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On Saturday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) raced at Charlotte Motor Speedway for a 300-mile race in the sweltering heat. With two off weekends in a row leading up to the Charlotte race, the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) race teams had plenty of time to prepare cars capable of running well.
And run well they did. Though the weekend didn’t start off the greatest for any of the JDM cars in qualifying, they made their way through the field during the race, ending up with some good finishes.
Ross Chastain, who drives the No. 4 Florida Watermelon Association Chevrolet Camaro, started 37th due to a broken wire in the ignition during qualifying. He didn’t stay there long, however, as he worked all the way up to the Top 15 during Stage 1 of the race. The No. 4 was a rocket ship early on, but midway through the race, it was apparent that there was a problem with the car, which turned out to be the splitter pan that was dragging underneath, which hindered performance.
Once the team fixed the issue, Chastain made his way back through the field at a quick rate. He was nipping on the heels of another Top 10 finish, but ultimately ran out of time, and brought his Camaro home in the 11th position. That finish keeps Ross solidly in 13th for the season standings, now 49 points behind the Playoffs cutoff spot.
Stephen Leicht, driver of the No. 01 Flex Glue Chevrolet Camaro, had a roller coaster of a day. The near by Asheville, NC native struggled in qualifying, and rolled off from the 32nd position to start the race off. From there, he was able to knock down spots one at a time, and ran on the lead lap for the majority of the event. Leicht consistently improved throughout the race, and thanks to the help of four fresh tires near the finish, he was able to cap the weekend off with a solid 15th place run – his best finish yet this season. Stephen jumps up a whopping three spots in the season standings to 23rd, and now sits 26 markers back from the Top 20.
The #NumberNuthin Flex Tape No. 0 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Garrett Smithley had a relatively uneventful afternoon in Charlotte. After qualifying the car in 30th place, he too made his way through the field, spending most of the day in the 15th – 20th positions. At one point, thanks to some strategy by the crew, Garrett found himself restarting up inside the Top 10. He ran consistently for the remainder of the race, and ended up coming away with a 17th place finish. Smithley still sits in 16th in points, now just 38 points back of being inside the Top 15.
BJ McLeod, who had backing from Flex Seal on his No. 15 Chevrolet Camaro, continued to build on momentum for the team with another solid run. McLeod qualified the car in 21st, which was the best out of the four JDM cars. From there, he ran right around Garrett in the 15th – 20th positions, ultimately coming home with an 18th place finish. BJ sits 22nd in the standings, just 11 points back out of 20th.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Pocono Raceway for the running of the Pocono Green 250 Recycled By J.P. Mascaro & Sons on Saturday, June 1st. 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
Team 08 Panini/ Sponsor Gray Chevrolet Camaro:
After a few weeks off, the NASCAR Xfinity Series was back in action with a home race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Gray Gaudling would roll off from the 19th position for the 300 mile event.
The green flag dropped and Gaulding fought not only the competition, but the heat as well. On lap 20 Gaulding's AC Unit failed, which created a whole new challenge throughout the day. At the end of the first stage Gaulding had advanced to the 17th position.
Crew Chief Patrick Donahue made some slight adjustments to help tighten up Gaulding's 08 Chevy for the second stage. At the conclusion of stage two Gaulding was once again in the 17th position, but was much happier with the handling of his racecar.
Gaulding continued to make his way forward throughout the course of the final stage. Donahue continued tweaking on the 08 Camaro and used a bit of strategy to place his driver towards the front. When the checkered flag fell Gaulding brought home his No. 08 Chevy in the 14th position. This was the 08 team's ninth top twenty finish of the season.
“Today was tough.The air conditioning went out on lap 20. I knew this was going to be a long and hard day, but that's why I train and that's why I never give up, never give in. You're going to have challenges and today was the hardest challenge of my career. P14 is a good day for us."
Bobby Dotter Thoughts on the 08 Team:
“It was a hot one today in Charlotte. I thought the team did a great job of improving throughout the day. Today was another great result and I'm proud of everybody's efforts."
