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Tyler Reddick Earns Second-Consecutive Top-Five Finish with No. 2 Dolly Parton Chevrolet Camaro at Bristol Motor Speedway

"Man, just one spot short again. Our No. 2 Dolly Parton Chevrolet Camaro was great today at Bristol Motor Speedway. The guys at Richard Childress Racing keep bringing me some fast Chevrolet Camaros. We had a miscommunication that caused us to finish second at the end of Stage One, and from there on second just seemed to be our number. We finished second in Stage Two and then second in the race. We're on the edge of winning this year. We just need to clean a couple more things up. The good news is we qualified for Xfinity Racing's Dash 4 Cash again, so we'll have another shot at the money. I wish we could have finished just one spot better, especially for Dolly Parton in her home state. Hopefully, we'll be one spot better next week. Our fifth top-five finish of the year is great, but we want that win."
-Tyler Reddick


Christopher Bell overtook Brandon Jones with less than 20 laps remaining to capture Saturday’s Alsco 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and pocketed a $100,000 bonus for his efforts.

Bell, driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, was one of four drivers competing for the series’ Dash 4 Cash bonus. Other eligible drivers didn’t finish far behind – Tyler Reddick finished second, Chase Briscoe finished fourth and Michael Annett wound up eighth.

“That’s pretty cool to get my first win here with the Dash 4 Cash bonus,” Bell said in victory lane. “Joe Gibbs Racing has a really, really good package at Bristol. For whatever reason, we struggled to find that. I didn’t feel good basically all practice and didn’t qualify good.

“As soon as they dropped the green flag for the race, I was really, really loose. But the longer the runs went the better I got.”

Third place went to Cole Custer while John Hunter Nemechek rounded out the top five.

Reddick, piloting the No. 2 Chevrolet out of the Richard Childress Racing shops, was second in both the first and second stages en route to his runner-up finish.

After leading 61 laps, he mistakenly thought the first stage had ended, and the hesitation while still under green allowed Justin Allgaier to shoot past for the stage win.

Reddick shadowed Allgaier for the entire second stage, only to finish second, then lost five spots on pit road due to an issue in the pits. Late contact with the wall wasn’t an issue, he said, as he tried to chase down Bell.

“Not necessarily getting into the wall,” he said. “These composite bodies are just as durable as can be. I just needed a little bit more there to get past Christopher.

“The unfortunate part is when I got behind him it is hard to make the pass.”

Allgaier (JR Motorsports No. 7 Chevrolet) won two stages and led 138 of the race’s 300 laps. But during a heated battle up front among himself, Bell, Reddick and Custer, Allgaier’s entry began to slow. Moments later he was pulling his blue and white entry behind pit wall, the victim of an apparent engine issue.

Custer rallied from an early setback that saw him pit twice under yellow to repair damage to his Ford after the opening stage. By the start of the final stage, he was back among the race leaders.

“We just didn’t really have the fire off speed or the perfect scenarios to pass people when we got up in the top five to really get track position,” Custer said. “It was impossible to pass, really. I don’t know. I’m pretty mad because I think we had the best car there at the end, we just didn’t have the best fire off (speed). I know we’ve got to get a little bit better.”

The top four finishers will be eligible for the $100,000 bonus next week at Richmond (Va.) Raceway. The program will continue in subsequent races at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and Dover (Del.) International Speedway.

Jones inherited the lead when he did not pit after Harrison Burton brought out the caution flag at lap 261. With nearly 80-lap old tires, Jones still managed to hold Bell and the others at bay for nearly 20 laps.

“He (Jones) did a great job,” Bell said of his JGR teammate. “He really did. This place, for whatever reason, suits his driving style. He should have won this race last year. … He just couldn’t quite hang on on those older tires. …

“I knew I was going to have to do the slide job and hopefully take the top away, which I was able to do.”

Only a few things were guaranteed before today’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch would not be winning this race, in fact no MENCS competitors would be winning today. Of the entire field of series regulars, four would be racing to win $100,000 in a Dash for Cash! Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell, Chase Briscoe, and Michael Annett all earned the opportunity last week to compete for the money. Also, Harrison Burton would be making his first start in the series.

Custer’s speed put him on pole, and kept him out front for the first 26 laps before Reddick, and his Dolly Parton Chevrolet, took advantage of lapped traffic to make a pass for the lead. The first caution would come out for a Ross Chastain spin on lap 42 with only thirteen cars on the lead lap.

