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Kabat, Schertzer, De La Torre, Taraboulos and Company (KSDT), one of the largest and fastest-growing financial accounting and advisory firms in South Florida, will be a featured sponsor on all three of the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller cars for the Ford EcoBoost 300 race, this weekend, November 18th, at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

KSDT will be the primary sponsor on the No. 0 Chevrolet Camaro of Garrett Smithley. In addition, the firm will be an associate sponsor of the No. 4 car of Ross Chastain and the No. 01 car of Joe Nemechek. 

“Being able to welcome a new partner for the NASCAR Xfinity Series season finale is very special for this team,” said Johnny Davis, owner of JD Motorsports. “My teams have had strong runs lately, so I’m confident that we will give KSDT a race finish that we’ll all be proud of.”

“KSDT is very honored to be supporting JD Motorsports for the Homestead-Miami race,” said Jeffrey Taraboulos, Managing Partner of KSDT. “We’re looking forward to seeing this sponsorship continue to evolve into a long and beneficial partnership.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. (ET) Friday. Qualifying will start at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, and the Ford EcoBoost 300 will get the green flag at 3:30 p.m. on NBC.


The 2017 NASCAR racing season kicked off with Speed Weeks at Daytona International Speedway back in February, and the curtains will close with the finale in the Sunshine State with Ford Championship Weekend scheduled Nov. 17-19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where the Monster Energy Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series each will crown champions.
Chad Finchum of Knoxville, Tenn., is excited to be making his seventh NASCAR Xfinity Series start this season for Carl Long's MBM Motorsports driving the Buddy Gregg RVs & Motor Homes No. 40 Toyota Camry in the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, Nov. 18 as part of Ford Championship Weekend.
Heading into Homestead-Miami Speedway, the 23-year-old Finchum's starts for MBM Motorsports this season have come at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway, twice at Dover International Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.
"I can't thank Carl Long enough for the opportunities he's given me this year to drive for MBM Motorsports," said Finchum from his Knoxville home while preparing to leave heading to Florida for this weekend's Ford EcoBoost 300. "Carl took a chance on me being a rookie that I would be able to get the job done behind the wheel driving his equipment, and I believe that he and I, along with the whole race team have really formed a good relationship and work together very well. We've had some pretty good runs this season and I'm just very thankful for the races I've gotten to drive for MBM Motorsports.
"I'm also very appreciative to Knoxville-based marketing partners Buddy Gregg RVs & Motor Homes, along with Smithbilt Homes for their support of my racing this season. Them being onboard sponsoring my first NASCAR Xfinity Series racing efforts has been a really special deal."
Entering a partial 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series rookie season in racing with MBM Motorsports, Finchum brought impressive credentials with him. He won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Pitt Lite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016, plus captured the Kingsport Speedway NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car championship in 2013. He also added to his resume the Tennessee NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state title in 2013.
Growing up as a young boy attending NASCAR races with his family, for Finchum it's been a dream over the years to one day compete in the upper levels of NASCAR. Finally getting the chance in 2017 with MBM Motorsports, Finchum has made the most of his opportunities. 
"I've had many good things happen over the years in my racing career, but without a doubt getting to make my debut earlier this season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series was just awesome," Finchum said. "From the moment I first began racing, my ultimate goal was to someday get to run in either the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series, Xfinity Series or Camping World Truck Series.
"I was fortunate along the way to enjoy quite a bit of success racing Legends, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Cars, and in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. Each of those levels of racing helped prepare me for making the move into the NASCAR Xfinity Series."
Following the Homestead-Miami Speedway season finale, what are Finchum's racing plans for 2018?

