TC Daily Pit Stop: Chocolate Myers Battling Cancer; Sauter to Run Daytona Truck Race for G2G; Sponsor Announcements Aplenty
TC Daily Pit Stop: Friday, February 3rd, 2023
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Danny “Chocolate” Myers has been diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL), which is a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Myers has worked with Richard Childress Racing since 1969, and was the gas man for six of Dale Earnhardt’s seven NASCAR Cup Series championships.
Myers was part of the iconic “Flying Aces” pit crew, which won six NASCAR Cup Series championships in a nine-year stretch. Doctors discovered Myers’ cancer when he was admitted to the Emergency room with stomach pain.
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On Thursday, G2G Racing team owner Tim Viens confirmed to TobyChristie.com that the team will bring 2016 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Johnny Sauter to drive its No. 47 entry in the season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway.
Sauter, 44, ran for the team in the season-opening race at Daytona and finished 34th after an electrical issue ended his race.
Viens says the plan for now is for him to run the team’s No. 46 truck himself at Daytona. Following Daytona, Viens says the team has BJ McLeod and Brennan Poole lined up to pilot its two trucks at Las Vegas and Atlanta.
Memphis Villarreal and Dale Quarterley are set to run for the team at Circuit of the Americas.
In a 49-minute exclusive interview, Jeffrey Earnhardt doesn’t dodge any questions. The grandson of the legendary Dale Earnhardt talks about his emotions of his grandfather’s team being shut down several years ago, what happened with his iK9 deal a few years ago, how he is primed for a full-time season with Alpha Prime Racing and a lot more. The interview is available exclusively for paid subscribers of the TC Daily Pit Stop.
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JTG Daugherty Racing will once again partner with Kroger Racing during the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season to feature a wide-array of grocery store chains and consumer brands on its No. 47 Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Cup Series.
On Thursday, the team announced a large portion of the partners that will be featured on Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s No. 47 car in 2023.
The grocery stores that will be featured on the car include Kroger, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fry’s Food Stores, Mariano’s, Ralphs and Smith’s.
The consumer goods brands that will be featured include: Velveeta (Clash), Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, Cheez-It, Blue Buffalo Dog and Cat Food, Dreyer’s Drumstick brand, Tree Top Apple Sauce and Apple Juice, Country Crock Spread (Darlington Throwback), I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, Pit Boss, Sugarland Distilling Co., Icy Hot, Scott Brand, Cottonelle (Daytona 500), Kleenex, Viva, Entenmann’s, Ball Park Buns & Rolls, Irish Springs Body Wash, Nature Valley, Totino’s Pizza Rolls and Party Pizza, Slim Jim, Reese’s, SUNNYD and Minute Rice.
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