Bristol Triple Header Weekend
Entry List Released
NASCAR returns to “Thunder Valley” this week for its series of night races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
All three national series will compete on the half-mile track, including the Gander Outdoors Truck Series in its playoff opener.
Here are the preliminary entry lists for each race.
Cup – Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (7:30 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN)
There are 39 cars on the entry list.
Last year this race was won by Kurt Busch over Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott. Kurt and his brother Kyle Busch have combined to win the last four Bristol races.
Xfinity – Food City 300 (7:30 p.m. ET Friday on NBCSN)
There are 42 cars on the entry list. With a full field set at 38 cars, four cars will not make the event.
Kyle Busch is entered in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Toyota for his sixth and of seven Xfinity starts of the season.
Erik Jones is entered in XCI Racing’s No. 81 Toyota. It would be his first Xfinity start since 2017.
Joe Graf Jr is entered in Kaulig Racing’s No. 10 Chevrolet.
Kyle Larson won this race last year over Christopher Bell and Justin Allgaier.
Trucks – UNOH 200 (8:30 p.m. ET Thursday on FS1)
There are 37 trucks entered for the event. A full field is 32 trucks, meaning five won’t make the event.
John Hunter Nemechek is entered in NEMCO Motorsport’s No. 8 Chevrolet. This would be his first start of the season.
Dylan Lupton is entered in DGR-Crosley’s No. 15 Toyota.
Ryan Sieg is entered in Reaume Brothers Racing’s No. 33 Chevrolet for the second time this year.
Angela Ruch is entered in Niece Motorsports’ No. 44 Chevrolet.
Chandler Smith is entered in Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Toyota.
NASCAR on NBC analyst Parker Kligerman is entered in Henderson Motorsports’ No. 75 Chevrolet. This would be just the second race of the year for the team (Atlanta).
Timothy Peters is entered in Ricky Benton Racing Enterprises’ No. 92 Ford. This will be Peters’ fourth race of the year.
This race was was last year by Johnny Sauter over Stewart Friesen and Nemechek.
NBC Sports - August 13, 2019
Dillon Bassett Hits Sweeper Truck
in Iowa Xfinity Race
Dillon Bassett was in the proverbial wrong place at the wrong time in Saturday’s U.S. Cellular 250 Xfinity Series race at Iowa Speedway.
With 27 laps to go, Bassett was among several cars that tried to make it to pit road for what would likely be the final pit stop of the race.
While the other cars made it onto pit road without incident, Bassett did not, as his Chevrolet ran into the rear of a track sweeper that had been clearing up track drying powder near the entrance to pit road.
There was some smoke coming out of the rear of the sweeper just before impact that may have obscured Dillon’s vision.
Bassett finished 26th.
NBC Sports - July 28, 2019
Several Drivers to Make Xfinity Debut at Iowa
Three drivers will attempt to make their NASCAR Xfinity Series debut this coming Saturday for the US Cellular 200 at Iowa Speedway.
Ryan Vargas will race the #15 for JD Motorsports. Ryan raced a full season for the K&N Pro East Series in 2018 capturing 6 top 10 finishes in 14 starts. This will be Ryan's first NASCAR race of 2019, and first NASCAR race outside of the K&N Pro East Series for his career.
55 year old, Mark Meunier will race the #17 to Mark Harmon Racing. Mark has raced part time in the ARCA Menards Series for the past six season's with an average finish of 24th.
Will Rodgers will race the #64 for Brandonbitt Motorsports. Will has raced part time in the K&N Pro East and West Series, as well as part time in the ARCA Menard Series over the past four years. Will has one victory in the K&N Pro West Series at Sonoma in 2018.
The Racing Insiders Team Report - July 26, 2019
Uncontroled Tire Rules Change for Pit Stops
NASCAR no longer will use the standard of an “arm’s length” from a crew member to determine if to penalize teams for an uncontrolled tire on pit road, removing that requirement from the rule book after complaints from competitors.
Tires will be considered uncontrolled if they create a safety issue or interfere/impede another competitor’s pit stop.
Denny Hamlin was critical of NASCAR’s rule for uncontrolled tires after his team was called for its fifth uncontrolled tire penalty this season at Chicagoland Speedway.
“I don’t know what they can change, but I would like to see a change,” Hamlin said the following week at Daytona when asked about his issues with the rule.
“I think rules have to evolve and this is not about us in particular. I made a comment and it has 3,000 likes, 500 retweets, 300 comments, so it touches the fan base. These are people that aren’t Denny fans; they just don’t get it. If they don’t get it at home, then it’s probably not a rule that needs to be in place in the Cup series because you can’t explain it to them.
