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Xtreme Concepts Inc., a worldwide leader in turnkey security solutions, is augmenting its existing sponsorship of Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) by forming an alliance with the team that will see Xtreme Concepts Racing (XCI Racing) field its own racecars in two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races and five NASCAR Xfinity Series races in 2019.

 

Jeffrey Earnhardt will drive XCI Racing’s No. 81 Toyota in both series, with the team’s debut coming March 30 in the Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. The event will serve as a precursor to XCI Racing’s NASCAR Cup Series debut when it unloads for the April 28 race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

 

XCI Racing will return to the Xfinity Series June 29 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, July 5 at Daytona International Speedway, Aug. 16 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and Aug. 31 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

 

XCI Racing will finish its maiden season Oct. 13 in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega.

 

“We are taking a very deliberate and methodical approach to becoming a NASCAR team,” said Landon Ash, founder of Birmingham, Alabama-based Xtreme Concepts and owner of XCI Racing. “Having a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing makes the learning curve a little less steep and allows us to field competitive racecars right out of the gate.

 

“Our ultimate goal is to become a fulltime team in the NASCAR Cup Series. We’ll take what we learn this season and apply it to next season. We plan to grow incrementally, and our alliance with JGR will be a key component of that growth.

 

“As we build the competition side of our race team, we’re also building a strong marketing platform for our brands, most notably iK9, a comprehensive canine solutions provider for detection and service dogs. iK9 will be the lead brand on the No. 81 Toyota in both series. Jeffrey Earnhardt has been an excellent representative for Xtreme Concepts and iK9, and through this endeavor with Joe Gibbs Racing, we plan to grow together.”

 

JGR is one of the premier organizations in NASCAR with four NASCAR Cup Series teams, three Xfinity Series teams and a driver development program. Its depth of resources will allow XCI Racing to run competitively and build for the future.

 

“JGR prides itself on delivering performance, not just for us, but for our partners,” said Coy Gibbs, Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, JGR. “Having a new team in XCI Racing is great for our sport, and all of us at JGR are committed to ensuring its success.”

 

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Davis’s efforts for Daytona will continue to be supported by ALLPRO and Tower Sealants. ALLPRO Corporation is a business-to-business purchasing cooperative comprised of a network of independently owned paint and decorating product retailers.

They serve over 280 such member retailers who represent approximately 1,400 storefronts located throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and parts of Europe.

Tower Sealants is a manufacturer of top-quality caulks and sealants. With the strong financial backing of M-D Building Products, Tower Sealants started construction of its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in September of 2005 and opened for business March 1, 2006.

“This is great exposure for our sponsors, especially on a national platform,” added Davis. “We kept ourselves near the front at the end of the K&N race – but hopefully we can qualify our No. 82 ALLPRO | Tower Sealants Ford near the front and stay in the hunt for all 100 laps.”

The Dawsonville, Ga. native will attempt to make his sixth NGOTS start on Friday night and is eager to duplicate his seventh-place outing with Kyle Busch Motorsports from last February.

“It’s going to be a tall task to duplicate what we did last year,” added Davis. “It’s a much more competitive field this year compared to last – but we’re staying positive and have a plan of attack. Mark (Rette) is super smart when it comes to setup and strategy. Once we get into this race, it will be all about avoiding the “Big One” and just being around in the end when it counts most.”

Crew chief and co truck-owner Mark Rette knows Daytona is always a tough challenge – but a task he knows they can conquer.

“We’re ready and we’ll go there and give nothing less than 100 percent,” added Rette. “We did OK at New Smyrna. It was a solid start to the year – I think we just got a little behind as far as track position. As for Daytona, it’s another beast.

“It’s going to be a close race to make on speed and we gotta be in the top-27. We’ll just see what happens. We have a dedicated bunch, a talented driver and great partners like ALLPRO and Tower Sealants, hopefully, all those mixed together can bring a good result on Friday night.”

In addition to ALLPRO and Tower Sealants serving as the title marketing partners for the opening round of the season, Rette Jones Racing also welcomes Horton Ave. Materials, Jones Group Demolition and Abatement, Ford Performance, JRI Shocks, Huntilar Corp. and Goodridge Fluid Transfer Systems as associate marketing partners for Friday night’s anticipated thriller.

RJR is co-owned by Canadian entrepreneur and former race car driver Terry Jones.

In 33 career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts, Davis has earned one victory (Dominion (Va.) Raceway 2016), two poles, achieved 14 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes. He has also 224 laps led in event competition.

