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With the NASCAR Xfinity Series season beginning to wind down, Casey Mears and the GEICO Military team arrived in Dover looking to score a solid finish. GEICO's corporate office sits less than 100-miles removed from Dover International Speedway, leaving the team excited to put on a good show for the hometown crowd.
The Biagi-DenBeste Racing team was optimistic heading into Saturday's Drive Sober 200 after Mears posted the 14th and 19th fastest times in the weekend's two practice sessions. He would later qualify 18th when he hustled the No. 98 GEICO Military Ford Mustang around the high-banked one-mile oval in just 23.577-seconds, at a speed of 152.691-miles per hour.
Starting 18th, Mears quickly moved the GEICO Military Ford into the top-15 in the opening  five laps of the race. High-speed door-to-door racing action at the Monster Mile can often result in bent sheet metal, but Mears kept his car clean, save for a single incident where he received only minor contact as he served as collateral damage from an adjacent two-car crash. Over the course of the 200-lap event, he would deal with varying handling issues, but the Biagi-DenBeste Racing pit crew took advantage of each pit stop, where they made adjustments and helped him maintain his track position.
When the checkered flag closed out 200-miles of racing, Mears hustled his No. 98 GEICO Military Ford across the finish line in the 18th position and netted a solid result for Biagi-DenBeste Racing.
"We had a solid day and the GEICO Military crew did a nice job on pit road of making adjustments and getting me back on the track quickly," Mears said after the race. "It was nice to get out of here with a decent finish and with our racecar intact. I always like racing in Dover because of its close proximity to GEICO's corporate office and the opportunity to meet GEICO associates who are at the track for the race. They're a great partner and I'm honored to wear their name across my chest."


Spencer Gallagher and the No. 23 Allegiant team unloaded for their second time at Dover International Speedway on Friday. Gallagher in completed two practice sessions finishing first practice 23rd and final practice 22nd.


Gallagher started the 200-lap race from the 20th position. Gallagher was struggling with a tight handling condition on exit. Crew chief Joey Cohen called Gallagher to pit road after both stage breaks to receive four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments.Gallagher made his way into the top-15 on lap 69 but made contact with the wall and dropped back into the 24th position, 1 lap down. Trying to gain as many spots as he could, Gallagher brought the No. 23 Allegiant Chevrolet home in the 24th position, 2 laps down.



"We had a good little race car today. We got up into the top-15 but then got put in the wall. After that the nose was just plowing and I was really tight. I'm really excited about going to Charlotte (Motor Speedway) this weekend. I feel like we will be really strong there."


GMS Racing PR

Dover International Speedway Lives up to Its "Monster Mile" Moniker for Austin Dillon and the Rheem Team in Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series Race
"Usually, when you unload from the truck fast it sets up your entire weekend for success. We didn't unload fast this weekend and it showed. This race was an all-around struggle. We never got control of the handling and ended up getting off-sequence on pit strategy to try and stay on the lead lap. It didn't work, unfortunately. We'll regroup and try to get a win for this Rheem team next week at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a track I've had a lot of success at."

- Austin Dillon

Blown Tire on White-Flag Lap Spoils Top-10 Run for Ty Dillon and the Bass Pro Shops Team in Dover
"My team unloaded a fast Bass Pro Shops Chevy yesterday for practice. We were fifth in first practice and sixth in final practice. Matt (Swiderski, crew cheif) worked hard on the setup this weekend, and we were definitely more competitive from the jump than we were here in the spring. Once we got into traffic to start the race, though, it was incredibly difficult to handle the new bodies. I was way too loose anytime someone was on the outside of me. My team made adjustments during the first break, and we started to find our speed in the second stage. We got even faster in the third stage and got up as high as seventh. It's unfortunate that I blew a right-front tire on the last lap because we would have finished in the top 10. Today was definitely a learning day for us with the new bodies. We will take these notes to get ahead of the game in the future."
- Ty Dillon

Daniel Hemric Fights to Fourth-Place Finish in Race 2 of XFINITY Series Playoffs in Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet
"We've got a great set of guys on this Blue Gate Bank team. We keep the faith in each other and never give up. We were not very good to start the weekend off and we worked on this thing to make it better in today's race. I'm dedicated to these guys that work on these race cars here at the track and build them back at the shop. We never stopped working, and that's what this run was all about today at Dover. I'm proud of these guys. I'm proud of the effort. We'll go on from here and see what we can do at Charlotte next week."