Team 07 Isokern Fireplaces & Chimneys Chevrolet Camaro:
Ray Black Jr. came into Charlotte this weekend on the heels of a 24th place finish a few weeks ago at Dover International Speedway. Ray Black Jr. would roll off from the 28th position for the 300 mile race.
Ray Black Jr. fought the handling of his car at the beginning of the race. Black battled a tight handling condition, and said it was 'pushing like a dump truck.' Despite the early struggles, Black managed to stay on the lead lap and finished the first stage in the 25th position.
Crew Chief Jason Miller went to work, making adjustments to free up the 07 Isokern Fireplaces & Chimneys Camaro. By the end of the second stage, Black advanced a few more positions to the 23rd position.
Miller continued tweaking the 07 Chevy to his driver's liking. With about 80 laps remaining the team hit on something and Black took off. When it was all said and done, Ray Black Jr. brought home his 07 Chevy in the 16th position. This was the 07 team's fifth top twenty finish in 2019.
Ray Black Jr:
“We had a very good finish to a rough weekend. I smacked the wall in second practice and got us behind for the race. The first half of the race was very tough. We just couldn't get the car to cooperate. With about 80 to go the car got really good. I'm really happy with our end result. It was very hot so it made every ounce of fight count."
Bobby Dotter Thoughts on the 07 Team:
“Very proud of the steady improvement the team made throughout the day. They ended the day way ahead of where they started. This team is continuing to grow together and I think we'll continue to see good things from them the rest of the season."
After a solid weekend at home, SS Green Light Racing drivers Gray Gaulding and Ray Black Jr. sit 14th and 18th respectively in the NASCAR Xfinity Series points standings. With Charlotte in the rear view, the team will begin preparing for Pocono. Coverage of the Pocono Green 250 from Pocono Raceway will begin Saturday June 1st at 1:00 PM ET on FS1.
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Race Winner: Tyler Reddick of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner: Christopher Bell of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Tyler Reddick of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-45):
● Started ninth and finished 11th.
● Earnhardt reported on lap four that his No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra was too loose on the entry, middle and exit of the corners.
● Running 11th while under caution on lap 19, Earnhardt told the team that the iK9 Supra had tightened up, but was still loose in turn three.
● On the lap-23 restart, Earnhardt was caught in the bottom line and fell back to 16th.
● The final 22 laps of the stage stayed green and Earnhardt was able to work his way back up to 11th.
● Pitted for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment at the conclusion of the stage.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 46-90):
● Started 11th and finished 10th.
● Caught in the bottom line on the restart, Earnhardt fell back to 23rd, but immediately began to make up ground once he got into the top lane.
● Earnhardt was 18th when the caution came out on lap 67, but moved up to 14th when a handful of cars pitted.
● Earnhardt gained three spots on the restart and eventually reentered the top-10 on lap 88.
● At the conclusion of the stage, Earnhardt reported the handling on his 1K9 Toyota had only improved slightly.
● Pitted for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment at the end of the stage.
Final Stage Recap (Laps 91-200):
● Started sixth and finished third.
● Earnhardt lined up sixth for the lap-101 restart and entered the top-five for the first time on lap 105.
● On lap 141, Earnhardt told the team he had a tire going down. The caution came out on lap 142, allowing Earnhardt to pit under yellow and only lose one lap.
● The iK9 team gave Earnhardt four fresh tires and fuel, and repaired damage during a second stop under the caution. He restarted in 24th on lap 147, one lap down.
● Earnhardt gained four spots on the lap-147 restart to place him 19th as the “lucky dog” when the eighth caution came out on lap 158.
● The Mooresville native brought the iK9 Toyota Supra to pit road on lap 160 for four tires and fuel.
● Earnhardt restarted 18th on lap 162 and moved up to 11th before the next caution on lap 171.
● With five cars pitting under caution, Earnhardt lined up sixth for the restart. He maintained his position throughout one last caution on lap 182.
● Restarting for the final time on lap 185, Earnhardt jumped to the third position.
● Earnhardt held on to his spot within the top-three to earn a career-best finish of third.
