TC Daily Pit Stop: Conor Daly Attempting Daytona 500, Travis Pastrana Reunites with Niece for Daytona, and Smith Earns Six-Race Spot in No. 38
TC Daily Pit Stop: Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
PHOTO CREDIT: The Money Team Racing | Twitter
The Money Team Racing (TMT Racing) will return to the NASCAR Cup Series for another partial schedule in 2023, starting with the season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.
Conor Daly, who competes full-time in the NTT IndyCar Series for Ed Carpenter Racing, will return to the no. 50 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for at least seven events in 2023, starting with ‘The Great American Race’ on February 19.
In December, TobyChristie.com reported that TMT Racing would be looking to build its NASCAR Cup Series program around the Noblesville, Indiana-native, with a schedule that team co-owner Willy Auchmoody said would include no less than six events.
PHOTO CREDIT: FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS | TWITTER
Zane Smith and Front Row Motorsports have entered a new, multi-series relationship with Centene Corporation, which is poised to include both primary and associate sponsorship in the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, the team announced Tuesday.
The company’s relationship with Smith will encompass the display of brands Ambetter Health and Wellcare throughout the defending NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion’s seven-race schedule at NASCAR’s top level.
Wellcare, which offers a wide range of Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, will adorn the No. 36 Ford Mustang for Front Row Motorsports, as Smith attempts to qualify for the 2023 Daytona 500.
As the cornerstone partner for Smith’s previously announced NASCAR Cup Series program, Centene will serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 38 Ford Mustang, one of the team’s chartered entries, at Phoenix (Wellcare), Talladega (Wellcare), Sonoma (Wellcare), Texas (Ambetter Health), and Charlotte’s ROVAL (Ambetter Health).
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.
PHOTO CREDIT: CHRIS GRAYTHEN, GETTY IMAGES
Travis Pastrana is set to add another event onto his already busy ‘Speedweeks’ schedule, competing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season-opener at Daytona International Speedway.
Pastrana, a globally-recognized motorsports figure, will pilot the No. 41 WWEX Racing Chevrolet Silverado at the 2.5-mile superspeedway, a third entry for long-time NASCAR Truck Series organization Niece Motorsports.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Al [Niece], Cody [Efaw] and the Niece Motorsports crew quite a bit since the team was formed,” said Pastrana. “I was looking to be part of as much racing as possible during Daytona Speedweeks this year and couldn’t be happier to have the opportunity to drive their 41 truck with support from WWEX Racing in my first Daytona start in the Truck Series.”
After completing a single-season stint for McAnally-Hilgemann Racing last year, Colby Howard will have a new organization to call home for the entire 2023 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season.
Howard will move to CR7 Motorsports for the upcoming season, where he’ll replace Blaine Perkins as the full-time driver of the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro, beginning with the season-opener at Daytona.
In November, Howard revealed to TobyChristie.com that he and McAnally-Hilgemann Racing had amicably parted ways at season’s end, but maintained that he would continue competing full-time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2023.
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