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TriStar Motorsports has recently made changes by restructuring teams in preparation for the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. Formerly fielding four full-time entries, TriStar has scaled back to two full-time teams in an effort to refocus goals and enhance the level of competition. TriStar will actively participate in the XFINITY Series fielding the No. 14 and No. 44 Toyota Camrys for the season.
TriStar continues the partnership with the Zachry Group as primary sponsor of the No. 44 with Texas native, David Starr, behind the wheel. Frank Kerr, former Crew Chief at Richard Petty Motorsports, has joined TriStar and will serve as Crew Chief of the No. 44. Kerr brings valuable knowledge to the organization with a combined total of 13 years of NASCAR Crew Chief experience; nine years in Sprint Cup Series and four years in XFINITY Series.
The No. 14 Toyota Camry will continue under the leadership of Crew Chief Eddie Pardue. Pardue served as the Crew Chief of the No. 14 last season. Drivers and sponsorship of the No. 14 are still in negotiations, with announcements expected soon. Opportunities still remain for the number 14.
Blake Koch and TriStar Motorsports have amicably parted ways to allow Koch to independently pursue alternate options for 2016. He will continue with the No. 8 car that he formerly drove at TriStar Motorsports in 2015.
CREDIT: TriStar Motorsports