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As the oldest grandson of the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr., nephew to Dale Jr., son of Kerry Earnhardt and brother to Jeffery; Bobby Earnhardt has racing in his blood. Already having won Rookie of the Year in the ACRA Truck Series, this up and coming Earnhardt is destined to be a real contender as he pulls on the track for the ARCA race on Friday and NASCAR Qualifying on Saturday.

Bobby will be driving the No.3 Chevy for Hixson Motorsports in the ARCA Racing Series, as well as, the No.40 Chevy for MBM Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

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In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, officials from Nut Up Industries and JGL Racing jointly announced today that NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) driver Dylan Lupton will run a special PINK paint scheme in Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway on October 21st.
Partnering with Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City, the No. 24 Nut Up Industries Toyota team has pledged to not only support the foundation, but also create exciting opportunities for NASCAR fans to donate and win limited edition prizes.
"We cannot thank Dylan Lupton, JGL Racing and Nut Up Industries enough for their support and ability to spread our message of breast cancer awareness during October," said Denise Wiese, Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City Interim Executive Director. "To have a NASCAR driver, his team and their sponsors get behind a campaign of this magnitude in front of tens of thousands of racing fans is immeasurable. Bringing this issue to light, sharing his day with breast cancer survivors and donating critical funds to support our mission is truly the definition of being More Than Pink."    
By submitting a $24 donation, each donor will be entered to win over 50 prizes including PINK Kansas 300 race-worn gloves, No. 24 PINK tee-shirts, JGL Racing PINK crew shirts and more.
Additionally, each donation made from October 2nd to 17th will be matched $1-$1 by the No. 24 team and donors will also receive a limited-edition PINK hero card.  
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"Everyone at JGL Racing is excited and honored to represent Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City and the great cause behind the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign," added James Whitener, owner of JGL Racing.  "We commend the efforts of Nut Up Industries and Dylan in wanting to go PINK for this Kansas race.  We look forward to hosting some breast cancer survivors with the team at the track on Saturday while also raising awareness and funds for this cause with the No. 24 Nut Up Toyota."
The team has also created an opportunity for breast cancer survivors and those currently battling breast cancer in the Kansas City area to have a memorable experience at the race track.
Komen Kansas City has created a link where you can share a story of a loved one or yourself, who has battled breast cancer, and be entered to become a VIP Guest of the team at the upcoming Kansas Lottery 300 on Saturday.
VIP amenities will include: (4) all-access NASCAR XFINITY garage passes, private hauler tour, lunch with the team, pit box seating for the race and more.
Each survivor who is entered will be invited to a special No. 24 unveiling of the special PINK paint scheme on October 19th where they will receive limited edition signed hero cards, meet Dylan Lupton, take photos and write their name on the hood of the No. 24 for race-day in honor of their journey.
"I am thrilled to run this special paint scheme and have this opportunity to support such an impactful organization," said Lupton. "I know my JGL Racing team is working hard so that we can go to Kansas and have a strong race."
Live coverage of the Kansas Lottery 300 on Sat., Oct. 21st begins at 3:00 p.m. (ET) on NBC, the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90.

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that Christopher Bell will compete in NASCAR XFINITY Series full time in 2018.

The 22-year-old is currently running full time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) and remains in contention for this season’s championship. He currently leads the point standings entering this weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway with five race wins and seven stage wins providing him a Series high 47 points.

“Christopher has proven himself at every level of racing and we are excited to have him run full time in our XFINITY Series program starting in 2018,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “He has shown great maturity both on and off the track and we think he is ready for this opportunity. We look forward to watching his continued progress in the sport.”

Bell started 2017 on fire by winning one of NASCAR’s marquee events, the Chili Bowl, and followed it up by dominating and winning in the Camping World Truck Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Oklahoma native also picked up wins in his Toyota Tundra at Texas, Kentucky, Pocono, and New Hampshire.

“All of us at Toyota and TRD are proud to see Christopher continue through the ranks as he now takes on the NASCAR XFINITY Series fulltime with JGR for 2018,” said David Wilson, president of TRD, U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development). “Christopher has been a part of the TRD driver development program for many years dating back to his USAC championship in 2013 and he’s certainly been an integral part of our continued success to bring young drivers through the ranks of motorsports. Christopher has been successful in every form of racing and we’re confident that he’ll add his name to the list of drivers to put a Camry in victory lane.”

Before racing on pavement, Bell was crowned the United States Auto Club (USAC) National Midget Champion in 2013 and accumulated 26 feature wins on dirt in 2014, including the Turkey Night Grand Prix Midget race.  He also enjoyed success in Super Late Models, winning prestigious races at New Smyrna Speedway, South Alabama Speedway and Southern National Motorsports Park.