- Daniel Hemric

Lap 6 Incident Ends Brandon Jones and the Anderson's Maple Syrup Team's Day Early at the Monster Mile 
"I was really looking forward to running our No. 33 Anderson's Maple Syrup Chevrolet today.  I knew we could have a solid run starting from the 15th position, but once again bad luck got us way too early in the race.  A couple of us were really close together getting into the corner of Turn 4.  The aero package just got us and spun me around.  I wanted to keep running even though we had damage, but unfortunately my day had to stop.  I hate this happened, but want to thank Anderson's for joining us this weekend, and earlier this year."  
- Brandon Jones

Solid Run at Dover International Speedway Produces Top-10 Finish for Brendan Gaughan & the South Point Hotel and Casino Team
"During the middle stage of the race the South Point Hotel and Casino Chevy got really loose. It was really good at the start of the race and we didn't make any changes and then the track freed up. The last run was track position. Had we not lost so much during the second run, we would have gotten ourselves a better finish. Great job by all the boys. We come out of here and gained on the points situation. We are just two points outside the cut line. Two points, that's nothing. We'll just keep ourselves cool, gain two more points and then some and head to the Round of 8."
- Brendan Gaughan


Ryan Reed had his hands full Saturday afternoon at Dover International Raceway, but despite handling issues Reed was able to secure a 16th-place finish.  Reed currently sits eighth in the Playoff point standings with one more race remaining before the field is cut from 12 competitors to eight.

“It was just a struggle all day trying to find the balance,” said Reed.  “Kind of surprising that we struggled like we did today. We had a really solid practice yesterday.  If your car is good you’ll have a great day. You can move around and hustle and make the move you need to make, but if you miss it this place will eat you alive and you’ll just be along for the ride. It was one of those days where the car was driving me more than I was driving it. Those are never fun.”

Reed started the 200-lap race from the 17th position and spent the first Stage of the race searching for grip.  Reed finished up the opening 60-lap Stage 18th before pitting for track bar and air pressure adjustments to try and secure more grip around the 1.0-mile concrete oval that makes up the “Monster Mile” at Dover.

Reed lined up 13th for the start of Stage 2 following a fast pit stop by his crew that gained him five positions.  Unfortunately, the lack of grip continued to plague Reed over the course of Stage 2, costing him a lap to the leaders just before the Stage ended on lap 120.

Reed pitted prior to the final Stage of the race, for what would be his final pit stop of the race.  Reed received four tires, fuel, air pressure and wedge adjustments and lined up 18th for the final Stage.  Reed was in position to be the “lucky dog” recipient most of the final Stage, but a caution never fell.  Reed was able to pick up a few positions as the race came to an end to cross the finish line 16th at Dover.


Ross Chastain announced yesterday in the Dover International Speedway media center that he will be returning to the No. 4 car with JD Motorsports with Gary Keller full-time in the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.

“I’m very excited to announce that I will be back in the No. 4 car with JDM next year,” said Chastain. “Three years ago, I got a call from Johnny, and we started building this empire together. We’ve got a long way to go, we’ve got a lot more to accomplish together, and that’s why I’m so happy to be back in the No. 4 car.”

Chastain has competed full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with JD Motorsports since 2015. Chastain has made one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start with Premium Motorsports earlier in 2017 and will compete in his second Cup race with them this weekend, and they are currently working on more Cup Series races togetehr in 2018. JDM team owner, Johnny Davis, and Premium Motorsports team owner, Jay Robinson, joined Chastain in media center for the announcement.

“We did the first race with Ross in June, and it turned out really well,” said Robinson. “Ross may be a young man, but he’s like a seasoned professional. Johnny and I have done a lot together for a long, long time, so when he called to talk about Ross, I was more than happy to accommodate.”

“I’m very excited that Ross came on board with JD Motorsports for another year,” said Davis. “He’s been a big part of growing this team to another level, and we look forward to many good years ahead of us to grow and get better.”

It was also announced that the Delaware Office of Highway Safety has renewed their sponsorship for 2018, and the “Protect Your Melon. Buckle Up.” and “Use Your Melon. Drive Sober.” campaigns will be on Chastain’s cars for next year’s Dover races. Mitch Topal, Delaware Office of Highway Safety Marketing and Communications Specialist, and Rachel Syngo, of the Florida Watermelon Association, also took part in yesterday’s press conference.

“Anyone who can bridge the gap between watermelons and racecars is a pretty special person,” said Topal. “We are really proud to be a sponsor of this race to get the ‘Use Your Melon. Drive Sober.’ message out, get people to click their seat belts, and not drink and drive. We’re really thrilled to be sponsoring the car and have Ross on our team.”

“We are a proud partner and always have been,” said Syngo. “This has brought watermelons to a whole new level. We’ve been involved since Ross started racing at age 12. To see this exposure for all of the farmers and growers that we represent go to a national scale is pretty amazing.”

