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TC Daily Pit Stop: Josh Berry on Standby for Elliott; Baldwin Named Rick Ware Racing Competition Director; Champion Container Partners With Dye; Mallozzi Running for AM Racing
TC Daily Pit Stop: Friday, April 14th, 2023
Photo Credit: Jonathan McCoy, TobyChristie.com
Chase Elliott will return to the race track this weekend at Martinsville Speedway after a six-race absence due to a broken leg and subsequent surgery to repair the broken leg after a snowboarding accident in Colorado.
As Elliott is set to return at one of the most physically demanding tracks on the schedule — Martinsville Speedway — he will have a little insurance in his pit box, as Josh Berry will be on standby in case Elliott needs relief during the 400-lap event on Sunday.
PHOTO CREDIT: Christopher Fisher | TobyChristie.com
Rick Ware Racing is shaking things up a little bit as the two-car NASCAR Cup Series organization has added Tommy Baldwin Jr. as its competition director.
Baldwin, who hails from Belport, New York, has a vast wealth of knowledge within the sport and was a five-time winner as a crew chief in the NASCAR Cup Series. Baldwin is also a former NASCAR Cup Series team owner as well as the owner of a very successful NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour team.
PHOTO CREDIT: GMS Racing
Champion Container Corporation and GMS Racing announced a partnership on Thursday. The company will serve as the primary sponsor for the team’s No. 43 Chevrolet Silverado and driver Daniel Dye in four events during the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season.
The four-race primary sponsorship schedule will begin at North Wilkesboro Speedway in May. The red, yellow, and white colors will return at Nashville Superspeedway, Pocono Raceway, and Bristol Motor Speedway.
Stephen Mallozzi Elated to be Running for AM Racing at Martinsville; Physically Prepared for the Event
PHOTO CREDIT: Keith McGee Designs
Stephen Mallozzi was originally slated to pilot the No. 34 Reaume Brothers Racing entry this weekend at Martinsville as he attempted to make his second-career NASCAR Truck Series start, but after the No. 34 truck missed the field at Bristol Dirt, it put the truck in a very uncomfortable spot points-wise and with weather on the horizon this weekend that wasn’t good.
In stepped Josh Reaume, who was set to run the No. 22 AM Racing entry. Reaume opted to swap seats with Mallozzi, a longtime Reaume Brothers Racing team member, to give the 22-year-old racer the best shot possible to make the field for the race.
“Josh said, ‘Listen man. I know you don’t do this often, but if you miss a race and we have to pay for an attempt and you don’t get to drive at all, that’s huge for you. To me man, I care enough about you to put you in my seat in the No. 22.’ So we ran all of that by everyone and got it cleared and moved onto the No. 22 truck,” Mallozzi explained to TobyChristie.com. “And I am elated to be driving for those guys. Following in the footsteps of NASCAR Cup Series winner Chase Briscoe is not anything to gawk at for sure.”
PHOTO CREDIT: TobyChristie.com
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