THOMASVILLE, N.C. – Rick Ware Racing has acquired a second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series charter with plans to field two full-time teams next year.

The team, which recently acquired a fleet of cars from Leavine Family Racing and Front Row Motorsports, will field the No. 51 and No. 52 entries next season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The team fielded the No. 52 entry on a part-time basis in 2018.

The team also plans to compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series beginning with the season-opener at Daytona Int’l Speedway on Feb. 18 with acquired owner points for its No. 25 team as a stepping stone within the team’s platform. Rick Ware Racing will sport the No. 25 to reflect the team’s 25th anniversary season of competition celebrated in 2016.

“It’s been a busy off-season for our team since Homestead but we’re embracing 2019 with a wide-open approach,” said team principal Rick Ware. “By acquiring a second Cup charter it will allow us to have two full-time cars at the race track each weekend where we hope it will allow the two teams to work together and improve the team performance overall from the 2018 season.

“I’m also thrilled to know that we’ll return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Daytona and sport the No. 25; a number that is truly meaningful to me – celebrating our 25th year of existence less than two years ago. It’s going to be our busiest year yet in NASCAR competition, but I feel we will be adequately prepared and look forward to a successful season.”

Details on driver, sponsor and crew chief lineups will be announced at a later date.