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03/23 2016

“(RR-AZ says…It has begun)”…Sprint Cup Team Owners Engaged In Lawsuit by NSSN Staff

STATESVILLE, N.C. – A NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owner has filed suit against a fellow team owner in an effort to gain control of one of the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team charters that were introduced prior to the start of the season.

Mike Hillman and partners Doug Fuller and Matt Miller, who own and operate Hillman Racing, filed suit on Friday in the North Carolina Superior Court in Iredell County against former partner Joe Falk, Circle Sport, Leavine Family Racing and Circle Sport Leavine Family Racing.

Hillman Racing is seeking more than $25,000 in punitive damages and the rights to ownership of the No. 33 team, its charter and all the profits and benefits that the No. 95 car fielded by Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing currently receives.

Falk previously partnered with Hillman Racing, but aligned with Leavine Family Racing prior to the 2016 season to form Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing. As part of the partnership Leavine Family Racing’s No. 95 received the points from Falk’s No. 33 team, which made the team eligible for a NASCAR charter.

Hillman Racing and its partners seek a judgment in excess of $25,000, punitive damages, rights to ownership of the No. 33 team, its charter and all the profits and benefits that Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing’s No. 95 car enjoys.

The No. 40 team fielded by Hillman Racing did not receive a charter because it did not compete full-time during the past three seasons, which was required in order for a team to receive a charter.

Hillman Racing attempted to qualify for the Daytona 500 with driver Reed Sorenson, but failed to qualify. The team has not raced since.