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TC Daily Pit Stop: Trevor Bayne Tapped to Drive Rackley WAR No. 25 at Homestead; Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Loses Two Pit Crew Members Due to Improperly Secured Wheel
TC Daily Pit Stop: Wednesday, October 18th, 2023
Rackley WAR has selected Trevor Bayne, the 2011 champion of the Daytona 500, to drive the No. 25 Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Homestead-Miami Speedway on October 21st.
Bayne, a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, has amassed more than 350 starts across NASCAR’s National Series throughout his career, spending the last two seasons competing part-time in the NASCAR Xfnity Series for Joe Gibbs Racing.
“I definitely didn’t see this coming two weeks ago. This deal came together rather quickly,” said Trevor Bayne. “Willie Allen and Curtis Sutton have been working hard over the past few years to improve their truck program. The results have shown all season with their consistent top-10 runs.”
After an improperly secured wheel came loose from the No. 54 Toyota Camry TRD, driven by Ty Gibbs, in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the sanctioning body has penalized a pair of pit crew members.
Braxton Brannon (jackman) and Jackson Gibbs (front changer) have each been suspended for the next two points-paying NASCAR Cup Series events at Homestead-Miami Speedway and Martinsville Speedway.
Gibbs, a rookie in the NASCAR Cup Series, ran into significant issues with about 60 laps remaining, when his No. 54 Toyota Camry shot into the outside wall, due to an improperly secured right front wheel, which was later discarded as Gibbs returned to the pits.
As is the typical procedure for an improperly secured wheel being discarded on the track, Gibbs was assessed an in-race of two laps, which assisted in relegating the 21-year-old driver to a finish outside the top-30.
There are 36 entries on the preliminary entry list for this weekend’s NASCAR Cup race at Homestead. Notable entries include No. 15 JJ Yeley, 42 John Hunter Nemechek, 51 Ryan Newman, and 78 Josh Bilicki.
There are 41 cars [for 38 spots] on the preliminary entry list for Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Contender Boats 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Notable entries include #07 Natalie Decker, 08 Mason Massey, 4 JJ Yeley, 11 Derek Kraus, 19 Myatt Snider, 24 Connor Mosack, 28 CJ McLaughlin, 29 Mason Maggio, 44 Jeffrey Earnhardt, 45 Leland Honeyman, 53 Matt Mills, 66 Ryan Newman, 74 Dawson Cram, 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr., and 91 Kyle Weatherman.
UPDATE - Tuesday, October 17th - Patrick Emerling has been added to the entry list as the driver of the No. 35 for Emerling-Gase Motorsports.
There are 35 trucks on the preliminary entry list for Saturday’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Baptist Health Cancer Care 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Notable entries include #04 Spencer Davis, 7 Marco Andretti, 22 Mason Maggio, 30 Jonathan Shafer, 33 Memphis Villarreal, 41 Bayley Currey, 46 Armani Williams, 51 Jack Wood, 56 Tyler Hill, and 61 Jake Drew.
UPDATE - Tuesday, October 17th - Brad Perez and Nick Leitz will be teammates in the No. 02 and No. 20 for Young’s Motorsports. Trevor Bayne will drive the Rackley WAR No. 25 at Homestead.
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