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Todays ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway started with Riley Herbst making his first Xfinity start from the pole in the #18 Joe Gibbs because of a rained out qualifying effort and Kyle Busch. It rained throughout the day and the weather continued to be a concern all night.
The Dash 4 Cash was again in play this week as Christopher Bell chased another $100,000 check. Competing with Bell this week was Tyler Reddick, Cole Custer, and Chase Briscoe.
It didn’t take long for Custer to find himself in the lead where he would stay for 18 laps before Justin Allgaier put his Jr. Motorsports Chevrolet out front. Soon the leaders would be navigating lapped traffic as Bell joined the battle. Bell would become the fourth different leader of the race on lap 38.
The first caution of the night would fly on lap 66 as Mason Diaz would find himself in trouble in turn 2. While most teams took this opportunity to service their cars Michael Annett stayed out front for the final laps of stage one, but dropped like a rock.
Allgaier took the green and white checkered for stage one, and lead the field back to the green for the start of stage two. He was able to maintain the lead until Jeremy Clements blew an engine bringing out the second caution of the night. Rain drops were felt amongst the crowd, but the race went back to green.
Allgaier stayed out with five other cars holding off a pack of competitors with fresh tires as the cars ran around the track three and four wide. Custer was the first with fresh tires to make it out front. In all of the chaos Bell got a nudge by Noah gragson getting into turn 3 and spun bringing out another caution shortly before the end of stage two.
NASCAR would manage to get the restart in with four to go, everyone knew this could be the end of the race. Custer pulled away to win stage two, and continued to lead the majority of stage three. David Starr spun on the front stretch to bring out a caution with 38 laps to go.
The restart was short lived as Allgaier spun his tires backing up the field and causing Gragson to get spun in turn 1. The next attempt was better as Austin Cindric took the lead before giving back to Custer with 18 laps to go.
Cole Custer hung on to win the race and $100,000.
Top five: Cole Custer, Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier, Tyler Reddick, Ryan Seig.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series will be back on track April 27th at 1:00PM ET. at Talladega Superspeedway for the Sparks Energy 300.
Fresh off a top-10 finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, officials from Brandonbilt Motorsports and Mason Diaz Motorsports jointly announced today that rising star Mason Diaz (@masondiazracing) will drive the team’s No. 86 Chevrolet Camaro in Friday night’s ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway.
Diaz returns to the site of his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in 2018 – were driving for Virginia-based Brandonbilt Motorsports qualified 22nd and drove to a lead-lap 19th place finish. This year, Diaz sets his sights on a top-15 finish.
“Very humbled and excited at the same time to return to Brandonbilt Motorsports this weekend at Richmond,” said Diaz.
“Brandonbilt Motorsports has had a strong start to the 2019 season, and I feel confident that I can help them build on that success with another strong outing on Friday night.”
Diaz’s efforts on Friday night will be supported by longtime partner Solid Rock Carriers. Solid Rock Carriers Inc. is a licensed and bonded freight shipping and trucking company running freight hauling business from Lagrange, North Carolina. Serving the eastern United States for over 20 years, Solid Rock Carriers provides on-time delivery and superior customer service.
Additional support for Diaz’s second career Xfinity Series includes: Prince William Marina, Extreme Collision and Trebor Yelgab, King Roofing and Construction, Barrett Capital, Dominion (Va.) Raceway and Racing Virginia.
“I’m very thankful for the support of my marketing partners,” added Diaz. “Solid Rock Carriers has been with me for a long time and their continued support is appreciated. But without the support of Prince William Marina, Extreme Collision and Trebor Yelgab, King Roofing and Construction, Barrett Capital, Dominion (Va.) Raceway and Racing Virginia -- a lot of my racing in 2019 would not be possible. A good run on Friday night is a perfect opportunity for me to show them my gratitude.”
With confidence on his side from Bristol, Diaz returns to Richmond hoping that 250 laps of experience last April will play into his hands. With Brandonbilt Motorsports also making an effort to improve their program, Diaz believes he will have the opportunity to showcase the team’s ability – no matter the driver.
“For me, Richmond is my home track in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, so I want to do well,” added Diaz. “I think we learned a lot in a short amount of time last year and we’ll take those notes and apply them on Friday. Practice and qualifying will be during the day and then we’ll race at night so we need to make sure our No. 86 Solid Rock Carriers | Prince William Marina Chevrolet is balanced well enough that we can keep up with the track changes as we transition from day to night.
“A goal would be to make it to the final round of qualifying and then push ourselves to finish as close to the top-10 as possible. From there, we can focus on our next race with Brandonbilt Motorsports.”
Touted as up and coming driver in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, Diaz will expand his resume in the NASCAR Xfinity Series hoping to compete on both the intermediate and superspeedways in 2019.
“I’m committed to building my resume this year with hopes of competing more on the NASCAR national series level in 2020,” added Diaz. “We’re running full-time K&N East and then a few Xfinity Series races and hope the results that will point us in a good direction for what’s next. I have a lot going on and I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunities.”