● Earnhardt’s third-place finish was his best Xfinity Series result in 71 career starts, with his previous best being a sixth-place effort on Feb. 23 in the Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
● This was Earnhardt’s best career finish across 157 combined starts in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Gander Outdoors Truck Series. His previous best finish was the aforementioned sixth-place result at Atlanta.
● Earnhardt has finished in the top-10 in three of the five Xfinity Series races he has run this year.
● Tyler Reddick won the Alsco 300 to score his fifth career Xfinity Series victory, his second of the season and his first at Charlotte. His margin of victory over second-place Justin Allgaier was 2.102 seconds.
● There were 10 cautions for a total of 56 laps.
● Seventeen of the 38 drivers finished on the lead lap.
● Reddick remains the championship leader after Charlotte with a 65-point advantage over second-place Christopher Bell.
Jeffrey Earnhardt, driver of the No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra for Joe Gibbs Racing:
“It’s pretty awesome to come out of here with a top-five. I kept flirting with the top line, getting higher and higher. Once you get up there and get loose, there’s nowhere to go but in the wall. Those guys did a great job getting it sorted out and getting us back out there to come back from a lap down. We just gave it all we had there at the end, that’s all I had left in the tank. I’m just thankful for the opportunity, it’s a dream come true to get to drive in Joe Gibbs Racing equipment and live out my dreams. We’re out here with the JGR and the Xtreme Concepts Racing guys to go for wins and we’re definitely working toward that. I’m just lucky enough to get back in this No. 18 Supra next week at Supra.
“It meant a lot to me having Officer Sheldon on the car today. Hopefully, he’s smiling down on us after that run and us bringing the iK9 Supra home third. I wouldn’t have thought we had a third-place car after practice on Thursday. I can’t thank the guys at iK9 and Joe Gibbs Racing enough for letting us run this paint scheme, and just everyone for their support and the respect they’ve shown. It’s amazing how the community came together for him and his family. It’s really touching and it’s been great to see the respect shown for a man that loved his job and loved keeping our town of Mooresville safe. They said he always had a K9 by his side and, coincidentally enough, his K9 was from iK9, so he’s part of the family and someone we will always appreciate.”
The next event on the Xfinity Series schedule is the Pocono Green 250 on Saturday, June 1 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. The race starts at 1 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FS1 and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
NASCAR Xfinity Series leader Tyler Reddick ran the top lane throughout most of Saturday’s Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway—without clobbering the outside wall.
The same couldn’t be said of Reddick’s pursuers, many of whom developed a “Charlotte stripe” on the right sides of their cars.
Ultimately, Reddick, the defending series champion, rolled across the finish line 2.102 seconds ahead of runner-up Justin Allgaier, who couldn’t catch the race winner despite racing on 14-lap fresher tires. The victory was Reddick’s first at Charlotte, his second of the season and the fifth of his career.
“Hats off to all of Richard Childress Racing," Reddick said of the team to which he migrated after winning last year’s series title with JR Motorsports. "We were pretty good going into the two ‘off’ weeks, but we weren't really happy with where we were, and they worked really hard and worked on a couple things, and we were so good when we came back here to Charlotte.
“I'm just so pumped about the work ethic of everyone at the shop and the guys here with me today, they just worked their tails off. We held off Justin Allgaier, who is really tough to beat. I won at Charlotte—a place I used to hate.”
Reddick led 110 of the 200 laps at the 1.5-mile track. Allgaier never held the top spot in posting his second straight second-place finish, but by the time he climbed from his car, his thoughts had already turned to the significance of the occasion.
“This is the kick-off to one of the coolest weekends in auto racing but also to Memorial Day,” Allgaier said. “I have a grandfather who is no longer with us who served in a war, and this is a special very special day for me.
“My hat’s off to all those who have lost their lives and their loved ones who are still here. Hopefully, we did them justice today.”
Jeffrey Earnhardt, grandson of seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt, finished third and required medical attention after the race, the result of temperatures that exceeded 135 degrees in the cockpits of some of the cars. Nevertheless, after spinning on Lap 141, thanks to a flat right front tire, Earnhardt rallied to finish third and claim the first top five of his career.
Noah Gragson overcame a penalty for an uncontrolled tire to run fourth, followed by Justin Haley, who rallied from a broken axle during qualifying and consequent start from the rear of the field to post a season-best result.