Davis, 20, also has five NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) starts to his credit – all in 2018 driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM). He earned two top-10 finishes including a career-best of seventh in his series’ debut at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

The NextEra Energy Resources 250 (100 laps | 250 miles) is the first of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs, Feb. 14 from 2:35 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. A final practice session is set for 4:35 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., Feb. 15 beginning at 4:40 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90).

For more information on Spencer Davis, please check out his Facebook page (Spencer Davis Racing) or on Instagram @spencerdavis_29.

Davis tweets too. Follow him @SpencerDavis_29.

The latest on Rette Jones Racing is available at RetteJonesRacing.com, the team’s Facebook page or Twitter @RetteJones30.

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Sparrow Ranch on the Island is teaming up with JD Motorsports with Gary Keller in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Sparrow Ranch, a non-profit 501(c)(3) Christ centered ministry for those with special needs and their families, will appear as an associate partner on all four JD Motorsports Chevrolets in the season opening NASCAR Xfinity Series race this Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.
 
“This is such a huge blessing,” said Sparrow Ranch founder Ricky Teal. “Annie Fritz, our racing outreach coordinator, introduced me to Johnny Davis about this time last year and we have spoken off and on several times since then. I have been drawn to Johnny’s life story from day one. I really can’t explain it, but on Tuesday night Johnny sent me a text to tell me that our foundation would be on all four of his cars at Daytona and by 5 p.m. the next day his PR team was sending me photos of each car.
 
“Honestly I had tears in my eyes as I saw the photos. I am very thankful for what JD Motorsports has done for me and my friends with special needs. We hope that the values that Sparrow Ranch are built on can bring a positive effect to JD Motorsports and be a beacon of light to the broken hearted and less fortunate.”
 
This is the second racing related partnership announcement by Sparrow Ranch in the last week. The ministry recently partnered with All Out Motorsports to promote RUN THE RACE, an inspirational family film, on the No. 7 Toyota that will be driven by Korbin Forrister in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series opener on Friday at Daytona International Speedway.
 
“I feel so fortunate to have connected with two awesome teams that see value in the work the Lord has led us to do,” Teal said. “We were also able to bring along the movie RUN THE RACE on board for this deal for Daytona with JD Motorsports. I believe in this movie with all my heart and I feel it has the potential to reach the world with a positive message and I hope by this exposure through NASCAR will encourage people to go to theaters on Feb. 22 to see this amazing movie that was executive produced by Tim and Robby Tebow.”
 
JD Motorsports will be represented by Scott Lagasse Jr. in the No. 4 Chevrolet, Garrett Smithley in the No. 0 Chevrolet, Stephen Leicht in the No. 01 Chevrolet and B.J. McLeod in the No. 15 Chevrolet this Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. For more information about JD Motorsports, visit www.teamjdmotorsports.com.
 
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When reigning MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES champion Joey Logano removes his FOX Sports headset after calling Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY SERIES season opener at Daytona, he’ll hand it off to seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson.

Johnson calls his first race for FOX Sports as a guest driver analyst on Saturday, Feb. 23 (2:00 PM ET on FS1) at Atlanta. Johnson, however, has a drafting partner in his maiden trip to the FOX NASCAR broadcast booth, as 2014 champion Kevin Harvick assumes the lead analyst role alongside play-by-play announcer Adam Alexander.

Harvick’s broadcast dance card expands this season with the addition of lead analyst duties for seven Xfinity Series races. For the races in which Harvick is lead analyst, he pairs with a rotation of Cup Series drivers moonlighting as guest analysts, while FOX NASCAR analyst Michael Waltrip helps anchor FOX Sports’ coverage from the Virtual Studio in Charlotte.

“I’ve enjoyed calling NASCAR Xfinity Series races for FOX Sports more than I ever imagined I would, so I am looking forward to adding even more this year,” Harvick said. “I’ve made no secret of the fact I can see broadcasting in my future after racing, so this is a cool opportunity to branch out as the lead analyst and perhaps even offer some pointers to other drivers calling the races with me.”

“I’m excited to come in and see the race from a different vantage point,” Johnson said. “I’ve been a big fan of Kevin’s work in the booth and feel like we’re going to have a great time and add a lot of detail to the race, so I’m excited to have that opportunity in Atlanta.”

