TC Daily Pit Stop: Trackhouse and Kaulig Swap Crew Chiefs; Stewart-Haas Unveils New Logos; Spencer Boyd Forms New Truck Series Team; Brad Perez Joins Alpha Prime for COTA and More!
TC Daily Pit Stop: Tuesday, January 9th, 2024
On Monday afternoon, Trackhouse Racing and Kaulig Racing each announced a new crew chief for their respective organizations, and it was essentially a swap between the two teams.
Travis Mack, who has served as the crew chief for the No. 99 Trackhouse Racing team since its inception in 2021, will move to Kaulig Racing as the crew chief for the No. 16 team in 2024. Additionally, Mack will serve as the technical director of Kaulig Racing’s NASCAR Cup Series program.
Matt Swiderski, who has recorded two wins as the crew chief of the No. 16 Kaulig Racing team since 2021, will move to Trackhouse Racing’s No. 99 team this season.
Stewart-Haas Racing has made it clear through their series of social media posts this offseason that the organization is focused on rebounding from its first-ever winless season in the NASCAR Cup Series.
On Monday, the team unveiled a set of bold new team logos to go along with the mindset.
The team also revealed the names of the official team colors. The blue used will be known as “Banner Blue” as it is the color of the victory banners in the rafters of Stewart-Haas Racing. The black will be known as “Badass Black” and the white is known as “Smoke White”.
Spencer Boyd, who has spent the last five seasons as a driver for Young’s Motorsports in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, will move to the newly formed Freedom Racing Enterprises team. Boyd will serve as the driver/co-owner of the organization.
Chris Miller, the owner of Freedom Warranty, will be the co-owner of the team with Boyd. Legendary NASCAR crew chief Jeff Hammond will serve as the General Manager for the team and Greg Ely will be the crew chief.
The team has acquired trucks and owner points from the now closed GMS Racing NASCAR Truck Series team.
Brad Perez, who has competed part-time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series over the last couple of seasons, will move to Alpha Prime Racing for the 2024 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.
Perez will pilot the team’s part-time No. 45 entry at COTA in March with Weiss Sand & Clay LP and Apex Coffee Roasters backing the effort, and he is targeting additional races if sponsorship funding is found.
The Florida native will be designated the developmental driver and reserve driver for the team in 2024, and he’ll also be in charge of setting up the team’s new in-shop simulator.
While he didn’t lock his spot in Saturday’s Chili Bowl Nationals Main Event, Stewart-Haas Racing NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Briscoe impressed in Monday night’s A Feature at the Tulsa Expo Center.
Briscoe gained eight positions from his starting spot in the 30-lap feature race and came home in fourth spot behind Tanner Carrick, Shane Golobic, and Michael Pickens.
Briscoe will attempt to make the Main Event through the Alphabet soup on Saturday, but he should be in good shape due to the high finishing position coupled with the passing points he accrued in the Feature.
OTHER HEADLINES FROM MONDAY
Happy 65th birthday today to NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin. Martin scored 96 NASCAR National Series wins, including 40 in the NASCAR Cup Series over his illustrious career. Martin also finished runner-up in the NASCAR Cup Series point standings five times.
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