Big Machine Racing will enter into an enhanced partnership with Richard Childress Racing, the team announced on Thursday via a press release.
“To be able to join Richard Childress and the iconic RCR means we just put a turbocharger on our Big Machine Racing program,” said Big Machine Racing team owner Scott Borchetta in the release. “As a racer and fan, I’ve always looked up to Richard, all of his accomplishments, and his organization. He’s a winner in the truest sense and I look forward to the day that we can share our first victory together.”
The Big Machine Racing team has had a steady and drama-free first season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Considering the team was brand new, and the fact they were contesting the full schedule with a rookie driver in Jade Buford, the fact that they sit 23rd in the championship standings and have torn up very little equipment has to be considered a huge success.
Now, they look forward to taking the next step toward being more competitive in 2022.
“Scott Borchetta and everyone at Big Machine Racing have built a great program and we look forward to not only continuing our relationship in 2022, but to enhancing it with additional technical and engineering support,” said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. “Our team partnership model is proven, and we know that this partnership will be beneficial for Big Machine Racing, RCR, ECR and Chevrolet.”
Buford will return to the No. 48 as the driver next season, and the Tennessee-native is pumped for the new alliance with RCR.
“I’m over-the-top excited for the future of Big Machine Racing,” said Buford. “An alliance with an organization like RCR will give us a huge advantage in improving our racing program and add another level of consistency that will help us achieve better results across the entire season.
“With support and access to RCR’s resources, we will have a much better playbook going into every race. Thank you to our team owner, Scott Borchetta, for making this opportunity possible. This will be a huge step forward in making Big Machine Racing a weekly front-runner in the Xfinity Series.”
Buford has scored two top-10 finishes through 31-career NASCAR Xfinity Series starts. With next year’s enhanced partnership with Richard Childress Racing, Buford will certainly drive the best equipment he’s ever driven in a stock car next season.