 races and a best finish of 12th, Wimmer left. Rookie of the year candidate Charles Lewandoski began driving the #40 after Wimmer left. Lewandoski had a best finish of 24th with the team while keeping them in the top 30 in owner’s points to remain locked in.

For 2012, Josh Wise drove the car for the first two races before switching to the 42, to ensure Erik Darnell ran a full season.

At the start of 2013 Reed Sorenson was signed to drive the #40 full time and at Daytona Richard Petty Motorsports driver Michael Annett was injured and Sorenson took over driving duties at Las Vegas for RPM, Sprint Cup Series driver Josh Wise is filling in for Sorenson until Annett is cleared to be back in the car. TJ Bell ended the season in the #40 car.

 

Josh Wise takes the wheel of the Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet for the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series Season.

 

 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 

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The Motorsports Group returned to NASCAR competition in 2004 in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starting at the season-opening race at Daytona International SpeedwayJoey Clanton drove for the first two races of the season in the #40 Optech Chevy. Tony Raines attempted the fall races at Richmond and Martinsville for TMG, but did not qualify. TMG did not race in 2005 until the summer Bristol race when Andy Houston drove the truck to a 33rd-place finish.

Chad Chaffin attempted the first six races of 2006, finishing eighteenth at California Speedway, and a 26th place finish at Gateway. Beginning at the City of Mansfield 250Dale Earnhardt, Inc. development driver Ryan Moore was named the team’s new driver. He had three top-twenty finishes before resigning his position after the New Hampshire race. Tim Fedewa drove at Las Vegas followed by Derrike Cope at Talladega Superspeedway, who ran in the top-ten before becoming involved in a late crash. Shane Huffman finished out three of the final four races of 2006 for TMG.

 

In 2007Mike Bliss drove the first four races in the 40, posting a tenth-place finish at California. Clay Rogers and Huffman shared the ride for the rest of the half of the season, with Stacy Compton driving at Memphis. Brandon Miller drove for the next five races with Westerman Companies sponsoring, before Chaffin returned to finish out the season in the 40. TMG also debuted a second truck, the #44 in 2007. Larry Foyt drove first at Daytona, followed by Morgan Shepherd the next two races, who finished 34th and 33rd, respectively. Frank Kreyer raced in two short track races in the truck, bringing Culver’s sponsorship. His best finish was 28th. Chaffin began the 2008 season in the #40, but was replaced by Jeff Green and Pete Poulter later in the year. Mike Bliss took over the #40 Chevy for ultimately a part-time schedule in 2009. Lance Hooper drove two races in the #44 Chevy.

 

 

 

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