JD Motorsports PR

Axalta Coating Systems (NYSE: AXTA) partnered with Central Aluminum Supply for the JR Motorsports’ No. 9 Axalta Chevrolet paint scheme at Dover International Speedway. Central Aluminum Supply will be featured as the primary sponsor on the hood of the No. 9 car driven by William Byron on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Byron has captured race fans’ attention with three wins this season in the NASCAR® Xfinity Series (NXS) and will move to the Cup series to drive the No. 24 car for Hendrick Motorsports next year.

Central Aluminum Supply, a seamless gutter and rain-ware manufacturer and wholesale distributor, serves the residential and commercial markets in New Jersey, Maryland, Eastern New York and Long Island, Delaware, Northern Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Central Aluminum offers a comprehensive color selection, large product line, and gutter machine sales and maintenance. The company’s recent expansion includes a 21,000 square foot facility in Paterson, New Jersey. The newest of Central Aluminum’s three locations stocks all products and manufactures three profiles of gutters on-site. Central Aluminum Supply plans to open a fourth location in the Washington D.C. area in 2019.

“We enjoy partnering with companies like Central Aluminum Supply, who do an outstanding job listening to and understanding the needs of their customers,” said Mike Cash, President of Industrial Coatings at Axalta. “Similar to the traits that make William Byron and the No. 9 car a success, Central Aluminum supply is able to react with speed and agility, while maintaining great quality. It's these shared values that make great partnerships.”

“Central Aluminum is pleased to partner with Axalta to sponsor the No. 9 Chevrolet in Dover,” said Pete McElvogue, President of Central Aluminum. “We depend on Axalta’s products for all of our coil coating needs because their durable, quality finish stands up to harsh exterior environments and helps us maintain our reputation of high quality seamless gutter and rain-ware products.”

For updates on the No. 9 Axalta Chevrolet, follow @AxaltaRacing on Twitter. For more information on Central Aluminum visit

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Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that through their technical partnership with Hendrick Motorsports, Alex Bowman, 24, will pilot the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races at Charlotte Motor Speedway (Oct. 7) and Phoenix International Raceway (Nov. 11). Hendrick Automotive Group’s, which features more than 43,000 new and pre-owned cars for sale, will serve as the primary sponsor in Charlotte with additional support from Vannoy Construction. A sponsor for Phoenix will be announced at a later date.


  • Racing for a Title: Bowman joins Kyle Larson, Tyler Reddick and Justin Marks as drivers of the No. 42 Chevrolet in 2017. Currently the No. 42 team leads the NXS owners’ standings following Reddick’s win at Kentucky Speedway. Through 27 starts, the combination of Larson, Reddick and Marks has four wins, 11 top-five, 15 top-10 finishes and two poles. Larson picked up victories in Fontana, Richmond and Dover prior to Reddick’s win in the first round of the NXS playoffs.
  • Bowman in the NXS: The Tucson, AZ native made his NXS debut in 2012, and finished runner-up to Larson in the 2013 NXS Rookie of the Year standings. In 50 series starts, Bowman has five top-five and 13 top-10 finishes along with three poles. Bowman moves into the No. 88 Chevrolet in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports beginning in 2018.


  • Chip Ganassi, Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing: “We’re excited to welcome Alex to the No. 42 team for two races. He’s a great young talent, who can help us with our goal of winning an NXS owners’ championship. Initially those two races were earmarked for Larson but we wanted him to focus on the Cup playoffs so we appreciate Rick (Hendrick) and his team for allowing us to put Alex in our car. Hendrick Motorsports has been a tremendous partner of CGR for many years.”
  • Rick Hendrick, Owner of Hendrick Motorsports and Chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group: “This is a terrific opportunity for Alex to get back into a competitive environment and work with a championship-caliber team. I think he’ll pick up right where he left off. It’s also a valuable platform for us to promote in our (Hendrick Automotive Group’s) home market. Chip is a great friend, and we’re looking forward to working with his team on and off the track.”
  • Alex Bowman, Driver, No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro: “I’m really excited to get back in a race-winning car with a team like CGR. A huge thanks to Chip and Mr. Hendrick for putting this together for me to get some valuable seat time heading into 2018. My goal is to win two races and help the No. 42 team win the NXS owners’ championship.”


Chad Finchum of Knoxville, Tenn., will be making his fifth NASCAR Xfinity Series start of the 2017 racing season for MBM Motorsports this weekend in the Use Your Melon, Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 30.

