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Lake Norman Patio and Game Rooms Join Vinnie Miller and the No. 78 BJ McLeod Motorsports NXS Team at Charlotte Motor Speedway21 May 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Lake Norman Patio and Game Rooms, Inc. based in Mooresville, NC will serve as the primary sponsor for Vinnie Miller in the No. 78 BJ McLeod Motorsports NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) Camaro for the running of the Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Miller finished in the 28th place position on the 1.5-mile Concord, NC track in his 2018 NXS Rookie season and hopes to better that this Saturday afternoon.
“I’m really excited about going back to Charlotte (Motor Speedway) this weekend with a local Mooresville sponsor; Lake Norman Patio and Game Rooms. I met Brad (Doane) when I was looking for a dart board, we hit it off and he offered to help us for the Charlotte race,” Vinnie Miller said. “Hopefully, I will give him a strong finish and they’ll be back with us again later in the season. I’ve really been working on my mile-and-half track performance so I think Charlotte is a perfect track for Lake Norman Patio and Game Rooms to be on the No. 78 BJ McLeod Motorsports Camaro. I know these guys on the BJ McLeod Motorsports team have been working hard to get the car ready for this weekend, now it is my turn to do my job and bring home a solid finish Saturday.”
“I met Vinnie when he came in the store a few months ago and we really hit it off. I expressed an interest in helping him out from time to time. I’ve had a business here since 2011 and became more interested in NASCAR being that we are based in the Mooresville area.” Brad Doane, owner of Lake Norman Patio and Game Rooms, Inc. continued. “This is my first venture sponsoring a car in one of the top-tier NASCAR Touring Series and hoping to become more involved. We are really excited about being a part of the BJ McLeod Motorsports team this weekend in Charlotte.”
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The Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway is slated to begin Saturday, May 25th at 1:00pm. Live coverage begins at 12:30pm on FS1, PRN Radio and NASCAR Sirius Channel 90.
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JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) is proud to welcome back the Flex Seal Family of Products as well as the Florida Watermelon Association on board as primary partners on all four Chevrolet Camaros.
Florida Watermelon Association will once again team up with Ross Chastain and the No. 4 team, a partnership that dates back to 2014 in his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at Charlotte. This will be the first race of the season for the FWA aboard Chastain’s Chevrolet.
Flex Seal will join forces with BJ McLeod and the No. 15 team, marking it as the first time that he has been sponsored by the longtime JDM supporter. In two sponsored races this season, Flex Seal was able to earn an 11th place finish at Richmond with Chastain, and a 9th place finish at Talladega with Landon Cassill, both driving the No. 4 Chevrolet.
Flex Tape will hop on board the No. 0 Camaro with Garrett Smithley for the third time this season. In Talladega just a few weeks ago, the Flex Tape backing helped push Smithley to his season-best finish in 12th place.
And lastly, but certainly not least, Flex Glue will reunite with Stephen Leicht and the No. 01 Chevrolet for the second time this season. In their only other race aboard Leicht’s Camaro, they walked away with a 24th place finish after getting caught up in “The Big One”.
This weekend’s race in Charlotte marks the third time this season where all four JDM cars have been fully sponsored, and the team is very pleased. Team owner Johnny Davis was quoted saying “We here at JD Motorsports truly appreciate all of the fantastic support we have had this season. Our cars have been running as good as ever, and I take pride in knowing that more and more companies are starting to take notice. We are going to give it our all this Saturday in Charlotte to represent them well!”
The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the running of the Alsco 300 on Saturday, May 25th. With this being a race close to home for many NXS teams and drivers, there is always an extra sense of pride and desire to perform. Be sure to watch FS1 for live coverage at 1:00 PM ET, or listen along on the radio on PRN. For all things JD Motorsports with Gary Keller, be sure to follow along on our social media pages @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM
The U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway will air at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 27, on NBCSN.
Brandonbilt Motorsports (@BMSRaceTeam) will field a second car in the upcoming #Alsco300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 25th. The primary car (No. 86) will have a teammate for the first time ever as BMS honors their past by debuting the No. 68 Chevrolet. Development Driver Mason Diaz (@masondiazracing) will drive the No. 86 with support provided by Solid Rock Carriers. Principal driver Brandon Brown (@BrandonBrown_86) will debut the second car in NASCAR’s hub of Concord, NC.