"We've got some things in the works, though nothing is definite," Finchum stated. "We're just trying to put all the pieces of the puzzle together with sponsors so that I'll be able to run full-time in 2018. It's just how it is, to race at the NASCAR Xfinity Series level you've got to have good sponsors behind you, and we're hopeful everything will fall into place for us.
"But my focus right now is giving it my best effort this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway driving for MBM Motorsports in the Ford EcoBoost 300 and bringing home the best possible finish."
NASCAR Xfinity Series practice begins Friday, Nov. 17 with two sessions scheduled: 2:30 p.m. - 3:25 p.m., and from 5:00 p.m. - 5:55 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.
NASCAR Xfinity Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying is set for Saturday, Nov. 18 at 11:15 a.m. on CNBC. Running of the Ford EcoBoost 300 is set for 3:30 p.m. on NBCSN. Live radio coverage will be provided by Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90. ... You can also visit the Homestead-Miami 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 visit the website at, on Facebook at Chad Finchum Racing, and Twitter @ChadFinchum.
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Harrison Rhodes, driver of the No. 01 Flex tape Chevrolet Camaro, finished 27th in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Ticket Galaxy 200.

Rhodes qualified 32nd for Saturday’s race at Phoenix Raceway.

“This was one of tougher races we’ve had lately,” Rhodes said. “We battled a tight car all day, but my No. 01 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team made good adjustments and made it better throughout the race. It’s not the finish we wanted, but we made up a lot of ground from where we started. I can’t thank everyone at Flex Seal and Flex Tape enough for all of their support this year. I’m also thankful to Masters Properties, Inc., and Industrial Piping Solutions for coming on board.”

The final stop for the NASCAR Xfinity Series is Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 300 on November 18th.


After Saturday’s Ticket Galaxy 200, Phoenix Raceway might just be on driver Garrett Smithley’s list of favorite tracks. Driving the No. 0 Flex Shot Chevrolet Camaro for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller, Smithley brought home a top 25.

 “Admittedly, Phoenix is not one of my best tracks, but I like it a lot more after today,” Smithley said. “We had a really good car all day, as good as we could have. We were running a steel body car against several composite bodies. We fought tight all day long, but my Number Nuthin’ Flex Shot team made great adjustments. I’ve gotta thank Mercury Heating and Air. They picked up their support from last year, so I really appreciate that. And, as always, I can’t say enough about Flex Seal and Flex Shot and all of the support they give this team.”

Smithley’s strong finish advanced him to 21st in NASCAR Xfinity Series driver standings, just 13 points out of the top 20 going into the final race of 2017.

The final stop for the NASCAR Xfinity Series is Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 300 on November 18th.


Ross Chastain, driver of the No. 4 Flex Seal Chevrolet Camaro for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller, continues to bring home solid finishes as the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series season nears its conclusion.

Chastain qualified 22nd for Saturday’s Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix Raceway and finished the race in the 19th position.

“This was a cool race for the No. 4 Flex Seal team,” Chastain said. “We’d start off every run pretty loose, and about lap 15 it would neutral out and handle pretty good. We were the same speed as everyone around us. The car would start to get tight about 30 or 40 laps into the long green flag runs, but we were still turning better than the cars around us. My guys made small adjustments to the car all day that made it better, and we beat the cars that we needed to beat.”

The final stop for the NASCAR Xfinity Series is Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 300 on November 18th.


Infraction Date Track Team Level Infraction Penalty
11/11/2017 (post-race inspection) Phoenix No. 7 L1 Section Rear Brake Cooling
Assembly I-1b. I-1c. I-2d. I-2f.
Notes: Race finish is encumbered per Section 12.10 Encumbered Race Finishes. Rear brake cooling assemblies must be sealed from air inlet to exhaust.
Crew chief (Jason Burdett) has been fined $10,000 and suspended from the next NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship Points Event. Team assessed with the loss of
10 driver points and 10 owner points.


