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Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that they have signed John Hunter Nemechek, a five-time winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and former NASCAR NEXT driver, to pilot the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro in multiple NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races in 2018. Nemechek, 20, will work with veteran NXS crew chief Mike Shiplett, who has led the team for the last four seasons. Nemechek’s No. 42 Chevrolet will carry primary sponsorship from Fire Alarm Services, Inc. in 2018.

NOTES OF INTEREST:

·         Behind the Wheel:Nemechek began his racing career in quarter midgets at the age of five. He was the 2011 Allison Legacy Race Series Rookie of the Year and followed-up with the series championship in 2012. Nemechek moved into late models in 2013 and won the Miller Lite Super Late Model Series Championship at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway. He won three of the biggest Super Late Model races over the next two seasons including the famed All-American 400 in Nashville, Tenn., the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla.

·         Fully Covered: Headquartered in Denver, Colo., Fire Alarm Services, Inc., provides fire, life safety, and security services and products for protecting their client's real estate investment. They are the one source for all of their customers fire alarm, electrical, security, sprinkler, fire extinguisher and fire suppression needs.

·         Making His Way Through NASCAR: Nemechek made his NCWTS debut in 2013 at Martinsville Speedway at just 16 years old. He competed in the NCWTS on a part-time basis in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Nemechek captured his first series victory at Chicagoland Speedway in 2015 and was also named the series’ Most Popular Driver. He moved to full-time driving duties in 2016 and 2017, where he qualified for the NCWTS playoffs in both seasons.In 76 starts, Nemechek has five wins, one pole, 22 top-five and 38 top-10 finishes. He finished eighth in the final points standings in both 2016 and 2017.

·         Family Ties:John Hunter is the son of 1992 NXS Champion and multi-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) winner Joe Nemechek. Joe drove for CGR co-owner Felix Sabates’ SABCO Racing team from 1997-1999 and scored the team’s final MENCS victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September 1999. John Hunter’s namesake is his late uncle, John Nemechek, who competed in the NCWTS from 1995-1997. He passed away due to complications from head injuries sustained in an accident during a 1997 NCWTS race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, just three months before John Hunter was born.

CGR QUOTEBOARD:

·         Chip Ganassi, Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing: “We are happy to have John Hunter join our organization and also announce the relationship with Fire Alarm Services. We had a very successful 2017 with our XFINITY program and look to improve upon that.  We feel that John Hunter has the talent to be a future star in the sport and can’t wait to get him behind the wheel.”

·         John Hunter Nemechek, Driver No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro:  “I couldn’t be more excited to join Chip Ganassi Racing. I feel like their cars and organization were the talk of the garage in 2017 and I hope to play a part in continuing their run of success in 2018 and beyond. Also, Fire Alarm Services has been a supporter of my career since 2016 at our family-owned team, and I am looking forward to continuing that partnership at Chip Ganassi Racing. I am extremely grateful to Shannon and Connie Smith, owners of Fire Alarm Services, Inc. I also want to thank my father for all that he has done to help grow my passion for racing.”

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JD Motorsports with Gary Keller and with recently signed driver Vinnie Miller are proud to welcome JAS Expedited Trucking as a full-time sponsor of the No. 01 Chevrolet Camaro in 2018.
 
JAS Expedited Trucking, based in Imlay City, Mich., will serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 01 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) entry driven by Miller in ten 2018 NXS events starting with the Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, February 24, 2018.
 
“I’m looking forward to our partnership with JD Motorsports and Vinnie in 2018,” said CEO of JAS Expedited Trucking, Tony Freeland. “Currently, my company looking to hire several qualified truck drivers, and we’ve found that NASCAR is a great platform to get the word out.”
 
In addition to serving as primary sponsor of the No. 01 Chevrolet at Atlanta in February, JAS will also serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 01 entry in nine other NXS events including Miller’s NXS debut at his home track, Michigan International Speedway, on Saturday, June 9, 2018.
 
JAS will also serve as an associate sponsor of the JDM No. 01 entry driven by Miller for the other 23 NXS events in 2018.
 
“Being a Michigan based company, we like to support other Michigan companies and individuals from our state,” Freeland said. “Vinnie grew up just a few miles down the road from where I live. It’s cool to be working with a driver who gets what we are trying to achieve and has a passion for the state of Michigan.”
 
