Tanner Berryhill said on Twitter that his team is not entered for Saturday’s Xfinity race at Atlanta Motor Speedway after being collected in a crash during group qualifying last weekend at Daytona International Speedway and failing to make the season-opening race.
The 21-year-old driver, who has made 40 career Xfinity starts, sent a series of tweets explaining that his family-owned team has been in a “financial crunch for so long” that missing the Daytona race will force the team to be sidelined until sponsorship can be found.
Berryhill, who finished 22nd in the points last season, blamed the group qualifying format at Daytona for causing a six-car crash.
The incident started when Daniel Suarez tried to change lanes. Kyle Busch and Kelley Earnhardt Miller were both critical of the format.
Camping World Truck Series driver Clay Greenfield stated that although he didn’t crash, the group qualifying format also played a key role in him missing the season-opening Truck race.