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Erik Jones will start on the pole on Saturday evening at Texas Motor Speedway. Jones, driving the No. 20 GameStop Call of Duty WII Toyota, posted a 28.232, 191.272 mph in the final round of qualifying. The Michigan native earned his 14th career XFINITY Series pole as a result.

The rising star finished fourth in round one and sat atop the leaderboard in round two of qualifying. Jones goes into the 1.5-mile oval with two victories, seven top five and eight top 10 finishes through 16 races in 2017.

Cole Custer was the highest XFINITY Series regular in qualifying and will start second. Custer, driving the No. 00 Haas Automation Ford, posted a 28.406, 190.101 mph in the last five-minute round of qualifying. The young driver comes into Texas Motor Speedway looking to score his first career XFINITY Series win.

Matt Tifft will round out the top-three starters on Saturday at Texas. Tifft, a teammate to pole-sitter Erik Jones, posted a 28.428, 189.954 mph to earn the third starting spot in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300. Tifft, like Custer, enters the night looking to score his first career win in the series.

Ryan Blaney and Elliott Sadler will round out the top-five starters.

40 cars appeared on the weekend entry list at Texas. That means there were no DNQ’s after round one of qualifying.

Hurricane Harvey was one of the most devastating storms in recent history, leaving thousands displaced and with limited access to basic necessities such as food and water. In an effort to help the communities affected by Hurricane Harvey, Superior Essex will be promoting United Way’s Harvey Recovery Fund on its No. 14 Toyota during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 race at Texas Motor Speedway. The race is set to take place on November 4th, 2017 at 8:30 PM EDT. Throughout the weekend, race fans nationwide will see the Superior Essex No. 14 Toyota at Texas Motor Speedway with the words “Text Harvey to 50503” boldly printed on its hood. By following this prompt, race fans will have the chance to participate in United Way’s hurricane relief efforts by donating directly to the Harvey Recovery Fund.

The Harvey Recovery Fund was created to support local communities in Texas, Louisiana and the surrounding areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. 100% of individual donations given to the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund will be distributed to local United Ways in the affected areas to support storm-related needs and long-term recovery throughout the affected regions.

“Many of our customers, their families, our employees and friends have strong ties to the devastated areas. We feel that we have a responsibility to contribute to the relief and restoration efforts,” says Brad Johnson, President of Superior Essex International LP — Communications. “The Superior Essex No. 14 car is a great platform to draw attention to the ongoing relief efforts while promoting a great organization in United Way, with their incredible efforts in the recovery of the region, to thousands of viewers across the country.”

“United Way Worldwide is grateful for the support of Superior Essex and the fans that will be a part of this weekend’s race,” said United Way Worldwide Chief Marketing Officer, Lisa Bowman. “We will continue to stand beside the victims of Hurricane Harvey through the long-term recovery process. It is the generous support of companies like Superior Essex that will make that possible.”

Make a donation to the United Way Harvey Recovery fund by visiting www.unitedway.org/hurricane-harvey.

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Harrison Rhodes hopes to continue his recent streak of strong runs this Saturday in the NASCAR Xfinity Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.

Rhodes, driving the No. 01 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet Camaro, has finished in the top 25 in four out of the past five races.

“The No. 01 team has really been on a roll lately,” said Rhodes. “As a team, we’ve improved so much this season. We have had great handling cars the past several races, so I can’t wait to see what we can do at Texas.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series practice at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. (CST) Friday. Qualifying will start at 5:05 p.m. Saturday. The O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge will get the green flag at 7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. ET) on NBCSN.

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With only three races remaining in the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, Ross Chastain is hoping for another good finish this Saturday night in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge.

Flex Seal will once again be on board as the primary sponsor of the No. 4 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet Camaro at Texas Motor Speedway.

 “I can’t say enough about how great this No. 4 team has been this year,” said Chastain. “We’ve ran really good in the last several races. We’ve been contenders, ran around good cars, and been pretty consistent. There’s no reason why this weekend’s race at Texas would be any different.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series practice at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. (CST) Friday. Qualifying will start at 5:05 p.m. Saturday. The O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge will get the green flag at 7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. ET) on NBCSN.