“Having a JAS come onboard for the 2018 season is awesome,” said driver of the No. 01 JAS Chevrolet, Vinnie Miller. “I’m proud to be from Michigan, and I’m even more proud to work with a company like JAS. They bring jobs to our state and are looking to add even more. I’ve enjoyed getting to know Tony and his team at JAS, and I’m looking forward to the future with them.”
 
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Coming off of a very successful 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, JD Motorsports with Gary Keller seeks to carry this momentum into the 2018 season. With two drivers confirmed for 2018, JDM seeks two more qualified drivers to fill out the roster.
 
The team announced in September that Ross Chastain will return for the fourth consecutive year to the No. 4 Chevrolet Camaro, and last week it was announced that Vinnie Miller will join the team full-time in 2018 to pilot the No. 01 Chevy. Drivers for the team’s No. 0 and No. 15 cars are still to be confirmed.
 
“My goal for this team is, and has always been, to put competitive racecars on the track every weekend,” said team owner, Johnny Davis. “To be able to accomplish that, we need two things: sponsorship and talented drivers. I’m very excited to have Ross back with the team, and I see a lot of potential in Vinnie. A great opportunity exists in my other two cars for qualified drivers that can help bring sponsorship. This team had some great finishes in 2017, and I’m aiming even higher for next year.”

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Team Penske announced a new partnership today with LTi Printing, one of the nation's leaders in print and print related solutions.

As part of the multi-year agreement that begins with the 2018 season, LTi Printing will be featured as the primary sponsor on Team Penske’s championship-winning No. 22 Ford Mustang team for two races in the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS), including the event at Pocono Raceway in June and at Iowa Speedway in late July. LTi Printing will also be an associate sponsor on the No. 22 NXS Ford for the rest of the 2018 season.

LTi will also provide printing services to Team Penske while the partnership will create strategic business-to-business opportunities for the industry-leading printers among the Penske Corporation companies and Team Penske’s diverse partner portfolio.

“We are incredibly excited to partner with Team Penske and their NASCAR XFINITY Series program this coming year,” said Mike Frost, President of LTi Printing. “Team Penske has a proven record of success both on the track, but also in fostering solid business-to-business relationships off the track.  And for us, offering such a diverse portfolio of print products and solutions allows us to be relevant to almost any Team Penske partner. After some time in the NASCAR Truck Series, we are very excited for the move to the XFINITY Series and to have the opportunity to partner with a world class racing organization like Team Penske.”

Team Penske and its partners will have access to a wide-range of printed products and services through the new partnership. LTi Printing focuses on high quality commercial print, folding cartons, pressure sensitive labels, digital printing, and fulfillment. With its branding on the No. 22 Ford Mustang next season, LTi Printing will experience unique exposure and marketing opportunities with a team that just earned its fourth NASCAR XFINITY Series Owners’ Championship.

“We welcome LTi Printing as a new partner to Team Penske and we certainly see the opportunities that exist within this new relationship,” said Roger Penske. “We believe Team Penske can help provide value to LTi through brand exposure as a race team sponsor along with a direct connection to world-class companies, and we are excited to help create solutions for our partners with a first-class printing services provider.”

LTi Printing will make the transition to Team Penske in 2018 after serving as a sponsor with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) team owned by Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski this season. The company was also the entitlement sponsor for the NCWTS race at Michigan International Speedway this August – the LTi Printing 200.

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Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that Rheem will sponsor Christopher Bell and Ryan Preece in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2018.

Rheem, a 10 year NASCAR sponsor, will have NASCAR’s 2017 Camping World Truck Series Champion Christopher Bell at the wheel for 23 races in JGR’s No. 20 Toyota Camry and break-through sensation Ryan Preece in the No. 18 Toyota Camry for 10 races.

“We are delighted to partner with Joe Gibbs Racing. Joe Gibbs’ life, business accomplishments and his company’s values fit well with Rheem’s culture of innovation, integrity and philanthropy.  We are also pleased to join JGR’s partner family comprised of some of the world’s most successful, innovative companies that are also committed to leading and winning. We look forward to working and winning with Coach Gibbs and his team,” said Chris Peel, Rheem President and COO.

The Rheem and Ruud brands will represent the company’s family of quality brands on NASCAR race tracks in 2018 as Rheem kicks off its second decade of racing with two new paint schemes.   The new designs are intended to say ‘thanks to NASCAR fans for allowing us to support the sport you love’ as well as promising that ‘Rheem is taking leading and winning to a whole new level.’

