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Dr Pepper Snapple Group brands, Sun Drop and Canada Dry Ginger Ale, will be on board all of the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolets as associate sponsors for the entire 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series season. Dr Pepper Snapple Group will also be the official drink supplier of JD Motorsports with their iconic soda brands filling the team coolers every weekend.
 
Dr Pepper Snapple Group has been a long-time supporter of JD Motorsports with Sun Drop first appearing on board the team’s No. 01 Chevy in 2009.
 
“I’m very excited to have Sun Drop and Canada Dry Ginger Ale on board my racecars this year,” said JD Motorsports team owner, Johnny Davis. “This team has had a great relationship with Sun Drop in the past, and I’m happy to have their support for what will be JDM’s best season to date. Race teams go through a lot of drinks on the hot race weekends, so Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s products are going to be greatly appreciated.”
 
“We’re very excited to see our brands back at the race track with JD Motorsports,” said a representative from Dr Pepper Snapple Group. “We’ve had great experiences with Johnny Davis and his team in the past, and we can’t wait to continue this partnership into the future.”
 
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The No. 60 Ford Performance Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing will hit the track in Daytona for the first NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) race of the 2018 season with a brand new design. The scheme features a gray and white color combination, with hints of red highlighting the number and spoiler. Ford development program drivers Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric and Ty Majeski will share the ride for the duration of the NXS season.

"We're excited about our team of young Ford drivers in the No. 60 Mustang," said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports.  "Having this great collaboration between Roush Fenway, Team Penske and Ford Performance is certainly unique in the sport, and we think getting Austin, Ty and Chase together to try and win a XFINITY team championship, while developing their skills as NASCAR drivers will be fun to watch.  There's already great chemistry there, and they'll help push each other to be even better going forward."

The development team, known as #TheProgram60, is designed to continue the progression and development of the three drivers with collaboration from Ford Performance and Team Penske. 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. NASCAR Hall of Famer 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.

Roush Fenway will reveal in unique fashion which of the three drivers takes the seat in Daytona. Briscoe, Cindric and Majeski will draw straws out of the iconic “Jack hat” to find out who the lucky driver is.

Fans will get an exclusive look into the selection process by tuning in to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “Jack’s Garage” segment on Claire B. Lang’s “Dialed In” talk show. The award-winning host will reveal which driver is up first on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The No. 60 Ford Mustang takes to the track in the NXS season opener at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018.

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In the midst of off-season expansion, Kaulig Racing™ announced today that Ryan Truex will drive the No. 11 Chevrolet for the full 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) season. Truex is coming off a ninth-place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver standings. The younger brother of current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) champion Martin Truex Jr. also has two back-to-back NASCAR K&N East Series Championships as well as multiple years of experience in NASCAR’s premiere series.
 
“I’m extremely excited to be making the move back into the Xfinity Series,” said Truex. “In just two years Kaulig Racing has proved to be a highly competitive team each race and it should be a great fit. Last season I saw a lot of improvements in my racing and hopefully this year I can continue the success Kaulig Racing has built and compete for the championship at the end of the year.”
 
Two years after breaking into the NXS, team owner Matt Kaulig is excited about his team’s fast-paced growth in the sport. With back-to-back playoff runs as well as two stage wins and one pole award in the team’s short history, Kaulig sees promising opportunities for this season with Truex behind the wheel.
 
“When we started this team two years ago I knew we had the potential to be one of the strongest teams in the Xfinity Series and I think we’re within reach of that goal. Ryan is going to be a great addition to the team and I have some high hopes for this season. Each year we keep improving as a team and I think this season we’ll be able to get some wins and make another run in the playoffs. Everyone at Kaulig Racing is excited to have Ryan on board and it should be a great, fun year.”
 
Truex will make his debut for Kaulig Racing at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday February 17th, 2018. A sponsor announcement regarding Truex will be made shortly.
 
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Go Green Racing is proud to announce that Joey Gase will pilot the No. 35 Sparks Energy entry in the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. The crew chief for the Go Green entry will be Patrick Donahue who worked with Gase in 2017.
 
Go Green Racing is a NASCAR XFINITY Series team owned by Archie St. Hilaire that made its debut in 2009 in what was formerly known as the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Gase made his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut with the team in 2011 where he finished 20th at his home racetrack, Iowa Speedway. Gase went on to make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) debut in 2014 with Go Fas Racing, the sister team to Go Green Racing.  
 
"It's been such a pleasure being part of Joey's career," Archie St. Hilaire said. "My family has been very lucky to be part of many firsts for Joey's career and we look forward to creating great memories together again this year. With Sparks Energy, Donate Life, and many of our other great partners on-board, we hope to make the 2018 NASCAR Playoffs and compete with some of the big teams. We see a lot of potential in Joey, and hopefully we can move him up to Go FAS Racing in 2019 with a two-car Cup operation."
 