Seven-time champion and crew chief for William Byron, Chad Knaus, makes his FOX Sports race broadcast debut at Talladega alongside Alexander and Harvick, while Bubba Wallace makes his inaugural analyst appearance at Michigan after making his pit road debut during last year’s FOX Sports “Drivers Only” broadcast.

In addition to Logano, Johnson and Wallace, 2012 champ Brad Keselowski, 2004 champion Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney and Regan Smith return to the booth this season. See complete schedule below for specifics.

“DRIVERS ONLY” BROADCAST:

The highly popular “Drivers Only” broadcast is back for the third consecutive year -- this time with a twist. Knaus crashes the “Drivers Only” party, joining all eight returning drivers from last season. Charlotte Motor Speedway plays host to this year’s edition on Saturday, May 25 (1:00 PM ET on FS1).

For the third time, Harvick has the call alongside analysts Bowyer and Logano.  Blaney, Jones and Wallace cover pit road, while Keselowski returns to host from FOX Sports’ virtual studio in Charlotte alongside Stenhouse Jr. and Knaus.

FOX NASCAR driver analyst schedule for 2019 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES:

 

Date

Location

Lead Analyst

Driver Analyst*

Race Start (ET) Network

2/16

Daytona International Speedway

Waltrip

Logano

2:30 PM/FS1

2/23

Atlanta Motor Speedway

Harvick

Johnson

2:00 PM/FS1

3/2

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Harvick

Keselowski

4:00 PM/FS1

3/9

ISM Raceway

Harvick

Jones

4:00 PM/FS1

3/16

Auto Club Speedway

Waltrip

Keselowski

5:00 PM/FS1

3/30

Texas Motor Speedway

Harvick

Dillon

1:00 PM/FS1

4/6

Bristol Motor Speedway

Harvick

Bowyer

1:00 PM/FS1

4/12

Richmond Raceway

Waltrip

Logano

7:00 PM/FS1

4/27

Talladega Superspeedway

Harvick

Knaus

1:00 PM/FS1

5/4

Dover International Speedway

Waltrip

Blaney

1:30 PM/FS1

5/25

Charlotte Motor Speedway (Drivers Only)

Harvick, Logano, Bowyer, Blaney, Jones, Keselowski Stenhouse Jr., Wallace, Knaus

 

1:00 PM/FS1

6/1

Pocono Raceway

Waltrip

Kurt Busch

1:00 PM/FS1

6/8

Michigan Int’l Speedway

Harvick

Wallace

1:30 PM/FS1

6/16

Iowa Speedway

Waltrip

Smith

5:30 PM/FS1

FOX Sports PR

Spencer Boyd Racing confirmed today that veteran-owned lifestyle brand, Grunt Style, is returning as a sponsor for the 2019 season.  Boyd will drive a full schedule in the No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado for Young’s Motorsports in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in 2019.

“Grunt Style has been with me since my first season in NASCAR,” says Boyd.  “Their support over the years has allowed me to race and form new relationships in this sport.  We both have a great deal of pride in the bond we’ve built and look forward to keeping things fresh in 2019.”

The lifestyle brand, founded by former Army drill sergeant Daniel Alarik, has taken the American fighting spirit and instilled it in everything they do.  “We love the grit Spencer has,” remarks Grunt Style’s CEO.  “He fits our brand and is a great representative of what we believe at Grunt Style.  We know the fire in his belly will lead to great things this season and we’re proud to be a part of it.”

The partnership will highlight some of the charitable work they collaborate on such as their association with Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  At select races this season, a fallen military hero will be honored with his or her name on Spencer’s race truck above the passenger-side door and the hero’s surviving loved ones in attendance at the race.

Home of the ‘Beer Guarantee’ where everything is guaranteed for life, Grunt Style will soon release a new shirt for fans of Spencer “The Bald Eagle” Boyd.  An excited Boyd said, “This shirt is going to be awesome.  It is the best of both of our brands and I encourage everyone to get it while they last.  I’m also proud to continue the honor that if you are a veteran of our Armed Forces, actively serving, or are law enforcement/fire/first responder you are welcome to sign your name on my truck any time.”

The NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2019 marks the location of the first race where Grunt Style will appear on the Young’s Motorsports No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado.

Spencer Boyd PR

Imlay, Michigan based JAS Expedited Trucking, LLC (JAS) will return as a sponsor on the No. 78 BJ McLeod Motorsports car driven by Vinnie Miller in the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) season.

JAS was the primary sponsor for Michigan native Miller in 2018 and will return as an associate sponsor for the entire 33 race season.  Additionally, JAS will be the primary sponsor for the LTi Printing 250 event at Michigan International Speedway.