“We’re thrilled to partner with Rheem,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “They have built a winning company in their industry with many of the same attributes we hold valuable at our race team. Rheem has a long history in our sport and they understand what it takes to be successful. We think Christopher (Bell) and Ryan (Preece) will represent them well both on and off the track.”

“I’m incredibly fortunate to have a partner like Rheem come on board and support me as we run for the Championship as well as Rookie of the Year honors in the XFINITY Series in 2018,” said Bell. “Rheem is at the top of their business and they know racing having supported the sport for so long. I’m proud to have the opportunity to represent them.”

Rheem is a global leader in advanced technology and the planet’s only manufacturer producing heating, cooling, water heating, pool & spa heating and commercial refrigeration products.  Founded in 1925, the Rheem mission today is still simple: help families everywhere enjoy a new degree of comfort with solutions that keep them cool in the summer, warm in the winter and enjoying hot water year-round. For nearly a century, Rheem has designed, developed, and manufactured products that make lives safer, more comfortable and more productive while delivering quality, value, and reliability to homes and businesses across the globe.

“My family has worked in the HVAC business, so we know first-hand that Rheem is the leader in this industry,” said Preece. “I’m thrilled to have them on board with me for 10 races next year and hope to keep them at the front of the field where they belong.”

The Rheem Camry will officially hit the track with Christopher Bell at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 17, 2018 for the PowerShares QQQ 300. The Ruud Camry will debut in Atlanta on February 24. Ryan Preece debuts for Rheem in Fontana, Calif., on March 17.

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GMS Racing officials announced today that veteran crew chief, Chad Norris will join Spencer Gallagher and the No. 23 team for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) season. With many successful years of experience in the NASCAR industry, Norris has worked alongside numerous top-name drivers like Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Trevor Bayne, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. and most recently Brennan Poole.

“Chad will bring a lot of good and solid knowledge to this XFINITY program,” said General Manager Mike Beam. “Spencer showed a lot of improvement last season and I feel like Chad can take him to the next level. With Chad’s veteran knowledge and experience I know Spencer and this No. 23 team will succeed and excel.”

In 255 races throughout Norris’ career in the top three levels of NASCAR he has amassed three wins, 30 top-five and 107 top-10 finishes, as well as six pole awards. Most recently, Norris completed the last two NXS seasons with Brennan Poole, making the NASCAR Playoffs in 2016 and 2017.

“I am really excited to join GMS Racing for the 2018 season,” said crew chief Chad Norris. “We have all of the assets to build this XFINITY team into a top-tier competitor every weekend at the track. With Mike Beam and myself there is a lot of veteran knowledge to continue to not only help Spencer to grow as a driver but the XFINITY program as a whole.”

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Vinnie Miller, a 20-year old racer from Metamora, Michigan, went on Tradin’ Paint with Jim Noble and Chocolate Meyers on Tuesday afternoon to announce his 2018 racing plans. The Michigan native announced that he will join JD Motorsports for a full-time slate in the NASCAR XFINITY Series piloting the No. 01 Chevrolet Camaro.

While growing up in Michigan, the young driver grew up racing with 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year driver Erik Jones. He’s even competed at some of the same facilities as 2012 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski.

“It’s a dream come true,” Miller said. “As a young racer, you certainly dream of making it to this level and competing with the best of the best, without being sure it will ever happen. I have several people to thank, but mostly importantly, I need to thank my family for their support. The sacrifices they have made to allow me to chase my dreams do not go unnoticed, and it will be really special to share the next step in this journey with them.”

Miller made one start in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2017 at Chicagoland Speedway. In his debut, Miller started 31st and went on to finish 29th in the House.com 300. About a month later, Miller made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Talladega Superspeedway. Piloting the No. 66 Master Manufacturing Chevrolet for owner Jeff Bolen, Miller went on to a seventh-place finish after starting 24th that afternoon.

His resume also includes ARCA and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts. In six ARCA races in 2017, Miller finished inside the top 10 four times. His six NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts includes one top five finish at South Boston and two top 10 finishes

“I see a lot of potential in Vinnie,” said team owner, Johnny Davis. “He is a hard-working young man, and he has demonstrated his ability as a racer. He’ll have a lot to learn next year, but my team is committed to giving him the resources he needs to have a successful rookie year. Vinnie already fits in great with the team, so we’re looking forward to the 2018 season.”

Miller said his representatives and JD Motorsports worked on putting the deal together and had to wait three months before the announcement. The driver mentioned on SiriusXM NASCAR Ch. 90 just how special the announcement was for he and his family members.