Reddick would continue to lead after the restart, to eventually battle Justin Allgaier through lap traffic before Allgaier made a last lap pass to win the stage. Unfortunately, Reddick would lift off of the gas prior to the end of the 85 lap stage due to a miscommunication from his spotter.

The stage two restart was hectic, but Allgaier would run out front the entire 85 laps and capture the stage victory under yellow after a caution flew in the closing laps.

Christopher Bell’s crew put his Toyota Supra in second place for the start of stage three where he would pressure Allgaier for the lead until Allgaier’s JR Motorsports Chevrolet had a mechanical failure causing him to exit the race with less than 70 laps to go.

With 40 laps to go the caution came out after Harrison Burton found his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Toyota in the wall. He would still manage to restart 11th, the last car on the lead lap.

Brandon Jones stayed out under the caution to lead the field back to the green flag. Even on older tires Jones was able to maintain the lead. As the laps wound down the top four drivers battled within a second of each other as they wound their way around lap traffic in the closing laps.

Bell took the lead from Jones with 17 to go. Jones found himself in the wall shortly thereafter with a flat right front tire, forcing him to pit under green flag conditions.

Reddick and Custer continued to battled for second as tempers ran hot towards the end, but they would be no match for Christopher Bell who captures his first victory at Bristol Motor Speedway, his second victory of the year, and the $100,000 Dash for Cash prize.

Top five: Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick, Cole Custer, Chase Briscoe, John Hunter Nemecheck

The NASCAR Xfinity Series finds themselves back on track next week at Richmond Raceway on April 12th at 7:00PM ET.

Officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced today the signing of East Carolina University (ECU) as the team’s primary partner for Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco 300 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.

Former ARCA Menards Series standout Kyle Weatherman will drive the team’s No. 17 Chevrolet Camaro in the 300-lap event at the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile.”

The ECU partnership was connected by RWR general manager Bryan Clodfelter, a 1991 graduate of East Carolina University and the Athletics Department at ECU.

Located in Greenville, N.C., East Carolina University is the fourth largest university in North Carolina. Founded on March 8, 1907, as a teaching training school, ECU has grown from 43 acres to almost 1,600 acres.

The university’s academic facilities are located on six properties. There are over 400 registered clubs on campus including fraternities and sororities.

ECU is a returning partner at Rick Ware Racing also supporting the team’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series No. 51 entry last year at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.

“Everyone at Rick Ware Racing is extremely excited to once again partner with East Carolina University,” said Clodfelter. “It is a great program that will again put ECU on a national stage without the University incurring any cost.

“The support for us to do this comes from fans and supporters of ECU Athletics and the sales of memorabilia such as hats, shirts and even die-cast cars. Having worked with the Athletic Department during my tenure at ECU, I know first-hand the pride that goes along with athletics at ECU and the commitment of the fan base.”

21-year-old Weatherman will make his Xfinity Series debut this weekend in Thunder Valley. Despite his inexperience in Xfinity Series competition, the Wentzville, Mo. native has nine Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts and 50 starts in ARCA, including a win at New Jersey Motorsports Park in 2015.

“I am extremely excited to be able to represent the students and alumni of East Carolina University this weekend at Bristol,” offered Weatherman. “I’m looking forward to the challenges a tough short track like Bristol Motor Speedway presents – but I have the confidence in my Rick Ware Racing team that we can have a solid performance on Saturday and give ECU a strong showing as well.

“The car looks great too.”

In addition to Bristol, ECU is expected to be the team’s primary supporter next weekend at Richmond (Va.) Raceway too.

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The schedules for NASCAR’s Xfinity Series and Gander Outdoor Truck Series will have a familiar look in 2020, with both also returning to a track that it had a previous longstanding association with but have not visited for more than a decade.

The Xfinity Series will return to Martinsville Speedway for its first event there since 2006, a race that will be part of a triple-header weekend featuring all three of NASCAR’s national series. The Xfinity race will be held on Saturday afternoon, with the Gander Trucks race Friday night and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday afternoon. All three events are the respective series’ final cutoff race in the Playoffs, setting up the Championship 4 finalists a week later at ISM Raceway.

Martinsville recently installing lights around its half-mile track created the opportunity to have all three of NASCAR’s national series compete at the venue on the same weekend, said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR managing director of racing operations and international development. The Virginia facility is the oldest in NASCAR, having hosted a least one national series race every year since 1949, and the Xfinity Series every year from 1982-1994 and again in 2006.

The NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series will return to Richmond Raceway next April, a Saturday night race that precedes the Cup Series event the following afternoon on the Virginia short track. The Gander Trucks competed at Richmond from 1995-2005.

“The NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series were both built on short-track racing, and it is important that short tracks remain a prominent part of our series schedules,” Kennedy said. “We returned to our roots in many ways with today’s announcement. Martinsville and Richmond were part of the original Xfinity and Gander Trucks schedules, and we’re excited for their return as part of a strong overall slate.”

Additional adjustments to the Xfinity Series schedule include the road course race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course shifting to May, Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s date moving from September to July, and the second race at Daytona International Speedway sliding to late August.

During the two-week summer break for the Monster Energy Series, the Gander Trucks will race at Eldora Speedway on July 30, with the Xfinity Series competing at Iowa Speedway on Aug. 1.

The Xfinity Series Playoff opener is at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sept. 18. Postseason elimination races will be held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval (Oct. 10) and Martinsville (Oct. 31).

The Gander Outdoor Truck Series Playoffs commence at Gateway Motorsports Park on Aug. 21. Its two postseason elimination races will be at Bristol on Sept. 17 and Martinsville on Oct. 30.

After what could be best described as a challenging weekend to say the least in Texas, JD Motorsports drivers Ross Chastain, Garrett Smithley, BJ McLeod, and Stephen Leicht look to get back into their mojo this Saturday during the first short track race of the year at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Chastain, who started the day off qualifying his No. 4 Swan Transportation Services / Perpetua Advisors Camaro in 18th place, ran solidly in around the 10th to 15th positions all day. A strategy call from veteran crew chief Paul Clapprood at the end of Stage 2 allowed the No. 4 crew to gain some valuable Stage points with an impressive 2nd place finish.

From there, Ross made his way near the back half of the Top 10, but an unfortunately timed caution came out as he made his way down pit road. This put the team trapped one lap down, leaving them forced to fight it out with the other lap-down cars with less than twenty laps to go. At the end of the day, Ross brought his Chevy home with a 16th place finish. He remains sitting in the 13th position in points, now just a mere ten points out of the elusive Playoff field.

Stephen Leicht, who qualified his No. 01 “In Memory of Hippie” Camaro in the 30th position to start off the day, quietly started knocking positions off one by one throughout the race. Though at one point he was scored two laps down, in danger of going a third lap behind, a lucky caution break allowed crew chief Mark Setzer to make a gutsy call and keep Leicht out on the race track to pick up a lap via the wave around.

They were able to save enough fuel to stay out for the remainder of the race, and matched their best finish of the year with a respectable 22nd place finish. Stephen jumps up two spots in the points standings to 26th place, just seven markers behind 23rd.

Garrett Smithley’s weekend at Texas could be summed up as being a very unlucky one at best. The Ligonier, PA native who drove the No. 0 Trophy Tractor Chevy started out behind the eight ball with a crash in qualifying which left his car with serious damage only hours before the race. He would have to start shotgun on the field, but his Number Nuthin’ crew was able to repair all of the damage and get his car out to the grid with minutes to spare.

From there, he sliced his way through the pack, running at one point all the way up to 16th. Just as it seemed it was going to be a great way to end an unfortunate start, disaster struck yet again. This time, however, it was from the engine department. Terminal damage set Smithley back and out of the race early, resulting in a 31st place finish. He drops a couple spots in points, down to 18th position.

BJ McLeod, driver of the No. 15 Camaro, had his fair share of bad luck as well in the Lone Star State. Starting off from the 28th position, BJ ran solidly in the 20th-25th positions for the beginning part of the race, but a vibration in the suspension forced him to bring his car behind the wall to fix the issue. He ended up spending a total of 60 laps in the garage area, relegating the 15 Machine team to a 32nd place finish. He slips back to 22nd in the standings, and looks to make up the lost points at the Bristol short track this weekend.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 6th, for the running of the Alsco 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 FOX Sports 1 and PRN radio at 1:00 PM ET on Saturday to see JD Motorsports’ drivers take on the World’s Fastest Half Mile. Also, to gain an all-access behind the scenes look at the race weekend, follow our social media accounts @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM


NASCAR today announced the 2020 schedules for both the NASCAR Xfinity Series™ and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series™, and both include a return to race tracks that were part of the original schedule for each series – venues that have been absent from the respective slates for more than a decade.