For more on Mason Diaz, please visit MasonDiazRacing.com, like him on Facebook (Mason Diaz Racing) and follow him on Instagram (@masondiazracing) and Twitter (@masondiazracing).
For more on Brandonbilt Motorsports, please like them on Facebook (Brandon Brown Racing) and follow them on Instagram (@bmsraceteam) and Twitter (@bmsraceteam).
The ToyotaCare 250 (250 laps | 187.5 miles) is the eighth of 33 races on the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule. Practice begins Fri., Apr. 12 with an hour and 55-minute session from 8:00 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:40 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later that night beginning at 7:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).
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JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) is proud to announce that Richlands, NC native Tyler Matthews will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) debut this Friday night at Richmond Raceway in the No. 15 Linetec Services Camaro.
Matthews, who won the 2016 North Carolina NASCAR Whelen All American Series championship racing late model stock cars all throughout the state, will be right at home at the ¾ mile short track in Richmond.
“Man, I can’t stress enough how much this opportunity means to me. Getting the chance to drive for one of the most respected team owners in the garage area in Johnny Davis is huge. I know that this will be a big step up in my career, coming from racing late model stocks and all, but I’m treating this as just another racecar. If we can stay out of trouble and keep the car within the Top 25, I think that would be a solid day for us. I know we can do it, and I’m just counting down the hours until I can get on track to practice.” said Matthews before the weekend.
Linetec Services, an electric utility service company based out of Alexandria, Louisiana, will serve as primary sponsor for Matthews’ debut race.
Last season, Tyler made three NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series starts. This season, he plans on putting together a three-race deal with JDM, should Friday night’s race go well. Other planned races will include Iowa and one race at a 1.5 mile track yet to be determined.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Richmond, Virginia this week at the Richmond Raceway for the running of the ToyotaCare 250. This race will be held under the lights on Friday, April 12th, marking the series’ first night race of the season. Be sure to tune in on FOX Sports 1 at 7:00 PM ET to watch the four JD Motorsports with Gary Keller drivers battle it out at the “short track that races like a superspeedway”. For all things JDM, follow along on our social media pages @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM
NASCAR driver Ryan Ellis and Country music group, the Wes Cook Band are announcing a partnership today.
The Wes Cook Band’s song “I Stand For The Flag” caught the ears of Ellis when the band was featured last year on FOX and Friends. Nathan Stoops, Wes Cook Band manager, and Ellis’s management team began to brainstorm about how to work together and a two-race partnership was formed.
The popular Wes Cook Band’s song “I Stand For The Flag” will serve as inspiration for a design to be featured on the No. 99 Supra for two NASCAR Xfinity Series races this summer on Sunday, June 16th 2019 at Iowa Speedway and Saturday, August 24th 2019 at the famed Road America (Wisc.) road course.
“As a lifelong NASCAR fan, it is an honor to partner with Ryan and share the message of this song,” offered Wes Cook.
I Stand for the Flag co-writer Nathan Stoops added, “We wrote this song as a love letter to America – an olive branch that promotes unity and patriotism. We’re thrilled for the opportunity to spread this message to such a patriotic audience as the NASCAR fans. We know they love AMERICA, just like we do!”
Ellis is thrilled about having the opportunity to make his 49th and 50th career Xfinity Series races driving for one of the mainstay organizations in the national series.
“I am thrilled to represent not only the Wes Cook Band, but also this song,” offered Ellis.
“It’s great to have the support of my new friends, The Wes Cook Band. I know they love America just as much as I do, and I know the NASCAR fans share the same love for this great country.
“To be able to work with all of these great partners and have Enlisted Nine, Audio Video Specialists, Top Cover and Nine Line Apparel join us is huge. I would not have this opportunity without them, and I appreciate them coming on board and can’t wait to race with B.J. McLeod and his group again this season.”
Since 2012, Ellis has competed in 77 NASCAR national series races across the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Gander Outdoors Truck Series and the Xfinity Series.
Last year, the Virginia native competed with B.J. McLeod Motorsports at Road America, finishing 17th in a car supported by Superlite Cars and Audio Video Specialists.
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Tyler Reddick Earns Second-Consecutive Top-Five Finish with No. 2 Dolly Parton Chevrolet Camaro at Bristol Motor Speedway
"Man, just one spot short again. Our No. 2 Dolly Parton Chevrolet Camaro was great today at Bristol Motor Speedway. The guys at Richard Childress Racing keep bringing me some fast Chevrolet Camaros. We had a miscommunication that caused us to finish second at the end of Stage One, and from there on second just seemed to be our number. We finished second in Stage Two and then second in the race. We're on the edge of winning this year. We just need to clean a couple more things up. The good news is we qualified for Xfinity Racing's Dash 4 Cash again, so we'll have another shot at the money. I wish we could have finished just one spot better, especially for Dolly Parton in her home state. Hopefully, we'll be one spot better next week. Our fifth top-five finish of the year is great, but we want that win."
Christopher Bell overtook Brandon Jones with less than 20 laps remaining to capture Saturday’s Alsco 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and pocketed a $100,000 bonus for his efforts.
