FAS Lane Racing is entering their third season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Team owner Frank Stoddard has used a number of drivers to help fill out the schedule in the #32 Ford. In both 2011 and 2012 FAS Lane Racing used at least eight drivers each season for the entire season. That will look a little different for FAS Lane Racing in 2013.
Timmy Hill, who has 61 career NASCAR Nationwide Series starts will run at least 18-20 races for the organization and compete for Rookie of the Year honors in 2013. Hill will compete against both Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr for Rookie of the Year. Hill ran three races for the organization in the 2012 season and had a best finish of 22nd at Kansas in October. The 19 year old Port Tobacco, Maryland native has run the last two season in the Nationwide Series with Rick Ware Racing.
"I am very excited to compete in the Sprint Cup Series again this year,” said Hill. Frank and Heidi Stoddard, along with Bob Reath with U.S. Chrome are truly amazing people, and I want to thank them for giving me the opportunity to compete in NASCAR on the Sprint Cup level.”
Joining Hill at FAS Lane Racing will be veteran Cup Series driver Ken Schrader. Schrader will run ten races for the team this season with sponsorship coming from Federated Auto Parts. Schrader ran 13 races for the team in the 2012 with a best finish of 29th at Martinsville in October. Schrader has 753 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts with four career victories.
Along with Schrader veteran driver Terry Labonte will be behind the wheel of the #32 Ford for the four Superspeedway events on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. Labonte will run in his 31st Daytona 500 in February if he makes the field. Labonte ran four races for the team last year and finished 16th at Talladega in October. Labonte has 881 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts and has 22 career wins in the Sprint Cup Series. He is a two time champion, winning the championship in 1984 and 1996.
Hill is excited for the opportunity to learn from the veterans.
"FAS Lane has built themselves a great team and the guys in the shop have been working hard getting the cars ready for this season,” said Hill. “Terry Labonte and Ken Schrader bring a wealth of knowledge to the program and will be great mentors to me while I attempt to earn Rookie of the Year. Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. are great race car drivers, and I am looking forward to battling with them on the track for that title.”
Hill's first race will be at Auto Club Speedway on March 24th.
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