Sparks Energy Inc., a partner of Gase's since 2016, has agreed to join GGR as the primary sponsor for the No. 35 in 2018. Sparks Energy will also serve as the title sponsor of the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, the Sparks Energy 300.
 
"Sparks Energy is a great family owned and operated company," said Gase. The owners, J and Magen, pour their hearts into the company and treat everyone like family.  They're truly living the American dream. I love their hardworking style and great ethics. It's crazy to think that my partnership with Sparks all began with a Twitter message. I got an email back from the president of the company and the rest is history. I can't wait to get to Daytona and run with this great team. I can't thank Archie and everyone at Go Green Racing enough for the opportunity and Sparks Energy for making it happen."
 
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Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that Menards home improvement stores along with several of their best vendor partners will be the primary sponsor for Brandon Jones for 10 races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2018. The No. 19 Menards Toyota Camry will display one partner-specific brand on the hood of the racecar for each of the Menards races.

The Menards partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) follows the recent announcement that Jones will run full-time for JGR in 2018.  Menards joins other JGR sponsors of the No. 19 Toyota Camry and Jones who will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

“We are excited to once again sponsor Brandon Jones in the NASCAR Xfinity Series,” stated Jeff Abbott, Menards, Promotions Manager/Spokesperson.  “Brandon is a nice young man who has been a great ambassador for Menards, plus he has a really bright future as a race car driver.”

Menards has been involved with NASCAR since 2001 and has supported a wide variety of racing ventures for several years. Currently, Menards is the title sponsor of the ARCA Racing Series as well as sponsoring entries in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck, XFINITY, and Monster Energy Cup Series and in the Verizon Indy Car Series. Menards is a family-owned company that started in 1958 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, which remains Menards headquarters today.   Menards has grown to be a highly innovative home improvement industry leader totally dedicated to delivering superior customer service in sparkling, modern, well-stocked stores.

“We’re thrilled to have Menards partner with us and Brandon Jones,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “They’ve been involved in the racing industry for a long time and are a great American success story having grown a small family run business to become a leader in their industry.”

“I am very excited and proud to be a partner with a great sponsor like Menards,” states Brandon Jones.  “Having Menards on my No. 19 Toyota Camry and racing for Joe Gibbs Racing is huge for our team and our run for a championship in 2018.”

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JGL Racing officials announced today that Dylan Lupton will return to the organization's "Young Guns" program for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season.  After making 14 starts this past season in the team's No. 24 entry, Lupton will compete in at least 21 races this coming season in JGL Racing's No. 28 Ford Mustang.
 
"I'm very excited to return to JGL Racing in 2018," stated Lupton.  "We continued to improve throughout the 2017 season and I was able to gain valuable experience that will help tremendously in the new season. With the switch to Ford over the off-season and our new alliance with Roush Fenway Racing, I am confident that we will be competitive right out of the gate. I would like to thank James Whitener and the whole JGL Racing organization for this opportunity."
 
Lupton, a native of Wilton, California, has 24 XFINITY Series starts to his credit in his young career.  His 14 starts in the No. 24 entry for JGL Racing this past season was highlighted with a 12th place finish at Richmond International Raceway back in
April.  Dylan joins previously announced Kaz Grala, who will pilot the teams No. 24 Ford, making an exciting young combination on and off the track for the JGL Racing organization.
 
"I am extremely happy we were able to put something together and have Dylan back with us for the 2018 season," said James Whitener, owner of JGL Racing.  "Dylan gained valuable experience in the 2017 season and went to many tracks for the first time, which will all help him in 2018.  Also, Dylan became a great fit with our team and really became a part of our family.  We look forward to his continued growth and think he has some exciting times ahead of him in the No. 28 Ford."
 
Lupton is scheduled to make his 2018 season debut in the season-opening event in Daytona, following that up the following week in Atlanta before heading to the west coast for the next three races.  Dylan and JGL Racing will make sponsor and crew chief announcements in the near future as they put the exciting finishing touches on the 2018 program.
 
The 2018 XFINITY Series season kicks off on Saturday February 17, 2018 at Daytona International Speedway for the running of the PowerShares QQQ 300.
 
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The South Point Hotel & Casino will return to Richard Childress Racing as the primary sponsor on the No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro, piloted by Daniel Hemric, for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. The 2018 season marks the seventh year of a partnership between RCR and the Las Vegas-based hotel and casino. 
 
"The South Point Hotel & Casino is excited to be continuing our partnership with Richard Childress Racing in the 2018 season," said Michael Gaughan, owner of the South Point. "Watching Brendan carry our colors these past couple of years on the track and into Victory Lane has been a lot fun. We're looking forward to continuing the accomplishments during this coming season with Daniel Hemric. Daniel is a great driver and we know he will represent the South Point well both on and off the track."
 