Team Owner Jerry Brown said of the milestone “We could not put together a better timeline for this Xfinity Series Season. Everybody on the No. 86 crew has continuously progressed towards their full potential,” Brown added “... The opportunity for top rides in the Xfinity Series has dwindled in recent years and the future stars of our sport need a place to go, that is the sole reasoning behind this No. 68 car, to give the future a chance on a national stage.”
Brandon Brown looks to continue his strong start to 2019 (9 Top 20’s) by debuting the No. 68 car, presented by Vero - True Social. “My goal this weekend is to show everybody in the garage that we are here to stay and be competitive, that this organization is a force to be reckoned with.” Brown went on to thank his partners “I cannot thank Vero - True Social enough for their support, I have worked very closely with them in recent months building my personal brand and working on building their platform into the top social media app.”
David Clarke, General Manager for BMS said of the achievement “Expanding to a two car operation takes a lot of planning. It takes time to put the parts and pieces into play. Fortunately for us we have been planning this for a while, though running two cars is happening sooner than anticipated.” Clarke went on to say “It definitely added some additional work to our already overworked crew but they stepped up and delivered as we knew they could.”
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There’ll be a new face in the JR Motorsports stable at Daytona International Speedway this summer. Sheldon Creed, the reigning ARCA Racing Series champion, has been named to drive the No. 8 Chevrolet Accessories/Drivers Edge Development Camaro for JRM in the NASCAR Xfinity Series event on July 5.
A 21-year-old native of Alpine, Calif., Creed joins JRM regulars Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett and Noah Gragson to complete the team’s four-car lineup for the 100-lap Firecracker 250. It stands as Creed’s third career NXS start and first with JRM. His previous two starts came in 2017 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Road America.
“This opportunity presented itself through the Drivers Edge Development program and the relationship between JRM and GMS,” Creed said. “I couldn’t be more thrilled at the chance to run an Xfinity car at Daytona. It’s one of those races where absolutely anything can happen, and it’s going to be fun being part of the action in JRM’s No. 8 car.”
Creed, who currently competes full-time in NASCAR’s Gander Outdoors Truck Series for GMS Racing, was one of seven drivers named to Drivers Edge Development’s inaugural class earlier this year. The program, developed jointly by JRM, GMS, and presented by Chevrolet, aims to groom the next generation of racing superstars through a tiered competition pipeline coupled with comprehensive off-track education.
Creed becomes the seventh driver to wheel the No. 8 Chevrolet for JRM in 2019, joining Jeb Burton, Chase Elliott, Brett Moffitt, Ryan Preece, Zane Smith and Ryan Truex. To date, the team has recorded two top-five and seven top-10 finishes through the first 10 races of the season.
The Firecracker 250 from Daytona International Speedway airs on Friday, July 5, at 7:30 p.m. EST on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.
LifeShare Carolinas and Joey Gase Team up together to put on a Hand Prints of Hope Event in Honor of Sam Bass16 May 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
On Saturday, May 25, LifeShare Carolinas will proudly sponsor Joey Gase as he drives the #35 LifeShare Carolinas car in the Alsco 300. The car will bear the name and photo of Sam Bass along with Hand Prints, Hearts, and Messages from Sam’s family and supporters. Bass was in need of a lifesaving kidney transplant, and sadly, did not get one in time and passed away this past February.
During the unveiling event, Sam’s family will be given the chance to place their handprints on the car in paint and write personal messages to him. The public is invited to the event as well to place their personal stamp in support of donation and Sam. They will also have the chance to meet Joey, learn about organ, eye, and tissue donation, view Sam’s artwork, and classic cars.
Sam’s wife, Denise, says, "I'm very appreciative to Joey Gase for honoring Sam's memory in such a special way. Joey and I share a common bond related to organ donation; and we are fortunate to have his sponsor LifeShare Carolinas provide the platform for our efforts to raise awareness about this critical need of thousands suffering serious illness, possibly someone close to you. Sam would be very proud to know his legacy is being carried on to help others."
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Following Brandonbilt Motorsports (@BMSRaceTeam) noteworthy 13th place finish with principal driver Brandon Brown (@brandonbrown_86) behind the wheel at Dover (Del.) International Speedway earlier this month, officials from BMS and MAD Motorsports jointly announced today that the Manassas, Va. driver Mason Diaz will make his third career NASCAR Xfinity Series start in the upcoming Alsco 300 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway on Sat., May 25.
