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Jeremy Clements gets back to the familiar black and red #51 Camaro SS RepairableVehicles.com livery as they head out West for the first leg of the #NASCARGoesWest swing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon.

When asked about the West coast swing Clements said, “It’s been a heckuva week getting two new cars prepared to head out there, and it has been all hands-on deck with all of us working to early into the morning hours every day to get these new cars we just got ready to race.”  Clements went on to say, “I think we will be pretty fast this weekend and give the RepairableVehicles.com / Tuff Hedeman Tour Chevy a good ride into the Top 15 possibly a Top 10.”

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  • Jeremy’s 9th career start at LVMS
  • Best finish of 13th - 11/2018
  • Best start of 12th - 11/2018

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ATTEND THE TUFF HEDEMAN BULL RIDING - Sat. Mar. 2 at 7:30 p.m. - South Point Arena

The Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour joins the Las Vegas Ultimate Sports Weekend with a live bucking bull on display at the LV Events Center.

Tuff Hedeman bull riding returns to the South Point Arena on Saturday, March 2 for a one night only performance with 3 World Champions and 9 NFR qualifiers battling it out for a prize purse of $30,000. The four-Time World Champion bull rider Tuff Hedeman heats up Las Vegas with his invitation only signature style event featuring three rounds of competition ending in a sudden death format.

Hedeman, a live bucking bull branded Hellfire, Bullfighter Bryce Redo, and NFR qualifier Eli Vastbinder will be at the Las Vegas Event Center on Thursday, February 28 from 3 pm - 6 pm and then back at the South Point Equestrian Center on March 2 for the competition, as part of the Las Vegas Ultimate Sports Weekend.

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Kaulig Racing is thrilled to announce that former NASCAR Xfinity Series Most Popular Driver, Elliott Sadler, will make his return to the track as he teams up with Nutrien Ag Solutions to pilot the No. 10 Chevrolet Camaro SS for two races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS).
Sadler, who recorded three wins in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS), 13 wins in the NXS, and has been named the NXS Most Popular Driver four times (2011, 2016-2018), will make his comeback in the NXS with the help of Nutrien Ag Solutions and Kaulig Racing.
"I said I would only return to the race track if the right opportunity came along, and this is it,” said Sadler. “I’m thrilled to partner with Nutrien Ag Solutions and Kaulig Racing for these two races and team up with Ross Chastain behind the wheel of the No. 10 Chevy. I believe in the mission of Nutrien Ag Solutions, as they help farmers lead the field, and they wanted me to put my helmet back on to do the same at Richmond and Las Vegas." 
Kaulig Racing, who will field a second entry for over half of the NXS season, is eager to have Sadler pilot the No. 10 Chevy for two races.
“We are so excited to have Elliott drive for us at Kaulig Racing,” said Kaulig Racing President, Chris Rice. “Elliott and I grew up racing together at South Boston Speedway, so to have him race for us at his home track is special. We have a great partnership with Nutrien Ag Solutions, who are huge supporters of Elliott, so it is a win-win for our team.”
Nutrien Ag Solutions— the retail division of Nutrien™, the largest crop inputs company in the world —is investing more than any other retail network in the science and technology to drive the future success of growers and the industry as a whole. Nutrien Ag Solutions offers a wide range of products and services to help growers optimize crop yields and their returns. With decades of experience and a continued service, providing the best technologies, tools and products for its growers, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Sadler and Chastain have their sights set on putting growers first at the track this year.  
“Elliott has been a great friend of Nutrien Ag Solutions for almost a year now,” said Brent Smith, Vice President of Marketing and Innovation for Nutrien Ag Solutions.  “We are proud to bring him back to the track. We and our growers look forward to seeing Elliott leading the field for these two races and continuing our great partnership with Kaulig Racing.” 
In addition to his season debut at Richmond Raceway on April 12th, Sadler and Nutrien Ag Solutions will join together again later in the season at the second Las Vegas Motor Speedway event.
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JP Motorsports is excited to announce thier return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) in 2019. Owned by Jerry and Phyllis Hattaway, the team will be kicking off thier sophomore season very soon, following the West Coast Swing races. JP Motorsports fielded the No. 45 and No. 55 Toyotas full-time during the 2018 NXS season. 

"A lot of good changes have happened at JP Motorsports over the winter," said team owner, Jerry Hattaway. "2018 was definitely a big year for us with a lot challenges, but we're still here and looking to keep building on what we started. We've moved to a new shop in Concord, NC, and we've got some fast cars built and ready to race. We're looking forward to giving some more new, up-and-coming drivers a chance in the NASCAR Xfinity Series."