The South Point's partnership with RCR began in 2012, when Brendan Gaughan ran a limited XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule with the historic organization. In the most recent season of competition, Gaughan and the South Point Hotel & Casino team earned a top-10 finish in the driver championship point standings after making the 2017 XFINITY Series Playoffs.
 
The South Point will serve as the primary partner on Hemric's No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro for all 33 XFINITY Series races during the 2018 season. Hemric, who will compete for the Series championship, finished fourth in the 2017 XFINITY Series season after making it to the Championship 4 round of the NASCAR Playoffs. During his rookie season, the 26-year-old driver also recorded one pole award, seven top-five and 16 top-10 finishes.
 
"RCR and the Gaughan Family have had a special relationship that we're thrilled to be able to continue," said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of RCR. "As with RCR, the South Point Hotel and Casino has a rich history in stock car racing and it is a part of our heritage. Daniel made it to the XFINITY Series Championship 4 this past season and we look forward to another season of watching him compete for the championship."
 
For additional information on today's announcement, and all that's happening at RCR, please visit rcrracing.com.
 
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JGL Racing officials announced today the addition of veteran crew chief Shane Wilson to its 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series lineup.  Shane will serve as crew chief for Kaz Grala and the No. 24 Ford Mustang team. 
 
He will serve along side Steven Lane who switches over to the leadership position of Team Manager/Competition Director.
 
"I am excited to join JGL Racing," stated Wilson.  "They have been improving their performance each year since they started racing in the XFINITY Series.   With the addition of the technical alliance with Roush Fenway Racing and Kaz as the driver - along with the internal support from James (Whitener) and Steven (Lane) - this should make for another positive step in performance and results in 2018.
 
Wilson comes to JGL Racing from Richard Childress Racing where he served as crew chief for Brendan Gaughan over the last four seasons.  Wilson's vast experience in the sport includes serving as crew chief for just short of 500 races in NASCAR's top three series.  During that time, he has accumulated 27 wins, 96 top-five and 200 top-10 finishes.
 
"The addition of a talented and experienced crew chief such as Shane is great for our entire organization," said James Whitener, owner of JGL Racing.  "We continue to build our program and it is crucial for us to add personnel such as Shane.  This move also allows us to shift Steven Lane to a bigger leadership position which we feel only makes our program stronger."
 
In addition to the Wilson/Grala pairing on the No. 24 entry, JGL Racing is also putting the finishing touches on the No. 28 team to create an exciting combination for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season.
 
"There is a lot of change happening at JGL Racing for 2018, which is why having a veteran crew chief will be so important," added Grala.  "Shane Wilson is the perfect guy for the job between his Cup background, years of XFINITY experience and up-to-date knowledge from his past decade at RCR.  He brings all the tools necessary to further build our program and contend in the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs."
 
The 2018 XFINITY Series season kicks off on Saturday February 17, 2018 at Daytona International Speedway with the running of the PowerShares QQQ 300.
 
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Continuing a relationship which began in 2014, Anderson's Maple Syrup will partner with Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR XFINITY Series program. The Wisconsin-based pure maple syrup company joins Matt Tifft and the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro team for a multi-race program for the 2018 season.
 
"We are very excited to be a part of the RCR team once again and join Matt Tifft in his quest for a championship," said Steve Anderson, President of Anderson's Maple Syrup. "We hope the energy that our Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup provides will push Matt to many great finishes in 2018."
 
Anderson's Maple Syrup first partnered with RCR in 2014 for multiple XFINITY Series races on the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro. During the 2017 XFINITY Series season, the family-owned company was featured as a primary partner for multiple races on the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro and one race on the No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro.
 
The largest packager of pure maple syrup in the Midwest also takes their racing off the track and into grocery stores across the nation through their partnership with RCR. During the partnership with RCR, the team's drivers have participated in supermarket shopping sprees on behalf of Anderson's Maple Syrup, with the benefits going to either local food banks or deserving members of the community.
 
Tifft joins RCR for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season and will pilot the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro. Tifft has made 70 starts in NASCAR's three national touring series and is coming off a successful rookie season in the XFINITY Series. During the 2017 season, the Hinckley, Ohio native secured two top-five and 13 top-10 finishes, making the XFINITY Series Playoffs and collecting a seventh-place finish in the driver championship standings.
 
"RCR and Anderson's Maple Syrup are both family-owned and operated companies, which makes the partnership between us flow easily," said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of RCR. "We're thrilled to have them on board with Matt and our XFINITY program for the 2018 season and look forward to racing together both at the track and down grocery store aisles."
 
Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup can be found in grocery stores and specialty shops across the country. The Anderson's family promise is to provide their customers with the finest American made all-natural pure maple products. For more information, visit andersonsmaplesyrup.com.
 
For additional information on today's announcement, and all that's happening at RCR, please visit rcrracing.com.
 
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Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that they have signed John Hunter Nemechek, a five-time winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and former NASCAR NEXT driver, to pilot the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro in multiple NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races in 2018. Nemechek, 20, will work with veteran NXS crew chief Mike Shiplett, who has led the team for the last four seasons. Nemechek’s No. 42 Chevrolet will carry primary sponsorship from Fire Alarm Services, Inc. in 2018.

NOTES OF INTEREST:

·         Behind the Wheel:Nemechek began his racing career in quarter midgets at the age of five. He was the 2011 Allison Legacy Race Series Rookie of the Year and followed-up with the series championship in 2012. Nemechek moved into late models in 2013 and won the Miller Lite Super Late Model Series Championship at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway. He won three of the biggest Super Late Model races over the next two seasons including the famed All-American 400 in Nashville, Tenn., the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla.

·         Fully Covered: Headquartered in Denver, Colo., Fire Alarm Services, Inc., provides fire, life safety, and security services and products for protecting their client's real estate investment. They are the one source for all of their customers fire alarm, electrical, security, sprinkler, fire extinguisher and fire suppression needs.

·         Making His Way Through NASCAR: Nemechek made his NCWTS debut in 2013 at Martinsville Speedway at just 16 years old. He competed in the NCWTS on a part-time basis in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Nemechek captured his first series victory at Chicagoland Speedway in 2015 and was also named the series’ Most Popular Driver. He moved to full-time driving duties in 2016 and 2017, where he qualified for the NCWTS playoffs in both seasons.In 76 starts, Nemechek has five wins, one pole, 22 top-five and 38 top-10 finishes. He finished eighth in the final points standings in both 2016 and 2017.

·         Family Ties:John Hunter is the son of 1992 NXS Champion and multi-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) winner Joe Nemechek. Joe drove for CGR co-owner Felix Sabates’ SABCO Racing team from 1997-1999 and scored the team’s final MENCS victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September 1999. John Hunter’s namesake is his late uncle, John Nemechek, who competed in the NCWTS from 1995-1997. He passed away due to complications from head injuries sustained in an accident during a 1997 NCWTS race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, just three months before John Hunter was born.

CGR QUOTEBOARD:

·         Chip Ganassi, Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing: “We are happy to have John Hunter join our organization and also announce the relationship with Fire Alarm Services. We had a very successful 2017 with our XFINITY program and look to improve upon that.  We feel that John Hunter has the talent to be a future star in the sport and can’t wait to get him behind the wheel.”

·         John Hunter Nemechek, Driver No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro:  “I couldn’t be more excited to join Chip Ganassi Racing. I feel like their cars and organization were the talk of the garage in 2017 and I hope to play a part in continuing their run of success in 2018 and beyond. Also, Fire Alarm Services has been a supporter of my career since 2016 at our family-owned team, and I am looking forward to continuing that partnership at Chip Ganassi Racing. I am extremely grateful to Shannon and Connie Smith, owners of Fire Alarm Services, Inc. I also want to thank my father for all that he has done to help grow my passion for racing.”

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JD Motorsports with Gary Keller and with recently signed driver Vinnie Miller are proud to welcome JAS Expedited Trucking as a full-time sponsor of the No. 01 Chevrolet Camaro in 2018.
 
JAS Expedited Trucking, based in Imlay City, Mich., will serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 01 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) entry driven by Miller in ten 2018 NXS events starting with the Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, February 24, 2018.
 
“I’m looking forward to our partnership with JD Motorsports and Vinnie in 2018,” said CEO of JAS Expedited Trucking, Tony Freeland. “Currently, my company looking to hire several qualified truck drivers, and we’ve found that NASCAR is a great platform to get the word out.”
 
In addition to serving as primary sponsor of the No. 01 Chevrolet at Atlanta in February, JAS will also serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 01 entry in nine other NXS events including Miller’s NXS debut at his home track, Michigan International Speedway, on Saturday, June 9, 2018.
 
JAS will also serve as an associate sponsor of the JDM No. 01 entry driven by Miller for the other 23 NXS events in 2018.
 
“Being a Michigan based company, we like to support other Michigan companies and individuals from our state,” Freeland said. “Vinnie grew up just a few miles down the road from where I live. It’s cool to be working with a driver who gets what we are trying to achieve and has a passion for the state of Michigan.”
 
“Having a JAS come onboard for the 2018 season is awesome,” said driver of the No. 01 JAS Chevrolet, Vinnie Miller. “I’m proud to be from Michigan, and I’m even more proud to work with a company like JAS. They bring jobs to our state and are looking to add even more. I’ve enjoyed getting to know Tony and his team at JAS, and I’m looking forward to the future with them.”
 
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