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The year has flown by and after the NASCAR XFINITY Series' last off week they will head to Texas to begin the final three race stretch of the season. This weekend will also mark the second and final clash at Texas Motor Speedway. The team brought home a 20th place finish in the My Bariatric Solutions 300 back in April. November 2018 1

After a top 15 finish at Kansas Speedway a couple of weeks ago, the Go Green Racing team is confident they can build on their 20th place finish at TMS in April. "We had a solid run at Kansas Speedway a couple of weeks ago," said Gase. "It gave us some confidence going into the off weekend and into Texas this weekend. We're really looking forward to building off of this and finish out the season strong."

Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency and Donate Life Texas are jumping on board the No. 35 Chevy Camaro as primary sponsors this weekend. Both joining the Go Green Racing team for first time this year to help spread awareness for organ, eye, and tissue donation. Gase will visit the Donate Life Texas booth twice this weekend to sign autographs and meet fans. You can catch him at the booth on Friday from 3:15 - 3:45 p.m. and Sunday morning from 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Returning to the No. 35 Chevy this weekend is Masonry & Precast Specialty Services (MPSS). The Nebraska company is coming on board as an associate sponsor for the second time this season. MPSS patches, color, clean and apply protective coatings to the exterior of buildings. Gase's bumper will be plastered with a brick wrap to symbolize MPSS's masonry work. You can learn more about MPSS on their LinkedIn page here.

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Home field advantage is a benefit generally recognized across the sports world. The term implies a number of values – not the least of which are the psychological effects supporting fans can have on competitors.

 

It’s proven to be an effective advantage and one that driver Brandon Jones will experience this weekend in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, where he will pilot the No. 19 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR).

 

It’s the first time the young driver will race the iconic Interstate Batteries colors and he will have the pleasure of doing so in the backyard of the Texas-based company.

 

As the founding partner and “Official Battery of Joe Gibbs Racing,” Interstate Batteries has been powering the team for more than a quarter of a century. Since 1992, JGR’s first full season in NASCAR, Interstate Batteries has played an integral role in the organization’s development from start-up race team to championship powerhouse. Located just a handful of miles away in nearby Dallas, Interstate Batteries will provide Jones a few extra fans for what will be the 21-year-old driver’s 102nd career start in Xfinity competition.

 

Jones is competing in just his fourth full season of Xfinity competition. While he is not among the drivers making up the playoff field and vying for the series championship, he has quietly put together a solid 2018 season that is his best campaign to date since making his Xfinity debut at Iowa Speedway in Newton in 2015. In 30 starts this year, Jones has scored two top-five finishes and 14 top-10s. To top it off, he earned the top starting spot at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in May to score his second career pole award.

 

And, this weekend, he turns his attention once again to Texas – a track that in previous years had vexed the Atlanta native until coming on board with JGR in 2018.  

 

In five starts at the 1.5-mile oval, Jones’ best finish to date is a ninth-place effort, a result he earned in April 2016 – his very first start Texas. He qualified ninth, ran a patient race and logged all 200 laps. Texas proved to be challenging for Jones during his next few visits to the Lone Star State with finishes of 19th, 15th and 35th.

 

Joining the JGR stable of drivers in 2018 proved to be a step in the right direction when it comes to racing at Texas for Jones as he qualified third during the spring race. He was a fixture among the top-five until an accident on lap 99 ended his day early and resulted in a 33rd-place result.

 

Leveraging a little home cooking, Jones hopes to deliver a victory for the “home team” this weekend in Texas. 

 

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Richard Childress Racing will welcome current championship contender Tyler Reddick to its 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series program. The Corning, California native is a two-time winner in the series and holds the closest margin of victory (0.0004 seconds) in NASCAR history with his 2018 win at Daytona International Speedway.
 
Reddick, who began racing at age four, built his skills on the dirt track and competed in everything from mini sprints and midget cars to dirt late models and sprint cars. The 22-year-old driver made the jump to asphalt racing in 2012, during which he competed in the ARCA Racing Series and won his debut race in the NASAR K&N Pro Series East at Rockingham Speedway.
 
From 2013 through 2016, Reddick competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. During his tenure in the series, he secured three wins, three pole awards, 25 top-five and 40 top-10 finishes. Reddick made the jump to the Xfinity Series in 2017, running a partial schedule that year before returning for a full season in 2018. He has made trips to Victory Lane during both of his Xfinity Series seasons and is currently third in the Xfinity Series Playoff Standings.
 
