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Team 08 Panini Chevrolet Camaro: 

Gray Gaulding and his No. 08 Panini Chevy rolled off from the 8th position for the MoneyLion 300 at Talladega Superspeedway. 

The game plan was simple: go for it. The 08 team had something to prove after getting caught up in an incident back in Daytona, where they felt like they had a shot to run towards the front. The team brought back that same fast race car to Talladega. 

The opening stage was extremely intense as the race began. Gaulding stayed in the top ten throughout the stage and finished in the 5th position, accumulating 6 stage points.

The second stage was relatively calm. As the race began to settle down the pack racing turned into a single car train. Gaulding dropped back a bit, but still finished the second stage in the 14th position. 

As the final stage began the intensity began to build. Gaulding steered clear of multiple wrecks. On the final restart Gaulding found himself in the 6th position and in contention to win. Gaulding aggressively weaved from top to bottom, battling the best of the Xfinity Series. On the final lap Gaulding was all over the reigning series champion for the race win. Gray Gaulding and his No. 08 Panini Chevy crossed the stripe in 2nd place. This was the best career finish for Gray Gaulding and SS Green Light Racing as an organization. 

Gray Gaulding: 

“Man what a day! I can't thank all my guys enough, Bobby Dotter and this whole crew, without them this wouldn't be possible. I hung tough all day today, they were just trying to pin me on an island all day, but I think I got a lot of respect at the end. When the 98 pulled up in front of me, I think that just hurt my chance to get up beside the 2 car, but to have a shot like that and almost have a photo finish was pretty damn cool. I can't think Panini, all my guys, all my family, and friends enough. Today was a really good day. 

Bobby Dotter Thoughts on the 08 Team:

“We had a really fast car in Daytona and we never really had a chance to show it, so today we came in with a completely different mindset. We just tried to run up front all day, we got some stage points in the first stage and were able to come home second. I've never had that much excitement before where we were that close to a win, especially in the Xfinity Series. He (Gray Gaulding) did an unbelievable job out there."  

 

Team 07 Isokern Fireplaces & Chimneys Chevrolet Camaro: 

Ray Black Jr. and the 07 team came into Talladega on the heels of a 21st place finish at Richmond Raceway. With Super Speedway racing being the great equalizer, the team was optimistic at their chances. 

Ray Black Jr. took his time in the opening stage, playing it conservative. At the end of the first stage Black was scored in the 27th position. In the second stage, the 07 team continued to slowly pick their way forward. At the end of the second stage Ray Black Jr. was in the 21st position. 

As the final stage was set to begin the plan was to head to the front. With about 30 laps remaining, Ray Black Jr. came over the radio to report something was wrong with the engine. A shredded oil pump belt caused the 07 team's engine to expire and ended Black's late race charge prematurely. The DNF placed Ray Black Jr. back in the 34th position. 

Looking Ahead: 

After a career best finish for SS Green Light Racing, drivers Gray Gaulding and Ray Black Jr. sit 14th place and 20th place respectively in the NASCAR Xfinity Series points standings. With Talladega in the rear view, the team will shift the focus to the "Monster Mile." Coverage of the Allied Steel Buildings 200 from Dover will begin Saturday May 4th at 1:30 PM ET on FS1. 

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John Hunter Nemechek, No. 23 Fire Alarm Services Inc. Chevrolet Camaro

START: 15th

FINISH: 6th

POINTS: 6th

Notes & Quotes:—

- Nemechek finished 10th in Stage One, collecting one playoff point.

- Nemechek's sixth-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway was his and the GMS Racing Xfinity team’s seventh top-10 this season.

- Nemechek is currently scored in sixth-place in the driver standings and is tied with Chase Briscoe, both drivers are three points away from Justin Allgaier in the fifth-position.

- In the Owners points standings, GMS Racing is currently seventh with 295 points but is in a tie with Biagi-DenBeste Racing, both are three points behind Jr Motorsports entry in sixth-place.

“It was a up-and-down day for sure. We had to go to the back of the field twice, once because we had a tire going flat on the starting grid and had to change the tire and then the next time because Brandon (Brown, No. 86 driver) locked onto our bumper. I wish we could have gotten some more stage points but it still was a solid points day for this 23 team. The car is still in one piece so we will take it back to the shop and build on what we learned this weekend for the next plate race at Daytona in July.”

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Today’s at Talladega Superspeedway saw Michael Annett on pole starting where he left off after Daytona. For the another week four drivers are eligible to win the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash; Tyle Rddick, Austin Cindric, Cole Custer, and Justin Allgaier.