For the first time since 2006 – and only the second time in the last 25 years – the Xfinity Series will race at Martinsville Speedway, and the stakes have never been higher. Expect tempers to flare, and emotions to boil over. With a final chance to lock up a spot in the Championship 4, Martinsville will serve as the final Playoff cutoff race in all three national series. The Gander Trucks will race at The Paperclip on Oct. 30 under the lights, with the Xfinity Series making its return on Oct. 31.

Likewise, Richmond Raceway plays a prominent role in both schedules. The Gander Trucks will return to Richmond for the first time since 2005, while the newly-renovated raceway will play host to the regular season finale in the Xfinity Series to set the field for the 12-driver Playoff field.

“The NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series were both built on short track racing, and it is important that short tracks remain a prominent part of our series schedules,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR managing director of racing operations and international development. “We returned to our roots in many ways with today’s announcement. Martinsville and Richmond were part of the original Xfinity and Gander Trucks schedules, and we’re excited for their return as part of a strong overall slate.”

As announced as part of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series schedule unveil, ISM Raceway near Phoenix will host the Championship Race for all three national series. ISM Raceway underwent a significant renovation, transforming the gem in the desert into one of the premier facilities in all of sports.

Xfinity Series drivers will hit the ‘road’ a little earlier in 2020, as Mid-Ohio moves up in the schedule to May 30. Two new cutoff races will face the Xfinity Series drivers during the Playoffs, with the Charlotte Roval (Oct. 10) and Martinsville set to pare the field from 12 to 8 to 4.

Gateway Motorsports Park will host the Playoff opener for the Gander Trucks on Aug. 21, part of a postseason reshuffle that will feature two new cutoff races. The Round of 8 will culminate with a race at Bristol Motor Speedway (Sept. 17), and the Round of 6 will end with Martinsville.

Once again, both series will open at the ‘World Center of Racing,’ Daytona International Speedway. The Gander Trucks kick off their season on Feb. 14, with the Xfinity Series following on Feb. 15. Both series will then immediately head west to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, joining the Cup Series in that marquee market.

Both series will also take part in the historic Cup Series double-header at Pocono Raceway, for what will be a must-see national series quadruple header. The Gander Trucks will race on Saturday, June 27, with the Xfinity Series on June 28.

For fans worried about missing NASCAR racing during the two-week Cup Series break for the Olympics, fret not. The Gander Trucks will have their annual fan-favorite event at Eldora Speedway dirt track on Thursday, July 30. The Xfinity Series will fill the void during the second weekend with short-track action at Iowa Speedway (Aug. 1).

Broadcast times and networks for all three series will be announced at a later date.

See below for full schedules.





