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CMI Motorsports partners with POPPIN’ PIZZA at Atlanta

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By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer

When T.J. Bell starts the Vet Tix / Camping World 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway he will have a new sponsor, POPPIN’ PIZZA on board.

CMI Motorsports has partnered with the family-owned, Hampton, GA based pizzeria for the Saturday afternoon 200-mile race. Matt Sutton, the Pizza Chef and Owner of POPPIN’ PIZZA has 20 years of experience while specializing in New York style pizza, sandwiches, salads, and other pasta dishes.

“POPPIN PIZZA is a proud sponsor of NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series team, CMI Motorsports for the race taking place on Saturday June 6 here in Atlanta,” said Sutton. “We are honored to be a partner and participate in this event.”

Bell has just one start in the NASCAR Truck Series this season. He competed in the No. 83 Chevrolet Silverado for CMI Motorsports at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He finished 33rd after starting 40th.

Bell has five starts at Atlanta with one top-10 finish in 2008 for Kevin Buckler’s TRG Motorsports. He last competed at Atlanta in 2017 and earned a 17th-place finish with Niece Motorsports.

In total, Bell has one top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in the Truck Series. Five of those top-10 finishes have come at 1.5-mile tracks. Bell’s best finish at a 1.5-mile track, eighth, came at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2008.

CMI Motorsports owner Ray Ciccarelli is equally excited for this weekend’s partnership: 

“We’re excited to have a local food business with owners that love NASCAR racing come on board this weekend at Atlanta. Man, you can’t go wrong with pizza and wings. We can’t thank POPPIN’ PIZZA enough for coming on board.”

The starting grid was expanded to 40 Trucks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bell is locked into the Atlanta race based on his position in owner points. His No. 83 is 36th in owner points.

Prior to the COVID-19 shutdown, Stefan Parsons had been scheduled to compete in the No. 83 Chevrolet Silverado. The lockdown forced multiple changes within the industry including the entry list for Atlanta.

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