NASCAR’s wild season is heating up as organizations look to fill their rosters for the 2023 season and beyond. Many changes have already been announced, but there are certainly more to come.
Let’s take a look at the latest news from NASCAR’s crazy season.
Tyler Reddick is expected to join 23XI Racing a year early
October 14: It’s Tyler Reddick expected to join 23XI Racing for the 2023 season after the organization bought out his contract from Richard Childress Racing, according to RacinBoys’ Lee Spencer.
Reddick, 26, has three wins, 10 top-5 finishes, 14 top-10 finishes and a 16.7 average finish in his third full-time NASCAR Cup Series season in the No. 8 car for Richard Childress Racing.
The 26-year-old driver announced his intentions to join 23XI Racing at the end of the 2023 season; however, Kyle Busch’s move to Reddick’s current ride is what made the future murky for a year.
Reddick will either replace Kurt Busch in the No. 45 car after he suffered a concussion during a qualifying wreck at Pocono Raceway or drive for the organization for the third time.
There should be an announcement at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as Kurt Busch’s press conference is scheduled for Saturday, October 15 at 11:00 a.m. ET live on NASCAR.com.
Read more: Tyler Reddick expected to join 23XI Racing in 2023
Christopher Bell has signed a long-term contract with Joe Gibbs Racing
October 14: Christopher Bell has signed a long-term deal with Joe Gibbs Racing to remain in the No. 20 car early in 2022, team owner Joe Gibbs said in a recent interview with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Bell, 27, has two wins, 11 top-5 finishes, 18 top-10s and a 13.8 average finish in his second full-time season with Joe Gibbs Racing. He spent his rookie season in the No. 95 car with the now-defunct Leavine Family Racing.
The 27-year-old driver has won races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Charlotte ROVAL this season; however, this contract was extended to him before most of his success in 2022.
Bell has been the best driver at Joe Gibbs Racing this season. The last driver within the organization to win a race outside of Bell was Denny Hamlin at the Coca-Cola 600 in late May.
The driver of the No. 20 car will attempt to enter the Championship 4 for the first time as the Round of 16 begins at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. Check out the rest of the schedule for the weekend on Sportsnaut.
Read more: Christopher Bell signs ‘long-term deal’ with Joe Gibbs Racing 2022
NASCAR: Spire Motorsports to announce 2023 plans soon
October 13: Spire Motorsports is set to reveal their 2023 driver and crew chief line-ups on Tuesday, October 18 at 11:00 a.m. ET, according to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Associate Producer Davey Segal.
The organization currently has one full-time driver in NASCAR with Corey LaJoie in the No. 7 Cup car. Car no. 77 Cup has more drivers but is full time due to its charter.
Austin Hill and Ty Dillon are two names that could make sense for the No. 77 car if it ever makes it full-time. If not, it will be interesting to see the lineups for the NASCAR Cup Series on October 18th.
The NASCAR Truck Series program started at the start of the 2022 season with the No. 7 truck and saw multiple drivers. Most importantly, the Rajah Caruth would be a good option if the vehicle was full time.
Spire Motorsports is ready to make some announcements that could have big effects on a crazy season. Stay tuned for more updates that may come out before October 18th.
Read more: Spire Motorsports to announce big plans for 2023
AJ Allmendinger is moving to the NASCAR Cup Series in 2023
October 5: AJ Allmendinger will move to Kaulig Racing’s No. 16 car in the NASCAR Cup Series full-time starting in 2023. This was announced at a press conference on the occasion of the “Fan Day” organization.
Allmendinger, 40, is in his second full-time season with Kaulig Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and has five wins, 15 top-5s, 26 top-10s and a 5.9 average finish on the year.
The 40-year-old driver won his final Cup Series road race at Indianapolis for Kaulig Racing in 2021. Allmendinger has also been impressive in his Cup Series starts with two top-5 finishes and six top-10 finishes this year.
The organization will greatly benefit from Allmendinger being on the Cup Series team full-time. There’s no reason the California native can’t make the 2023 playoffs at NASCAR’s top level.
However, Allmendinger’s departure from the Xfinity Series program allowed another driver the opportunity to join Kaulig Racing.
Related: AJ Allmendinger returns to full-time NASCAR Cup Series duty in ’23.
Chandler Smith will drive for Kaulig Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series
October 5: Chandler Smith will drive the No. 16 car for Kaulig Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on a full-time basis next season following Allmendinger’s move to the NASCAR Cup Series. This will be Smith’s first full-time Xfinity Series season.
Smith, 20, is in his second full-time season with Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Truck Series and has three wins, eight top-5 finishes, 14 top-10s and a 9.0 average finish.
The 20-year-old had been part of the Toyota Racing family for more than five years, but the opportunity to work full-time at Kaulig Racing was very appealing. This will set him up very nicely to jump into the Cup Series one day.
Kyle Busch Motorsports will experience an exodus of drivers as they switch to Chevrolet. Smith is just one of many who will not return for the 2023 season. However, the Georgia native will still complete his Xfinity Series races with Toyota Racing in 2022.
Smith will compete for Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year next season and it will be an epic battle between all involved.
Related: Chandler Smith could make big move to Kaulig Racing in 2023