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BJ McLeod Motorsports (BJMM) announced today that Vinnie Miller has signed a multi-year agreement with the team to compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS).
Miller will be the organization’s first full-time driver. Founded in 2016, BJMM is a full-time NXS team owned by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver, BJ McLeod and his wife Jessica. BJMM is preparing to move into a newly renovated state-of-the-art race shop located in Mooresville, N.C.
We are excited to have the opportunity to work with Vinnie on a multi-year deal to see what both, he and the team can do together,” BJ McLeod said. “We are always trying to grow BJMM into a more successful team and having two years to work with Vinnie is going to help us do that.”
“I'm so excited about this opportunity with BJ (McLeod),” Vinnie Miller said. “From the first time we met we really hit it off. We are very similar in many ways including what we like to do outside the track. I am thrilled to be marked as their first full-time driver for BJ McLeod Motorsports and I know BJ will be a huge help in improving my performance on the track.”
The pairing will get a jump on the future through an agreement with JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) that will allow Miller to run the final six NXS races of 2018 with BJMM. “I have to thank Johnny Davis (owner of JD Motorsports with Gary Keller), for the opportunity to run the No. 01 Camaro this year,” Miller continued. “I owe a lot to my team and all they have done to help me improve race after race.”
Miller, a 21-year-old Michigan native, began racing quarter midgets at a young age before moving to full-size stock cars at Owosso Speedway in Ovid, Michigan. A track champion at the Owosso Speedway, Miller made the jump to the ARCA Racing Series in 2017, where he scored one top-five finish and six top-10 finishes in just a handful of starts. Miller was tapped to drive the No. 01 Chevrolet Camaro for JDM this season. His best finish with the team came at Talladega (AL.) Superspeedway in April, at 17th place finish. He matched that finish at Indianapolis (Ind.) Motor Speedway a few races ago.
JAS Expedited Trucking based out of Imlay City, Mich., will follow Miller to BJMM for the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. JAS will serve as the primary sponsor for BJMM and Miller.
Miller on his opportunity: “I have to thank my grandmother, Julie Weedon for all she has done to make a little boys dream come true. Without her and my entire family’s support I wouldn't be here today. Thank you to my sponsor JAS Expedited Trucking, LLC. for their continued sponsorship.”
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Vinnie Miller finished 37th in Friday night’s Go Bowling 250 Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway after engine issues plagued his No. 01 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet.
Miller parked on lap 91, ending his evening early.
“I hate how the night ended for this JAS Expedited Trucking team,” Miller said. “We had such a good run going when the engine expired. I can’t thank the guys on the No. 01 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team enough for all their support this season.”
The race, the first of the Xfinity playoffs, was won by Christopher Bell, also the point leader.
The series moves on to Charlotte Motor Speedway for a Sept. 29 race on the track’s road course-oval combo.
Quin Houff finished 31st in Friday night’s Go Bowling 250 Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway.
Running in his home state, Houff, from Weyers Cave, Va., started 24th. The race was the sixth of his Xfinity career.
Houff drove the BeatinCancerWithDuke.org No. 4 Chevrolet for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller.
Christopher Bell won the race and also leads the point standings. Friday night’s race was the first in the playoffs.
The series moves on to Charlotte Motor Speedway for a Sept. 29 race.
Garrett Smithley scored a 24th-place finish in Friday night’s Go Bowling 250 Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway.
Smithley, driving the No. 0 Chevrolet for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller, started the race 29th and settled into the middle of the field.
“We were looking for a better run tonight,” Smithley said. “We haven’t found the right combo at Richmond. But we brought the car home in one piece and learned a lot.”
Smithley is 19th in series points entering the final months of the season.
The race was the playoff opener for the Xfinity Series. Christopher Bell emerged with the victory and leads the playoff standings.
The series moves on to Charlotte Motor Speedway for a Sept. 29 race.
Katherine Legge was introduced to a totally new style of racing Friday night at Richmond Raceway.
Competing in a NASCAR oval race for the first time, Legge finished 28th in the Go Bowling 250 Xfinity Series event at Richmond Raceway.