JP Motorsports is currently seeking drivers for the 2019 season who are willing to work hard to help bring funding to the team. Interested drivers can contact jpmotorsports55@gmail.com or call 209-518-1726.

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The No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra Kyle Busch will race this weekend in the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will prominently feature the 1st Foundation, a 100-percent volunteer organization that provides assistance to those arriving first on the scene in foreign and domestic conflicts.

Working with Special Operations Forces and Law Enforcement Operations, the 1st Foundation administers grants for continuing education, specialized equipment, and training for those in need. The non-profit also helps with medical bills and access to PTSD programs, as well as college scholarships to those operators and their families in need of assistance through their Gold Star Family Programs. 1st Foundation board members cover all administrative costs, allowing every dollar donated to be utilized for its core mission.

“The time, effort and sacrifice our veterans have made is exceptional, and the dedication they put into their roles defending our country can sometimes make their transition to civilian life a challenge,” said Landon Ash, executive director of the 1st Foundation and founder of Birmingham, Alabama-based Xtreme Concepts, the parent company of iK9. “The 1st Foundation helps ease that challenge in a variety of ways, and it’s a part of our never-ending commitment to those who serve.”

The 1st Foundation also ensures our K9 heroes are rewarded for their service and dedication by placing retired military dogs requiring rehabilitation with veterans in need of companionship, helping both reacclimate to civilian life. The 1st Foundation also supplies service dogs to veterans in need, all of which are trained to Veteran Affairs standards. Additionally, 1st Foundation provides K9s to police departments, ultimately making our communities a safer place.

To assist the cause of 1st Foundation, please visit 1stfoundation.com/donate. Residents of Alabama can go a step further by purchasing a specialized 1st Foundation license plate for their personal vehicles through the Alabama Department of Revenue’s website.

Busch, the all-time leader in Xfinity Series victories with a whopping 92 career wins, will carry a 1st Foundation license plate on his No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra with his nickname “ROWDY” emblazoned on the tag.

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Richard Childress Racing announced today that Hurdl, an experiential SMS tech company that helps fans connect with their favorite teams, drivers, and brands, joined the team with a multi-race partnership in 2019. Hurdl will make its first appearance in NASCAR as a primary partner on defending Xfinity Series champion Tyler Reddick's No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro during NASCAR's West Coast Swing, starting at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 2.  

Hurdl enables teams, events, and brands to create richer fan experiences through real-time relevant messaging via SMS, the consumer's most natural communication channel. Specializing in activations that drive higher opt-in rates than any other SMS platform, Hurdl enables teams, events, and brands to text fans personally, and provide exclusive deals, offers and content that enhance the fan experience, without requiring fans to download a mobile app.
Beginning today and throughout NASCAR's three West Coast races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 2, ISM Raceway on March 9 and Auto Club Speedway on March 16, fans attending those races and watching at home can receive exclusive RCR-related opportunities and offers by texting "TYLER" to 770022.
"No sport gives greater access to fans than NASCAR," said Hurdl founder, Betsy McHugh. "We could not be more honored to partner with RCR and Tyler Reddick as they leverage the power of the Hurdl platform to bring fans even closer to the teams, drivers, and brands they love."
Hurdl is the world's most powerful experiential SMS tech platform and has been used by artists, teams, and brands at live events ranging from NBA games to awards shows and music festivals but will be utilized in NASCAR for the first time beginning with its partnership with RCR. The fast-growing company first launched at an event during the 2016 CMA Awards in Nashville, Tennessee.
"The marketing and fan engagement opportunities RCR and Hurdl will provide with this partnership are virtually endless and will have a positive impact for the sport as a whole," said Torrey Galida, President of RCR. "We're delighted to partner with a cutting-edge market-research tech company that can provide value to our race team and our industry partners. It's also a win-win for fans who choose to take advantage of the text code to gain unique and exclusive offers."
To learn more about Hurdl, please visit hurdl.com.
For additional information on today's announcement, and all that's happening at RCR, please visit rcrracing.com.
RCR PR
Kaulig Racing and Austin Dillon are teaming up for the second time, as Dillon is set to pilot the No. 10 Chevrolet Camaro SS at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Boyd Gaming 300.
Dillon, who won the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) Championship in 2013, competed for Kaulig Racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2018 in the No. 10 Chevy, marking the first time Kaulig Racing fielded a second entry in the NXS.
”I’m thankful for the opportunity to compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway,” said Austin Dillon, who won a NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2015 from the pole position. “The Kaulig Racing shop is within the same campus complex as Richard Childress Racing and both teams share some of the same resources so I know that Kaulig Racing will do their best to give me everything I need to go out and compete for another win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Matt Kaulig, Chris Rice and everyone associated with Kaulig Racing have worked hard to grow their team and I’m excited to return to the driver’s seat for them.”
Dillon has made six previous NXS starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and has secured one win, three top-5, five top-10 and one pole award.
“Austin [Dillon] did a great job in the debut of our No. 10 car and I look forward to what he will do in Vegas”, says Chris Rice President of Kaulig Racing.  “We are stacking the deck this season and are ready to show the garage and NASCAR fans what we got.”
Continuing to grow Kaulig Racing and obtaining new partners is key for the team that continues to make advancements each season. 
A partner announcement of who will join Dillon in Vegas will come at a later date. He and the No. 10 Chevy will hit the track for the first time in 2019 for the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 2 at 4:00pm EST.
Kaulig Racing PR

