Another team drops down to two cars for the Talladega race

Jimmie Johnson returned to NASCAR Cup Series competition for the first time since the season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, driving the No. 84 Toyota for the Legacy Motor Club team of which he is a co-owner.

After returning to the Cup Series last year for the first time since 2020 and recording DNFs in all three of his starts, Johnson has managed to finish both races he has started so far this year, albeit on the 28th and 29th place. His 29th-place finish at Texas was his first first-round finish since the 2020 season finale at Phoenix Raceway.

Johnson will compete in seven more races this season, but he will not compete in the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway next Sunday afternoon. Legacy Motor Club will not field the No. 84 Toyota in this 188-lap race around the four-turn, 2.681-mile oval in Lincoln, Alabama.

After this weekend, Johnson will compete in three of the next four points races, including the events at Dover Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 28; Kansas Speedway on Sunday, May 5; and Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 26.

The other non-charter car entered in Texas was the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet driven by Austin Hill. That car – and driver – also will not participate in the Cup Series race at Talladega.

The two non-charter cars on the entry list for the GEICO 500 are the No. 78 Live Fast Motorsports Chevrolet, which has not appeared since the second race of the season at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and the No. 62 Beard Motorsports Chevrolet, which has not more has appeared since the Daytona 500. BJ McLeod and Anthony Alfredo will return as the drivers of these two cars respectively.

Johnson will also compete at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 21; Kansas again on Sunday, September 29; Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, October 20; and Phoenix on Sunday, November 10.

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