Wednesday, Oct 20
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Notes of Interest

 

●  Subway® restaurants has joined Kevin Harvick and the No. 4 team of Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) to put its Eat Fresh Refresh™ on the fast track by becoming a primary sponsor of the championship-winning NASCAR Cup Series team. The world’s largest quick-service restaurant brand is leveraging the partnership to highlight Subway Delivery powered by DoorDash, which allows guests to order their Subway favorites via the Subway app or on Subway.com. Guests can buy one Footlong and get another Footlong for 50 percent off using code KEVIN50 when they order delivery online or in the Subway app. (Limit one at participating restaurants.) Subway has a $0 delivery fee on all Subway Delivery orders and guests can still earn and redeem Subway MyWay® Rewards points.

 

●  Dorothy was right. There’s no place like home. And for Harvick, home is an intermediate racetrack. With apologies to those in Harvick’s hometown of Bakersfield, California, the veteran racer has made the intermediate tracks that comprise the majority of the NASCAR Cup Series schedule his home. Of Harvick’s 58 career NASCAR Cup Series wins, 23 have come at intermediate-style racetracks. Kansas is a sweeping, D-shaped oval that has produced high speeds and daring, side-by-side racing since its debut in 2001. Harvick has competed at the track for every one of its Cup Series races – one of only three drivers to do so (Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman being the others) – and has amassed quite the history in his 31 career starts. Three wins, five second-place finishes, 10 top-threes, 11 top-fives, 18 top-10s and 949 laps led make Harvick one of the most successful drivers in Kansas’ relatively young history. His average start is 13.2, his average finish is 9.1 and he has a lap completion rate of 98.7 percent.

 

●  In his last two NASCAR Cup Series races at Kansas, Harvick has finished second. In his most recent visit to the 1.5-mile oval back in May, Harvick finished .336 of a second behind race winner Kyle Busch. In last year’s Hollywood Casino 400, Harvick finished .312 of a second behind Joey Logano.

 

●  Harvick scored his first NASCAR Cup Series win at Kansas in the 2013 Hollywood Casino 400 with a massive 1.140-second margin over runner-up Kurt Busch. Harvick scored his next Kansas win in the 2016 Hollywood Casino 400 with another impressive performance, crossing the stripe 1.183 seconds ahead of next best Carl Edwards. Harvick’s most recent Kansas victory came in May 2018 when he beat Martin Truex, Jr., by .390 of a second.

 

●  Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon lead the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Kansas with three victories apiece. Only Harvick, Hamlin and Logano are still active, and only eight of the 15 Cup Series winners at Kansas are active. Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 marks the 32nd Cup Series race at Kansas.

 

●  Harvick’s 11 top-fives at Kansas are the most among active drivers, as are his 18 top-10s, and he leads nearly every Loop Data category: Average Finish of 7.9 (series-best); Average Running Position of 8.644 (series-best): Driver Rating of 109.7 (series-best); 642 Fastest Laps Run (series-best); 5,863 Laps in the Top-15 (81.7 percent, series-most) and 1,055 Quality Passes (series-most).

 

●  Harvick has scored 22 top-10 finishes this season, third-most among NASCAR Cup Series drivers. The two drivers ahead of him: championship leader Kyle Larson (24 top-10s) and Hamlin (23 top-10s).

 

●  Harvick has completed the second-most laps of any driver this season (8,070). Only Hamlin is ahead of Harvick in this category with just 46 more laps completed (8,116).

 

●  Harvick is good at Kansas even outside of the NASCAR Cup Series. He has six top-fives across 11 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the 1.5-mile oval, with the highlight being a victory in September 2006.

 

●  Harvick’s No. 4 Subway Delivery Ford Mustang will carry the name of Lester DeVooght above the driver's side door during the Hollywood Casino 400. DeVooght was an avid supporter of Harvick and his family nominated DeVooght as their Cancer Hero via a collaboration between the Martin Truex Jr., Foundation and the NASCAR Foundation. DeVooght courageously battled cancer after his first diagnosis in late February 2019 of duodenal adenocarcinoma, a rare but fast-spreading cancer of the small intestine. He finished his chemo and radiation treatments in August 2019 and had a short reprieve before his cancer returned in April 2020. Sadly, DeVooght passed away on Oct. 4, 2020. Throughout his battle, the Findlay, Ohio-native remained a staunch follower of NASCAR and Harvick, in particular. Sunday at Kansas, DeVooght gets his name on the car he cheered for on countless Sundays.

