From 2008 until 2022, Kyle Busch was proud to consider himself a Joe Gibbs Racing driver. During that period, M&M’s linked up with him as a primary sponsor and they stuck together for a long time. It came to a stage where Kyle Busch and M&M’s were practically synonymous with each other. Sadly, that partnership has now ended and Busch is racing with another team and a new sponsor.
Despite all this, and the way Kyle Busch left JGR, he still bears no ill will towards M&M’s. Quite recently, he was signing merchandise for the fans at an event when one fan approached him. A young boy had a diecast of an M&M’s-themed car, but it happened to be a car of former driver Elliott Sadler. Nevertheless, Busch signed it anyway and the fan walked away happy.
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Why did Kyle Busch leave Joe Gibbs Racing in the first place?
The saga started when M&M’s decided to leave NASCAR entirely. This pretty much left Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing on the lurch and in a desperate situation. Obviously, no NASCAR driver can last long without a sponsor, so the search was on for a new sponsor. For a while, Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing negotiated back and forth but could not reach an agreement.
Naturally, Richard Childress was not about to let such a valuable free agent slip from his grasp. As a result, he promptly signed the 2-time Cup Series champion and Busch was only too happy to sign above the dotted line. Since then, the #8 driver has not regretted a thing, and he has hit the ground running.
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How is the 2023 season panning out for Kyle Busch?
As mentioned before, he has gotten his season off to a fantastic start by winning at the Auto Club Speedway. Owing to this, he has not only triumphed for his new team but broken Richard Petty’s record for the most consecutive seasons (19) with a win. Furthermore, he has booked his berth in the Playoffs, but then again, the season is long.
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For the moment, he will be looking ahead to the next race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Without a doubt, now that he has had a taste of the victory, he will want to visit that lane more often.
2. Samsung Galaxy Space X Ping Min Market @ APW Bangsar (3 – 12 March, 12 pm – 10 pm)
Samsung Malaysia Electronics invites you to APW Bangsar for an extraordinary experiential adventure using their new Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra.
Borrow the new Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and dive into four immersive spaces – The Alley, The Ballie, The Escape, and Splash Art – where you can snap baller photos and explore the coolest nightscapes.
Teaming up with Pingmin market, they’ve got a lit line-up of trendy workshops and activities such as the Daifuku workshop, Fluid Pouring workshop, and a K-Pop Dance-Off too. Also available are local arts & crafts items and delicious snacks.
For more info, visit The Ping Min Market’s Instagram.
3. Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba Total Concentration Exhibition @ Pavilion Bukit Jalil (18 Feb – 18 May, 10 am – 10 pm)
Demon Slayer is a well-known Anime and has a massive fan following in Malaysia. This exhibition is a definite treat to fans as it brings you into the world of anime as soon as you enter the exhibition.
Step into an experience like no other, immerse yourself in some of the memorable scenes and become part of a Demon Slayer Corps at Pavilion Bukit Jalil, Level 2, Pink Zone.
Get the tickets here. Tickets cost RM48 for adults and RM38 for kids.
4. Arts On The Move (Art Installation + Performances) @ MRT Pasar Seni (Feb – June, 5 pm – 6 pm)
Next time you change your trains at Pasar Seni, drop by their MRT station to witness this new art installation called “Sunnyside Up” by the talented Pamela Tan of Poh Sin Studio. For the next three months, this yellow futuristic installation hopes to reimagine everyday pedestrian routes and transform them into a unique and enjoyable experience for all.
Additionally, every fortnight on Thursday from 5 pm – 6 pm, visit the station for various live performances, exciting workshops and creative art installations.
For more info about the upcoming performances, keep up to date with Think City’s Instagram.
5. Masters of Disguise (Photography Exhibition) @ Darkroom Gallery, GMBB (Extended till 30 April 2023, 11 am – 6 pm)
Biologist, guide and wildlife photographer Chien C. Lee’s latest photography exhibit focuses on the art of deception used by wildlife. This exhibit features more than 60 fantastic photos of various kinds of camouflage and mimicry employed by insects, reptiles, birds, and even plants; with many species hailing from Malaysia’s very own Sabah and Sarawak.
