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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."
 
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Roush Fenway Racing will field a driver development team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) in 2018, with Ty Majeski, Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe, each a driver in the Ford family of NASCAR race teams, sharing the iconic No. 60 Ford Mustang.  The project is intended to continue the progression and development of the three drivers and will be run by Roush Fenway with collaboration from Ford Performance and Team Penske.  Roush Fenway veteran Mike Kelley, who helped guide Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to a pair of NXS championships, will serve as crew chief on the car.

“Driver development has always been part of our DNA at Roush Fenway and Jack Roush has always taken pride in providing opportunities for up and coming drivers,” said Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark. “All three of these drivers have exhibited a great deal of potential on and off the track and it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch as they hone their skills together and grow into the next generation of champions in our sport.”

Majeski, who finished 10th in his third NXS start last weekend at Homestead, recently captured his fourth-consecutive ARCA Midwest Tour championship, winning six of the 12 races.  In 32 Late Model races this year, the Wisconsin phenom has scored an impressive 20 wins and 29 top-three finishes. He is coming off a dominating performance in the Governor’s Cup at New Smyrna, where he won the event for the third consecutive year.  Majeski is also the No. 1 ranked iRacer in the world, with over 830 wins in 1,112 starts.

At the age of 19, Cindric has a very diverse racing background.  He has won races in rallycross, IMSA, ARCA, the NASCAR K&N Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS).  In only his rookie season, Cindric advanced to the championship round in the NCWTS playoffs at Homestead.  In 2017, Cindric scored eight top fives and 16 top-10 NCWS finishes; including a win this season at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

Briscoe, whose family has a rich history driving and owning sprint cars, scored 10 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes and finished sixth in the points standings in his NCWTS rookie season, including a dominating victory in the season finale at Homestead. He won the 2016 ARCA championship in dramatic fashion, tallying six victories, leading almost 1000 laps and distancing himself from the second-place finisher by over 500 points.

The trio will look to build on the rich history of Roush Fenway’s No. 60 that includes a NASCAR record 93 wins and almost 16,000 laps led. Mark Martin was a dominating fixture in the car in the 90s and Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Chris Buescher each drove the car to NXS championships.

The No. 60 is set to run all of the NXS races in 2018, while competing for the NXS Owner’s Championship. Further details will be made available - and a media availability for all three drivers will be conducted - after the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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Garrett Smithley, driving the No. 0 KSDT and Company Chevrolet Camaro for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller, scored a solid 24th place finish in the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Smithley will end the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series season 21st in driver standings.

“I can't believe the season is already over,” Smithley said. “It was an extremely tough season, but i think we finished as strong as we could have. We had a goal for top 20 in Xfinity Series driver standings, but missed it by one point. We gave it all we had, and I'm proud of our effort all year long. If it wasn't for Johnny taking a chance on me last year, I wouldn't have just finished my second NASCAR Xfinity Series season, and words can't express how grateful I am to him, Carol, Gary Keller, and the whole team.”

The 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series season will take the green flag on February 17th at Daytona International Speedway for the PowerShares QQQ 300.

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Ross Chastain, driving the No. 4 Florida Watermelon Association Chevrolet Camaro, finished out the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series season with a 17th place finish in the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Chastain will end the year 13th in Xfinity Series driver standings.

“It feels good to end the year 13th in driver standings,” Chastain said. “It’s a big deal for this team, and at the beginning of the year that was our goal. It’s been pretty incredible to outrun the cars that we did and to put together sponsorships all year. It’s not easy getting to the race track all year. There were times that, as a team, we were looking ahead one to three months and asking ‘How are we going to get to race track? How are we going to pay for this stuff?’ But the whole marketing team and everyone behind the scenes at JD Motorsports with Gary Keller was able to pull it off. They were able to put a car out on the track for me every week that was competitive, and we could go race against the group of cars that we were supposed to be behind. We ended up 17th tonight and beat the cars we needed to beat, so that’s a pretty solid finish to the year. We’re going to spend the off season putting on the new composite bodies, working on sponsorship, and we’ll come back even stronger next year.”

The 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series season will take the green flag on February 17th at Daytona International Speedway for the PowerShares QQQ 300.

