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TC Daily Pit Stop: Purdy Wins Truck Series Pole at Talladega; Rockenfeller, Taylor Returning for ROVAL; Sam Hunt Racing, Brett Moffitt Find Sponsorship for ROVAL; Plus ARCA News
TC Daily Pit Stop: Saturday, September 30th, 2023
For the second time in the last three NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events, Chase Purdy is set to lead the field to green, this time ahead of Saturday’s Love’s RV Stop 250 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Purdy, driving the No. 4 Bama Buggies Chevrolet Silverado, led both the first and final round of single-vehicle qualifying on Saturday, en route to scoring his second-ever pole in the NASCAR Truck Series.
With a lap of 53.368 seconds (179.433mph), the Meridian, Mississippi native held a massive margin over de facto teammate Nick Sanchez in the second round of qualifying, winning the pole with a gap approaching three-tenths of a second.
Sanchez, Jake Garcia, Dean Thompson, and Ty Majeski completed the top-five, with Jack Wood, Carson Hocevar, Ben Rhodes, Corey Heim, and Jake Drew the top-10.
Mike Rockenfeller, a two-time winner of the 24 Hours of LeMans, will return to the NASCAR Cup Series with LEGACY MOTOR CLUB at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL, driving the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro, the team announced Friday.
A two-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Rockenfeller will contest his third start of the year at NASCAR’s top-level, and his second-ever start at the 2.280-mile purpose-built road course in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In his first start at the Indy Road Course, Rockenfeller came home with a respectable 24th-place result, which at the time was his career-high finish – after a 29th and 30th in a pair of races for Spire Motorsports in the back-half of 2022.
The following weekend at Watkins Glen, Rockenfeller again bested his career-high finish at NASCAR’s top-level, picking up a top-20 result for LEGACY MOTOR CLUB in 19th, which at the time was just the third for the No. 42.
Jordan Taylor is back for more in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, taking on the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL in the No. 11 Chevrolet Camaro for Kaulig Racing, for his second-ever start in the series.
A native of Orlando, Florida, Taylor has spent the year branching out his motorsports experiences, including competing in the CARS Late Model Tour event at North Wilkesboro Speedway, which served as his first-ever race on an oval.
The decorated road racer has also dipped his toes into NASCAR’s National Series this year, first debuting in the NASCAR Cup Series at Circuit of The Americas with Hendrick Motorsports, where he served as an interim driver of the No. 9 for Chase Elliott.
Currently, Taylor sits in second place in point standings as the full-time Corvette factory driver in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, which has completed nine of its scheduled 10 events this season
The Sherry Strong Foundation, a foundation dedicated to the mission of raising awareness and fundraising for women’s and children’s health causes, will serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 24 Sam Hunt Racing Toyota GR Supra in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Drive for the Cure 250 at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL.
Pollex, who passed away earlier this month after a decade-long battle with ovarian cancer, was the founder of the Sherry Strong Foundation, and the co-founder of the Martin Truex, Jr. Foundation, both of which have hosted cancer research fundraisers over the years.
Connor Mosack, who recently scored his first-ever top-five result in the entry at Watkins Glen International, will pilot the No. 24 SherryStrong.org Toyota GR Supra in the October 7th event, which will carry the back and teal colors of the Sherry Strong Foundation.
In his first season competing in the ARCA Menards Series East, Luke Fenhaus came home with a second-place finish in points - which may seem like a win for a relative-unknown from Wisconsin, especially in Pinnacle Racing Group’s first year.
Fenhaus, a winner of the Slinger Nationals and a runner-up in the Superstar Racing Experience, spoke to TobyChristie.com about his season-to-date, where he comes from, and what lies ahead for the two-time ARCA East winner.
Superior Pools & Spas, a residential and commercial swimming pool builder based in Charlotte, North Carolina, will partner with Brett Moffitt and AM Racing for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Drive for the Cure 250 at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL.
“We couldn’t be more excited to support AM Racing and Brett Moffitt at the upcoming Drive for the Cure 300 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL,” said Peter Johnson, Superior Pools & Spas CEO. “Brett’s determination and passion on and off the track make him the perfect partner for Superior Pools & Spas as we continue to serve The Carolinas for many years to come. We look forward to seeing the No. 25 in Victory Lane at the Charlotte ROVAL next weekend.”
Moffitt and AM Racing have had an incredible season together thus far, partnering for nine total results inside the top-10, in what is the organization’s first full-time foray into the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
When the ARCA Menards Series finishes its season at Toledo Speedway, Mason Ludwig will be making his debut in the No. 63 for Spraker Racing Enterprises, a long-time organization in the ARCA Menards Series.
“I owe an incredible amount of thanks to those who have had a hand in making this happen. My current employer, Mike Cheek, owner of Grumpy’s Performance introduced me to Jeff Spraker, owner of Spraker Racing Enterprises. It’s because of their confidence in me as a driver that I even have this opportunity,” the 21-year-old said.
Since the age of seven, Mason has made him through the short-track racing scenes in Michigan and North Carolina. Including the INEX State of Michigan Young Lions championship in 2016 and two feature wins in the NASCAR All-American Series at Hickory Motor Speedway.
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