Jarrett Companies will increase the number of sponsored races Josh BerryThe Xfinity Series team announced on Monday that the 2023 JR Motorsports team will be ranked eighth in the rankings.
Jarrett Companies will sponsor Berry for six races after being the main sponsor for three races in 2022. Those six races will be Phoenix (March 11), Richmond (April 1), Dover (April 29), Atlanta (July 8), Indianapolis. (August 12) and Texas (September 23).
The deal gives Berry at least 26 sponsorship races next season. Bass Pro Shops will be the main sponsor of Berry’s car for 11 races in 2023. Tire Pros are back with JRM and will sponsor Berry for nine races this coming season.
Berry, who won the Xfinity title race and finished fourth in points, will get a new crew chief in 2023. Taylor Moyer will take on this role and Mike Bumgarner will become JRM’s director of competition.
The 2023 Xfinity season kicks off on February 18 at Daytona International Speedway.
— Josh Berry (@joshberry) December 5, 2022
Buddy Parrott played significant roles in two of the most dramatic races in NASCAR history.
Now at 83 and retired from the sport since 2001, Parrott recalls those two days as highlights of his career, which began in the early 1970s.
At the 1990 Daytona 500, champion driver Dale Earnhardt appeared to have decided to put an end to his disappointment in NASCAR’s biggest event. He held the lead, roaring down the return leg on the final lap. Suddenly, Earnhardt’s tire burst.
Leadership inherited Derrick Copewho rushed to the checkered flag and scored one of the biggest upsets in the race.
Parrott was Cope’s crew chief.
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In 1984, Richard Petty overtook Cale Yarborough to win the summer race at Daytona International Speedway. It was the 200th Petty.th – and the final is a victory.
Parrott was Petty’s crew chief.
These victories were high marks in a long pit road career with Parrott’s drivers winning dozens of races. He has worked with Darrell Waltrip, Rusty Wallace, Jeff Burton and Petty, as well as team owners Jack Rush and Roger Penske, among others.
Parrott remains active at 83, although he admits he switched to a slower gear.
“I didn’t live on the edge,” Parrott told NBC Sports. “I took it very lightly. I told my sons when you turn 80 you can do whatever you want, because, in fact, you have already done it.
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His strongest current connection to NASCAR is his participation in the annual Hall of Fame vote.
After more than 20 years of roaming the pit roads as a crew chief, Parrott moved to the position of general manager of Roush Racing in 1997. Four years later, he retired and has not looked back.
“One day I finally said to Jack, ‘I don’t have time to ride a motorcycle,’” Parrot said. “He looked at me and said, ‘What do you want to do with it?’ I said, “I’m ready to retire.” He told me that I could work any schedule I wanted, but I figured that was it. I didn’t have a farewell thing or anything like that.”
Parrot spent most of the next 15 years traveling with his wife Judy, who died in 2016, and playing with his grandchildren.
“I had a great time in retirement because Judy was ready and I was ready,” he said. “We had a lot of fun. We went to Florida for two or three months. I’m so happy that I didn’t stay late and don’t go to the store every day and try to find something to do. I spent that time with Judy and we had 16 years of good retirement.”
Parrott, a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, lives in Statesville, North Carolina. His sons, Todd and Brad, were also NASCAR crew chiefs.
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Parrot is perhaps best remembered as crew chief of Rusty Wallace, Team Penske, and the Miller Lite-sponsored No. 2 black cars. From 1992 to 1994 they won 19 races and consistently led the way.
“I still get a lot of postcards from those years that they send me to sign,” Parrott said. “I can say that those were some of the happiest moments of my life. Those years with Rusty and then Jack Rush really stand out. And who the hell can’t have fun with a beer sponsor?”
NASHVILLE, Tennessee. Joey Logano it doesn’t take long to answer the question.
Who would the two-time Cup champion want to represent at the NASCAR Awards?
Racing icon Mario Andretti, Logano said at once.
And on stage at the Music City Center, Andretti represented Logano, the 2022 Cup champion. Watch this and the rest of the nightly festivities at 8:00 pm ET Saturday on Peacock. You can order a peacock here.
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Marty Snyder and Kim Kun of NBC Sports co-hosted the show with Caitlin Vincey of Fox Sports. Cup champions, Xfinity and Truck were honored. Xfinity Champion Ty Gibbswhose father died just hours after Gibbs won the Xfinity title last month received a standing ovation and thanked the industry for their support.
The highlight of the evening for Logano was that Andretti took the stage to introduce him.
“He was a great role model for me for a long time, not only as a driver, but also as a person,” Logano later said. “I had a picture of him on my wall. As a child, I used to look at Mario Andretti every night before going to bed. I thought it was the coolest thing that he signed it for me.”
Logano and Andretti got to know each other over the years. Logano drove the retro car that honored Andretti at Darlington Speedway in 2015 and 2021.
But none of it compared to being on stage with Andretti.
“It still feels like a moment to pinch me,” Logano said. This is Mario Andretti. He’s a man. The fact that he knows my name, I think it’s very, very cool.”
Watch the NASCAR Awards at 8:00 pm ET Saturday on Peacock.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee. On Thursday, the NASCAR community showed their support at the NASCAR Awards for the Gibbs family as they mourn the death of Coy Gibbs on November 6th.
During his on-stage interview, car owner Joe Gibbs thanked the NASCAR industry for its support. (The NASCAR Awards show airs Saturday at 8:00 pm ET on Peacock.)
Coy Gibbs, son of Joe Gibbs and father of Xfinity Champion Ty Gibbs, died hours after Ty Gibbs won the series title last month at Phoenix Raceway. Coy Gibbs, 49, was vice chairman and chief operating officer of…