As the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series season winds down to the conclusion, Corey LaJoie and the JGL Racing team have their sights on solid performances to finish out the season.  Unfortunately, the Concord, North Carolina native would deal with various issues throughout the event with his No. 24 youtheory Toyota on his way to a disappointing 22nd place finish in the running of the Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix Raceway.
"We struggled with some brake issues as well as the overall handling on our No. 24 youtheory Toyota," said LaJoie.  "The handling issues are somewhat of a puzzle as we were pretty good in practice on Friday as well as qualifying on Saturday morning.  Once we got in the race it just seemed to be so much different for some reason.  Then towards the end of the first stage we started to get a soft brake pedal and it just got worse from there.  I think we would have been OK if we didn't have the brake issue as we could have dealt with the handling situation."
After a positive practice day on Friday, Corey would start the 200-lap event from the 17th position as a result of his qualifying effort on Saturday morning.  LaJoie would encounter trouble on lap one when a spin in the field in front of the No. 24 youtheory Toyota would result in Corey spinning as well.  With flat-spotted tires, the No. 24 youtheory Toyota would come down pit road for four fresh tires and rejoin the track at the rear of the field.  Corey would work his way back through traffic and sit in the 23rd spot at the end of the stage.
A trip down pit road for much needed adjustments in between stages didn't seem to improve the No. 24 youtheory Toyota as the second stage got underway.  While Corey battled a loose in and tight in the center condition - he also continued to deal with the brake issue.  The combination of issues would plaque LaJoie's charge forward and he would sit in the 22nd position at the end of the second stage.
The remaining 80 laps of the event would find the same issues at hand.  Corey would battle for all he could get before settling for the disappointing 22nd place finish when the checkered flag flew.
"Overall just a very disappointing day for all of us," added Corey.  "I want to thank youtheory for their support and everyone at JGL Racing for their hard work.  We will re-group and set our sights on a strong performance in the season ending event at Homestead."
LaJoie and the JGL Racing team will next head to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the running of the Ford Ecoboost 300.  The final race of the NASCAR XFINITY Series season will be Saturday November 18th and can be seen LIVE on NBC at 3:00 pm ET.  It can also be heard on Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Channel 90.
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Veterans Day always provides for a moving weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, where teams and the sport alike celebrate our nation's heroes. Driver Casey Mears has carried a season-long salute, piloting the No. 98 GEICO Military paint scheme in each of his Xfinity Series races this season. The Bakersfield, CA, native was focused on delivering a solid result from the time the Biagi-DenBeste Racing team unloaded his Ford Mustang for the weekend's opening practice session.
Mears posted the 19th and 13th fastest times in the respective practice sessions, indicating the team had speed heading into Saturday's qualifying session and subsequent race. Mears advanced to the second round of qualifying after pedaling the GEICO Military Ford around the one-mile oval in just 27.388-seconds, at a speed of 131.444-miles per hour. His effort was good enough to land him 18th on the Ticket Galaxy 200 starting grid.
When the green flag signaled the start of 200-miles of racing, Mears had little time to settle in before he was forced to narrowly avoid a spinning car just in front of him in the opening laps. He had moved up two positions and restarted the race from 16th. Mears battled a handling condition early, but continued to pick up spots, moving the No. 98 GEICO Military Ford into the 12th position by lap 23. Just after the halfway point of the race, he entered the top-10, where he ran solidly for much of the back half of the event before breaking into the top-5 as the race neared its end.
Five caution flags would slow the field over the course of the afternoon and the Biagi-DenBeste pit crew used each one to make helpful adjustments to the GEICO Military Ford. As tire strategies varied during the closing laps, Mears took off from the fifth position when the race restarted for the final time with just 13 laps to go. He would be forced to give way to cars with fresher tires, but would still hold on to sail the No. 98 GEICO Military Ford across the finish line in the 12th position, capping off a successful weekend for Biagi-DenBeste Racing.
"We were able to have a little fun today and it was nice to get a good finish on Veterans Day, which means a lot to us because we get to celebrate our veterans and also because we get to carry the GEICO Military paint scheme all year," Mears said. "The Biagi-DenBeste crew made good adjustments during the race and it helped me stay at the front of the field all day. The car felt good and we were able to deliver a solid result. We're looking forward to getting down to Homestead and having another strong run for GEICO to close out the season."
Biagi-DenBeste Racing will now load up Mears' Ford Mustang for the final time this season and head south to Homestead, FL.
Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Military Ford Mustang will hit the track at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, November 17th, at 2:30 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow on Saturday at 11:15 AM (ET).
The Ford EcoBoost 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race is on Saturday, November 18th, and it will be televised live on NBCSN beginning at 3:30 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

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.



“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.  


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