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Garrett Smithley, driving the No. 0 Chevrolet Camaro, brought home a top-25 finish in Saturday’s Roseanne 300 at Auto Club Speedway.

Smithley had a strong lap in NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying and started the race in 25th place. The No. 0 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team finished the race in 23rd place.

“I’m so proud of how this team has done in every race out west,” said Smithley. “The West Coast Swing is always tough on teams this size, but every single one of these guys worked their tails off to get us through. We ran three clean races, and we got a solid finish today at Auto Club Speedway. I’m so thankful to for giving me a chance. I’m really hoping to see them on for more races this year. I’m ready to be home for a couple weeks, and I’m looking forward to racing in Texas.”

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will take a two-week break before heading to Texas Motor Speedway for the My Bariatric Solutions 300 on April 7th, 2018.


The Roseanne 300 at Auto Club Speedway was one to remember for driver Ross Chastain and team JD Motorsports with Gary Keller. Chastain, driving the No. 4 Future Media Sales / Daley Technology Systems Chevrolet Camaro, ran his most consistent race so far in the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series season and came home in 10th place.

Chastain started the weekend off strong by qualifying in 13th place. The No. 4 team ran in the top-ten for most of the race, earning playoff points at the end of stage one of the Roseanne 300.

“We ran this same car at Vegas, and it was fast there, but my team improved on it so much for this weekend,” said Chastain. “I can’t thank Future Media Sales, RM Parks, and Daley Technology Services enough for everything they’ve done. Tires are a huge deal at this track, so without their support, there’s no way we would’ve had enough fresh sets of tires to be as competitive as we were. I’m really proud of Johnny Davis and all of the guys who work here. I don’t know how these guys are even awake as hard as they’ve been working to get us through this West Coast Swing. I’m glad to be able to give them a race finish to be proud of.”

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will take a two-week break before heading to Texas Motor Speedway for the My Bariatric Solutions 300 on April 7th, 2018.


Rookie driver Matt Mills had a tough day at Auto Club Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Roseanne 300. Mills, driving the No. 15 Flex Glue Chevrolet Camaro for team JD Motorsports with Gary Keller, was scored in 37th place after contact with the wall on lap 33 ended his day early.

Mills qualified inside the top-30 for his first start at Auto Club Speedway, but a blown tire sent him into the wall, ending his race.

“It has been really tough having such bad luck these past two weekends,” said Mills. “Hopefully, we’ve got all of our bad luck out of the way early. It will be great to have the next two weeks off to regroup, and we’ll go to Texas with a clean slate. I’m so proud of my No. 15 crew for all of their hard work getting us through the West Coast Swing, and I’m very thankful to Flex Seal and Flex Glue for their continued support.”

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will take a two-week break before heading to Texas Motor Speedway for the My Bariatric Solutions 300 on April 7th, 2018.


Rookie driver Vinnie Miller finished up his first West Coast Swing with a clean race at Auto Club Speedway. Miller, driving the No. 01 JAS Expedited Trucking Chevrolet Camaro, finished Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Roseanne 300 in 27th place.

Miller qualified for the race in 34th place, but hard work from his No. 01 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller crew helped make the car better throughout the race.

“We had a pretty solid run at Auto Club Speedway this past weekend,” said Miller. “The track is similar to Michigan (International Speedway), but not exactly the same.  I really learned a ton from the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller teammates and my spotter Tyler Green.  They were able to help me realize I could utilize the whole track to gain more speed.  I am looking forward for a couple weeks off to get ready for Texas.  I can’t thank Tony and Lisa Freeland enough for coming on board with JAS Expedited Trucking last weekend in California.”

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will take a two-week break before heading to Texas Motor Speedway for the My Bariatric Solutions 300 on April 7th, 2018.


Joey Logano raced to the front of the field, in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Roseanne 300, leading 139 of the 150 lap race. Powered by the Ford FR9 Carb V8 engine, Logano drove the Ford Mustang across the finish line to record his 29th career NXS win and Roger Penske’s first win in the Xfinity series at Fontana.

