GMS Racing considering a move to the NASCAR Cup Series

GMS Racing is contemplating a move to the Monster Energy Cup Series.

Team owner Maury Gallagher told on Saturday the organization would like to make a decision in the next month.

GMS campaigns three full-time Camping World Truck Series programs and two Xfinity Series teams. GMS is the defending Truck Series champion with Johnny Sauter, who currently leads the standings.

“According to (general manager) Mike (Beam), a Cup car can be made from an Xfinity car with a few changes,” Gallagher said. “So we’re building inventory that — assuming there aren’t major changes — can be easily converted. We’re just getting to the point where we’re getting a good stock of new cars. We’ve been working with some of last year’s stuff — we have an affiliation with JR Motorsports. So we’ve been using their stuff. Bought some cars, but we’re finally using our own stuff. Hendrick Motorsports is supplying the chassis.”

Partnership with Hendrick

Hendrick would also provide the engines and equipment for GMS’s Cup effort “assuming they could work with us,” said Gallagher. This week, GMS announced that veteran Cup crew chief Mike Ford has joined the company as competition director. He started at the Statesville, N.C., shop on Tuesday.

“Mike Ford has a great knowledge base to come along to help out and coach,” Gallagher said. “He’ll work with both the Nos. 96 and 23 teams (in the Xfinity Series).”

Gallagher, the CEO and Chairman of Allegiant Travel Company, has been one of most successful new owners in the sport. The self-proclaimed stick-and-ball enthusiast, made his foray into racing in 2012 with son Spencer Gallagher in the ARCA series. He transitioned into the Camping World Truck Series the following season.

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