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 "Regarding the announcement of Spencer Gallagher’s retirement earlier today at Kansas Speedway, all of us at GMS Racing wish Spencer the best in his future endeavors. We look forward to what the future holds for this organization and we will continue to work to build our Xfinity Series program into a championship caliber team like our trucks." - Mike Beam President of GMS Racing

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After the NASCAR XFINITY Series' first weekend off since June, Go Green Racing returns to action in Kansas with Joey Gase. This weekend is the first and only trip the series makes to Kansas Speedway this season. The mile and a half quad-oval is a track that Gase enjoys racing, "I like to think of it as another home track for me," said Gase. "It's one of the closest tracks to my hometown, so we always have a lot of family and friends that come to the track which is awesome."

This weekend Gase is bringing along two new sponsors that will be making their NASCAR debut on the #35 Chevy Camaro. Absaroka is a new Western & Leather apparel company out of Decatur, AL who is coming on as the primary sponsor for the Kansas Lottery 300. Page Construction announced yesterday that they'll be coming on board this weekend as an associate sponsor. Page Construction is a home repairs & construction company based out of Kansas City, MO. "We're extremely excited to have Absaroka and Page Construction on board with us this weekend," said Gase. "Both are great companies with even better people. I really look forward to building our relationship in the future."

Gase's first ever start at Kansas Speedway was for Archie St. Hilaire and the Go Green Racing team back in 2011. This weekend will mark his 7th start at the speedway with his best finish of 19th coming in 2012. The team will look to bounce back after a tough weekend in Dover and improve on Gase career best finish at Kansas Speedway.

Track Facts:
Length: 1.5 mile oval
Banking in turns: 17-20°
Banking on Frontstretch: 10°
Banking on Backstretch: 5.5°

TV / Radio:
The haulers are set to enter the track tomorrow morning and the first practice session for the Kansas Lottery 300 will begin tomorrow afternoon at 3:05 p.m. ET. on NBCSN. Final practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series will begin later on in the day at 5:05 p.m. ET and can be seen on NBCSN as well.

The green flag is scheduled for Saturday, October 20th at 2:55 p.m. ET. Live coverage of the Kansas Lottery 300 will be broadcasted on NBC. You can also listen in on MRN Radio, as well as Sirius XM Radio, channel 90.

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Virginia driver Quin Houff will return to the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team for Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway.
 
Houff, who will be driving in his seventh career Xfinity race, will pilot the No. 15 Chevrolet for JDM. He raced in September for the team at Richmond Raceway, finishing 31st, and now will finish the season in the car.
 
“I am very excited to have the opportunity to get back in a car with JDM,” Houff said. “Kansas will be a great track to start our four-race spurt together since I ran there last year. I am eager to learn on track and continue to build a relationship with the race team. I can’t thank all those who helped me get here and JDM enough for the opportunity.”
 
Houff, 21, started racing Limited Late Models at the age of 13 and advanced into Super Late Models and then into the Automobile Racing Club of America series.
 
Practices are scheduled at Kansas at 3:05 p.m. (ET) and 5 p.m. Friday. Qualifying is set for 11:40 a.m. Saturday, with the race to follow at 2:55 p.m.

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Garrett Smithley will drive the No. 0 Chevrolet for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller in Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway.
 
The race will be Smithley’s third in the Xfinity Series at Kansas. His best finish at the 1.5-mile track is 18th.
 
“Kansas is a track that gets your attention because the speeds are up there,” Smithley said. “The laps and miles go by really quickly. Sometimes you feel like you’re hanging on for dear life, but it’s still a fun track to challenge.”
 
There are four races remaining in the 2018 season.
 
Practices are scheduled at Kansas at 3:05 p.m. (ET) and 5 p.m. Friday. Qualifying is set for 11:40 a.m. Saturday, with the race to follow at 2:55 p.m.

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Ross Chastain is set for his fourth Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway.
 
Rolling into the final weeks of the season, Chastain sits ninth in Xfinity points entering Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 and will be trying to protect a spot in the top 10.
 
Chastain’s best finish at Kansas is 13th, in 2016.
 
“Kansas is a really fast track but also one where you have to be alert about picking lanes and picking the best places to pass,” Chastain said. “It’s always fun to race there. I’m sure we’ll have a fast Chevrolet this week.”
 
Chastain will drive the No. 4 Chevy for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller.
 
There are four races remaining in the 2018 season.
 
Practices are scheduled at Kansas at 3:05 p.m. (ET) and 5 p.m. Friday. Qualifying is set for 11:40 a.m. Saturday, with the race to follow at 2:55 p.m.