“Congratulations to Joey and Roger,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “The team was well prepared and the car was fast from the first practice. Joey showcased the talent of Team Penske and drove up 15 positions within two laps to put himself in position to win.”

“It’s one of those races where you feel relieved when you win. It wasn’t a cheerful one—you’re supposed to win when you have a car that fast,” Logano commented in Victory Lane. “I’ve got to just thank Discount Tire, Ford and Roush Yates Engines, amazing.” Logano took command of the race five laps into the race, when he took the lead for the first time on his way to winning all three Stages of the race and leading 278 miles of the 300-mile race.

The seventh caution of the day came out with 11 laps to go. The No. 22 restarted second on the inside of the front row, with nine to go and dialed up the Ford FR9 horsepower to take the lead one final time and pulled away from the field to win by 1.429 seconds over Justin Allgaier.

Team Penske’s Ford Mustangs won back-to-back races to close out NASCAR’s Western swing with fellow Penske teammate Brad Keselowski winning at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix.

Stewart-Haas Racing Xfinity driver Cole Custer and JGL Racing Kaz Grala also had a solid day finishing P6 and P14 respectively.

NASCAR heads to the first short track of the season for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this weekend in Martinsville, Virginia. Reference the full 2018 schedule on


Spencer Gallagher
No. 23 Allegiant Chevrolet Camaro
Auto Club Speedway


Start: 15th
Stage one: 17th
Stage two: 13th
Finish: 11th
Points: 7th


Additional Info
- This 11th-place finish marks Gallagher's fifth top-15 of the 2018 season.


“I was struggling with a tight-handing condition center and late exit of the corners for the first part of the day. Chad (Norris, crew chief) did a great job calling the shots on the pit box to get the handling close to where I needed it to be. The west coast swing was pretty good to us with a top-10 at Las Vegas and top-15’s at both Phoenix and Fontana. I can’t thank my GMS Racing crew enough for the hard work they have put in these past three weeks. I know they are ready for some time off and so am I.”


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Auto Club Speedway was the last stop for the NASCAR Xfinity Series  “NASCAR Goes West” tour. The fast and bumpy two- mile track would be another first time visit for driver Spencer Boyd. 

Boyd would roll off 29th, which was a season high starting position. When the green flag dropped, Boyd immediately struggled, as he battled an extremely tight handling condition. On lap 31, caution was displayed for the 15 of Matt Mills. The first stage ended under this caution. Joey Logano won the stage and Boyd finished 33rd. 

During the caution on lap 37, Boyd came to the pits for four tires, fuel, & adjustments to help free the car up. The pit crew had a lighting fast stop. Boyd entered the pits 33rd and left 27th, a net gain of six position thanks to his crew. 

As the second stage began, the adjustments seemed to help, but the car started tightening up again throughout the run. On lap 69 caution waved again, this time for the 42 of John Hunter Nemechek. Stage 2 again ended under caution with Joey Logano up front and Boyd in 29th. 

Lap 73 Boyd came in for 4 tires, fuel, a tear off, and slight adjustments. Another solid stop by the crew moved him up 3 more positions. Boyd would restart 26th for the final stage of the race. 

The final stage produced quite a bit of attrition with wrecks, mechanical failures, and tire failures. Boyd ran the majority of the final stage between the 26th- 28th positions. With 30 laps remaining, Boyd lost the carcass from his right rear tire. Boyd somehow managed to keep the car intact with very minimal to no damage. When it was all said and done, Joey Logano went on to score the victory with Boyd finishing in the 30th position. 

After the race Boyd reflected, “This was probably the best feeling car I’ve had this season so far. We battled a tight condition for most of the weekend, but we got it pretty good there about halfway through the race. I love all the different lines you can run here; it makes for great racing. I hate we had that tire problem with about 30 to go though. I thought for sure we were going to get this Grunt Style Chevy another top 25, but that’s racing. I can’t thank my guys enough. The pit-crew was absolutely on fire today.” 