The 23-year-old Finchum will chauffeur the Smithbilt Homes, Buddy Gregg RVs & Motor Homes, No. 40 Chevrolet Camaro at the "Monster Mile." Finchum's starts for MBM Motorsports this season have come at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway.
The thoughts of racing at Dover International Speedway brings a smile to Finchum's face because it's concrete, a surface he's experienced a lot of success racing on. 
Finchum won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Pitt Lite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016, and the "World's Fastest Half-Mile" is - concrete. He captured the Kingsport Speedway NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car championship in 2013, and the .375-mile banked track is - concrete. He also added to his resume the Tennessee NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state title in 2013.
"This will be my second NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway, but I've also got a few NASCAR K&N Pro Series starts there," Finchum said looking ahead to this weekend at Dover Downs. "I really feel comfortable racing around the high banks. I guess you could say Dover is kind of like a big Bristol in a way. Both tracks have concrete racing surfaces and each are fast, high-banked and you really carry a lot of momentum through the corners.
"We had a pretty good run going back in June when we raced at Dover before engine issues sidelined us early. But Carl (Long) and the guys at MBM Motorsports have told me we're going to have a pretty competitive ride for this weekend, and I'm just ready to give it my best effort behind the wheel."
Knoxville marketing partners Smithbilt Homes along with Buddy Gregg RVs & Motor Homes are back onboard supporting Finchum for the second time this season. The previous occasion was back in August at Bristol Motor Speedway.

"Competing in NASCAR racing is a costly endeavor and you can't do it without great sponsors behind you," Finchum said. "Most definitely I'm very appreciative of the support I get from Smithbilt Homes and Buddy Gregg RVs & Motor Homes. I'm from Knoxville and that's also where they're headquartered. I guess you could say hometown driver and local sponsors going NASCAR Xfinity Series racing together, and that's an awesome combination." 
NASCAR Xfinity Series practice begins Friday, Sept. 29 with two sessions scheduled: 12 p.m. - 12:55 p.m., and from 2:30 p.m. - 3:25 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.
NASCAR Xfinity Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying is set for Saturday, Sept. 30 at 11:35 a.m. on CNBC. Countdown to Green is scheduled at 3 p.m., followed by running of the Use Your Melon, Drive Sober 200 at 3:15 p.m. on NBCSN. Live radio coverage provided by Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90. ... You can also vist the Dover International Speedway website at 
To learn more about possible sponsor opportunities with Chad Finchum Racing, contact James Finchum at (865) 740-3535. To keep up with Chad Finchum’s racing throughout the season visit the website at, on Facebook at Chad Finchum Racing, and Twitter @ChadFinchum.
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It’s good to be the reigning champion. It’s a feeling with which driver Daniel Saurez has become accustomed over the course of the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. Even though he competes in the XFINITY series on a limited basis, there’s still a cache of confidence he carries into each race. He’s the champ and it’s good to be the champ. 


This weekend Suarez will carry a double dose of buoyancy into Dover (Del.) International Speedway, where he isn’t only the reigning champ, but also the reigning race winner.


Driving the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), Suarez will make his 13th start of the 2017 XFINITY Series season during Saturday’s Use Your Melon. Drive Sober 200.


The founding partner of JGR, Interstate Batteries has been powering the championship-winning organization for more than 25 years and is the “Official Battery of Joe Gibbs Racing.” This year, the iconic brand is celebrating its 65th anniversary. To commemorate the milestone, special 65th anniversary branding has been featured on each of the paint schemes JGR has raced during the 2017 NASCAR season.


It’s the third time this year that Suarez is racing the iconic green-and-white scheme. Having the “Outrageously Dependable” brand on board may give the team the boost it needs to find the one thing that has eluded Suarez so far in 2017 – victory lane.


While Suarez has yet to win in XFINITY competition in 2017, he’s been close, with a trio of third-place finishes and a runner-up effort at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in August to show for it. In total, Suarez has scored five top-five finishes, six top-10s and led laps in seven of his 12 starts.


And now he turns his attention to the concrete mile oval of Dover, where Suarez has made a total of five starts in XFINITY competition. His career record at Dover features one win, two top-fives and four top-10s. He’s led a total of 142 laps and owns an average start of 5.8 and average finish of 8.4.


It was one year ago when Suarez put on a dominant display rarely seen amongst series regulars. Driving the Interstate Batteries Toyota, Suarez started fifth and quickly made his move to the front by taking the top spot just 10 laps into the 200-lap event. The Monterrey, Mexico native went on to dominate the Monster Mile, leading a race-high 123 laps and scoring the win by a margin of more than five seconds.


With Interstate Batteries in tow for the second time at Dover, Suarez and company hope to get the charge they need to pull off the repeat this weekend.