The race took its toll on several of the top contenders of the series. Cole Custer led the first 16 laps, but a litany of misfortunes—including several brushes with the outside wall and one collision with a crush panel that had fallen out of a competing car—relegated him to 24th place at the finish, four laps down.
After his fifth stage win of the season in the first 45-lap segment, pole winner Christopher Bell was running second on Lap 89 when a blown right front tire, the result of a puncture from debris on the track, sent his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing hard into the outside wall near the apex of Turns 1 and 2.
Half a lap later, Bell’s teammate, Brandon Jones, smacked the Turn 4 wall with a nearly identical issue. Jones brought his car to pit road as Reddick took the green/checkered flag to win Stage 2. Bell stayed out to try to stay on the lead lap, and that decision proved costly.
As Bell rolled down the backstretch, the inner liner of his tire exploded, damaging the right front fender. Bell brought the car to pit road, where the remains of the tire caught fire in the wheel well of his Supra. As flames licked the right side of his car, Bell exited hurriedly, his race over.
“My car was running good there,” Bell said after leaving the infield care center. “I had no warning of blowing a right front. I was actually a little bit loose that entire run. I guess we ran something over.
“I pile-drove the fence, and then, rolling down the back straightaway, I saw my teammate do it there, too. Bummer, but we had a really fast Rheem Supra today.”
Jones, on the other hand, rallied to finish 10th.
Tyler Reddick Tames the Beast at Charlotte Motor Speedway
"Man, that Tame the Beast Chevy was one of the best race cars I've ever sat in. Randall Burnett and my team really used the two off-weekends to their advantage and spent a lot of time working to find what we needed to have just that edge we wanted to have when we roll of the hauler at these tracks. This Chevrolet was just awesome right from the start of the weekend. I almost hated having the Friday off in between practice day and the race. I wanted to get out there and race right away. Charlotte Motor Speedway has been a challenge for me in the past, so I knew I needed to be on my game to get us to Victory Lane. Luckily, I was able to do just that. The handling fired off a little loose today but by the time the final stage came around it was right where I wanted it. The boys on pit road got it done today, which helped a lot too. This was a huge team effort, and I can't thank everyone for their support. This has been an awesome start to the year."
Tyler Reddick won Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The defending Xfinity Series champion took the lead after a restart with 15 laps to go and would hold on to hoist the hardware on Saturday afternoon.
Reddick led 110 of the 200 lap scheduled race distance to win his second race of the 2019 season and for the second time in three races.
"I'm just so pumped about the work ethic of everyone at the shop and the guys here with me today, they just worked their tails off," Reddick said. We held off Justin Allgaier, who is really tough to beat. I won at Charlotte - a place i used to hate.
Rounding out the top five were Justin Allgaier in second, Jeffery Earnhardt in third, Noah Gragson in fourth and Justin Haley in fifth.
Cole Custer, who led the first 16 laps but fell outside of the top 20 due to a collision with the crush panel would finish 24th.
Christopher Bell, who won his fifth stage victory of the season in the first stage blown a right front tire on Lap 89 as result from debris on the track, sent his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota hard into the outside wall.
"My car was running good there," Bell said. "I had no warning of blowing a right front. I was actually a little bit loose that entire run. I guess we ran something over.
"I pile-drove the fence, and then, rolling down the back straightaway, I saw my teammate do it there too. Bummer, but we had a really fast Rheem Supra today."
Rounding out the top ten were Michael Annett in sixth, Jeb Burton in seventh, Ryan Sieg in eighth, Austin Cindric in ninth and Brandon Jones in tenth.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series will head into Pocono Raceway in the running of the Pocono Green 250 Saturday, June 1st at 1:00 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1.
MBM Motorsports and Joey Gase are proud to announce RINI Technologies, an advanced thermal management company, will be partnering with Gase as an associate partner the rest of the season.
