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Ty Majeski is set to return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) in next weekend’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, once again piloting the No. 60 Ford Mustang.  The start marks the NASCAR Next driver’s third NXS start of the season.

Majeski’s previous two NXS starts came this season, both at Iowa Speedway.  Majeski showed speed in both events, qualifying in the top-10 for both races.  While Majeski’s 2018 plans in the NXS are still to be determined, the young driver is looking forward to getting back to the track.

“I’m excited to head to Homestead,” said Majeski.  “I’ve really enjoyed racing in the XFINITY Series this season, and am happy that I get another shot at a strong finish to close out the season.  I know that we will have a strong Ford, and will hopefully be able to contend for a win to go into the offseason on a high note.”

Majeski, who recently captured his fourth consecutive ARCA Midwest Tour championship, will again drive the No. 60, a car entry that holds the record for NASCAR XFINITY Series wins with 93.  The car has been driven to victory lane on numerous occasions by NASCAR and former Roush Fenway legends Mark Martin, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards.

Biffle, Edwards and Chris Buescher have all driven the car to championships in the NXS. The car last won in June of 2015 with Buescher, who won three times in the No. 60, taming the Monster Mile in dramatic fashion and posting wins at Mid-Ohio (2014) and Iowa before claiming the championship for the No. 60 in 2015.

Majeski kicked off 2017 by earning his second-consecutive victory in the Rattler 250 Super Late Model race at South Alabama Speedway.  The win put Majeski in elite company, as just the second driver to win the Rattler back-to-back, and only the fourth driver to win more than one Rattler 250.

In 32 Late Model races in 2017, Majeski has scored an impressive 20 wins and 29 top-three finishes. In addition, this season Majeski captured the 2017 ARCA Midwest Tour championship - the fourth season in a row that Majeski has managed to do so – on the strength of six wins. In five ARCA Series starts in 2017, Majeski has led 89 laps and finished inside the top seven in each event, including a career high second-place finish at Kansas.

Majeski, who started his racing career in go-karts at the age of nine, is the Snowball Derby track record holder at Five Flags.  In addition, he also boasts many of late model racing’s biggest wins, including the 2015 and 2016 Governor’s Cup.  He was also the 2016 Super Late Model Champion at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway.

The history Majeksi will look to build on in the No. 60 at Roush Fenway, includes over 15,800 laps led, 277 top-five and 382 top-10 finishes. Biffle drove the car to a 2002 NXS Championship, with Edwards bringing home NXS Championships in 2007 and 2011 (Owner’s) and Buescher in 2015. Current Roush Fenway drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne have also each piloted the No. 60 in the NXS.

Roush Fenway veteran Mike Kelley will serve as crew chief on the car. Kelley helped guide Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to a pair of XFINITY Series championships in 2011 and 2012 and boasts 12 career wins as a crew chief.

The NXS will take the green flag at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Ford EcoBoost 300 on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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Phoenix Raceway is where Harrison Rhodes made his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in 2013, and he is excited to be back again for Saturday’s Ticket Galaxy 200.

Rhodes has raced at Phoenix five times in the Xfinity Series, collecting four top 25 finishes.

“It’s always great to head back to Phoenix,” said Rhodes. “This is where I took a huge step forward in my career, and I’ve had really good runs here. I think my No. 01 team is going to be one to watch this weekend.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series practice is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (MST) on Friday. Qualifying will start at 10:35 a.m. Saturday, and the Ticket Galaxy 200 will get the green flag at 1:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m. ET) on NBC.

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Garrett Smithley and the No. 0 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team are ready to race Phoenix Raceway in Saturday’s Ticket Galaxy 200.

This will be Smithley’s fourth race at the one-mile track in Phoenix, Arizona.