"Tyler has had a lot of success so far in his racing career, and we intend on continuing that success with him in 2019," said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of RCR. "I'm confident that he will do a great job representing RCR on and off the track. Tyler is a talented driver who's not afraid to go after wins, and I look forward to seeing that drive to win on the track with us next season."
 
"I'm really looking forward to joining RCR in 2019," said Reddick. "RCR has had a stout Xfinity program throughout the years with a lot of talented team members and resources available to its drivers. I want to thank JR Motorsports for what they've done this past year to help me advance my career and skills behind the wheel. Ultimately, my goal is to race on Sundays and I feel that by joining RCR, I can continue to race up front in the Xfinity Series while also learning from one of the top Cup programs in the garage."
 
Additional information on Reddick's crew chief, sponsorship and car number will be announced at a later date.
 
For additional information on today's announcement, and all that's happening at RCR, please visit rcrracing.com.
 
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Veteran racer Akinori Ogata (@AkinoriOgata) is prepared to make his NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) debut in the penultimate race of the season next weekend at ISM (Ariz.) Raceway in the Nov. 10 running of the Whelen Trusted to Perform 200.

Ogata will drive the No. 66 Toyota Camry for Motorsports Business Management (MBM). The Kanagawa, Japan native is set to embrace his first career Xfinity Series starts after competing in eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races, including one prior start at Phoenix in 2014 driving for Win-Tron Racing.

The 45-year-old Ogata also has a prior relationship with MBM Motorsports team principal Carl Long. In 2013, Long was instrumental into Ogata’s progression in Late Model competition at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway.

“I’m very thankful to take this next stage of my career and compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series next weekend at Phoenix,” said Ogata. “I have worked very hard for this opportunity and plan to maximize this chance with MBM Motorsports.”

Ogata’s efforts at Phoenix will be supported by Fort Wayne, Ind.-based SEAVAC, a supplier of PVD coatings and other surface technologies for the 200-lap race.

“Without the support of SEAVAC this weekend would not be possible,” sounded Ogata. “I’ve run one NASCAR national series race this year at the beginning of the season at Atlanta Motor Speedway and while I qualified well, I didn’t have the finish I was hoping for.

“I’m hoping that my prior experience at Phoenix will help with my transition to an Xfinity Series car. Our goals are modest, and I believe if I’m able to take the green flag and see the checkered flag, we would have accomplished our goals.

“SEAVAC is going to be a part of my racing endeavors in 2019, so a good effort will offer some momentum into the offseason.”

Ogata began his racing career in Japanese Motocross at age 14. After a decade of riding that included around 30 feature victories, he shifted to Dirt Midget Car racing, becoming a winning driver at Twin Ring Motegi.

Ogata's assimilation to American racing began in 2003, driving Late Model Stock Cars at North Carolina's Hickory Motor Speedway. He continued in Late Models after moving to the United States in 2010 and later graduated to the NASCAR's K&N Pro Series East, where he competed in 12 races over three years, scoring five top-20 finishes.

Since graduating from the K&N Pro Series East, Ogata has competed in at least one Truck Series race since 2014. His best finish in seven Truck Series races is 18th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2015 driving for MB Motorsports.

For more on Akinori Ogata like his Facebook page (Akinori Ogata Racing) or follow him on Twitter @AkinoriOgata.

The Whelen Trusted to Perform 200 (200 laps | 200 miles) is the 32nd of 33 NASCAR Xfinity Series races on the 2018 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Nov. 9 from 12:35 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. A final practice session is set for 2:35 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., Nov. 10 beginning at 10:35 a.m. The 40-car field will take the green flag shortly after 1:30 p.m. with live coverage on NBC, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Mountain).

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Vinnie Miller will return to Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) for the second time in his rookie NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) season. This time Miller will return piloting the No. 78 BJ McLeod Motorsports (BJMM) Camaro in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Saturday, November 3rd.

Miller looks to improve his 39th place finish on the 1.5-mile Fort Worth, Texas track after being involved in an accident on lap 15 in the spring NXS event.

“Texas Motor Speedway is a fun track; at least for the 15 laps I raced on it,” Miller joked. “I was bumped from behind, the air was taken off me causing me to spin and back the car into the fence. It is really fast and there is definitely only one lane to race on unless the tire dragon is used to put more grip on the track. I’m ready to go back to no limits Texas and grab the bull by the horns. I’m looking forward to continuing the streak of top-25 finishes for this No. 78 BJ McLeod Motorsports team.”

Since Miller has moved to the No. 78 BJMM team in October he has posted two top-25 finishes in three events.