Saturday, Feb. 15

Daytona International Speedway

Saturday, Feb. 22

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Saturday, Feb. 29

Auto Club Speedway

Saturday, March 7

ISM Raceway

Saturday, March 14

Atlanta Motor Speedway

Saturday, March 21

Homestead-Miami Speedway

Saturday, March 28

Texas Motor Speedway

Saturday, April 4

Bristol Motor Speedway

Saturday, April 25

Talladega Superspeedway

Saturday, May 2

Dover International Speedway

Saturday, May 23

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Saturday, May 30

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Saturday, June 6

Michigan International Speedway

Saturday, June 13

Iowa Speedway

Saturday, June 20

Chicagoland Speedway

Sunday, June 28

Pocono Raceway

Saturday, July 4

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Friday, July 10

Kentucky Speedway

Saturday, July 18

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Saturday, Aug. 1

Iowa Speedway

Saturday, Aug. 8

Road America

Saturday, Aug. 15

Watkins Glen International

Saturday, Aug. 22

Dover International Speedway

Friday, Aug. 28

Daytona International Speedway

Saturday, Sept. 5

Darlington Raceway

Friday, Sept. 11

Richmond Raceway

Friday, Sept. 18

Bristol Motor Speedway

Saturday, Sept. 26

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Saturday, Oct. 10

Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval

Saturday, Oct. 17

Kansas Speedway

Saturday, Oct. 24

Texas Motor Speedway

Saturday, Oct. 31

Martinsville Speedway

Saturday, Nov. 7

ISM Raceway





Friday, Feb. 14

Daytona International Speedway

Friday, Feb. 21

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Saturday, March 14

Atlanta Motor Speedway

Friday, March 20

Homestead-Miami Speedway

Friday, March 27

Texas Motor Speedway

Saturday, April 18

Richmond Raceway

Friday, May 1

Dover International Speedway

Friday, May 15

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Saturday, May 30

Kansas Speedway

Friday, June 5

Texas Motor Speedway

Friday, June 12

Iowa Speedway

Friday, June 19

Chicagoland Speedway

Saturday, June 27

Pocono Raceway

Thursday, July 9

Kentucky Speedway

Thursday, July 30

Eldora Speedway

Saturday, Aug. 8

Michigan International Speedway

Friday, Aug. 21

Gateway Motorsports Park

Sunday, Sept. 6

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Thursday, Sept. 17

Bristol Motor Speedway

Friday, Sept. 25

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Saturday, Oct. 3

Talladega Superspeedway

Friday, Oct. 30

Martinsville Speedway

Friday, Nov. 6

ISM Raceway


With the popular four-race Dash 4 Cash program returning to the NASCAR Xfinity Series this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway (April 6, 1 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90), Comcast today announced that $120,000 in grants will be distributed to one Veteran Services Organization (VSO) in each of the four race markets to build an Internet Essentials Digital Rally Point for local veterans. 
The contribution triples the amount donated during the 2018 Dash 4 Cash, when Comcast introduced the charitable component of the program by providing grants to local organizations on behalf of Internet Essentials, the largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program for low-income households in the U.S.
“We had an overwhelmingly positive response to the charitable component of Dash 4 Cash last year, and this year we hope to make an even bigger difference by tripling the contribution and focusing on our local military heroes who have given so much to our country,” said Matt Lederer, Comcast’s Vice President for Brand Partnerships. “Like all of us, the veteran community depends on the internet to succeed and stay connected. These Internet Essentials Digital Rally Points will be technology hubs where veterans can get online to take digital skills classes, apply for health benefits or jobs, file claims, access medical information, or find support networks.”
This year’s grantees are focused on helping the veteran community obtain the skills they need to be successful in today’s digital world. Each one is located in a Dash 4 Cash market, near Bristol Motor Speedway, Richmond Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway, and Dover International Speedway. The grants will support the creation of a computer lab, expand the availability of online training programs created in partnership with PsychArmor, and fund the ongoing management of the Digital Rally Points over a three-year period. The PsychArmor curriculum includes 10 veteran-specific digital training videos covering a range of topics, including basic digital literacy and VA benefit access.
Full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers, Michael Annett, Christopher Bell, Chase Briscoe and Tyler Reddick are competing for a bonus $100,000 in prize money this Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway after qualifying in last Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. The highest-finishing Dash 4 Cash eligible driver at Bristol receives the bonus and will move on to have a shot at the prize at Richmond Raceway, along with the top three finishing series regulars from Bristol. This format continues for the races at Talladega Superspeedway (April 27), and Dover International Speedway (May 4).
Comcast Internet Essentials has an integrated, research-based, wrap-around design meant to address each of the three major barriers to broadband adoption. These include a lack of digital literacy skills, a lack of a computer, and the absence of a low-cost Internet service. The program is structured as a partnership between Comcast and tens of thousands of school districts, libraries, elected officials, and nonprofit community partners. For more information on Internet Essentials, visit  
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Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that Harrison Burton will drive the No. 18 Dex Toyota Supra in eight NASCAR Xfinity Series races in 2019.

Burton, 19, will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 6, and is scheduled to compete at Iowa Speedway (June 16), New Hampshire Speedway (July 20), Richmond International Raceway (September 20), Charlotte Motor Speedway (September 28), Dover International Speedway (October 5), Kansas Speedway (October 19), and Texas Motor Speedway (November 2).

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to make my Xfinity Series debut with Joe Gibbs Racing,” said Harrison Burton. “Dex has been so supportive of me from the very beginning, and I’m honored that they will be on board with me as I start this new chapter. I am so pumped to be going to a team that has had so many accomplishments, and great drivers to look up to as I continue to grow in my racing career. I am really grateful for this opportunity.”

Burton is currently running fulltime in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series (NGOTS) for Kyle Busch Motorsports where he has earned one top-five and two top-10 finishes in five starts so far this season. He has 20 career starts in the NGOTS with five career top-five and nine top-10 finishes. Burton has also made 33-career starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East putting together an impressive 2017 season in which he earned five wins, 12 top-five finishes and was in the top 10 for each of the season’s 14 races.

“Harrison continues to impress at each level of his racing career,” said Steve DeSouza, Executive Vice President of Xfinity Series and Development for Joe Gibbs Racing. “Ben (Beshore, Crew Chief) has the No. 18 team off to strong start this season and we believe Harrison will continue that momentum for us starting at Bristol.”


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