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TC Daily Pit Stop: Martin Truex Jr. and Sherry Pollex End Long-Term Relationship, Joe Graf Jr. Joins RSS, Burton, Smith Win IMSA Pilot Challenge at Daytona
Martin Truex Jr. and Sherry Pollex have elected to end their long-term relationship, the NASCAR Cup Series driver announced via Instagram on Friday.
The Mayetta, New Jersey-native, who pilots the No. 19 Toyota Camry TRD for Joe Gibbs Racing, released a short statement on Friday, which reads as follows:
“To my fans and partners… Sherry and I have made the decision to end our relationship. I will continue supporting Sherry moving forward. I would ask that you respect our privacy as there will be no further comment about this matter.”
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Harrison Burton, Zane Smith Win IMSA Pilot Challenge at Daytona, Ben Rhodes, Hailie Deegan Finish Third
When Harrison Burton and Zane Smith imagined leaving Daytona International Speedway with a trophy, it was likely the Harley J. Earl trophy, awarded to the winner of the Daytona 500. However, I don’t think either driver will complain about this trophy.
On Friday, Burton and Smith teamed up to capture the victory in the IMSA Pilot Challenge at Daytona International Speedway, with the Wood Brothers Racing driver holding off a hard charge from Spencer Pumpelly.
Ben Rhodes and Hailie Deegan, teammates for ThorSport Racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, brought the No. 41 Ford Performance entry home in third place, with both drivers putting down an impressive pace, with Rhodes putting down the fastest lap of the event.
Joe Graf Jr. has been added to the 2023 NASCAR Xfinity Series driver lineup for RSS Racing, competing in a minimum of 28 events for the family-owned operation, starting with the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway.
The Mahwah, New Jersey-native, who has spent the last three seasons with Bobby Dotter and SS Green Light Racing, will also contest the Xfinity Series’ sole event at Talladega Superspeedway with the team, where he picked up a career-best eighth in 2022.
According to a release from Graf’s management team, the 24-year-old will continue his relationship with Ford Performance, and Roush Yates Engines, while also continuing to have a technical alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing through RSS Racing.
Rajah Caruth, who was recently signed to compete full-time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for GMS Racing, will return to Alpha Prime Racing for select NASCAR Xfinity Series events in 2023, the organization announced on Friday.
Caruth, who ventured into the second tier for the first time with Alpha Prime Racing in 2022, will pilot one of the organization’s three full-time entries in eight events throughout the 2023 season.
“Rajah is a special young racecar driver who is exactly the type of person we want in our building,” said APR Vice President David Schildhouse. “Keeping him here at Alpha Prime Racing for his Xfinity starts was a top priority for us this off-season. We look at Rajah as a vital part of our future and look forward to giving him the best tools possible to continue his growth in this sport.”
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