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“I am very excited to be teaming up with RINI Technologies not only for this weekend but for the rest of the season and this partnership could not have come at a better time!” said Gase. “This weekend I will be making my first start in the Coca Cola 600 which is the longest race in NASCAR. With temperatures predicted to be in the mid 90s and with the NC humidity it will be over 130 in the car. I was extremely worried about facing heat exhaustion and dehydration but thanks to my RINI Personal Cooling System I know I can ease my mind of that.”
The RINI Technologies’ PCS-Auto is the smallest, lightest, and most effective Personal Cooling Solution available today. The PCS-Auto is powered via 12V and employs patented miniature refrigeration technology to continuously chill a flow of water to the Cooling Shirt. The PCS-Auto miniature cooling technology provides more heat transfer and is more efficient than air cooling or thermoelectric systems. The system can also be configured in a battery powered, backpack format, to cool the crew members.
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DGM Racing not only has one of the Bassett brothers behind the wheel going into this weekend’s Alsco 300 Xfinity Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway but both siblings. Ronnie Bassett Jr. will be in the driver seat of the NO. 92 American Wood Reface, Superior Trailer, Bessemer Tire and Auto, Denver Smokehouse Chevy, Camaro. Younger brother Dillion Bassett will be piloting the No. 90 American Wood Reface, Superior Trailer Chevy, Camaro.
Ronnie Bassett Jr and Dillion Bassett are both coming off their best finishes of 15th at Texas Motor Speedway and Richmond International Speedway. This will be the first Xfinity Race that the two brothers have competed in together and what better place than at the Bassett’s home track of Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Bassett brothers have set their expectations of finishing this weekends Alsco 300 by achieving their best finishes so far this season. The green flag is set drop on Saturday May 25, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET.
This will be Ronnie Bassett Jr’s 4th Xfinity start of his career and his second start at a mile-and-a half track. As for Dillon Bassett this will be is 2nd career start and his first start at a mile- and-a- half track. For updates throughout this weekend race tune into FS1.
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Entrepreneur and venture capitalist Matt Hurley today announced the formation of H2 Motorsports and its introduction of Shane Lee as the driver of the No. 28 Circuit City Toyota Supra in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). The team will make its debut June 16 at Iowa Speedway and compete throughout the remainder of the 2019 NXS season.
H2 will be based in Mooresville, N.C.
“Entering any professional sport as a team owner is a significant commitment and undertaking,” Hurley said. “I’ve followed NASCAR closely for a number of years and appreciate the opportunity that is in front of H2 Motorsports. My due diligence has taught me much and reinforced my belief that now is the right time to build a team capable of winning races and ultimately championships. We are so proud to welcome Circuit City as the flagship sponsor for H2 Motorsports and look forward to reintroducing this brand — and many others — to the most brand-loyal fans anywhere.”
Circuit City, one of the most recognizable names in consumer electronics, returns to NASCAR after more than 20 years away from the sport. Under the leadership of Chairman and CEO Ronny Shmoel, Circuit City is writing the next chapter for a brand steeped in tech innovation by providing today’s generation with a deep portfolio of high-quality products matched with an exceptionally focused customer service support system that delivers a shopping experience like no other.
“Circuit City is excited to partner with H2 Motorsports and re-engage with NASCAR fans worldwide,” Shmoel said. “We know that NASCAR is a dynamic and one-of-a-kind property that will allow us to build strong and lasting business and consumer relationships through the power of competition and the most dedicated following. We know we’ve got a winning formula with
Matt and the team, both on and off the track.”
Lee, 25, competed in 13 NXS races in 2018, collecting one top-five and three top-10 finishes for Richard Childress Racing. A native of Newton, N.C., Lee also has participated in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series.
“It hasn’t been easy, but I’ve been patiently waiting for the right opportunity to present itself and that time is now,” Lee said. “This is the biggest step yet in my career and I appreciate the confidence Matt Hurley and H2 Motorsports has shown in me. I wish the Iowa Speedway race was tomorrow because I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of that No. 28 Circuit City Toyota
Pete Rondeau, most recently competition director for Furniture Row Racing, the 2017 NASCAR Cup championship team, will handle crew chief duties for the No. 28 Toyota. During Furniture Row’s championship season, the NASCAR veteran crew chief helped direct the team to eight wins en route to its thrilling title run.
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