 

Kevin Harvick, Driver of the No. 4 Subway Delivery Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing

 

Consistency has been a hallmark of your season and you’ve talked about how you’ve had to grind all year long to get the best finish possible. Is this a testament to your 21 years as a NASCAR Cup Series driver and your eight years together with the No. 4 team of Stewart-Haas Racing?

“I feel like the experience of our team has carried us through this year because we know how to race for eighth to 10th and finish eighth to 10th. And we know the scenarios, when to gamble and when not to gamble. And I think our team has done a great job of executing all the details of the season, and that’s what’s kept us in the game.”

 

Heading into your first race at Kansas earlier this year, you and your crew chief, Rodney Childers, talked about how you needed to approach the race differently to overcome the loss of downforce your car had compared to last year. Can you provide some insight into what you had to do behind the wheel to get that second-place finish?

“It was a combination of things. I think it was a change in thought process. I think it was a great gamble on the call at the end of the race to come and get tires. I think a lot of things just changed that weekend for a better direction and we got a good finish out of it.”

 

You’ve raced at a good amount of mile-and-a-half tracks since you last competed at Kansas. As the year has progressed, have you also seen progress in your mile-and-a-half program?

“We’ve definitely still got a deficit to some of the cars that we’re racing against, but we’ve definitely made up ground on the performance side and just have a better idea of where we need to be to just keep us in the game.”

 

Your history at Kansas is impressive. Three wins, five second-place finishes, 10 top-threes, 11 top-fives, 18 top-10s and 949 laps led across 31 career NASCAR Cup Series starts. What makes you so good there?

“I think Kansas has been a great racetrack and, really from a driver’s standpoint, a fun racetrack because of the fact that it’s worn in so well. You can race at the top of the racetrack, which is the preferred groove as the tires wear out. It’s faster at the bottom of the racetrack on new tires. But as a driver, having options is something that is a lot of fun. As they repave Atlanta and you look at some of the other racetracks, really Kansas is going to be one of the more unique racetracks because of the fact the asphalt and the shape of the racetrack is so driver-friendly as far as where you can drive on the racetrack. You can literally drive from the wall to the apron all the way around the racetrack. So, it’s a fun racetrack. It’s been good to us and, hopefully, we can continue that trend on Sunday in our Subway Delivery Ford Mustang.”

 

TSC PR

Kansas Speedway is stepping up to the plate to honor the championship-winning Kansas City Monarchs and the area’s rich baseball heritage ahead of Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300.

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President Bob Kendrick will serve as the Grand Marshal, while Kansas City Royals legend Frank White will be the Honorary Starter for the penultimate race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs’ Round of 8.

“Bob Kendrick and Frank White are both key leaders in the robust Kansas City baseball community,” said Pat Warren, president of Kansas Speedway. “It’s an honor to have them join with our racing community on Saturday to begin our doubleheader in style.”

As President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kendrick works tirelessly to preserve and celebrate the rich history of African-American baseball and its profound impact on the social advancement of America.  Through his leadership, the Museum and the Kansas City Monarchs have partnered to carry on the legendary Kansas City Monarchs name in the American Association of Professional Baseball. 

White, who coaches first base for the Monarchs, is one of the most beloved players in Kansas City Royals history. The eight-time Gold Glove winner and five-time American League All-Star played 18 seasons for the Royals and was a member of the franchise’s first World Series winner in 1985. Aside from his coaching duties, White is also prominent leader in the community serving as Jackson County Executive.

White will wave the green flag shortly after 2 p.m. on Saturday, when the NASCAR Xfinity Series begins the doubleheader day of racing action at Kansas Speedway. At 6 p.m., the ARCA Menards Series will conclude its season in the Reese’s 150, with a spectacular fireworks display set to light up the sky during the championship celebration.  

