TC Daily Pit Stop: Martin Truex, James Small Get Into it On Radio; Carrick, Davenport Making Truck Debuts at Bristol; Entry Lists for Dirt Bristol
TC Daily Pit Stop: Tuesday, April 4th, 2023
Photo Credit: Nigel Kinrade, LAT Images, Courtesy of Toyota Racing.
Martin Truex Jr. led 56 laps in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway, and until a late-race caution changed the outcome of the race, it looked like Truex had a very real chance at snagging his first points-paying win since Richmond in the fall of 2021.
However, poor tire management throughout the race by Truex’s crew chief James Small led to Truex being one of the few drivers on the track in the closing laps on scuffed tires.
“Sorry we fucking hosed ourselves,” Small said to Truex. “We were fucking out of tires. We had seven lap scuffs, so we were fucked.”
Truex responded with, “I don’t know what you just said, but that was pitiful.” Truex’s remark about the car being pitiful in the closing laps raised the ire of Small.
Photo Credit: Craig White, TobyChristie.com
Add Chase Briscoe to the list of drivers competing in Saturday’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event on the dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway, as the Mitchell, Indiana native will join forces with AM Racing.
Briscoe, who competes full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series for Stewart-Haas Racing, will pilot the No. 22 Ford F-150 in the series’ only dirt track event of the season. Sponsorship for the effort will come from long-time partner Production Alliance Group.
“I’m really excited for this opportunity with AM Racing and Production Alliance Group,” said Briscoe. “I always look forward to the Bristol dirt weekend and to be able to get on track twice as much and feel things out will be a lot of fun and, I hope, really beneficial. I know everyone at AM Racing has worked hard to get the truck ready and I think it’s anyone’s race when it comes to the dirt events.”
The 28-year-old driver will make his first appearance in the NASCAR Truck Series since he contested a three-race campaign for Roper Racing Team in 2021, which included a top-five result in the dirt race at Bristol.
Photo Credit: Spire Motorsports
Renowned dirt racer Jonathan Davenport has added an additional race to his NASCAR National Series debut weekend at Dirt Bristol. In addition to the NASCAR Cup Series race, Davenport will also pilot the No. 7 Spire Motorsports truck in the Weather Guard Truck Race on Dirt.
Spire Motorsports made the announcement in the form of a press release on Monday morning.
The Spire Motorsports team has been very competitive in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competition despite running a part-time schedule. The team is excited to have Davenport behind the wheel in his natural element.
Tanner Carrick, who has been racing cars on dirt since the age of six years old, will make his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut in this weekend’s Weather Guard Truck Race on Dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway. Carrick will pilot the No. 30 Toyota Tundra for On Point Motorsports.
The California native will carry sponsorship from CVC Concrete in the event.
In a press release from On Point Motorsports, Carrick explained that he did not expect to be making his NASCAR National Series debut this year, but he is thrilled and excited to be doing so.
“Running the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Bristol wasn’t something that was really on my radar, and I am really thankful and appreciative that the team at On Point Motorsports reached out,” Carrick said. “Running on dirt is something that I am really familiar with, so I am really excited for this opportunity and look forward to working with everyone associated with the team.”
PHOTO CREDIT: Kaulig Racing, Twitter
There are a total of 37 cars on the preliminary entry list for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The eighth event of the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season.
The field for Sunday’s Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway – the third race for the NASCAR Cup Series on the dirt-covered half-mile facility – will consist of the same 37 teams from last weekend at Richmond, albeit with a couple of driver changes.
For the second straight weekend, Kaulig Racing will be fielding a third entry in the NASCAR Cup Series, with Jonathan Davenport behind the wheel this weekend, rather than Chandler Smith. Davenport will make his NASCAR Cup Series debut in Sunday’s event.
There are 41 trucks [for 36 spots] on the preliminary entry list for Saturday’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Weather Guard Truck Race on Dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway. The sixth event of the 2023 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season.
Among those entered in the event are the series regulars competing for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship from week to week. That includes Carson Hocevar, who scored his first career victory last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.
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