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Spencer Gallagher and the No. 23 Kingman Chevrolet team unloaded on Friday for the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Ticket Galaxy 200. This event marked the teams third race at Phoenix Raceway.

 

Gallagher started the 200-lap event from the 19th position. Throughout the race Gallagher battled with a tight handling Kingman Chevy. Crew Chief Joey Cohen called for Gallagher to come to pit road three times throughout the event for four tires, fuel and multiple adjustments to try and fix the handling condition. Unfortunately none of the adjustments really fixed the issue causing Gallagher to work through the tight conditions to bring home a 17th place finish.

 

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“We had a strong Kingman Chevrolet Camaro this weekend but I was just so tight and I was struggling to turn. Joey (crew chief, Cohen) tried multiple adjustments on our pit stops but nothing seemed to really help. We are going to try and finish the season off on a strong note and head to Miami next weekend.

 

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Ryan Reed drove a tight-handling No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford to a 14th-place finish Saturday afternoon at Phoenix Raceway.  Reed started the race 20th and with the help of fast pit stops and chassis adjustments was able to overcome the handling woes and persevere to the end.

“I’m proud of the team for all the effort all year long, but we needed to keep it close in Texas,” said Reed.  “We knew we probably wouldn’t have a shot to win here, but we tried.  We have to go back to the shop and figure out these flange-fit cars.  I feel like we’re probably behind on those right now and we’ll go from there.”

Reed’s No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang was extremely loose when it came time to qualify Saturday morning at Phoenix.  Reed solidly made it to the second round of qualifying, but fell short of the final round and was left with a 20th-place starting position.

The handling shifted to tight from the drop of the green flag.  Reed was able to maintain his position over the first 60 laps and closed out Stage 1 19th.  Reed pitted at the Stage break for four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments.  The Lilly crew gained Reed seven positions on the pit stop, lining him up 12th for Stage 2.

The tight handling returned over Stage 2, but Reed rode it out and closed out the second 60-lap Stage 16th.  Crew chief Phil Gould called for another big swing with chassis adjustments before the final Stage of the race.  The Lilly crew gained another spot on pit road, lining Reed up 15th for the final Stage.

The Lilly Diabetes Ford fired off loose at the start of the final Stage, but then the handling shifted back to tight.  Reed was able to capitalize on a caution with 20 laps to go and came down pit road for four tires and a chassis adjustment.  His crew gained him five positions and Reed lined up 13th for the final restart.  Reed was able to ride out the final 13 laps to cross the finish line 14th at Phoenix.  

RFR PR

Austin Dillon Closes Out His 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Season with Top-10 Finish in the Ruud Chevolet
"I️ was a little bit worried to start the race after qualifying the Ruud Chevrolet 16th and racing in 14th during Stage 1,  but Nick Harrison made an air pressure adjustment that really helped and the pit crew gained us a bunch of spots on pit road. I️ thought we were going to be okay for a while there, especially when we were racing in second. The handling of the Ruud Chevy started to get tight again in the final stage and we lost track position. I️ felt like the right front was just gone. We have some work to do on the XFINITY program at RCR, but I️ know we will get there. I️ am proud of my teammate, Daniel Hemric, for making it to the Final Four. That will be fun to watch him go for the champsionship at Homestead. Also, congrats to Chevrolet for winning the Manufacturer's title. They clinched that up today, which is pretty awesome so congrats to everyone at Team Chevy on that accomplishment."

- Austin Dillon

Ty Dillon Finishes 13th in the Advil Liqui-Gels Minis Chevrolet to End His XFINITY Series Season
"Phoenix presented us with challenges this weekend. We didn't have the speed in our practice sessions on Friday, and we qualified 21st to get race day started. We took off pretty decently at the start of the race, though. I just needed more stability on entry and exit. We worked our way into the top 10 during the middle portion of the race. The front end didn't turn how I needed it to, but Matt Swiderski and the team made adjustments to our Advil Liqui-Gels Minis Chevrolet to get us going in the right direction. I was just too loose to make something of it there at the end. I couldn't take off on the restarts. I would have loved to have gotten this No. 3 team to Victory Lane in my last XFINITY Series race of the season, but it just wasn't our day."
- Ty Dillon

Daniel Hemric Advances to Championship Four with Hard-Fought Top-Five Finish in Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevrolet at Phoenix Raceway
"I'm just so proud of everybody at Richard Childress Racing - not just today, but all year. We've overcome so much as a group. A huge thanks to all of our partners that have stuck with us, kept believing in us, giving us faith and giving us everything we need to get to the racetrack every week. It all came down to a restart with 10 or 12 laps to go and everybody's hearts are on the line and everybody's season is on the line. I'm so proud of these guys. I'm glad we could prevail. It was our last race with Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff on the car and I'm proud to give them a strong finish this weekend. To know that we could race like we did, race with the 00 (Cole Custer) there at the end knowing the points situation is great. I know we were both giving it all we could. We didn't take a breath at all probably the last five or six laps. It's been fun battling all of these guys all year. One lap, one moment,  that is what the NASCAR Playoffs are about. It's really cool to know four Chevrolets are going to go for a championship at Homestead. Hats off to our manufacturer that supports us and gives us what we need to get to the racetrack. It's been a while since Richard Childress Racing has been able to run for a championship, so I'm proud to be able to do it for them this year."

