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TC Daily Pit Stop: Newman Returning to Cup; Chastain, Suarez Running CARS Tour at Wilkesboro; Elliott Honoring Father at Darlington
TC Daily Pit Stop: Saturday, May 6th, 2023
Photo Credit: Gavin Baker, NKP, Courtesy of Ford Performance
Ryan Newman, who left the full-time NASCAR Cup Series scene ahead of the 2022 season, is back for a five-race schedule at NASCAR’s top-level, driving for Rick Ware Racing.
The 45-year-old driver will compete in his first event in the NextGen car at Darlington Raceway, before returning for the NASCAR All-Star Race at North Wilkesboro. Newman will also run at Richmond, Darlington-2, and Bristol.
Ross Chastain and Daniel Suarez - teammates at Trackhouse Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series - will compete in the CARS Late Model Tour event at North Wilkesboro Speedway on May 17th, in preparation for the NASCAR All-Star Race.
Suarez will drive the No. 99 Jockey Chevrolet for R & S Race Cars, while Chastain will join forces with Pinnacle Racing Group to drive the No. 28 with sponsorship from Ambetter Health.
Man, there’s just something about that big, red No. 9 race car. Chase Elliott will pay tribute to his legendary father — Bill Elliott — for Darlington Throwback weekend as the sport’s Most Popular Driver will run a red No. 9 Llumar Window Film Chevrolet Camaro.
The scheme, which comes complete with the Evernham Motorsports No. 9 number font, throws back to his father’s days with Ray Evernham’s Dodge team in the early 2000s.
NASCAR Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway is really cool because you get to see current NASCAR racing with nods and tributes back to the legends of years past. Ryan Vargas, who hails from La Mirada, California, will honor a legend in the annals of West Coast racing history — Sean Woodside.
Vargas will drive the No. 30 On Point Motorsports Toyota Tundra at Darlington Raceway, and the paint scheme will look like the No. 31 Ford F-150 truck that Woodside piloted for two races during the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season.
Woodside was the 1999 NASCAR Southwest Series champion, a series that is now known as the ARCA Menards Series West.
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