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Spencer Boyd to make maiden Cup start at Michigan

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Spencer Boyd has joined forces with Rick Ware Racing for his Monster Energy Cup Series début in Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway. The two parties, who had worked together in previous years, announced the news on Wednesday morning. He will drive the #53 Ford Mustang.

“Spencer is a smart young driver with a great deal of potential,” team owner Rick Ware stated. “I respect him for what he’s been able to do in our sport and I’m happy to be in a position to provide him this opportunity.”

Boyd currently competes full-time in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series for Young’s Motorsports. Currently sixteenth in points, his best finish is fourth in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. He had missed the series’ latest round at Eldora Speedway to treat a back injury (Landon Huffman replaced him in the #20), but will return to action in Saturday’s Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan.

“The past few weeks have been a roller coaster ride for me,” Boyd said. “A dear friend once told me that life is just one big adjustment and it has never been more true than what I’ve experienced lately. Honestly, the injury provided me with a different perspective on my life and career, so with limited opportunities to make a debut I knew I had to take this chance. I love racing on Fridays, but I’m not going to lie, racing this Sunday will be pretty cool too.”

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In 2016, Boyd ran his first Xfinity Series race with RWR, finishing twenty-ninth at Iowa Speedway. During a limited schedule in the Xfinity and Truck Series in 2017, he also attempted two races in the latter with RWR’s #12; after failing to quality at Daytona, he finished twentieth at Kansas Speedway. The following year,, he contested a full Xfinity campaign in 2018 with SS-Green Light Racing, where he was twenty-sixth in the standings with a best run of seventeenth at Daytona.

“I’ve known Rick for a long time,” Boyd commented. “He’s opened a lot of doors for me and this is a really big door for which I am truly grateful.”

RWR currently fields the #51 and #52 full-time for a variety of drivers, with Cody Ware and Austin Theriault expected to pilot the respective cars at Michigan. McLeod débuted the #53 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, and Josh Bilicki and Joey Gase also recorded starts with the number. Gase holds the #53’s best finish of twenty-seventh at Daytona in July.

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