“It’s hard to explain when a tire is just sitting there that it’s uncontrolled. It’s not moving. It is controlled. I don’t know the answer, and I don’t know how to fix it. They are pretty smart, and I’m sure they can make adjustments to fix it to make it a little more simple. But overall, everyone’s arms are a different length. So, what is an arm’s length? Do they have some kind of technology that says ‘Ok this distance from the tire changer to the tire is more than an arm’s length and they can pull a measuring out and they can measure it?’ I don’t know, but that’s just too much rules. Too many things that can change the ultimate outcome of a race.
“We had earned our spot up front. That’s the crappy part about it. We had earned our position up there. Then, you have to go to the back and in today’s racing, it’s harder than that ever to be able to come back. It’s virtually impossible to be able to come back now, no matter how fast your car is because everyone is running so much wide-open throttle. It changes your race; it changes how you are going to finish. It’s up to us to play by the rules that have been given to us, let’s be clear about that, but we think we are doing that. Sometimes, that judgement call doesn’t go your way and it’s been multiple times this year, that we don’t know what we could have done differently, and we are going to need that explanation so that we don’t do it again.”
In Wednesday’s bulletin to teams, NASCAR also added a rule that states: “When changing all four tires, crew members must change/remove the outside tires first. The penalty for changing/removing the inside tires first will be restarting at the tail end of the field under caution or a pass-through under green.”
That change comes as NASCAR soon heads to road courses. Xfinity and Cup race next week at Watkins Glen International. Cars pit in the opposite direction there as they do on ovals and there have been times when teams changed the inside tires (those closest to the wall) first.
“Additionally, beginning at the Watkins Glen race weekend, we are mandating that outside tires must be changed first during a four-tire stop, to reduce crew members’ exposure to adjacent vehicles departing their pit stalls,” Sawyer said in a statement. “Our commitment to safety remains unchanged, and these rules adjustments will lessen potential danger for crew members.”
NBC Sports - July 24, 2019
Chris Rice, Competition Director of Kaulig Racing Will Serve As Crew Chief
Chris Rice, long time former crew chief for Kaulig Racing, now Competition Director for the team will jump back on the pit box for the first time since 2018 to be interim crew chief on the #11 for Justin Haley after the unexpected passing of veteran crew chief, Nick Harrison over the weekend.
Chris has been a crew chief in all three of NASCAR's top series in his career, capturing once race in 2003 with Scott Wimmer as the driver. A primary crew chief will be announced at a later date.
The Racing Insiders Team Report - July 24, 2019
Entry Lists for Pocono and Iowa Released
Ahead of Full Weekend of Racing
All three NASCAR premier national series will be in action this weekend with the Cup and Truck Series at Pocono Raceway, and the Xfinity Series iat Iowa Speedway.
Cup – Gander RV 400 at Pocono:
There are 38 cars entered in the race but only 35 drivers listed on the preliminary entry list.
Cars still needing drivers are the No. 51 Ford of Petty Ware Racing, the No. 52 Ford of Rick Ware Racing and the No. 53 Chevrolet of Rick Ware Racing.
Kyle Busch won this race last season. Busch also won six weeks ago at Pocono.
Xfinity – U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa:
There are 39 cars entered in this race. There is one unfilled driver slot on the preliminary entry list: the No. 17 Chevrolet of Rick Ware Racing.
Christopher Bell won the June race at Iowa.
Trucks – Gander RV 150 at Pocono:
There are 31 Trucks entered in this race. There is one unfilled driver slot on the preliminary entry list: the No. 0 Chevrolet of Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing.
Brett Moffitt won this race last year.
NBC Sports - July 23, 2019
Jeffery Earnhardt and i-K9 Will Return for
Six Xfinity Races & One Cup Race in 2019
Earnhardt and sponsor iK9 announced Friday that Earnhardt would be sponsored in seven more races this season – six in the Xfinity Series and one in the Cup Series.
Earnhardt is scheduled to compete four times in Xfinity in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Toyota. The first of those four remaining races is Aug. 10 at Mid-Ohio. The others are Road America, Phoenix and Homestead.
Earnhardt, 30, will compete with the Xtreme Concepts team in Xfinity races at Bristol and Darlington and in the Oct. 13 Cup series race at Talladega.
“Our goal remains getting the checkered in 2019 and I’m really pleased to give our fans a chance to see that happen this season,” Earnhardt said in a statement. “We also have some cool contests that will include a VIP trip for two to an upcoming race so check our social media for updates.”
