Nashville businessman Gary Baker and record executive Mike Curb have assumed full ownership of the Brewco Motorsports NASCAR Nationwide Series team from former owners Clarence and Tammy Brewer.
Baker announced that he had acquired a controlling interest in the team back in September, and now owns the team outright, along with Curb. Both men have long histories in motorsports. Baker is the former owner of Bristol Motor Speedway and Nashville Speedway, while Curb is best known for sponsoring Dale Earnhardt’s 1980 Winston Cup Championship car, and serving as car-owner for Richard Petty’s 200th career win at Daytona in 1984. He has been a major player in the recording industry, as well, with his Curb Records’ lineup including artists such as LeAnn Rimes, Wynonna Judd, Hank Williams, Jr., Rodney Atkins and Tim McGraw.
“We are looking forward to creating a winning professional sports team that NASCAR and the City of Nashville can be proud of,” said Baker. “Gary and I are going to build a world-class race organization that can compete in today’s challenging NASCAR environment. We have already moved the team to a brand new shop in Nashville, hired some top-notch talent, and put a great young driver on our roster to get us started.”
Brad Coleman will drive the team’s No. 27 Kleenex Ford Fusion beginning at Daytona in February, but Baker admitted there is still work to do before then.
“We still have a long way to go to be ready for Daytona,” he said. “We are making some big-time hires, signing sponsor partners, getting the new website ready and a myriad of other important initiatives that need to be finished before we call it a year.”