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TC Daily Pit Stop: Kyle Busch Stays Perfect in SRX Competition; Castro Returns to Jesse Iwuji Motorsports; Camden Murphy Running Indy RC; Toby Weighs in on Lack of Unanimous Hall Vote for Johnson
TC Daily Pit Stop: Friday, August 4th, 2023
On Thursday night at Berlin Raceway, Kyle Busch did it again. He scored his second-consecutive victory in Camping World SRX competition as he topped fellow NASCAR Cup Series competitor Brad Keselowski in a fierce battle between the two.
By winning in consecutive weeks, Busch joins Tony Stewart as the only back-to-back winners in the three-year history of the SRX Series.
Ryan Newman continues to pile on the points. The series points leader finished third on Thursday night and extended his point lead to 33 points with two races remaining.
Andre Castro, who made his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at the Chicago Street Course for Jesse Iwuji Motorsports, will return to the team in next weekend’s Pennzoil 150 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course.
The first-generation Colombian-American has a vast background in road racing as he has scored four podium finishes in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Elite 2 Division, as well as podium finishes in the USF Juniors and Formula 4 United States Championship Series.
Castro, 24, will have primary sponsorship from the Wings and Wheels Foundation.
Camden Murphy is back! The racer, who also competes in Monster Jam, will pilot the No. 08 SS Green Light Racing entry in next weekend’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Pennzoil 150 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course.
Murphy will have primary sponsorship from Garners Towing. Murphy, who last competed in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2019, has made a total of seven starts in the series over the course of his career.
On Wednesday, seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson was voted into the 2024 NASCAR Hall of Fame class, but he was four votes shy of becoming the first-ever unanimously voted NASCAR Hall of Famer.
With no other drivers on the ballot that had scored a NASCAR Cup Series championship, our Editor-in-Chief Toby Christie feels that the four voters made a conscious decision to use their position on the NASCAR Hall of Fame voting committee to prove a point. But at the end of the day, the only point they proved is that they don’t deserve to be a part of the process going forward.
Joe Gibbs Racing Already Reaping Benefits From Partnership With Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment
Just over a month into a partnership with Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, Joe Gibbs Racing team president Dave Alpern says the organization is already seeing massive advantages to working in step with a group that is aligned with a bevy of professional sports teams.
"There are a number of tentacles that come off of HBSE, all of which will be things that I think will help us strengthen the race team in the future," Alpern said.
Alpern explained that the partnership with HBSE has allowed JGR to connect with marketing partners and sponsors from other sports, and has allowed them to start the conversation of showing those brands what NASCAR is all about.
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