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JD Motorsports with Gary Keller is celebrating NASCAR’s Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway in a big way.
 
The team announced Wednesday that Landon Cassill, one of the most successful drivers in JD Motorsports’ history, will return to the team to drive in Saturday’s Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 at Darlington.
 
Cassill will drive the team’s 01 car, returning to the number he campaigned over two seasons at JD Motorsports, and the racer will carry the colors of Flex Seal, a long-time team sponsor. The car design scheme will duplicate that raced formerly by Cassill.
 
NASCAR and Darlington are celebrating seven decades of the sport at one of motorsports’ most famous venues this weekend. Special paint schemes honoring the sport’s past will be the order of the weekend.
 
“I am beyond excited to be back with Johnny and his guys on this special weekend,” Cassill said. “It’s a great opportunity to drive a good car in the Xfinity Series and to bring back some great memories we had on the circuit for several years. Having Flex Seal and my old number along for the ride just makes it that much more special.”
 
Team owner Johnny Davis said it was a natural move to put Cassill back in the 01.
 
“We like participating in this special weekend, and I was happy to get Landon back to do this with us,” Davis said. “We had a lot of great runs and fun times with Landon. It will be special to relive some of those times this weekend.”
 
Cassill drove JD Motorsports’ No. 4 car in 2013 before moving over to the 01 for 2014 and 2015. He had three top-10 runs in 2014 and finished twice in the top 10 in 2015.

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Ryan Reed’s No. 16 Ford will take on an iconic look this weekend at Darlington Raceway, as the team   honors back-to-back wins made by Greg Biffle in 2005 and 2006 with a patriotic throwback to those victories.  Roush Fenway Racing is the winningest team in NASCAR history and the timely throwback comes on the heels of team owner Jack Roush being inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2019.   

“This Greg Biffle throwback is really cool for a lot of reasons,” said Reed.  “I’ve been honored to drive the 16 car for five years now and Greg has been such a big part of making this number famous, getting so many wins in it.  This scheme, in particular, I remember watching as a kid and him winning in ’05 and ’06 at Darlington.  This race scheme is something special and over the years as we’ve been doing the throwback I’ve always wanted to honor Greg, because of what he did for Roush Fenway and the No. 16.  The car looks awesome and I’m really excited to get it on the race track.”  

Biffle won two NASCAR Championships or Roush, including the organizations first NASCAR Championship in 2000 in the Truck Series.  Biffle went on to win the Xfinity Series Championship in 2002 and finished out his career with 55 total wins.

“Darlington is such a fun place, it’s one of my all-time favorite tracks,” said Biffle.  “I have such great memories from there and winning in 2005 one of the most memorable.  That year I won the most races in the series and finished second in the points, by not a lot, to Tony Stewart.  Those were some great years and it’s cool to see the scheme back on track with the 16 on the side.”

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Garrett Smithley will have a new car and a new mission in Saturday’s Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway.
 
JD Motorsports with Gary Keller announced Wednesday that Smithley, who has driven for the team for three seasons, will move into the team’s lead car, the No. 4 Chevrolet, for Saturday’s race. The car will carry sponsorship from the South Carolina Education Lottery.
 
“What a great weekend it’s going to be at Darlington,” Smithley said. “Johnny Davis and his guys have been great working with me, and we hope to take it to another level at old Darlington in the 4 car. To have the South Carolina Education Lottery on board just makes it that much more special.”
 
Team owner Davis said putting Smithley in the car for one of the season’s biggest races was a no-brainer for him.
 
“Garrett has made steady progress since he’s been with our team, and it’s a great opportunity for him to drive this car at Darlington and partner with the South Carolina Education Lottery,” Davis said. “We’re looking for a great weekend all around. We always look forward to going to Darlington, and this will all make the race that much more special.”
 
The South Carolina Education Lottery’s mission is to enhance educational funding in South Carolina through fun and entertaining games and products offered to adults. Since the Lottery launched in 2002, more than $1.8 million in scholarships has been awarded to South Carolina students, and millions have gone to support K-12 and community education programs.”
 
Smithley, a Georgia native, has scored nine top-15 finishes in JD Motorsports with Gary Keller cars. Saturday’s race will mark his 100th NASCAR national-series start.
 