Tickets for Saturday’s doubleheader are available for as low as $40 and kids 12-under are free with a paid adult.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, following a concert by multiplatinum recording artist Mitchell Tenpenny, the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs’ Round of 8 continues in the Hollywood Casino 400. Fans are encouraged to secure their tickets now for both days by visiting www.kansasspeedway.com.

Kansas Speedway PR

On November 7th, Live Fast Motorsports and Pala Casino Resort and Spa join forces on NASCAR’S Championship Weekend.

Pala Casino Spa Resort is Southern California’s entertainment capital with live entertainment nightly, national headliner and tribute concerts, three state-of-the-art entertainment venues, as well as exciting Las-Vegas style slots and table games.

“We couldn’t be more proud to have Pala join Live Fast Motorsports on NASCAR’s Championship Weekend. Having a partner like Pala continue as a great sponsor of our sport is a huge honor for us and the entire industry. We can’t wait to see the #78 in the Pala colors out there for our final week of our first season in the NASCAR Cup Series,” Matt Tifft said of the partnership.

"It is very exciting to return as a car sponsor for the NASCAR Cup Series," said Coley McAvoy, spokesperson for Pala. "We are very pleased to be supporting the No. 78 car and team, Live Fast Motorsports."

Make sure while considering your vacation plans, to head to palacasino.com today and enjoy the world class entertainment offered!

BJMM PR

The perks keep coming in for Mahoning Valley Speedway’s October 30 Fall Brawl.

Adding to the list of growing enticements will be a $50 bonus to each Sportsman Modified heat race winner courtesy of myracenews.com.

Headed by noted racing photographer and Eastern Motorsport Press Association member Mike Jaworecki, myracenews.com is a comprehensive Northeast based motor racing website that provides extensive coverage to a broad spectrum of local, regional and national racing.

Jaworecki is known for his giving back to the racing community and is excited to be able to provide the Sportsman Modified drivers with this added bonus of $50 to each heat race winner. 

Sportsman Modifieds will be vying in a 40-lap/$1500-to-win feature. This will mark the largest payout as well as race distance for the class, now in its fourth year of existence.

And, as race day nears so too does the interest from not only the weekly Mahoning Sportsman Modified steadies but likewise from a number of invaders who are making plans to compete in the 40-lap event.

Set for Saturday, October 30 and starting at 2:00 pm the Fall Brawl is headlined by a 125 lap/$3000-to-win feature for the Modifieds. The race will also pay $1000 for 10th and $400 to take the green.

Also on the card are Street Stocks contesting in a 50-lap/$1200-to-win main, the Hobby Stocks battling for a $500 first place prize over a 40-lap distance and the Futures/Rookie Hobby Stocks racing in a 20-lap affair.

Stimulus add-ons are continuing to mound for the Fall Brawl. There is a Bonus Bucks Draw for Modified, Street Stock and Hobby Stock finishers of positions 2-5. Lap prize money is being collected and awarded for all divisions. Each Street Stock heat winner will collect $150 thanks to C&B Lawn Care & Landscaping of Kunkletown, Heat Wave Stoves LLC also of Kunkletown, Ripkey Racing and Stacey Brown. And for the Futures/Rookie Hobby Stocks the track will put up $100 per each car entered and will formulate the purse from the total number.

The speedway will play host to a Halloween Kids Candy Scramble at intermission.

For complete info on the Fall Brawl visit: http://www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway.  

MVS PR

From January to Labor Day, five divisions of northeast DIRTcar racing saw drivers in each awarded points towards the $47,000 Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship based on their 16 best finishes.

The points system rewards drivers for racing at their home tracks every week plus, thanks to a common ruleset, encourages drivers to travel to other DIRTcar tracks and Series races to accrue more points and experience. 

This year, Matt Sheppard took the DIRTcar Big Block Modified Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship title, Mat Williamson won the DIRTcar 358 Modified championship Andrew Buff took DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds crown, Chad Jeseo won with the DIRTcar Pro Stocks, and Dante Mancuso is the first-ever DIRTcar 4 Cylinder champion. 

DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds

Only Matt Sheppard, from Waterloo, NY,  could insist he hasn’t had a “great” year while winning major championships like his record-setting eighth Super DIRTcar Series championship plus his seventh Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship for DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds (formerly Mr. DIRT). 

