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Ware reflects on ISM Raceway start, outlook on 2019

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Cody Ware at Bristol Motor Speedway in April 2018. Photo by Marcus Leno/The Racing Experts

Cody Ware’s NASCAR race weekend at ISM Raceway two weeks ago started with his No. 51 car losing the brakes on the out lap in practice, forcing the team to ditch its primary car.

The team was able to utilize a back-up car from Premium Motorsports and Ware logged his best finish to date in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in the Can-Am 500 on November 11.

“To finish P28 in a backup car that wasn’t even ours is just an incredible day, couldn’t ask for more,” Ware said.

Ware started in five Cup Series races this year, all for his father’s team, Rick Ware Racing.

Ware finished the year 43rd in the championship standings.

Next season
Ware said it is possible to see him run more races in NASCAR’s premier series in 2019.

As for a potential Rookie-of-the-Year campaign, “Potentially, we’ll see what happens,” he said.

The 23-year-old driver has competed in nine races in NASCAR’s top series across two seasons.

Rick Ware Racing will be entering its third full-time season of competition in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2019.

“I think Rick Ware Racing is going to two full-time charters next year, and I think that we’re going to keep growing, and each and every year,” Ware said.

“We’re going to get better and better. It’s a great opportunity to jump on board.”

The team secured a charter from Richard Petty Motorsports in December of 2017. No word on where the second charter could come from.

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