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MBM Motorsports and Joey Gase are proud to announce Medic Air Systems, Inc., Agri Supply, Dynamic Pay, and Eternal Fan will be partnering in not only the Daytona 500 but also the NASCAR XFINITY Series race next weekend in Daytona.
“I am very excited to finally get back on the track this weekend in Daytona!” said Gase. “This off season has seemed to take forever and I’m ready to get out of the office and get back to doing what I love and that is being in the driver seat.”
Daytona is a great track for Gase with two top 10’s in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and being the highest finishing rookie in the 2017 Daytona 500 with a result of 23rd. Daytona and the superspeedways in general are one of my favorite type of tracks we race at. I have been very fortunate to have some great results at them and I hope to add to that. The draft is something that I feel that I understand well and I think I have been able to show that to my peers as I have been able to get more and more drivers to work with me at the speedways at the end of last year.”
You will see the Port Orange, FL based company of Medic Air Systems Inc. on the hood of Joey’s cars and the Cedar Rapids, IA based company of Dynamic Pay on the TV Panel. “I am excited to bring two brand new partners into the sport this season and have them be a part of the nation’s biggest race,” said Gase. “It’s also really cool to be teaming up with some long lasting partners like Eternal Fan and Agri Supply. Without partners like this we would not be able to survive. Also, how cool is it that two of our partners for this week, Eternal Fan and Dynamic Pay, are also based out of my hometown of Cedar Rapids, IA.”
The action will start this Saturday at 1 p.m. EST with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 qualifying practice on FS1/FOX Sports GO. You can also keep up with all the action by following Joey Gase Racing on Twitter and Facebook!
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JR Motorsports announced today that it will be reuniting with one of its former champion drivers for the NASCAR Xfinity Series season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 16, and it will happen in the company’s debut with the iconic No. 8 car.
Chase Elliott, the 2018 Most Popular Driver in the NASCAR Cup Series and winner of the 2014 NXS championship for JRM, has been tabbed to drive the No. 8 AfterShokz Chevrolet in the event, which airs at 2:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.
“This is more than just putting a driver in a car,” said Kelley Earnhardt Miller, JRM general manager. “Chase is family to us and an integral part of our history. He helped kick start our run of championships back in 2014 and has driven our cars to victory in several prestigious events, including a win at Daytona in 2016. We jumped at the chance of having one of our own return for this race.”
AfterShokz, an award-winning headphone brand known for its patented bone conduction technology and current partner of Elliott’s, will be featured on board the No. 8 Chevrolet for the event.
“I’m looking forward to getting back behind the wheel for JRM in Daytona,” Elliott said. “Kelley, Dale and the entire organization have been so great to work with over the years. We won this race back in 2016 and this year we’re looking to get back into victory lane with AfterShokz.”
Elliott’s five career NXS victories have all come with JRM. Three of those wins came during his storybook championship season of 2014 which featured many milestones, including his high school graduation and establishing himself as the youngest driver to win a championship in any of NASCAR’s top-three national touring series. He also took home rookie of the year honors that year.
In 2016, Elliott transitioned to Hendrick Motorsports to begin his full-time Cup Series career but still competed in a handful of NXS races for JRM.
“AfterShokz is thrilled for the opportunity to expand our personal partnership with Chase by sponsoring the car with the iconic No. 8 for its first race with JRM,” said AfterShokz COO Bill Kimball. “Daytona is gearing up to be a very big weekend for the AfterShokz brand.”
Elliott will kick off the season in the No. 8 car that will be piloted by a committee of drivers for the bulk of 2019. The list of drivers that will wheel the No. 8 include Jeb Burton, team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr., Spencer Gallagher, Ryan Preece, Zane Smith and Ryan Truex.
JRM’s four-car lineup for Daytona will feature Elliott in the No. 8 AfterShokz Chevrolet, Michael Annett in the No. 1 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet, Justin Allgaier in the No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet and Noah Gragson in the No. 9 Chevrolet.
JR Motorsports and State Water Heaters, a leader in the water heating industry, announced today a new partnership between the organizations for the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season. In the agreement, the team’s No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro will carry the State Water Heaters brand as primary partner in five events during NXS competition with driver Jeb Burton. Alsco and Ultimate Headers will serve as associate partners for those same five races with JRM and Burton.
State Water Heaters has been involved with the Burton family since 2007, partnering with Burton’s father, Ward, in both the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Truck Series as well as the 26-year-old’s NASCAR Truck Series debut in 2012. In addition to their on-track partnership, State Water Heaters has a long relationship with the elder Burton, having supported his wildlife foundation for more than a decade.