Sheppard’s Hoosier championship points run came with wins at Orange County Fair Speedway, Land of Legends Raceway, Ransomville Speedway, and Weedsport Speedway in both weekly and Series competition totaling 12 wins overall which netted him $5,000 for his title. 

Last year’s champion Stewart Friesen came up four points short. He picked up 10 DIRTcar Big Block Feature wins at six different tracks including Volusia Speedway Park, Can-Am Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Orange County Fair Speedway, Weedsport Speedway, and Land of Legends Raceway. 

Peter Britten has had one of the best years of his career. Britten finished third in Hoosier Championship points collecting four wins including a Series DIRTcar Series win at his home track Land of Legends Raceway. 

Check out the full DIRTcar Big Block Modified Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship points HERE. The top twenty in points shared from the over $18,000 in point monies.

DIRTcar 358 Modifieds

St. Catharines, ON driver Mat Williamson, is no stranger to Victory Lane but now he is starting to make championships look routine too. Williamson, who is fighting for a podium on the Super DIRTcar Series standings going into the NGK NTK World Finals, picked up this year’s DIRTcar 358 Modified Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship title worth $3,000.

This is Williamson’s third Hoosier championship in a row. Only this year’s third-place overall David Herbert has won three in a row and he made it four between 2014 and 2017. 

Williamson’s 11 wins came at six tracks: Ransomville Speedway, Brockville Ontario Speedway, Fulton Speedway, Brewerton Speedway, and Weedsport Speedway. 

Billy Dunn finished second in points but he also won the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series championship this year on the back of his herculean efforts to finish the race at Oswego Speedway in the Salute to the Troops 150. 

David Herbert represented the Quebec cause coming in third place in the Hoosier standings. Hebert won DIRTcar 358 Modified Features at Autodrome Granby, Le RPM Speedway, Autodrome Drummond, and Cornwall Motor Speedway. 

Check out the full points HERE. The top 20 in points will share from the over $14,000 cash point fund.

DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds

Andrew Buff has proven his ability to win championships at home and is taking the show on the road. Buff is this year’s DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship title winner collecting $1,000. The star DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series: East Region driver beat out both Cameron Tuttle from the West and Zach Sobotka in the Central Region by six points. Tuttle and Sobotka finished tied in the Hoosier standings with 906 points. 

Buff added his name to a list that includes Rocky Warner, Matt Sheppard, Chad Brachmann, and Chris Raabe. 

Traveling man Andrew Buff took wins at Lakeview Motor Speedway in South Carolina, Glen Ridge Motor Speedway, Fulton Speedway, and Albany-Saratoga Speedway. 

The final opportunity race for DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds comes up at the Drydene World Short Track Championship from Thursday, October 28 to Saturday, October 30, 2021 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. 

Check out the full DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship points HERE. The top 20 here will share from the $6,500 point fund. 

DIRTcar Pro Stocks 

Chad Jeseo, winner of the DIRTcar Pro Stock 50 at the 49th NAPA Super DIRT Week and overall DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Championship, ran away with the DIRTcar Pro Stock Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship in 2021. His 936 points came on the back of 10 wins. Rival Jason Meltz finished second with 886 points while Kevin Fetterly came in third with 844 points overall. 

This is Jeseo’s second DIRTcar Pro Stock Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship title which he will take home a $1,000 check at the annual awards banquet. His first came in 2012. 

Race fans can catch the DIRTcar Pro Stocks in action at this year’s Drydene World Short Track Championship (Thursday, October 28 - Saturday, October 30, 2021) at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. 

Check out the full DIRTcar Pro Stock Hoosier Racing Tire Championship points HERE. Like the DIRTcar Sportsman, the DIRTcar Pro Stocks also paid out the top 20 with a $6,500 total point fund. 

DIRTcar 4 Cylinders

Dante Mancuso motored his way to a title in the inaugural DIRTcar 4 Cylinder Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship. He piled up his 11-win season at Ransomville Speedway and Genesee Speedway. Brad Whiteside and Cole Susice finished second and third overall. Twenty-one drivers took part in the first season of DIRTcar sanctioned 4 Cylinder action. 

Mancuso will take home $500 for his first ever title and the top 10 in the points will share from the over $2,500 point fund that was established. 