She started 32nd in the BUBBA Burger No. 15 Chevrolet entered by JD Motorsports with Gary Keller.
Legge, a veteran sports car racer and winner in IMSA competition, had driven two Xfinity road-course races for the JD Motorsports team, but Friday’s race was her first on a tight oval course.
Christopher Bell won the race and has the playoff point lead.
The series moves on to Charlotte Motor Speedway for a Sept. 29 race.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series made their first stop of the playoffs in Richmond, VA last night for the running of the GoBowling 250. After a strong showing last week in Las Vegas, Boyd was determined to keep his team's momentum heading into one of his favorite tracks.
Friday was an extremely busy day for the teams with it being a one day show. There were two practice sessions in the morning, qualifying in the afternoon and by night it was time to go racing. Boyd was overall happy with the balance of his Grunt Style Chevrolet going into the evening. Boyd qualified in the 30th position, but was quite confident he would move up in the running order during the race.
The green flag was displayed and 40 cars went to battle under the lights at Richmond Raceway. Everyone seemed to be on their best behavior early in the race. The entire stage went caution free, as Daniel Hemric would claim the stage one victory. Boyd said he was loose on entry and was exploring different lines to see what the car liked best. Miller called for four tires, fuel, and a track bar adjustment to help Boyd's entry.
Just before the second stage was set to start, Boyd radioed to his crew and said he noticed something was starting to smoke. Miller told Boyd to keep an eye on it and sent him back on track. The second stage began and Boyd was fast. Boyd worked his way up to the 26th position and was chasing down the three cars in front of him until on lap 146 caution waved for the 60 of Ty Majeski. The second stage would end on lap 150 under caution with Dale Earnhardt Jr. up front and Boyd in the 25th position.
The Grunt Style Gladiators did their job after the second stop of the evening, picking Boyd up two more positons. Boyd restarted 23rd and was moving forward running top ten lap times until on lap 160, the 15 of Katherine Legge got into the side of Boyd, sending her spinning through the infield grass. During the caution Boyd's car was smoking the worst it had been all night. NASCAR called Boyd to the pits to check it out and the crew discovered a cracked oil fitting, which would ultimately end Boyd's night prematurely. Christopher Bell went on to win the race and Boyd was scored 33rd after his mechanical failure.
After the race Boyd reflected, “This is definitely a tough one to swallow, especially after having such a fast car. I without a doubt would say this is the most competitive we have been this year. For this little team to build a car that ran top ten lap times most of the night, really says a lot about SS Greenlight Racing, Bobby Dotter, and our entire program. Unfortunately mechanical failures are part of racing. It was something out of our control, so I'm just going to smile and take away the positives from this weekend."
Despite a mechanical failure, Boyd still managed to move up to 25th in driver standings. The NASCAR Xfinity Series will have a home race next week for the debut of the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval. Race coverage of the Drive For the Cure 200 will begin 3:00 PM ET Saturday September 29th on NBCSN.
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Ryan Reed started at the tail end of the field after a rear suspension issue surfaced in round two of qualifying. Despite the setback, Reed methodically worked his way forward throughout the course of the race and in the end was able to capitalize on track position to earn a 10th-place finish in his No. 16 Drive Down A1C Lilly Diabetes Ford.
“For the first round of qualifying I thought we were better than the second round and it turns out one of the track bar bolts came loose,” said Reed. “So we had to start in the back because we had to fix that before the race. We fought all night. The balance was up and down. There were points where we felt really good. We got a good break there on the second to last restart and got some good track position and held on to it right there. We definitely recovered and got the car better, but we need to bring more speed. I think a top-10 makes us somewhat of a contender but if we are going to make any kind of a deep run we need to do better than that.”
Reed solidly advanced to round two of knockout qualifying Friday at Richmond before an issue surfaced in the rear suspension. The team took the No. 16 behind the wall and determined parts needed to be changed to race under the lights Friday evening at Richmond. Due to the change, Reed started at the back of the field for the drop of the green flag.
Stage one went caution free and Reed was able to work his way all the way up to 19th to close out the 75-lap opening segment. The team serviced his Ford with a few adjustments at the stage break and Reed lined up 16th for the second stage. The No. 16 still lacked forward drive, but Reed was still able to make up a few positions to finish the stage 13th.