“I’m very excited to continue my partnership with State Water Heaters and make the introduction between them and JR Motorsports,” said JRM driver, Burton. “State has been an amazing partner over the years and has become family – helping me from the very start of my career going back to Late Models. With JRM’s family-style environment, the partnership couldn’t be more perfect. I’m looking forward to this season together, adding Alsco and Ultimate Headers, and to getting State their very first victory as a primary sponsor.”
Burton will debut the No. 8 State Water Heaters Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway on March 30. The black, orange and blue Camaro will then return at Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 25), Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Sept. 7), Texas Motor Speedway (Nov. 2) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 16).
“With ties to racing and the outdoors, the Burton family has always had a natural connection with our State Water Heaters wholesalers and contractors. Because of that connection, Ward and Jeb are great ambassadors for the State brand," said Jeff Storie, director of marketing for State Water Heaters. "We’re excited that our 2019 partnership will include Jeb and Ward, and also add Dale Jr. along with JR Motorsports to the State family. It will be an exciting element for our customers, as well as for us. We look forward to seeing what Jeb can do on the track in JRM’s Chevys."
Alsco, which has been building a relationship with Burton since 2016, echoes State Water Heaters remarks.
“After many years of being a Ward Burton fan, it was an easy decision to make, supporting Jeb in the No. 8. Add in JR Motorsports and that’s a trifecta win for Alsco,” said Jim Divers, director of sales and marketing for Alsco. “We look forward to a successful season and continuing to grow our relationship with Jeb and JR Motorsports beyond 2019.”
In addition, Alsco will serve as the official professional linen and uniform workwear rental services partner of JRM, also supplying hygiene and first aid supplies, floor care and floor mat rentals.
Richard Childress Racing (RCR) is proud to announce the continuation of Anderson's Maple Syrup as a primary partner for the team's NASCAR Xfinity Series program. The Wisconsin-based pure maple syrup company, which first partnered with RCR in 2014, will join defending series champion Tyler Reddick and the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro for multiple races this season.
JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) is proud to announce that Asheville, NC native Stephen Leicht will drive the No. 01 Chevrolet Camaro SS full time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). The 2019 NXS season will be the first full time season for Leicht since 2007.
He was quoted saying “I’m super stoked about my opportunity to drive for Johnny Davis. He has competitive cars with smart people in his stable and I’m looking forward to seeing what the season brings.”
Leicht, who was the 2012 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year, comes into the season with career highlights including one win, three Top 5’s, and sixteen Top 10 finishes. His first career win came at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky, during the 2007 Meijer 300. He currently has 99 starts in the series, with his 100th start coming later this month at Daytona along with fellow JDM driver, Garrett Smithley.
“Stephen is a great talent to have in our arsenal this season at JD Motorsports. With his experience spanning nearly ten years in the series, we are confident that he will be able to take care of his equipment, which as we all know is very important for family teams. I am genuinely looking forward to seeing how he can improve our operations this season with all the knowledge he brings to the team.” - JD Motorsports team owner, Johnny Davis.
Longtime sponsor Jani-King joins Leicht at JDM as an associate sponsor for the entire year. More sponsorship opportunities are present for the remaining races.
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.
Garrett Smithley, who has driven the No. 0 Chevrolet Camaro SS for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) since 2016, will return for another full time season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). Smithley, who hails from Peachtree City, Georgia, comes off a season that included highlights of one top five, two top ten, and thirteen top twenty finishes.
“I’m so excited to be back with JD Motorsports with Gary Keller. I’ve been ready for this season since the checkered flag at Homestead last year. I’ve been working hard this offseason to make my 4th year with JDM the best ever, I think it will be. I’m so blessed to be giving the opportunity to race here by Johnny and all my sponsors. Daytona will be my 100th Xfinity start and all but two of those races have been at JDM. It’s an amazing race team and family, and I can’t wait to get this season going.” said Garrett, who is eager to be back with the team.
Sponsorship announcements for Smithley’s 2019 NXS campaign will be released shortly, so stay tuned for further information.
Smithley and the rest of the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller race team are preparing feverishly for Daytona, a track that saw the team out of Gaffney, South Carolina earn their first ever top five finish in last year’s season opener. They believe that this season’s racecar will be just as fast – if not faster – than the one brought to the track last year.
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 Garrett back behind the wheel of the No. 0 Camaro SS.
R.S.S. Racing announced today that Josh Bilicki will drive the #38 Chevrolet Camaro for the entire 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season. Dr. Squatch Soap Co. will sponsor Josh at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, the opening race of the 2019 season. Bilicki, 23, returns to the Xfinity Series after completing his first full season in 2018. In total, Bilicki has 38 Xfinity Series starts and three Monster Energy Cup Series starts.
