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Ford today revealed the all-new 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series Mustang racecar, rounding out its presence as Ford’s global flagship in race series around the world, from hot rods to stock cars to endurance racers.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series Mustang marks the fifth all-new motorsports Mustang unveiled in the past year. It joins the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, National Hot Rod Association Funny Car division, Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, and grassroots Cobra Jet, which have all found their way to the winner’s circle in their respective forms of racing.
The new racing Mustangs all were projects that included members of Ford’s engineering and aerodynamics teams based out of the Ford Performance Technical Center in Concord, NC. The facility has evolved from a racing-only facility to a test-bed of development for production vehicles as well as motorsports including the all-new 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500.
“We’ve always talked about Mustang being a car that was born to race, and it’s been gratifying to see it performing so well in multiple series around the world,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “It’s a credit to all of our engineers and teams that have worked so hard to make Mustang a championship contender right out of the box.”
This has been particularly evident in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, where the new Mustang has won 17 of the first 20 races of the season and has now clinched the Supercars Manufacturer’s Championship just halfway through the season. DJR Team Penske has won 16 of the events, including defending champion Scott McLaughlin’s 14 victories.
In addition to the new motorsports Mustangs, Ford also competes with the Mustang GT4 in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Series in North America, and the FIA British GT4 Championship in Europe.
In 2019, Team Penske captured five of the first 15 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events with drivers Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano. Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick has also won two Cup events, including this past weekend at Michigan International Speedway.
“Ford and NASCAR have enjoyed a long and storied partnership, and the iconic Mustang has solidified its place within that legacy with an impressive performance in the NASCAR Xfinity Series,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR managing director of racing operations and international development. “We’re looking forward to seeing what the newest generation of the Mustang will do on the track.”
In NHRA Funny Car drag racing competition, Bob Tasca III recently won back-to-back events in Bristol, Tenn., and Norwalk, Ohio.
Before revealing today’s all-new Xfinity Series Mustang, the previous Xfinity Mustang started racing full-time in 2011, winning the driver’s championship three times and the owner’s title on six occasions.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won back-to-back driver’s championships in 2011 and 2012, with car owner Jack Roush taking the manufacturer’s crown in 2011. Chris Buescher followed with the driver’s title in 2015 while fellow Ford owner Roger Penske capped off a run that saw him win three straight owner’s championships. Penske added a fourth owner’s title in 2017 before Tony Stewart and Gene Haas won their first with driver Cole Custer last season.
The new NASCAR Xfinity Series Mustang will debut at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 15.
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Ricky Rudd is a NASCAR legend, with a mind-boggling 906 career NASCAR Cup Series starts and 23 victories to his name. In his early years, he raced for his father Al’s team before hooking up with legendary Virginia car owner Junie Donlavey.
At Darlington (S.C.) Raceway on Aug. 31, Justin Allgaier will pay tribute to Rudd and sponsor Armour by running a throwback paint scheme dedicated to the No. 90 Truxmore Chevrolet that Rudd wheeled in 1979.
The No. 7 Armour Vienna Sausage Chevrolet that Allgaier will wheel at Darlington features the blue tail and roof of the original scheme, along with the signature gold stripes that run along the bottom of the body and wrap around the hood, which is white. Those colors align well with Armour’s signature paint schemes.
“I’m really looking forward to running this Ricky Rudd throwback,” said Allgaier, driver of the No. 7 for JRM. “His success in NASCAR, driving for not only for his dad, Al Rudd, but also the No. 90 for Junie Donlavey, an icon of the sport... I just felt like for us, this was a perfect throwback. We are trying to hold true to the throwback theme, the colors obviously match really well and it’s just a cool car.
“That’s part of what makes the throwback so much fun is to be able to have a cool car and have a lot of respect for that driver and their accomplishments and the car owner, and in this case I have a lot of respect for both. It is going to be really cool to see how the car turns out and to finally get on the race track.”
That particular car is significant, because Donlavey was not known for fielding Chevrolets.
Donlavey had run short on cars during that season, and by the time summer came around he needed one. The Rudd family team had a car, a Chevrolet, and it was painted in the blue, white and gold scheme it had run all season.
“Junie didn’t have a car that we could take to the short tracks at that time,” Rudd said. “I had one sitting back at my shop. My brother built the engine and we carried it to Richmond where Junie’s shop was.
“The biggest thing I remember is that Junie took a powerful ribbing for running a Chevrolet. When he showed up with that car, I don’t think he’d ever taken that much ribbing in his life. He was well-respected and had always been loyal to his brand.”