“I can’t express how excited I am about the opportunity to drive full time for Joe Gibbs Racing in the XFINITY Series,” said Bell. “This has been a tremendous year for me and obviously I remain focused on finishing the Truck Series season strong and hopefully bringing a Championship to Kyle, Samantha and everyone at Kyle Busch Motorsports. I don’t think I could ask for a better place to take the next step in my racing career. I’m already comfortable with everyone at JGR and I think the experience I have with them this year should help me at the start of 2018.”

Joe Gibbs Racing will announce additional details for its 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series program, including sponsors, car number and crew chief assignments at a later date.


With the NASCAR Xfinity Series taking the weekend off, driver Garrett Smithley will return to his home town of Fort Ligonier, P.A., to take part in the annual Fort Ligonier Days festival and parade this Saturday, October 14th.

Smithley and his No. 0 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet Camaro, with sponsorship from Ligonier Stone and Lime Concrete, will roll through downtown with the parade starting at 11:00 a.m. ET. Afterwards, Smithley will have an autograph session at Mack M. Darr Co. on West Main Street starting 2:00 p.m. Local asphalt track, Jennerstown Speedway, will be bringing out a simulator to race with Smithley.

“I'm incredibly excited and honored to be asked to participate in the Fort Ligonier Days parade,” said Smithley. “When I was a kid, going to Fort Days was one of my favorite things to do, and I haven't been back for over 10 years, so it's going to be pretty cool to see my family and all my hometown fans!”

“Celebrating Our Past, Building Our Future” is the theme for Fort Ligonier Days, 2017. This town-wide celebration has grown over more than half a century to be one of the most anticipated and popular fall festivals in the tri-state area. More information about the event can be found here:

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The No. 0 Meding’s Seafood / Iron Source team did not a let a little rain put a damper on their day at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Garrett Smithley came home 23rd in the Drive for the Cure 300.

With qualifying cancelled because of the persistent rain and mist, the field was set by the NASCAR Xfinity Series rule book, and Smithley started in 27th. The Drive for the Cure 300 was scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. (ET), but the weather pushed the start of the race past 8:30 p.m.

“It was an up and down night here in Charlotte,” Smithley said. “We really didn’t know what we were going to have tonight with all the rain and running a night race with the car set up for a day race, but we battled and ran in the top 20 for a good 10-15 laps. We put on a bad set of tires and lost some positions, but once we took those off I was able to get back up to 23rd. I'm proud of my JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team for all of their hard work tonight getting all three cars into the top 25.”

The Xfinity Series will take a week off before heading to Kansas Speedway for the Kansas Lottery 300 on October 21st.


Bad weather made for a long day and night at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Xfinity Series, but Harrison Rhodes and the No. 01 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team prevailed with a 22nd place finish and strong run in the Drive for the Cure 300.

With qualifying cancelled because of the persistent rain and mist, the field was set by the NASCAR Xfinity Series rule book, and Rhodes started in 30th. The race was scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. (ET), but the weather pushed the start of the race past 8:30 p.m.

“This is the best I’ve ever ran at Charlotte,” Rhodes said. “We keep working on our racecars week in and week out for these mile-and-a-half tracks, and our progress is starting to show. We ran with good cars during the race tonight, and I’m proud of our effort here.”

The Xfinity Series will take a week off before heading to Kansas Speedway for the Kansas Lottery 300 on October 21st.


After waiting through a five-hour rain delay, Ross Chastain ran an impressive race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The No. 4 Flex Seal Chevrolet Camaro ran in the top 10 for a good portion of the night and finished 14th, his second top 15 finish in a row.

With qualifying cancelled because of the rain, the field was set by the NASCAR Xfinity Series rule book, and Chastain started in 20th. The Drive for the Cure 300 was scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. (ET), but the persistent rain and mist pushed the start of the race past 8:30 p.m.

“It’s been a good late-summer stretch for us,” Chastain said. “We didn’t have much speed in practice, but my No. 4 team made some great adjustments, and once the race started it was like a whole new car. This is the best racecar we’ve ever had at Charlotte, so I can’t thank these guys at JD Motorsports with Gary Keller enough for all of their hard work. ”

The Xfinity Series will take a week off before heading to Kansas Speedway for the Kansas Lottery 300 on October 21st.


