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TC Daily Pit Stop: Kyle Busch Feels Like 'Complete Letdown' to His Team; Stewart-Haas Running Talladega Nights Schemes at Talladega; Front Row Fielding Second Truck For Moffitt
TC Daily Pit Stop: Tuesday, September 26th, 2023
Following an early crash at Texas Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch was left shaking his head in disbelief. He radioed to his team that he felt there was an issue with his car, and the team told him to take it easy and nurse it to the finish of the Stage. Busch pushed a little too hard, and the car went around on him.
After a trip to the infield care center, Busch explained that he feels like he is putting his team in a bad position every week.
“I’m a complete letdown to my team right now,” Busch stated after exiting the infield care center. “Not being able to get the results we need. Every time I try, I crash. It’s like the less I try, the more I ride around, the better day we have.”
Busch enters Talladega Superspeedway in the final position in the Round of 12 Playoff Grid after the Texas crash.
Shake and Bake? How about Preece and Chase?!
This weekend, the Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Ryan Preece and Chase Briscoe will pilot cars sponsored by Wonder Bread and Old Spice, and they will look nearly identical to paint schemes that were run in the iconic 2006 film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
“Talladega Nights is one movie that most people have seen and laughed with, and these really cool paint schemes will bring back those memories,” Preece said. “Getting to have my teammate, Chase Briscoe, in the Old Spice car makes it all come together. The movie remains relevant after all these years, and there’s no better track than Talladega to work with your teammates. We’re going to have a lot of fun this weekend and I hope we get the No. 41 Wonder Bread Ford Mustang in victory lane.”
Brett Moffitt, who has run the full NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule for AM Racing in 2023, will run a second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entry (No. 34) for Front Row Motorsports this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.
The effort will be backed by FR8 Auctions and FR8 Racing, and Moffitt will utilize a throwback scheme that he ran for Front Row Motorsports back in 2015 in the NASCAR Cup Series.
Moffitt, the 2018 NASCAR Truck Series champion, is excited for the opportunity.
“I really want to thank Bob Jenkins, Marcus Barela at Fr8Auctions.com and FR8 Racing for this opportunity,” said Moffitt. “It’s really cool to have this opportunity in the truck series again, especially with a championship team. I always loved my time at FRM and now we’re back together again with the same scheme that we all raced together- all the credit goes to the people at Fr8 for making that idea come together. I can’t wait to go race for a win and help Zane in his title defense.”
After Rackley W.A.R. parted ways with Matt DiBenedetto three races before the end of the 2023 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, there was some curiosity as to who would drive the team’s trucks over the final few races.
Chandler Smith, a full-time competitor in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Kaulig Racing, will take over the truck for this weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway.
The 21-year-old is a five-time race winner in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
Justin Haley and the No. 31 Kaulig Racing NASCAR Cup Series team will have a new primary sponsor for this weekend’s race at Talladega as Morris-Shea Bridge Company will bring a blue and yellow paint scheme to the team’s Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
“We are so pumped to welcome Morris-Shea to the Kaulig Racing family,” said team president, Chris Rice in a team press release on Monday. “We always bring fast cars to superspeedways, and Justin Haley is the perfect guy to represent Morris-Shea at its home track of Talladega Superspeedway.”
There are 38 cars on the preliminary entry list for the NASCAR Cup Series Yellawood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Notables include No. 13 Chandler Smith, 15 Brennan Poole, 36 Riley Herbst, 42 Carson Hocevar, 51 JJ Yeley, and 78 BJ McLeod.
There are 40 trucks [for 36 spots] on the preliminary entry list for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Love’s RV Stop 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. Notables include No. 04 Cory Roper, 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb, 22 Jason M. White, 25 Chandler Smith, 28 Bryan Dauzat, 30 Ryan Vargas, 33 Keith McGee, 34 Brett Moffitt, 41 Bayley Currey, 51 Jack Wood, 56 Tyler Hill, 61 Jake Drew, 75 Parker Kligerman, and 95 Clay Greenfield.
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