Donlavey, the Richmond, Va. businessman and car owner, founded his race team in 1950 and was part of the original founding group of owners and drivers in NASCAR. He had always run cars made by another brand. Some 67 drivers competed in Donlavey’s cars from 1950 until he shuttered his team in 2004, including Rudd, Joe Weatherly, Buddy Baker, Harry Gant, Dick Trickle and others. Ken Schrader and Jody Ridley both won Rookie of the Year honors driving for Donlavey, and Ridley scored the team’s only victory at Dover in May of 1981.
Fans see Allgaier’s throwback car in action by tuning in to NBC for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race from Darlington Raceway on Saturday, August 31 at 4 p.m.
Brandonbilt Motorsports and Coastal Carolina University reveal NASCAR driver and CCU alumnus Brandon Brown’s throwback car at Darlington Raceway.
This event is in conjunction with Darlington Raceway’s Throwback Weekend (August 30th – September 1st) that focuses on the years 1990-1994. Brown’s No. 86 Coastal Carolina ZL1 Chevrolet Camaro throwback look will pay homage to Terry Labonte’s 1993 Kellogg’s Cornflakes car; 1993 is the year CCU achieved status as an independent, public institution. Brown and Labonte both spoke with the media, along with Kerry Tharp, president of Darlington Raceway.
Brown, 25, graduated from CCU in 2018 with a degree in communication and now races full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 68 and No. 86 Chevrolet Camaros for Brandonbilt. This is the third year that CCU is the driver and car sponsor of Brandon Brown.
Labonte started his racing career at Darlington in 1978 and is a two-time NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion. He was named one of NASCAR’s 50 greatest drivers in 1998 and was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2016.
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Team 08 GPS PURE Chevrolet Camaro:
After a strong performance last weekend at Watkins Glen International, Gray Gaulding and the No. 08 GPS PURE team came into Mid-Ohio looking to duplicate their road course performance from last week. Gaulding would roll off from the 15th position for the 75 lap race. The first caution of the day waved on lap 5 after Gaulding's teammate stalled out on track. With four laps remaining in the opening stage, Crew Chief Patrick Donahue played some strategy and called his driver to the pits under green flag racing. The caution waved on lap 20 for the conclusion of stage one. Gaulding was in the 30th position, but would stay out under caution to gain his track position back.
Gaulding started the second stage from the 10th position. The second stage was filled with excitement. On lap 29 the caution waved after the 68 car got stuck in the sand trap. The fourth caution of the day came out after the 90 car sustained heavy damage on the restart. With four laps remaining in the second stage, a multi-car wreck in the key hole triggered the fifth caution. Gaulding was able to sneak through the incident without any damage. The stage would end under caution with Gaulding in the 6th position, which gained the team five valuable stage points.
Gaulding pitted under caution before the start of the final stage. Several cars stayed out on track, which shuffled the 08 team back in the middle of the pack for the restart. Gaulding was able to claw his way forward throughout the final stage. The checkered flag fell and Gaulding brought home his No. 08 GPS Pure Chevy Camaro in the 14th position. The result marked Gaulding's eleventh top-15 finish of the season. Gaulding remains 13th in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Point Standings with only five races remaining until the 2019 playoffs.
“It was a pretty wild day, but we still came away with a top 15 finish. We finished P14. I can't thank all my guys enough for their hard work and for giving me a good race car. It just kinda didn't play out at the end like we wanted, but we don't have a torn up race car. We've had a good two months of being in the top-15, but we wouldn't be here without our partners PURE, Panini. It was another solid weekend and we'll see you in Bristol."
Bobby Dotter Thoughts on the 08 Team:
“The 08 team brought home another solid top 15 finish today. We were able to capitalize earlier in the race and get some stage points as well. Looking forward to Bristol.”
Team 07 Isokern Fireplaces & Chimneys Chevrolet Camaro:
Ray Black Jr. would roll off from the 26th position for the B&L Transport 170 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Black came into the weekend after a 22nd place finish at Watkins Glen International. The first stage did not go as planned for the 07 team. On lap 5 Black stalled out on track after the ignition switch broke, which killed the engine. The team was able to fix the problem under caution by tapping the ignition switch in the proper position, but lost a lap in the process. At the conclusion of the first stage, Black was in the 34th position, but would receive the free pass.
Black started the second stage from the 34th position, but quickly went to work. Black was able to keep his No. 07 Chevy clean and avoid all the carnage of the second stage. At the end of stage two, Black had worked his way back up to the 27th position.
Black started the final stage in the 28th position, but continued to work his way forward. Several cars went off track during the final stage, but Black got into a rhythm and set sail. After the ignition trouble early, Black was able to rebound and finish in the 19th position. The result marked the team's twelfth top-20 finish of the season. Black remains 16th in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Point Standings with only five races remaining until the 2019 playoffs.
