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Conner Jones Joining Venturini for Limited Schedule

2021 ARCA Bristol Conner Jones, No. 42 Cook-Finley Racing Chevrolet (Credit: NKP)

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Conner Jones will drive a limited schedule for Venturini Motorsports in the ARCA Menards Series in 2022, Venturini announced Jan. 5 Jones will make his main-series ARCA debut with the team at Iowa Speedway, followed by a race at Salem Speedway. He’ll also drive for the team in the ARCA Menards Series East at Dover …

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Jonathan Shafer Making ARCA Debut for Venturini

2021 ARCA Phoenix Drew Dollar, No. 15 Venturini Motorsports Toyota (Credit: NKP)

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Jonathan Shafer will make his ARCA Menards Series debut in 2022 for Venturini Motorsports in 2022, Venturini announced Jan. 4. Shafer will drive multiple main-series ARCA races for Venturini, starting at Iowa Speedway, where he’ll pilot the No. 15. “This is such a great moment in my career,” Shafer said in a team release. “A …

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Noah Gragson Picks Up Luke Lambert as Crew Chief

2021 Xfinity Phoenix Noah Gragson, No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet (Credit: NKP)

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Noah Gragson will have a new crew chief in Luke Lambert in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2022, JR Motorsports announced Jan. 4. Lambert replaces Dave Elenz, who announced last year that he was moving to Richard Petty Motorsports in the NASCAR Cup Series. Lambert joins Gragson and the No. 9 from RFK Racing. “I’m …

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Drew Blickensderfer Crew Chief for Aric Almirola in 2022

2021 Nashville Cup Aric Almirola car NKP

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Drew Blickensderfer has joined Stewart-Haas Racing as Aric Almirola‘s crew chief for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season, SHR announced Jan. 4. Blickensderfer replaces Mike Bugarewicz, who moves to a performance director role within the team. “With the Next Gen car being brand new, there will be continuous development on it every time it turns …

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Bubba Wallace, Leidos Team for 2022

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Leidos has been added as a primary sponsor for Bubba Wallace in the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season, 23XI Racing announced Jan. 4. The No. 23 will carry Leidos’ colors first at Circuit of the Americas. According to Leidos’ website, the other races include Dover Motor Speedway and the second events at Atlanta Motor Speedway, …

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Jesse Love, Corey Heim Splitting Venturini’s No. 20

2021 ARCA Winchester Racing Corey Heim, No. 20 Venturini Motorsports Toyota (Credit: Emilee Chinn/ARCA Racing used with permission)

Photo: Emilee Chinn/ARCA Racing used with permission

Jesse Love and Corey Heim will split Venturini Motorsports’ No. 20 in the ARCA Menards Series in 2022, Venturini announced Jan. 3. Love is scheduled for 14 races in the car beginning at Phoenix Raceway, largely at tracks at which the soon-to-be 17-year-old can compete. Heim, meanwhile, will fill in for the other six events, …

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Amber Balcaen Running Full ARCA Schedule for RJR

2021 ARCA West Irwindale Amber Balcaen (Credit: Meg Oliphant/ARCA Racing used with permission)

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Amber Balcaen will run the full 2022 ARCA Menards Series season for Rette Jones Racing, the team announced Jan. 3. ICON Direct will sponsor Balcaen’s 20-race effort in the No. 30 Ford. “It is really special for me as a Canadian competing in the United States to be representing all Canadian companies on my car …

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Blaine Perkins Running Full-Time Truck Schedule for CR7

#23: Blaine Perkins, Our Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Raceline

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Blaine Perkins will compete full time for CR7 Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2022, CR7 announced Dec. 23. The schedule marks CR7’s first full-time jaunt in the series. In 2021, it fielded the No. 9 truck in all but two events, with Codie Rohrbaugh, Grant Enfinger and Colby Howard driving. “I’m …

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Jesse Little Moving to Young’s in Truck Series

#78: Jesse Little, B.J. McLeod Motorsports, Toyota Supra

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Jesse Little will run in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Young’s Motorsports in 2022, the team announced Dec. 22. Little’s truck number, crew chief and sponsors have not yet been announced. “I am beyond thrilled to be able to join Young’s Motorsports for the 2022 Truck Series season,” Little said in a team …

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