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Xtreme Concepts (XCI) Racing has bolstered its executive team with the addition of Jennifer Yohe as president and chief business development officer. Yohe will lead day-to-day business operations as well as brand strategy and partnership development for XCI Racing, which made its NASCAR debut in the March 30 Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, finishing eighth with driver Jeffrey Earnhardt.

 

Yohe joins XCI Racing after 11 years at Comcast Cable where she was senior vice president of procurement. In that role, Yohe managed the procurement team and its agreements and relationships. She also oversaw business-to-business development across Comcast and its partners, including NBC and Spectacor. It was this aspect of her work where Yohe became immersed in NASCAR as she managed Comcast’s relationships with industry partners and teams.

 

“Jennifer has been a key player in Xtreme Concepts’ entry into NASCAR and we’re proud to have her part of our leadership as we build a competitive NASCAR team,” said Landon Ash, owner, XCI Racing. “Jennifer’s relationships in the sport have made our alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing even stronger, allowing for more inroads with prospective partners. As a new organization, it’s important we make the right decisions at the right time. Jennifer’s experience in leadership and business development, along with her understanding of motorsports, gives XCI Racing the necessary depth to succeed in partnership development.”

 

Prior to her time at Comcast Cable, Yohe worked with Time Warner Cable, starting out as a business operations manager in 2001 and eventually becoming the organization’s vice president of business affairs in 2007. Recognized for her strong business leadership and procurement success, Yohe was named by CableFAX: The Magazine as one of the Most Powerful Women in Cable eight straight times between 2011-2018 and was the 2012 SCTE•ISBE Women in Technology award winner.

 

“I am thrilled to join XCI Racing as they grow their motorsports presence,” said Yohe, who throughout her time in the cable telecommunications industry served as a business advisor to several NASCAR teams. “XCI Racing has already taken the right steps in partnering with top organizations while simultaneously committing to develop the future of the sport through its relationships with drivers Jeffrey Earnhardt and Hailie Deegan. I look forward to broadening XCI Racing’s relationships within the sport and garnering new business opportunities that will prepare the team for long-term success.”

 

XCI Racing makes its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway with Earnhardt piloting the No. 81 Toyota Camry. The team will return to Talladega in October for its second NASCAR Cup Series race, but in between XCI Racing will compete in four Xfinity Series races with Earnhardt: June 29 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, July 5 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Aug. 16 Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and Aug. 31 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

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Richard Childress Racing welcomes Joe Graf Jr. to its NASCAR Xfinity Series program, as well as its marketing and communications team. Graf Jr., who will pilot the No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro in select races this year, is a freshman at New York University. He will also learn the business side of the sport by serving as a marketing and communications intern for the team. The 20-year-old's first race will be at Michigan International Speedway this June.
 
"This is an amazing opportunity that wouldn't be possible without NYU and RCR working together," said Joe Graf Jr. "For my internship to be with one of the most recognizable teams in NASCAR is unbelievable. To then think that I will also have the opportunity to drive the No. 21 car is really exciting." 
 
"I am pumped for the opportunity to learn all facets of this business," continued Graf Jr. "From inside the cockpit to the corporate office. The quality of the RCR organization speaks for itself, especially celebrating their 50th anniversary this season. I am eager to learn, contribute and compete."
 
While racing for RCR this season, Graf Jr. will also have the chance to learn the science of racing, by spending behind-the-scenes time with the competition and engineering teams. Graf Jr. will have the opportunity to attend competition meetings and debriefs, get simulator time, and assist with pit stop practice.
 
"We're happy to have Joe joining us in such a unique developmental role as a driver and intern," said Torrey Galida, President of RCR. "It's not often that drivers get the opportunity to learn both in and out of the race car, and we hope that's what Joe is able to do with his dual role here. It's very helpful for drivers to understand the technical and business side of the sport, and Joe gets that. We're confident he's going to be successful both on and off the track for RCR."
 