According to GMBB, this exhibition is just so mesmerizing and immersive that it’s extended until 30 April 2023.
6. The World Of DC Exhibition @ Tropicana Gardens Hall Convention Centre (23 Dec – 1 Apr)
Being the first-ever DC Exhibition launch in Asia, The World Of DC Exhibition will feature interactive games, life-seized exhibits, behind-the-scene concept art, limited-edition merchandise and more at the Tropicana Gardens Mall.
Grab your tickets here. For more info, visit their Facebook page here.
7. Van Gogh Alive Exhibition @ Pavillion Bukit Jalil (17 Dec – 16 March, 10 am – 10 pm)
Witness Van Gogh’s legendary works of art displayed digitally at Pavilion Bukit Jalil. Get ready for a multi-sensory experience with a symphony of light, colour, sound and fragrance for you there.
8. Red Hongyi’s ‘Once Upon A Longtang’ (Art Exhibition) @ National Art Gallery (22 Dec – 22 March, 9 am – 5 pm)
The Balai Seni Negara has a new art installation called Once Upon A Longtang which features scenes inspired by old alleyway houses – or ‘Longtang’ houses in Shanghai. The installation has a series of artworks displayed with burnt Chinese calligraphy paper and more.
1. The Slashie’s Pop-Up Market @ Central Market (10 – 12 March, 10 am – 8 pm)
From 10th – 12th March, you can Sapot Lokal with The Slashie’s Pop-Up Market.
Get ready with the pasar seni starter pack, they’ve got vintage clothing, leather boots, earrings, home decors, illustration & art prints, batik clothing, aromatherapy products, scented candles, crystal & gemstone, crochet knitting, pastry desserts, coffee & drinks for your weekend indulgences.
Avengers, assemble! The Joke Factory has gathered some of Kuala Lumpur’s brightest comedians for your entertainment on 10th March. Led by Tuck and Mikhail, fresh from their debut solo shows in 2022 and supported by a diverse lineup of up-and-coming local talent with Michelle, Sundeep, Shamirul and Fattah. It’s set to be a weekend of laughs at The Joke Factory.
Get the tickets here. They are priced at RM68 each.
Calling all cat lovers and pawrents, now’s the best time for you to shop for cat food, pet accessories, treats, supplements, cat litter, cat grooming products, etc with more than 200+ various brands with great deals at My Cat Expo.
There will also be enjoyable activities such as a cat competition, a cat fashion show, and a petting zoo with birds, reptiles & exotic animals, rabbits & small animals.
For more info, visit here. The entrance fee is only RM5 per person.
11 & 12 March (Saturday & Sunday)
1. Bryan Adams So Happy It Hurts Tour (Concert) @ Arena Of Stars, Genting (11 March, 8.30 pm)
Platinum-selling and Grammy Award-winning musician Bryan Adams is guaranteed to thrill and entertain Malaysians with his energetic performance, effortless stage presence and incredible vocals this March. Walk down memory lane with some of his hits like Please Forgive Me,Heaven and (Everything I Do)I Do It For You.
2.Voices of Ladies – KL Park Festival 2023 @ Titiwangsa Lake Park (11 March, 8.30 pm)
In conjunction with International Women’s Day and also KL Park Festival, catch some of Malaysia’s female powerhouses – Francissca Peter, Aishah, Ella and Linda Nanuwil in Voices Of Ladies this Saturday night at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa.
Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Kuantum: Cyberpunk, where you’ll step into a high-tech and dystopian atmosphere, complete with mesmerizing visual projection mapping displays and impressive installations that pulse to the rhythm of the music. From stunning visual displays to interactive installations, their Al-powered immersive experience will surely leave you amazed and captivated.
You can still get tickets here. Tickets start from RM80 for single access.