On the start both lines were able to organize and maintain two wide racing, Reddick quickly found himself in the lead as Annett faded to the back.

Brandon Jones spun off of turn 4 to bring out the first caution on lap eight. On the restart the outside line struggled to get together, but the cars were still able to stay in a pack.

The entire field battled for position in the closing laps of stage one. Reddick was able to hold off a hard charging Ross Chastain for the first green and white checkered flag.

Reddick and Chastain both received speeding penalties on the ensuing pit stops leaving Allgaier in the lead on the restart. Again the cars were able to maintain multiple lanes, however half way through stage two the cars found themselves single file as we have seen in recent superspeedway races.

The final lap of stage two was exciting as multiple drivers made moves to contend for the lead, but it was Noah Gragson holding them off to win his first career NXS stage win.

The early laps of stage three saw the recovery of Annett, Jones, and Chastain as the entire field of cars raced three wide in a single pack before caution for debris came out and the field had to restart with 42 laps to go leaving teams with questionable fuel mileage.

With 28 laps to go Gragson spun through the tri-oval making some contact with the inside wall and bringing out a caution.

Cars raced side by side when they got a little too aggressive with 18 to go as Cindric turned Annett into his teammate Allgaier, and collected several other drivers as the caution flag flew once again.

Christopher Bell held the lead blocking both lanes until Reddick who has had trouble all day found himself back in the lead when caution came out for debris with 11 to go.

The restart was as wild as predicted with Reddick blocking with everything he had when Jeffery Earnhardt got shuffled back and went four wide before wrecking with half a dozen other cars causing the race to stop with a red flag.

The final laps were wild as the everyone took their shot at the lead, but Reddick continue to throw daring blocks to hold on and win the race along with the Dash 4 Cash.

Top five: Tyler Reddick, Gray Gaulding, Christopher Bell, Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric.

The Nascar Xfinity Series is back on Track next week at Dover on May 4th at 1:30PM ET. for the One Main Financial 200.

As a third-generation racer, Dale Earnhardt Jr. understands the importance of family, hard work and heritage. Today, Hellmann’s and Earnhardt Jr. unveiled a special paint scheme that captures those key elements in a memorable way, announcing by video a throwback tribute to his late father Dale Earnhardt Sr. that he’ll drive during the Xfinity Series event at Darlington Raceway (Aug. 31).

Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 8 Hellmann’s Chevrolet draws inspiration from the same classic design Earnhardt Sr. piloted in his first NASCAR Cup Series start on May 25, 1975 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The 2019 version mirrors the blue and yellow livery, showcases a similar font and recreates 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. “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 the project combining NASCAR history and car design, two of Earnhardt Jr.’s passions, the appeal and significance of the commemorative paint scheme is evident given its intriguing backstory.
 
Carrying sponsorship from 10,000 RPM Speed Equipment, Earnhardt Sr.’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 Sr. In 1975, after some persuasion, the pair convinced the elder Negre to let them enter a second car, which Earnhardt Sr. would drive and Norman would crew chief in the World 600. With his approval, the two dusted off a spare car out of Negre’s shop and went to work prepping it for the race.
 
Earnhardt Sr. would go on to finish 22nd in what was his first of 676 series starts. But it was the start of long and fruitful motorsport careers for both he and Norman and the beginning of another chapter in their respective family legacies.
 
“It was a ton of fun getting Norman (Negre) in on it, too,” Earnhardt Jr. continued. “He was good friends with Dad and they worked together to get that car ready for the race back in the day. Norman had some old pictures of that ride and we collaborated to get the paint scheme as close as we could to the original. I’m really happy with how it turned out.”
 
The No. 8 Hellmann’s throwback car marks only the fourth time Earnhardt Jr. has driven a special paint scheme in tribute to an Earnhardt family member.
 
Fans were urged to be part of the excitement surrounding the paint scheme through social media and at Talladega Superspeedway where fan-submitted photos were added to an at-track digital mosaic of the Hellmann’s paint scheme. For each fan-submitted photo Hellmann’s also secured eight meals for local Feeding America food banks as part of the Race To Fight Hunger campaign.
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Race Winner:  Tyler Reddick of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner:  Tyler Reddick of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 2 Winner:  Noah Gragson of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-25):

Started 13th and finished 37th.

Just 12 laps into the race, Jones got loose getting into turn three and spun his No. 19 1st Foundation Toyota Supra off turn four.

With no damage to the No. 19, Jones pitted under caution for four tires and fuel. He returned to the track in 37th, one lap down.