Graf Jr. is currently competing full-time in the ARCA Menards Series, and will balance his internship and starts with RCR with his current race schedule. During his 2018 debut season in ARCA, the Mahwah, New Jersey native secured one win, six top-five and eight top-10 finishes, including the closest finish in ARCA Series history when he placed second at Talladega Superspeedway in a statistical tie.
 
Prior to racing in ARCA, Graf Jr. competed in the NASCAR Modified Series and was named the Rookie of the Year at Stafford Motor Speedway. The current NYU student, who began racing in bandolero cars at age nine, also has recorded over 50 wins in the INEX Legends Car Series and multiple track championships.
 
For additional information on today's announcement, and all that's happening at RCR, please visit rcrracing.com.
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After providing a unique entertainment experience to more than 2.6 million viewers last season, Comcast is teaming up with FOX Sports, NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Daniel Hemric to take part in the second version of “Watch Us Watch NASCAR,” a live event hosted on the Xfinity Twitter account (@Xfinity) in conjunction with the FS1 NASCAR Xfinity Series race broadcast at Dover International Speedway on Saturday, May 4 at 1:30 p.m. ET.
The “Watch Us Watch NASCAR” program was created with the purpose of bringing NASCAR fans and the general population a complementary second-screen experience to NASCAR Xfinity Series race broadcasts, while also creating a method of social media engagement. Fans will remember the introductory installment of the production taking place for the 2018 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course’s NASCAR Xfinity Series broadcast featuring Dale Earnhardt Jr. and NASCAR on NBC team members that garnered 2.6 million viewers in a 48-hour window.
“At Comcast, we’re committed to finding ways to bring NASCAR fans closer to the sport than ever before,” said Matt Lederer, Comcast’s Vice President for Brand Partnerships. “The Watch Us Watch NASCAR program not only enhances the NASCAR Xfinity Series fan’s experience watching the race, but it also creates a unique platform to showcase NASCAR to new viewers in a casual format.”
Confirmed to join Gordon (@JeffGordonWeb) and Hemric (@DanielHemric) for the Twitter Live broadcast are NASCAR on FOX pit road reporter Jamie Little (@JamieLittleTV), pit reporter and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series play-by-play announcer Vince Welch (@VinceWelch) and FOX NASCAR reporter, Alan Cavanna (@CopaCavanna). Similar to last year’s event, fans are able to watch the crew commentate on the race in real-time while viewing the race broadcast on FS1 and are also encouraged to submit questions and interact on social media via the Twitter hashtag #WatchUsWatchNASCAR.
As an added bonus, the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion, William Byron, is also planning to make special guest appearance during the 200-lap event as well as other potential surprise guests.
As part of this year’s “Watch Us Watch NASCAR,” viewers will also experience the final race of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash. Dash 4 Cash, a race within a race exclusive to the NASCAR Xfinity Series, awards the best finishing driver of the four contenders an additional $100,000 bonus. The four Dash 4 Cash contenders qualify based on their finishes this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.
The Twitter Live broadcast will kick off from the @Xfinity Twitter account in conjunction with beginning of FS1’s NASCAR Xfinity Series live coverage from Dover International Speedway on Saturday, May 4 at 1:30 p.m. ET.
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MBM Motorsports is proud to welcome back Max Tullman who will drive the #42 Toyota Supra at Talladega Superspeedway for the upcoming NASCAR Xfinity Series, ‘Money Lion 300’. Joining Tullman as primary sponsor is Top Tier, a college-based clothing company.

This will be Tullman’s second race of 2019. He competed in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway in February where he finished in the 28th position.

“I can’t wait to get to Talladega! We have put in a lot of hard work to make this race happen and every minute spent has been well worth it. I am really looking forward to getting back on track especially in Dega. I can’t thank Carl Long, everyone at MBM Motorsports and Top Tier enough for coming on board. I am going to do my best to get us all a good finish that we can all be proud of!” – Max Tullman

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Joey Gase is racing in the MoneyLion 300 at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, April 27th, 12 p.m.

Gase’s mother, Mary, died suddenly of a brain aneurysm in April 2011. Just 18 at the time, Joey made the courageous decision to donate her organs and since then he has become a huge advocate for organ donation. Joey will be driving in the April 27th, MoneyLion 300. The Donate Life Alabama logo will be prominently displayed on the hood and a picture of Jonathan “Mr. NASCAR” Merritt, an organ, eye and tissue donor, will be pictured on the TV Panel of the Donate Life AL Car. Merritt’s family will be attending the race on Saturday, April 27th, cheering on the Donate Life Alabama car, knowing that John’s tragic death helped others through organ, eye and tissue donation.

Jonathan “Mr. NASCAR” Merritt was a race car driver himself and raced at many tracks including the Talladega Short Track. Merritt was a generous, loving family man who would give you the shirt off his back and his last dollar to someone in need. He always helped everyone!! It is not surprising that Merritt’s family made the generous decision to donate after he was killed in a tragic accident since organ, eye and tissue donation was in keeping with how he lived his life. “John had a sweet heart of gold and a genuine soul. You never saw him without a smile!! He adored his racing, but always made sure his family was his number one priority,” states Merritt’s family.

Jonathan "Mr. NASCAR" Merritt

Back of Gase's Toyota Supra for Saturday's MoneyLion 300 at Talladega Superspeedway Join us for a car signing event -

Get Your Name On!

DATE: Thursday, April 25th

TIME: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: UAB Women and Infants Center, 2nd Floor Atrium

DETAILS: Come by, meet Joey and sign your name to a handprint that will be placed on the Hood of the Donate Life AL car for the MoneyLion300 this Saturday.

You can register your decision to make LIFE possible and be an organ, eye and tissue donor at www.LegacyofHope.org.

Approximately 56% of the U.S. adult population is registered organ, eye and tissue donors, 35% percent in Alabama. Yet the number of people in need of transplants continues to outpace the number of organs donated. Nearly 114,000* people are waiting for a transplant and a second chance at life. On average, 20 people die each day because the organ they need is not donated in time. That is almost one person dying every hour.

Registering your decision to become a donor is the most effective way to save lives through donation and is a sign of support to those who continue to wait.

*Data from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) as of April 22, 2019

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RSS Racing is thrilled to welcome multiple sponsors to the team as the NASCAR XFINITY Series hits the track in Talladega this weekend.

The flagship car driven by Ryan Sieg will be sponsored by Alabama Soda & Abrasive Blasting. This will be the third year the company has joined the #39 team. Sieg, is having a career year and currently sits 9th in the standings following a top 5 finish at Richmond.

The #93 entry will be driven by Josh Bilick after Brandon Brown filled the seat the last race at Richmond. The car will be sponsored by CMR Construction & Roofing. CMR was a sponsor of the #39 car at Texas earlier this season and will join the team for additional races this season. The #93 car will have major associate sponsors in Roofing Brand, Roser, and Eco Chief.

The #38 entry for RSS Racing will be piloted by veteran Jeff Green. The car will carry sponsorship from C2 Freight Resources. C2 Freight was a sponsor for Green at Daytona earlier this season where he finished 7th in the opening race.

The 113-lap race at the super-speedway in Alabama will take place this Saturday at 1pm ET on Fox Sports 1. Teams will have the chance to dial in their cars with two practices sessions Friday before qualifying Saturday morning.

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Utah-based Pit Viper Sunglasses (Pit Viper) will serve as the primary sponsor for Vinnie Miller in the No. 78 BJ McLeod Motorsports NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) Toyota Supra at Talladega Superspeedway.

Pit Viper has enjoyed a personal service relationship with Miller since his 2018 NXS rookie season. The partnership has evolved into sponsorship for the Saturday, April 27 MoneyLion 300, based upon the BJ McLeod Motorsports team’s support of the brand each weekend.

“I can’t thank Chuck Mumford (co-founder, Pit Viper) enough for jumping onboard to sponsor this No. 78 BJ McLeod Motorsports team in Talladega,” Vinnie Miller said. “We started a relationship last year where I’d wear the product to the track each weekend. They had activated at ISM Raceway in the fall where I was able to get to know them all and there was an immediate connection.