“Vinnie (Miller) and I became really good friends, not just sponsor and driver,” said CEO of JAS Expedited Trucking, Tony Freeland.  “Vinnie grew up not far from our company in Michigan and I am so thrilled that I am able to come back this season and work with Vinnie and BJ McLeod Motorsports. We are always looking to hire drivers, and we’ve found that NASCAR is a great platform to get the word out.”

“I am so excited that JAS Expedited Trucking and Tony Freeland are coming onboard again for the 2019 season,” Vinnie Miller said.  “Tony and I work well together and I’m looking forward to having him on the No. 78 BJ McLeod Motorsports car this year.  Hopefully, we will have some good runs with him on the car and help Tony find more transport drivers for his business.”

Vinnie Miller PR

With Daytona just around the corner, JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) is proud to announce that OPAV is jumping on board the No. 01 Camaro SS driven by Stephen Leicht as primary sponsor for Daytona.

With 10 years in the industry, OPAV is a leading Audio-Visual Production company headquartered in Orlando, Florida, that specializes in custom event designs and creative show solutions nationwide. Along with their primary sponsorship aboard the No. 01 Camaro SS for the weekend, they will also grace the quarter panels of BJ McLeod’s No. 15 Camaro SS as well.

OPAV driver Stephen Leicht was quoted saying “I’m excited to have OPAV on my car this weekend in Daytona. We really appreciate them working with our team and hopefully we can come away with a strong finish for them to start the season off right. Experience it!”

The NASCAR Xfinity Series season kicks off on Saturday, February 16th, with the running of the NASCAR Racing Experience 300 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Be sure to tune into FOX Sports 1 to see Stephen behind the wheel of the No. 01 Camaro SS.

JDM PR

As the season opener looms, South Carolina based NASCAR Xfinity Series race team JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) has been attracting numerous companies to sponsor the team for the big upcoming race in Daytona Beach, Florida. BTX Global Logistics is the latest of a solid group of companies proud to partner with JDM as a primary sponsor.

BTX Global Logistics is excited to be sponsoring the No. 15 Camaro SS driven by BJ McLeod in the upcoming race in conjunction with longtime customer, Orlando Event Productions (OPAV). As a worldwide provider of both expedited and traditional transportation services, BTX understands the value of speed, dedication and accuracy – values it shares with JD Motorsports.

“It prides me to know that companies such as BTX Global Logistics are able to see the value in supporting our family team,” said Johnny Davis, JD Mortorsports team owner. “Our program has stepped up significantly over the course of the year, and all of the improvements made over the off season have just been waiting to be shown on the racetrack. The sponsorship from BTX will help us further our improvements, and we couldn’t be happier.”

BTX Global Logistics is a leading worldwide shipping and logistics organization with over 30 branches across North America that specializes in flexible transportation solutions for shipments of any weight or size, anywhere in the world.

Along with their primary sponsorship of the No. 15 Camaro SS, BTX’s logo will also grace the quarter panels of Stephen Leicht’s No. 01 Camaro SS.  

The NASCAR Xfinity Series season kicks off on Saturday, February 16th, with the running of the NASCAR Racing Experience 300 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Be sure to tune into FOX Sports 1 to see BJ McLeod behind the wheel of the No. 15 BTX Global Logistics Camaro SS.

JDM PR

RSS Racing is pleased to welcome Lombard Brothers Gaming as the primary sponsor for Ryan Sieg for six NASCAR XFINITY races in 2019. Lombard Brothers Gaming will sponsor the #39 car for the NASCAR Goes West swing of races in March in addition to the second races at Bristol, Las Vegas, and ISM Raceway.

Lombard Bros. Gaming is owned by twin brothers, Joseph and Zachary Lombard. The company was created to provide a safe gaming environment for all ages and skill levels as well as gamers with special needs.

Lombard Brothers Gaming partnered with Sieg in 2018 with their first race at Auto Club Speedway. “It’s an honor to welcome back Lombard Brothers Gaming to the RSS family. They supported our team a lot last year and we can’t thank them enough for returning in 2019. They have a legion of fans that have come on board as fans and that’s really special for our race team,” commented Sieg. The first race of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season is this Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.

RSS Racing PR

Spencer Boyd is excited to welcome back a familiar partner in Cargill’s Record Rack® premium game feed brand, as an associate sponsor for the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Season. Sportsman's Choice® Record Rack® wildlife products are engineered to attract and nourish deer for overall health and antler development. 