“That hardly seems possible,” Smithley said. “I kind of still feel like I’m a newcomer, but I’ve been around the block a few times now and have gotten a good feel for all the tracks. Darlington is a favorite of mine. We’ll give it our best shot this weekend.”

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Austin Cindric will honor Ford’s racing heritage by running a scheme matching the first front-engine Mustang GTP this weekend at Darlington.  Ford’s front-engine Mustang GTP made its debut in 1983 in an IMSA series event at Road America.  Cindric will make his first career start at Darlington Raceway in this No. 60 throwback featuring the Ford Hall of Fans logo on the hood.  

“Darlington is a huge weekend for NASCAR fans with the throwback schemes at an old school race track,” said Cindric. “To have Ford Hall of Fans on the race car this weekend is pretty big and I’m excited for that. It’s a really cool program that ford is doing.  This throwback scheme we have is a really great throwback to bit of an unknown race car.

“Back in the 80’s Ford made an American racing manufacturers first foray in sports car racing with a pretty unique car and program,” added Cindric. “Pretty similar to what we are doing this year.  We have a unique car and driver lineup and a unique program.  The paint scheme on this car is really cool and has a bit of Ford history to go with our Ford paint scheme.”

The car was designed to showcase the best of Ford Motor Company and to make a statement in the competitive road racing scene of the 80’s, which at the time was dominated by imports.  The original car was designed by Bob Riley, using a 1.7-liter 4cyl turbo and two cars were entered at Road America.  The race was shortened by rain, but both teams made the podium.  The Mustang GTP took home the win and cemented its place in Ford Racing history.

Go to NASCAR.com/Ford and share why you are the world’s greatest NASCAR fan and you could be inducted into the Ford Hall of Fans.  All season long, Ford will be searching for the most passionate NASCAR fans to become the first-ever Ford Hall of Fans inductees. Send a photo or video letting them know just what makes you hall-worthy.  Six finalists, chosen by drivers and fans, will head to Miami during Ford Championship Weekend, where they will compete to be the first two inductees into the Ford Hall of Fans. #FordHallOfFans

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RSS Racing is pleased to welcome back ionomy as the primary sponsor for #39 car driven by Ryan Sieg for the NASCAR XFINITY race at Darlington this weekend. The #39 will be participating in throwback weekend running the famous Maxwell House paint scheme driven by Bobby Labonte during the 1993 season.

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 “I’m so excited to have Ionomy join us at Darlington with this awesome paint scheme. We decided to let them have fun with the scheme and pick whatever they wanted. I think it turned out amazing.” commented Sieg.

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“Due to Spencer Gallagher’s shoulder injury, Chase Elliott will return to the No. 23 Chevrolet beginning this weekend at Darlington Raceway as well next week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As Gallagher continues to work with his doctor back home in Vegas, we do not have an exact time frame of when he will return to the seat.” - Mike Beam President of GMS Racing 

In celebration of the NASCAR Throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway, Richard Childress Racing will honor longtime friend and former test driver Dave Marcis. Matt Tifft's No. 2 Surface Sunscreen Chevrolet Camaro will sport a throwback paint scheme representing Marcis' 1976 No. 2 Chevrolet during the NASCAR Xfinity race at the track deemed "Too Tough To Tame."  

While Marcis only drove an RCR entry once during an October 1995 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at ISM Raceway, he has been a longtime friend to Richard Childress and had a close connection with Dale Earnhardt Sr., often going hunting and fishing with the pair. Marcis also served as RCR's favorite test driver and had a large part in helping test and set up Earnhardt's No. 3 Chevrolet that won the 1998 Daytona 500.
 
Marcis' nephew, Bob Marcis, currently serves as the head of suspension for RCR's Xfinity Series shop.
 
"It's special to see RCR running one of my paint schemes," said Marcis. "I spent a lot of time testing for Dale and RCR after we lost Neil Bonnett. Dale just did not like to test, but we had a great relationship. Richard would help me out with restrictor-plate engines for my car in return for helping them with their testing. I'm pretty happy to say that I helped set the car up that Dale won the Daytona 500 with after so many years of trying."
 
As an independent driver, Marcis earned respect from his fellow drivers and team owners as a hard-working man who was not afraid to step up and work on both his own cars and those of his fellow competitors. This attitude helped build a relationship with Realtree, one of Marcis' longtime sponsors.
 