While Charlotte Motor Speedway is usually considered a home race for most drivers, it truly is for NASCAR driver Corey LaJoie.  The Concord, North Carolina native waited through a long rain-delay before he steered his No. 24 youtheory Toyota to a 17th place finish in the running of the Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
"This one is on me," said LaJoie.  "I asked for some adjustments throughout the race that really just didn't help our No. 24 youtheory Toyota.  The JGL Racing guys made some additional adjustments on that last stop and the car was at its best.  I also got into the wall a couple times and banged up the right side which hurt us a little throughout the race."
After a five-hour rain delay, Corey would start the 300-mile event from the 18th position as a result of qualifying being rained out earlier in the day and the starting lineup set per the owners points.  LaJoie would fire off in his No. 24 youtheory Toyota and sit in the 15th spot when the first caution flew on lap 28.  While he reported he needed some more turn in the center of the corner, Corey would manage his No. 24 youtheory Toyota and finish the first 45 lap stage in the 14th position.
With a solid pit stop before the second stage, LaJoie would restart in 12th.  While he continued to report that he needed some help turning and getting the rear of his No. 24 youtheory Toyota into the track, he would hang onto his track position as the second stage came to an end.
The remaining 100 laps of the event would find LaJoie struggle a little firing off early in a run.  LaJoie would also make some right-side contact with the outside wall with about 50 laps to go which would impact his No. 24 youtheory Toyota.  However, the Concord, North Carolina native would continue to battle and ultimately settle for the 17th place finish.
"I want to thank youtheory for their support and the JGL Racing crew for all their hard work," added Corey.  "We definitely had speed in our No. 24 youtheory Toyota.  I have a few weeks out of the car before returning to close out the season in Phoenix and Homestead."
The JGL Racing team will enjoy a much-needed week off before next heading to Kansas Speedway for the running of the Kansas Lottery 300.  The 30th race of the NASCAR XFINITY Series season will be Saturday October 21st and can be seen LIVE on NBC at 3:00 pm ET.  It can also be heard on Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Channel 90.

Spencer Gallagher and the No. 23 Allegiant team unloaded on Friday for their fourth time at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Gallagher got two practice sessions in finishing 11th in first practice and 17th in final.


Due to inclement weather, qualifying for the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Blue Cross Blue Shield NC 300 was cancelled and the field was set by owners points. Gallagher started the 200-lap race from the 24th position. Gallagher reported to crew chief Joey Cohen that he was loose in traffic and tight on landing. After stage one ended, Gallagher came to pit road from the 16th position for four tires and fuel, restarting 15th. Gallagher was running in the 11th position when he made contact with the wall on lap 62 ending his night early and relegating him to finish 34th.



"It was a tough night for my GMS Racing team. We were about to break into the top-10 when I got too high into turn three putting me into the wall and I cost us a good finish."


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Ryan Reed drove his No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford to a 12th-place finish Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, securing a position in the round of eight in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff standings.  Rain delayed the race from daytime to evening and despite having a loose handling Ford was able to put himself in position to advance.  Three races remain before the Playoff field is cut down to four drivers contending for the Championship in the 2017 season finale.

“I think that’s about as great of a points battle as you could ask for, especially for the first elimination race,” said Reed.  “I felt like it was just a great race.  I thought there were moments where I was really confident we were done.  We ended up fighting a really loose race car late in that run and we were dropping like a rock and we got a gift with that caution for oil..  We came in and put tires on it and the team made the right adjustments.  It went from being a 25th-place car to being a 12th or as we were catching guys there maybe even a top-10 car.

“Huge gains, just battled through it, persevered.  I think as a driver to see your race team dig deep like that it just motivates you and so them giving me that opportunity gave me that extra motivation to go out there and lay it all out on the line, make those kind of all-in moments like the three-wide pass with William and Brendan.  Those are kind of the defining moments, I feel, whether or not you advance in this deal or not.”

Rain wreaked havoc on what should have been a Saturday afternoon race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  A persistent mist forced NASCAR to cancel qualifying, setting the starting lineup by owner’s points which, lining Reed up 11th.  The scheduled day race turned into a night race and Reed had his hands full right from the start with a Ford Mustang that was loose late exit of the turns.

Reed spent the first two Stages of the race with a car that was loose exiting the turns, costing him valuable time on the track.  Adjustments on routine stops helped, but never was quite enough.  Reed’s Lilly Diabetes pit crew gained him positions every stop, which offset the handling challenges on the track.

While running 12th with 60 laps remaining, Reed came over the radio and thought he may have a tire going down since the handling had gone to “wrecking loose.”  Luckily, a caution came out on the track and gave the team a chance to assess the situation.  The tires were not flat, so Reed pitted for just fuel.  Unfortunately, when the field resumed green flag racing the set of tires continued to not agree with the Lilly Ford.