"I don't get a lot of time away from the race track, but when I do have a little down time, I always enjoy being out in the woods hunting with my dad," stated Boyd. "Partnering with Record Rack® last year for my first full time season in NASCAR, was great for so many reasons. I will never forget participating in the 'Bucks for the Brave' campaign with several deserving Veterans. Not only does Record Rack® separate themselves from the competition with their products, but they excel in giving back to the community." 

The Sportsman’s Choice® line of products include wildlife feed for deer & elk, turkey & gamebirds and pond & trophy fish. Record Rack® like "Golden Deer Nuggets™" and “Sportsman” products help attract and grow a bigger class of bucks.  Whether you’re a wildlife watcher looking to see more deer on your land, or an avid sportsman looking to bring in a trophy, they’ve got the right feed to meet your goals. 

Jodi Cornelison, wildlife marketing lead, commented on the extended partnership, "We absolutely love the NASCAR market. There are so many fine folks that are equally passionate about the outdoors as they are about racing. Our goal is to continue to reach outdoor enthusiasts and educate them on the importance of proper wildlife nutrition. We are excited to be partnering with Spencer and his No. 20 team for the 2019 season." 

Record Rack® launches their activation with Spencer Boyd and the Young's Motorsports No.20 Silverado this Friday at the season opener Daytona International Speedway.

Spencer Boyd PR

Xtreme Concepts Inc., a worldwide leader in turnkey security solutions, has expanded its partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) to sponsor Jeffrey Earnhardt, Kyle Busch and Brandon Jones across 24 NASCAR Xfinity Series races in 2019. iK9, a comprehensive canine solutions provider for detection and service dogs administered by Xtreme Concepts, will be the lead brand for each driver.

 

Last November, Xtreme Concepts announced a nine-race sponsorship of Earnhardt in JGR’s No. 18 Toyota Supra. His first Xfinity Series race will be the season-opener Feb. 16 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. The fourth-generation Earnhardt will return to the No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra at the following races:

●  Feb. 23 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

●  April 27 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway

●  May 25 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway

●  June 1 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway

●  Aug. 10 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio

●  Aug. 24 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

●  Nov. 9 at ISM Raceway near Phoenix

●  Nov. 16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway

 

Busch, the winningest driver in Xfinity Series history with 92 victories, takes over the No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra in five races:

●  March 2 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

●  March 9 at ISM Raceway 

●  March 16 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California

●  March 30 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth

●  Aug. 3 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International

 

Jones, who is coming off a career year in the 2018 Xfinity Series with 17 top-10 finishes and a playoff berth, will carry the colors of iK9 on the No. 19 Toyota Supra in 10 races:

●  April 27 at Talladega Superspeedway

●  May 4 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway

●  June 8 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn

●  June 16 at Iowa Speedway in Newton

●  July 20 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon

●  Aug. 3 at Watkins Glen International

●  Aug. 24 at Road America

●  Aug. 31 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway

●  Sept. 7 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

●  Nov. 2 at Texas Motor Speedway

 

“We are firm believers in the power of motorsports as a marketing platform, and it’s why we’ve expanded our partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing to promote the iK9 brand for the majority of the Xfinity Series schedule,” said Landon Ash, founder of Birmingham, Alabama-based Xtreme Concepts. “We’re investing in young talent in Jeffrey Earnhardt and Brandon Jones, and also proven talent in Kyle Busch. These three personalities can deliver for iK9 on the racetrack and interact with our customers off the track. They’re specialized athletes who align very well with iK9, as we provide the skills and support necessary for our clients to care for their highly specialized dogs.”

 

Earnhardt has made a total of 151 starts across the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Gander Outdoors Truck Series, but none have been with an organization with the depth and resources of JGR, the powerhouse NASCAR team with more than 150 Xfinity Series wins. Earnhardt is taking a path most recently traveled by Ryan Preece, a driver who joined JGR in 2017 and promptly won two Xfinity Series races after finally getting into equipment befitting his talent.

 

Busch is one of the top drivers in all of NASCAR. The Las Vegas native has 194 career victories across the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Gander Outdoors Truck Series. He is the 2015 NASCAR Cup Series champion and the 2009 Xfinity Series champion.

 

Jones is part of NASCAR’s youth movement. He will turn 22 on Feb. 18. The 2019 season marks his 10th year of racing and his fourth in the Xfinity Series.

 

JGR PR

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