The camouflage company was originally set to sponsor RCR's No. 31 Chevrolet, then driven by Mike Skinner, for five races in 1997. Childress mentioned to Bill Jordan, president of Realtree, that Realtree might be interested in working with Marcis as well, due to his passion for hunting and his strong work ethic. The relationship was consummated with Marcis soon after that.
 
"Dave did a lot for Dale and me during those years, and he remains a close friend to RCR," said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of RCR. "It's an honor to recognize him and the role he played here with the No. 2 team's throwback scheme this year. I'm looking forward to seeing one of his schemes on the track this coming weekend in Darlington."
 
Currently in his debut season for RCR, Matt Tifft has recorded four top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro.
 
For additional information on today's announcement, and all that's happening at RCR, please visit rcrracing.com.
 
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This weekend at Darlington Raceway NASCAR Xfinity Driver Joey Gase will be teaming up with Agri Supply for the Sports Clip Haircut VFW 200. Gase has worked with the family owned farm store out of Gardner, North Carolina for the past three years when the series has traveled to Darlington. "I always love partnering with our friends at Agri Supply," Gase said when asked about the partnership. "They are good people and we always have fun at Darlington with it being NASCAR's Throwback weekend. I love the support they've shown when we went to them about my dad's scheme and I'm excited to get out on track this weekend." You may notice their logo will look a little different than usual. Agri Supply has worked with Gase's team to change their logo from red to purple to match Gase's throwback scheme honoring his father. 

Agri Supply will also be hosting a big event this coming Thursday, August 30th from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at their Florence, South Carolina location. Gase will be in attendance signing autographs and meeting fans. At the event there will be a bunch of goodies that will be given out and there will be FREE food provided by Red Bone Alley. Agri Supply will also be raffling off a pair of grandstand tickets AND a pair of pit passes to Saturday's race! The Agri Supply team is encouraging all fans in the area to stop out to meet Joey and check out his Darlington Throwback paint scheme. 

Also joining forces with Gase this weekend is Sparks Energy Inc. who you'll see displayed on the upper quarter panels and TV panel. Eternal Fan is also jumping on board as an associate sponsor on the lower quarter panels of the Darlington hot rod. 
 
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Garrett Smithley turned in a fine performance Saturday in the Johnsonville 180 at Road America, bringing the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller No. 0 Chevrolet home 15th.
 
The finish was Smithley’s best in the past dozen races and lifted him to 19th in Xfinity points.
 
“A nice run today,” Smithley said. “The guys gave me a great car, and we were able to stay out of trouble and move up through the field. It was a fun day all around.”
 
Justin Allgaier won the race and leads the point standings.
 
The series moves on to Darlington Raceway for a Sept. 1 race.

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Vinnie Miller finished 27th in Saturday’s Johnsonville 180 Xfinity Series race at Road America.
 
The outing on the tough 14-turn course was a highlight for Miller, who had had problems in earlier road-course events. He finished on the lead lap in the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller No. 01 Chevrolet.
 
“We finally got a road-course finish with not a scratch on the JAS Expedited Trucking Camaro,” Miller said. “For me and all these guys on the No. 01 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team, a P27, lead-lap finish feels like a win. We’ve had a bad last three or four weeks and needed a strong day. As for road courses, so far Road America is my favorite one on the circuit.”
 
Miller started 38th but moved through the field to finish strong and gain one spot in the Xfinity point standings to 25th.
 
Justin Allgaier won the race and leads the point standings.
 
The series moves on to Darlington Raceway for a Sept. 1 race.

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Ross Chastain, rolling toward sealing a spot in the Xfinity Series playoffs, scored one of his best runs of the season Saturday, finishing seventh in the Johnsonville 180 at Road America.
 
The strong finish kept Chastain solidly in the running for the series playoffs. He is 12th and in the final playoff position, an impressive 49 points ahead of 13th-place Michael Annett with three regular-season races to go.
 
“What a great day for the team,” Chastain said. “A solid car and a really good finish. This keeps us on target for the playoffs. I appreciate what everybody contributed to this finish.”
 
The finish was Chastain’s sixth in the top 10 this season.
 
Justin Allgaier won the race and leads the point standings.
 
The series moves on to Darlington Raceway for a Sept. 1 race.

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