The O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 NXS race from Texas Motor Speedway is slated to begin Saturday, November 3rd at 3:30pm. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN (NBC Sports App) and PRN Radio.

For more information on Vinnie Miller and BJMM visit www.bjmcleodmotorsports.com and www.VinnieMillerRacing.com

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Richard Childress Racing driver Shane Lee will drive the No. 3 Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma Chevrolet Camaro at the NASCAR Xfinity race at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, Nov. 10. The special wrap scheme will help raise awareness to save seriously injured children across the U.S. and encourage everyone to support the Childress Institute's Race to Give Day on Tuesday, Nov. 13.  

"Ten years ago, when Judy and I learned that serious injury was killing more than 12,000 children in the U.S. each year, more than all other causes combined, we decided to act," said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of RCR and co-founder of the Childress Institute. "Car accidents, sports injuries and falls on the playground are all pediatric trauma. We can save the lives of so many injured kids if more people support this vital cause."
 
A decade later, the impact of the Childress Institute has helped reduce pediatric trauma deaths by 25 percent, but more work is needed. No one ever expects a serious injury, but the Childress Institute's work helps children and their families when the unimaginable happens.
 
"In 2008, the same year the Childress family started the Institute, my wife and I lost our youngest son, Matthew, when he sustained a helmet-to-helmet hit during his first varsity football game," said the Childress Institute's Executive Director Bob Gfeller. "My personal experience fuels my passion to lead our efforts to reduce injuries and improve outcomes for seriously injured children. A donation of any size on Race to Give Day can make a difference."
 
Pediatric trauma is the No. 1 killer of kids in America and almost 300,000 children are hospitalized for serious injuries each year, many of whom struggle with long-term recoveries and disabilities. Many of these accidents are preventable and treatable if the right education is in place when families need it most. It can happen anywhere, at any time to any child. Improving care and preventing injury can make a difference.
 
Help Richard Childress Racing and the Childress Institute raise awareness for Race to Give Day on Nov. 13 by changing your Facebook profile photo or sharing the message on social media. For more information please visit https://saveinjuredkids.org, or on social media at https://www.facebook.com/SaveInjuredKids/, Twitter @injuredkids and Instagram @saveinjuredkids. You can also donate at https://saveinjuredkids.org/give/.
 
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NASCAR driver Ryan Sieg partnered with country artist Frank Foster to promote his Billboard-charting album 'Til I'm Gone at the Kansas Speedway last weekend. Foster's album was featured on RSS Racing's #39 car driven by Sieg. Foster continues promotion of his seventh studio album, performing in his home state of Louisiana at the State Fair Saturday, Oct. 27.

'Til I'm Gone, Foster's seventh studio album, debuted at No. 2 on Billboard Country Album Sales chart, No. 4 on Billboard Independent Albums chart, No. 16 on Billboard Top Country Albums chart, No. 21 on Billboard Top Current Albums chart and No. 160 on Billboard 200. CLICK HERE to download 'Til I'm Gone.

“This is a cool deal to have Frank joining us on the car at Kansas. I’m happy to be promoting his latest album and I think it’s a perfect fit for both of us. I’m really looking forward to a strong weekend at Kansas Speedway,” Sieg shared before the race. 

The Louisiana native has previously charted five albums on the Billboard Country Charts with two debuting in the Top Ten (Rhythm and Whiskey and Boots On the Ground) and two debuting in the Top 20 (Southern Soul and Good Country Music). Foster has sold over 125,000 albums and 325,000 singles during his career.

A former oilfield man turned entertainer, Foster, became a viral sensation when his co-worker posted a video of him playing on YouTube. His YouTube now has 10 million views while his Spotify has more than 18 million spins. While not writing or recording, Foster spends time touring the country opening for artists such as country music icon Hank Williams Jr.

Be sure to follow Foster on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and visit his website www.frankfostermusic.com.

FRANK FOSTER TOUR DATES:
Oct. 27 State Fair of Louisiana - Shreveport, La.
Nov. 02 The Texas Club - Baton Rouge, La. 
Nov. 16 The Grizzly Rose - Denver, Colo. 
Dec. 15 Exit/In - Nashville, Tenn. 

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Gase added another top 15 finish to his 2018 campaign last weekend at Kansas Speedway. Saturday's result marked his third top 15 in the last six races. His 15th place finish in the Kansas Lottery 300 also matched his season best finish. 