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After a challenging weekend in Kansas and a week off to regroup, Garrett Smithley and the No. 0 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team have high hopes for the NASCAR Xfinity Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.

Smithley has raced three times at Texas Motor Speedway, collecting two top 25 finishes.

“We’ve had some time to work on the car and figure some things out from the Kansas race,” said Smithley. “My Number Nuthin’ team has worked really hard to make this car better for Texas, and I’m feeling really confident going into this race.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series practice at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. (CST) Friday. Qualifying will start at 5:05 p.m. Saturday. The O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge will get the green flag at 7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. ET) on NBCSN.

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In honor of National Diabetes Awareness month, Ryan Reed is inviting fans to share how they #DriveYourHealth on social media for a chance to “ride along” with him at Phoenix.  A winner will be chosen randomly and their social handle will be put over the passenger side of the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang at Phoenix International Raceway.  Fans can share the ways in which they keep active and healthy using #DriveYourHealth for a chance to ride along with Reed at Phoenix.        

“Being active and healthy is very important to me,” said Reed.  “I’m excited for everyone to share with us how you #DriveYourHealth.  There are so many different things you can do and every little step makes a difference.  It’s a great opportunity to raise awareness for November being Diabetes Awareness Month and let someone ride along with me at Phoenix.”

Little steps can be taken each day towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle and Reed is asking fans to share those moments with him using the hashtag #DriveYourHealth.  Taking the stairs over the elevator, walking the dog, working out, are all examples of little things you can do to #DriveYourHealth.  Share those moments using #DriveYourHealth and your social handle could be featured above the passenger side of Reed’s No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang in Phoenix.

Submissions will be taken from Thursday, November 2nd up until 12 PM ET on Tuesday, November 7th.   

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To celebrate its official partnership with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), Comcast announced today that Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ driver Matt Kenseth will drive the No. 20 Xfinity Team USA Toyota Camry during the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

“Being able to feature Xfinity and Team USA aboard our No. 20 Camry this weekend is really exciting,” said Matt Kenseth.  “The Games give our country and the world a way to unite in competitions through sport and I always enjoy getting to watch these athletes do what they do best.”

The No. 20 will feature Comcast’s Xfinity brand and USOC logo lock-up on the hood of Kenseth’s Toyota Camry to commemorate the 100-day milestone from the start of the Olympic Winter Games 2018.

“With only 100 days until the Olympic Winter Games commence, all of us at Comcast are excited to partner with Matt Kenseth and Joe Gibbs Racing to celebrate our partnership with Team USA,” said Matt Lederer, Executive Director of Sports Marketing at Comcast. “Xfinity X1 brings NASCAR fans the best TV experience every race weekend, and we are looking forward to bringing that same elevated experience for our customers watching the Olympic Winter Games this February.”

Comcast is an official partner of the United States Olympic Committee through 2020, which includes the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, and the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games Tokyo 2020.

Fans can tune in to the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 p.m. E.T. on NBCSN.

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Comcast announced today the finalists for the 2017 Comcast Community Champion of the Year Award, which was created to recognize the charitable efforts of individuals associated with the NASCAR industry. Comcast’s Xfinity brand has been the Official Entertainment Provider of NASCAR® and entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR XFINITY Series™ since 2015.

The 2017 finalists are:

  • Jimmie Johnson, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ driver and founder of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation
  • Brad Keselowski, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver and founder of the Checkered Flag Foundation
  • Chip Ganassi Racing Pit Crew Department, a team that has invested in a number of philanthropic efforts in the local community led by pit crew coaches Shaun Peet and Mike Metcalf 

“Comcast is committed to community investment and we are thrilled to utilize our NASCAR partnership to once again celebrate the true spirit of the individuals that make this sport what it is today,” said Matt Lederer, Executive Director of Sports Marketing at Comcast. “The annual Comcast Community Champion of the Year Award has proven to be a great platform for us to uncover and honor the selfless heroes inside the NASCAR family we are so fortunate to be a part of.”