The Xfinity Series will head into a mini vacation with two off weeks before heading to Texas Motor Speedway in April. Although he will not be racing, Spencer Boyd will make an appearance next weekend at Martinsville Speedway, as he’ll be with the Grunt Style merchandise hauler to meet fans and sign some autographs. 

Spencer Boyd PR

After qualifying in the 14th position for Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) race at Auto Club Speedway, Austin Cindric was battling a tight machine before making contact with the outside wall costing him to lose two laps to the leaders. In the lucky dog position, Cindric had to make an unscheduled pit stop after cording a right front tire forcing him to settle with a 28th-place finish in his LTi Printing Ford.

“There are a lot of positives to take out of this weekend,” Cindric said. “Unfortunately none of them happened on Saturday and that’s the day that counted. We have to figure out why we had a fifth-place car in practice and a 15th-place car in the race.

You get caught up with guys racing way too hard and putting you in bad spots and at the end of the day that’s what cost us a lead lap finish. This race had so much potential for us.  I learned a lot about this track and what I need to do the next time I come back.  I feel comfortable knowing we have speed, but at the end of the day I brought it home with a bunch of battle scars on it.  We’ll move on and I’ll be in the 12 car at Texas and see what I can do there.”

After steadily running in the top-15 for a majority of stage one, the Mooresville, N.C native dropped a few positions late due to an extremely tight condition. When the caution flagged waved on lap 31 right before the end of the stage, the clean-up took longer than anticipating resulting in the stage to end under caution.

In the middle of stage two, Cindric made contact with the outside wall forcing him to bring his Ford in under green flag conditions. When the green-checkered flag waved ending stage two, the Rookie of the Year contender was scored in the 25th position, two laps down to the leaders.

After a series of cautions in the final stage, Cindric was scored in the lucky dog position before a corded right front tire sent him to the outside wall bringing out the final caution of the day ultimately ending his day forcing him to settle with a 28th – place finish at the two-mile track.

The No. 60 team will team will return to action on Friday, April 7 with Chase Briscoe behind the wheel at Texas Motor Speedway. Coverage will begin at 3:00 p.m.. (EST) on Fox.


Ryan Reed qualified his No. 16 Drive Down A1C Lilly Diabetes Ford seventh in front of his hometown crowd at Auto Club Speedway, his best career qualifying effort at Fontana.  Midway through the race a power steering issue arose, leaving Reed with his hands full maneuvering his Ford around the two-mile track.  Despite the issue, Reed never gave up and battled until the end to salvage a lead lap 17th-place finish.

“I thought we had a really good race car most of the weekend,” said Reed.  “We started off decent in practice and qualified seventh and I felt like we had a really strong race car for the race.  When we got going early on I was fighting the balance a little bit and felt like if we got our Drive Down A1C Lilly Diabetes Mustang dialed in we would be in contention for a top 10.  We ended up with a power-steering pump issue about halfway through the race, so it was a disappointing end.  It’s one of those deals where you’re going to have mechanical failures in racing and when you do you just have to deal with them.  You diagnose what happened and move on.”

Reed started the race seventh but lost ground over the course of Stage 1 with a “tight center, loose in” handling condition.  A caution came out on lap 31, which led to the first Stage ending under caution.  Reed pitted for four tires and chassis adjustments, lining up 12th for Stage 2.

The power steering issue surfaced on lap 63, and Reed was left battling his Ford until the caution came out closing out the Stage.  The team looked under the hood to try to identify the problem at the Stage break, but to no avail.  Reed was left muscling his Ford around the track.  Despite multiple pit stops and no power steering, Reed was able to hang with the field for a 17th-place lead-lap finish at Auto Club Speedway.