“I’m excited to see what my Number Nuthin’ team has in store for Phoenix,” said Smithley. “I want to thank Mercury Heating and Air for coming on aboard again. They were on my car for the Spring race, and we had a pretty solid day. Hopefully we can top that this weekend.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series practice is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (MST) on Friday. Qualifying will start at 10:35 a.m. Saturday, and the Ticket Galaxy 200 will get the green flag at 1:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m. ET) on NBC.

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With only two races remaining in the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, Ross Chastain and the No. 4 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team are eager to get to Phoenix Raceway for Saturday’s Ticket Galaxy 200.

Chastain has raced Phoenix five times in the Xfinity Series, and finished 22nd there in the Spring.

“I’ve been looking forward to getting back to Phoenix,” said Chastain. “The Spring race there was one of my best runs at this track, so I’m really excited to see how we can do this time around.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series practice is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (MST) Friday. Qualifying will start at 10:35 a.m. Saturday, and the Ticket Galaxy 200 will get the green flag at 1:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m. ET) on NBC.

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 NASCAR champion driver Ryan Reed will be giving back in a big way this Give Miami Day and Diabetes Awareness Month – with a special visit to the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) right before his next big race. Reed is hosting a special meet & greet, followed by a support group session for families affected by the disease, on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 4 pm.

The 24-year-old NASCAR Xfinity series star, who was told he would never race again after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes seven years ago and has gone on to win multiple races, will share his inspirational story with children and adults who are also living with the disease. He will discuss how he manages his blood sugars while racing at incredibly high speeds, then take questions and pictures with those in attendance.

Immediately following the meet & greet, there will be a free family support group session, Driving Diabetes through the Holiday Maze, focused on learning what to watch for during the holidays while managing diabetes. It will be facilitated by the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF) and feature Board Certified Health Coach Trisha Artman, and DRIF Florida Region Board Member Arianna Lamosa, a Miami mom who has a young daughter with type 1 diabetes.

This is the second year Reed, in a partnership with sponsor and Official Diabetes Health Partner of NASCAR Lilly Diabetes, has visited the Diabetes Research Institute to help spread awareness about the importance of properly managing diabetes. His next race will be at the Miami Homestead Motor Speedway on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

If you are affected by diabetes and want to meet Ryan Reed, please join the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation and Lilly Diabetes at the Diabetes Research Institute's 1st floor Education Center, 1450 NW 10th Ave, Miami, FL 33136 on Thursday, November 16, 2017. The meet & greet will run from 4 pm5 pm and be followed by a family support group from 5 pm6 pm. To register, please visit: DiabetesResearch.org/RyanReed. Registration is required and space is limited.

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Leading sports and entertainment marketing agency Wasserman today announced the signing of 19-year-old racing phenom William Byron, who will enter the NASCAR Cup Series in 2018 after a meteoric rise to stardom in the sport’s proving grounds. Wasserman Senior Vice President of Action Sports and Olympics, Travis Clarke, will represent Byron in his endeavors both on and off the racetrack.

One of the top young drivers in the racing world, Byron is currently in second place overall in the Championship standings and leading the race for Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, where as of November 4, he has notched three wins, 10 top-fives, 20 top-10s and two poles. This comes just one year after capturing Rookie of the Year honors in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with the most successful rookie season in history, recording seven wins, 11 top-five finishes, and 16 top-10s. His stunning run of success prompted Hendrick Motorsports to choose Byron to drive the iconic No. 24 car at the Cup level next year, with HMS owner Rick Hendrick going so far as to compare the teenager to a young Jeff Gordon.

“We are ecstatic to have William join the Wasserman team, especially at such an exciting point in his career,” said Clarke. “He has already had so much success in such a short time, which is a testament not just to his tremendous raw talent but also his excellent work ethic. When you combine those two things, you have a very special talent. Then you add in his incredible poise, which is well beyond what you would expect from a 19-year-old, and there really is no limit on what he can achieve going forward.”

