NASCAR news ticker December 2022: Will there be a Cup team with German roots?

NASCAR news ticker December 2022: Will there be a Cup team with German roots?
Credits: 3F Racing

Here you find our NASCAR news ticker for December 2022 – Latest news: 3F Racing with German roots plans making its Cup debut

December 21, 2022: 3F Racing from Germany wants to enter NASCAR (NCS)

“They [chances of a debut] are clearly at 90 percent. We are on a good path and have already taken important steps. There are still some hurdles ahead of us, but we will give everything to overcome them and bring the NASCAR team with German roots to the starting line in 2023,” 3F Racing team principal Dennis Hirtz told ‘Motorsport-Total.com‘. The team is looking to team up with Chevrolet and Richard Childress Racing to run a part-time program in 2023. After Michael “Mike” Kranefuss, Hirtz would be the second team principal in the Cup Series with German roots.

December 16, 2022: Hailie Deegan joins a Truck Series top team (NCTS)

The likely most popular woman in the NASCAR at the moment, Hailie Deegan, joins the very experienced and successful team ThorSportRacing for her third NASCAR Trucks season. ThorSport also announced that they’ll return to Ford Performance after being a Toyota team in 2022.

December 16, 2022: Jeffrey Earnhardt secures full time ride for 2023 (NXS)

Jeffrey Earnhardt, grandson of the NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Sr., landed a full time ride for the 2023 season at the young team Alpha Prime Racing which has been founded in 2022. Earnhardt will drive a Chevrolet Camaro with the #44. In addition, Kaz Grala will join Sam Hunt Racing while Brett Moffitt signed a contract with AM Racing.

December 11, 2022: A look at the Xfinity Series full-time teams (NXS)

The 2023 NASCAR Xfinity Series is casting its shadow ahead. With many drivers currently being confirmed, here’s an overview of all the confirmed full-time teams:

  • Big Machine Racing: Parker Kligerman
  • BJ McLeod Motorsports: Garrett Smithley
  • JD Motorsports: Bayley Currey, Brennan Poole
  • Jeremy Clements Racing: Jeremy Clements
  • JR Motorsports: Sam Meyer, Justin Allgaier, Josh Berry, Brandon Jones
  • Kaulig Racing: Landon Cassill, Daniel Hemric, Chandler Smith
  • Richard Childress Racing: Sheldon Creed, Austin Hill
  • RSS Racing: Ryan Sieg
  • Stewart-Haas Racing: Cole Custer, Riley Herbst
  • Joe Gibbs Racing: Sammy Smith, Ryan Truex, John Hunter Nemechek
  • Sam Hunt Racing: Connor Mosack, Kaz Grala

December 9, 2022: A look at the Truck Series full-time teams (NCTS)

The 2023 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is casting its shadow ahead. With many drivers currently being confirmed, here’s an overview of all the confirmed full-time teams:

  • GMS Racing: Grand Enfinger, Rajah Caruth, Daniel Dye
  • McAnally-Hilgeman Racing: Christian Eckes, Jake Garcia
  • Kyle Busch Motorsports: Chase Purdy, Jack Wood, Kyle Busch
  • Niece Motorsports: Carson Hocevar
  • Rackyley WAR: Matt DiBenedetto
  • Rev Racing: Nick Sanchez
  • Front Row Motorsports: Zane Smith
  • Tricon Garage: Dean Thompson, Corey Heim, Tanner Gray, Taylor Gray

December 8, 2022: John Hunter Nemechek joins Joe Gibbs Racing (NXS)

John Hunter Nemechek, the son of the famous „Front-Row Joe“, Joe Nemechek, will drive his first full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series season for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) in 2023. As primary sponsor for the Toyota with the No. 20, which the 25-year-old be driving, they announced Mobil 1.

December 7, 2022: Rajah Caruth will drive for GMS Racing (NCTS)

After a very successful ARCA season with no less than eight top-5 and 14 top-10 finishes, Rajah Caruth will be stepping up to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in the next year. He will drive full-time the No. 24 Chevrolet truck for GMS Racing.

December 6, 2022: The fans voted their most popular drivers (NCS)

Even though the 2022 NASCAR season is in the books, titles have yet to be awarded: Who are the Most Popular Drivers in their championships? Here’s how 2022 NASCAR fans voted: Hailie Deegan (NASCAR Trucks), Noah Gragson (Xfinity Series) and Chase Elliott (Cup Series). Elliott won the title for the fifth time in a row and is thus true to the tradition of his father “Awsome Bill from Dawsonville,” who is still the record holder with 16 titles.

December 1, 2022: Live Fast switches from Ford to Chevrolet (NCS)

Live Fast Motorsports is switching from Ford to Chevrolet for the 2023 NASCAR Cup season. The team, led by BJ McLeod, Matt Tifft and Joe Falk, is fielding the No. 78 car in NASCAR’s premier championship. Jessica McLeod, BJ’s wife, is the CEO of the racing team. The reason for the switch, the team says, is Chevrolet’s success with the Camaro in the Cup Series. The team will rely on ECR engines for the 2023 season. In 2022, McLeod himself, Andy Lally, Josh Williams, Scott Heckert and Kyle Tilley drove the car.

NCS = NASCAR Cup Series; NXS = NASCAR Xfinity Series, NCTS = NASCAR Craftman Truck Series; O = Others

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