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TRICON Continues to Give Drivers Opportunities

Nascar Craftsman Truck Series #1: Brett Moffitt, TRICON Garage, Concrete Supply Toyota Tundra NKP

In NASCAR, specifically the NASCAR Xfinity Series and Craftsman Truck Series, you might hear the term “all-star” to refer to a vehicle.

An “all-star car/truck” refers to a car or truck that is split between multiple drivers. Most of the time, Cup Series drivers anchor the ride, hence the term “all-star.”

In Xfinity, Joe Gibbs Racing is one of the leading proponents of an all-star car. For many years, it has had at least one, if not two cars filled by several different drivers — young and old, rookie and veteran. This season, both its Nos. 19 and 20 are split between several different drivers to go along with its Nos. 18 and 81, both of which are driven by a single driver vying for the Xfinity Series driver’s title.

It’s only fitting that its Truck Series counterpart has a similar setup within its walls.

Along with four full-time trucks, TRICON Garage has a fifth full-time truck, the No. 1, that hosts a plethora of drivers behind the wheel. Some drivers are just Cup drivers looking to have some fun or gain more experience at a track, and some are drivers making their NASCAR debut.

The program had a similar setup in 2023 as well. The truck ran 21 of the 23-race schedule and welcomed eight different drivers in its drivers’ seat. Jason A. White made his first series start since 2014 at Daytona International Speedway. Kaz Grala and Layne Riggs got some more valuable seat time. Team co-owner David Gilliland made his NASCAR return in a one-off, while Cup veteran Bubba Wallace made two starts mostly for the fun of it at Darlington Raceway and North Wilkesboro Speedway.

Perhaps most importantly, the team welcomed three different rookies throughout the course of the season. Toni Breidinger made three starts, William Sawalich made six and Jesse Love made two.

While Love moved on to Xfinity with a different team and manufacturer, TRICON brought back both Breidinger and Sawalich for 2024. Breidinger has only competed in one race so far, but Sawalich has been confirmed for a nine-race slate – up from his six in 2023 – of which he has started two so far.

Breidinger and Sawalich, both ARCA Menards Series drivers (the latter only making 14 starts this season due to age), are either in the running for promotion in the near future, or in the case of Sawalich, preparing for even more in 2025. Giving them starts to get their feet wet is a great move to make sure they’re ready if the time does come for…

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