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TC Daily Pit Stop: Carson Kvapil Making Truck Debut at Bristol; Stephen Mallozzi Scores Outback Steakhouse Sponsorship; Kraus Returns to Kaulig; and More!
TC Daily Pit Stop: Wednesday, September 6th, 2023
Carson Kvapil, a standout in the CARS Late Model Tour for JR Motorsports, will make his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut at Bristol Motor Speedway, driving the No. 7 Chevrolet Silverado for Spire Motorsports.
Kvapil will carry sponsorship from HendrickCars.com on-board the No. 7, which has visited victory lane twice in the last two seasons, at the hands of William Byron and Kyle Larson.
“I’m super excited for the opportunity to drive the No. 7 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Silverado at Bristol,” Kvapil said in a Spire Motorsports team release. “Bono, [Mike] Greci, and all the guys are awesome to work with and I can’t wait to work with them at the track. Fortunately, I am getting some simulator time in with Bono and Andrew [Overstreet] to get ready for the race. Huge thanks to Jeff [Dickerson], T.J. [Puchyr], Mr. Hendrick, and everyone who helped me get to this point. I’m ready to hit the track for my first start in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.”
Kvapil, who runs for JR Motorsports, was the 2022 CARS Tour Late Model Stock Tour champion and is the current 2023 series point leader. Kvapil is part of the Chevrolet Driver Development program.
Outback Steakhouse is returning to NASCAR as a primary sponsor, and they’re doing it with a damn good story. Stephen Mallozzi, who sporadically competes in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for Reaume Brothers Racing and AM Racing, is a server at Outback Steakhouse, and has worked at several locations.
So, the company will sponsor Mallozzi in his next NASCAR Truck Series endeavour at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he’ll drive the No. 22 Ford F-150 for AM Racing.
(Hopefully, this doesn’t come out of his paycheck).
Derek Kraus is back at Kaulig Racing, and will compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Kansas Speedway, the series’ regular-season finale. While he was announced to drive the No. 10 Chevrolet on Tuesday, some things have changed.
On Wednesday, Kaulig announced that Daniel Hemric would jump into the No. 10 for the final eight races of the year, which means that Kraus, who recently finished top-10 in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at The Milwaukee Mile, will drive the No. 11.
In a collaboration between BeOne Sports, and Mass St. Collective, JD Motorsports will feature 11 student-athletes from the University of Kansas on the organization’s No. 6 Chevrolet Camaro this weekend in the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway.
Having college athletes plastered on the sides of a race car has never happened before.
“We believe athletes are everywhere, and we are very excited to bring new and interesting NIL opportunities to student-athletes. The Kansas Athletics and NIL NASCAR program is a great example of collaboration and driving innovation…literally,” stated Scott Deans, BeONE Sports Founder and CEO.
JD Motorsports driver Brennan Poole, who will pilot the No. 6 Chevrolet Camaro this weekend, is rather excited to be a part of the historic primary sponsorship campaign.
“I’m so excited to be a part of something that’s never been done before,” Poole said in a team release. “I love Kansas and it’s going to be so cool to have the college athletes on the car and give them a ride in our fast race car.”
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