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On the heels of his first career top-10 finish in one of NASCAR’s top-three national divisions, Sports Car standout Max Tullman (@MaxTullman) heads to Kansas Speedway for Saturday afternoon’s Kansas Lottery 300 looking for another strong performance for Tullman Walker Racing (TWR).

Last weekend, Tullman made his third Truck Series start for Young’s Motorsports and showcased patience throughout the Fr8Auctions 250 to earn a strong ninth-place finish at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

As his craft improves, Tullman hopes to adapt to the skills he learned not only at Talladega, but his most recent Xfinity Series start at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway last month, where he finished a career-best 23rd after starting 20th.

“I’m looking forward to Kansas this weekend,” said Tullman, a native of Chester Springs, Pa.

“It’s been a really good couple of weeks. We were able to fight hard and persevere with a solid effort at Las Vegas and I learned a lot about the draft and most importantly patience to avoid the late race chaos to bring home a top-10 finish at Talladega. Hopefully, we can keep the momentum rolling on Saturday.” Tullman also hopes that his experience on the intermediate tracks in ARCA and Xfinity will prove to be beneficial for his third career Xfinity Series start.

The 21-year-old has gained big track experience this year at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, Michigan International Speedway and most recently Las Vegas.

Adapting to the faster speeds and layouts, he showed resilience to earn a seventh at Michigan and noteworthy efforts at the others. When the green flag falls, for his third Xfinity race, Tullman is hoping that his experience in his 13th stock car start in 2018 will begin to pay off.

“The intensity and competition increase several notches from ARCA to Xfinity,” added Tullman. “The experience at the bigger tracks will allow me to get comfortable quickly on Friday during practice and then work hard with my crew chief Doug Richert to dial in our No. 26 Ford Mustang and get it fine-tuned for the race on Saturday.

“Doug is one of the best in the business and his composure with my learning curve has proven to pay off on the track.”

As for their outlook for the team’s Kansas debut, Tullman said it’s about seeing the checkered flag with the goal of a top-20 effort to close out their inaugural season.

“Las Vegas was immensely challenging because of the heat and a flat tire early in the race,” he said. “As a team though, everyone stayed confident and we came out of there with a solid result. This weekend, we want to raise the notch just a little bit and see if we can end our first Xfinity season on a high note with a top-20 finish.”

Tullman and TWR will also use the 30th race of the Xfinity Series season to raise funds for Tullman’s crew chief’s wife Robin Richert. She is the wife of longtime industry veteran Doug Richert. Robin was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 stomach cancer.

Members of the racing community and race fans can help contribute their financial support by visiting their Go Fund Me donation page.

“Robin is a very special and caring person,” sounded Tullman. Even through her challenges, she has been our number one supporter. We are all wishing her a successful and speedy recovery.”

The makers of Eskata® (hydrogen peroxide) topical solution, 40% (w/w) will support the team this weekend at Kansas. Longtime TWR partners Zoomi, Myota and Yurpal will serve as associate sponsors.

The Kansas Lottery 300 (200 laps | 300 miles) is the 30th of 33 NASCAR Xfinity Series races on the 2018 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Oct. 19 from 2:05 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. A final practice session is set for 4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., Oct. 20 beginning at 10:40 a.m. The 40-car field will take the green flag shortly after 2:00 p.m. with live coverage on NBCSN, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Central).

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After a bi-weekend, the No. 78 BJ McLeod Motorsports (BJMM) NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) team heads to Kansas Speedway for the running of the Kansas Lottery 300.

NXS Rookie, Vinnie Miller will make his first start on the 1.5-mile Kansas City, KS track. “After a nice weekend off I’m ready to hop back in a car and get back after it at another new track for me,” Vinnie Miller said. “From what I’ve been told about Kansas (Speedway), it sounds like it is fast, smooth and a track where you can race anywhere. I’m looking forward to finding the fastest grooves in practice and hope to repeat a top-25 finish for the No. 78 BJ McLeod Motorsports team.

Miller posted a 25th place finish at Dover International Speedway in his second start with the BJMM team.

The Kansas Lottery 300 NXS race is slated to start at 3pm ET Saturday, October 20th. For more information on Vinnie Miller and BJMM visit www.VinnieMillerRacing.com and www.bjmcleodmotorsports.com

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The No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet Camaro from JR Motorsports and driven by Michael Annett will incorporate America's stars and stripes in its livery during NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, Nov. 3, ISM Raceway on Saturday, Nov. 10 and Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, Nov. 17 in honor of Veterans Day.