Jones stayed out at the end of the stage and returned to the lead lap.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 26-50):       

Started 24th and finished seventh. Earned four bonus points.

Jones set a good pace in the No. 19 1st Foundation Toyota Supra early in the stage and entered the top-10 on lap 26.

Quiet on the radio throughout the green-flag run, Jones quietly moved up to seventh before the completion of the stage.

Jones came to to pit road for left-side tires and fuel at the end of the stage.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 51-113):

Started second and finished 18th.

Jones maintained his position on the restart and briefly took over the lead on lap 57 as the field ran side-by-side.

As the drivers shuffled back-and-forth for position, Jones dropped back to 12th on lap 61, just prior to the fourth caution of the race.

Happy with the handling of his 1st Foundation Toyota Supra, Jones pitted for fuel only on lap 66, but ended up restarting 16th as various other pit strategies played out.

Jones re-entered the top-10 on lap 73 and held the 10th position as the field ran single-file.

Once a second group formed in the bottom lane, Jones fell back to 17th until the next caution on lap 86.

Jones stayed on track and struggled to get back into the top-10, but another caution and restart on lap 100 gave Jones the chance to jump up to sixth with 13 laps remaining.

The seventh caution of the day allowed Jones to line up in the fifth position with his Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) teammates Christopher Bell and Jeffrey Earnhardt just ahead of him.

The JGR trio was working the top line to take the lead as the final caution of the day came on lap 110, resulting in a red flag.

Jones restarted seventh for the final two laps of the race but was unable to maintain his position after reporting his engine was losing power.  

The No. 19 1st Foundation Toyota Supra ultimately finished the MoneyLion 300 in 18th.

 

Notes:              

Tyler Reddick won the MoneyLion 300 to score his fourth career Xfinity Series victory, his first of the season and his first at Talladega. His margin of victory over second-place Gray Gaulding was .127 of a second.

There were eight cautions for a total of 34 laps.

Twenty-two of the 37 drivers finished on the lead lap.

Reddick leaves Talladega as the championship leader with a 32-point advantage over second-place Christopher Bell.

 

Brandon Jones, driver of the No. 19 1st Foundation Toyota Supra for Joe Gibbs Racing:      

“After the spin early in the race, I told these guys on this 1st Foundation team, we’re never out of the fight. The way this tri-oval is, it has that transition in it and I was just right in that spot trying to make too many moves. I learned that lesson really quick and never got back on that transition. All in all, these guys did really good all week. They never lost composure and just had another unfortunate day at the end of it. That shows a lot of confidence for us – that we can have a mishap like that and come back to stay on track.

 

“I wanted work with our JGR teammates from the beginning and Jeffrey (Earnhardt) was up there as well with us the entire day. There were some points where I was trying to work with them pretty good too, but coming down to two or three to go, you try to start doing moves that will help you win the race. They did a great job all day long and we all ran up front. I think our superspeedway program with these Toyota Supras is really getting good.”

 

Next Up:          

The next event on the Xfinity Series schedule is the Allied Steel Buildings 200 on Saturday, May 4 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. The race starts at 1:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FS1.

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Race Winner:  Tyler Reddick of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner:  Tyler Reddick of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 2 Winner:  Noah Gragson of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-25):

Started seventh and finished 11th.

Earnhardt worked his way up to fourth place by lap 12 and held his position within the top-five until just past the halfway point.

The field stayed side-by-side through the first stage with Earnhardt getting shuffled back to 11th on lap 22.

After ending the stage in 11th, Earnhardt reported that his No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra was free on the frontstretch and tight on the backstretch.

Earnhardt pitted for left-side tires and fuel under the caution, gaining eight spots on pit road.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 26-50):       

Started third and finished 16th.

With the race staying green throughout the stage, Earnhardt said his iK9 Toyota Supra handled much better, but still needed some help on the frontstretch while in the draft.

At the conclusion of the stage, crew chief Ben Beshore called Earnhardt to pit road for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment.  

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 51-113):

Started 15th and finished 26th.

Earnhardt quickly worked his way back into the top-five by lap 59.

The final stage started off with just 11 laps under green before a caution on lap 66 for debris with Earnhardt running in the fourth position.

The iK9 team pitted for fuel only and a chassis adjustment during a lap-66 caution after Earnhardt reported that his car was still too loose.

Green-flag racing resumed on lap 72 with Earnhardt restarting fourth. He continued to run in the top-10 until the next caution on lap 86.

Earnhardt stayed on track, restarting 11th on lap 92 with another quick caution occurring on lap 96.