Check out the full points HERE.

NEXT UP: Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship points chasing starts up in 2022 at the DIRTcar Nationals for the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds on February 14-19. The Big Blocks hit Volusia Speedway Park for a newly added Hot Lap session on Monday, February 14 before five straight nights of Feature action on The World’s Fastest Half-Mile all of which award valuable early-season Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship points.

Watch for more updates, schedule announcements, Features, and more at DIRTcar.com and on social media on Facebook and Twitter.

DIRTcar Series PR

Pre-race festivities for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race at Phoenix Raceway just added some more star power. NASCAR and Phoenix Raceway announced today that Emmy and Tony Award-winning performer Kristin Chenoweth will sing the National Anthem prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race on Nov. 7.

Chenoweth’s stirring performance in front of a sold-out crowd will follow a pre-race concert by multiplatinum singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley. 

“Kristin Chenoweth is one of the most gifted vocalists and performers of all-time,” said Phoenix Raceway President Julie Giese. “She not only will elevate the stature of our championship race, but she will also undoubtedly deliver a rendition of the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ that we will remember for years to come.”

Chenoweth, a global superstar of both stage and screen, is no stranger to performing in front of sold-out crowds. She was the original Glinda the Good Witch in the hit Broadway musical “Wicked” and has delighted audiences from Carnegie Hall to Royal Albert Hall. She won an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in “Pushing Daisies” and won a Tony Award for her performance in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” She also delivered memorable performances in “Glee,” where she earned a People’s Choice Award nomination.

This holiday season, Chenoweth will delight fans with her new album on Concord Records, “Happiness Is … Christmas” and appear alongside Academy Award winner JK Simmons in the upcoming STX motion picture “National Champions.”

“It’s a tremendous honor to perform our National Anthem for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race,” said Chenoweth, who can currently be seen starring alongside Cecily Strong, Keegan-Michael Key and Ariana DeBose in AppleTV+’s musical comedy series “Schmigadoon.” “I can’t wait to experience the excitement at Phoenix Raceway and join together with the sold-out crowd to honor our nation.”

Although no tickets remain for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race, fans can still experience NASCAR Championship Weekend event on Friday and Saturday. A limited number of grandstand and FanShield Infield Experience tickets remain for those days, and fans are encouraged to get their tickets now before losing out on the opportunity.

The action begins Friday, Nov. 5, when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series crowns its champion in the Lucas Oil 150. On Saturday, Nov. 6, Phoenix Raceway will host two championship events – the Arizona Lottery 100 (ARCA Menards Series West) and the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship Race.  

And then, on Sunday, Nov. 7, the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race will be contested, airing live on NBC and Peacock.

Fans can purchase tickets for Friday and Saturday’s action at Phoenix Raceway at www.phoenixraceway.com. They can also secure their seats for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race at Phoenix Raceway by purchasing season tickets.

Phoenix Raceway PR

The Magic of Lights, the popular drive-through, family-friendly holiday lights extravaganza, will make its debut in South Florida at the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway, Nov. 19 through Jan. 1, 2022.

 

Magic of Lights will showcase a dazzling display of more than one million twinkling, sparkling lights and magical scenes, all viewed within the comfort and safety of the guest’s vehicle. Pre-sale tickets are on sale today by visiting magicoflights.com/homestead. For the past four years, Magic of Lights has been a huge hit for holiday fun at Daytona International Speedway, and will now call South Florida home as well.

 

Kids from ages one to 92 (and above) will be mesmerized with the colorful lights, holiday scenes and a cast of characters. Families, couples, friends, social and work groups can enjoy the happy holiday experience by taking advantage of special pre-sale, early bird discount pricing of $17 for standard vehicles through Nov. 2. After that, regular ticket prices include:

  • Advanced Pricing through Nov. 3: $17 per standard vehicle in advance or $30 at the gate weekdays (Monday through Thursday), or $35 on weekends (Friday through Sunday).
  • Advanced Pricing Prime Season from Nov. 3 - Dec. 9: $20 per standard vehicle in advance with $35 at the gate weekdays (Monday through Thursday), or $35 on weekends (Friday through Sunday).
  • Oversized vehicles such as limousines or vans for 15 passengers or more will be $40 per vehicle in advance, $50 per vehicle at the gate and $55 on weekend dates (Friday through Sunday).
  • Tour buses can be accommodated for $100.
  • Group rates are also available.