Matt Tifft Earns Second Consecutive Top-10 Finish with Eighth-Place Result at Auto Club Speedway 

"Auto Club Speedway has just been a challenge for me. Last year, I felt like I didn't know what I needed out of my car. This time around I felt much more confident in what I wanted and knew how to better communicate with my team about it. We started out too snug in the front, but after our first two pit stops of the day the No. 2 Anderson's Maple Syrup Chevrolet Camaro was much better with front turn. With the late race caution, Randall (Burnett, Crew Chief) was able to set the tires up for a short run and that really helped me move around some traffic and get back up in the top 10. It was a big learning weekend for me at a track I still find challenging, but to come out with an eighth place finish is a solid improvement for myself."
-Matt Tifft 
Austin Dillon and the Red Kap / Prudential Overall Supply Team Earn Impressive Top-Five Finish

"We've been really disappointed with some of the finishes on this No. 3 Xfinity Series team since Daytona so it feels great to earn a finish with a top-five. We had a really solid Red Kap / Prudential Overall Supply Chevrolet in practice yesterday so I was a bit bummed after qualifying. We just didn't do a good job on our delta. We got to the race and we tightened up. It was really impressive on that last run. We were running up there against the fence and making some moves. I'm proud of this team for this fourth-place finish today."
-Austin Dillon
Daniel Hemric Ends West Coast Swing with First Top-Five Finish of Season in South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Auto Club Speedway

"I'm so proud of Danny Stockman and all of the guys on the No. 21 South Point Hotel & Casino team. We unloaded fast and made great adjustments throughout the weekend. We had a solid starting spot and just kept chopping at away at it all day. This was a battle. We had to fight hard on the track and on pit road. We made solid adjustments on the car and had great stops all day. We're getting closer. I can taste it. The West Coast swing was solid. We came out of this with a sixth, a sixth and a fifth. That's solid momentum heading into the off weeks." 
-Daniel Hemric


Race Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 2 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)


Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-35):

● Custer started fourth, finished third. Earned eight bonus points.

● Custer piloted the Haas Automation Ford to the second position by lap two.

● During the stage, he noted visibility and handling issues due to sand on the windshield and tight-handling conditions.

● After a lap-33 caution, the stage concluded under caution. He pitted for four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments.


Stage 2 Recap (Laps 36-70):

● Custer started third, finished sixth. Earned five bonus points.

● Custer fell to the sixth position during the restart, but battled back to third place on lap 48.

● On lap 69, the caution flag was raised due to a cut tire on the No. 42 car, ultimately ending Stage 2 under caution.

● He pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments, and gained one position on pit road.


Final Stage Recap (Laps 71-150):

● Custer started fifth, finished sixth.

● Custer piloted his Haas Automation Ford Mustang in and around the top-five until a lap-96 caution.

● During the caution, crew chief Jeff Meendering radioed Custer to the pits for four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments.

● Custer climbed to as high as second and ran inside the top-10 before another caution on lap 139. He pitted for four tires and fuel.

● Custer restarted in the third position behind a car on older tires. As a result, he was caught in traffic and battled just outside of the top-five before the conclusion of the race.



● This was Custer’s second NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway.

● This marks Custer’s first top-10 at Auto Club and third top-10 of the season.

● This was Custer’s third straight top-10.

● Custer earned 13 bonus points in the Roseanne 300.

● Only 22 of the 40 drivers finished on the lead lap.

● Seven cautions slowed the race for 32 laps.

● Joey Logano won the Roseanne 300 to score his 29th career Xfinity Series victory, first of the season and third at Auto Club Speedway. His margin of victory over second-place Justin Allgaier was 1.429 seconds.


Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing With Biagi-DenBeste:      

“We had good speed today out of our Haas Automation Ford Mustang, but we got caught up there on the final restart behind the 39 car who was on old tires. I don’t know if we had enough to compete with the 22 car, but we definitely had a top-three car. It was a good day for the team and I’m glad we were able to put on a good race for my hometown fans.”


Next Up:          

The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the My Bariatrics Solutions 300 on Saturday, March 17 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FOX.