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Fresh off exciting news of their switch to Ford Performance in 2018, JGL Racing entered the season finale with Corey LaJoie piloting their No. 24 Toyota once again.  Despite some troubles on pit road, LaJoie steered his No. 24 youtheory Toyota to a solid 15th  place finish in the running of the Ford Ecoboost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
 
"We had a solid day in our No. 24 youtheory ride," said LaJoie.  "We had very good speed and got inside the top-10 there at the midway point of the race.  But we had a droop chain break in the right rear which made it difficult during our pit stops and that cost us some valuable track position.  We also were fighting being a little loose but that is characteristic of the Homestead track and something everyone was probably dealing with."
 
Corey would start the season ending 300-mile event from the 17th position as a result of his qualifying effort on Saturday morning.  LaJoie would move up quickly in the opening laps and sit in the 15th spot when the first caution flew on lap 18.  Corey would report to his crew that despite the charge forward he was battling a loose condition.  He would briefly move up to the 13th position before sliding back a few spots and ending the 45-lap first stage in 16th place.
 
A trip down pit road before the start of the second stage proved harmful as a broken droop chain made for a longer stop that normal with Corey returning the track in the 20th position.  Once again, the No. 24 youtheory Toyota would charge forward in the field once back to green flag action and a caution free second stage would find LaJoie cracking the top-10 when the stage ended on lap 90.
 
With a trip down pit road once again costing LaJoie some track position, the North Carolina native would once again charge forward early in a run.  With the second half of the race featuring Championship excitement, while also being caution free, Corey would deal with the loose condition of the track and his No. 24 youtheory Toyota.  When the sun set and the checkered flag flew, Corey would earn a solid top-15 finish to end the 2017 season.
 
"I want to once again thank youtheory for the great support this season and everyone at JGL Racing for all of their effort and hardwork," added Corey.  "Also, congratulations to Cole Custer on the race win and William Byron for winning the Championship."
 
With the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series season now in the rear-view mirror, JGL Racing now turns their attention to switching manufacturers for next season as they join the Ford Performance family.  They also welcome Kaz Grala to full time competition next season as he will pilot the No. 24 Ford Mustang.  Stay tuned for further sponsor and additional driver announcements.
 
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Spencer Gallagher and the No. 23 Allegiant team unloaded on Friday for their first time at Homestead-Miami Speedway and for the final race of the 2017 season. Wanting to finish out the season strong, the No. 23 team worked hard all weekend to prepare the Allegiant Chevy for Saturday afternoon's NASCAR XFINITY Series 300, finishing 12th in first practice, 18th in final and claiming a 28th-place starting position for the 200-lap finale.

 

Gallagher reported early on to the No. 23 team that he was experiencing loose into the corner and throttle tight on the exit conditions. When the first caution occurred on lap 19, crew chief Joey Cohen called Gallagher to pit road for four tires, fuel, a track-bar and wedge adjustments, restarting 28th on lap 23rd. With fresher tires than the majority of the field, Gallagher made his way into the 3rd position with 10 laps to go in Stage One and stayed in that position until the green-white checkered flag waved. Gallagher collected eight stage points en route to his highest stage finish of the season. Cohen called Gallagher to pit three other times throughout the event for four tires, fuel and adjustments. The Chevy's handling started getting tighter as the sun set causing Gallagher to drop back into the 19th position where he settled in until ultimately crossing the start-finish line to end the 200-lap event and his first full-time NXS season.

 

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“This year hasn’t been easy by any means but we can say that we kept battling and never gave up. It was a learning year and we collected a lot of good info for our NXS program. I wish we could have gotten a top-10 to finish the season off strong but we will take a 19th-place finish and build on that.”

 

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Ryan Reed closed out the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series season eighth in the driver standings following his 20th-place finish in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  Reed had a fast No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford, but was assessed a pass through penalty after avoiding a car sideways in front of him at the start of the race.  A caution never fell his way to get back on the lead lap.  

“We probably had our best car of the season tonight,” said Reed.  “It’s extremely frustrating to get trapped a lap down with what could have been our best car of the season.  I did what I had to do on that restart to avoid a big wreck and then had to serve a penalty.  It’s frustrating, but the speed we had was promising and we’ll put in some hard work over the off season and come back next year in position to be racing for the Championship.”

Reed’s No. 16 was extremely tight in qualifying Saturday morning, resulting in a 15th-place starting position.  Things took a turn for the worse at the drop of the green flag.  The car ahead of Reed jumbled the restart and had himself sideways.  Reed had to go around the car to avoid wrecking his Ford, but NASCAR does not allowing passing prior to the start/finish line.  Reed was assessed a pass through penalty for passing prior to the start/finish line.