“The reactions on their faces whenever they found out about the news was real funny to watch,” said Miller on SiriusXM NASCAR. “Their jaw dropped and they couldn’t believe the news. My grandmother, who has supported me since my late grandfather passed away, cried her eyes out when she heard the news. My mom and dad were super excited for me as well. Nobody could believe it when I told them.”

A crew chief for Miller and other details were not mentioned in the team release.

JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) is excited to announce that NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) graduate Vinnie Miller will drive the No. 01 Chevrolet Camaro NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) entry full-time next season. Miller made the announcement live on SIRIUS XM NASCAR Radio on “Tradin’ Paint with Jim Noble and Chocolate Myers.”
 
Miller, 20 years of age, grew up racing on the same Michigan short tracks as fellow Michiganders and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drivers Brad Keselowski and Erik Jones. The Ortonville, Mich., native ran events in both the NKNPSE and the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards last season, scoring an impressive six top-10s, which included leading laps at his home track, Michigan International Speedway.
 
He made his NXS debut at Chicagoland Speedway with JDM on September 16, scoring a 29th-place finish. Additionally, he made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Talladega Superspeedway on October 14, 2017, scoring a strong seventh-place finish.
 
“It’s a dream come true,” Miller said. “As a young racer, you certainly dream of making it to this level and competing with the best of the best, without being sure it will ever happen. I have several people to thank, but mostly importantly, I need to thank my family for their support. The sacrifices they have made to allow me to chase my dreams do not go unnoticed, and it will be really special to share the next step in this journey with them.”
 
“I see a lot of potential in Vinnie,” said team owner, Johnny Davis. “He is a hard-working young man, and he has demonstrated his ability as a racer. He’ll have a lot to learn next year, but my team is committed to giving him the resources he needs to have a successful rookie year. Vinnie already fits in great with the team, so we’re looking forward to the 2018 season.”
 
  “I’m really looking forward to joining JD Motorsports with Gary Keller,” Miller added. “In the ever changing motorsports landscape, to join a team that has raced full-time since 2002 is super exciting, and shows the dedication the organization has to the sport.”
 
For more information about Vinnie Miller, please visit www.VinnieMillerRacing.com, follow him on Twitter, @VinnieMiller_ and “like” his Facebook page, @VinnieMillerRacing. Additional information about JDM with Gary Keller can be found at www.TeamJDMotorsports.com, follow JDM on Twitter, @JDMotorsports01, and “like” JDM on Facebook, @JDMotorsports0101.

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Chase Briscoe’s racing career is on the move and as part of the Ford Performance Driver Development Program, it’s about to hit the fast lane.

After a 2017 season that saw him win one race, sit on four poles and earn the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year Award, Briscoe will embark on a 2018 season that includes a mix of oval events and road course races.

As announced last week, Briscoe will be competing in 12 NASCAR XFINITY Series events with Roush Fenway Racing in the No. 60 Mustang.  Additionally, he’s scheduled to race at least once for Biagi-DenBeste Racing and additional opportunities are currently being sought.

Besides his stock car schedule, Briscoe will also expand his road course skills by running in select Mustang GT4 races in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series, as well as select Mustang events in the Trans-Am TA2 class.

“If you want a championship driver you have to train the young driver and that’s what our program is all about.  It’s about developing him and developing his skills,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance.  “Chase is taking a step up to the NASCAR XFINITY Series, but we’re also going to pair him up with the best in the business and he’s going to understand what it means to go out and road race.”

As part of his road racing development, Briscoe will work with veteran sports car drivers Billy Johnson and Scott Maxwell, who teamed up to win the 2016 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series championship in the Ford Shelby GT350R-C.

“I’m excited for next year just because I’m going to be doing multiple things.  I’m not committed to just one series, which is good because I probably haven’t run 50 pavement races in my entire life,” said Briscoe.  “I feel like I’m at a point where I learn a ton every single race, so to get a chance to run some IMSA and Trans-Am races, in addition to my XFINITY schedule, is going to be a huge deal.”

Briscoe, who won the first race of his career in the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, qualified for the NCWTS Playoffs before being eliminated in the Round of 8.  He finished sixth in the final point standings after posting 10 top-5 and 14 top-10 finishes in 23 starts.

“Going back all the way to my ARCA days I was in a Ford, and I think it would be pretty special to run a Ford throughout my entire career,” said Briscoe.  “I am thankful that they saw something in me, believed in me, and were willing to give me an opportunity.  I’m appreciative of that and that’s why I want to stick with them.  I’m appreciative of what they’ve done for me, and I want to pay them back somehow.”

