TC Daily Pit Stop: Gray Gaulding Back to Xfinity Full-Time; Chase Elliott to Run Daytona Truck Race; Decker Added to eSports Team
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Wow. In a 7PM ET tweet, Gray Gaulding made a significant announcement. The 24-year-old, who hasn’t run full-time in any NASCAR National Series since 2019, will return to full-time competition in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2023.
Gaulding will pilot the No. 08 entry for SS Green Light Racing and will serve as the teammate to Blaine Perkins, who was announced as the driver of the team’s No. 07 entry earlier this month.
While there was no official press release accompanying the tweet, Gaulding’s tweet read, “I’m back!!! Sponsor announcements coming soon! @SSGLR0708 @XfinityRacing @NASCAR @DAYTONA #FullSeason #NeverGiveUp”
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NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team McAnally-Hilgemann Racing has reeled in a massive fish to add to its driver lineup for the 2023 season, as 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott will pilot the team’s No. 35 entry in the season-opening event at Daytona.
Elliott will have sponsorship from Gates Hydraulics in the race and he will have two teammates: Christian Eckes and Jake Garcia. Elliott is a three-time winner in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and will look to add a fourth in a few weeks.
Ferris Mowers Enters Multi-Race, Multi-Series Deal with Ty Dillon, Spire Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing
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On Wednesday, Ty Dillon announced the return of his longtime partner Ferris Mowers as a primary sponsor for the 2023 NASCAR season.
Ferris will serve as the primary sponsor for Dillon’s No. 77 NASCAR Cup car in the Daytona 500, at Bristol Dirt, the Coca-Cola 600 and Watkins Glen. Additionally, Ferris will sponsor Dillon in five NASCAR Xfinity Series races in the No. 3 entry for Richard Childress Racing beginning with Darlington.
Natalie Decker hinted that she would be making a big announcement on her Twitch channel on Wednesday evening, which led everyone to ponder if the 25-year-old would be announcing her 2023 real-world NASCAR plans on the platform.
While that ultimately wasn’t the case, Decker still made a really cool personal announcement. The NASCAR racer has officially joined the professional eSports team Galaxy Racer. Decker’s Twitch stream peaked at over 700 live viewers as she built anticipation for the announcement.
Following the big announcement, Decker fired up a game of Call of Duty on her stream.
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