“I’m very thankful to R.S.S. Racing for this opportunity,” says Bilicki. “I’m thankful to Prevagen for supporting me in 2017 and 2018, and now it’s time to move to the next chapter. Last year was a learning year for me, especially seeing and driving fifteen of the tracks for the first time. I feel comfortable at every track now, and R.S.S. has cars and equipment capable of finishing upfront, which excites me. I’ve been around the team a handful of times and I think that this is a natural fit. I’m equally just as excited to be bringing a brand-new partner into NASCAR, Dr. Squatch Soap Co.! One hundred percent of the company’s products are made right here in the United States, and I feel that’s a very important stat for the NASCAR community. Our Dr. Squatch Daytona car looks amazing and I can’t wait to compete for the win with my teammates Ryan Sieg and Jeff Green.”
As the #1 subscription soap – or Soapscription – company in the U.S., Dr. Squatch has been helping men elevate their shower game since its inception in 2014. The Squatch Collection offers handmade, cold-processed bar soaps, colognes, and hair and shave products, all enriched with unique, subtly-masculine scents and a bullpen of all-natural ingredients to strike out the stink, without any irritation. The customizable Soapscription option allows customers to choose the number of soaps they want delivered to their doorsteps on a monthly or quarterly basis.
Bilicki will join teammates Ryan Sieg in the #39 Camaro and Jeff Green, the 2000 NASCAR Busch Series Champion, in the #93 Camaro. The #38 Chevrolet Camaro was most recently driven by J.J. Yeley in the 2018 Xfinity Season. R.S.S. Racing has two third place finishes at Daytona and a career best finish of second, coming in Iowa in 2017. R.S.S. Racing has competed in NASCAR since 2009, from its headquarters in Sugar Hill, GA.
The 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series features 33 races across 24 different race tracks throughout the United States. The season starts at the NASCAR Racing Experience 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 16th. All races will be televised live on NBC, NBC Sports, and Fox Sports 1. For more information on where to watch the race or purchase tickets, please visit: https://www.nascar.com/nascar-xfinity-series/2019/schedule/
For more information about Josh Bilicki, visit: www.joshbilickiracing.com
For more information about Dr. Squatch Soap Co., visit: https://drsquatch.com/
For more information about R.S.S. Racing, visit: http://ryansiegracing.com/
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Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) driver Brandon Jones will be back behind the wheel of the No. 19 Toyota in 2019.
After his first full season at JGR and third complete Xfinity Series season, Jones is ready to carry substantial momentum into 2019 after earning career-high stats in 2018 with two top-five and 17 top-10 finishes, winning a pole and leading 173 laps. He also qualified for the NXS playoffs and finished ninth in the 2018 driver points standings.
Along with his strong debut at JGR, Jones will be teamed up with a new crew chief, Jeff Meendering. Jones and the No. 19 Team will draw from Meendering’s experience and leadership and will be strong, consistent and positioned to challenge for the 2019 Xfinity Series Championship.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our 19 team and the huge strides and experience we gained last year,” stated Brandon Jones. “There is no doubt it was a big team effort and I am very excited about being back at Joe Gibbs Racing this season. With the addition of our new crew chief Jeff Meendering and his leadership, we should be in the mix every weekend competing for a championship. I am really fortunate to have partners like Menards and Juniper Networks returning this season and their support means the world to me.”
Additional sponsorship for Brandon Jones and JGR’s No. 19 Xfinity Series Toyota Supra will be announced soon.
Spencer Boyd is proud to welcome back a familiar partner in Kickass Beef Jerky as an associate sponsor for the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Season. As previously announced last month, Team Chevrolet driver, Spencer Boyd, will pilot the No. 20 Silverado for Young's Motorsports.
Charles Littel started Kickass Beef Jerky by producing and selling it out of his own butcher shop in Sauk City, Wisconsin. In 2017 the family business was taken over by fourth generation, Jeremy Littel. Jeremy has worked tirelessly to bring Kick Ass products into 20 states including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan. The family owned premium snack company sponsored Boyd for several races last year in Boyd’s first full time NASCAR campaign.
"I'm extremely thankful we are able to continue this relationship with Kickass Beef Jerky," says Boyd. "Jeremy and all the guys over at Kickass Beef Jerky have been such a great addition to our racing family. All my fans genuinely love their product and I can’t wait for them to be on board my No. 20 Silverado all season.”
Kickass Beef Jerky owner, Jeremy Littel, commented on the extended partnership with Boyd, “We absolutely love having Spencer as a spokesperson for our company. He is one of the hardest working drivers in NASCAR. We are all very excited to see Spencer soar in the Gander Outdoor Truck Series this year as he continues his rise in NASCAR.”
Kickass Beef Jerky will serve as an associate sponsor for Boyd and the No. 20 Young’s Motorsports Silverado for all twenty-three races in 2019. Go to kickassbeefjerky.com to check out their product line up and use promo code BOYD20 for 20% off select Kick Ass snacks.
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