Byron did not begin racing cars – or even driving cars for the matter – until the age of 15, competing exclusively in online simulations throughout his childhood, but quickly displayed his immense potential by winning the 2013 U.S. Legend Young Lions National Championship in his first year of real racing competition, posting top-five finishes in 59 of his 69 races.

“Our growth strategy in action sports is centered on finding young athletes to support as they take the next steps towards their bright futures,” said Brad Lusky, Chief Operating Officer of Action Sports and Olympics. “Wasserman continues to identify the top up-and-coming talent across the sports landscape and assist those athletes in achieving their goals.”

While Byron is currently the only NASCAR driver on Wasserman’s roster, he is not the first and the agency has been involved in the NASCAR industry for more than 10 years, not only providing athlete relations and partnership management services, but also advising brands on business and marketing opportunities related to NASCAR.

In addition to its direct work with NASCAR on innovation projects and event strategies, the agency facilitated Nationwide’s partnership with NASCAR, which included their naming rights deal of the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

After assisting Nationwide in planning and measuring its marketing efforts throughout the duration of the series entitlement partnership, Wasserman then helped the brand become the majority primary sponsor of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and the No. 88 car of Hendrick Motorsports.

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Texas Motor Speedway was the last scheduled track for Spencer Boyd in the 2017 season.  Going into the race with 13 NASCAR starts under his belt, Spencer’s goals were to learn what makes this 1.5 mile tri-oval different than others and improve his lap times.

“Sometimes people refer to the mile and a halfers as cookie cutters,” smirked Boyd.  “I can assure you they are not.  Each one has their own character and Texas didn’t disappoint in that category.  This track is fast.  You go from a one groove track in one and two into a wide open free for all in three and four.  The surface is very clean with the repave so the tire fall off was minimal and we could work on improving our lap times as the race went on.”

Boyd qualified 36th for the 300 mile event.  When an early caution flag came out for Dillon’s No. 3 car on lap nine, Boyd’s slick maneuvering had gained him five spots already.  Jason Miller called for a splash of gas and sent Boyd out to make gains on his lap times through the remainder of stage one.  Erik Jones won the first stage with Spencer coming in 32nd.

The second stage would see three caution flags be displayed for accidents.  With Brandon Jones, Angela Ruch, and Christopher Bell all separately finding trouble in this stage, Boyd would capitalize and move up to 29th.  Erik Jones would again hold off Larson to win stage two, but would lose the subsequent race off pit road to Ryan Blaney.

Boyd would take four fresh Goodyears to start the third and final stage of the race.  With a few minor changes to the car and some clean runs, Spencer would run his fastest time of the weekend on lap 100.  He was able to maintain these times for the remainder of the race during the 75 lap green flag run to finish the event.  Erik Jones went on to win the race with the Grunt Style Camaro finishing 29th.

Afterward, Spencer reflected on the race and season, “I felt like I improved all weekend and that I accomplished what I set out to do in Texas.  That’s really what it’s been about all season.  I have to keep things in perspective.  Every driver out here grew up winning races, but the playing field at this level is just so high…I need to walk before I can run.  Trust me…I’ll be running in due time.”

The next scheduled NASCAR race for Spencer is February 17, 2018 at Daytona International Speedway to start the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series season and his first full year of NASCAR competition.

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Harrison Rhodes has continued his streak of top 25 finishes late in the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series season. Driving the No. 01 Flex Tape Chevrolet Camaro for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller, Rhodes finished 25th in Saturday night’s O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge.

Rhodes qualified 36th at Texas Motor Speedway.

“I’m so proud of my team for getting another solid finish,” Rhodes said. “We did not have our best qualifying position, but my No. 01 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team made great adjustments to get me back up to where we needed to be running. I can’t wait to get to Phoenix and hopefully keep this streak going.”

Next up for the NASCAR Xfinity Series is the Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 11th.

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Despite an early setback, Ross Chastain brought home a 19th place finish at Texas Motor Speedway.

