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TC Daily Pit Stop: Justin Marks Addresses Chastain Controversy; Bowman Provides Recovery Update; Carl Edwards Doesn't Close Door on Return; Entry Lists!
TC Daily Pit Stop: Tuesday, May 16th, 2023
Justin Marks Says Ross Chastain Has ‘Some Things He’s Got to Clean Up’ Says Trackhouse Aggressively Handling i
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When you’ve made Rick Hendrick mad, maybe it’s time to take a look in the mirror.
Justin Marks, in the wake of another round of controversy surrounding his driver Ross Chastain, stopped by SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Monday and admitted that Chastain has, “got some things he’s got to clean up.” According to Marks, he is taking an active role in helping Chastain understand where the edge is in NASCAR Cup Series races.
Marks has been hesitant to intervene before, because of the talent he sees from Chastain, but Sunday at Darlington was enough for an intervention.
“The result was just bad. It looked bad for everybody,” Marks admitted. “It was bad for Hendrick. It was bad for Chevrolet. And it was bad for Trackhouse and Ross as the points leader. This has been my life today. We have addressed it. We have had many conversations with people today, some, difficult conversations.”
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On Monday, Alex Bowman provided an update on his recovery from a fractured vertebra following an April 25th crash in a Sprint Car event at 34 Raceway. And while Bowman was given an original assessment of 3-4 weeks out of the car, it’s been three weeks since Josh Berry began filling in for the driver of the No. 48 car, and Bowman still has no definitive answer as to when he’ll be back behind the wheel.
“I don’t have a time for an estimated return,” Bowman said on Sunday. “I have a doctor’s appointment this week to get some more X-rays to see how it’s healing and we’ll go from there. I’m obviously mobile. Obviously, a lot of people have had that flat landing in a sprint car and have been hurt much worse than I was. I’ll heal up and come back when I can.”
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It had been a long time since we’d seen Carl Edwards at a NASCAR race track, but Edwards was part of the festivities and race broadcast at Darlington Raceway as he was one of 75 drivers honored as the 75 Greatest Drivers as part of NASCAR’s 75 Anniversary celebration.
When the subject of a possible return to NASCAR was brought up on the FS1 race broadcast, Edwards not only didn’t shut it down, he actually sounded somewhat open to the idea.
"It was easy to not race when I first stepped away, but it's getting harder and harder," Edwards admitted. "I like sliding stuff around and driving cars. So there'll be a time when I go do something. Maybe sim work or something like that... to see if I could still drive. It's a step-by-step process."
NORTH WILKESBORO ENTRY LISTS
With Alex Bowman still not ready to return to action, there are 21 drivers officially locked in for the 2023 NASCAR All-Star Race at North Wilkesboro Speedway.
16 drivers will compete for three transfer spots into the Main Event by way of the 100-lap NASCAR All-Star Open race.
There are 40 drivers (for 36 spots) on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entry list for this weekend’s Tyson 250 at North Wilkesboro Speedway.
Notable entries include 1 - Bubba Wallace, 6 - Norm Benning, 7 - Kyle Larson, 20 - Kaden Honeycutt, 22 - Josh Williams, 30 - Chris Hacker, 41 - Ross Chastain, 46- Akinori Ogata, 51 - William Byron, 61 - Christopher Bell and 66 - Conner Jones.
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