Bell, driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, was one of four drivers competing for the series’ Dash 4 Cash bonus. Other eligible drivers didn’t finish far behind – Tyler Reddick finished second, Chase Briscoe finished fourth and Michael Annett wound up eighth.
“That’s pretty cool to get my first win here with the Dash 4 Cash bonus,” Bell said in victory lane. “Joe Gibbs Racing has a really, really good package at Bristol. For whatever reason, we struggled to find that. I didn’t feel good basically all practice and didn’t qualify good.
“As soon as they dropped the green flag for the race, I was really, really loose. But the longer the runs went the better I got.”
Third place went to Cole Custer while John Hunter Nemechek rounded out the top five.
Reddick, piloting the No. 2 Chevrolet out of the Richard Childress Racing shops, was second in both the first and second stages en route to his runner-up finish.
After leading 61 laps, he mistakenly thought the first stage had ended, and the hesitation while still under green allowed Justin Allgaier to shoot past for the stage win.
Reddick shadowed Allgaier for the entire second stage, only to finish second, then lost five spots on pit road due to an issue in the pits. Late contact with the wall wasn’t an issue, he said, as he tried to chase down Bell.
“Not necessarily getting into the wall,” he said. “These composite bodies are just as durable as can be. I just needed a little bit more there to get past Christopher.
“The unfortunate part is when I got behind him it is hard to make the pass.”
Allgaier (JR Motorsports No. 7 Chevrolet) won two stages and led 138 of the race’s 300 laps. But during a heated battle up front among himself, Bell, Reddick and Custer, Allgaier’s entry began to slow. Moments later he was pulling his blue and white entry behind pit wall, the victim of an apparent engine issue.
Custer rallied from an early setback that saw him pit twice under yellow to repair damage to his Ford after the opening stage. By the start of the final stage, he was back among the race leaders.
“We just didn’t really have the fire off speed or the perfect scenarios to pass people when we got up in the top five to really get track position,” Custer said. “It was impossible to pass, really. I don’t know. I’m pretty mad because I think we had the best car there at the end, we just didn’t have the best fire off (speed). I know we’ve got to get a little bit better.”
The top four finishers will be eligible for the $100,000 bonus next week at Richmond (Va.) Raceway. The program will continue in subsequent races at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and Dover (Del.) International Speedway.
Jones inherited the lead when he did not pit after Harrison Burton brought out the caution flag at lap 261. With nearly 80-lap old tires, Jones still managed to hold Bell and the others at bay for nearly 20 laps.
“He (Jones) did a great job,” Bell said of his JGR teammate. “He really did. This place, for whatever reason, suits his driving style. He should have won this race last year. … He just couldn’t quite hang on on those older tires. …
“I knew I was going to have to do the slide job and hopefully take the top away, which I was able to do.”
Only a few things were guaranteed before today’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch would not be winning this race, in fact no MENCS competitors would be winning today. Of the entire field of series regulars, four would be racing to win $100,000 in a Dash for Cash! Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell, Chase Briscoe, and Michael Annett all earned the opportunity last week to compete for the money. Also, Harrison Burton would be making his first start in the series.
Custer’s speed put him on pole, and kept him out front for the first 26 laps before Reddick, and his Dolly Parton Chevrolet, took advantage of lapped traffic to make a pass for the lead. The first caution would come out for a Ross Chastain spin on lap 42 with only thirteen cars on the lead lap.
Reddick would continue to lead after the restart, to eventually battle Justin Allgaier through lap traffic before Allgaier made a last lap pass to win the stage. Unfortunately, Reddick would lift off of the gas prior to the end of the 85 lap stage due to a miscommunication from his spotter.
The stage two restart was hectic, but Allgaier would run out front the entire 85 laps and capture the stage victory under yellow after a caution flew in the closing laps.
Christopher Bell’s crew put his Toyota Supra in second place for the start of stage three where he would pressure Allgaier for the lead until Allgaier’s JR Motorsports Chevrolet had a mechanical failure causing him to exit the race with less than 70 laps to go.
With 40 laps to go the caution came out after Harrison Burton found his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Toyota in the wall. He would still manage to restart 11th, the last car on the lead lap.
Brandon Jones stayed out under the caution to lead the field back to the green flag. Even on older tires Jones was able to maintain the lead. As the laps wound down the top four drivers battled within a second of each other as they wound their way around lap traffic in the closing laps.
Bell took the lead from Jones with 17 to go. Jones found himself in the wall shortly thereafter with a flat right front tire, forcing him to pit under green flag conditions.
Reddick and Custer continued to battled for second as tempers ran hot towards the end, but they would be no match for Christopher Bell who captures his first victory at Bristol Motor Speedway, his second victory of the year, and the $100,000 Dash for Cash prize.
Top five: Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick, Cole Custer, Chase Briscoe, John Hunter Nemecheck
The NASCAR Xfinity Series finds themselves back on track next week at Richmond Raceway on April 12th at 7:00PM ET.