Reed lost multiple positions until another caution on the track led to an additional opportunity to pit for their final set of sticker tires.  Reed pitted for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment then took the green 15th with 34 laps remaining.  Reed raced his way to 12th and held off a late charging competitor to claim the final cutoff position in the Playoff standings. 


Austin Dillon Races a Fast Rheem Chevrolet to Top-Five Finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway
"That was a fun race tonight in the Rheem Chevrolet. We were a little bit too loose, but we had a good restart at the end of the race. I had clean air and my brother was in the car in front of me and went high. If he would have went low I think I would have cleared Alex Bowman for the lead. We were probably just a little bit too loose at the end of the race, but clean air would have definitely helped. We were posting lap times faster than the leader tonight. I just wasn't able to get it done. I'm proud of the Rheem team. Racing on the top groove was fun. I was the first one to get up there and find it. I just katy barred the door there for a while."

- Austin Dillon

Ty Dillon Battles Loose Advil Liqui-Gels Minis Chevrolet in Final Charlotte Race of the Season 
"After practice on Friday, we knew that there was work to be done on our Advil Liqui-Gels Minis Chevrolet. The team made changes that got us going in the right direction, and we were definitely more competitive when the race got underway. I was loose on entry and tight on exit to start, but my handling didn't get worse through the run like others. We took advantage of an early caution to flip the stage and get a jump on adjustments. It didn't work exactly how we wanted it to at the start of Stage 2, but it didn't hurt our track position from where we were before the pit stop. Our Camaro was just too loose in the last two stages to get further ahead, though. We tried to beat the field on fuel mileage, and, if the race had gone green after our last stop, we would have been one of the only teams that could make it on fuel. The odds just weren't in our favor and we didn't have enough there at the end once the field had fresher tires."
- Ty Dillon

Daniel Hemric Advances to Next Round of XFINITY Series Playoffs after Top-10 Finish In Anderson's Maple Syrup Chevrolet
"I'm really proud of everyone on this Anderson's Maple Syrup Chevrolet team. Everyone at RCR stepped up and really handled the adversity that we faced this week head on and came out strong in the end. We'll just continue on and do what we did in the first round of the Playoffs for the next three races in this Round of 8. I've got to do a better job on the restarts and I've got to make sure we get all we can get out of the weekend. Once I lost a little bit of track position on the restarts tonight it really hurt us. I apologize to my guys for that. I'm really pumped up about how we've made strides with our mile-and-a-half program over the last few months. We're going the right direction. We've got to get better, I've got to get better, but I'm confident we can be a part of this championship fight."

- Daniel Hemric

Brandon Jones and the Nexteer Team Battle Back to 13th-Place Finish After Early Uncontrolled Tire Penalty
"We had a fast No. 33 Nexteer Chevrolet Camaro tonight. This was my first weekend working with Brandon Thomas as a crew chief, and he did a great job getting the car dialed in for me during those two practice sessions on Friday. When we finally got to race on Saturday, I didn't have as much rear grip as I wanted to fire off with. Brandon did a great job of making adjustments that really helped me gain more grip and cut through traffic easily. We had a slight miscue on pit road during our first stop of the night and received an uncontrolled tire penalty, but the boys didn't let that get to them and kept their heads in the game for the rest of the night. My car was so good in traffic that it didn't take me long to make those spots up. Overall, it was a solid night for the No. 33 team. I tried everything to get by Ryan Reed at the end there to help our teammate Brendan Gaughan get into the Round of 8 but just couldn't get all the way clear of him in time."
- Brandon Jones

Brendan Gaughan Stages Impressive Comeback in #VegasStrong Chevrolet to Finish 11th at Charlotte Motor Speedway
"At the start of the race we must have had a bad set of tires. We fell all the way back to 26th position before the end of Stage 1. I was holding on for dear life.  Nothing ever comes easy for me and crew chief Shane Wilson. But to be honest, we wouldn't want it any other way. We gave it all we had. There is a reason why Ryan Reed and I were so close in points and all year on the track. It came down to two positions on the track. Ty Dillon came down and took those tires early and when I saw him fade quick, I knew that was trouble for us. He was right in between us all night long and we needed him to stay between us, but he just faded. We were faster than Ryan but unfortunately not fast enough to get anybody else. We were gaining on the No. 1, and we needed Brandon Jones to get in front of Ryan ,but hey, it was a good run. We've had a decent season. I wouldn't say great, but we are going to go on and see if we can't win a couple of races in the South Point Chevrolet."
- Brendan Gaughan