This year’s winner will be selected by a panel comprised of Comcast and NASCAR executives, as well as former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Petty, NASCAR.com reporter Holly Cain and 2016 Comcast Community Champion Wade Jackson. Comcast will award $60,000 on behalf of the overall winner to his designated charity, and $30,000 on behalf of the two remaining finalists’ selected charities. The 2017 winner will be announced on Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Loews Hotel in Miami as part of NASCAR Championship Weekend.

Wade Jackson, the 2016 Comcast Community Champion of the Year, was awarded $60,000 to help accelerate the growth of Camp LUCK (Lucky Unlimited Cardiac Kids), which provides children with heart disease a place to gather and have fun. The camp was inspired by Jackson’s son, Jacob, who suffered from a congenital heart defect and passed away at the age of 17 due to complications from open heart surgery.

“It has been a great honor to be recognized as a Comcast Community Champion of the Year, and my family and I couldn’t be more grateful for everything that Comcast has done for Camp LUCK since the nomination,” Jackson commented. “I know first-hand what this award means to those who are fortunate enough to receive it, and I am honored to be a part of the award process.”

Comcast has a long track record of community service, aiding in the advancement of local organizations, developing programs and partnerships, mobilizing resources to connect people and inspiring positive and substantive change. To learn more about the Comcast Community Champion of the Year award, please visit: ComcastCommunityChampion.com.

2017 Comcast Community Champion of the Year finalists:

Jimmie Johnson (Aspen, Colorado) and his wife Chandra launched the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in 2006 to assist children, families and communities in need in the United States. Since 2009, the focus of the foundation has been funding K-12 public education, primarily through the foundation’s Champions Grant program. More than $5.3 Million in Champions Grants have been awarded to 119 school projects across California, Oklahoma and North Carolina. In addition, each year the foundation selects five charities that support K-12 public education to be featured on Johnson’s Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope, allowing them to receive a cash grant. The Jimmie Johnson Foundation provides an annual $48,000 grant to a select public or charter school in the United States each year as part of its Team Up For Technology program, an effort to bring the latest technology into K-12 schools. Since inception, the foundation has contributed more than $11 million to schools and organizations across the country. In addition to their work with public schools, they partner with the Make-A-Wish foundation every year to grant wishes to children with life-threatening conditions.

Brad Keselowski (Statesville, North Carolina) founded the Checkered Flag Foundation in 2010, which honors, supports and aids in the recovery of those who have sacrificed for their country through multiple programs and partners around the United States. As part of the organization’s efforts, NASCAR fans around the country donated to place a veteran’s name on Keselowski’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car during the November Phoenix race weekend in remembrance of Veterans Day. The foundation also donated money to the National Military Family Association to cover their Operation Purple Healing Adventure, a camp designed to prepare wounded veterans and their families for life after recovery. Keselowski recently hosted the inaugural Huntsman Shootout, an event which raised funds to support the building of a Fisher House location in Keselowski’s home state of Michigan, providing families of wounded soldiers with comfortable accommodations during their treatment. Finally, the driver has partnered with North Carolina’s Dr. Matt Lineberger to offer free orthodontic care to a veteran each time Keselowski wins a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Following each victory, Keselowski carries the American Flag during his burnout to honor those who have sacrificed.

The Chip Ganassi Racing Pit Crew Department (Concord, North Carolina) has worked closely as a group to make a lasting, positive impact in the local community under the leadership of pit crew coaches Shaun Peet and Mike Metcalf. Once a month, the entire department gathers to participate in an offsite philanthropic event benefitting the community. Charities they've worked with over the years include Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte, Charlotte Rescue Mission, Camp Care and Barium Springs Home for the Children. Activities range from cooking and serving meals, clothing drives, disaster relief cleanup, building cleanup and restoration, and trail building. The department has also led a yearly bicycle drive called the “Race to the North Pole,” which in 2016 donated more than 150 children’s bicycles to the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. They've also given back to the NASCAR community in times of great need; following the unexpected passing of No. 42 NASCAR XFINITY Series car chief Ryan Shea in March 2016, the Pit Crew Department not only collected Christmas gifts for his wife and two kids, but also helped with tasks around their home to provide care and support during a difficult time.

