*Editor’s note: This story previously speculated that Meier’s retirement was related to Matt DiBenedetto bringing a new spotter with him in 2020, that was incorrect.
A long-time member of the NASCAR community will be stepping away from the competition side of things following Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Joey Meier, who has been a spotter in NASCAR for 23 years, will not return to the spotter’s stand in 2020 according to a Tweet from Lee Spencer.
One of my favorites @JoeyMeier is retiring from the spotters’ stand after 23 #NASCAR seasons. He’ll continue in the aviation sector as @DaleJr ‘s pilot. Congratulations Joey!👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/wqSdnFQxZY
— Lee Spencer (@CandiceSpencer) November 17, 2019
Meier, who had spotted for Brad Keselowski since 2006 — including his 2012 Championship season — was moved to Paul Menard’s No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing team in 2019.
With Menard retiring at season’s end, the No. 21 team will have a lot of new faces in 2020.
According to Spencer, Meier — who is a pilot — will stay involved with the sport as he will become Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s pilot.
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