4. The Grand TT Havoc (Die-cast car event) @ Sungei Wang Plaza (11 & 12 March, 11 am – 8 pm)
Love collecting diecast car toys? Head on to Sungei Wang this weekend for a diecast collector’s dream!
There will be various types of diecasts from 40 vendors, a live auction, a custom battle and even a lucky draw.
5.Pasar KL (Bazaar) @ My Naturi, Chinatown KL (11-12March, 11 am – 8 pm)
Pasar KL is a group that does pop-up markets at My Naturi, Chinatown. From appetizing food, trendy clothes and handmade crafts, support our local brands and small businesses by stopping by Chinatown KL.
While you’re in Chinatown, visit these cool places too for a fun day out with friends.
Do-over. Bad weather postponed the Regional Spelling Bee for Lee, Ogle and Whiteside counties. It will be 10 a.m. Thursday, March 9, at Dixon High School’s James A. Wiltz Auditorium. An expected field of 31 students of elementary and middle school age will compete. The winner gets an expense-paid trip to National Harbor, Maryland, for the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.
A mirror on hate. Dixon Stage Left, 306 W. First St., Dixon, presents the Tectonic Theater stage drama “The Laramie Project” about the kidnapping, torture and eventual death of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in October 1998. The two-hour show is rated PG-13 for strong language. Tickets cost $30 for adults, $15 for students. Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, March 9-11 and March 16-18.
Handmade treasures. Cabin Fever is the first of this year’s craft and vendor shows at Loveland Community House, 513 W. Second St., Dixon. Free admission to view vendors’ handmade crafts, decor and fresh baked goods. Doors are open noon to 6 p.m. Friday, March 10 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11. Loveland History Museum will also be open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.
Lenten concert. Evensong Canterbury Singers, will perform 5 p.m., Sunday, March 12 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 221 W. Third St., Dixon.
Book notes. Todd Lorenc, will perform 6:30 p.m., Saturday, March 11 at Books on First, 202 W. First St., Dixon.
Hydrangeas R Us. Whiteside County’s master gardeners will present “Good Gracious! Great balls of flowers!” 10 a.m. Saturday, March 11, at Whiteside County’s University of Illinois Extension Office on Lawrence Road in Sterling. Inquire about availability at 815-632-3611, ext 209.
Diecast fun. The 35th annual Farm Toy and Craft Show will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11 at Forreston Junior-Senior High School, 601 E Main St, Forreston. The featured show tractor is a Massey Ferguson 98 wide front 1/16 diecast model valued at $80. There will be more than 40 exhibitors, a silent auction starting at 10 a.m., farm displays by K-12 students and adults and raffles for gift cards and certificates. The event is sponsored by the Forrston FFA Alumni. Admission is $3, children 5 and younger are free.
He works clean. Mike Maxwell is a Chicago comedian, emcee and actor who will perform at 1 p.m. Monday, March 13 at Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. Call 815-732-3252 for ticket availability; suggested donation is $8.
Tag along. Lucky Dog 5K is 9 a.m. Saturday March 11 near the Sterling Kroger. The event is a fundraiser to hire a chip timing company for the Paws and Claws 5K on Oct. 28. Register at https://luckydog5k.itsyourrace.com/
A toast. Kennay Farms Distilling presents its Spring Kickoff Sip’n’Shop, 5 p.m. Thursday, March 9 at the Rickhouse in Rochelle. There will be 30 artisan vendors, food, craft beer and cocktails.
Farm-tastic. Ag All Around Us will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11 at Discovering Center, Rickford. Admission is $10. This event is sponsored in part by the Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau and its Agriculture in the Classroom program, and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 221 W. Third St., Dixon
Evensong Church of Atonement (Chicago), 5 p.m., June 4
Woodlawn Arts Academy, 3807 Woodlawn Road, Sterling
Rhythm-Quest Rocks, 6 p.m. April 16
Spring Music Recital, 6 p.m., May 23, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1701 16th Ave., Sterling
Spring Vocal Recital, 6 p.m., May 23, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1701 16th Ave., Sterling
Dance Recital, 6:30 p.m. June 2, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., June 3, Centennial Auditorium, Sterling High School
Clinton Symphony Orchestra, Clinton, Iowa
The Breadth of Greatness, 7:30 p.m. April 22, Vernon Cook Theater, Clinton High School
Pops Concert, June 4, Riverview Park Bandshell, Clinton
American Legion Post 902, 712 Fourth Ave., Rock Falls.
