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MBM Motorsports and Joey Gase are proud to announce they are teaming up Agri Supply and Carolina Cooker this Saturday for throwback weekend at Darlington Speedway.

Thanks to Agri Supply and Carolina Cooker Joey Gase will be honoring Todd Bodine by running his 1998 Tobacso Hot Sauce scheme. “I am thrilled to be running this awesome scheme!” said Gase. “The great folks at Agri Supply and Caronia Cooker wanted to do something to highlight their Carolina Cooker Hot Sauce and with this Tobasco Sauce paint scheme that Todd ran in ‘98 we are doing just that!”

Agri Supply started as farm supply store over 50 years ago but now has over 26,000 items and counting for your Farm, Tractor, Garden, and Home. Agri Supply has eight retail locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia; releases several unique catalogs per year; and has a thriving website with a huge product selection available.

Agri Supply's goal is to provide quality merchandise at the most reasonable price, to give our customers the best service possible and to treat all customers fairly.

You can be one of the first to see this amazing car at Customer Appreciation day at the Florence Agri Supply (1918 E Palmetto Street Florence, SC 29506) this Thursday from 12:00-3:00pm. You can also meet Joey, enjoy free food and store wide discounts!

The action will start this Friday at 1:05 p.m. EST with the first session of NASCAR XFINITY Series practice on NBCSN and on Saturday the race starts at 4:00 p.m. on NBC. You can also keep up with all the action by following Joey Gase Racing on Twitter and Facebook!

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NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series
Date Track Team/Member Level Infraction Penalty/Remarks
8/25/2019 (post-race inspection) CTMP No. 52 Safety Sections 10.9.10.4: Tires and Wheels
Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed.
Crew chief (Trip Bruce lll) has been fined $2,500.
NASCAR
Date Track Team/Member Level Infraction Penalty/Remarks
8/22/2019 N/A Matt Borland Behavioral
(SAP)
Sections 12.1; 19 Indefinite suspension from NASCAR
8/22/2019 N/A Tyler Dippel Behavioral Sections 12.1.; 12.8.1.e & f. Indefinite suspension from NASCAR

Richard Childress Racing's Tyler Reddick will celebrate NASCAR's history at Darlington Raceway with a throwback design honoring Kyle Petty's 1980s 7-Eleven scheme. The design scheme will prominently feature both 7-Eleven and blu, a leader in the electronic cigarette industry, that retails at 7-Eleven.
"We're excited to enter the sport of NASCAR and partner with Richard Childress Racing, one of the most iconic teams in the sport," said Greg Moser, VP of Marketing at blu. "Naturally, we did a lot of homework before taking this step and in the end, it was a natural fit. NASCAR is a passion point of our existing blu consumers and the sport has a well-documented adult audience, where the incidence of smoking is higher than the national average. This was a perfect opportunity to connect adult smokers with our myblu product and recognize one of our top retail partners, 7-Eleven, with an iconic scheme for the No. 2 myblu Chevrolet."
"The Throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway is always one of my favorite races of the year because I love NASCAR history and it's so fun to celebrate the heritage of our sport at one of NASCAR's oldest and most exciting tracks," said Reddick. "I grew up watching Kyle Petty race, so being able to celebrate his career and impact on the sport is special to me. I'm so thankful to be able to participate in NASCAR's Throwback weekend and honor an icon of the sport this year."
Petty's 7-Eleven machine was an iconic scheme for much of his career in the 1980s, including his 1986 win at Richmond Raceway that came after Dale Earnhardt and Darrell Waltrip wrecked hard on the final lap. The No. 2 myblu Chevrolet Camaro pays homage to the scheme with its layered lines and 7-Eleven orange stripe.
blu is one of the original e-vapor brands, celebrating 10 years of providing adult smokers with a high-quality alternative to traditional cigarettes. The Throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway marks the first primary sponsorship secured by blu in NASCAR. myblu is the latest product from blu, delivering a simple and satisfying nicotine experience for adult smokers.
Reddick is currently first in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings, with four wins, three pole awards, 18 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes. The defending Xfinity Series champion has already clinched his 2019 playoff berth and is currently in the hunt to secure the regular season championship.
For additional information about blu, please visit blu.com. For additional information on today's announcement, and all that's happening at RCR, please visit rcrracing.com.
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JD Motorsports with Gary Keller is proud to announce the South Carolina Education Lottery and BJ McLeod will be partnering with the No. 4 Chevrolet for this Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 race at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina.

