Major news broke on May 2 in the NASCAR Cup Series when Legacy Motor Club announced that it would be switching manufacturers from Chevrolet to Toyota beginning with the 2024 season.
While there are several questions to be answered on the Cup side of things, one interesting question that needs to be asked is how the team’s Craftsman Truck Series endeavor will be impacted.
GMS Racing is operated independently from Legacy Motor Club, but team owner Maury Gallagher is also part-owner of Legacy after buying into Richard Petty Motorsports for the 2022 season and renaming the team Petty GMS Motorsports.
Richard Petty Motorsports team owner Richard Petty did not buy into Gallagher’s Truck Series team, nor did Jimmie Johnson when he bought into Petty GMS to create Legacy Motor Club. Now with the manufacturer change looming, it’s interesting to see what will happen with Gallagher’s truck team.
It seems as if GMS Racing will also make the switch to Toyota with Legacy to keep the race shop consistent with manufacturers — although independent of each other, GMS and Legacy are run out of the same shop. But will the switch affect its driver lineup in 2024?
It seemed that GMS had its Truck lineup set for at least this season and next season – rookies Rajah Caruth and Daniel Dye have been learning the ropes and leaning on their veteran teammate Grant Enfinger. However, while Enfinger is no stranger to Toyota as a former driver of ThorSport Racing, Dye and Caruth have traditionally been with Chevy.
When both drivers raced in the ARCA Menards Series, they drove Chevys. Dye was already with GMS, and Caruth drove Chevys with Rev Racing. It seems that perhaps Dye may be a GMS loyalist, as he’s driven for GMS his whole career (except 2020 and 2021, when he drove for Ben Kennedy – except Kennedy was a former GMS driver, so it almost feels like the same thing), and will make the switch with GMS, should it go to Toyota.
However, Caruth’s career might be in limbo. When Caruth made select Truck Series starts last season, he did so with Spire Motorsports, a Chevy team. Both last season and this season, he has made select Xfinity Series starts with Alpha Prime Racing, another Chevy team. Caruth might be more of a Chevrolet driver than a GMS driver.
In fact, when discussing his contact with Ty Majeski during the truck race at Kansas Speedway on May 6 with Frontstretch, Caruth hinted at the end of the video that he doesn’t know…