Jam Session, 7 p.m. every Thursday.
Timber Lake Playhouse, Mount Carroll
Blues in the Woods Bluesfest, Kevin Burt, Birddog Blues Band, Russ Green Band, 3 p.m. May 21
Bureau County Fair, Princeton
Josh Turner with Sara Evans, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24
Oregon VFW, 1310 W. Washington St., Oregon
The First Fridays Open Mic, 6:30 p.m., donation
Rosbrook Studio, 107 S. Peoria Ave., Dixon
Second Saturday Open Mic signup at 6 p.m., performances 7 to 11 p.m., $3
Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle
Best of Motown by Gary Wenstrup, 11:30 a.m. March 16. $10.
Centennial Auditorium, Sterling
Branson’s Ozark Jubilee presents Stars of the Grand Ole Opry, 2 p.m. April 15, $17 and up.
Historic Dixon Theatre, 114 S. Galena Ave., Dixon
Franc D’Ambrosio’s Broadway Celebration, 7:30 p.m. April 15
Head East, 7:30 p.m., April 22
The Adventures of Tortoise and Hare the Next Gen, 2 p.m. April 23
From The New World, Rendezvous Arts Orchestra, 5 p.m., May 21
Dixon Stage Left, 306 W First St, Dixon
The Laramie Project, 7:30 p.m. March 16, 17, 18.
Rendezvous Arts: Steam Quartet and Benjamin Calvert, 5:30 p.m. March 23
Rendezvous Arts: Metropolis Oboe Quartet and Faith Humphrey Hill, 5:30 p.m. April 19
The Revolutionists, 7:30 p.m. May 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20.
Rendezvous Arts: True Colors Baroque and Don Widmer, May 10.
Pride and Prejudice, 7:30 p.m. July 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23.
She Kills Monsters, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11, 12, 13.
Timber Lake Playhouse, 8215 Black Oak Road, Mount Carroll.
Rock River Jazz Band, May 7
Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos, May 14
The Style Catz with the Cocoloco Band, May 19
Blues in the Woods Bluesfest, May 21
White Pines Dinner Theatre, 6712 W. Pines Road, Mount Morris
Dancing Queen ABBA Salute, March 21-24
Piano Man tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel, March 23
Kenny and Dolly in Harmony, April 4-6
Sounds of Summer Beach Boys tribute, April 21-22
A Rock’n’Roll Tribute, May 3-4
Vito Zatto Show, May 17-18
Dueling Pianos, May 24-25
Rock Falls High School
Miss Austen’s Choice, April 27-29
Polo Community Theater, Polo Town Hall, 117 N. Franklin Ave., Polo
Hyronomous A. Frog, 7 p.m. May 5, 6 and 12, 2 p.m. May 7 and 13.
Jungle Book, July 12, 15, 16. Free.
Woodlawn Arts Academy, 3807 Woodlawn Road, Sterling
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr., 7 p.m. March 31, 7 p.m. April 1, 2 p.m. April 2, Centennial Auditorium, Sterling High School.
Woodlawn Arts Academy, 2807 Woodlawn Road, Sterling
Student-Teacher Art Exhibit, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 to April 28
The Next Picture Show, 113 W. First St., Dixon
Shades of Gray, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Feb. 24 through March 25.
Phidian Art Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, March 31 to April 22. Awards reception 7 p.m. March 31.
KSB Hospital Commerce Towers, 215 E. First St., Dixon
Transportation by The Next Picture Show, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through March 31, KSB Hospital Commerce Towers
Byron Museum of History, 110 N. Union St., Byron
Eagle’s Nest Art Group exhibit, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, through April 1.