This will be the South Carolina Education Lottery’s fifth year partnering with JDM. This year, the team plans to honor 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Bobby Labonte by running a throwback paint scheme to his 1992 Slim Jim Chevrolet.

McLeod, who currently sits 20th in the NASCAR Xfinity Series points standings, cites Darlington Raceway as one of his favorite tracks. “I truly am excited to get behind the wheel of the No. 4 South Carolina Education Lottery Chevrolet this weekend. Add in the fact that we’re running the throwback paint scheme to the Slim Jim car, and it feels like I’m back to being a kid again! I mean, I grew up watching that car win races and championships, so this is all really cool for me. I’m sure we will be able to go out and have a good run for all of our supporters and fans,” McLeod said.

In four starts at Darlington, McLeod has a best finish of 23rd. Entering the weekend, his best finish of the 2019 season is 17th, which came at Pocono Raceway earlier this year.

“Darlington has been circled on my calendar for a while now, because I feel like I seem to excel at the tracks that are hard to drive,” McLeod said. “We will be slipping around out there on the ragged edge, and that all fits perfectly with my driving style. It will be a fun one, that’s for sure!”

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will race at Darlington Raceway this Saturday for the running of the Sport Clips 200. The race can be viewed live on NBC, or listened to on MRN. Be sure to tune in to see JD Motorsports with Gary Keller drivers BJ McLeod, Garrett Smithley, Stephen Leicht, and Landon Cassill try to tackle the track dubbed “Too Tough to Tame.” For all things JDM, follow us along on social media with the handle @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM

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On Saturday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series made its’ final trip out to a permanent road course on the year out at Road America near Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. This was the series’ third road course race in a month, and it turned out to be a very exciting race for the fans to watch.

Entering the weekend, Ryan Vargas, driver of the No. 4 Chevrolet, didn’t have much road course experience, but he was eager to gain some valuable seat time in just his second career NXS start. Vargas started deep in the field in 33rd when a slower car blocked his timed lap, but that didn’t prevent him from learning how to pass smoothly and make his way up through the pack. At the end of the caution less Stage One, Vargas was scored in 25th, and the eighteen-year-old made up some more spots to 22nd at the end of Stage Two. In the final stage, the NASCAR Next driver was able to climb even further up the leaderboard, coming home with a respectable 18th place finish in just his second start.

BJ McLeod, who drove the No. 15 Chevrolet on Saturday, continued his learning process on the road courses, where he is self-admittedly unaccustomed to racing on. McLeod drove a clean, conservative race all day, after rolling off the starting grid in 34th position. A pair of 30th place finishes in both Stage One and Stage Two were due to the #15Machine crew electing to hang back and keep their Camaro in one piece, but as chaos ensued in the final stage, BJ was able to steer clear of all the mess and come home with a 23rd place finish. The solid run keeps McLeod scored in 20th in the drivers’ standings heading into Darlington next weekend.

Garrett Smithley, driver of the No. 0 Chevrolet, had a very promising run going at the 4-mile road course. Smithley practiced in 17th, and started the race from 21st, and when it came to race time, many thought he would have a great finish. Stage One showed Garrett in 15th, with Stage Two showing him 13th, but unfortunately, on lap 37/45, the engine let go, forcing him behind the wall. Smithley would end up coming home with a 33rd place finish, keeping him 18th in the drivers’ points standings.