- Daniel Hemric

Brandon Jones Finishes in the Top 15 After Battling Back From Pit Road Miscue
"That was a hard-fought 15th place finish for the No. 33 PhoneSkope Chevrolet team. We had an early penalty for an uncontrolled tire, so we had to restart from the back of the field. Our Chevrolet struggled on handling throughout the day, firing off way too loose and then snugging up too much. It made it extremely tough to turn and pass other cars, but we just took it little by little today and managed to get back into the top 15 before the checkered flag came out. My guys worked hard all day to get back what we lost, and I can't thank them enough for that." 
 
- Brandon Jones

Tough Break for Brendan Gaughan and the South Point Hotel and Casino Team at Phoenix Raceway
"It was just one of those racing breaks. We were a little snug all day and that happens. Goodyear builds a great tire and we don't push limits. Our accident was just one of those racing breaks. The boys did a good job recovering from our first pit stop and it was a great track position battle. We had a decent South Point Chevrolet. I feel confident we would have gotten a good solid ninth-, 10th-place finish, so I'll take it. We'll go on to Homestead and get more points." 
 
- Brendan Gaughan

RCR PR

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-60):

● Cole Custer started third, finished seventh. Earned four bonus points.

● Custer ran in the top-10 for the entirety of the Stage.

● He said the Haas Automation Ford’s balance improved as the stage wore on, but could use an adjustment to become tighter.

● He pitted for four tires, fuel and air pressure adjustments at the conclusion of the stage.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 61-120):     

● Started fifth, finished seventh. Earned four bonus points.

● Custer battled a loose-handling condition at the beginning of Stage 2.

● He continued to run inside the top-10 for the duration of the stage.

● At the conclusion of the stage, Custer gained three spots after a pit stop for four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 121-200):          

Started fourth, finished seventh.

● Custer noted loose-handling conditions late in the run causing him to fall to the eighth position.

● During a lap-180 caution, Custer pitted for four tires, fuel and air pressure adjustments. He gained two positions to restart sixth.

● Custer piloted his Haas Automation Ford Mustang to fifth place, putting him above the cutoff for the Championship Four.

● During the closing laps, Custer was caught pushing him to the seventh position and below the cutoff. 

 

Notes:              

● Custer was eliminated from the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs. He finished in fifth place, just four points below the cutoff for the Championship Four.

● This marks Custer’s 18th top-10 of the 2017 season, his 20th top-10 in 36 XFINITY Series starts and his first XFINITY Series top-10 at Phoenix Raceway.

● Custer earned eight combined stage points.

● This was Custer’s 36th NASCAR XFINITY Series start and his second at Phoenix Raceway.

● Five cautions slowed the race for 27 laps.

● William Byron won the Ticket Galaxy 200 to score his fourth career XFINITY Series victory, fourth of the season and first at Phoenix. His margin of victory over second-place Ryan Blaney was .960 seconds.

 

Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“We fought hard all day and did all we could to compete for a spot in the Championship Four. We have had fast Haas Automation Mustangs all year and just ran into bad luck in the second round of the playoffs. We would be in the final round if it weren’t for that bad luck. For a first-year team, rookie driver and rookie crew chief we competed at a high level. A huge thanks to everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing, Haas Automation, Ford Performance, Code 3 and everyone who has supported us this season. I’m sure we’ll come back next year stronger.”

 

TSC PR

With William Byron’s victory at Phoenix International Raceway, Chevrolet clinched the Bill France Performance Cup in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). The 2017 achievement marks the 18th time the Bowtie Brand has captured this prestigious honor, more than any other manufacturer.

The triumph marks the third time Camaro has earned the award since becoming Chevrolet’s flagship nameplate in the Xfinity Series in 2013.  The Camaro has earned 53 NXS victories since its debut.

"Chevrolet is honored to win the 2017 Bill France Performance Cup in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the 18th time,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “This manufacturer championship is a result of dedication by all of the Chevy team owners, drivers, crew chiefs, engineers and team members.”

En route to securing the Bill France Performance Cup, Chevrolet drivers have won 12 races thus far in the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series. At Dover International Speedway in September, Chevrolet etched yet another milestone when William Byron, driver of the No. 9 Chevy Camaro, earned the brand’s 400th pole in NXS competition.

Capping off the regular season, Chevrolet placed nine drivers and teams in NXS Playoff contention for this year’s title, more than any other manufacturer.

Team Chevy had a bevy of different drivers and teams contributing to this special award with victories: William Byron (3 wins), Kyle Larson (3 wins), Justin Allgaier (2 Wins), Jeremy Clements (1 win), Tyler Reddick (1 win) and Alex Bowman (1win); along with manufacturer points-paying finishes by Kasey Kahne, Austin Dillon, Elliott Sadler, Ty Dillon, Brian Scott and Daniel Hemric.

Now, Team Chevy sets their sites on the season finale.

