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TC Daily Pit Stop: NASCAR Reverses Blaney DQ; JHN to Drive for LMC at Homestead; Heim Returns to TRICON in 2024; Garcia Leaving McAnally; Entry Lists!
TC Daily Pit Stop: Tuesday, October 17th, 2023
A rare occurrence took place on Monday evening as NASCAR reversed its disqualification of Ryan Blaney and the No. 12 Team Penske team from Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
According to NASCAR, the damper template, which showed the issue with the left front shock on Blaney’s No. 12 car was faulty, and NASCAR discovered the issue with the template on Monday during its weekend debrief.
As a result, Blaney has had his sixth-place finish race finish, and stage finish points restored from Vegas. Blaney again sits 17 points below the cutline heading into Homestead, instead of 56 points back.
LEGACY MOTOR CLUB made a change to its driver roster for this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series event at Homestead-Miami Speedway as John Hunter Nemechek will drive the No. 42 machine instead of Carson Hocevar, who was previously announced as the driver for this race.
According to co-owner Jimmie Johnson, this is a one-race move, which will allow the team a race to get familiar with its 2024 driver, JHN.
Johnson thanked his current team partner Chevrolet and his future team partners Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing for allowing Nemechek to run for LMC this weekend. Hocevar will return to the No. 42 for Martinsville and Phoenix.
It will be Heim time again for TRICON Garage during the 2024 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season as the team announced it has reached a contract extension with the five-time NASCAR Truck Series race winner.
The 21-year-old racer is currently in the hunt for the 2023 NASCAR Truck Series championship and his win at Bristol Motor Speedway a few weeks ago secured his place in the Championship 4.
Jake Garcia, who narrowly missed the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Playoffs in his rookie campaign, will not return to McAnally-Hilgemann Racing for the 2024 NASCAR Truck Series season.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my rookie season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with everyone at McAnally-Hilgemann Racing and the support of our partners at Quanta Services and Adaptive One,” Garcia said in a statement. “We’ve had fast trucks, strong finishes, and have a lot of reasons to be proud of our effort.”
The 18-year-old driver has not announced where he will drive in 2024 just yet.
Kevin Harvick will have a special throwback paint scheme as he runs his final NASCAR Cup Series event at Homestead-Miami Speedway, a race that will be named the 4Ever 400 presented by Mobil 1 in his honor.
Harvick will drive the Budweiser paint scheme that he secured the 2014 NASCAR Cup Series championship with.
There are 36 entries on the preliminary entry list for this weekend’s NASCAR Cup race at Homestead. Notable entries include No. 15 JJ Yeley, 42 John Hunter Nemechek, 51 Ryan Newman, and 78 Josh Bilicki.
There are 41 cars [for 38 spots] on the preliminary entry list for Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Contender Boats 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Notable entries include #07 Natalie Decker, 08 Mason Massey, 4 JJ Yeley, 11 Derek Kraus, 19 Myatt Snider, 24 Connor Mosack, 28 CJ McLaughlin, 29 Mason Maggio, 44 Jeffrey Earnhardt, 45 Leland Honeyman, 53 Matt Mills, 66 Ryan Newman, 74 Dawson Cram, 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr., and 91 Kyle Weatherman.
There are 35 trucks on the preliminary entry list for Saturday’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Baptist Health Cancer Care 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Notable entries include #04 Spencer Davis, 7 Marco Andretti, 22 Mason Maggio, 30 Jonathan Shafer, 33 Memphis Villarreal, 41 Bayley Currey, 46 Armani Williams, 51 Jack Wood, 56 Tyler Hill, and 61 Jake Drew.
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