Earnhardt was scheduled to compete in the Xfinity race at Daytona earlier this month but the Xtreme Concepts team withdrew its No. 81 Toyota entry just days before the event.
The fourth generation racer has made seven starts in the Xfinity Series this year, splitting his time between the No. 81 XCI Racing Toyota and the No. 18 JGR Toyota. He scored a career-best result of third at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
He also made one Cup start with XCI Racing at Talladega in the spring, starting 33rd and finishing 22nd after being caught up in a last-lap wreck.
Motorsport.com - July 23, 2019
Kaulig Racing President Chris Rice said that when he heard of crew chief Nick Harrison’s death on Sunday morning, he thought back to a conversation they had after Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Justin Haley finished 13th in that race.
“All I could think about with Nick is when he got up on the plane and he came over and talked to me as we were leaving New Hampshire,” Rice said Monday night on “Late Shift” on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
“He was stressed out that we didn’t run that well. He looked at me and he goes, ‘You know, we sucked there.’ I said, ‘Nick, we have sucked at New Hampshire for a long time. So the good thing is, we’ve changed drivers, we’ve changed crew chiefs, ain’t nothing fixed it, so it’s obviously something, whatever we’re doing.’
“He said, ‘You’re right. We’re going to go get them at Iowa.’ He was worried about the next race.”
Harrison died Sunday. He was 37. Harrison’s brother, Zach, told the Tennessean that a cause of death has not been determined.
“We know that he lived every single day to the fullest,” Rice said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio about Nick Harrison. “That’s what we want to do at Kaulig Racing. Tomorrow when we show up, it is going to be better than what it was today. The next day we show up is going to be better than what it was Monday.”
Rice also said it will be a challenge for the team when they get to the track this weekend at Iowa Speedway.
“We just know that walking into the race track this weekend is going to be tough,” Rice said, “so we need every fan’s support that we can get for all my guys and myself and we’ll definitely make it through it.”
Rice said on “Late Shift” that he will serve as Haley’s crew chief for the foreseeable future.
“You cannot replace Nick,” said Rice, who has served as an Xfinity Series crew chief for 318 races. “We will never replace Nick. We will just have somebody fill his job. But right now we’re not in a hurry to do anything.
“We will definitely be looking and looking at what our next step is. Justin has another year and a half, if not even more, with Kaulig Racing and we will put somebody with him that is going to be there through that time. We don’t want to put somebody that is going to be with us for 10 days or three months or whatever. We will want to look at somebody that is going to help us grow Kaulig Racing.”
Harrison’s service is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET July 30 at Spring Hill High School in Columbia, Tennessee. The family has requested that memorial donations be made to the Nick Harrison Scholarship Fund at First Farmers & Merchants Bank in Spring Hill, Tennessee or Spring Hill Memorial Funeral Home.
“We know it’s going to take time for us to get over the loss of our friend not being here,” Rice said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “We will always miss him, but we will never forget him and he’ll always be with us. We’re going to dig like he would want us to dig.
“Once Justin makes the playoffs, it’s going to be in memory of Nick. Once Justin makes it to the final four and goes for that championship, that’s what it’s going to be for.”
NBC Sports - July 22, 2019
Christopher Bell Dominates at NHMS to Capture Fifth Victory of the Season
One week after his top rival Cole Custer picked up his series-leading fifth win of the season, Bell matched that total with a dominating performance of his own.
Bell led 186 of 200 laps and easily held off Custer to win Saturday’s Roxor 200 at New Hampshire – giving him wins in both series starts at the track.
Bell and Custer are now tied with a series-leading five wins and the victory was the 13th of Bell’s career.
“I just had a really good race car,” Bell said. “I’m very thankful to be driving these Supras for Joe Gibbs Racing. All of our partners, man, they just provide really fast race cars and I’m the lucky guy who gets to drive them.
“It’s pretty good (to get the win). This race track has been really good to us. It’s so, so fun to be able to drive for these guys.
“We knew we’d be good here. Whoever the (championship) favorite is will be decided at Homestead.”
Allgaier ended up third, Tyler Reddick was fourth and Paul Menard completed the top-five.
On Lap 140, Noah Gragson tagged the wall in Turns 1 and 2 to bring out a caution that set up what could be the final round of pit stops.
All of the lead-lap cars elected to pit and Bell once again was the first off pit road. On the restart on Lap 147, Bell led the way followed by Allgaier, Reddick, Custer and Austin Cindric.
Custer powered into the second position on the restart in hopes of trying to run down Bell.
With 50 laps to go, Bell maintained a small advantage over Custer while Allgaier ran in third.
On Lap 154, Harrison Burton got turned by Paul Menard and slammed hard into the wall to bring out a caution.
“He needs to race me clean, he hit me twice,” Menard said over his team radio. On the restart on Lap 158, Bell was out front followed by Custer and Allgaier.
After the race, Menard said: “He hit me twice, I hit him once. He was mad at me for hitting him once. Some of the kids get it, some don’t.”
With 20 laps remaining, Bell held a steady lead of 1.5 seconds over Custer while Allgaier continued to run third.
"He didn't seem to really care, that's fine for him," Burton said of Menard after the race. "I'm just gonna go out and beat him on the race track."
With 20 laps remaining, Bell held a steady lead of 1.5 seconds over Custer while Allgaier continued to run third.
Motorsport.com - July 21, 2019
Tommy Jo Martins Makes the Jump From
BJ McLoud Motorsports to MBM
NASCAR Xfinity Series Silly Season is officially underway. Saturday, July 20 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Tommy Joe Martins announced Saturday he’s leaving his part-time ride at BJ McLeod Motorsports. Instead, he’ll join MBM Motorsports in a new deal effective after this weekend’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
“I have been with BJ McLeod Motorsports for about three years now since the middle of 2017 and today, this going to be my last race with the team,” Martins said during a Saturday press conference. “It’s tough for me. As a driver of a small team, I kind of found an identity with BJ and he has created a lot of opportunities for me so I just wanted to say thank you to him.”
Martins made it clear that he is not hanging up the helmet and outlined his plans for the next couple years at MBM.
“I am not retiring,” he said. “I am just moving over to Carl Long’s team and MBM Motorsports starting in Watkins Glen. I am going to be running a six or seven-race schedule with them this year and the plan is to run about half the races next year with them.”
Martins had been with McLeod’s team for multiple seasons and had been making steady gains. But he felt like it was time for a change after making just eight starts so far this year, failing to crack the top 15 in any of them.
“I think it creates more opportunities,” Martins said. “He has got four cars, BJ has three. As you know, I have been relatively part time, this is only my ninth start and we are pretty far into the season. BJ has a business. He operates his third car as an All-Star car, toting it up for funded drivers. It has limited my opportunities quite a bit.”
In his new ride at MBM, Martins will be racing at all four road courses this year, including the Charlotte ROVAL, as well as Bristol and Texas Motor Speedway.
His sights are set long-term on making it to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, where Martins has yet to make an attempt. He’s got 75 career starts combined across NASCAR’s Xfinity and Gander Outdoor Truck divisions.
“Carl has a Cup car,” he said. “I am 32. I am not getting any younger. I would like to move up to the Cup Series at some point. We have talked about that, too. There are opportunities on the table.”
Frontstretch - July 21, 2019
NASCAR Double-Header This
Weekend at the Magic Mile
The NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will be in action this weekend at the one mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. The Gander Outdoors Truck Series is off until July 27 at Pocono Raceway.
For the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series there are 37 cars entered. Quin Houff will be back in the No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet. In addition, drivers have not been named as yet for the No. 51 Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet and the No. 52 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet.
In the NASCAR Xfinity Series there are 41 cars entered, so three cars will miss the race. Cup regular Paul Menard will be driving the No. 12 Team Penske Ford Mustang. Ryan Truex will be making his third Xfinity start of the season in the No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. Tyler Matthews will make his third Xfinity start of 2019 in the No. 15 JD Motorsports Chevrolet. Harrison Burton makes his third start of the season in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Kaz Grala is entered in his fourth race of the year in Richard Childress Racing’s No. 21 Chevrolet. Canadian driver Alex Labbe makes his third start of 2019 in the No. 90 DGM Racing Chevrolet. CJ McLaughlin will make his Xfinity Series debut, driving the No. 93 RSS Racing Chevrolet.
NBC Sports - July 16, 2019
Owners of Xtream Concepts Will Sponsor
Brandon Jones After Issues at Daytona
It is still unknown of what happened between Xtream Concepts Inc. and their ik9 brand with Joe Gibbs Racing earlier in the month, but it looks like the partnership might be resolved.
On July 3rd it was announced that Jeffery Earnhardt was not going to race the #81 Xtream Concepts Inc. Toyota at Daytona International Speedway. There was no reasoning why. XCI has a very strong technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing, they practically are the same team as the shop is out of the JGR shop and all crew members are JGR employees.
Xtream Concepts Inc. has been a sponsor for several races in both the Cup Series and Xfinity Series for Jeffery Earnhardt and other Joe Gibbs Racing drivers. After the July 3rd announcement of Jeffery Earnhardt being withdrawn, all branding and logo's were removed off the Joe Gibbs Racing website and social media accounts associated with the iK9 brand.
Now this weekend Joe Gibbs Racing has confirmed that 1st Foundation which is owned and operated under the Xtream Concepts Inc. brand will sponsor Joe Gibbs Racing's Brandon Jones #19 in the Xfinity Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The Racing Insiders Team Report - July 16, 2019
Veteran Crew Chief Adam Brenner Leaves Xfinity Team Brandonbilt Motorsports
Veteran Crew Chief, Adam Brenner announced on twitter Tuesday that he has resigned his position as crew chief for Brandonbilt Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series effective immediately.
Adam mentioned that he will announce his new future plans soon.
Adam has been a crew chief in the NASCAR Xfinity Series since 2016 for a total of 40 races, most of them with Brandonbilt Motorsports and driver Brandon Brown. Adam also has 22 Truck Series starts as a crew chief with one top 10 finish.
The Racing Insiders Team Report - July 16, 2019
Cole Custer Captures Fifth Xfinity Win
of the Season at Kentucky
Cole Custer was never really challenged down the stretch. He just acted like Christopher Bell was in his rear-view mirror, an approach that motivated him to keep a safe distance.
Custer grabbed an Xfinity Series-high fifth victory of the season Friday night with a win over Bell at Kentucky Speedway.
''He got a little close and I was definitely sweating a little bit,'' said Custer, who fell backward off his car during the victory lane celebration. ''He was definitely our competition there at the end, but we had the better car. I was sweating after that green flag pit stop because he closed in on me and I had trouble with lappers, but we had a good enough car to pull away.''
Custer, Bell and reigning series champion Tyler Reddick have dominated the series all year and finished 1-2-3 at Kentucky. Bell, who has four wins this season, won the first two stages and led 72 laps. Reddick, the series points leader and a three-time winner this season, didn't lead a lap.
''We were able to win the two stages, so we got a couple more playoff points,'' Bell said. ''Just got to work on a couple more things and we'll be good.''
It was Custer who dominated by leading 88 of the 200 laps in a Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing. He took the lead for the final time on lap 155 and beat Bell by 1.651 seconds.
Michael Annett and Chase Briscoe completed the top five. Only the top five cars finished on the lead lap.
Custer has now won consecutive races on 1.5-mile tracks following his win at Chicago two weeks ago. He's won three of the last six races and has seven career wins in 88 Xfinity starts.
Reddick leads the point standings by 67 over Bell.
The Associated Press / Yahoo.com - July 12, 2019
Kentucky Triple-Header Entry List Released
NASCAR makes its annual trip to Kentucky Speedway this weekend with all three of it national series.
The weekend is capped off by the Cup Series’ Quaker State 400 Saturday night. There are 36 cars entered into the race. Quin Houff is entered in Spire Motorsports’ No. 77 Chevrolet a week after Justin Haley earned the team’s first Cup win. There are no drivers listed for Rick Ware Racing’s No. 51 and No. 52 cars. Last year Martin Truex Jr. swept both stages and won over Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski for his second straight win at Kentucky.
For the NASCAR Xfinity Series there are 38 cars on the entry list.
Ryan Truex is entered in JR Motorsports No. 8 Chevrolet for the second time this year. BJ McLeod is entered in JD Motorsports’ No. 4 Chevrolet. Riley Herbst is entered in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Toyota. There is no driver listed for MBM Motorsports’ No. 13 Toyota. Last year, Christopher Bell won over Daniel Hemric and Kyle Busch.
The Truck Series kicks off the weekend on Thursday night. There are 34 trucks entered. Two trucks will not make the race. Dylan Lupton is entered in his second race in DGR-Crosley’s No. 15 Toyota. Jeb Burton is entered in Niece Motorsports’ No. 44 Chevrolet. Brandon Jones is entered in Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Toyota. Last year, Ben Rhodes won over Stewart Friesen and Matt Crafton.
NBC Sports - July 9, 2019
Chastain Wins Wild Xfinity Race at Daytona,
Kaulig Racing Gets 1-2-3 Finish & First Victory
Ross Chastain led a sweep for Kaulig Racing in the rain-delayed Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night.
Matt Kaulig entered the event determined to field enough Chevrolets to give his team a chance to win. It included a last-minute entry for current NBC analyst AJ Allmendinger, and Allmendinger pulled out of line on the final lap to nab third place and complete the Kaulig sweep.
Justin Haley was second as the three Kaulig drivers lined their Chevrolets up side-by-side-side for a victorious celebratory lap.
