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Ty Gibbs, Blake Stallings to drive R&S house car as Philip Morris takes leave of absence

The R&S Race Cars No. 19 house car will have a different look than originally intended.

Five-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Philip Morris was slated to drive the car in a full-time capacity this summer but has taken a hiatus from racing in the aftermath of the death of son Blake last month.

As a result, Ty Gibbs will drive the car this weekend at Greenville-Pickens Speedway and Blake Stallings will drive the car next weekend at Ace Speedway. The rest of the season is to be decided.

Morris has the complete support of R&S Race Cars, operated by Steve Stallings and Marcus Richmond, during his time of grief.

“We completely understand and respect the decision,” the team said in a statement. “We will continue to pray for Philip, Donna, Allison, Ty and the rest of Blake’s family and friends. We hope you do too.”

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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