TC Daily Pit Stop: Clay Greenfield, GK Racing Return for at Least 4 Races; DiBenedetto Searching for Funding; Bret Holmes Returns in 2024 With Spire Alliance; Allison, Knaus and Johnson Inducted
TC Daily Pit Stop: Monday, January 22nd, 2024
Clay Greenfield will attempt to qualify for the 2024 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season-opener at Daytona International Speedway in the No. 95 Chevrolet Silverado for GK Racing.
Backyard Blues Pools will return as the primary sponsor of the truck as Greenfield attempts at least four races this season. Greenfield confirmed that he will also attempt North Wilkesboro, Bristol, and Talladega and that he is still weighing Nashville and Richmond.
Greenfield and GK Racing will have an alliance with Young’s Motorsports this year, and Tucker Wingo will return as the crew chief.
Matt DiBenedetto, who signaled on X weeks ago that he was near announcing his 2024 racing plans, has now said he is feverishly searching for funding as he continues to look for a team to run for this season.
“It’s been a crazy few weeks, but we had a sponsor deal that we had to decide to pull the plug on and move forward from, so unfortunate circumstances,” DiBenedetto said in a video update on social media.
DiBenedetto drove the No. 25 Rackley WAR Chevrolet Silverado for the majority of the 2023 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series campaign, a season where he made the Playoffs. After announcing he would depart the team following the 2023 season, the team parted ways with him after he was ousted from the Playoffs.
Bret Holmes will return for a full-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series campaign in 2024 driving for his family-owned Bret Holmes Racing team. Holmes’ team will have a new alliance with Spire Motorsports for the 2024 season.
“I feel like this year we have the potential to compete at the level we want to be at and win races,” said Holmes. “At the end of last year and through this off-season, we’ve looked at every aspect of our team and asked ourselves ‘how can we improve’? With that, we’ve brought on Mike Shiplett as crew chief, made a lot of changes in our processes at the shop in our preparation for races, and updated a lot of our equipment. I’m very excited for this year. I know that we will reach a higher level of competition and continuously improve as the year progresses. I know we have a lot of potential, and I’m confident we can get there this season.”
Holmes will once again pilot the No. 32 Chevrolet Silverado in the upcoming season.
Racing America: Johnson and Knaus: The Hall of Fame Pairing That Almost Wasn’t
What Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus accomplished on the track was legendary. The driver / crew chief pairing combined for more than 80 wins and seven NASCAR Cup Series championships over a 17 year partnership. However, the partnership nearly ended before they had even scored one championship.
Following their NASCAR Hall of Fame induction on Friday, Johnson and Knaus detailed the strained relationship that nearly split the two apart heading into the 2006 season before Rick Hendrick intervened and saved the day with a milk and cookies meeting.
After the meeting, the two refocused and rattled off five consecutive championships. The rest, as they say, is history.
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