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MBM Motorsports: The Lull and Potential Cup Series Return

MBM Motorsports, in their July declaration about stepping back from full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series competition, hinted at a potential return to the Cup Series. However, they’ve yet to make a reentry.

For the first time since their debut in the Xfinity Series full-time back in 2015, MBM Motorsports skipped the July race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, marking a shift from their consistent presence. They’ve been absent from a few races since then.

Throughout the last nine seasons, MBM Motorsports encountered instances of entering a race but failing to qualify, especially in 2023. However, their absence from a weekend without a single car and driver on the entry list hadn’t happened since 2014.

While their post-announcement plans were somewhat uncertain, barring a few race weekends, they did maintain a relatively regular presence in the Xfinity Series for the remainder of the 2023 season.

Nonetheless, Carl Long’s squad didn’t venture back into the Cup Series in 2023. After running consistently from 2017 to 2022, the 2023 season marked their first without any starts since 2016.

In 2020, they ran a full-time car, aiming for a similar venture in 2021 before scaling back. The team faced setbacks in 2022, failing to qualify for the Daytona 500 but later fielding a car at Circuit of the Americas in March and Talladega Superspeedway in April.

Despite speculations about their potential return for the Circuit of the Americas race in March this year, that entry didn’t materialize.

There’s no concrete confirmation about their return to the Cup Series. Pre-season, there were talks of their Cup car being prepped, and the team was “still working on securing sponsorship.”

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While this notion persisted after the July announcement, the 2023 season passed without any appearances from the team.

Notably, unlike the Xfinity Series, where car numbers often exceed entry limits leading to DNQs, the Cup Series typically has fewer entries, making qualifying a significant challenge. This difference might have factored into the team’s absence from multiple Xfinity Series weekends after nine consistent years due to potential qualifying obstacles, given limited simulator time and practice.

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Our Reader’s Queries

What team is the MBM in NASCAR?

MBM Motorsports, also known as Carl Long Motorsports, is a top-tier American stock car racing team that competes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. As a leading player in the motorsports industry, Motorsports Business Management LLC has established itself as a force to be reckoned with. With a focus on professionalism and excellence, MBM Motorsports consistently delivers top-notch performances on the track. Whether you’re a die-hard racing fan or a casual observer, you won’t want to miss the excitement and thrills that MBM Motorsports brings to every race.

Who owns MBM racing?

Our team’s owner, Carl Long, began his racing career at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, NC and South Boston Speedway back in 1983. With years of experience under his belt, he has become a seasoned professional in the industry.

Who owns the Atlanta Motor Speedway?

In 1990, Speedway Motorsports acquired the venue.

Do you have to pay for parking at Atlanta Motor Speedway?

Enjoy free parking in the grass lots at AMS during both NASCAR weekends. To ensure efficient parking for the 850-acre property, which includes on-site tent campers and RVs, AMS implements a forced parking plan. This allows for a smooth and hassle-free parking experience for all fans.

Khushal Bhatia
Khushal Bhatia
Khushal Bhatia, a distinguished BA (Hons) English graduate from St. Stephen College (University of Delhi) and a holder of a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism (English) from IIMC Delhi, is an accomplished journalist. Currently affiliated with, Khushal is an expert in covering a range of sports topics with a specialization in motorsports, particularly NASCAR. His insightful articles explore the nuances of the sporting world, providing readers with comprehensive analysis and the latest updates. With a commitment to unbiased reporting, Khushal's expertise and authoritative voice make him a reliable source for sports enthusiasts.


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