Stephen Leicht, driver of the No. 01 Chevrolet, faced the same fate as Garrett Smithley. Leicht started his Camaro from the 25th position, but was able to make up some ground early to 18th at the end of Stage One. Stephen was all the way up to 11th at the end of Stage Two, and appeared to have a solid run going, until he lost his engine one lap prior to Garrett. Stephen remains in the 19th position in drivers’ standings heading into Darlington.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will race at Darlington Raceway this Saturday for the running of the Sport Clips 200. The race can be viewed live on NBC, or listened to on MRN. Be sure to tune in to see JD Motorsports with Gary Keller drivers BJ McLeod, Garrett Smithley, Stephen Leicht, and Landon Cassill try to tackle the track dubbed “Too Tough to Tame”. For all things JDM, follow us along on social media with the handle @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM

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Team 08 GPS PURE/ Panini Chevrolet Camaro: 

Gray Gaulding and his No. 08 Panini team started off the day from the 19th position at Road America. With the race track being four miles long the first two stages were only ten laps each. Gaulding quickly made his way forward in the opening stage. Just before the end of the first stage the 7 car of Justin Allgaier lost a left front tire and got trapped in the gravel pit, which brought out the first caution of the day. The caution also marked the conclusion of the first stage with Gaulding in the 12th position. 

Crew Chief Patrick Donahue called Gaulding to the pits for four tires and fuel during the stage break. The pit strategy allowed Gaulding to stay on track for the entire second stage. After restarting in the 19th position, Gaulding found himself in the 7th position at the conclusion of stage two, collecting four valuable stage points. 

Gaulding brought his No. 08 Chevy to pit road for service during the final stage break and was ready to go for the third and final stage. Gaulding started the final stage from the 16th position, but it did not take long for him to start moving forward. After just a handful of green flag laps into the run, Gaulding flexed his muscles, driving up to the 11th position. On lap 32 the 19 car brought out the third caution of the day. Gaulding pitted for what was the last planned stop of the day and restarted from the 16th position with 11 laps remaining. With only 4 laps remaining Gaulding's brake pedal went to the floor and he went for a wild ride through the gravel pit. It was a broken brake line that caused Gaulding to go flying off course. The team was able to limp around to a 29th place finish. It was the team's worst finish since the season opener at Daytona in February. 

Gray Gaulding: 

"I thought we had a good run going running inside the top-15 until my left front brake line busted causing my brake pedal to go straight to the floor and pretty much ruined our day. Hate that we didn’t get the result we deserved. It was a good effort though and I learned a ton. Thanks to Panini and PURE for sticking behind me and this SS Green Light Racing team. We’ll get back on the ovals next week at Darlington Raceway next week and hope to have a solid run." 

Bobby Dotter Thoughts on the 08 Team:

““Gray continued to show what kind of speed that 08 car is capable of. Unfortunately, we broke a brake line with 4 laps to go, which ruined our day. I’m confident the team will bounce back next week in Darlington.”

Team 07 Isokern Fireplaces & Chimneys Chevrolet Camaro: 

Ray Black Jr. came into Road America this weekend after a strong 15th place finish last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. The 07 team had a little work cut out for them after qualifying in the 29th position. Black quickly made his way forward in the opening stage. At the end of stage one, Black had advanced ten positions to the 19th position. 

Crew Chief Jason Miller called his driver in for service during the stage break. Like his teammate, the 07 also stayed on track the entirety of the second stage. After a caution- free stage, Black found himself in the 15th position after two stages. 

Miller once again called his driver to the pits during the stage break, in preparation for the twenty-five lap final stage. After charging through the field, Black would be forced to repeat his performance as he would restart from the 26th position for the final stage. With only 14 laps remaining in the race, Black was able to advance eleven positions to the 15th position before the 19 car brought out the third caution of the day. Miller made the call to stay on the race track during the caution, which put Black restarting in the 12th position. The final caution of the day waved with only 4 laps remaining. Black was able to avoid all the late carnage and power through to a 14th place finish. 

Ray Black Jr: 

“Really proud of our team today! We got better all day and were able to capitalize at the end. On to Darlington!" 

Bobby Dotter Thoughts on the 07 Team: 

“”Ray and the 07 team drove a great race today at Road America. They were able to improve throughout the day and Ray was able to bring it home in 14th. Really solid day for this team.”

Looking Ahead: 
SS Green Light Racing drivers Gray Gaulding and Ray Black Jr. remain 13th and 16th respectively in the NASCAR Xfinity Series points standings. The Xfinity Series will get prepared for throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway. Coverage Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 from Darlington Raceway will begin Saturday August 31st at 4:00 PM ET on NBC. 

