On Saturday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) headed North to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the running of the ROXOR 200. This was the tour’s lone trip to what is normally a cool, breezy New England, but that was not the case this weekend. Temperatures were over 100 degrees at one point, and it made for a significantly more physically demanding race.
BJ McLeod, driver of the No. 01 Flex Glue Chevrolet, started deep in the field for the 200 miler down in 36th, but started to make up spots early. At the end of Stage One, McLeod was scored in 30th, and by Stage Two, he was up to 26th. Due to some strategy calls, he was able to earn some track position via the wave around. As the day ended up, BJ brought his Camaro home with a 21st place finish. McLeod remains P20 in the NXS points standings.
Stephen Leicht, driver of the No. 4 Flex Seal Chevrolet, qualified the best out of the JDM cars by far, starting up in the 18th position. Leicht lost some spots early on, finishing Stage One in 25th, dropping even further to 29th in Stage Two. However, the crew went to work and made a big swing on adjustments to finish 23rd on the Magic Mile. Stephen remains P19 in the drivers’ points standings heading into Iowa, where he will remain in the No. 4 Chevrolet.
Garrett Smithley, driver of the No. 0 Flex Tape Chevrolet, rolled off the starting grid from 30th position. Stage One had Smithley in 29th, but he was able to move up to 24th in Stage Two. The balance on Garrett’s #NumberNuthin never really seemed to come to him, but he was able to manage his equipment and keep the car in one piece. The Ligonier, PA native ended up finishing in the 24th position, and remains P16 in the drivers’ points standings.
Tyler Matthews, driver of the No. 15 Linetec Services Chevrolet, struggled all weekend in just his third career NXS start. The crew faced electrical issues on Friday, which forced them to lose valuable track time in practice. Due to the lack of practice, Matthews was unsure what to expect in qualifying, where he got loose and had to start shotgun on the field. As the race started, the issues came back to haunt the #15Machine, causing him to take the car behind the wall for dozens of laps. He ended up 35th in Stage One and 33rd in Stage Two multiple laps down, and came home to finish a disappointing 32nd. Tyler will be back to race for JDM for a few more races later in the season in 2019.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa on Saturday, July 27th for the running of the US Cellular 250. Be sure to tune in on NBCSN at 4:00 PM ET to watch the four JD Motorsports drivers of Stephen Leicht, Garrett Smithley, Ryan Repko, and Ryan Vargas battle it out at the 7/8th mile multi-grooved short track with high banking and high speed. For all things JDM, follow along on our social media pages @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM