Iowa Speedway Entry List for Double-Header Weekend of Trucks and Xfinity Series
This weekend the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has an off weekend, that doens't mean we wont see some great racing!
The NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series will visit the Iowa Speedway for the first time of two planned visits this summer.
The Truck Series will race Saturday afternoon. 34 trucks are entered in the race so everyone will make the race. No Cup drivers will race this weekend in either series. Many hopped to see Greg Biffle back in the #51 truck for Kyle Busch Motorsports, but Chandler Smith will race the truck this weekend. Kyle mentioned this past weekend at Michigan that most races are fulfilled with driver and sponsors, but will talk with Biffle about potential additional rides later in the season.
The Xfinity Series has 39 cars entered, so one car will miss the race. Some notable drivers in this race will be #8 - Zane Smith, #18 - Harrison Burton, and #99 - Ryan Ellis. Ross Chastain will sit out this weekend for his first missed Xfinity Series race of the season.
Several drivers will make their NASCAR debut in both the Truck Series and Xfinity Series this weekend.
The Racing Insiders Team Report - June 12, 2019
Several Drivers to Make NASCAR Debute at Iowa
With no Cup drivers in either the Truck Series or the Xfinity Series this weekend, it opens the door for several new drivers to enter into NASCAR this weekend. Several drivers will make their debute in some competitive rides.
In the Truck Series there will be 6 first time drivers.
Juan Manuel Gonzalez will race the #10 truck for Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing. Juan attempted to race at Martinsville but failed to make the race. Juan is an 11 time racer in the K&N Pro Series East Division.
Daniel Sasnett, the 41 year old driver out of Florida will make his debut racing the #32 - Reaume Brothers Racing Toyota. Daniel attempted two races earlier in the season at Martinsville and Dover but did not make the races. Daniel's only other racing starts is one start in the NASCAR ARCA Series in 2018.
CJ McLaughlin will race the #33 - Reaume Brothers Racing Toyota for the first time this weekend. CJ has a total of 4 starts in the ARCA Series where he has collected one top ten finish just last week at Michigan International Speedway.
Mason Massey will race the #34 - Reaume Brothers Racing Toyota for the first time this weekend. The 22 year old hasn't raced since 2014 where he made two K&N Pro Series East Races that year.
Chandler Smith will jumping into last weeks winning truck, won by Greg Biffle this weekend at Iowa. Chandler will race the #51 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Chandler has 13 starts in the ARCA Series with already 3 wins including last month at Toledo Speedway.
Lou Goss will make his debut for his own team Lou Goss Racing in the #74. The 32 year old does not have any prior big league racing starts such as ARCA Series, Late Model Tour, or the K&N Pro Series.
In the Xfinity Series there will be 2 first time drivers.
Ryan Repko will race the #01 for JD Motorsports. Stephen Leicht has been racing this car throughout the first part of the season, but with Ross Chastain not racing this weekend Stephen was moved to the #4 and Ryan was put in this ride. Ryan has 2 starts in the ARCA Series back in 2017 and 2018.
Joe Graf Jr. will once again attempt to make the field this weekend. His debut driving the #21 - Richard Childress Racing ride was supposed to be last weekend at Michigan International Speedway but Joe missed the field. Joe said in a twitter poster this past weekend that he had a top 15 place car, and was to cautious during time trials and missed the race. So this weekend will now be Joe's official first race, if he makes the race.
The Racing Insiders Staff Report - June 12, 2019
Jeff Green Out After Kentucky Due to Rotator Cuff Surgery
Veteran driver Jeff Green will miss the second half of the NASCAR Xfinity season following rotator cuff surgery.
Green, who drives the No. 38 Chevrolet for RSS Racing, will make his final start of the year at Kentucky Speedway in July.
The plan is for Green plans to return driving in 2020, depending on funding and sponsorship. The surgery will require the driver to step out of the cock pit, but not away from the track.
The 2000 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion will return to the track at Iowa Speedway in late July, where he will be a crew chief for RSS Racing. The team is working on plans for the remainder of the season and will be announced at a later date.
Green has scored three top-10 finishes in the last four years, including earlier this year in the season opener at Daytona Int’l Speedway, where he finished seventh.
Speed Sport - June 12, 2019
Reddick Stretches Fuel to Capture Third
Win of the Season at Michigan
Tyler Reddick took the lead with 11 laps to go when the leaders had to pit and cruised to his third victory in the last five Xfinity Series races Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.
“I’ve had good strings of runs as a young driver racing in dirt cars, but this is the best run I’ve had in my career I feel like on the level that I am,” Reddick said. “I’m already thinking about (next weekend’s race) at Iowa.”
The race changed on a caution at Lap 78 of the 125-lap race. Christopher Bell led and Cole Custer was second. There was a miscommunication between Bell and his pits and he stayed on track. Custer, told to do what Bell did, also stayed out. Reddick pitted.
“My definition was a little different than what Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) had planned,” Bell said. “Ultimately, that was a big hiccup in our day.”
Said Custer: “The strategy just didn’t work out for us.”
With track position critical, Reddick’s move proved to be the key. The race went the rest of the way without a caution, forcing Bell and Custer to pit under green, moving Reddick into the lead.
Yahoo Sports - June 9, 2019
Allmendinger Releases Schedule for
Kaulig Racing's #10 in Xfinity Series Races
Kaulig Racing has confirmed A.J. Allmendinger’s NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule.
Allmendinger will return to the race track beginning at Daytona Int’l Speedway on July 5. He will also compete in the Xfinity Series events at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (Aug. 10), Road America (Aug. 24) and the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL (Sept. 28) with the No. 10 team.
“It’s going to be a blast to get back behind the wheel and compete for race wins,” Allmendinger said. “I can’t thank Matt Kaulig enough for this opportunity, and to be able to drive at some of my favorite tracks. Kaulig Racing and the No. 10 team have had a great season so far and I’m looking forward to helping them build on their success.”
Sponsorship for each race will be announced at a later date.
Speed Sport - June 8, 2019
Joe Graf Jr. To Make Xfinity Series Debut at Michigan for Richard Childress Racing
Joe Graf Jr. will make his series debut this weekend in the #21 for Richard Childress Racing.
This will be Joe's first career start in one of NASCAR's top 3 series. Joe current drives for Chad Bryant Racing in the Menards ARCA Series where he got his first career win in the series last season at Berlin Speedway. Joe has also races in the K&N Pro East Series where he has no victories.
Joe will be sponsored by Eat Sleep Race. An apparel company out of Canada focused on premium racing lifestyle apparel.
(update: Joe Graf Jr. failed to make the race on time at Michigan)
The Racing Insiders Staff Report - June 4, 2019
Michigan and Texas Entry List Released Ahead of Three Race Weekend
There will be three races this weekend in NASCAR's top series. Michigan International Speedway will host the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series. Texas Motor Speedway will host the Camping World Truck Series for the second time this season.
In the Truck Series we see the return of Greg Biffle who will race the #51 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports. This will be Biffle's first truck start since 2004, and his first NASCAR start since 2016. 33 trucks will race this weekend, all trucks will make the race. Other notable drivers who will be making their season debut include #14 - Trey Hutchens, #25 - Ted Minor, and #34 - Scott Stenzle.
In the NASCR Xfinity Series 39 cars are entered at Michigan, so call but one car will make the race. Some notable drivers include #8 - Jeb Burton, #12 - Paul Menard, and #17 - Riley Herbst. Joe Graf Jr. will make his series debut this weekend in the #21 for Richard Childress Racing.
The Cup Series will make their first of two visits to Michigan International Speedway this summer. 36 cars are entered, so everyone will make the race. Some notables #15 - Garrett Smithly, #51 - Cody Ware, #52 - Bayley Currey. This will be the first race of the season that Ross Chastain will not compete in.
The Racing Insiders Staff Report - June 3, 2019
Cole Custer Takes Pocono
Xfinity Win with Last-Lap Pass
In NASCAR Overtime, Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick traded the lead twice in the final two laps in a tense battle for the Xfinity Series win.
Reddick was able to cut under Custer and steal away the lead entering Turn 1 on the restart, holding the position until the white flag. While serpentining down the frontstretch, the RCR driver actually touched the outside wall while trying to hold back Custer.
Although it appeared the win was nearly in hand, Reddick overdrove the final corner and slipped up the track. Custer was able to slide underneath him and reclaim the lead just shy of the finish line, taking his third win of the season and fifth of his career.
"It was pretty unbelievable," said Custer. Tyler (Reddick) gave me a real run for my money there. I have no idea how he made it stick on that restart on the bottom passing me but he did. He was unbelievable on the brakes at the end. I was just able to kind of force a mistake a little bit trying to pack air on him. It was a fun end of the race. I wish I didn’t have to do it like that, but it probably made it exciting."
Custer's Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Chase Briscoe finished third. Ryan Preece and Christopher Bell rounded out the top-five.
"We were so good at the beginning of this race," said Reddick. "Even out front in clean air, I was just too tight to really hold the bottom that well.I probably could have held the bottom better -- I'm not going to lie to you -- just thought it was going to be really tight going into three so I put some rear brake into it and I just got loose and pretty much gave it right back to him there."
The final stage began on Lap 56 with Austin Cindric out front before being quickly overtaken by Custer and Justin Allgaier. Custer was able to solidify his position in the lead through a late round of green-flag pit stops where Allgaier overshot his pit stall and Reddick was penalized for a tire violation. As the laps ticked away, Custer's lead rose to over nine seconds until contact between Cindric and Jeffrey Earnhardt forced a caution with seven laps to go.
The race resumed with three laps to go only to quickly return to yellow when Allgaier spun in front of the pack in Turn 1. This, the seventh and final yellow of the event forced the race into overtime and set-up the two-lap shootout.
Custer led the race from the get-go and remained unchallenged through the early portion. Brandon Jones was the first incident of the race, spinning into the Turn 2 wall while running fourth, ending his day. Another incident followed the ensuing restart with Chad Finchum, Joey Gase and Todd Peck involved.
With ten laps remaining in the stage, Bell went spinning but narrowly avoided impacting the inside wall on the backstretch. Despite the early yellows and multiple hectic restarts, Custer was able to come away with the Stage 1 win ahead of Allgaier, Reddick, Austin Dillon, Cindric, Justin Haley, Ross Chastain, Ryan Sieg, John-Hunter Nemechek and Noah Gragson.
Nemechek and Earnhardt were the front row at the start of the second stage, as they and several others stayed out. Custer now found himself back in eighth but quickly made his way through the field. Bell took the lead on the restart with a three-wide move to the outside of Nemechek and Earnhardt.
Eventually, Allgaier and Reddick would find their way to the front and battle for the stage win with Allgaier prevailing. Bell placed third, followed by Custer and Annett.
Motorsport.com - June 1, 2019
Pocono Double-Header Entry List Released
The first stop at Pocono Raceway this year will see the two series of the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series.
In the NASCAR Xfinity Series 38 cars are entered, so all cars will make the race. Some of the notables are #8 - Ryan Preece, #10 - Austin Dillon, #18 - Jeffery Earnhardt, and #99 - Todd Peck who will be making his season debut this weekend.
37 cars on the Monster Energy Cup Series entry list. Only one non-charter team, #27 - Reed Sorenson. Other notables are #77 - Qiun Houff, #51 - Cody Ware, #52 - Bayley Currey.
The Racing Insiders Staff Report - May 28, 2019
Reddick Dominates End of Charlotte Race to Win
Tyler Reddick won Saturday’s Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, earning his second Xfinity Series win of the season.
Reddick led the final 16 laps after he took advantage of Cole Custer spinning his tires on a restart.
Reddick beat Justin Allgaier, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Noah Gragson and Justin Haley.
The Richard Childress Racing driver led 110 of 200 laps on the way to his fifth career Xfinity win. The victory follows his Talladega win last month.
Reddick’s win came in a race that saw a slew of drivers make contact with the wall and cut tires. It contributed to seven non-stage break cautions.
“This is a place I didn’t feel good about, I’m not going to lie,” Reddick said. “I was really worried, Charlotte is kind of been the point in my season where things past Charlotte haven’t really gone good. It’s really nice to come into Charlotte, practice good, come into the race, run good and come away with a win. Hopefully that means the next couple (Pocono and Michigan) are going to keeping rolling this way.”
Reddick, the defending series champion, has finished in the top four in the last eight races. He said this stretch is “absolutely” the best of his entire racing career.
“I can’t think of a stretch like this since I was younger than 10 years old racing Outlaw Karts in California when my dad put every ounce of sweat, blood and tears into my go-karts and we’d just go out and win a lot of races all the time on box stock,” Reddick said. “Definitely haven’t been that consistent ever.”
Earnhardt earned his first top-five finish in his 71st Xfinity start. It’s also his first top five in national NASCAR competition.
He was taken to the infield medical center after experiencing dizziness on pit road.
Haley earned his first career top five and gave Kaulig Racing its third overall top five.
Pole-sitter Christopher Bell finished 31st after he made contact with the wall and cut down his right front tire with two laps to go in Stage 2. He attempted to finish out the stage, but the tire shredded and caused significant damage to his car. It’s his second DNF of the season.
Bell’s teammate, Brandon Jones, also got into the wall and cut a tire within a lap of Bell. Jones opted to pit immediately and was able to continue and finished ninth.
Yahoo Sports - May 25, 2019
Austin Dillon Suffers From Burns in Xfinity Race
NASCAR driver Austin Dillon may be in some pain when he races in the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Dillon will be nursing burns he sustained during Saturday's Alsco 300 Xfinity Series race. Dillon got caught up with the No. 23 of Josh Billicki, who ran into the wall, causing damage to his No. 10 Chevrolet for Kaulig Racing.
The impact destroyed the crush panel on Dillon's car and that allowed heat and carbon monoxide fumes to fill his car. Dillon's cooling suit also failed and was blowing hot air with the temperature in the mid-90s.
"When he hit the wall behind the 23 it knocked the crush panels out and all the heat was coming in," his grandfather and team owner Richard Childress said. "It burnt him all down the right side of his shoulder off the seat."
The burns, though, aren't going to stop Dillon from racing Sunday as Childress said Dillon will "be good."
He added: "They'll tape him up and he'll be fine, I'm sure."
Dillon will start Sunday's race fourth behind William Byron, Aric Almirola and Kyle Busch. The Coca-Cola is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. ET.
Sporting News - May 25, 2019
Entrepreneur and venture capitalist Matt Hurley today announced the formation of H2 Motorsports and its introduction of Shane Lee as the driver of the No. 28 Circuit City Toyota Supra in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). The team will make its debut June 16 at Iowa Speedway and compete throughout the remainder of the 2019 NXS season.
H2 will be based in Mooresville, N.C.
“Entering any professional sport as a team owner is a significant commitment and undertaking,” Hurley said. “I’ve followed NASCAR closely for a number of years and appreciate the opportunity that is in front of H2 Motorsports. My due diligence has taught me much and reinforced my belief that now is the right time to build a team capable of winning races and ultimately championships. We are so proud to welcome Circuit City as the flagship sponsor for H2 Motorsports and look forward to reintroducing this brand — and many others — to the most brand-loyal fans anywhere.”
Circuit City, one of the most recognizable names in consumer electronics, returns to NASCAR after more than 20 years away from the sport. Under the leadership of Chairman and CEO Ronny Shmoel, Circuit City is writing the next chapter for a brand steeped in tech innovation by providing today’s generation with a deep portfolio of high-quality products matched with an exceptionally focused customer service support system that delivers a shopping experience like no other.
“Circuit City is excited to partner with H2 Motorsports and re-engage with NASCAR fans worldwide,” Shmoel said. “We know that NASCAR is a dynamic and one-of-a-kind property that will allow us to build strong and lasting business and consumer relationships through the power of competition and the most dedicated following. We know we’ve got a winning formula with
Matt and the team, both on and off the track.”
Lee, 25, competed in 13 NXS races in 2018, collecting one top-five and three top-10 finishes for Richard Childress Racing. A native of Newton, N.C., Lee also has participated in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series.
“It hasn’t been easy, but I’ve been patiently waiting for the right opportunity to present itself and that time is now,” Lee said. “This is the biggest step yet in my career and I appreciate the confidence Matt Hurley and H2 Motorsports has shown in me. I wish the Iowa Speedway race was tomorrow because I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of that No. 28 Circuit City Toyota
Pete Rondeau, most recently competition director for Furniture Row Racing, the 2017 NASCAR Cup championship team, will handle crew chief duties for the No. 28 Toyota. During Furniture Row’s championship season, the NASCAR veteran crew chief helped direct the team to eight wins en route to its thrilling title run.
NASCAR.com - May 23, 2019
Charlotte Entry List Released Before
Entry list were released today for the Charlotte double-header this weekend for the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series.
In the NASCAR Xfinity Series 40 cars are entered, 38 will make the field. Some of the notable drivers in the race will be #8 - Jeb Burton, #10 - Austin Dillon, #18 - Jeffery Earnhardt, #89 - Morgan Shepherd, and #99 - Junior Avila.
For the NASCAR Cup Series we have 40 cars on the entry list for the fourth time this year. Everyone will make the race. The four non-charter teams will be #27 - Reed Sorenson, #53 - BJ McLoud, #66 - Joey Gase, and #96 - Parker Kliggerman.
The Racing Insiders Staff Report - May 20, 2019
NASCAR Drivers Only Broadcast For
Xfinity Series Race at Charlotte
On the heels of highly popular “Drivers Only” broadcasts at Pocono (2017) and Talladega (2018), FOX NASCAR puts its eight-driver team to the test at Charlotte on Saturday for the third-consecutive year – this time with a twist.
Chad Knaus joins the FOX Sports lineup on Saturday for the “Drivers Only + Chad” NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race telecast, live on FS1 at 1:00 PM ET, joining all eight returning drivers from last season.
For the third time, Kevin Harvick has the call alongside analysts Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano. Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones and Bubba Wallace cover pit road, while Brad Keselowski returns to host from FOX Sports’ virtual studio in Charlotte alongside analysts Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Knaus.
Jayski.com - May 20, 2019
Ryan Reed Hopes to Be Back Racing Full
Time Next Season
One of the biggest surprises late last year was Lilly Diabetes announcing it was leaving Roush Fenway Racing and Ryan Reed for 2019. The two sides had been aligned since Reed was introduced to the Xfinity Series in 2013 for six races.
In 171 races, Reed recorded a pair of victories, both coming in the season opener at Daytona (2015 and 2017). The No. 16 car posted five additional top-five finishes with a total of 27 top 10s, placing no worse than 11th in points in five full seasons.
With the timing of Lilly’s announcement, Reed knew he was in trouble for the 2019 season. Through the opening three months of the NASCAR season, the California native has competed in one race, finishing ninth for DGR-Crosley Racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Reed spoke with Frontstretch to discuss the timing of Lilly’s announcement, what he’s been up to in his downtime, the current sponsorship model in NASCAR, moving his focus to 2020 and much more.
Frontstretch.com: What are you up to these days?
Reed: Obviously staying busy, trying to put something together to get back in a racecar. That’s not uncommon for drivers these days, especially when you’re young. If you’re not an established driver and a sponsor leaves, that determines if you’re in the racecar.
I’m really good friends with Ryan Truex and Brett Moffitt, and I’ve seen both of those guys go through this over the past few years. Both of them are very talented and were able to do it. Finding sponsorship is an interesting dynamic that’s part of our sport. The primary sponsor that I had over the past five years of my career left. They announced they were leaving in October and it doesn’t leave you a lot of time to get a full-time ride put together for the next year. Roush [Fenway Racing] obviously shut down their Xfinity program as a whole.
It was a challenging series of events. Nowadays, it’s all about working really hard on finding that primary sponsor and finding the right team to align ourselves with. Other times, it’s staying involved in the advocacy side of things as far as diabetes. I think that through NASCAR and my professional life, it’s something I’ve really developed a passion for. I’ve stayed very active in encouraging others in living a healthy life with diabetes and not letting diabetes hold you back.
Frontstretch.com: How much have you been able to lean on Brett Moffitt and Ryan Truex?
Reed: I hang out with both of those guys quite a bit. I train with Ryan Truex and I golf with Brett Moffitt. I see those guys every week. I’ve certainly talked to each of them about it, but we don’t necessarily sit down and have a long conversation about it. We all know that’s part of the world we live in as far as the sponsorship side of our sport. Each of those guys – Ryan with his opportunity with JR Motorsports this year and Brett, obviously with the success last year with Hattori Racing, and this year the full-time ride with GMS. I feel like those things helped develop those guys into the talent that they have.
I’ve been able to stay really motivated because if an opportunity comes, I’m ready. I’m in the best shape of my career, been able to study from a different lens outside the racecar and getting more time to understand the sport as a whole. The key thing is getting in good equipment. That’s what I’m focused on now and hopefully, I’m able to do it.
Frontstretch.com: What, if any, have been some of the positives of having more free time?
Reed: Since I was a little kid, my focus was to drive racecars and compete in NASCAR. It’s hard to sit on my couch instead of in a racecar every weekend, but there are positives. I think the ability and amount of time I’ve been able to spend on the advocacy side, that’s been pretty awesome. There are some things we’ve been working on that I’ll be able to announce in the next few weeks that I’m really excited about. Unfortunately, not on a racecar, there’s nothing to announce there yet, but there’s some stuff I’m going to be a part of, really centered around diabetes and some of the big foundations and groups of individuals that are doing pretty amazing things with diabetes.
There are probably four-five key events I’m going to be able to be at that if I was in a racecar I literally wouldn’t be able to be there because I would be at the race track. I’d say that’s the biggest positive I can take away from it. Other ones are just perspective, being able to sit back and looking at stuff through a different lens and being able to appreciate what the sport is and how badly I want it. When you’re in the trenches every weekend, it starts to blur the lines of how much you really appreciate it because at the end of the day when you’re doing something every week, and you’re focused on it every single day, it becomes a job to some degree. For me, being able to sit back and say ‘I want this really bad, I’ll do whatever it takes,’ has been good.
Frontstretch.com: When Lilly’s announced last October they were leaving, did you have a feeling 2019 was going to be tough?
Reed: Oh yeah, absolutely. It’s extremely difficult in today’s climate. It’s something that realistically, when we signed with Lilly’s, just to put it in perspective, we started those conversations with April or June the year before they signed up. It takes three-six months to put something together with a company that can spend the amount of money that needs to be spent in NASCAR. That’s just the reality of it.
These deals can’t be put together overnight and there are 20-25 guys that if their sponsor were to leave tomorrow, they would have a ride in NASCAR. At the end of the day, that’s not a lot of guys. There’s a big chunk of guys that sponsorship is a key component of being able to put themselves in a racecar.
Obviously, my goal is to be at the Cup level and contending for wins and championships. Once you have that on your resume, then sponsorship takes a back seat. Until then, you have to be able to put those deals together. That’s just the reality of where my career is at and where the sport is at.
Frontstretch.com: How much do you feel like performance was a part of Lilly’s deciding to go in a different direction?
Reed: I talked at length with them about it and they seemed to be very confident that results weren’t a part of it. They felt like, while yes, they were very adamant and put pressure on the team to perform better, every sponsor does in this sport. At the end of the day, they felt like they had a great partner with me and a great ambassador with me but it had run its course.
It was a five-year program, and in reality, that is a long time. It’s a long time to invest in a marketing-based program and they felt like it had run its course. In my honest opinion, if we had gone out there and dominated, won three-five races per year and contended at Homestead every year, then maybe it’s a different story today. The reality of it was that isn’t the case.
We all know that Roush Fenway Racing has been trying to rebuild over the past few years. I don’t have a bad thing to say about them. They’ve given me a tremendous amount of opportunities, but they have been rebuilding and trying to progressively improve their equipment. I think we saw moments of that throughout the years. Those were the realities of the situation. We always want to strive for more. Joe Gibbs Racing has won seven of the 12 Cup races this year, but they are back at the shop today talking about how they can get more and get faster. It’s just the nature of what we do.
Frontstretch.com: How would you gauge your performance at Roush over the five-plus years?
Reed: I think a tremendous amount of growth. When I came into the Xfinity Series in 2013 for my first race, I had run a season or two of Late Models out on the West Coast and ran a season of Late Models, probably 12-15 races out on the East Coast the following year. Then I ran 14 ARCA races and then I was in an Xfinity car.
That is a decent amount of time in a full-size car, but compared to some guys who have run 80 Late Model races a year for two or three years, I felt like I had a little bit of work to do and play catch up. I had to learn a lot about this style of racing. I think in my first couple of years, there was a lot to be desired. I felt like I didn’t get enough out of the equipment. The basis is comparing it to your teammates. Even though you have teammates and are in the same equipment, there are different people involved in key positions; crew chief, car chief, engineers, etc. As a driver, I felt like I needed to do more.
My third, fourth and fifth year, if you compare stats to Bubba Wallace, we were very close in points, and a lot of times ahead of him in points. By the end of my time, I felt like I was getting everything out of my racecar and we needed to get the cars better in order to achieve more. That didn’t happen right off the bat. It took some learning and self-growth. There were days that I had to look in the mirror and say ‘Hey, you’re not doing a good enough job.’
Those aren’t fun moments, but they are big character builders.
Frontstretch.com: In November, you mentioned you were excited about the free agency process. How challenging has it been?
Reed: It’s extremely challenging. The phone rings a lot about what we’ve got going on. The question always is ‘Yeah, we’re interested, but what do you have for sponsorship?’ We have the opportunity right now to align ourselves with teams, great teams. We’ve had some great conversations and we’ve had great conversations with sponsors as well.
It’s not quite halfway through the year and we feel like we have a great opportunity of getting one done maybe as soon as the second half of this year. Our focus is on 2020 and being able to be back full-time in one of the top three series.
The experience of free agency has been challenging, certainly tough not being in a racecar every week. It’s hard to sit on your couch and watch it, especially when you’ve been a part of it for five years. I’m only 25, so that’s 20 percent of my life. 20 percent of my life I’ve been at the race track competing at the Xfinity Series level. At the same time, I’m going to keep my head down, doing all the things I can do and let the chips fall where they may.
Frontstretch.com: You mentioned to me at Homestead last year you were excited about what the future holds. Do you still feel that way?
Reed: Absolutely. If I’ve learned anything in life, it’s that I truly do believe everything happens for a reason. I was diagnosed, was told I had diabetes and had no clue what that meant. All I knew is there was going to be a tremendous amount of needles and insulin, all kinds of different things in my life. I thought it was going to be the worst thing imaginable.
I met so many amazing people. With that, it led to the partnership with Lilly Diabetes, and it was an amazing partnership for five years. It’s easy to look down and say ‘Why am I in this situation, what did I do wrong, what could I have done different?’ I think if you do believe in yourself and what you have in front of you and deal with it as best you can and work hard when it all surfaces, it’s going to be for the best one way or the other. That’s just how I view things. I think it keeps my work ethic on track and motivates me to the best I can.
Frontstretch.com: It seems like dealing with past experiences in your life from a young age has helped motivate you in this time?
Reed: For sure. I think if you ask anybody with diabetes – obviously there’s a lot of people diagnosed at such a young age that they don’t remember it – but for me and some of the people I’ve met that were diagnosed later in life, the ability of handling adversity before and after diagnosis is tremendously different. It puts so much perspective in your life and you’re able to rationalize and be able to not dwell on the tough times and focus on the good times much more efficiently after having to deal with a disease like this.
Frontstretch.com: How did the opportunity with DGR-Crosley come about at Las Vegas this year?
Reed: Everyone in the sport has seen what DGR-Crosley has done in the sport in a pretty limited amount of time in building a great team. My dad knows David Gilliland from back on the West Coast and so he talked to him and was like ‘Hey, David would love for you to check out the shop.’ I drove up to the shop and talked to him, Bono [Manion, crew chief] and the guys up there. I was pretty impressed and we were able to secure some sponsorship from Dexcom, a longtime partner of mine.
It happened pretty quick, I’d say a couple months and we went and raced Vegas. Ironically enough, I had one truck race at Vegas seven years ago, and that was my only other truck race. It’s funny how it all comes full circle. It was fun to work with a young team like that. Bono had a tone of experience and I think everyone there does it right and is very ethical. That was something that was pretty big for me, and whatever I do next is having the right people around me.
We finished ninth. I wish we could have gotten up there and contended for a win. I felt like there were two or three things we could have done to make that happen but the speed was there. I felt good about being able to go out there and be competitive in a racecar right off the bat.
Frontstretch.com: You mentioned you’re focused on 2020, but it seems like you’ve talked with teams about getting a ride here or there for the second half of 2019?
Reed: Yeah, we’re going to work as hard as we can to be back in the car as soon as possible. If that was today, that would be great, tomorrow would be great. If a sponsor calls me and willing to write a check we could go this weekend and compete. The reality is we know how long these deals take. I think that you have to mentally focus on 2020 as your goal, and if something happens between then and now, that’s great and icing on the cake.
Frontstretch.com: But you’re not going to give up, correct?
Reed: No, unfortunately, that’s not something that’s bred into me. There’s no quit. It probably would be a little easier if that was the case but I’m addicted to the competition.
Frontstretch - May 14, 2019
Christopher Bell raced to his third Xfinity Series victory of the season, winning an extra $100,000 for taking the checkered flag at Dover International Speedway.
Bell also won at Dover for the second straight time, though he led only 44 laps in the No. 20 Toyota on Saturday compared with 110 last fall. Bell also won this season at Atlanta and Bristol and has 11 career wins in NASCAR's second-tier series in just 51 starts.
“We've had really fast race cars, but we just haven't been able to capitalize on it,” Bell said. “This one is really out to my pit crew. They did a great job of getting me out first there where I could control the restarts. I knew if we could get out front, we were going to be tough to beat.”
Bell matched Kyle Busch, who stars in the elite Cup series, for most Xfinity wins this season. He gave his checkered flag to a young fan in the stands.
The 2017 Truck Series champion, Bell earned a $100,000 bonus for scoring the highest finish among a field of four drivers in the “Dash 4 Cash” incentive program and already has plans for the money.
“That sprint car team is a long way down the road, but it's definitely a dream of mine to have one,” he said.
The 24-year-old Bell is seemingly ready to move up to the Cup series but faces a logjam at Joe Gibbs Racing. Denny Hamlin, a two-time Daytona 500 winner, is signed beyond 2020 and so are Busch and Martin Truex Jr.
Erik Jones said at Bristol he is discussing a contract extension with JGR. Bell will likely find a Cup ride in 2020 but it's unclear for which organization he'll drive.
“Winning races doesn't seem to be an issue for us,” Bell said.
Justin Allgaier was second and Tyler Reddick third. Pole-sitter Cole Custer won the first two stages ad led a race-high 156 laps but faded and finished fourth.
Yahoo Sports - May 4, 2019
Dale Earnhardt Jr's Xfinity
Throwback Scheme Reviled
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will pay tribute to his father’s first Cup start with a paint scheme for the Aug. 31 Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway.
Earnhardt Jr., who will drive the No. 8 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports, will have a scheme based on the No. 8 driven by Dale Earnhardt in his Cup debut on May 25, 1975 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The 2019 car, sponsored by Hellmann’s, mirrors the blue and yellow scheme and has a similar font and re-creates the vintage style of the No. 8 on the door panels and roof.
“This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while,” Earnhardt Jr. said in a release. “We had the perfect opportunity with the Darlington throwback race, and I couldn’t pass up the chance. Hellmann’s has been completely supportive from the beginning, and the whole concept aligns well with their core values.”
With sponsorship from 10,000 RPM Speed Equipment, Earnhardt’s No. 8 was owned by Ed Negre, both a driver and car owner who made 338 Grand National starts between 1955-79.
Negre’s son Norman worked as an engine builder for his father and the Negre Racing Team and was a close friend of Earnhardt. After some persuasion, the pair convinced the elder Negre to let them enter a second car at Charlotte, where Earnhardt finished 22nd in his first of 676 starts.
The Aug. 31 race at Darlington is Earnhardt Jr.’s only scheduled start for the year. His most recent start was a fourth Sept. 21 at Richmond Raceway.
NBC Sports - April 30, 2019
NASCAR Moves To Single Car Qualifying At All Oval Tracks In All Three Series
NASCAR has dropped its fight to add excitement value to qualifying and will return to single-car laps after the current format became a laughingstock.
All three NASCAR national series will return to single-car qualifying at all oval tracks starting this weekend at Dover. NASCAR for more than five years has used a group qualifying format, but a new rules package this season created an unintended consequence: drivers could game the system.
Most waited until the very last moment to pull off pit lane for their qualifying run; all 12 drivers in the final round at California in March missed the cutoff point to even register a lap. NASCAR was adamant it was trying to keep qualifying entertaining for fans because single-car runs are tedious, but teams continued to find loopholes that made the format a farce.
In Wednesday's rule change, elimination-style rounds were also cut.
Fox News - April 30, 2019
Dover Triple Header Weekend Entry Lists Released
Three races will take place this weekend at Dover International Speedway.
Sunday will be the Gander RV 400. There are 38 cars competing for 40 spots, so everyone will make the race. The two no-charter teams in the field will be #27 driven by Reed Sorenson, and #53 with a TBD driver, a part of the Rick Ware Racing stable moving the team to three cars for the first time in a NASCAR race. Quinn Houff will be in the #77 this weekend for Spire Motorsports. Cody Ware and BJ McLoud will race the #51 and #52 for Rick Ware Racing.
Saturday will be the Allied Steel Buildings 300 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series. 38 cars on the entry list for 38 spots. Some notables Zane Smith will be in the #8 Chevrolet for Jr. Motorsports, Riley Herbst will be in the #18 for Joe Gibbs Racing, Morgan Shepherd will be in the #89. No Cup Series drivers will be in the race this weekend.
Friday will be the return of the Gander Outdoor Truck Series. We have not seen them in competition since Texas Motor Speedway back in March. 35 trucks are entered into 36 spots, so everyone will make the race. Some notables. Travis Kvapil will make his return to the series driving the #1 for Beaver Motorsports, Derek Kraus will be in the #19 for Bill McAnally Racing, Natalie Decker in the #54 for DGM Crosly Racing.
The Racing Insiders Staff Report - April 30, 2019
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