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Jimmie Johnson, Jenson Button, and Mike Rockenfeller Tapped for Le Mans Garage 56 Entry
On Saturday, NASCAR made the official announcement surrounding the driver lineup for the sanctioning body’s Garage 56 entry, which will compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans later this year.
Jimmie Johnson, Jenson Button, and Mike Rockenfeller will make up the three-driver roster, which will pilot the Next Gen Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, which is likely to be approved for entry by l’Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) in the coming weeks.
The Garage 56 project – originally announced in March 2022 – is a partnership between NASCAR, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet, and Goodyear – the winningest organization, manufacturer, and tire in the sport’s 75-year history.
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Darryl Barnes, Front Tire Changer for DGM Racing, Passes Away Aged 28
Darryl Barnes, who served as a front tire changer in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for DGM Racing last season, has passed away at the age of 28, per a social media post from the organization.
The social media posts reads: “Today we honor the life of one of our crew members Darryl Barnes. Darryl was the front tire changer on our No. 91 last year. He was a great teammate with a heart of gold and a smile that lit up pit road. Rest in peace. We love you and we miss you already. Never stop smiling.”
In a Facebook post, the organization continues its heartfelt message: “Last weekend we received the terrible news that our dear friend, Darryl, had passed. We are still at a loss for words and can’t believe you’re gone.”
Bubba Pollard Uses Older Right-Side Tires to Hold off Corey Heim for Victory in SpeedFest 2023
Bubba Pollard was the driver to beat in Saturday’s SpeedFest 2023 at Crisp Motorsports Park and simply put, nobody was able to beat him – even with fresher right-side tires.
Pollard, who has now captured three victories in SpeedFest including wins in the previous two iterations, held off an incredibly hard-charging Corey Heim throughout a series of late-race restarts, to capture the victory.
Heim, who ended the race in the runner-up position, made the decision to take his fresh right-side tires with 25 laps remaining in the event, 50 laps later than eventual race-winner Bubba Pollard took his two tires.
While it seemed liked common knowledge that Heim would be able to mount a charge, and eventually get by the No. 26 Phoenix Construction entry, Pollard was able to pull of a miraculous defense, keeping a small margin over the 2022 NASCAR Truck Series Rookie of The Year.
Chase Elliott Retires from SpeedFest 2023 After Climbing Over Left-Rear of Michael Hindle
Chase Elliott’s attempt at winning SpeedFest 2023 at Crisp Motorsports Park has come to a premature ending after the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion climbed over the left-rear corner of another competitor.
Elliott had just bolted a set of right-side tires on his No. 9 Fr8Auctions Chevrolet, relegating him to the rear of the field for the race’s final 24-lap run, when he made significant contact with Michael Hinde, spinning him around.
Unfortunately for the Dawsonville, Georgia-native, the damage to the No. 9 was much too severe to continue forward in the event, which would ultimately relegate Elliott to finishing in the 19th position, multiple laps down.
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