Twin City Farmers Market, 106 Avenue A in Sterling
8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, year-round indoors and out;
Chana Route 64 Auction Barn Inc., 620 S. Stone Hill Road, Chana
Auction, 10 a.m., first and third Sunday; flea market, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., second and fourth Saturday and Sunday
Quad City Coin Club, Camden Center, 2701 First St., Milan. Coin show, 9 a.m. Sunday, April 2. Free.
Friends of the Hennepin Canal. Great Blue Heron hike, 1:30 p.m March 19, Lock 3 at Illinois Route 29; Raccoon hike, 1:30 p.m. April 16, Bridge 15/Visitor’s Center; Indigo Bunting hike, 1:30 p.m. May 21, Lock 33 Rock Falls; Woodchuck hike, 1:30 p.m. June 11, Lock 29 Colona.
Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon. Cancer support, 2 p.m. fourth Wednesday. Caregiver support, 10 a.m., first and third Tuesday. Diabetic support, 11 a.m., first Wednesday. Low vision support, noon second and fourth Tuesday.
Alcoholics Anonymous for Carroll, Lee, Ogle and Whiteside Counties. 1-800-452-7990. www.aa-nia.org.
Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group, 3:30 p.m. first Mondays, First Lutheran Church, 19 W. Second St., Chadwick.
Survivors of Suicide Support Group, 6:30 p.m. fourth Thursdays, Crossroads Community Center, 201 W. Market St., Morrison
Dixon Coin Club, 7 p.m., first Tuesday, American Legion, 1120 W. First St., Dixon.
Country Crossroads Quilt Guild, 7 p.m. third Monday, Forreston Grove Church, 7246 Freeport Road; Forreston. March 20, Trunk show by Judy Bender of Belvidere.
General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Franklin Grove chapter, 7 p.m. first Monday, Atlasta Park, Franklin Grove.
PFLAG Sauk Valley. Support for LGBTQIA+ individuals and family members. 4 p.m. third Sunday (except June and September), First Presbyterian Church, 410 Second Ave., Sterling. Zoom available. Contact email@example.com.
Sterling Public Library. Preschool story time, 10 a.m. Mondays, 10 a.m. Tuesdays, 10:45 a.m. second Saturdays. Lego Club 10 a.m. first and Saturday. Teen game night, 5:30 p.m. second Tuesdays. 5-star reads book club, 11:30 a.m. second Saturday. Adults Reading Kids Stuff, 6 p.m. last Tuesday. Bluestem Books, 2 p.m. second Tuesday. Bingo, 3 p.m. fourth Friday. Reading with therapy dogs, 10 a.m. third Saturday.
Dixon Public Library. Preschool storytime, ages 3-5, 10 a.m. Tuesdays; Baby-toddler storytime, 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays; Orbital book group, 6 p.m. third Wednesdays; Morning mysteries, 10:30 a.m. Mondays; Computer coding club, every other Thursday K-1, 2:45, Grades 2-3, 3:30, Grades 4-5, 4:15.
Rock Falls Public Library. Book clubs, 6:30 p.m. last Tuesday of month, 10 a.m. first Thursday of month. Morning Makers, 10 a.m. first and third Fridays. Pinterest Night, 6 p.m. March 20. Lego Builders, 10 a.m. March 28.
Odell Public Library, 307 S. Madison St., Morrison. Lego club, 10:30 a.m. first Saturday. Storytime, 7 p.m. Thursday.
Sterling Rock Falls Historical Society, Lincoln Learning Center, 607 E. Third St. Sterling
Megan Wells presents “Eleanor Roosevelt: On Discovering How to Be Useful, 2 p.m. March 12
Lectures and Seminars
Rock River Area Christian Women’s Connection, Candlelight Inn, Rock Falls
Bling N Things Luncheon, Nancy K. Grace, Forsythe, 10:30 a.m. March 15, $17, 309-945-7121
Museums and attractions
Loveland History Museum, 9 a.m. -2 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Loveland Community House, 513 W. Second St., Dixon; free.
Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center at Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Open 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson. Call 815-273-2732.
Reagan Boyhood Home, 810 S Hennepin Ave, Dixon, open April to December.
Northwest Territory Historic Center, 205 West Fifth St. Dixon, open 9 a.m – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Ronald Reagan Birthplace/Museum, 111 Main Street, Tampico., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (Except Easter Sunday and Mother’s Day).
Byron Museum of History, Wednesday-Saturday 10:00 to 3:00, located at 110 North Union Street, Byron.
Roberts Armory World War II Museum, Route 251 and Intermodal Drive, Rochelle. Open by appointment.
Chaplin Creek Village, full-scale historical restoration project depicting a prairie settlement typical of the middle 19th century, 1715 Whitney Road, Franklin Grove.
In a hobby like Warhammer, you’re always going to end up with more plastic than you reasonably know what to do with. Whether it’s a sea of grey models you never got around to doing anything with, or the sprues all those models came on, any complete project is always going to come with a lot of waste — and Games Workshop wants to do something about it.
The tabletop wargaming company today announced a limited trial for the Warhammer Recycling Program. Although the plastic sprues (the plastic “frame” that model pieces are attached to) have long been recyclable, the initiative is the first time the company itself has brought a recycling program in-house. Participating Warhammer stores across the UK, 28 in all, will be rolling out recycling collection bins by the end of March for hobbyists to drop off used-up sprues, old plastic models, and empty paint pots. “The ‘why’ is obvious–looking after Terra is everyone’s responsibility, us included, and this is a small thing that we can do to help the effort,” the announcement post reads in part.
There are some limitations to the trial beyond the small number of stores involved (there are over 130 Warhammer stores in the UK alone). Firstly, the program will only accept plastic sprues and miniatures — none of the diecast metal or resin products Games Workshop has produced. It will also only accept Games Workshop-made items for recycling, citing that the company can’t be responsible for sprues and paint pots it doesn’t explicitly know the chemical makeup of. Warhammer fans also won’t see a “return” on their recycling in the form of new models made from old plastic, but that could change if the program develops. “The plastic used in Citadel miniatures is of a very high quality and purity, so there are loads of uses for the recycled material elsewhere in the plastic chain, including garden planters, playground equipment, or even table tennis tables,” the announcement continues. “Because Citadel miniatures require such high-quality materials, we’re not yet able to turn old sprues collected from stores back into new models–though we are investigating that for the future.”
But even with those caveats, the program is a major step forward, and one worth supporting. Hopefully, as Games Workshop attests, the program will eventually roll out across more and more of its stores around the world — and hobbyists will able to play a small part in making the worlds of Warhammer a little greener beyond the presence of Orks and Goblins.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – After breaking his left tibia during a snowboarding accident in Colorado on Friday, Chase Elliott underwent successful surgery lasting approximately three hours, according to Hendrick Motorsports president and general manager Jeff Andrews.
Josh Berry, who drives the No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, will substitute for Elliott in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Elliott is expected to miss multiple races while he recovers, and there is currently no timeline for his return, Andrews said. The No. 9 Chevrolet will continue to compete for the owner’s championship, and the organization can apply to NASCAR for a medical waiver that would keep Elliott eligible for the driver’s title.
Berry, 32, has just two Cup starts to his credit, both in 2021, and he has never driven NASCAR’s Next Gen car, introduced into the series last year.
“Without a doubt, it’s going to be a great challenge for me,” Berry said, “but with great challenge comes great opportunity for me to learn and grow as a driver and work around a lot of really talented and smart people here at Hendrick Motorsports.
“So we’re just taking it one lap at a time and one day at a time… We really don’t have any expectations at this point. We’re going to try to get to this practice and qualifying (for the Cup event). I’m going to race my Xfinity car, and then we’ll meet some more and talk about it and make a plan for (Sunday).”
Alex Bowman Can Empathize With Relief Driver Josh Berry
Hendrick Motorsports driver Alex Bowman knows both sides of the substitute driver equation.