Reed took the green for the final stage 13th after a pit stop for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. The handling continued to be a little free through the entry, but Reed continued to advance. Multiple cautions at the end brought on three and four wide racing. Reed capitalized making the bottom lane work and picking up multiple positions to earn a 10th-place finish at Richmond.
In his first career start at Richmond Raceway, Ty Majeski had a solid run going Friday night before bad luck struck ending his night early after contact sent the No. 60 Ford Mustang for a spin resulting in a 34th-place finish.
Majeski rolled off the grid 15th after advancing to the second round of qualifying earlier in the day. Having never turned a lap in NASCAR action on the .75-mile track, Majeski was also quick prior to qualifying, finishing first practice in fourth.
Once the green dropped in the Friday nightcap, Majeski battled in the top-15, reporting he was tight in the center. He would end stage one in 15th, before the No. 60 team went to work under the stage break. After restarting 14th, the Seymour, Wisconsin, native would get up to 12th, before the tight condition came back some 40 laps later.
As stage two was winding down, Majeski was battling in the top-15 before being turned into the inside wall, causing extensive damage to end his night early in 34th.
The No. 60 returns to the track next weekend with Ty Majeski behind the wall at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Roval. Race coverage begins Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and PRN.
Race Winner: Christopher Bell of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: Daniel Hemric of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 2 Winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr. of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-75):
● Custer started fourth, finished 11th.
● The Go Bowling driver ran inside the top-five until lap 50 when he said his No. 00 Ford became tighter as the stage wore on.
● Custer fell outside of the top-10 before the stage concluded after he said he was tight in the center of the turns and loose on exit.
● When the stage ended, Custer pitted for four tires, fuel, wedge and air pressure adjustments.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 76-150):
● Custer started ninth, finished ninth and earned one bonus point.
● Custer raced the Go Bowling Ford back into the top-five by lap 91.
● Tight-handling conditions continued to wear on Custer’s No. 00 Ford, but he kept it inside the top-10 before the yellow flag was thrown on lap 72, ending the stage under caution.
● Custer pitted at the conclusion of the stage for four fresh tires, fuel and more adjustments.
Final Stage Recap (Laps 151-250):
● Custer started eighth, finished 15th.
● Custer raced to sixth place until a lap-161 caution.
● He drove the Go Bowling Ford into fifth place during the restart until the tight-handling conditions continued to hinder his speed.
● Custer pitted during a lap-217 caution for four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments to help his drive off the turns. He restarted from 10th place.
● Custer began to advance the No. 00 Ford through the field until he was contacted by the No. 22 car, bringing out another caution.
● Custer opted to stay out of the pits and restarted from 15th, where he finished the race.
● Five cautions slowed the race for 40 laps.
● Only 19 of the 40 drivers finished on the lead lap.
● Christopher Bell won the Go Bowling 250 to score his fifth career Xfinity Series victory, his fifth of the season and second at Richmond. His margin of victory over second-place Ross Chastain was .566 of a second.
Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Go Bowling Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing with Biagi-DenBeste:
“We just didn’t have any long-run speed tonight. We had good short-run speed to be able to pick off five or six cars on every restart. During the last restart the ‘22’ (Austin Cindric) go into us. I don’t know what he was doing. It put us way back there and that’s just how it is. We will just have to go to Charlotte and try to win our way in to the next round.”
1. Christopher Bell (2090 points) 1 win
2. Daniel Hemric (2,062 points, -28)
3. Justin Allgaier (2,056 points, -34)
4. Ross Chastain (2053 points, -37)
5. Elliott Sadler (2,051 points, -39)
6. Matt Tifft (2,047 points, -43)
7. Tyler Reddick (2046 points, -44)
8. Brandon Jones (2,035 points, -55)
9. Cole Custer (2,035 points, -55)
10. Ryan Truex (2,033 points, -57)
11. Austin Cindric (2,028 points, -62)
12. Ryan Reed (2,027 points, -63)
The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the Drive for the Cure 200 on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN.