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NASCAR Xfinity Series rookie driver Joe Graf Jr. (@joegrafjr) will take advantage of an off week from Motorsports activity and participate in Friday’s Richard Childress Racing (RCR) Fan Day celebrating 50 years of racing at the organization’s Welcome, North Carolina campus on Oct. 25.
The day’s events are scheduled to include driver autograph sessions, pit stop demonstrations, interactive activities for children, panel-style question-and-answer sessions with key personnel and former crew chiefs, self-guided tours of the RCR Cup and Xfinity Series shop, hauler send-off and much more.
Fan Day parking will open at 8 a.m. ET, with autograph session wristband distribution set to being at 8:30 a.m. in the Kaulig Racing parking lot.
Graf Jr. recently completed his sophomore season in ARCA Menards Series competition where he netted his 13th top-10 finish of the season last weekend at Kansas Speedway.
In addition to ARCA, Graf Jr. has also run a part-time NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) schedule for Richard Childress Racing in 2019, including his most recent race at Richmond (Va.) Raceway last month where he earned an impressive 14th place finish aboard the No. 21 EAT SLEEP RACE Chevrolet Camaro.
He'll start the Fan Day off with an appearance on SiriusXM’s On-Track with Larry McReynolds and Danielle Trotta on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90 at 11:10 a.m. before participating in a variety of activities in the RCR Banquet Hall soon thereafter.
From 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Graf Jr. will also join a NASCAR Xfinity Series autograph session in the Richard Childress Racing museum with his RCR teammates.
“It’s very humbling to be a part of an awesome day at Richard Childress Racing,” said Graf Jr.
“It has been a very busy race season – but the opportunity to be a part of the Richard Childress Racing Fan Day is a great chance to mingle with a lot of race fans, families and most of all the employees that made my Xfinity Series season at Richard Childress Racing possible.
“I’m excited about Friday.”
You can let RCR know that you will be attending Fan Day, and be entered to win some cool prizes, by texting FAN to 770022. Fan Day begins at 8:00 a.m. ET.
Between race cars, Graf Jr. has equally been busy in the books with his second fall semester at New York University (NYU) underway where he is pursuing a degree in business, media and sports management.
Graf Jr. has 39 ARCA Menards Series starts to his credit with one win (Berlin (Mich.) Raceway, 2018), seven top-five and 21 top-10 finishes to his credit. Graf finished the 2019 season fifth in the championship standings driving the No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Chevrolet for Chad Bryant Racing.
In addition to his ARCA Menards Series presence, Graf Jr. made three NASCAR Xfinity Series starts for Richard Childress Racing this season earning a career-best 14th place finish at Richmond (Va.) Raceway aboard the No. 21 EAT SLEEP RACE Chevrolet Camaro.
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Team 08 JT Marina Chevrolet Camaro:
The weekend started off with a bit of a scare for the 08 team, as their driver Gray Gaulding was sidelined for both practice sessions on Friday due to health concerns. Thankfully Gaulding was cleared to participate on Saturday morning and would be good to go for the rest of the weekend behind the wheel of the No. 08 Chevy.
Gaulding ran a lap of 30.945 seconds which would put him starting the 200 lap race in the 19th position. The green flag waved and Gaulding began making his way forward. The first caution of the day waved on lap 4 after the engine of Ryan Truex expired. The remainder of the stage went caution free. After 45 laps Gaulding was in the 17th position.
Gaulding started the second stage from the 15th position. On lap 70 the third caution of the day waved after the 22 of Austin Cindric got into the back of Harrison Burton. The contact sent Burton spinning until the 18 car made hard contact with the outside wall. On lap 90 the green and white checkered flag signaled the conclusion of stage two with Gaulding in the 16th position.
The final stage started with the longest green flag run of the day. Gaulding was able to get into a comfortable rhythm and work his way inside the top-15. On lap 146 the fifth caution of the day waved after the 1 of Michael Annett made contact with the wall. With just 16 laps remaining caution waved yet again after a lapped car caused the two leaders to wreck while battling for the lead. After a 5 lap battle to end the race, Gaulding was able to fight his way to a 17th place finish. With just three races remaining in the 2019 season, Gray Gaulding currently sits 14th in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings and trails the No. 51 of Jeremy Clements by 3 points for the 13th position.
“P17! Not a bad day, We'll take it after having no practice and pretty much no track time this weekend. Just happy to be in the race car. Thanks to the fans, JT Marine, Panini, PURE, Worldwide Safety and everyone that supports our team. We'll see you for the next one and thanks for all the support guys!"
Bobby Dotter Thoughts on the 08 Team:
“It was definitely an eventful weekend for the 08 team to say the least. Overall, I am pleased with the performance from Gray and 08 guys today. We'll take a top 20 and get ready for the final three races of the year."
Team 07 Isokern Fireplaces & Chimneys Chevrolet Camaro:
Ray Black Jr. started off his weekend posting the 17th quickest time in the opening practice session on Friday afternoon. Black was really happy with the handling of his race car, so Crew Chief Jason Miller elected to sit out final practice.
Black would roll off from the 23rd position after posting a time of 31.276 seconds in qualifying. The first stage was relatively uneventful with the exception of a lap 4 caution for the No. 8 car of Ryan Truex. Black was able to advance to the 22nd position after 45 laps.
As stage two got underway, Black's objective was to be the first car one lap down. On lap 70 caution waved for the 18 car. Black was able to fight his way to the free pass position and would receive the lucky dog. The final 20 laps of the stage went caution free and Black was able to work his way up to the 17th position.
The final stage started with a long green flag run until caution waved on lap 146 to reset the field. Three more cautions would wave in the final stage of the race. Black was able to continually make his way forward despite the late drama that surrounded him. The final caution of the day allowed Black to receive the free pass and come back on the lead lap. After a 5 lap shootout to decide it all, Black was able to battle his way to a 14th place finish. With just three races remaining in the 2019 season, Ray Black Jr. currently sits 16th in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings and trails the No. 86 of Brandon Brown by 23 points for the 15th position.
Ray Black Jr:
“Awesome day for our 07 team! We had a great car and kept getting better throughout the race. We will take a top-15 and look to finish out these last three races as strong as possible. Thanks to Isokern Fireplaces & Chimneys for all their support this year!"
Bobby Dotter Thoughts on the 07 Team:
“Very proud of Ray and the 07 team this weekend. This team continues to get better throughout the race and does a great job of putting themselves in position late to capitalize. Awesome effort this weekend in Kansas!"
Both SS Green Light drivers were able to escape the mayheim in Kansas with respectable finishes inside the top twenty. Gray Gaulding and Ray Black Jr. are positioned 14th and 16th in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings. With only three races remaining in the 2019 season, the teams will have one final 'off week' before returning for the last three races of the season. Coverage of the 'O'Reilly Auto Parts 300' from Texas Motor Speedway will begin Saturday November 2nd at 8:30 PM ET on NBCSN.
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Tyler Reddick and the TAME the BEAST Team Capture Solid Second-Place Finish to Kick Off the Round of 8
"We're all trying to lock ourselves into Homestead, and we just came up one spot short today. Obviously, we would have rather won today and been done with it, but we'll now focus on Texas. Our No. 2 TAME the BEAST Chevrolet was just a little too loose all day and it seemed like it wouldn't tighten up no matter what we did, so that's something we'll have to work on. I'll talk to Cole (Custer) before the next race and we'll sort out our issues. Our emotions run high when everything is on the line like this and both of us have a lot to lose. If we take each other out of the race, neither one of us will make it to Homestead and we both deserve to be there."
Brandon Jones scored his first career NASCAR National Series victory on Saturday at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway. Jones, piloting the No. 19 Flow Toyota, started second on the leaderboard for the Kansas Lottery 300 and led only 10 laps of the event.
“This is incredible. I knew this was going to happen – that we were going to come here and have an amazing run like we did today,” said Jones after the race. It’s only because of those guys here. They have fought with me for a long time, and this feels way better because it has been tough to get to this point. I don’t think I could have done this without the manufacturer. I wish my parents were here. They have been through a bunch of wins with me. All-in-all, I cannot wait to celebrate with these guys.”
The win did not come easy for the Georgia native as he survived a late-race restart with five laps to go. Jones previously took the lead on a restart with 10 laps left after a wad of cars raced for the second position that allowed the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to advance the gap even further.
“I’m not going to lie about this. My foot was literally shaking on the accelerator on that last lap,” said Jones regarding the final laps of the race. “I’m not even sure if I was wide open at the time, when I was doing it. There was a lot of nerves. A lot of emotion going through my mind, but I saw it coming and got pretty pumped.”
Noah Gragson and Joey Gase had incidents in turn one that brought out the yellow flag with seven circuits to go. Gragson went on to finish 13th while Gase took home the 32nd spot.
Jones will leave Kansas with five top five and 14 top 10 finishes through 30 completed races.
Tyler Reddick sat second when the checkered flag waved while in the process of catching race winner Brandon Jones. Reddick, finishing stage one in fourth and stage two in third, was involved in a post-race scuffle with 11th place finisher and stage two winner Cole Custer after the race because of a move made on the track. The two exchanged words while putting hands on each other after the event on pit road.
The second-place finish in the Kansas Lottery 300 marks Reddick’s 22nd top five and 25th top 10 finish of 2019.
Chase Briscoe, leading 33 of the 200 circuits on Saturday, crossed the line in third. The driver of the No. 98 Ford sat seventh in stage one and fifth in stage two.
Michael Annett, who started 38th on the leaderboard, and Justin Allgaier, who started seventh, rounded out the top five.
Jeremy Clements, Justin Haley, John Hunter Nemechek, Ryan Sieg and Ross Chastain rounded out the top 10.
Several contenders were involved in incidents throughout the 200-lap event. The second yellow flag of the afternoon involved Austin Cindric and Harrison Burton in turn four. The incident ended the day for Burton while Cindric continued to a 25th-place finish.
On lap 164, John Hunter Nemechek ran into an issue in turn two. The No. 23 Chevrolet, after starting 15th on the leaderboard, went on to an eighth-place run.
On lap 185, with 15 laps remaining, leaders Chase Briscoe and Christopher Bell were involved in an incident with a lap car of Garrett Smithley on the frontstretch. Bell, winner of stage one, and Briscoe continued while Smithley went behind the wall following the three-car incident. Briscoe finished third while Bell finished the afternoon in 12th.
The series will take another weekend off before returning at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2nd. The O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 will take place at 8:30 p.m. ET. live on NBCSN.
Joey Gase and MBM Motorsports are thrilled to announce theirpartnership with Page Construction and KC Exotic Driving Experiences this weekend at Kansas Speedway17 Oct 2019 Written by Speedway Digest Staff
This weekend Gase will be teaming up with the Kansas based Page Construction Company as a primary sponsor and KC Exotic Driving Experiences as an associate for the Kansas Lottery 300. "We're extremely excited to have Page Construction and KC Exotic Driving Experience on board with us this weekend," said Gase. "Both are great companies based right here in KC with even better people. If anyone has ever wanted a chance to drive an exotic car like a Lamborghini through Kansas City, KC Exotics can make that a reality for them without breaking the bank.”
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Harrison Burton to Pilot No. 20 Dex Imaging Toyota Supra Beginning with the 2020 Xfinity Series Season17 Oct 2019 Written by Speedway Digest Staff
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that Harrison Burton will make the move to fulltime Xfinity Series driver in 2020 competing in the No. 20 Dex Imaging Toyota Supra. Burton will also contend for the 2020 Rookie of the Year honors.
Burton made his Xfinity Series debut at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 6, 2019 and competed in a limited schedule throughout the season sharing the No. 18 Supra with fellow JGR drivers Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Riley Herbst. With six Xfinity Series races to his credit, Burton recorded a career-best finish of fourth at Iowa Speedway on June 16 in just his second-career start in the series. Burton has two more opportunities this season to earn his first win in the series before turning his attention to the full season in 2020 and contending for the 2020 Xfinity Series championship.
“Next year is going to be a really cool opportunity for me because I grew up watching my dad race in the Xfinity Series, said Burton. “Making my first start at Bristol this year was really surreal. I remember being a little kid and watching him race there and now, I will have the opportunity to compete for the Xfinity Series championship next year. On top of that I’ve got Dex Imaging continuing their support of me for a majority of races next season. That’s really cool because I’ve had them as a sponsor since I was 13 and to bring them from pro-late models all the way to the Xfinity Series is pretty wild. I want to finish this season strong, but I’m excited to get 2020 started. My time with JGR this season will really help me because I’ve already gotten to know so many people there and it’s such a great team and organization. They have a long history of helping to develop drivers and this is big for the next step in my career.”
Looking to continue building their relationship with Burton, Dex Imaging will move with Burton to JGR as his primary partner on the No. 20 Supra.
“Dex Imaging has been a supporter of Harrison’s since he was 13 years old,” said Dan Doyle, CEO of Dex Imaging. “We are extremely excited to continue our relationship as he continues his advancement in the sport.”
Burton is currently running fulltime in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series (NGOTS) for Kyle Busch Motorsports where he has earned seven top-five and 10 top-10 finishes with three races remaining this season. With 35-career starts in the NGOTS, Burton has 11 career top-five and 17 top-10 finishes. Burton has also made 33-career starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East putting together an impressive 2017 season in which he earned five wins, 12 top-five finishes and finished inside the top seven for each of the season’s 14 races.
“As Harrison (Burton) moves up to the next level of his career, we’re happy to have him join JGR fulltime and go behind the wheel of the No. 20 Supra,” said Steve DeSouza, Executive Vice President of Xfinity Series and Development for Joe Gibbs Racing. “Harrison has continued to show progress this season in his limited starts and I know that will only continue to develop with more seat time while contending for the Xfinity Series championship.”