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Loris Hezemans was impressive in his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut, running as high as 15th in the closing laps of the CTECH Manufacturing 180 at Road America before picking up significant damage from a crash in front of him and crossing the finish line 22nd. 

Hezemans was 24th quickest out of 38 competitors in Qualifying, but was forced to start from the back of the grid due to a repair his BJ Mcleod Motorsports team had to perform on the #99 Roux Helmets Camaro. In the first two stages of the CTECH Manufacturing 180, the Dutch driver climbed back up to 23rd and 21st recovering from a couple of slow pit stops, while in the final stage he had to settle for 22nd despite proving a top-15 finish was within his reach.  

A power steering failure and a crash he couldn’t avoid proved to be fatal for Hezemans’ ambitions.

“It was a crazy race. It was funny in many ways but it was just a shame in the end. I was running 15th with two laps to go when the power steering gave up! After that somebody wrecked ahead of us and we had no way to avoid the crash. We got some damage at the front which brought the hood open, so I had to drive full throttle looking through the hood flaps holes. Definitely an eventful last couple of laps,” said Hezemans after the race.

The 22-year-old NWES title contender immediately found himself at ease in the very competitive environment of the NASCAR Xfinity Series and battled door-to-door against some of the best NASCAR drivers in the world, showing an impressive pace on the 4.048-mile road course of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

“I think we progressed well throughout the weekend and we were on the way to a top-15 finish but in the end we were just in the wrong place at the wrong time,” concluded Hezemans. “I hope I can have an opportunity to run another event, maybe as European Champion, and use this experience to perform better next time.”

Up next for Hezemans are the September 21-22 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Semi Finals at the Hockenheimring. The Dutchman won his first career NWES race at the iconic German track and will enter the playoffs as one of the main candidates to wear the crown of Euro NASCAR Champion, a feature that would definitely open even more doors for him in North America.

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John Hunter Nemechek, No. 23 Fire Alarm Services Chevrolet Camaro

START: 14th

FINISH: 26th

POINTS: 10th

Notes & Quotes:—

- Nemechek and the GMS Racing team raced within the top-10 majority of the day until the rear axle broke on lap 40.

- Nemechek is currently scored in the tenth-position in the driver standings and is 41 points behind Justin Haley who is in ninth-place.

"We had a strong going today. I made two mistakes early in the race and it cost us some spots. We rebounded inside the top-10 but then had a part failure. Broke an axle with five to go and unfortunately came home in the 26th-position. I cannot wait to go back oval racing at Darlington Raceway next week."

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In a two-lap shootout in Saturday afternoon’s CTECH Manufacturing 180 at Road America, Christopher Bell checked out from the competition to claim his sixth NASCAR Xfinity Series win of the season.

Bell found himself battling the best of the best when it comes to road course racing in NASCAR inside the final laps of the race between AJ Allmendinger and Austin Cindric, but when Gray Gaulding went into the gravel in Turn 1, the full-course caution waved setting up an eight-mile dash to the finish.

“Man, I’m honestly in shock,” Bell said. “I really butchered qualifying and tore the crap out of the left-front. I felt like once we got in the race there, we’d be able to drive by those guys. Instead, they dropped the green flag and they were driving by me. That wasn’t much fun.

“Then I told Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) I was really, really tight. We got those tires off and he said the left-front was hurt pretty bad. We got pretty good there when we put our new set of tires on.

“That strategy worked out well for us coming in there (with 14 to go) and then the yellow coming out. This car was really, really fast today. We’ve had a great road course season.”

On the final restart, Bell cleared second-place Allmendinger, but it was Cindric who pitted during the last caution that was putting on a show trying to charge from his 20th place restarting position.

By the white flag, Cindric had passed 15 cars and found himself in the clutches of second-place Matt DiBenedetto but when DiBenedetto spun his No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra in Turn 14, Cindric crossed the start-finish line second, 1.891 seconds behind Bell.

“We talked about a five-to-go plan, that was like a green-white-checkered,” offered Cindric who came up one position short of claiming three straight road course wins during the month of August. “I wasn’t 100 percent confident, but at the same time, we were battling a lot of wheel hop after four or five laps on tires and we had a lot more than on tires.

