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TC Daily Pit Stop: Hamlin Refutes Claims of Larson Contact; Perez Joins Alpha Prime for Road America; Vargas Welcomes Back Sponsor; and Entry Lists for Richmond/Road America
TC Daily Pit Stop: Tuesday, July 25th, 2023
From time to time, even the strongest friendships are bound to feature a disagreement.
Just ask Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson, who despite being good friends off-track, are clearly not in agreement about the way in which the final pass for the lead unfolded in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series event at Pocono.
Hamlin, who went on to score his 50th win in the NASCAR Cup Series, was running in second on a late-race restart, when he got to the inside of the No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro, driven by Larson.
As the two drivers went side-by-side, there appeared to be some slight contact – although Hamlin denies that notion – sending Larson up the track, and into the outside wall at the exit of the first corner.
“I’m not here to defend anything,” Hamlin said in his post-race winner’s press conference. “I put both those guys, the 48 and 5, in an aero situation. Didn’t touch either one. How can you wreck someone you don’t touch?”
Brad Perez will return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Saturday’s event at Road America, joining Alpha Prime to compete in the Road America 180.
The 26-year-old will pilot the No. 44 Chevrolet Camaro for the organization, with primary sponsorship coming from Bonesteel Aerospace. Long-time supporters Apex Coffee and Weiss Sand & Clay will also serve as associate sponsors of the effort.
While Saturday will technically mark his first official start with Alpha Prime Racing, Perez does have prior experience with the organization, having jumped in the No. 44 Chevrolet Camaro earlier in the season at Portland for an ailing Leland Honeyman, Jr.
After making the driver swap at Portland, Perez was able to keep his nose clean and advance into the top-15 by the end of the event, until a mistake on the final lap of the event sent him careening into the tire barriers, relegating him to a finish of 28th.
Ryan Vargas will have a familiar partner as the primary sponsor of his No. 30 On Point Motorsports Toyota Tundra this weekend in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Richmond Raceway.
Richmond-based Williamsburg Contracting LLC will return as the primary sponsor for Vargas, marking the second race that the company has been a primary sponsor in the NASCAR National Series ranks.
The company debuted as a primary sponsor for Vargas in last fall’s NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Martinsville Speedway.
ENTRY LISTS - RICHMOND and ROAD AMERICA
Notables: #15 Yeley, #51 Newman, #78 McLeod
Notables: #07 TBA, #08 Labbe, #10 Allmendinger, #24 Karam, #35 Barrett, #44 Perez, #45 Honeyman, #53 TBA, #66 Stacey, #91 Bilicki
Notables: #02 Rodgers, #1 Sawalich, #14 Hutchens, #20 TBA, #22 Rose, #30 Vargas, #33 TBA, #34 TBA, #41 Currey, #46 Bohlman, #51 Mills, #66 Jones
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