"I can't wait to get to victory lane. I've never even been to it," Kaulig said.
Chastain celebrated by carrying a watermelon to Daytona's start-finish line and smashing on the pavement. He comes from a family of Florida watermelon farmers and has made smashing the fruit his signature move.
"Oh my God!" Chastain screamed. "I came to these races and sat in the stands and watched as a fan as a kid. I just won at Daytona!"
Chastain last month won the truck series race in Iowa, but the victory was stripped because his winning truck failed post-race inspection. Chastain's disqualification was the first of its kind under NASCAR's new zero-tolerance policy regarding failed inspections.
The rule is designed to curb cheating, which is prevalent in NASCAR as teams manipulate the rulebook through research, development and gimmicks. But Chastain's team argued the failure was related to race damage, a claim that was denied during his appeal.
The race was delayed 2 hours, 35 minutes after NASCAR had already moved the start up roughly 15 minutes. The skies opened an hour before the scheduled start, putting all activity on hold.
Defending Xfinity Series champion Tyler Reddick won the pole for the Xfinity race.
The Charlotte Observer - July 5, 2019
Jeffery Earnhardt Withdraws From Xfinity Daytona Race, iK9 Problems with Joe Gibbs Racing?
Jeffrey Earnhardt announced via social media that he would not be competing in the Xfinity Series race at Daytona.
Earnhardt had been entered to drive the No. 81 Toyota Supra with iK9 sponsorship in a partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing.
In addition to Earnhardt not Racing, JGR has removed iK9 from their partners page on their website though items are still available for purchase via their shop.
For what it’s worth iK9 sent out a tweet themselves annoucing their support for Earnhardt
Motorsport.com - July 3, 2019
Stephen Parsons to Make Xfinity Series Debut at Daytona International Speedway
Stefan Parsons, son of veteran crew chief and announcer, Phil Parsons, will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut this weekend at Daytona International Speedway.
Stefan, a crew member with B.J. McLoud Racing will replace Cody Ware who was to race the #99 this weekend. Due to lack of sponsorship from Ware, Parsons will make his series debut.
Parsons has 4 Gander Outdoor Truck Series starts with an average finish of 23rd.
The Racing Insiders Team Report - July 2, 2019
Entry Lists for Daytona Released Ahead
of Double-Header Weekend
Get ready for lots of fireworks this 4th of July weekend – both on and off the race track at Daytona International Speedway.
This race marks the first time the 2.5-mile track hosts a Cup race without restrictor plates since 1988, utilizing instead the tapered spacer – which we’ve already seen used once this year at Talladega Superspeedway.
Both the Cup and Xfinity Series will be in action at Daytona. The Truck Series is off until July 11 at Kentucky Speedway.
There is a full 40-car field of cars and drivers entered for the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race at Daytona. Quin Houff will drive the No. 15 for Premium Motorsports. Ross Chastain will be in the No. 27 for Premium Motorsports. B.J. McLeod makes his ninth start of the season for Petty Ware Racing in the No. 51 Ford. J.J. Yeley makes his third start of the season for Rick Ware Racing in the No. 52 Ford. Joey Gase makes his first start of the season for Rick Ware Racing in the No. 53 Chevrolet. Brendan Gaughan makes his third start of the season for Beard Racing in the No. 62 Chevrolet. Justin Haley is back in the No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet. And Parker Kligerman makes his eighth start of the season in the No. 96 Toyota for Gaunt Brothers Racing.
Last year, Erik Jones earned his first career Cup win in this race. Martin Truex Jr. was second and A.J. Allmendinger finished third.
For the NASCAR Xfinity Series, there are 42 cars entered. Four cars will not make the race.
Sheldon Creed makes his third Xfinity start of the season and the first for JR Motorsports in the No. 8 Chevrolet. A.J. Allmendinger makes his first Xfinity start of the season in the No. 10 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet. Joe Nemecheck makes his second Xfinity start of the season in the No. 13 Motorsports Business Management Toyota. Riley Herbst makes his fifth start of 2019 in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Joe Graf Jr. makes his second start of 2019 in the No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Chris Cockrum makes his third start for ACG Motorsports in the No. 25 Chevrolet. Shane Lee makes his third start for H2 Motorsports in the No. 28 Toyota. Austin Hill makes his Xfinity Series debut in the No. 61 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota. Jeffrey Earnhardt is on the entry list with the No. 81 XCI Racing Toyota. Caesar Bacarella makes his third start of 2019 in the No. 90 DGM Racing Chevrolet.
Cody Ware makes his second Xfinity start of the season in the No. 99 B.J. McLeod Motorsports Toyota.
