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Listen to this article Smith, 18, will drive Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Toyota next season with sponsorship from Pilot Flying J, TMC Transportation, Allstate Peterbilt, among others. Jeff Meendering will serve as his crew chief. Smith competed in nine Xfinity races this season for JGR with one top-five and three top-10 finishes. His best result was third at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. He also claimed the Sioux Chief Showdown championship, awarded to the driver who performs best in the 10 short track and road course events on the ARCA schedule. “Sammy is a fantastic addition to our 2023 Xfinity…

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Listen to this article Eckes, who has advanced to the Truck Series playoffs twice, will drive MHR’s No. 19 Chevrolet, sponsored by NAPA Auto Care. Garcia, a native of Monroe, Ga., will compete fulltime in the No. 35 Chevy sponsored by Adaptive One beginning with the March 3 race at Las Vegas. He turns 18 years old that day. Eckes replaces Derek Kraus in the No. 19. “I’m ecstatic to get the season started,” said team co-owner Bill McAnally. “We have a lot to be optimistic about bringing Christian into our program and Jake having his first full-time opportunity. “We’ve…

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Listen to this article GMS Racing announced Tuesday that Caruth, 20, will compete fulltime in the Camping World Truck Series in 2023, driving the organization’s No. 24 Chevrolet. Caruth is coming off his first season of fulltime competition in the ARCA Menards Series where he drove for Rev Racing and finished third in the series standings. He ended the year with eight top-five and 14 top-10 finishes, with a career-best finish of second at Kansas. He also made 11 combined starts in the Xfinity and Truck series in 2022. “I’ve been waiting for an opportunity like this throughout my whole…

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Listen to this article Castroneves, 47, ran a partial schedule in the six-race Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) Series this summer on short ovals, and series CEO Don Hawk had told him if he won a race, he’d find him a ride in the Daytona 500. The Brazilian promptly won the next race at Pensacola, even though he wasn’t originally scheduled to take part in it. Hawk later clarified that the “intention originally was he really wanted to run the Daytona 500 and if not, a ‘crown jewel’ [race]. So, we’re really going to try to make the Daytona 500 work.”…

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Listen to this article Thompson, a 21-year-old native of Anaheim, Calif., will compete fulltime in 2023 driving Tricon’s No. 5 Toyota beginning with the Feb. 17 series opener at Daytona in February. “I am thrilled to start the next chapter of my career with TRICON Garage and Toyota Racing Development,” said Thompson. “The team and manufacturer have quickly made a statement in the Truck Series as striving to be the best of the best. “I’m ready to take on the challenge and live up to the expectations of being a driver for Tricon.” Read Also: Thompson completed his rookie season…

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Listen to this article The accolade, launched in 2021 and first won by Jean Todt, recognises an individual who has given a lifetime of service to the sport and who leaves a lasting legacy for future generations. As well as his success across Formula 1, the Indianapolis 500, Trans-Am, Can-Am and sportscar racing, Penske also became the first team owner to run both the IndyCar and NASCAR Cup drivers’ champions in the same season in 2022. The 85-year-old’s Gold Medal success was announced on 4 December at the Autosport Awards at Grosvenor House on Park Lane. Penske, said: “Tonight, I would…

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Listen to this article For the fifth consecutive season, Elliott was named the winner Thursday night of the 2022 National Motorsports Press Association’s Most Popular Driver Award. This is the 32nd consecutive year a member of the Earnhardt or Elliott family has won the award, including Chase’s father, Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, who won the award each season from 1984 to 2002. Darrell Waltrip (1990) was the last driver not named Earnhardt or Elliott to win the award. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the award 15 consecutive seasons, the last in 2017 at the conclusion of his final fulltime NASCAR season.…

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Listen to this article The team, co-owned by Matt Tifft, B.J. McLeod and Joe Falk, will shift from Ford to Chevrolet next season and field the No. 78 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. They will also receive engine support from ECR Engines. “Our team is excited to make this transition to Chevrolet,” said McLeod, co-owner and driver at Live Fast Motorsports. “Chevrolet Camaros have proven great success on the track and Live Fast Motorsports is looking forward to becoming a part of this advance.” McLeod competed in 29 of 36 races this past season, running various other drivers in the road course…

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Listen to this article The Akron, Ohio-based manufacturer has been involved in the sport since 1954. For the last 25 years, Goodyear has been the exclusive tire supplier for NASCAR’s top three series – Cup, Xfinity and Trucks. That relationship will continue in another multi-year contract extension announced Thursday morning in Nashville, Tenn. Goodyear remains the longest-running continuous partner in NASCAR history. The extension will also include continued sponsorship of the annual Goodyear 400, part of Darlington (S.C.) Raceway’s spring race weekend and the official “Throwback Weekend” race of each season. “From our manufacturing plants to offices around the world,…

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Listen to this article Background: A star driver at JGR since 2008, collecting 56 of his 60 Cup wins there and winning two Cup titles (2015, 2019). New deal could not be struck after departure of long-time sponsor M&Ms (Mars Inc.). Will be replaced by Ty Gibbs, newly crowned NASCAR Xfinity champion. Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, M&M’s Toyota Camry Photo by: Nigel Kinrade / NKP / Motorsport Images Jim Utter: There may not be a move more anticipated in 2023 than two-time Cup champion Busch joining forces with longtime owner Richard Childress. The biggest question mark will be if…

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