Founded by a Korean War veteran, Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, is proud to serve these brave men and women at retail locations across the United States.

Annett, whose relationship with Pilot Flying J dates back to 2007, relishes the opportunity to carry the red, white and blue in the final three events of the 2018 season.

"This is without a doubt my favorite Pilot Flying J paint scheme and, considering the meaning behind it, I'm honored to sit behind its wheel," said Annett. "When our veterans see the No. 5 on the track this fall, they'll know we're appreciative of their service."

In association with the patriotic scheme, Annett will personally give away three VIP prize packages to these races. Please visit twitter.com/michaelannett for details.

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For the past five years, we have been fortunate to have had a wonderful partnership with Ryan Reed and Roush Fenway Racing. Together, we have increased awareness among NASCAR fans about the importance of managing diabetes and have inspired people with diabetes to live the lives they want to live. Moving forward, we have decided to shift our focus to other initiatives that support the diabetes community and, therefore, our partnership with Roush Fenway Racing to sponsor Ryan will end at the conclusion of the 2018 NASCAR season.

We are grateful to Ryan for his dedication to the diabetes community, and we admire all he has accomplished. We wish him all the success in the future as we turn from sponsor to fans. We also thank Jack Roush and the team at Roush Fenway Racing for their exceptional partnership. As the Official Diabetes Health Partner of NASCAR, we look forward to continuing our support of fans impacted by diabetes through our educational initiatives that raise awareness of the importance of diabetes management and overall good health.

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The XFINITY Series kicked off the weekend with a couple of practice sessions on Friday afternoon. During both practice sessions, the Sparks Energy Inc team would work on freeing up the car and getting it to turn better in the center on both ends. By the end of final practice the team had made some big improvements from where they started the day off. They would end the day with the 22nd fastest lap time heading into qualifying on Saturday afternoon. 

Qualifying was scheduled to begin at 12:05 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, but Mother Nature had different plans. There had been a light drizzle for most of morning so qualifying had been put on hold. In efforts to squeeze qualifying in and not postpone other on-track activities, NASCAR changed up the format of qualifying a bit. Instead of three rounds of multi-vehicle qualifying, they would cut it down to just one 15-minute round to determine the starting lineup for the Bar Harbor 200. After the 15 minutes had expired Gase had put the No. 35 Sparks Energy Inc. Chevy in the 25th position. 

The clouds would still loom for the remainder of the day, but unlike qualifying the rain would stay away for the duration of the Bar Harbor 200. History at the Monster Mile has shown that the race is usually full of wrecks or minimal attrition and long green flag runs. You typically get either end of the spectrum; never in between. The Bar Harbor 200 was one with long green flag runs and very little attrition. Stage one and two went their entire distances without a single caution. Gase had climbed his way up 22nd by the end of the second stage. However, he had fallen two laps down so after the second stage had concluded CC Donahue elected to wave pit road to get one of those laps back. 

The field would get the green with 104 laps remaining in the 200 lap affair. The Sparks Energy Inc team was praying for a caution to set them up for the lucky dog and put them back on the lead lap. Unfortunately that caution did not happen. Gase would come down pit road for a green flag pit stop for a fresh set of Goodyear's and fuel. 

As Gase was barreling around the track after his pit stop CC Donahue said the car just didn't sound right and the lap times weren't where they should be with fresher tires than most of the field. Shortly after, Gase came over the radio "I think we're blowing up." As he relayed this information to the team the races first caution had come out. They would stay out on the track under the caution to log as many laps and gain as many points as possible. When the wreckage was cleared and the green flag had waved, Gase limped around for another couple laps before pulling into the garage ending his day 24 laps short. 

A broken valve stem was determined to have ended the teams day. Once the race had concluded, the Sparks Energy Inc. Chevy ended up in the 30th position. 

It was a tough break for the team after they had been running well the past month or so. Although this one stings, the team is still encouraged after a solid month of September that they will bounce back in a couple of weeks. The NASCAR XFINITY Series will have this next weekend off before heading back to Midwest to Kansas Speedway.

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Garrett Smithley finished 23rd Saturday in the Bar Harbor 200 Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway.
 
Smithley drove the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller No. 0 Chevrolet with sponsorship from Heroes Haven.
 
“It wasn’t the finish we were looking for today,” Smithley said. “We dropped off the lead pace and couldn’t make up time. We brought it home, though, and learned some stuff here. We’ll be ready at Kansas.”
 
Smithley is 19th in Xfinity driver points.
 
Point leader Christopher Bell won the race.
 
The series rolls on to Kansas Speedway for an Oct. 20 race, the opener of the next round of the playoffs.

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