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Ryan Preece, who won on NASCAR’s Xfinity Series and Whelen Modified Tour this season, will compete full-time in 2018 on the Indoor Auto Racing Series fueled by VP Racing Fuels.

The Berlin, Ct. driver has teamed up with his cousin Donny Preece to run the three race series which begins at Allentown, Pa.’s PPL Center on Friday and Saturday, January 5th and 6th.

In past years, Ryan has been extremely fast in limited appearances racing his own TQ Midget. Cousin Donny, however, has been part of one the most successful Indoor Racing Teams in history while teaming up with his close friend Ted Christopher.

Christopher, who lost his life in a plane crash on route to a NASCAR race in September, is the all-time win leader on the Indoor Auto Racing Series. “TC” drove to victory eight times while teaming with Donny Preece. That included four victories inside Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, stop two on the 2018 series on Friday and Saturday, January 26th and 27th.

Donny Preece, who co-owned the TQs with Christopher, has now taken sole ownership of the two cars he drove to so much success. These cars will be adapted in the coming months for Ryan to chase the indoor championship with in 2018.

Preece has had a Driver of the Year type season. Driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, the 27 year-old won his first ever NASCAR Xfinity race in Iowa. In two other starts with the team, he finished second and fourth including a runner-up performance in his debut to teammate Kyle Busch on the New Hampshire mile.

Despite missing a NASCAR Whelen Tour event early in the season to be married, five Modified wins put Preece on top of the point standings late in the year. An offer to drive for Gibbs at a third event in Kentucky, eliminated Preece’s hopes to win his second Modified Tour championship. His performance in 12 of the 14 events and the help of two substitute drivers however was enough to clinch the car owner championship for Eddie and Connie Partridge.

The Preece combination makes them one of the early favorites on the Indoor Racing Series, but they’ll have plenty of competition from drivers from six dates and Canada.

Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY, also an eight time winner and three time Indoor Racing Series champion, will be just one of 60 other competitors. Rudolph is coming off an outside 2017 season in dirt Modified competition which produced 17 feature event wins and the BRP Modified Tour championship.

After winning the crown in 2015 and 2016, Rudolph finished second in the standings last year to Mooresville, N.C. driver Ryan Flores, who swept the Ironton Telephone events in Allentown last year. After working as a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup crew member on The Wood Brothers No. 21 team this season, Flores is eager to get back behind the wheel at Allentown.

Driving a TQ Midget on the Indoor Series is a perfect off-season workout for the drivers. The TQ’s are open wheel race cars, specifically adapted for racing in the tight indoor speedway confines. Powered by a 750cc motorcycle engine, the car and driver weigh only 825 pounds allowing them to ignite to speeds up to 75 mph. The unbelievable racing, with lap times under eight seconds, has produced huge fan attendance.

These are not cookie cutter race cars held in a box by a large rule book. The suspension and car design are open to the team, making it a throwback style of racing.

The Allentown schedule calls for racing to start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Three Quarter (TQ) Midgets will run a full program of racing with feature events both nights. Champ Karts will be racing in a complete show on Friday night, with the Slingshots on Saturday night.

For choice tickets, contact the PPL Center Box Office by phone at 610-347-TIXX (8499), online at pplcenter.com. The 2016 event was a sell-out.

The series moves next to the NAPA Auto Parts Indoor Auto Racing Weekend in Atlantic City. For tickets, contact Ticketmaster, the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, or the Area Auto Racing News office at 609-888-3618.

The finale will be a first annual event in New York State, on February 9-10, 2018 in the Times Union Center in downtown Albany, N.Y. For choice tickets, contact the Times Union Center Box Office, charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000, or visit online at ticketmaster.com.

Further information is available at indoorautoracing.com, email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 609-888-3618.

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