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TC Daily Pit Stop: Carden Tapped to Drive CHK 74 at Watkins Glen; Sawalich Showing Veteran Strength as 16-Year-Old Rookie; Entry Lists for This Weekend's Events
TC Daily Pit Stop: Wednesday, August 16th, 2023
Casey Carden, a part-time competitor in the ARCA Menards Series, will attempt to make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut this weekend at Watkins Glen International, driving the No. 74 Chevrolet Camaro for CHK Racing.
“I am very thankful that Mike Harmon has given me the opportunity to try to qualify for the Xfinity race at Watkins Glen and that Reel Racing has come aboard to support me for this race,” said Carden. “I’m hoping my road course background and ARCA experience will help me make the show as I live the dream this Saturday.”
Carden will run double-duty at the 2.45-mile road course this weekend, as he also contests the ARCA Menards Series event, where he’ll drive the No. 31 Chevrolet SS for Rise Motorsports.
Despite being just 16 years old, William Sawalich is flashing the prowess of a seasoned veteran in his limited starts in the ARCA Menards Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
This past Friday, at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, the six-time winner of the CARS Pro Late Model Tour completed all 400 laps of racing action between the Reese’s 200 and the T-Sport 200.
Not to mention, his finishes were impressive too, finishing fourth in Friday’s ARCA Menards Series event in the No. 18 for Joe Gibbs Racing, and sixth in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event in the No. 1 for TRICON Garage.
"Yeah, I feel pretty good," Sawalich said to Racing America. "[the] ARCA race was pretty hot and slick. I learned a bunch about that, and dirty air, just learned everything for this race."
There are 36 drivers [or 40 spots] on the preliminary entry list for Sunday’s NACAR Cup Series Go Bowling At The Glen at Watkins Glen International. Race 25 of 36.
Among those entered for Sunday’s penultimate event of the regular season is defending NASCAR Cup Series winner Michael McDowell, who will look to go back-to-back in the No. 34 Love’s Travel Stops Ford Mustang for Front Row Motorsports.
Notables for Sunday’s event at the 2.45-mile road course include #15 Andy Lally (Rick Ware Racing), #42 Mike Rockefeller (LEGACY MOTOR CLUB), #51 Cole Custer (Rick Ware Racing), and #78 Josh Bilicki (Live Fast Motorsports).
There are 40 cars [for 38 spots] on the preliminary entry list for Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Shriners Children’s 200 at Watkins Glen International. Race 23 of 33.
Among the drivers entered for Saturday’s contest at Watkins Glen is the latest winner in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, defending champion Ty Gibbs, who will once again pilot the No. 19 Toyota GR Supra for Joe Gibbs Racing.
An updated entry list now includes Josh Bilicki in the #07 for SS Green Light Racing - rather than Chris Hacker - and Brad Perez in the #53 for Emerling-Gase Motorsports - rather than TBA.
Kyle Busch has also replaced AJ Allmendinger as the driver of the Kaulig Racing No. 10 Chevrolet on the entry list.
Other notables for Saturday’s event at the 2.45-mile road course, include: #08 Alex Labbe, #24 Connor Mosack, #35 Stanton Barrett, #44 Stefan Parsons, #45 Sage Karam, #74 Casey Carden, #91 Ross Chastain, #96 Max McLaughlin.
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