Coming off the first NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) race of the season in Daytona with four clean cars, the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) race teams headed to Atlanta Motor Speedway full of confidence.

The first mile and a half intermediate track is always a tough one on both the equipment and the tires, as the track surface hasn’t been repaved since the late 1990’s. Atlanta is known as a driver’s track, one that showcases drivers’ abilities more than others due to its’ difficult nature.

Ross Chastain made his triumphant return to JDM this past weekend driving the No. 4 Chevrolet Camaro SS, and he led the way for the team in all on track sessions. Due to qualifying being rained out, however, the field was set by owner’s points from last season, relegating Chastain to a 15th place starting spot. He hung in tough all afternoon, running a smart race near the Top 10, all while keeping care of his equipment. He brought his Chevy home in the 14th position, scoring the team’s first Top 15 finish of the year.

Nipping at Ross’s heels most of the race was Garrett Smithley in the No. 0 “In Memory of Hippie” Chevrolet Camaro SS. Owner’s points had Smithley starting from the 22nd position, but he was able to quickly work his way through the field, and with a fortunate caution, he was able to receive the Free Pass to put himself back on the lead lap. He finished in 18th place and moves up a few positions in the points standings.

For BJ McLeod’s No. 15 crew, they knew going into Atlanta that they would have to fight an uphill battle due to the fact that they would not have the full tire allotment for the race. However, McLeod was able to take care of his equipment and manage his tire wear throughout the event, coming home with a 24th place finish after starting in 29th in his No. 15 Chevrolet Camaro SS.

Stephen Leicht, driver of the No. 01 “In Memory of Hippie” Chevrolet Camaro SS, had a relatively successful weekend as well. Like McLeod, Leicht’s team did not have the full tire allotment, but some clean driving allowed them to bring home a 25th place finish after starting in 30th place.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads out west to Las Vegas, Nevada for the first leg of the “West Coast Swing” on Saturday, March 2nd. The Boyd Gaming 300 can be viewed live on FOX Sports 1 at 4:00 PM ET (1:00 PM local). Be sure to tune in to cheer on all four JD Motorsports with Gary Keller race teams and see how well they are able to roll the dice in the desert.

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Tyler Reddick Leads Laps, Comes Home Fifth in Pinnacle Financial Partners Camaro at Atlanta Motor Speedway
 

5th 
 
 
12th
 
 4th
"This No. 2 Pinnacle Financial Partners Camaro was so fast and handled really well today. We were able to hug the bottom groove like I wanted and that's where I was able to make a lot of speed and passes from. As time went on, I needed a little more rear security in our Camaro, but overall it handled really well. We have the speed, which is the important part for us to build on. We got shuffled back a little on that final restart, which I think if that yellow hadn't come out Christopher Bell and I would have put on a really good finish for the fans. The good news is it's only February and they hand out the big trophy in November. If we keep bringing Camaros like this, we'll be in a good spot."
-Tyler Reddick

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Race Winner:  Christopher Bell of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Winner:  Christopher Bell of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner:  Christopher Bell of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-40):

● Earnhardt started eighth, finished seventh. Earned four bonus points.

● Earnhardt spun his tires at the start and fell to 15th, but worked his way back into the top-10 by lap eight.

● After rejoining the top-10, Earnhardt reported that his No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra was tight in the center of turns one and two.

● Pitted for four tires, fuel, an air pressure adjustment and tape on the grille at the conclusion of the stage.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 41-80):           

● Started fifth, finished fifth. Earned six bonus points.

● Picked up two spots during a restart on lap 48 and then settled into the fourth position until lap 71.

● Late in the run, Earnhardt’s No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra got tight from the center of turns one and two through the exit, and he slipped to fifth.

