Chicago Pre-Race Thread

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Chicago Pre-Race Thread

Post by Syzygy on Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:53 pm

Bowman Sick, OUT for Chicago

On the Tuesday following the Mansfield race, ZMT team principal Zack Kovach announced that Candice Bowman would not be driving the #20 Matthews Aspira at the Chicago Twin Speedway.

Kovach stated, "unfortunately for our team and our efforts this week, [Bowman] has come down with a severe case of sponsoritis and will not be participating in events at the Chicago Twin Speedway. We wish her the best and hope that she can recover from this devastating illness soon."

Hours later, it was announced that Chris Benson, who qualified his own #50 Norton Pipe Lenard into the field at Mansfield after unceremoniously being booted from Stephans Racing, would be picked up for the seat. Benson will be joining Ryan Matthews and Matt Brinson at ZakkTek Motorsports Team this week. Joining Benson at ZMT are Norton Pipe and Stratosphere Casino in a much-needed financial boost to the team. Coming into this week, Benson sits 26th in points, while Bowman sits 42nd.

Jefferson IN at Stephans

The Monday after the Mansfield race, Stephans Racing team owner Joe Stephans confirmed that John Jefferson would take over the #55 Tonare starting this coming week at Chicago Twin. The long-time journeyman driver Jefferson, who drove the #23 ZMT Lenard as well as the #66 Cleveland Speed Inc. Tremwell earlier this year, broke into the top-10 in points following a 2nd place effort at Mansfield.

Jefferson said on this deal, "it's a dream come true. I've been in this sport for sixteen years and this is probably my best shot to prove what I'm capable of in this series. I can't even begin to thank everyone who got me here, who sacrificed time and money to give me this opportunity to drive a great car."

Jefferson is expected to debut at Stephans Racing with new sponsor ASH Fire Extinguishers, who sponsored Robert Markley last week at Mansfield.

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