Back to green on lap 100, Earnhardt benefitted from restarting on the outside line in eighth. He jumped up to fourth, but the yellow caution flag was shown on lap 104, slowing his progression.

Earnhardt restarted on the outside of the second row in fourth on lap 106 and was challenging Tyler Reddick for the lead when he was shuffled to the middle lane with no drafting help.

The final incident of the day occurred on lap 110 just ahead of Earnhardt, who reported his iK9 Toyota Supra had right-front damage as he was collected in the multicar accident.

This crash brought out the red flag, and only when the red flag was lifted could the team work on the iK9 machine. It was quickly determined, however, the No. 18 Toyota Supra could not be repaired, and Earnhardt was forced to take the car to the garage. He was credited with a 26th-place finish.

 

Notes:              

Earnhardt’s seventh-place qualifying effort was a career-best at Talladega. It was also his third top-10 start in four races this season.

Tyler Reddick won the MoneyLion 300 to score his fourth career Xfinity Series victory, his first of the season and his first at Talladega. His margin of victory over second-place Gray Gaulding was .127 of a second.

There were eight cautions for a total of 34 laps.

Twenty-two of the 37 drivers finished on the lead lap.

Reddick leaves Talladega as the championship leader with a 32-point advantage over second-place Christopher Bell.

 

Jeffrey Earnhardt, driver of the No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra for Joe Gibbs Racing:     

“We had a really fast iK9 Toyota Supra all weekend. I didn’t think we were the best in practice, but we knew which direction we needed to go to be to be fast, and qualifying showed that. We had a good car at the start. We pitted and took two left side tires and thought we might have been struggling a little bit there. Then we got shuffled toward the back, which I thought was a good thing because it gave us the opportunity to practice some stuff and really learn how to be able to execute a pass well. It showed there at the end. We had a really fast, strong car and we were playing our cards right.

 

“The 22 (Austin Cindric) got into the side of us and it went all to crap from there. Four-wide is doable here at Talladega, but it’s never any fun. We just got sucked around. We were a little loose all day long, which is good as long as it’s a manageable loose. Once you get four-wide and everyone is so tight on you, it’s hard to keep it under you. It’s unfortunate. I know we were going to have a good shot to win that thing. We were setting ourselves up good and that’s what it takes at these places – to be there at the end and be ready to execute when the opportunity comes. These guys made it possible for me to do that. Just unfortunate it played out the way it did, but we get another shot at it tomorrow in the Cup car.”

 

Next Up:          

The next event on the Xfinity Series schedule is the Allied Steel Buildings 200 on Saturday, May 4 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. The race starts at 1:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FS1.

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RCR Post Race Report - Alabama 300

Tyler Reddick Overcomes Adversity to Earn RCR's First NASCAR Xfinity Series Win at Talladega Superspeedway
 

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"It was just a wild day. We had a great No. 2 Roland Chevrolet. The day started off great, and we were doing what we needed to do as a team. I had a hiccup on pit road, and we lost a couple of spots. We had a speeding penalty - along with the No. 10. I think Ross (Chastain) and those guys maybe missed their speed limit a little bit and he was pushing me down pit road. I tried to slow us both down, but we were hit with the penalty, which put us in the back. I don't know what happened with the contact with the wall. I like to run by the wall, and I just ran into it. I don't understand it. The place I hit, it has a plate on the wall or they have a gate there and that really left a mark on the right side of our car. It was coming apart there at the end of the second stage, but fortunately we were able to earn points at the end of the stage and then we were able to fix it. The day kept getting crazier. As we were working on the car, it took us longer than planned to repair the damage. When we came out, we were way behind the leaders and almost went a lap down but the caution came out and that saved us and put us right back in the mix. It wasn't easy to hold those guys off at the end, but my spotter Derek Kneeland did a great job on the stand guiding me throughout the whole race, but especially in those closing laps. I'm really proud to deliver RCR's first NASCAR Xfinity Series win at Talladega. I hate that Richard Childress wasn't here, but I was able to talk to him on the phone in Victory Lane. Oh, and to win the Xfinity Racing Dash 4 Cash bonus and qualify for the next round at Dover was an added bonus. We finally got the monkey off our back and got into Victory Lane. Hopefully, we can get a few more as the year goes on."
-Tyler Reddick

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Tyler Reddick overcame a pit road speeding penalty and damage to the right side of his No. 2 Chevrolet to win Saturday’s MoneyLion 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

With the right side of his Richard Childress Racing Chevy heavily taped after a brush with the outside wall, Reddick crossed the finish line at the end of a two-lap closing dash .127 seconds ahead of runner-up Gray Gaulding, who drove his No. 08 Chevrolet to the first top-10 finish of his career.

