Looks like the "Slayer Chevrolet" will have to stay parked for now. Last week, the iconic thrash metal band announced they were partnering with Rick Ware Racing as the primary sponsor for the entry #54 in tomorrow's race at the Bristol Motor Speedway, but in a statement this afternoon (Aug. 16) the band revealed they've been booted.
"Today, reportedly due to reactionary concerns from other long-time participating sponsors, Slayer has been pulled as the primary sponsor, and all Slayer signage has been removed from the car that was to be piloted by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran, JJ Yeley," they wrote in a statement. "The incontrovertible PODS Moving & Storage will now sponsor that car. After nearly 40 years, Slayer apparently remains as terrifying to some as ever."
Rick Ware Racing has not yet commented publicly about the decision. Last week, Slayer's Tom Araya wrote of the partnership, "NASCAR racing and Slayer have a lot in common. Both are extremely fast, intense and aggressive. I can think of nothing more rad than seeing the Slayer logo on Rick's car with JJ behind the wheel."