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TC Daily Pit Stop: FedEx Nearing Extension with JGR; Heim Out at Gateway; Majeski On Pole for Toyota 200
TC Daily Pit Stop: Saturday, June 3rd, 2023
FedEx, a long-term sponsor of both Denny Hamlin and Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series, is reportedly close to inking a contract extension with the championship-winning organization, per a report from Adam Stern of Sports Business Journal.
According to Stern; “FedEx is close to striking a contract extension with Joe Gibbs Racing to continue sponsoring the team into the 2024 NASCAR season, per people familiar. The precise scope of the agreement is unclear, but FedEx is expected to retain a sizeable presence on the No. 11 Toyota.”
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points leader Corey Heim will sit out of Saturday’s Toyota 200 at World Wide Technology Raceway, as a result of an illness.
Jesse Love, originally scheduled to pilot the No. 1 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, will take over Heim’s spot in the No. 11, while Toni Breidinger - who made her series debut at Kansas - will pilot the No. 1 Toyota Tundra.
NASCAR has already approved Heim and TRICON Garage’s request for a waiver.
The Alpha Prime Racing team has been snake bitten by bad luck on the race track throughout the duration of the 2023 NASCAR Xfinity Series season. This week, the bad luck extended past the race track as both Alpha Prime Racing team haulers experienced issues on the way to Portland International Raceway.
As of this morning, all three of the team’s entries have arrived at Portland International Raceway and should be ready to partake in on-track activities for Saturday’s Office Pacific Automation 147/
With Corey Heim sidelined for Saturday’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at WWT Raceway due to illness, Ty Majeski has a prime opportunity to take over the regular-season points lead.
Majeski is taking advantage of that opportunity, scoring the pole for Saturday’s Toyota 200 at the 1.25-mile facility, putting his No. 98 Road Ranger Ford F-150 at the top of the speed charts in qualifying.
Posting a time of 32.569 seconds (138.168mph), Majeski earned the top spot by one-tenth of a second over ThorSport Racing teammate Ben Rhodes, who won at Charlotte Motor Speedway, starting alongside him on the front row.
Christian Eckes will start the race from third place, with Carson Hocevar and Stewart Friesen completing the top-five starters for Saturday’s 200-mile contest. Zane Smith, Jake Garcia, Chase Purdy, Nick Sanchez, and Grant Enfinger finished in the top-10.
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