NASCAR Xfinity, CRAFTSMAN Truck Series Drivers Named

Thad Moffitt, 23, grandson of Richard Petty, will race in NASCAR's CRAFTSMAN Truck Series with Faction46

NASCAR’s Xfinity and CRAFTSMAN Truck Series classes are seeing new drivers, teams for the upcoming 2024 season. We learned of Trackhouse Racing’s plans for Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen just a day ago, and now Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has announced its Xfinity lineup, even as a new team, Faction46, continues the Petty family presence in NASCAR racing.

Joe Gibbs Racing, the most successful team in Xfinity Series history, is prepared to field four full-time Toyota GR Supra  entries during the upcoming, 76th season of NASCAR racing. Sheldon Creed headlines the quadruple entries, driving the No. 18 GR Supra, He has 70 career Xfinity Series starts and is the 2020 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series champion. Chandler Smith, who comes to JGR next year after a strong rookie season where he won his first career Xfinity series race at Richmond Raceway in April, is assigned to the No. 81 GR Supra.

Veterans Aric Almirola and John Hunter Nemechek intend to split driving duties of the team’s No. 20 entry. Bringing his 12 years of NASCAR Cup Series competition to Xfinity, Almirola started 27 previous Xfinity races for JGR back in 2006 and 2007. Nemechek is back for 10 Xfinity Series races next year with JGR.

The No. 19 GR Supra will be driven by Ryan Truex for a third consecutive season, while William Sawalich will drive for the team after his 18th birthday in October and will compete in the final three races of the season. Joe Graf Jr. returns to the team after competing in six races last season, and Taylor Gray moves to Xfinity after his rookie Truck Series season with TRICON Garage.

Meanwhile, the folks in Level Cross, NC have been busy preparing the grandson of Richard “The King” Petty, Thad Moffitt for his full-time series debut in NASCAR’s CRAFTSMAN Truck Series next season with a new team, Faction46. The team is owned by Lane Moore, proprietor of Venture Food Stores and will have a technical alliance with Niece Motorsports. Veteran NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series crew chief Doug George has been appointed to lead the team.

Thad Moffitt, 23, grandson of Richard Petty, will race in NASCAR’s CRAFTSMAN Truck Series with Faction46

In announcing this new venture, Faction46 showed off the Chevrolet Silverado assigned to Moffitt during the Petty Museum Christmas Cruise-In at Petty’s Garage. “This is the opportunity that I’ve been waiting for,” Moffitt declared. “I’m thrilled that Lane has put his trust in me to begin this new venture with him. This year I had a full season in the Trans Am Series (TA2 class), but I always wanted to have the opportunity to race full-time in NASCAR and begin in the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series. I’m pretty pumped up about this opportunity.”

Moore is using this opportunity through his Venture Food Stores to assist brands and products reach more than 800 stores in key NASCAR markets, using the race program. By having a variety of sponsors: Clean Harbors, Safety-Kleen, Customers Bank and Victory Impact to start the season, he intends to give Moffitt, 23, the opportunity to have his most competitive season despite a very young career in NASCAR. The driver who finished second in Trans Am’s rookie standings has had success in the ARCA Menards Series, finishing fourth in the 2021 standings. He’s raced four times in the Truck Series with a best result of 18th in the 2022 Daytona International Speedway contest.

About Anne Proffit 1269 Articles
Anne Proffit traces her love of racing - in particular drag racing - to her childhood days in Philadelphia, where Atco Dragway, Englishtown and Maple Grove Raceway were destinations just made for her. As a diversion, she was the first editor of IMSA’s Arrow newsletter, and now writes about and photographs sports cars, Indy cars, Formula 1, MotoGP, NASCAR, Formula Drift, Red Bull Global Rallycross - in addition to her first love of NHRA drag racing. A specialty is a particular admiration for the people that build and tune drag racing engines.

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