Kyle Larson won this race last year, followed by Elliott Sadler and Christopher Bell.
NBC Sports - July 1, 2019
Cole Custer Could Join Cup With a
SHR Alliance Team Come 2020
It was mentioned by Chris Knight from Frontstretch.com on the Sirius XM Radio show, 'Press Pass' that Cole Custer is expected to race in the NASCAR Cup Series next year with a potential Ford team that will establish a new alliance with Stewart-Hass Racing.
If Harvick is to have 2020 be his last full time season, Custer then will be ready to move to the #4 potentially in 2021.
There was no mention of which Ford team could form the alliance in 2020.
The Racing Insiders Team Report - June 30, 2019
Bell Disqualified After Failing Post Race Tech in Xfinity Race at Chicagoland
Christopher Bell drove to a 3rd place finish on Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway. However, the Joe Gibbs Racing #20 car still needed to pass post-race inspection.
It did not.
Around 7pm NASCAR announced that Christopher Bell had failed the inspection. The car was too low on both front end measuring points. In addition, he was also too high on the rear.
As a result, Christopher Bell has been disqualified from the event. He will have an official result of 38th, last place in the field.
Disqualifications are new for the 2019 season. Ahead of this year, the last disqualification came in 1960.
Bell’s disqualification marks the second one this year. The other happened to the NASCAR Truck Series winner of Ross Chastain at Iowa Speedway.
In both cases, at least one of the reasons for disqualification was the front end of the car sitting too low.
Cole Custer took the win at Chicagoland Speedway. His car passed inspection with the exception on one loose lug nut which result in a crew chief fine later in the week.
News Racing Co. - June 29, 2019
Cole Custer Holds of Logano For Xfinity Victory
at Chicagoland Speedway
Cole Custer was so good even Joey Logano was impressed.
Custer held off Logano on Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway for his fourth NASCAR Xfinity Series victory of the season.
The 21-year-old Custer had the strongest car all day long, leading 151 of the 200 laps for the 300-mile race. But he had to come back after Michael Annett and Noah Gragson stayed on the track while the leaders went for a pit stop, and then benefited from a timely caution when B.J. McLeod got into the wall.
No big deal for Custer, who zoomed into the lead on a restart with about 21 laps left. He stayed in control the rest of the way on a hot, humid day in suburban Chicago, securing his sixth career victory.
“We were so fast I wasn’t that worried about it,” Custer said. “It was just a matter of, I knew we were probably going to get by them because we were the fastest car, especially compared to them all day. It was just a matter of I didn’t want (Logano) to get to the lead before me, because then I would have been in his dirty air.”
Logano took second in his first Xfinity Series start since he finished fifth at Bristol on Aug. 17. Logano is considered one of the favorites for Sunday’s Cup Series race on the bumpy 1.5-mile oval.
He praised Custer after the race, saying he was ready for the next level.
“I mean that’s huge,” Custer said. “Joey’s a series champion and it was fun racing with him today. I think we had the better car. I think that was a huge part of it. But I think at least I didn’t make any mistakes.”
Custer, Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick have been battling for control of the series all year long. Bell crossed the finish line third, but his championship hopes took a hit when he was disqualified after his car failed a post-race inspection.
Wayne Auton, the managing director of the Xfinity Series, said Bell’s No. 20 Toyota was too low in the front and too high on the right rear side of the car. Joe Gibbs Racing has until Monday to appeal the decision.
“Things happen, and we feel 100 percent confident that we did our job the way we do every car,” Auton said. “We checked every car the same way. We had five other cars that went right through the same process at the end of the race, including the winner.”
Custer’s No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford had one lug nut that wasn’t safely secured, but that infraction doesn’t affect his finish. He moved into a tie with Bell for the lead in Xfinity wins.
Reddick, who is on top of the series standings, was ninth.
Annett, Brandon Jones and Austin Cindric rounded out the top five. It was Jones’ second top-five finish of the weekend after he was the runner-up in the Trucks race.
“All-in-all, this is where we need to be,” Jones said. “We had great stages. Great points day — it’s what we need to do to get back into this thing.”
Justin Allgaier, who grew up in Riverton, Illinois, and calls Chicagoland a home track, hit the wall twice in the last part of the race and did not finish.
He remains winless on the year after earning five victories last season.
Logano began the race in front after earning his 36th career Xfinity Series pole. But Custer quickly took over and won Stage 1, followed by Reddick, Bell and Jones.
Adjusting quickly to the different Xfinity Series car, Logano moved into the lead in time to take Stage 2. Logano led three times for a total of 20 laps.