Ray Black Jr:
“We had a pretty eventful day starting in the first stage. We worked hard and were able to rebound for a top-20 finish. Looking forward to going back to Bristol!"
Bobby Dotter Thoughts on the 07 Team:
“The 07 team fought through a lot of adversity today, but never gave up! They were able to get the lucky dog after an ignition issue early in the race, and fight back for a top-20 finish.”
SS Green Light Racing drivers Gray Gaulding and Ray Black Jr. are currently 13th and 16th respectively in the NASCAR Xfinity Series points standings. The Xfinity Series will take a break from the road course action this week and head to Thunder Valley for a Friday night show in 'The Last Great Colosseum.' Coverage of the Food City 300 from Bristol Motor Speedway will begin Friday August 16th at 7:30 PM ET on NBCSN.
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On Saturday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series raced at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the B&L Transport 170. JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) drivers Lawson Aschenbach, Garrett Smithley, Stephen Leicht, and BJ McLeod looked to have some solid runs in the second road course race of the season, coming off a rough weekend at Watkins Glen International.
Garrett Smithley, driver of the No. 0 Chevrolet, had a very busy schedule this weekend as he raced double duty in both NXS and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition at two completely different tracks in two states. It would be a challenge, but the 28-year old from Ligonier, PA was ready for it. Garrett started the Mid-Ohio 75 lapper from the 28th position, and kept his car clean and on the track for the entire race. Stage 1 showed Smithley in 15th, with a one spot improvement for Stage 2 in 14th. Though he lost a few spots in Stage 3, Garrett was able to come home with a respectable 20th place finish, keeping him 18th in the drivers’ points standings heading into Bristol.
BJ McLeod, driver of the No. 15 Chevrolet, looked to improve on his road course racing skills as this would be just his second ever start at Mid-Ohio. McLeod would start the race from the 33rd position, and made it his goal to stay on track and keep the car clean so he could learn as much as possible. He ended Stage 1 in 28th, and made some spots up in Stage 2, where he finished 25th. The Florida native would finish the race in 26th position, two laps down, marking it his best career finish at the racetrack. McLeod still sits 20th in the drivers’ points standings.
Lawson Aschenbach, driver of the No. 4 GoPro Motorplex Chevrolet, was by far the most experienced road course racer JDM had this past weekend. Though it was just his third NXS start, years of experience racing open wheel and sports cars provided him with hundreds of laps on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The Maryland driver qualified in the 19th position, and made some big advances during the race under green flag conditions. Strategy put Lawson in 8th at the end of Stage 1, where he gained some stage points, and 16th in Stage 2, where he would pit before the end of the stage. However, on a restart, Aschenbach was handed a drive through penalty, followed up by a speeding penalty, which put him back in the pack. Unfortunately, contact on track after a late race restart put Lawson out of the race, where he finished 28th.
Stephen Leicht, driver of the No. 01 Chevrolet, had bad luck strike once again on Saturday. Leicht rolled off from the 24th position, and ran solidly within the Top 20 for the start of the afternoon. Stage 1 showed Stephen in 13th, and he was running right around the same mark late in Stage 2 where he unfortunately got caught up in a big wreck coming out of the “keyhole” turn. His Camaro was left in nothing but a mangled mess of fiber glass and sheet metal, and he was forced to retire early. Leicht comes home with a 32nd place finish, but he remains 19th in the drivers’ points standings heading into Bristol.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday, August 16th for the running of the Food City 300. Bristol, which is known affectionately as the Last Great Coliseum, always puts on a great show for the fans, and a challenging one for the drivers. Be sure to tune into the race broadcast live on NBCSN and PRN radio at 7:30 PM ET to see JD Motorsports’ drivers take on the World’s Fastest Half Mile. For an all-access behind the scenes look at the race weekend, follow our social media accounts @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM
Austin Cindric claimed his second NASCAR Xfinity Series victory in as many weeks – earning an impressive 3.78-second win over Christopher Bell and former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup driver A.J. Allmendinger Saturday afternoon at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
The 20-year old Cindric had just celebrated his career first win last week at the iconic Watkins Glen International road course and with a huge smile, effusively wondered what may be next for his No. 22 Team Penske Ford as the series heads to the half-mile Bristol Motor Speedway next week. Should he win at Bristol he would become the first driver in NASCAR Xfinity Series history to earn his first three wins in consecutive races.
“It feels so good," a smiling Cindric said after climbing out of his Ford Mustang. “These guys are the best and thanks for bringing me a great car again this year. And hell of a job by Christopher Bell keeping me honest all day.