Chastain, driving the No. 4 Flex Seal Chevrolet Camaro for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller, qualified 24th for Saturday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, but the car started leaking water between qualifying rounds.

“This was not an easy race for us, but I feel like we accomplished a lot,” Chastain said. “We had to change a water neck right after qualifying, so I started in the back of the field. The car was a little tight and wouldn’t turn as well as I wanted at the beginning of the race, but my No. 4 team made good adjustments and made it competitive. I’m very thankful to my team and to Flex Seal for everything this weekend.”

Next up for the NASCAR Xfinity Series is the Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 11th.

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Garrett Smithley scored a 24th place finish in the No. 0 Flex Shot Chevrolet Camaro Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway.

Smithley qualified 26th for the NASCAR Xfinity Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge.

“I’m so proud of my JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team for how much we improved this weekend,” Smithley said. “We had a really strong car through most of the race. Big thanks to Flex Shot for coming on board as the primary sponsor. I also have to thank Lone Star Hot Rod Shop, Meteor Hamburgers, and Bland FFA for coming on board as well.”

Next up for the NASCAR Xfinity Series is the Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 11th.

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Dylan Lupton entered his final scheduled event of the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series season which also was his debut at Texas Motor Speedway.  After a promising day of practice on Friday in his No. 24 Nut Up Toyota, Lupton would endure an eventful night on Saturday as he survived for a 21st place finish in the running of the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at the Fort Worth, Texas track.
 
"That was a tough one out there tonight," said Lupton.  "Our Achilles heel all night were turns one and two.  We were just too tight there in the center of the corner and it really killed our exit and momentum.  We were really good in turns three and four.  We also had a few encounters on the track and even a lazy spin off turn four just past the halfway mark.  But everyone on this JGL Racing team never gave up and it was another good learning experience for me."
 
Dylan would start the 200-lap event from the 23rd position as a result of qualifying earlier in the day.  The beginning of the race would find the No. 24 Nut Up Toyota quickly move up inside the top-20 with the driver letting his crew know that his car was pretty good, and he was still working on figuring a few things out.  However, as the first stage came to an end on lap 45, Lupton would report that the longer a run went on his No. 24 Nut Up Toyota would start to develop a tight condition in the center of the corner which was hurting his momentum on exit.  After losing a lap to the leaders, the first stage would end with Dylan sitting in the 21st position.
 
The No. 24 Nut Up Toyota would come down pit road before the second stage for a few adjustments along with four tires and fuel.  Dylan would put himself in position to get his lap back and things fell his way with a timely caution on lap 55 which put the No. 24 Nut Up Toyota back on the lead lap.  However, a second quick caution on lap 61 would see Lupton suffer a little left front fender damage and be forced to come down pit road.  With proper repairs, Dylan would report his No. 24 Nut Up Toyota was all good as he charged back inside the top-20 by the end of the second stage.
 
The second half of the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge would find Lupton continue to struggle with the handling of his No. 24 Nut Up Toyota in turns one and two.  He would continue to maintain his track position until an encounter with a fellow racer on lap 125 would result in a lazy spin off turn four.  With no damage, Dylan would come down pit road for fresh tires and a few further adjustments.  The remainder of the event would continue to be a great learning experience for Lupton as he battled both his competitors and his handling in turns one and two.  When the checkered flag flew, the No. 24 Nut Up Toyota would be sitting in the 21st position.
 
"That was not the desired result we were looking for, but this was a great further learning experience for me in my first visit to Texas Motor Speedway," added Dylan. "I want to thank everyone at JGL Racing for their hard work all year long. It has been a pleasure working with such a great group of guys.  And also, I want to thank Nut Up Industries for their support this season - it has been an honor to represent the Nut Up brand at racetracks across the country."
 
JGL Racing team will next head off to Phoenix International Raceway for the running of the Ticket Galaxy 200.  The 32nd race of the NASCAR XFINITY Series season will be Saturday November 11th 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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