Reed served the penalty under green flag racing just a few laps in, resulting in him going a lap down to the leaders early on in the race.  Reed spent a majority of Stage 1 in the “lucky dog” position, but the leader passed a few other cars right before the conclusion of the Stage.

The same scenario from Stage 1 played out over Stage 2 and Reed was once again left one lap down to the field.  The race consisted of long green flag runs and a caution never fell in Reed’s favor.  Despite having a No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford that was running lap times competitive with the top 10, Reed was trapped off the lead lap.        

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Ty Majeski, driver of the No. 60 Ford EcoBoost Ford Mustang, earned his first career top-10 finish on Saturday afternoon in the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The 10th-place result comes in just Majeski’s third-career NASCAR XFINITY Series start.

“Today was about learning as much as I can,” said Majeski after the race. ”We had a really fast Ford Mustang while the sun was out and were able to drive up into the top five which was cool. I want to thank everyone on this Roush Fenway team and (crew chief) Mike (Kelley) for their hard work today. We battled the handling once the sun went down but we kept fighting and came away with a top-10.”

Majeski took the green flag for the 200-Lap season finale event from the ninth position after advancing to the final round of knockout qualifying on Saturday morning. From the drop of the green flag Majeski methodically moved forward, joining the top-five for the first time on Lap 13 and maintained his track position through a Lap 18 caution period. However, a loose-handling condition in the closing laps of the opening stage shuffled Majeski back to sixth when the green and checkered flag waved to end Stage 1 on Lap 45.

Crew chief Mike Kelley called the Roush Fenway Racing driver to pit road in between stages for four tires and a chassis adjustment before sending Majeski back out onto the track for the Lap 51 restart in the seventh position. The driver of the No. 60 Ford EcoBoost Mustang continued to fight for position in the top 10 throughout Stage 2, running as high as sixth before the handling shifted to the tight side through the center of the corner. Despite the handling condition, Majeski remained inside the top 10 throughout the second stage and took the green and checkered flag on Lap 90 in the eighth position.

The tight-handling condition through the center of the corner continued to plague the Seymour, Wisc. native when the final stage went green on Lap 96, shuffling Majeski back to the 12th position before the first round of green flag pit stops began on Lap 144. After returning to the track in 13th following the stop, Majeski patiently worked his way forward, rejoining the top 10 in the closing laps and taking the checkered flag in the 10th position.

The result is Majeski’s first career top-10 finish in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and the 383rd top-10 finish for the Roush Fenway No. 6.

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Last year, William Byron drove his way into Gatorade Victory Lane at Homestead-Miami Speedway as the race winner in the Ford EcoBoost 200 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. On Saturday he stepped onto the podium again at the 1.5-mile oval, but this time as the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion.

The 19-year old from Charlotte captured the title by finishing third in the Ford EcoBoost 300. With less than 30 laps remaining in the 200-lap race, Byron was able to pass his JR Motorsports teammate and fellow Championship 4 contender, Elliott Sadler, who finished the race in the eighth spot. In addition, Justin Allgaier and Daniel Hemric, who also competed in the Ford EcoBoost 300 as part of the Championship 4, finished 12th and 34th, respectively.

“I don’t know that I took a breath the last 20 laps,” said Byron. “That was incredible. I just have to thank this team. This is awesome. Elliott Sadler raced me clean and we just raced hard for it.  I just can’t believe this.”

The championship makes Byron the 28th driver to win the XFINITY Series title. It also makes him the second rookie and teenager to win the series championship. Ironically, it was another JR Motorsports driver who accomplished the feat – Chase Elliott in 2014. On the season, the driver of the No. 9 car accumulated a series-high four victories, 12 top-5 finishes and 22 top-10 showings, which was good enough for him to earn 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors as well.

While Byron took home the championship, it was rookie Cole Custer who captured the checkered flag in the Ford EcoBoost 300. For the 19-year-old driver of the No. 00 Ford Mustang, it was the first win of his career. Custer also led a race-high 182 laps, a new record for an XFINITY Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, breaking the previous mark of 153 by Kyle Busch in 2010.

