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TC Daily Pit Stop: Justin Haley Tops Clash Qualifying; Clash Heat Starting Lineups Set; Sunday's TV Schedule
TC Daily Pit Stop: Sunday, February 5th, 2023
Photo Credit: Christopher Vargas | TobyChristie.com
In the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Busch Light Clash at the LA Memorial Coliseum, Justin Haley opened a lot of eyes with incredible speed. However, his race ended with a trip into the inside wall. This year, Haley looks to avenge last year’s disappointment and he’ll do so from the pole of Heat race 1 for Sunday’s Clash.
Haley turned a lap nearly a tenth-and-a-half of a second faster than anyone to lock down the top spot in qualifying. Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell and William Byron will be the pole starters in the other three Heat Races.
Screenshot: FS1 Broadcast
Well, that didn’t take long. Just one practice session into the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season and we have our first glimpse of on-track beef. AJ Allmendinger and Chase Briscoe were turning laps and competing hard for position when Briscoe made contact a couple of times with Allmendinger.
Eventually, Briscoe got around Allmendinger, but Allmendinger wasn’t pleased and opted to pay Briscoe back by sending him into the Turn 3 wall.
In a 49-minute exclusive interview, Jeffrey Earnhardt doesn’t dodge any questions. The grandson of the legendary Dale Earnhardt talks about his emotions of his grandfather’s team being shut down several years ago, what happened with his iK9 deal a few years ago, how he is primed for a full-time season with Alpha Prime Racing and a lot more. The interview is available exclusively for paid subscribers of the TC Daily Pit Stop.
Photo Credit: Christopher Vargas / TobyChristie.com
Ty Gibbs had a fast car in practice for Sunday’s Busch Light Clash, but with about three minutes left in one of the eight-minute sessions, his No. 54 Toyota Camry burst into flames. While flames were in the cockpit, Gibbs was able to get the car stopped and was able to climb out without injury.
However, the issue impacted Gibbs’ weekend as he was unable to qualify the No. 54 car, which will put him to the rear of the starting grid for the fourth Heat race on Sunday.
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