GMS Racing provided important details on the impending NASCAR Cup Series move. The team that is also currently showcasing five vehicles from the Camping World Truck Series have revealed that they will be operating full time in 2022, answering a long-standing question.
GMS Racing provided the update of Bob Pockrass, FOX Sports reporter on Friday October 1, while celebrating the addition of Grant Enfinger to the Truck Series roster. Team president Mike Beam told Pockrass there will be a full-time Cup Series car for the team and the organization is on the verge of securing a charter that guarantees entry in each race, as well as a large portion of the purse.
Beam was hesitant to reveal the driver of the Cup Series car. However, Pockrass noted that Ty Dillon remains the favorite to secure the job. The NASCAR driver has four full-time Cup Series seasons to his credit, all with Germain Racing, as well as two top-five finishes. He won fourth place at Daytona International Speedway in 2019 and third place at Talladega Superspeedway in 2020.
Dillon remained linked with GMS Racing for several weeks
Austin Dillon’s younger brother stayed at the forefront of the conversation for several weeks, especially when it came to GMS Racing. The reason is because “Door Bumper Clear” co-host Brett Griffin dropped a major bombshell in the September 13 episode when he said Dillon had a cutting deal in place for the 2022 season.
Griffin explained during the episode that “nobody” is currently driving for the Cup Series team, indicating that he is a newcomer to the highest level of NASCAR. Additionally, Griffin said âtheir other driverâ will join Richard Childress Racing under an Xfinity Series deal.
A day after the podcast aired, Sheldon Creed announced that he would be leaving GMS Racing at the end of the 2021 Truck Series season. He will join Richard Childress Racing in the Xfinity Series and pursue a post in the playoffs and the Championship Trophy.
While GMS has yet to confirm that Dillon will join the squad for the 2022 Cup Series season, there is an event on the horizon that may provide an answer. NASCAR will host a Next Gen test at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 11-12. The team will need a driver to test the next-gen stock car, but will he use Dillon?
GMS Racing has several updates to deliver around 2022
While the identity of the Cup Series driver is a source of intrigue to NASCAR fans and analysts, it is far from the only important piece of information GMS Racing has yet to reveal. The organization must also provide other updates on the Truck Series list.
The championship-winning organization has locked up two drivers for the 2022 season. Jack Wood will lead a full-time season in the No. 24 Chevrolet Silverado while Grant Enfinger will move to the No. 23 Chevrolet Silverado for a full season of his own. However, GMS Racing tends to use five trucks.
According to Pockrass, Beam currently plans to operate three or four trucks in the 2022 season. Chase Purdy may join Enfinger and Wood as one of the drivers, but GMS Racing has yet to reveal that information. Jayski also reported that Zane Smith remains undecided on his future as Purdy and his supporters have not committed to 2022. Tyler Ankrum, the other leading GMS rider, remains an even bigger question mark. Beam told the outlet that he believed the No.26 driver was “going to do something else” in 2022.
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