In addition to competing in those two series, Briscoe will assist the company as a test driver within the Ford product development program.

“Our plan is to bring him along on our road car development projects and have him test drive the products, push them to the limit and that’s where he’s really going to learn about what makes a car work,” said Pericak.  “All of these skills have to be learned, so we’re going to develop him, hone his skills, and then he will no doubt be a championship-level driver.”

Ford Performance PR

NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) driver Dylan Lupton (@LuptonDylan) has set up an online auction for his uniform he wore during last month’s Kansas Lottery 300 event weekend at Kansas Speedway during his month-long push of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Lupton’s No. 24 Nut Up Industries Toyota featured a special pink paint scheme for his debut at the 1.5-mile speedway, while the Wilton, Calif. native also wore a pink uniform to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Lupton, Nut Up Industries and his JGL Racing team also hosted a breast cancer survivor on race day through their event partnership with the Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City.

The proceeds from the winning bid of the uniform will go directly to that Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City as an additional donation from the trio.

Last month, over $10,000 was donated to them from combined efforts and initiatives from Lupton, Nut Up Industries and JGL Racing.

Lupton has also autographed the Simpson-branded uniform to bring further brass to the item.

“We’re very proud to put this suit up for auction for a good cause,” said Lupton, a NASCAR Next alumnus. “Thanks to the hard work of everyone at Nut Up Industries, JGL Racing and the Susan G. Komen Great Kansas City – my Kansas debut was a race I’ll never forget.

“We were able to raise money towards a good cause, while host a recent breast cancer survivor and her family at the race track. It was a day full of memories and we’re hoping that by auctioning off this suit, it will help create more memories.”

To view the auction, please click here.  

Lupton, 23, a multiple time NASCAR K&N Pro Series West winner has 24 career NASCAR XFINITY Series starts to his credit to go along with four starts in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  He has a career best XFINITY Series finish of ninth which came at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course during the 2015 season.

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A week ago in Phoenix, Casey Mears and Biagi-DenBeste Racing were fast all weekend and turned in a solid result, scoring an 11th place finish in the Ticket Galaxy 200.  When they arrived in Miami for the NASCAR Xfinity Series season finale, the group aimed to duplicate their effort by putting Mears and his No. 98 GEICO Military Ford Mustang at the front of the field.  Their aim was true and they would find themselves near the top of the board during most of Sunday's 300-mile event.
 
Mears and the No. 98 GEICO Military Ford were quick off of the truck when they took to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the year's final two practice sessions on Friday.  Mears was 16th on the board in the weekend's opening practice before shooting up the scoring chart to sixth fastest in the final session.  The speedy GEICO driver continued his fast ways during qualifying on Saturday when he wheeled around the 1.5-mile oval in just 33.263-seconds, at a speed of 162.343-miles per hour, landing him 12th on Ford EcoBoost 300 starting grid. 
 
When the green flag signaled the start of the final Xfinity race of the season, Mears rolled off of the starting grid from the 12th position, but promptly began passing cars.  He pedaled the GEICO Military Ford into the top-10 in the opening few laps and appeared to have what he referred to as a 'rocket-ship'.  The 16-year veteran was strong throughout the first half of the race and as the event approached the mid-way point, Mears was running in the 10th position and turning top-five lap times. 
 
The Biagi-DenBeste Racing pit crew was expedient on pit road, turning in quick stops during the course of the race and always leaving Mears and the GEICO Military Ford in contention after returning him to the racing surface.  When the checkered flag waved under the night sky, Mears crossed the finish line in the 11th position, closing out the season on a strong note and capping off a fun year that saw him record multiple top-10's in his return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series. 
 
"I had a lot of fun out there in the GEICO Military Ford.  It was a rocket-ship and if we could've gotten a caution there near the end, we would've definitely been top-10 and maybe top-5," Mears said.  "The car was really good on short runs and it was great to have speed to pass and be able to run up front today like we did last week in Phoenix.  These Biagi-DenBeste guys have done a nice job and I'm glad we were able to finish the season on a good note.  I can't thank GEICO enough for their loyal support, and Fred Biagi and Bill DenBeste for the opportunity to drive this 98 car."
 
Please visit www.GEICO.com to learn how you could save money on more than just auto insurance.
 
You can also follow GEICO Racing on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geicoracing
 
To learn more about Biagi-DenBeste Racing, please visit: www.biagidenbesteracing.com.
 
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