 

“The Magic of Lights will be an incredible addition to our already busy calendar here at Homestead-Miami Speedway,” said track president Al Garcia. “It will provide a wonderful new family holiday tradition for the local community here in South Florida. The venue is well suited for a drive through holiday light experience and will provide tons of family enjoyment.”

 

Magic of Lights, which will be a festive and winding drive-through on the grounds of the already colorful Homestead-Miami Speedway, will be open from 6-10 p.m. ET nightly. It will be 44 days of magical fun!

 

Guests will be able to enjoy all the spectacular displays, using the latest LED technology and digital animations. Tickets purchased online in advance can be used at any date, allowing guests the flexibility on when they choose to attend. The experiences will include featured displays like Prehistoric Christmas and Big Foot Monster Trucks. All are guaranteed to warm the heart and create special family memories across generations.

 

Buckle up the kids and enjoy the magic – The first Magic of Lights at Homestead-Miami Speedway!

 

Magic of Lights is produced by a team of family entertainment professionals at FunGuys Events, each with decades of international show experience at the highest level.

 

For information on Magic of Lights at Homestead-Miami Speedway, visit www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com or call (866) 409-RACE (7223). Fans can keep up with up-to-date happenings at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Homestead-Miami Speedway makes its return to the NASCAR Playoffs in 2022 with a tripleheader on Oct. 22-23. The Baptist Health 200 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be a part of a Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022 NASCAR Playoffs doubleheader with the Contender Boats 250 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The weekend’s anchor event, Dixie Vodka 400, a NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race, is set for Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. It’s the first time in three years that Homestead-Miami Speedway has played host to NASCAR’s Playoffs.

HMS PR

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) driver Brandon Jones will return to race full-time in 2022 behind the wheel of the No. 19 Toyota Supra.  Jeff Meendering will also return as his crew chief continuing the leadership, continuity and experience the team has built to be a top contender for the championship run next year.

Menards will also return as the primary sponsor and will expand its longtime support of Jones with a full season sponsorship for all 33 races in 2022.  Menards has sponsored Jones throughout his Xfinity Series career.

“We are excited about the opportunity to be a full-time sponsor for Brandon Jones in the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series for Joe Gibbs Racing,” said Jeff Abbott, Menards Marketing and Promotions Manager.  “Brandon has gained valuable experience through the years at many levels of racing, including winning in the ARCA Menards Series, NASCAR Truck Series and Xfinity Series and most recently by qualifying twice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs.  Brandon has proven himself time and again by winning races, competing for championships and being an outstanding ambassador for Menards and our valued racing partners.  We look forward to being a part of his continuing success in 2022.”

Jones just advanced to the Round of 8 in the 2021 Xfinity Series Playoffs after earning 11 top-five finishes and 17 top-10 finishes so far this season.  He continues his charge in the 2021 championship run and is focused on advancing and challenging for the championship in Phoenix.  

“Brandon provides a veteran driver presence in the Xfinity Series for us,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “He has advanced into the final eight of the NASCAR playoffs for the second consecutive year and now our focus is to make it into the next round with the opportunity to race for the championship in Phoenix. We’re excited to have him back next season with the opportunity to represent Menards every week.”

Currently in his fourth season with JGR, Jones has become the senior Xfinity Series driver for the organization.  The No. 19 team has shown improved consistency each season, with Jones earning a career-high 11 top-five finishes with three races remaining in the season.

“This has been a very strong season so far and I couldn’t be prouder of our 19 team,” stated Brandon Jones.  “It will be great to have Jeff Meendering back as my crew chief for the third consecutive year; his leadership is exactly what this team needs. I also realize how fortunate I am to have partners like Menards and Toyota; their support means the world to me. I couldn’t be more excited to have Menards return and more importantly, their support for the full season.  It’s huge.  I am thrilled to be back at Joe Gibbs Racing next season.  Right now, I remain focused on our championship run and making it to Phoenix this year for a shot at the Xfinity Series title.”

JGR PR

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