Practice got rolling on Friday afternoon and it started off well for the Go Green Racing team. After a couple of runs in the first practice Gase said the Absaroka Chevy was pretty stable and didn't have any major complaints. CC Donahue would call for some minor adjustments as the splitter was hitting a tiny bit. At the end of the day the team was pretty satisfied with their speed and ended with the 21st fastest lap time. The team would head into the chilly race day with confidence after a good day of practice and a 20th place qualifying effort.

Gase would get strapped in the No. 35 Absaroka Chevy for Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300 ready to bounce back after a tough weekend in Dover. He would get the command to fire up his engine and off he went. It didn't take long for the mile and a half track to bring out the races first caution. Before even completing a lap, Justin Allgaier got into the back of Christopher Bell sending him into the wall and collecting the better half of seven others. Gase did a great job avoiding the wreck with the help of spotter, David Pepper, and escaped with no damage. Gase had found himself all the way up to 11th before even completing a lap, and they weren't done wrecking. After getting the green for the second time another caution would come out before they got back the start/finish line. Next thing you know it was lap 16 all of which had been under caution. 

They would finally get some green flag laps in but not for long. Another caution was drawn for the #23 of Spencer Gallagher who had blown a tire which sent him into the front stretch wall. Luckily this would be the final caution of the stage and Gase would finish the stage in 14th. 

Gase had reported to CC Patrick Donahue earlier in the stage that the Absaroka Chevy was a little snug in turns one and two as well as up-off of turn four. With that in mind, Donahue would bring him down pit road for fresh tires, fuel, and a wedge adjustment to help free him up. 

Five short laps after the start of stage two another caution would come out. During the caution Donahue would ask Gase, "How's your race car?". Gase replied, "Those adjustments did help but he's still a little too tight. I could use a little more." They would complete the remaining 30 laps of the stage under the green flag. However, coming to the green and white checkered Gase would sustain some damage to his left front fender while racing hard for the lucky dog. He won the battle for the lucky dog, but unfortunately because he was involved in the wreck coming to the finish line he would be unable to make the free pass to get back on the lead lap. 

The final stage would get under way with 103 laps remaining in the 200 lap affair. Things had finally started to settle down a bit and the final segment was pretty clean for the most part. The first caution of the stage wouldn't be brought out until lap 163 for the #78 of Vinnie Miller who had stalled on pit road. Gase had brought his Absaroka Chevy down pit road about 10 laps prior to the caution for his green flag stop so Donahue elected to stay out. After the #78 was able to fire it back up and clear the track, the field would stay under the green flag for the remaining 32 laps. Gase would bring it to the checkered flag from the 15th position. 

Overall, it was pretty good weekend for Joey and the Go Green Racing racing team. They bounced back well after engine issues cut the teams day short at Dover before the break. The NASCAR XFINITY Series will have another short break before heading back to Texas Motor Speedway for the final stretch of the season. 

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Quin Houff turned in an impressive performance in only his second Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway Saturday.
 
Houff, a 21-year-old driver from Weyers Cave, Va., rolled home 14th in the Kansas Lottery 300, his seventh appearance in an Xfinity race. Last year in his first run at Kansas, Houff finished 22nd.
 
Saturday’s race was Houff’s second in a JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet. The finish was his best in an Xfinity superspeedway race and his second best finish ever in the series.
 
Houff is scheduled to complete the Xfinity season with JDM.
 
John Hunter Nemechek won the race, and Daniel Hemric has the series point lead by nine.
 
The series moves on to Texas Motor Speedway for a Nov. 3 race.

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Ross Chastain finished 25th Saturday in the Kansas Lottery 300 Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway.
 
Chastain ran in mid-pack much of the race, and his finish kept him in ninth place in the Xfinity driver standings.
 
“It wasn’t our best run at Kansas, and we were looking to finish quite a bit better,” Chastain said. “But we got the car home in one piece and learned a bunch for next time.”
 
Chastain drove the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller No. 4 Chevrolet.
 
John Hunter Nemechek won the race, and Daniel Hemric has the series point lead by nine.
 
The series moves on to Texas Motor Speedway for a Nov. 3 race.

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Garrett Smithley turned in one of his best finishes of the Xfinity Series season Saturday, scoring a 13th in the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway.
 
The finish was Smithley’s best at the fast 1.5-mile track.
 
“We always want more, but that was a decent finish for us,” Smithley said. “We had a good car and were able to race around the top group. It’s going to help us next time we come here.”
 
Smithley was involved in a three-car accident on lap 91, a crash that caused the race’s sixth caution.
 
John Hunter Nemechek won the race, and Daniel Hemric has the series point lead by nine.
 
The series moves on to Texas Motor Speedway for a Nov. 3 race.

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