“We knew we were going to be really good this weekend, but our Haas Automation Mustang was unreal,” said Custer. “We really wanted to have a good showing at Ford Championship Weekend.  Even though we weren’t in it, we wanted to win.”

In addition, with four wins, 23 top 5s and 28 top 10s this season, Team Penske claimed the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series owner championship. It is their fourth NASCAR XFINITY Series owner championship (2013-15, 2017).

A limited number of tickets to Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 championship finale are available and can be purchased by calling (866) 409-RACE (7223) or visiting www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.

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Ben Kennedy Closes out 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series with 18th- Place Finish in Rheem Chevrolet  after Top-10 Run
"We has a really fast Rheem Chevrolet today. We started 25th and I felt like our car was better than most of the cars I was running with but I stayed patient so as not to wear out our equipment. At the end of Stage 2, we had an awesome pit stop that helped us restart in the top-10. We couldn't really run with those guys at the bottom but at the top of the track we were better than anyone. At the end of the race I tagged the wall like I had been tagging it all day and it finally cut a tire. We had to pit with two laps to go for right-side tires. We were running ninth at the time and the fastest car on the track so I hated to see that happen. It was a pleasure racing with RCR this season and I am thankful for the opportunity."  

- Ben Kennedy

Scott Lagasse Jr. Battles Loose-Handling Fight Colorectal Cancer/Screen Your Machine Chevrolet in Miami
"Our Fight Colorectal Cancer/Screen Your Machine Chevrolet fired off too loose through the corner. We were one of the few teams that came down pit road during the first caution to get fresh tires and make chassis adjustments. With the fresh tires, we were able to drive up through the field to fourth place to end the first stage. Our Camaro reverted back to being too loose in the second stage, and we battled with it for the rest of the race. We took big swings at it, but they just never seemed to be enough. I was up on top of the racetrack and lacked the front grip we needed. It definitely wasn't the day that we anticipated after promising practice sessions yesterday, but there were bright spots this afternoon and this team never gave up in trying to make changes to try and get a handle on the balance.
- Scott Lagasse Jr.

Daniel Hemric Finishes Fourth in XFINITY Series Championship After Mechanical Issues Hamper Efforts for the Poppy Bank Chevrolet Team at Homestead-Miami Speedway
"We came down here, we did our jobs. We practiced, qualified, did everything we needed to do to race the guys we needed to race, and I was really looking forward to battling it out with everybody with our No. 21 Poppy Bank Chevrolet, and just wasn't meant to be. We were able to stay out in front of those guys the first stage, come down pit road, thought we were in pretty good shape to kind of make our race car a little better. The racetrack was starting to go through the transition of cooling down and whatnot, so just logging laps, and when we left pit road, I started losing volts for whatever reason, and not exactly sure why yet, but we'll get to the bottom of it. Not ideal by no means, but sometimes it's just not meant to be, and if it was meant to be it would, but it just wasn't our day. But I don't want to let that take away from our efforts that we did all year to put ourselves in position and to get ourselves here. Proud of the effort, and that's why we decided to keep running all the laps because we didn't give up and that's what got us here, so whether we were 12 laps down or not, we wanted to complete the race, and that's what we did."  

- Daniel Hemric

Brandon Jones and the Jeld-Wen / Menards Team Finish 14th in the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Finale 
"We struggled with rear grip all weekend in the No. 33 Jeld-Wen / Menards Chevrolet Camaro. Throughout practice and the race, we could get the front of the car dialed in really well but couldn't get the rear to grip the track surface like I needed it to in order to move around and pass cars. Unfortunately with that long green-flag run at the end of the race, our handling faded away, making it tricky to get any forward momentum. We held on to everything we could though and came away with a top-15 finish to cap off the season. I can't thank this team enough for all their hard work and for all the support of our partners. It means a lot."
 
 
- Brandon Jones

Brendan Gaughan and the South Point Hotel and Casino Team  Close Out The Season with 13th-Place Finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway
"I can't say it was a good run for the South Point Hotel and Casino team. I would have liked to have kept the right side on it like the fab shop had started it. I guess I made a few aerodynamic adjustments on my own. Our race was pretty much like the way we ran most of the season. We were good for about ninth to 13th. I want to say we can help RCR get better so that they'll be stronger next year. It's been real and it's been fun and it's been real fun. I want to thank Richard, Judy and the boys for everything."
 
- Brendan Gaughan

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