Nov 16, 2013; Homestead, FL, USA; NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Nelson Piquet Jr during the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Nelson Piquet Jr. returns to NASCAR for Sprint Cup debut

Former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Nationwide Series competitor Nelson Piquet Jr. is expected to make his Sprint Cup Series debut on Sunday at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International in the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen. He’s slated to drive the No. 77 Randy Humphrey Racing Ford.

The Cup race at The Glen will be Piquet’s first NASCAR national-level start of the year. Last year, he competed full-time in the Nationwide Series after two full-seasons of competition in the Camping World Truck Series. He raced in both of those series for Turner Scott Motorsports.

Piquet has 37-career starts in the Nationwide Series to his credit. He won the Nationwide race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., in 2012 — one of only two series races he competed in that season. He also won twice in the Camping World Truck Series the same year at Michigan International Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Randy Humphrey Racing has competed in four Sprint Cup races, so far, in 2014 with Dave Blaney as its driver. The team has either withdrawn or failed to qualify for 11 other races. The team has been absent from the Sprint Cup Series since the race at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway in June, and according to team owner Randy Humphrey, the team was “retooling things” during that time.

So far in 2014, Piquet has competed in Rallycross. He was the bronze medal winner at the X-Games in June.

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