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TC Daily Pit Stop: Larson Wins Southern 500; Hamlin Re-Signs With Joe Gibbs Racing; Jesse Love Wins on Dirt; Kevin Lacroix Takes Pinty's Win at CTMP
TC Daily Pit Stop: Tuesday, September 5th, 2023
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While many contenders fell by the wayside throughout the night in the Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, Kyle Larson and the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports team were there to pick up the pieces. Larson started the race from the 18th position, which is the lowest starting spot for any Darlington winner since Regan Smith in the 2011 Southern 500.
Larson would hold off Tyler Reddick, and Chris Buescher in the closing laps for the win.
Larson took the lead with 55 laps remaining after a caution flew as Kevin Harvick was heading to pit road. Harvick’s team would perform a pit stop on a closed pit road, which resulted in a penalty.
Trouble struck a couple of Playoff contenders at the end of the opening Stage of the Southern 500 when Bubba Wallace collided with the side of Joey Logano’s No. 22 Ford Mustang. The contact sent Wallace spinning and caused the toe to be knocked out on Logano’s car.
Austin Cindric’s No. 2 machine drifted up the track and made contact with Ty Gibbs in the closing laps of the Southern 500. Cindric would nose into the outside wall with the contact.
There have been rumors swirling for months that Denny Hamlin would not continue to drive for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2024. Those rumors have officially been extinguished as Hamlin and Joe Gibbs Racing announced a multi-year extension to the driver’s contract for 2024 and beyond.
“Joe Gibbs Racing has been my home for almost 20 years now,” said Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Toyota Camry TRD. ”My relationship with Joe [Gibbs], my team, and everyone at JGR means a lot to me. We have accomplished so much together over the years. I’m excited to finally announce this so we can put all our focus on chasing the championship.”
With the move, Hamlin’s 23XI Racing team will also remain attached to Toyota as well.
Jesse Love just keeps on winning in the ARCA Menards Series. This time around, the youngster took the victory on the one-mile DuQuoin State Fairgrounds dirt track.
On the path to his ninth win of the 2023 ARCA season, Love led 84 of the 100 laps in the event. With the win, Love also secured an additional $5,000 bonus for his average finish in the two ARCA dirt races, which make up the Dirt Double program.
Brent Crews took home the runner-up finish, Will Kimmel was third, while rookies Andres Perez de Lara and William Sawalich finished fourth and fifth.
After more than a year away from victory circle, Kevin Lacroix was able to strike paydirt again with his No. 74 NAPA Auto Parts Dodge in Sunday’s NASCAR Pinty’s Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
Lacroix was fast all race, but finally took the lead on the final run of the race, as he passed Alex Tagliani for the top spot.
LP Dumoulin, Marc-Antoine Camirand, DJ Kennington, and Alex Labbe rounded out the top five finishers in the event.
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