TC Daily Pit Stop: Ty Dillon Joins Rackley WAR for 2024; Chad Kendrick Not Returning as Crew Chief of No. 25 Truck; Kyle Busch Tumbles in Tulsa Shootout; Rohrbaugh Entering Daytona
TC Daily Pit Stop: Saturday, December 30th, 2023
After spending six of the last seven seasons as a full-time driver in the NASCAR Cup Series, Ty Dillon is dropping down to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2024, driving for Rackley WAR.
The 31-year-old grandson of Richard Childress last competed full-time in the NASCAR Truck Series in 2013, where he finished runner-up in series point standings to Matt Crafton.
“We are excited to announce Ty Dillon as the driver for Rackley WAR in the NASCAR Truck Series,” said Willie Allen, President and COO of Rackley WAR. “Ty’s exceptional talent is a perfect fit for our team as we elevate our engineering and technological capabilities to new heights.”
Rackley Roofing will serve as a 16-race primary sponsor of the No. 25 Chevrolet Silverado in 2023. Additional sponsorship partners will be announced at a later date.
Chad Kendrick will not be part of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series program for Rackley WAR in 2024, a representative from the organization confirmed to TobyChristie.com on Friday.
Kendrick, who has been crew chief of the No. 25 Chevrolet Silverado since the team’s inception in 2021, is said to be moving on to an opportunity in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, per Larry McReynolds, who spoke to Dillon on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Over the years, the 45-year-old has worked for several race-winning organizations including Brad Keselowski Racing, Red Horse Racing , and Young’s Motorsports. Kendrick also served as crew chief for the team’s first win at Talladega in 2022.
Kyle Busch, a two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, is uninjured after taking a tumble in Friday’s Non-Stock Wing Class event at the Tulsa Shootout in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Busch was battling for sixth-place on-track when his No. 51 made contact with the right-front wheel of Ace Moore, sending the Lucas Oil-sponsored machine upside down.
Busch was forced to retire from the event, though, as his vehicle sustained too much damage to continue in the 10-lap event, in which he ended up being credited with a finish of ninth place.
CR7 Motorsports will field a second entry, No. 97, for Codie Rohrbaugh in a pair of NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events in 2024, General Manager Michael Shelton confirmed on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Friday.
Rohrbaugh, a partial owner of the organization, ran a one-off last season at Daytona in the No. 97, and will do so again in 2024, while also adding Talladega to his scheduled events.
“For sure Codie [Rohrbaugh] is going to run Daytona and Talladega,” Sheldon said Friday. “He might run a short rack in there, but there is no real effort – our plate is full with getting the No. 9 Truck to where it needs to be, so we don’t want to add to that at this point any more than we have to.”
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