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TC Daily Pit Stop: Allmendinger to Skip Cup Practice and Qualifying at Richmond; Cal Wells III Named CEO of LEGACY MOTOR CLUB; Derek Lemke Making Truck Debut; SRX TV Schedule
TC Daily Pit Stop: Thursday, July 27th, 2023
It’s a bold strategy, but AJ Allmendinger, who is just 17 points outside the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs cutline heading into this week’s race at Richmond, will forgo practice and qualifying on Saturday. Instead, Allmendinger will be in Wisconsin looking for a win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
In place of Allmendinger, Derek Kraus — a part-time NASCAR Xfinity Series competitor — will practice and qualify the No. 16 Chevrolet Camaro.
“At the end of the day, it’s about enjoying what we’re doing and this is part of it,” Allmendinger told Bob Pockrass of FOX Sports. “Some people won’t understand it, but at the end of the day, we don’t care. This is what we want to do.”
There’s a name we haven’t heard in a while. Cal Wells III, the former owner of the PPI Racing NASCAR Cup Series team, which scored wins with Ricky Craven in the early 2000s, is back. Wells will serve as the new CEO of the LEGACY MOTOR CLUB team.
According to a press release from the team, the move will go into effect immediately.
Prior to his run as a NASCAR Cup Series team owner, Wells fielded Toyota entries in the off-road racing circuit. LMC will move to Toyota next season.
Derek Lemke, the 2013 NASCAR Minnesota Rookie of the Year in Legends cars, will make his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut this weekend at Richmond Raceway as he’ll drive the No. 33 entry for Reaume Brothers Racing.
Lemke, who ran into sponsorship troubles, which sidelined his racing career, has been working his magic in public relations and marketing with Natalie Decker, who he is now engaged to get married to.
The racer in his own right, is ready to get back to racing this weekend.
Ryan Newman stopped by this week’s episode of The Bullring on Racing America and he talked about his current season in the SRX ranks. Newman took the point lead this past week with a win at Stafford Speedway. Newman now heads into a track — Pulaski County Motorsports Park — where he’s never raced, hell, he’s never even seen the track before.
But Newman isn’t worried. He has been watching YouTube video of people driving around the track, and he feels he’ll adapt quickly.
We’ve heard a lot of people ask over the years, what’s the best way for them to get their career in the racing industry started. On Thursday, getting the ball rolling on that became A LOT easier.
Racing America, and the RTA Media Group and Prestige Staffing partnered together to form a new website, Racer Jobs, which features a comprehensive list of job openings around the industry.
Whether you’re wanting to be a crew chief or simply a floor sweeper, there’s more than likely something there for you.
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