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TC Daily Pit Stop: Sammy Smith Joins JR Motorsports; Beard Motorsports Skipping Talladega; Said, Caruth Added to Hendrick Xfinity Lineup; and More!
TC Daily Pit Stop: Wednesday, September 27th, 2023
After a season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with Joe Gibbs Racing, Sammy Smith is moving on in 2024, joining JR Motorsports to pilot the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro, with support from long-time partners Pilot Flying J, TMC, and Allstate Peterbilt Group.
“Sammy is a great fit for our program and will mesh well with our other drivers,” said JRM team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. “He’s a young, talented racer who’s willing to learn and carries himself with a lot of professionalism. He has a bright future ahead. I’m excited for our team to help him continue his journey.”
The 19-year-old driver moves to JR Motorsports after scoring one victory, six top-five finishes, and 15 finishes inside the top-10, all while driving the No. 18 Toyota GR Supra for Joe Gibbs Racing.
“I am very appreciative for the support of Pilot Flying J, TMC Transportation and all my partners that help make this happen,” said Smith, a native of Johnston, Iowa. “The opportunity to race for JR Motorsports is one I am looking forward to and cannot wait to see what we all accomplish together.”
Beard Motorsports has opted to not enter Sunday’s YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, despite originally being scheduled to compete in the event with Austin Hill, TobyChristie.com has confirmed with a representative from the team.
The organization, which has fielded a part-time entry in the NASCAR Cup Series since 2017, says the decision to not compete was made in order to allow Hill an off-weekend, giving him a break, and a chance to better prepare and focus on his Xfinity Series efforts.
Austin Hill and the Beard Motorsports No. 62 Chevrolet will return to the NASCAR Cup Series for the October 8 event at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL — the Bank of America ROVAL 400.
Ryan Preece will return to the seat of the No. 41 Ford Mustang in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2024, the driver confirmed to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio in an interview on Tuesday.
The 32-year-old driver is currently in the midst of his debut season with Stewart-Haas Racing, where he’s picked up a single top-five result at Richmond Raceway, his first top-five finish on a non-superspeedway.
“I’m going to be here with the No. 41 and Stewart-Haas Racing next year,” Preece told Dave Moody. “Definitely looking forward to it, and we’ve made a lot of gains.”
Hendrick Motorsports has added a pair of events to its NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule in 2023, with the announcement on Tuesday that the organization has added both Boris Said and Rajah Caruth to the team’s driver lineup.
Said, an accomplished road racer and winner in both the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, will drive the No. 17 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro in the Drive for the Cure 250 at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL.
After the team’s return to competition at Charlotte’s ROVAL, the organization will bring the No. 17 Chevrolet Camaro back to the track for the season-finale at Phoenix Raceway, where Rajah Caruth will drive the entry with backing from HendrickCars.com.
Caruth, who currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for GMS Racing, has recorded three top-10 finishes in 24 starts, while also dipping his toes into the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Alpha Prime Racing.
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