● Pitted for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment at the end of the stage.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 81-163): 

● Started fifth, finished sixth.

● Earnhardt ran in the top-five until lap 116.

● After reporting the iK9 Toyota Supra was still a bit tight through the center of the corner, Earnhardt pitted under green for four tires, fuel and a slight air pressure adjustment on lap 122.

● Earnhardt returned to the track in sixth place and advanced to fourth before the last caution of the day on lap 157.

● Earnhardt pitted for four tires and fuel under the caution and lined up on the outside of row one for the final restart.

● With less grip in the outside lane, Earnhardt spun his tires at the start as the inside line motored into turn one, dropping the iK9 Toyota Supra to sixth.

● Earnhardt took the checkered flag in sixth place to earn his first top-10 finish in the Xfinity Series.

 

Notes:                   

● Earnhardt’s sixth place finish was his best Xfinity Series result in 68 career starts, with his previous best being a 12th-place effort on Aug. 22, 2014 in the Food City 300 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.

● This was Earnhardt’s best career finish across 153 combined starts in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Gander Outdoors Truck Series. His previous best finish was seventh on Feb. 18, 2011 in the season-opening Truck Series race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

● Earnhardt started eighth in the Rinnai 250 after qualifying was canceled due to inclement weather and the field was set by owners’ points.

● Earnhardt scored 41 points in the Rinnai 250 to place the No. 18 team 10th in the championship owners’ standings.

● Earnhardt’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Christopher Bell swept all three stages of the Rinnai 250 to score his ninth career Xfinity Series victory, his first of the season and his first at Atlanta. 

● There were three caution periods for a total of 16 laps.

● Only 14 of the 37 drivers in the Rinnai 250 finished on the lead lap.

 

Jeffrey Earnhardt, driver of the No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra for Joe Gibbs Racing:        

“The only way to sum up today is awesome. Just to go and compete in a really good car like this is awesome. I hate we got stuck on the outside on that last restart. Restarts are really hard on the outside here and it seemed like everyone kind of struggled up there. Just couldn’t get the power to the ground. I had Brandon (Jones) push me, trying all he could do to get me going. These guys put a heck of a racecar underneath me and I was really looking forward to maybe winning this thing for iK9 and Joe Gibbs and all the fans that came out here to see us today. We came up short on the win, but we showed we belong here and we’re going to run up front the rest of the races.”

 

Next Up:               

The next event on the Xfinity Series schedule is the Boyd Gaming 300 on Saturday, March 2 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race starts at 4 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by FS1.

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

START: 10th

FINISH: 20th

POINTS: 12th

Notes & Quotes:—

-A late race incident and a penalty involving Nemechek resulted in a 20th-place finish for the GMS Racing team.

-Nemechek finished sixth in the first stage and 10th in the second stage of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Rianni 250 and collected a total of six stage points.

"It just wasn't our day. We lost some track position on pit road and then I spun out with only a few laps to go and we just couldn't recover from that. I'm proud of this GMS Racing team though. They worked really hard this weekend during practice to get the Fire Alarm Services Chevrolet where it needed to be in race trim. We will keep our heads up, regroup and focus on the west coast swing."

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Christopher Bell won Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Bell led all but just 20 laps in route to victory on Saturday afternoon.

For Toyota, this is their first victory with the for the Supra that they're using this season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

"First Supra win in the Xfinity Series, so that means a lot for me to be able to win the first one," Christopher Bell told Fox Sports.

Mist and foggy conditions would cancel qualifying, so the starting lineup would be set by points and Cole Custer would be awarded the pole position. Bell would pass Cole Custer on the first lap and he would remain in control of the lead for the entire fist stage.

Thanks to Bell's pit crew, a clean stop would give driver No. 20 the top spot for the start of the second stage and he would lead all but one lap as his Toyota would take control of the early part of the race.

Driver No. 20 would loose his lead during green flag pit stops but cycled back to the lead with 30 laps remaining. With just eight laps remaining, Bell would see his lead gap come to an end due to a caution. However, that didn't stop the Joe Gibbs Racing driver as he would go onto claim his first win of the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.

Rounding out the top five were Cole Custer in second, Justin Allgaier in third, Brandon Jones in fourth and Tyler Reddick in fifth.

Jeffery Earnhardt, the grandson of the late Dale Earnhardt, finished sixth for his first career top-ten finish. This year Earnhardt will run a partial deal with Joe Gibbs Racing.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will head to Las Vegas Motor Speedway next Saturday, March 24th for the running of the Boyd Gaming 300.

Stage 1 Winner: Christopher Bell

Stage 2 Winner: Christopher Bell

Race Winner: Christopher Bell

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