Campbell added, “We are extremely pleased all four drivers competing for the title next weekend at Homestead will be driving Camaros.”

The 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship will be decided, Saturday, November 18th at 3:30 p.m. with live coverage on NBCSN, MRN and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio, in a winner-take-all shootout with four Chevrolet Camaro drivers all vying for their first NASCAR championship.

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Ty Majeski is set to return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) in next weekend’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, once again piloting the No. 60 Ford Mustang.  The start marks the NASCAR Next driver’s third NXS start of the season.

Majeski’s previous two NXS starts came this season, both at Iowa Speedway.  Majeski showed speed in both events, qualifying in the top-10 for both races.  While Majeski’s 2018 plans in the NXS are still to be determined, the young driver is looking forward to getting back to the track.

“I’m excited to head to Homestead,” said Majeski.  “I’ve really enjoyed racing in the XFINITY Series this season, and am happy that I get another shot at a strong finish to close out the season.  I know that we will have a strong Ford, and will hopefully be able to contend for a win to go into the offseason on a high note.”

Majeski, who recently captured his fourth consecutive ARCA Midwest Tour championship, will again drive the No. 60, a car entry that holds the record for NASCAR XFINITY Series wins with 93.  The car has been driven to victory lane on numerous occasions by NASCAR and former Roush Fenway legends Mark Martin, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards.

Biffle, Edwards and Chris Buescher have all driven the car to championships in the NXS. The car last won in June of 2015 with Buescher, who won three times in the No. 60, taming the Monster Mile in dramatic fashion and posting wins at Mid-Ohio (2014) and Iowa before claiming the championship for the No. 60 in 2015.

Majeski kicked off 2017 by earning his second-consecutive victory in the Rattler 250 Super Late Model race at South Alabama Speedway.  The win put Majeski in elite company, as just the second driver to win the Rattler back-to-back, and only the fourth driver to win more than one Rattler 250.

In 32 Late Model races in 2017, Majeski has scored an impressive 20 wins and 29 top-three finishes. In addition, this season Majeski captured the 2017 ARCA Midwest Tour championship - the fourth season in a row that Majeski has managed to do so – on the strength of six wins. In five ARCA Series starts in 2017, Majeski has led 89 laps and finished inside the top seven in each event, including a career high second-place finish at Kansas.

Majeski, who started his racing career in go-karts at the age of nine, is the Snowball Derby track record holder at Five Flags.  In addition, he also boasts many of late model racing’s biggest wins, including the 2015 and 2016 Governor’s Cup.  He was also the 2016 Super Late Model Champion at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway.

The history Majeksi will look to build on in the No. 60 at Roush Fenway, includes over 15,800 laps led, 277 top-five and 382 top-10 finishes. Biffle drove the car to a 2002 NXS Championship, with Edwards bringing home NXS Championships in 2007 and 2011 (Owner’s) and Buescher in 2015. Current Roush Fenway drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne have also each piloted the No. 60 in the NXS.

Roush Fenway veteran Mike Kelley will serve as crew chief on the car. Kelley helped guide Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to a pair of XFINITY Series championships in 2011 and 2012 and boasts 12 career wins as a crew chief.

The NXS will take the green flag at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Ford EcoBoost 300 on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

RFR PR

Phoenix Raceway is where Harrison Rhodes made his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in 2013, and he is excited to be back again for Saturday’s Ticket Galaxy 200.

Rhodes has raced at Phoenix five times in the Xfinity Series, collecting four top 25 finishes.

“It’s always great to head back to Phoenix,” said Rhodes. “This is where I took a huge step forward in my career, and I’ve had really good runs here. I think my No. 01 team is going to be one to watch this weekend.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series practice is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (MST) on Friday. Qualifying will start at 10:35 a.m. Saturday, and the Ticket Galaxy 200 will get the green flag at 1:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m. ET) on NBC.

JDM PR

Garrett Smithley and the No. 0 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team are ready to race Phoenix Raceway in Saturday’s Ticket Galaxy 200.

This will be Smithley’s fourth race at the one-mile track in Phoenix, Arizona.

“I’m excited to see what my Number Nuthin’ team has in store for Phoenix,” said Smithley. “I want to thank Mercury Heating and Air for coming on aboard again. They were on my car for the Spring race, and we had a pretty solid day. Hopefully we can top that this weekend.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series practice is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (MST) on Friday. Qualifying will start at 10:35 a.m. Saturday, and the Ticket Galaxy 200 will get the green flag at 1:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m. ET) on NBC.

JDM PR

With only two races remaining in the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, Ross Chastain and the No. 4 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team are eager to get to Phoenix Raceway for Saturday’s Ticket Galaxy 200.

Chastain has raced Phoenix five times in the Xfinity Series, and finished 22nd there in the Spring.

“I’ve been looking forward to getting back to Phoenix,” said Chastain. “The Spring race there was one of my best runs at this track, so I’m really excited to see how we can do this time around.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series practice is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (MST) Friday. Qualifying will start at 10:35 a.m. Saturday, and the Ticket Galaxy 200 will get the green flag at 1:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m. ET) on NBC.

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