“It feels good, two in row and going for three at Bristol. I’ll probably go crazy if I win there. Should be a lot of fun. This is great momentum for our group."
Cindric is the seventh different winner in seven Xfinity Series races at the 2.258-mile, 13 Turn Mid-Ohio course and his day included impressive feats of both maintaining the lead and high pursuit to reclaim it between pit strategies. He won the pole position by a full three-tenths of a second and held “favorite” status before the green flag even dropped.
Much of the race was spent negotiating re-starts and high speed turns with Bell on his bumper or at his door – as well as fending off another road racing star Jack Hawksworth, who actually won in class in an International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) race at Mid-Ohio already this year and made his series debut in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota.
Hawksworth started from the outside pole and challenged the frontrunners for much of the race, eventually finishing 15th and leading five laps. He actually won the second stage, which finished under caution – one of six yellow flags for 17 laps on the afternoon.
”I enjoyed it, it was a lot of fun," Hawksworth said after the race. "I was having a lot of fun out there. I had a great time and would like to come back."
Cindric led 46 of the 75 laps and Bell, the driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, was the only other driver in double digits out front. Bell is second in the championship standings to Tyler Reddick, who finished fourth Saturday. And after the race, the short track superstar conceded he is getting better on the road courses. Bell was second last week to Cindric as well.
“I don’t know about that, but I do know we’re going to Bristol next week and I can’t wait," he said smiling about the road course prowess he’s shown with the back-to-back runner-up finishes.
“The last two weeks have been really great for us points-wise and road racing isn’t my strong suit.”
Reddick, Bell and Cole Custer – who finished eighth Saturday after an eventful day on track – combined to win 13 of the first 18 Xfinity Series races of the season. With Bell’s second straight runner-up showing and Reddick’s fourth place finish, the defending series champion Reddick maintains a 24-point championship lead on Bell heading to Bristol next week. Cindric joins this threesome as the only Xfinity drivers with multiple wins in 2019.
Chase Briscoe, defending race winner Justin Allgaier and rookie Noah Gragson persevered for a good day as well. Briscoe won Stage 1 and finished seventh. Allgaier, the defending race winner, rallied to a sixth-place finish after a couple of off-track excursions. And the rookie Gragson, impressed with a fifth-place finish after also being involved in some tight, full contact racing as well.
The series races next Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Food City 300. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup star Kyle Larson won the Xfinity race last year.
Tyler Reddick Collects Back-to-Back Top-Five Finishes to Kick Off Road Course Swing
"A fourth-place finish at Mid-Ohio is like a win for me, not for RCR and my team since they have a stout Xfinity Series road course program to start with, but more of a personal win for me. This road course swing is a challenging part of the season for me that I've been trying to be better at for a while, so to get two top-five finishes in a row is great and shows some major improvement on my side. This week's race at Mid-Ohio was a lot smoother as a whole than last week's race at Watkins Glen. We had a good set-up for both the right and left-hand turns on the course, which helped me be able to make key passes throughout the day. I just had a bit of an issue with the braking power during the race. It wasn't like my brakes were gone but like the power went down by 25 percent, so we'll check that out before we return to a road course in a couple weeks. Finishing fourth here is a big step in the right direction on a road course for me, so I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do at Road America in two weeks."
NASCAR Driver Joey Gase teams up with Lifeline of Ohio, OhioHealth, and Medline to Honor Donor Heroes07 Aug 2019 Written by Speedway Digest Staff
Lifeline of Ohio, OhioHealth, Medline, and Joey Gase are all joining forces this weekend at Mid-Ohio to not only raise awareness for organ and tissue donation during the NASCAR XFINITY Series race but to also honor two Donor Heroes, Jackie Ronk, of Crestline, OH and Reggie Miller of Lakeville, OH. Joey will also be hosting both of their families at the race on Saturday and watching on top of his pit box.
Joey and his team will also be having a private Hand Prints of Hope for both Jackie and Reggie's families and the staff from The Medical Offices at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital from 12:00-2:00pm on Thursday. During the program they will be invited to make Handprints of Hope and write small messages on Gases’ #35 car. The personal tributes to donor heroes will ride with Gase on the track during his race as an inspiration for fans about the power of donation.
The families of Jackie Ronk and Reggie Miller will both be in attendance at the race to watch their loved ones race around the track with Joey during Saturday’s race. They also will be in attendance at the Hand Prints of Hope Event at Medical Offices at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital - 335 Glessner Ave., Mansfield, 44875. Interviews will be available at both events.
Be sure to tune in to NBCSN on August 10th at 3:00pm ET for live coverage of the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Mid-Ohio. For up-to-date information on Joey Gase Racing and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.JoeyGaseRacing.com or follow along on social media; Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
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