The reigning series champion, who moved from JR Motorsports to RCR during the offseason, won for the first time this year, the first time at Talladega and the fourth time in his career, extending his series lead to 32 points over third-place finisher Christopher Bell.

Reddick also won the $100,000 Dash4Cash bonus that goes to the highest finisher among four eligible drivers.

“I tried to take us out of this race so many times, and somehow we got back into the mix and got back to the lead,” said Reddick, who blocked for all he was worth on the final two laps after a seven-car incident on Lap 109 forced NASCAR to red-flag the event for track clean-up.

In fact, Reddick had luck on his side, too. After contact with the wall, he was roughly 200 yards from going a lap down when NASCAR called the third caution of the race on Lap 66 for debris in Turn 1. Twenty laps later, Reddick escaped contact with Noah Gragson’s Chevy without significant damage.

But it was dodging a Lap 95 wreck involving pole winner Michael Annett, Justin Allgaier and Cole Custer that finally gave Reddick the sense that it might be his day.

“As soon as I missed that wreck when the 00 (Custer) and the 1 (Annett) got caught up, and I somehow missed it, and the 23 (John Hunter Nemechek) did a great job weaving his way out of it, too, I thought, ‘There must be a reason why I wasn’t in that wreck,’” Reddick said. “It was just a lot of fun to work my way back to the front.”

Chase Briscoe finished fourth, as he Reddick, Bell and Gaulding earned the four qualifying positions for next Saturday’s Dash4Cash race at Dover.

Austin Cindric was fifth, followed by Nemecheck, Justin Haley, Josh Williams, Landon Cassill and Chris Cockrum, who, like Gaulding, scored his first career top 10.

Gaulding had a run on the backstretch on the final lap, but a block from Briscoe slowed his momentum.

“I was kind of the lone ranger out there,” Gaulding said. “I think I just had to earn a lot of people’s respect. I did as much as I could to get beside him (Reddick), but when the 98 (Briscoe) came up, he kind of blocked my run.

“Man, it was so, so close. Man, what a day, baby. Talladega—let’s go!”

Xtreme Concepts (XCI) Racing has bolstered its executive team with the addition of Jennifer Yohe as president and chief business development officer. Yohe will lead day-to-day business operations as well as brand strategy and partnership development for XCI Racing, which made its NASCAR debut in the March 30 Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, finishing eighth with driver Jeffrey Earnhardt.

 

Yohe joins XCI Racing after 11 years at Comcast Cable where she was senior vice president of procurement. In that role, Yohe managed the procurement team and its agreements and relationships. She also oversaw business-to-business development across Comcast and its partners, including NBC and Spectacor. It was this aspect of her work where Yohe became immersed in NASCAR as she managed Comcast’s relationships with industry partners and teams.

 

“Jennifer has been a key player in Xtreme Concepts’ entry into NASCAR and we’re proud to have her part of our leadership as we build a competitive NASCAR team,” said Landon Ash, owner, XCI Racing. “Jennifer’s relationships in the sport have made our alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing even stronger, allowing for more inroads with prospective partners. As a new organization, it’s important we make the right decisions at the right time. Jennifer’s experience in leadership and business development, along with her understanding of motorsports, gives XCI Racing the necessary depth to succeed in partnership development.”

 

Prior to her time at Comcast Cable, Yohe worked with Time Warner Cable, starting out as a business operations manager in 2001 and eventually becoming the organization’s vice president of business affairs in 2007. Recognized for her strong business leadership and procurement success, Yohe was named by CableFAX: The Magazine as one of the Most Powerful Women in Cable eight straight times between 2011-2018 and was the 2012 SCTE•ISBE Women in Technology award winner.

 

“I am thrilled to join XCI Racing as they grow their motorsports presence,” said Yohe, who throughout her time in the cable telecommunications industry served as a business advisor to several NASCAR teams. “XCI Racing has already taken the right steps in partnering with top organizations while simultaneously committing to develop the future of the sport through its relationships with drivers Jeffrey Earnhardt and Hailie Deegan. I look forward to broadening XCI Racing’s relationships within the sport and garnering new business opportunities that will prepare the team for long-term success.”

 

XCI Racing makes its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway with Earnhardt piloting the No. 81 Toyota Camry. The team will return to Talladega in October for its second NASCAR Cup Series race, but in between XCI Racing will compete in four Xfinity Series races with Earnhardt: June 29 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, July 5 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Aug. 16 Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and Aug. 31 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

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