“Pit Viper represents sunglasses that can take a beating, having fun and not taking you self too seriously – I fit in that category pretty much every day, so it is a perfect fit. Hopefully, we will be able to have a great finish at Talladega for Chuck, Pit Viper Sunglasses and everyone that demands respect and authority.”

“Pit Viper is fully charged to announce our support for Vinnie Miller & BJ McLeod Motorsports,” Chuck Mumford, co-founder Pit Viper Sunglasses said. “We noticed Vinnie wearing our sunglasses around the track and immediately knew he was a Key Player. After getting to know Vinnie at the ISM Raceway in 2018, we have decided to support the underdog and bring him on. We’ve chosen Talladega for its legendary race history and fans as the race to announce our partnership with Vinnie Miller and BJ McLeod Motorsports. Talladega, let’s party!”

The MoneyLion 300 from Talladega Superspeedway is slated for Saturday, April 27. Live broadcast will live on Fox beginning at 1:30pm EST.

For more information on Vinnie Miller and BJ McLeod Motorsports visit www.vinniemillerracing.com / www.bjmcleodmotorsports.com

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Last Friday night, the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) made its first trip of the year to Richmond Raceway, a ¾ mile short track right in the heart of Richmond, Virginia, for the running of the ToyotaCare 250 under the lights.

Being that this was the first night race of the year, held at one of the series’ best short tracks on the schedule, the teams expected nothing less than a night filled with excitement and drama. Thankfully, after battling rain all throughout the day, the race was able to get through with no delays, despite Qualifying being rained out earlier in the afternoon.

Ross Chastain and the No. 4 Flex Seal crew went into the weekend knowing that they had some ground to make up in the points standings after getting taken out with a lapped car early on last race in Bristol. Their goal was to have an incident-free night, and after struggling to find speed in practice, veteran crew chief Paul Clapprood decided to make a “Hail Mary” call and make huge changes to the racecar before Qualifying.

Since they ended up having to start the field based on Owner’s Points, Ross would start the race on these changes with no laps or prior knowledge on hand, from the 15th position. From there, he quickly jumped up to the 10th-12th position, and knew that the changes were the right call. The 4 team stayed competitive throughout the race, and had a shot at earning his second Top 10 finish of the season, until getting knocked out of the way on the last lap. They had to settle for 11th that night, but the crew was able to accomplish what they came to do. Ross currently sits 13th in the standings, 32 points back from the Playoff cutoff line.

Stephen Leicht entered the weekend with high hopes as well, after getting some last-minute sponsorship from PG Tech secured the team with some valuable funding for the short track. A veteran of the old ASA late model series, Stephen grew up cutting his teeth on the bullrings of the Southeast, so Richmond fell perfectly within his wheelhouse. The 01 team was fast in practice, posting a lap good enough for 9th place overall. Unfortunately, they never got to show the speed in Qualifying, and were forced to start all the way back in the 31st position.

Leicht and company knew they were going to have to fight an uphill battle starting that far back, but they are never ones to back down from a challenge. As soon as the green flag dropped, they started picking up positions right away. By the end of Stage 1, they had made it into the Top 20. From there, they fought up near the Top 15 for the remainder of the race, before ultimately coming home with a 18th place finish. This is Stephen’s best finish of the season, and he hopes to keep the momentum rolling heading into Talladega. He currently sits in 27th position in points, just 1 back from the Top 25.

Garrett Smithley, driver of the No. 0 Chevrolet Camaro, came into Richmond looking to build on his short track momentum from a 22nd place finish last time out in Bristol. The #NumberNuthin crew started the night off from 20th on the grid, and raced at around the 18th-25th positions all night. Smithley was able to take advantage of the wave around at one point, helping him stay on the lead lap for the remainder of the race.

When it came down to crunch time, the No. 0 team shined late in the going with a great pitstop, getting Smithley into the Top 20 with few laps remaining. From there, he fought hard with JDM teammate Stephen Leicht for the rest of the race, where he rounded out with a 19th place finish to end the night. Garrett still sits in 18th place in points, just 1 point back of 17th heading into Talladega.

