Big Sponsorship news. Lowe's announced they will not return to Hendrick Motorsports in 2019. What I know is Jimmie's contract is through 2020. I'm waiting to see what will happen with the 48 team after this year from a sponsor standpoint.
I know Lowe's has been with NASCAR for a very long time. I remembered them sponsoring Junior Johnson's 11 car in 1995 with Brett Bodine being the driver. They also sponsored the 31 car at RCR from 1997 to 2001.
That is a big surprise about Lowes. They've been with NASCAR for many years. (Side note: I wonder what company is the # 1, longest-lasting sponsor, by the way?)
Lowes headquarters is in Mooresville, North Carolina, and there's a big fan base down there (in NC). NASCAR Hall of Fame is over in Charlotte, the Richard Petty Museum is in Randleman, and the Richard Childress Museum is in Welcome. It's no wonder that Lowes would be a sponsor of NASCAR. It may be interesting to see if they take up sponsorship again, but maybe with another team. We'll have to wait and see, I guess.