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TC Daily Pit Stop: McDowell, Gilliland Returning to Front Row in 2024; Zane Smith Free to Look; Gragson Requests Release; Custer, SHR Hit With L1 Penalty; Van Alst Running Trucks With Youngs
TC Daily Pit Stop: Thursday, August 10th, 2023
Front Row Motorsports will keep the nucleus of its team intact for the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series season as both Michael McDowell and Todd Gilliland will return as the drivers of the No. 34 and No. 38 Ford Mustangs.
The team has given their NASCAR Truck Series driver Zane Smith the green light to pursue other options within the NASCAR National Series, but the team is open to brining Smith back into their fold.
Front Row states they remain committed to running a full-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team in 2024, and the plans for that team will be announced soon.
Noah Gragson, who was suspended last week by LEGACY MOTOR CLUB and then indefinitely suspended by NASCAR, has officially asked for his release from his driving contract at LEGACY MOTOR CLUB.
In a statement issued on Thursday, Gragson says he requested the release so he could focus on the NASCAR reinstatement process, and that he intends to make everyone proud of him again.
"I have asked LEGACY MOTOR CLUB to release me from my contract so that I can take time to work through the NASCAR reinstatement process. I love racing, and I am looking forward to a second chance to compete for wins at the highest level of NASCAR - and most importantly, make my family, my team and the fans proud of me once again."
Cole Custer and the No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing NASCAR Xfinity Series team were issued an L1 penalty by NASCAR on Wednesday following the confiscation of their front splitter this past weekend at Michigan International Speedway.
As a result, Custer will lose 20 driver points and 5 Playoff Points, and the team will also lose 20 owner points and 5 Playoff Points. Crew Chief Jonathan Toney has also been fined $25,000 by NASCAR for the infraction.
Greg Van Alst, who won the ARCA Menards Series season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway and has gone on to run a couple of NASCAR Xfinity Series events this year, will close out the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season with Young’s Motorsports in the No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado.
Longtime partner of Van Alst, CB Fabrication will back the effort in at least five of the seven races for Van Alst beginning this weekend at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.
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