One driver who couldn’t wait to get to Richmond was Tyler Matthews, who made his NXS debut driving the No. 15 Linetec Services Camaro usually driven by BJ McLeod. Matthews, who has three previous NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series starts to his name, entered into Richmond as cool as could be, not nervous at all like one would expect.

Tyler used the night as a learning experience, something to put in the memory bank for the future. The #15Machine crew’s goals were to finish the race in one piece and gain as much experience as possible, and they were able to accomplish just that. The stat books will show a 24th place finish for Matthews, not a bad first start at all. The next time he will be in the 15 will be at Iowa Speedway on June 16th, with BJ returning to the seat next race at Talladega.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, April 27th for the running of the Money Lion 300. Always known as a track filled with exciting racing and dangerously close quarters, Talladega never disappoints. Fans can watch live coverage of the race on FS1 or listen along on MRN radio. Be sure to tune in to see the JD Motorsports drivers take on the task of restrictor plate racing from the series’ biggest oval on the circuit. For all things JD Motorsports, follow along on our social media pages @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM

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For the fourth-consecutive year, Comcast, Pocono Raceway and Dover International Speedway are coming together to bring NASCAR to the city of Philadelphia on Tuesday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 15. The NASCAR Xfinity Series Philadelphia Takeover will bring 18 drivers to the city to greet fans and promote the upcoming Pocono Green 250 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro & Sons (June 1 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) in the Philadelphia market.
“Comcast’s involvement in the NASCAR Xfinity Series is something we’re very proud of and this celebration is the perfect opportunity to showcase the partnership in a great race town like Philadelphia,” said Matt Lederer, Comcast’s Vice President for Brand Partnerships. “Xfinity is focused on giving awesome entertainment experiences and access to passionate fans and loyal Xfinity customers at the race track. This event will provide those same VIP experiences, all while introducing new people to the sport and driving awareness of the Pocono and Dover NASCAR race weekends.”
Festivities will kick off on Tuesday, May 14 with NASCAR Xfinity Series driver, Justin Allgaier, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the Philadelphia Phillies MLB game against the Milwaukee Brewers (7:05 p.m. ET). On Wednesday, May 15, events featuring the 18 NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers will take place throughout the city with the Comcast Center Plaza acting as the hub for race fans.
Beginning at 10:45 a.m. ET on Wednesday, May 15, the Mayor of Philadelphia, Jim Kenney, will welcome fans to a special event on the Comcast Center Plaza with executives from Pocono, Dover, NASCAR and Comcast. Immediately following the opening remarks, a military appreciation ceremony will take place in front of friends, family, fans and NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers before the fan autograph session prior to the start of the parade. Interactive fan displays will also be setup at the Comcast Center Plaza for the public to enjoy.
A group of NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers will also branch off to explore “The City of Brotherly Love” through various events including the Franklin Institute for a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)-focused Q&A session and Geno’s Steaks in South Philadelphia to enjoy an authentic Philly cheesesteak experience.
The highlight of the day will come at 12 p.m. ET as some of the drivers will strap into their 700hp race cars for a parade and “smoke show burnout” on JFK Boulevard, around Philadelphia City Hall to Market Street, returning to the Comcast Center.
“What Comcast does for our series is really second to none,” said driver Justin Allgaier. “The time and effort that they, along with Dover and Pocono, put in to make the Philadelphia Takeover happen is incredible and it just keeps getting better every year. The energy and excitement of everyone in the city when we drive through the streets is insane. It’s just a fun event. I can’t wait to get back there next month.”
The 18 NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers scheduled to be in attendance are: Justin Allgaier, Christopher Bell, Chase Briscoe, Brandon Brown, Austin Cindric, Cole Custer, Chad Finchum, Joey Gase, Gray Gaulding, Noah Gragson, Kaz Grala, Justin Haley, Brandon Jones, Vinnie Miller, Matt Mills, John Hunter Nemechek, Tyler Reddick and Zane Smith.
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