“In this kind of racing, you pretty much know that you’re going to get used up if your slower, so we wanted to go on offense and that was our strategy all day and we probably just needed one or two laps to get our Menards – Richmond Ford Mustang in Victory Lane. All in all, a good day, good points, p-2, is alright.”

Cindric described his 19-car charge through the field in two laps in one fitting word.

“Chaos,” Cindric added with a smile. “I passed a lot of cars that just ended up overdriving corners and missing corners. It was chaos, it was insane. I think it’s why all these people show up at Road America and enjoy this type of racing.

“You never know what you’re going to get, it always comes down to those last lap dashes to the finish, I’m glad to be able to put on a show at a place like this.”

For Bell, it was his 14th career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory, but first on a road course. He attributed part of his success to luck, while also taking the time to reflect on the last-lap mishap for his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate DiBenedetto.

"I guess I just get lucky on these things, that's for sure,” added Bell. “I'm really heartbroken for Matt DiBenedetto, too. He was obviously really, really fast. We knew in practice that both of our cars were really good, and we were going to be right there racing with each other.

“I don't really know what happened, but I saw him go flying off (Turn) 14 so that sucks. He's in a tough spot right now and he needed a good run there."

Allmendinger admitted that he spun the tires during the last restart and later collided with Noah Gragson while battling in the top-five. He became involved in another off-course exchange on the same lap and limped to a 26th place finish after making a pit stop on the final lap.

Behind Bell and Cindric, points leader and Bristol winner Tyler Reddick finished third, Gragson fourth and Kaz Grala rounded out the top-five.

Justin Haley, Chase Briscoe, Jeremy Clements, Justin Allgaier and Cole Custer comprised the remainder of the top-10.

For Allgaier, the top-10 was a relief after nosediving into the gravel in Turn 1 after suffering a flat left-front tire on the last lap of Stage 1. Falling off the lead lap, getting the lap back, the JR Motorsports driver used the remainder of the race to earn his 15th top-10 of the year.

Playoff contender Custer also had an impressive rebound after falling down a lap after running off course during the first lap of Stage 2 and mowing down several track signs. Earning the free pass late in the race, Custer used aggressive driving in the final run to the finish to earn his 15th top-10 of the season.

With three races remaining in the regular NASCAR Xfinity Series season, next up is a throwback weekend at the “Lady in Black” at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway for the running of the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 on Sat., Aug. 31, 2019.

Tyler Reddick Rounds Out Road Course Swing with Top-Five Finish at Road America 
 

3rd
 
 
 
6th
 
 1st
"I wish we had that last restart back in our No. 2 Roland Chevrolet Camaro. We had a great balance on our car and ran inside the top five pretty much all day, which is a huge improvement for me on road courses. We were just chasing a little more front turn to roll through the corners better. With the strategy we had going of pitting early in Stage 2, we were in contention to potentially steal this one away if Christopher Bell made a mistake on the final lap. Unfortunately, he didn't make any, and I missed a shift for the first time all day, which caused us to fall back one spot to third. I've struggled here in the past a lot, and on road courses as a whole, so I'm glad to see an overall improvement in my finishes not only from last year, but from the start of this year's swing as well."

-Tyler Reddick

Kaz Grala Delivers a Gutsy Top-Five Finish in the HotScream Chevrolet at Road America
 

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11th
 
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"I'm really excited about the day we had here at Road America. We came home with a top-five finish, and for me, that's pretty good considering mid-race we had to make an unscheduled pit stop. A miscue on pit road unfortunately cost us some track position when we had to come back down to put on more lug nuts. To come from the tail end of the lead lap there, all the way back up to a top-five finish, is really good. It says a lot about my crew chief, Justin Alexander, and our HotScream team. We don't give up. RCR builds some fast race cars, and we showed that today. The only bittersweet thing is in the middle of the race, we had a really good battle with the 20 car and I think we were as good as he was. Depending on who hit their last adjustment just right, I think we would have had a shot at beating him. I know that we had speed to contend up front, but a top-five finish is still a really good day for us. I can't thank everyone at RCR for the opportunity to race for them this year. I learned a lot and gained a ton of experience."

-Kaz Grala

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