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Ryan Vargas Running Daytona, More for CHK

Ryan Vargas will drive multiple races for CHK Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2023, the team announced Jan. 19.

CHK, formerly Mike Harmon Racing, will field the No. 74 for Vargas starting at Daytona International Speedway.

Leargas Security and Williamsburg Contracting will sponsor the Daytona effort.

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“I’m really excited to be joining CHK Racing this season,” Vargas said in a team release. “This undeniably is going to be a big year for this organization, and I look forward to serving a role that goes beyond driving the car. I’m excited to assist with helping the team in our reorganization and hopefully leading them into a new, competitive era.

“With the newfound support from Gary Keller and Mike Clayton along with Mike’s old-school racer mindset, I fully anticipate a swing for the better both on and off the track.”

The release names Vargas an anchor driver for the team, though the rest of his 2023 CHK schedule has not yet been announced.

He’ll also act as a development lead for the team.

CHK previously announced its intention to run the No. 74 full time in 2023. The team also fielded a car full time in 2022 under the MHR banner, though the car was the No. 47 (the No. 74 competed part time).

The team has not yet announced other drivers for the No. 74 in 2023.

Vargas will also drive a part-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule for On Point Motorsports.

He drove 26 Xfinity races in 2022, split between JD Motorsports and MHR. His best result came at Daytona in the summer, when he finished sixth.

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Rutherford is the managing editor of Frontstretch, a position he gained in 2015 after serving on the editing staff for two years. At his day job, he's a journalist covering music and rock charts at Billboard. He lives in New York City, but his heart is in Ohio -- you know, like that Hawthorne Heights song.

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