Diaz will drive the team’s No. 86 Chevrolet Camaro in the 11th race of the season.
Diaz has two previous starts in the Xfinity Series where he finished 18th in his debut at Richmond (Va.) Raceway (September 2018) and a 36th place finish after succumbing to a mechanical failure in his Richmond return last month.
With a second opportunity in 2019, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competition has set his sights to impress in his Xfinity Series intermediate debut and deliver a strong effort for Brandonbilt Motorsports.
“I am very excited to get back in a Brandonbilt Motorsports Chevrolet next weekend at Charlotte,” said Diaz. “It’s unfortunate that we had a mechanical failure at Richmond while we were running very competitively, but I’m thankful for a second opportunity with the team.
“Brandonbilt Motorsports has showed their ability to run well at the intermediate tracks, so I’m confident that will continue, and I’ll be able to conquer my learning curve in quick fashion.”
Diaz’s efforts for Charlotte will be supported by longtime partners The Sign Shop and Solid Rock Carriers.
Headquartered in Woodbridge, Va., The Sign Shop is your one stop shopping place for all your business needs for both custom and traditional needs. From magnetic signs, vehicle lettering, vehicle wraps, signs, screen printing, business cards and embroidery, see how The Sign Shop makes you shine!
Solid Rock Carriers Inc. is a licensed and bonded freight shipping and trucking company running freight hauling business from Lagrange, North Carolina. Serving the eastern United States for over 20 years, Solid Rock Carriers provides on-time delivery and superior customer service.
Additional support for Diaz’s Xfinity Series run include: Prince William Marina, and Trebor Yelgab Enterprises.
“I’m very thankful for the support of my marketing partners,” added Diaz. “The Sign Shop and Solid Rock Carriers have been with me for a long time and their continued support is appreciated. But without their support and Prince William Marina and Trebor Yelgab Enterprises a lot of my racing in 2019, including Charlotte would not be possible.”
Touted as up and coming driver in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, Diaz will expand his resume in the NASCAR Xfinity Series hoping to compete on the larger tracks throughout the remainder of the 2019 season.
For more on Mason Diaz, please visit MasonDiazRacing.com, like him on Facebook (Mason Diaz Racing) and follow him on Instagram (@masondiazracing) and Twitter (@masondiazracing).
For more on Brandonbilt Motorsports, please like them on Facebook (Brandon Brown Racing) and follow them on Instagram (@bmsraceteam) and Twitter (@bmsraceteam).
The Alsco 300 (200 laps | 300 miles) is the 11th of 33 races on the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule. Practice begins Thur., May 23rd with two 50-minute sessions beginning at 4:05 p.m. and 6:05 p.m. respectively. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., May 25th at 9:35 a.m. The race is set to take the green flag later that afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Performance Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).
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We created the Comcast Community Champion of the Year Award at the start of our NASCAR partnership to recognize and honor the incredible individuals in this industry giving back to communities in remarkable ways. As I reflect on the four Comcast Community Champions, and the countless stories we’ve uncovered, I am so proud to say this program has far exceeded all expectations. The ongoing commitment to giving back within the NASCAR industry continues to inspire us, and we’re greatly looking forward to what is to come in 2019.
The nomination window is now officially open for you to recognize someone within the industry who is working hard to make a difference in the community. Over the next few months, our Xfinity Racing team will be working closely with you to continue education and encourage participation during the nomination process.
Please take the time to nominate deserving candidates, and learn additional details about the award, by visiting ComcastCommunityChampion.com.
The nomination deadline is Monday, July 8. Eligible award recipients include team owners, drivers, all Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Gander Outdoors Truck Series team employees, employees of tracks on the 2019 schedule for NASCAR’s top three National series, NASCAR officials and motorsports media members. In October, we will announce the three finalists; the champion, determined by a selection panel, will be announced during NASCAR Championship Weekend in Miami and recognized at the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Awards Ceremony. Comcast will make a donation of $60,000 to the charity of the 2019 Comcast Community Champion, and a donation of $30,000 each to the two remaining finalists’ respective charities.
