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TC Daily Pit Stop: Sam Mayer and Carson Hocevar Punch Tickets to Xfinity and Truck Championship 4 With Homestead Wins; Truex on Pole For Cup Race
TC Daily Pit Stop: Sunday, October 22nd, 2023
It started a little slow, but once Sam Mayer scored his first win, 12 races ago, things have been electric for the 20-year-old JR Motorsports driver. In Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Contender Boats 300 at Homestead, Mayer stepped up yet again as he scored his fourth win of the season and secured his place in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship 4.
The win, Mayer’s first-career at an oval, came after he held off a hard-charging Riley Herbst down the stretch.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. upped his commitment from one NASCAR Xfinity Series race to two for the 2023 season, and what it resulted in were two really great showings in the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro. The latest was a solid fifth-place effort in Saturday’s Contender Boats 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“Heck yeah. I was wanting a top-10,” Earnhardt said when asked if he met his expectations for the race. “The car was not doing what I wanted it to do, but we worked on it. I sent us the wrong way in the first Stage, at the first break. Once we got that going, and the guys figured out what we needed to do with the car, the car got better, and we ran good enough to run fifth.”
Earnhardt left the race smiling despite late-race contact, which ended the day for his teammate and friend Josh Berry.
Carson Hocevar scored his fourth win of the 2023 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, and with the win, he secured his place in the series’ Championship 4 battle at Phoenix Raceway. Hocevar came home with the win ahead of Zane Smith, but Smith, who was looking to defend his 2022 Truck Series title, was disqualified following post-race inspection.
Saturday’s race at Homestead was the final race of the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Truck Series. The four drivers that will battle for the championship are Hocevar, Corey Heim, Grant Enfinger, and Ben Rhodes.
Cory Selig, a pit crew member for the No. 33 Reaume Brothers Racing team, was injured during a round of yellow-flag pit stops at the end of the second Stage of Saturday’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Homestead. Due to the injuries, Selig was transported to Jackson South Medical Center in Miami, Florida.
On Saturday evening, the Reaume team offered an update on Selig’s condition stating that the crew member suffered a cracked sternum, and several cracked ribs. Selig will be held overnight for further evaluation.
It has not been an ideal start to the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs for regular-season champion Martin Truex Jr., but he heads to Homestead still alive in the hunt for the NASCAR Cup Series title, and he’ll start Sunday’s race from the pole as he led a Toyota Racing sweep of the top-three spots in qualifying on Saturday.
Truex will lead Bubba Wallace, Tyler Reddick, and Brad Keselowski to the green in the 4EVER 400.
Joey Logano lost control of his No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang in the closing minutes of Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series practice session, and will be relegated to a backup car after pounding the inside wall.
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