In 2016, he was pressed into service for 10 races in the No. 88 Hendrick Chevrolet while Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was recovering from a concussion.
Last year, Bowman missed five races because of concussion symptoms and was replaced in his No. 48 Chevy by Noah Gragson.
With his experience as a relief driver, Bowman understands the challenge facing NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Josh Berry, who will sub for injured Chase Elliott in the No. 9 Hendrick Chevrolet on Sunday.
“I think it’s a hard situation to step into,” Bowman said. “Obviously, we had some success when I filled in, but it’s really hard. I think it’s only gotten harder with the Next Gen car coming in. The Xfinity car used to be so similar to a Cup car, and now they couldn’t be more different in how they drive and how you can approach how to aggressively drive them…
“Definitely different, but I think it is a good opportunity for Josh to learn and to see how Hendrick Motorsports operates and to see the things that we do and to be a part of an organization like that, even though it’s through a situation that nobody wants.”
WDUN will carry live PRN Radio coverage of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway beginning at 2:30 pm on 102.9 FM, AM 550 and streaming live on AccessWDUN.
NASCAR Cup Series Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV Pennzoil 400 – March 5, 2023
Sunday’s Starting Line Up
Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed 1. 22 Joey Logano Pennzoil Ford 29.024 186.053 2. 24 William Byron RaptorTough.com Chevrolet 29.165 185.153 3. 12 Ryan Blaney Menards/Pennzoil Ford 29.205 184.900 4. 54 Ty Gibbs # He Get us Toyota 29.262 184.540 5. 8 Kyle Busch Alsco Chevrolet 29.270 184.489 6. 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 29.308 184.250 7. 6 Brad Keselowski Fastenal Ford 29.333 184.093 8. 1 Ross Chastain GlobalTranz Chevrolet 29.387 183.755 9. 2 Austin Cindric Discount Tire Ford 29.401 183.667 10. 20 Christopher Bell SiriusXM Toyota 29.424 183.524 11. 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 29.346 184.011 12. 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 29.367 183.880 13. 23 Bubba Wallace Columbia Sportwear Company Toyota 29.392 183.723 14. 4 Kevin Harvick Rheem Ford 29.411 183.605 15. 19 Martin Truex, Jr. Bass Pro Shops Toyota 29.467 183.256 16. 47 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Smith’s/Coca-Coal Zero Sugar Chevrolet 29.562 182.667 17. 34 Michael McDowell Quincy Compressor Ford 29.582 182.543 18. 17 Chris Buescher Nexletol Ford 29.593 182.476 19. 7 Corey LaJoie EnviroXstream Chevrolet 29.605 182.402 20. 14 Chase Briscoe Mahindra Tractors Ford 29.610 182.371 21. 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 29.611 182.365 22. 43 Erik Jones Allegiant Chevrolet 29.629 182.254 23. 16 A.J. Allmendinger Action Industries Chevrolet 29.635 182.217 24. 99 Daniel Suarez Tootsies Orchid Lounge Chevrolet 29.650 182.125 25. 42 Noah Gragson # Sunseeker Resort Chevrolet 29.789 181.275 26. 3 Austin Dillon BREZTRI Chevrolet 29.810 181.147 27. 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 29.823 181.068 28. 38 Todd Gilliland Ruedebusch Ford 29.892 180.650 29. 15 J.J. Yeley OTR Mobile Ford 29.986 180.084 30. 51 Cody Ware Biohaven/Jacob Co. Ford 29.994 180.036 31. 41 Ryan Preece HaasTooling.com Ford 30.034 179.796 32. 9 Josh Berry(i) NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 30.153 179.087 33. 77 Ty Dillon NationsGuard Chevrolet 30.686 175.976 34. 45 Tyler Reddick Monster Energy Toyota 0.000 0.000 35. 21 Harrison Burton Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 0.000 0.000 36. 78 B.J. McLeod Circle B Diecast Chevrolet 0.000 0.000