Since the Comcast Community Champion of the Year program kicked off in 2015, we have donated a total of $480,000 to causes of inspirational individuals in the NASCAR industry who are truly living Comcast’s core values. From work with the Iowa Donor Network to hosting camps for children with heart disease to the incredible working being done by our 2018 Champion, Joey Logano, we have been able to shine a much-deserved spotlight on individuals who have dedicated their lives to making a difference beyond the track.
Thank you in advance for your help in identifying deserving individuals to be the next Comcast Community Champion.
Dover is a racetrack that JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) looks forward to coming to every year. In seasons past, the team has had some good success, and with the support of the Delaware Office of Highway Safety, there’s always a boost in morale and team spirit associated with the trip up north.
Entering the weekend, driver Ross Chastain was eager to hop back in the seat of his No. 4 Protect Your Melon Chevrolet after briefly stepping out of the ride one week prior in Talladega. Chastain, who looked to get back in the swing of things with the team, showed the world that he was going to give it his all by qualifying in the Top 10 early Saturday morning. Indeed, it was his best ever qualifying result with JDM, which added a sense of pride within the organization. Throughout the Allied Steel Buildings 200, Ross kept his Protect Your Melon Chevy up in and around the Top 10, even going as far as earning a couple stage points at the end of Stage 1.
In a race that only saw five total cautions, there weren’t many opportunities to work on the racecar, but a late caution brought everybody down pit road for some final adjustments. This set the field up for a fourteen-lap sprint to the finish, and crew chief Paul Clapprood went with a Hail Mary call to drastically change the setup on Chastain’s car, hoping to gain some track position. The effort paid off, ending with Ross coming home with a 12th place finish. He leaves Dover still sitting in 13th place in the season points standings, now 44 markers out of the Playoffs cutoff.
Garrett Smithley, driver of the No. 0 Camaro from nearby Ligonier, Pennsylvania, likes coming to Dover due in part to a good number of local fans and friends coming out to support his racing efforts. This weekend, Garrett got to visit the Dover Air Force Base, in which he was able to connect with local military members and their families, a humbling experience for himself. On Saturday morning, Garrett qualified his Chevrolet in the 26th position. From there, he found himself racing in close quarters with two of his JDM teammates in Stephen Leicht and BJ McLeod for the bulk of Stage 1.
Stage 2 came around with Smithley starting to find his stride a little bit, running up near the Top 20 for most of the rest of the race. The crew made some slight changes to help find more balance, and at one point, Smithley radioed “We are about one adjustment away from being perfect!” At the end of the day, Garrett brought his Number Nuthin Chevy home with a 23rd place finish. Smithley sits 16th in the standings, 41 points out of the Top 15 positions.
Stephen Leicht started the weekend off with a 23rd place qualifying effort, and felt pretty confident of what he had for the 200-lap main event. He wrestled a “tight” condition with his No. 01 Chevrolet for the entire race, and with Dover being one of those tracks that eats tires, he was at a disadvantage with a car that was resistant to turning. Though he ran consistently near the 20th to 25th position, it seemed as if none of the adjustments made to his car helped fix the handling issues. Leicht ended up in the 26th position, and dropped down one spot in points. Don’t fret though, for he is only twelve points behind 22nd place, and will have a shot at gaining some points on his competition in the next outing at his home track in Charlotte.
Dover just so happens to be one of BJ McLeod’s favorite racetracks, and he proved it in qualifying. He was able to bust out a lap good enough for 20th place to start the day off, which was his best qualifying effort this season, and his second-best starting spot of his entire career. From there, he raced around Stephen and Garrett for the first stage, ending up right behind them at the end of it. McLeod continued to race around the 25th spot for the remainder of the race, before ultimately coming home with a 27th place finish. BJ sits in 21st in points, and actually moves up one spot compared to the week prior in Talladega.
All in all, it was a solid race for the team. The crews seemed pretty content with their showing, and they were able to gather some valuable notes for when the series returns to the track later on in the season. Thank you to the Delaware Office of Highway Safety for their continued support, and we here at JD Motorsports with Gary Keller would like to sincerely remind everybody to buckle their seatbelts up when they get in a vehicle!
The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads home to Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 25th for the running of the Alsco 300. Though the teams have two weeks off from racing, all of our crew is working hard on making the Charlotte cars as good as they can possibly be. Follow us along on our adventures by following our social media pages with the username @JDMotorsports01 and using the hashtag #TeamJDM.