The Detroit News - June 29, 2019
Christopher Bell Signs with
Joe Gibbs Racing For 2020
Christopher Bell plans to stay with Joe Gibbs Racing for at least one more year.
That's about all he knows about the situation at the moment.
The 24-year-old Bell has re-signed with JGR for 2020, but he isn't sure if he will be staying in the NASCAR Xfinity Series or moving up to the Cup Series.
"I'm good for another year," he said Friday. "I don't know what I'm going to be racing, but I will be somewhere."
Bell is one of NASCAR's best prospects. He won at Iowa Speedway on June 16 for his fourth Xfinity victory this season and second straight in Newton.
He is second in the series standings heading into Saturday's race at Chicagoland Speedway, trailing Tyler Reddick by 51 points.
Bell's success in the Xfinity Series is part of a terrific start to the season for Joe Gibbs' team. Cup drivers Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch finished 1-2 at Sonoma last weekend. Truex and Busch have four wins apiece already this season.
Bell is facing a logjam when it comes to racing for JGR at the Cup level, but he doesn't sound too worried about his future at the moment.
"I love the Xfinity Series and I love the cars," he said. "I've said it multiple times, the rules package that we have right now is so much fun to drive. I love where I'm at and next year, I have no idea where I'm going to be at, but if I'm in Xfinity again, I have a lot of fun racing there and I'm OK with that."
USA Today - June 28, 2019
Chastain Returns to Kaulig Racing as Team Will Race Three Cars at Daytona Next Weekend
In 2018, Kaulig Racing first upped its organization to two entries in one race. Now, it’s adding a third.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series team will field three cars in next month’s race at Daytona International Speedway, the organization announced Thursday, June 27.
Full-time driver Justin Haley had already been announced for the No. 11, as well as AJ Allmendinger in his team debut, driving the part-time No. 10.
Joining them is occasional Kaulig competitor Ross Chastain, who will pilot the team’s No. 16.
“Being able to bring a third car to Daytona and have our part-time driver Ross Chastain behind the wheel only increases our chances of getting the win,” team owner Matt Kaulig said in a press statement. “Not by the addition of a car, but by the additional teammate our two drivers Justin Haley and AJ Allmendinger will have – Daytona is all about teamwork.”
Chastain has driven multiple races for Kaulig in its No. 10 while also competing for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller in the four-car organization’s No. 4. As of earlier this month, he is no longer a full-time Xfinity driver, having shifted his points declaration to the Gander Outdoors Truck Series.
He has one top 10 in 13 starts in 2019, the best a seventh at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Daytona will mark Allmendinger’s 2019 series debut, while Haley is 10th in Xfinity points with one top five and 10 top 10s.
Barring an entry list of 38 cars or less, Chastain will have to qualify his way in to the field.
Frontstretch - June 27, 2019
Austin Hill to Make Xfinity Series Debute with his Truck Team, Hattori Racing Enterprises at Daytona
Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver Austin Hill make his Xfinity Series debut next week at Daytona International Speedway, Hattori Racing Enterprises announced Wednesday.
Hill, who won the season-opening Truck Series race at Daytona, will drive the No. 61 Toyota Supra for Hattor Racing Enterprises, which makes its first Xfinity Series start since 2015.
Scott Zipadelli, who serves as Hill’s crew chief in the Truck Series, will serve the same role in the July 5 race.
Hill will be sponsored by AISIN Group, Aisin AW, and ADVICS, as well as United Rentals.
“You always want to move up the ladder, and I can’t wait to get in the car,” Hill said in a press release. “I honestly never thought I’d have this opportunity. All thanks goes to (owner) Shige (Hattori) and AISIN Group.
They’ve been working on this for a while and it’s a big deal for all of us to put a program together to race the Supra. We have a great team here, and it’s going to make the transition a lot smoother working with Scott and the entire truck series team. We set the bar pretty high for ourselves at Daytona, so hopefully we can have the same success as we did in February.”
Hill’s win in Daytona was his first career Truck Series victory. Through 11 starts this season he is seventh in the standings with two top fives and six top 10s. He has 62 Truck Series starts since 2014.
The team stated in the release it is trying to put together more Xfinity races this season.
“We’re very excited to return to the Xfinity Series,” Hattori said in a press release. “The Toyota Supra is extremely important to our partners and very popular in Japan and we want to be part of the Supra program in NASCAR. It’s exciting for our team to compete in the Xfinity Series at Daytona, especially after winning there earlier this year. Austin has done a good job in the truck so far and this will be good to get him more experience.”
NBC Sports - June 26, 2019
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