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TC Daily Pit Stop: Exclusive Interview with Ryan Ellis; Tony Stewart Running Full-Time SRX; JHN Tapped for Vegas, Atlanta with TRICON.
TC Daily Pit Stop: Friday, February 24th, 2023
One of the true feel-good stories in the NASCAR Xfinity Series garage for the 2023 season is Ryan Ellis. The journeyman racer, who has worked off of a shoestring budget for years, grouping a couple of races together at a time, has finally found enough partners for at least 24 races this season with Alpha Prime Racing in the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro.
In an exclusive interview with TobyChristie.com, Ellis says he is proof-positive that anything is possible with hard work.
“Yeah, I’m super stoked mainly for the amount of races and to have most of my exact same team back is really, really cool. I swear to God, I’ve never worked as hard, my entire life, as I have over the last four or five months to create job stability to make sure we’re full-time this year because we are really, really close,” Ellis said.
Photo Credit: Nigel Kinrade, NKP, Courtesy of Ford Performance
Tony Stewart is back again. The 2021 SRX Racing Series champion will return for the third season of the Thursday night Summer racing series in 2023. Stewart’s return was announced by the series on Thursday night via a social media post.
Stewart, who became a household name by way of the ESPN Thursday Night Thunder series back in the 1990s, is excited to return to Thursday Night Thunder as SRX Racing moves to ESPN for the 2023 season.
“I’m excited to race full-time in SRX for a third straight season and compete for another championship,” said Tony Stewart in a series press release. “I’m really proud of what we’ve all built, and the quality of drivers we’ve assembled for 2023 is a testament to SRX’s success, and the passion and excitement we’ve earned from fans in the short-track community. We’re looking forward to another summer of sold-out racetracks and can’t wait to bring Thursday Night Thunder back to ESPN.”
John Hunter Nemechek, a full-time competitor in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Joe Gibbs Racing, will contest a pair of NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events for TRICON Garage, piloting the No. 17 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro at Las Vegas and Atlanta.
The 13-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series winner will serve as the interim driver for Taylor Gray, who is ineligible to compete in the second and third events of the season, as a result of NASCAR’s minimum age policy.
Beginning at Circuit of The Americas (COTA), Gray will take over the full-time driving duties of the entry, contesting the final 20 events of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season.
Sammy Smith, Nemechek’s teammate in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, piloted the No. 17 Toyota Tundra to a 14th-place finish in the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway.
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