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Smithfield shifts racing sponsorship to Stewart-Haas

Smithfield shifts racing sponsorship to Stewart-Haas

Patrick - who has seven Top-10 finishes in 180 career starts in NASCAR - had been under contract with Stewart's team through 2018. "Our fantastic partners, such as Aspen Dental and Code 3, stepped up in a big way on short notice this year and I am incredibly grateful".

"We have enjoyed our relationship with Richard Petty over the past five years, but are excited to join SHR and explore new ways to leverage our NASCAR sponsorship", said Kenneth Sullivan, president and CEO.

Patrick is done at Stewart-Haas Racing, and her future in NASCAR is now up in the air amid a sponsorship shake-up. That's not fun. "If I don't feel like I can have the opportunity to move on from there and have a better opportunity, then honestly, I don't care [about racing] just because it's not fun". "It definitely makes her really happy doing that, so if she didn't have all those other things going on that she enjoyed, I think I would be a little concerned because nobody wants to just quit racing". Smithfield is moving to sponsor a team at Stewart-Haas Racing.

SHR is regarded as one of NASCAR's upper-echelon organizations, having won Cup Series championships in 2011 (Tony Stewart) and 2014 (Kevin Harvick). Though he hasn't won a race this season, Kenseth did qualify for the inaugural NASCAR Playoffs, eking in on points after nearly seeing an incident involving an ambulance on the track at Richmond torpedo his postseason hopes.

"She could leave right now and she's made a great impact", Larson said.

Stewart's team has struggled with sponsorship issues for three of its four cars.

Close friend Kyle Larson said Patrick has nothing left to prove in racing. Smithfield could end up on the vehicle Patrick has driven with another driver, or the team could downsize.

Here lone IndyCar victory was in 2008 at a race in Japan.

Danica Patrick has driven for one of the top NASCAR Cup Series teams over the past half-decade, and she has still failed to perform at even a somewhat decent level. Her best finish in the final Cup standings was 24th twice (2015 and 2016). SHR landed fig-bar company Nature's Bakery to sponsor Patrick from 2016 to 2018, but the company terminated the deal, SHR sued Nature's Bakery and they eventually settled. The team does not have a deal yet with current Daytona 500 victor Kurt Busch, and Busch, Patrick and Clint Bowyer have all had sponsorship difficulties this season. While not likely racing next year, she likely will remain a familiar face at the race track as boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. competes for Roush Fenway Racing.

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