Crew chief for the No. 20 Toyota Supra will be announced at a later date.
Bilicki partners with Furniture Mall of Kansas and joins BJ McLeod Motorsports for remainder of 2019 NASCAR Xfinity season16 Oct 2019 Written by Speedway Digest Staff
Josh Bilicki will join BJ McLeod Motorsports for the remaining races of the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season. Joining Bilicki and the team this weekend at Kansas Speedway will be Furniture Mall of Kansas, a furniture super store located in Topeka, KS and Olathe, KS.
The Furniture Mall of Kansas opened in the Fall of 2013 and consists of five stores: Discovery Furniture, RoomMakers, Marling’s Furniture, Mattress Headquarters, and Flooring Headquarters. The Furniture Mall of Kansas is owned and operated by the Winter Family, who have been in the home furnishings business since 1933. The goal of Furniture Mall of Kansas is to give customers both the small store feel and the big store selection to help them create a more beautiful and comfortable home.
For Bilicki, the move to BJ McLeod Motorsports comes after running the majority of the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season with RSS Racing. Bilicki drove for BJ Mcleod Motorsports at five races in the 2017 season, with the best finish of 12th at Road America.
Bilicki driving the #8 Chevrolet Camaro for BJ McLeod at Road America in 2017. “I’m very appreciative for everything that the Sieg family and the RSS Racing team has done for me this season,” says Bilicki. “Without them, there are many weekends that I would have spent watching at home instead of being at the race track. There is a lot of business that goes on behind the scenes of this sport that most people don’t see. I work very hard and have the goal of competing full time in 2020. I’ve driven for BJ McLeod in the past and have watched his team grow over the last few seasons. We work well together and I believe that this move will help better position things for the 2020 season.”
Josh Bilicki will be at the Furniture Mall of Kansas in Olathe, KS on Thursday, October 17th from 6:00PM - 8:00PM CT to sign autographs and meet NASCAR fans.
The Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19th at 2:00PM CT. It will be televised on NBC.
To learn more about the Furniture Mall of Kansas, please visit https://www.furnituremallofkansas.com/.
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Ross Chastain has made a name for himself by consistently exceeding expectations - winning NASCAR races and challenging for the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship even though he began the season with uncertainty about his future. The hard work and determination has paid off.
On Tuesday, the Kaulig Racing organization formally announced Chastain will turn what’s been a part-time gig with the team into a fulltime position piloting the No. 10 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2020 - teaming up with team’s current fulltime driver Justin Haley. It’s exactly the kind of big break the 26-year old Floridian has been working toward.
“Two of the most important things in my life are agriculture and racing," Chastain said. “Matt (Kaulig), Chris (Rice) and all of Kaulig Racing gave me the opportunity to race this year when I really wasn’t sure I would ever get another winning opportunity in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and we won," Chastain said of the team’s owner (Kaulig) and president (Rice).
“Now, next year, we get to try to win more races and also compete for the championship."
In announcing the news Chastain was exceedingly grateful for the chance to capitalize on a successful part-time effort. He’s already earned a victory for the team in the July Xfinity race at Daytona International Speedway driving the No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet.
Chastain was on a national media teleconference Tuesday – his first - to reveal his big career news and joked “this is high level stuff here." He acknowledged he had discussions with multiple teams about a fulltime job, but said the Kaulig opportunity is what felt right.
“There’s been some decisions in my career a lot of people may have questioned, but at the end of the day I can sleep at night knowing I made the final decision," Chastain said. “This was right for me."
Chastain has competed in all three of NASCAR’s national series this year. He’s bookended 30 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts this year with a season best 10th place in the season-opening Daytona 500 and a 12th place at Talladega, Ala. just this Monday.
He has the victory with Kaulig Racing in the Xfinity Series and is a three-time winner in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series where’s contending for his first championship.
“I will race anything I can get my hands on," he said, confirming he would remain open to competing in more than one series.
Being able to both secure the job at Kaulig and announce it before the season’s finished is a big deal for Chastain, who had originally been hired to drive in the Xfinity Series for Chip Ganassi Racing only to have the sponsorship fall through before the season’s first green flag.
Since then he’s declared himself championship eligible in the truck series and many consider him a favorite to earn the title. And in between those races he will make starts at Kansas Speedway this weekend in the Xfinity Series and again at Texas Motor Speedway in November.
“Getting up and fighting every day is what kept me going 10 months ago," Chastain said, adding, “The people that stuck with me back then, which was a big group, they told me it would be okay and it was."