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Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-45):

Cole Custer started second, finished first. Earned 10 bonus points.

● Took the lead on lap three and held it for the next 21 laps around the 1.5-mile oval.

● Relinquished the lead for only three laps following a lap-24 restart before retaking lead on lap 27 from Tyler Reddick.

● Custer led through the end of Stage 1.

● Pitted for four tires, fuel and tire pressure adjustments at the conclusion of Stage 1.


Stage 2 Recap (Laps 46-90):           

Started third, finished first. Earned 10 bonus points.

Custer ran inside the top-five and reassumed his position at the front by lap 62, leading through the end of the stage.

● At the end of Stage 2, pitted for four fresh tires, fuel and tire pressure adjustments to improve his drive off the track’s corners.


Final Stage Recap (Laps 91-200): 

Started first, finished first.

After taking the lead in Stage 2, Custer never gave up the point, leading the race’s final 139 laps, even during a scheduled, green-flag pit stop on lap 144 for four tires and fuel.

● Custer crossed the stripe with a whopping 15.405-second margin of victory over second-place Sam Hornish Jr., the three-time IndyCar Series champion and 2006 Indianapolis 500 winner.



● This marks Custer’s first career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory and it came in only his 38th XFINITY Series start.

● Earned a perfect driver rating by sweeping both stages and taking the race victory (150.0).

● Custer led three times for a race-high 182 laps. It is a record for the most laps led in a single XFINITY Series race at Homestead.

● This was Custer’s rookie season in the XFINITY Series, and he ends it with seven top-five and 19 top-10 finishes.

● Custer earned the most points at 1.5-mile tracks among XFINITY Series drivers this season (422).

● This was Stewart-Haas Racing’s first win in the XFINITY Series, as the team debuted its XFINITY Series program this season.

Custer’s win was the ninth XFINITY Series victory of the season for Ford.

Custer is the 36th different driver to win an XFINITY Series race with Ford.


Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:    

We knew we were gonna be really good this weekend, but our Haas Automation Mustang was unreal. We really wanted to have a good showing at Ford Championship Weekend. Even though we weren’t in (the Championship 4), we wanted to win.


"I want to thank everybody at Haas Automation, Code 3 Associates and Roush Yates Engines – the engines have been unbelievable all year – and XFINITY and everybody at NASCAR and all of our fans, it’s just been unbelievable.


"Going into this year there were so many question marks, and to see how far we’ve come is really unbelievable. I have to especially thank Gene Haas. I would never be here without him and I can’t thank him enough.


“I can’t stress enough how good this Haas Automation Mustang was. I was just pedaling it going half-speed the last few laps. I’ve had some good cars before, but that was pretty impressive. I can’t say enough about this group. They’ve worked so hard all year getting us up and going and it’s just unbelievable.  There’s no better team I’ve worked with before and I can’t thank them enough.”



William Byron’s meteoric NASCAR rise continued Saturday, as the 19-year-old added two more superlatives to an already lengthy list – 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Champion and 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year. Byron is only the second driver to win the XFINITY Series championship in his rookie season (Chase Elliott, 2014).

Following an extraordinary rookie campaign, the NASCAR Next graduate, who finished third, outlasted his Championship 4 competitors Elliott Sadler (eighth), Justin Allgaier (12th) and Daniel Hemric (34th) in the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to capture his second NASCAR title. He also won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship in 2015. With the 2017 championship, Byron – at 19 years, 11 months and 20 days – is the second-youngest champion in series history (Elliott was 18 years, 11 months, 18 days).

This season, Byron drove the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet to four wins, 12 top fives and 22 top 10s. His victories came at Iowa, Daytona, Indianapolis and Phoenix, which helped propel him to a lofty position in the standings – from race No. 2-33, he never dropped lower than fifth in the standings.

Byron’s ascent to the top level of the sport will continue in 2018, as Hendrick Motorsports announced that he will drive the iconic No. 24 Chevrolet in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Byron is the fourth member of the NASCAR Next program to win a NASCAR national series championship (Chase Elliott, NASCAR XFINITY Series, 2014; Erik Jones, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, 2015; Daniel Suarez, NASCAR XFINITY Series, 2016).

With its second-place finish, the No. 22 Ford won the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Owner Championship for Team Penske, the organization’s fourth XFINITY Series owner title. This season, the No. 22 was piloted by Ryan Blaney (11 races), Brad Keselowski (nine), Joey Logano (seven), Sam Hornish Jr. (five) and Austin Cindric (one race).

Chevrolet, on the strength of 12 victories, clinched the Bill France Performance Cup – the manufacturers’ championship – in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Because Chevrolet owned a more than 40-point lead in the standings following Phoenix, the automaker clinched the title one race early. It is Chevrolet’s 18th Bill France Performance Cup win.


William Byron, driver of the No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro, claimed the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) championship with a third-place finish in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. His title, the first for Byron and second in the past four seasons for JR Motorsport co-owners Kelley Earnhardt Miller and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., marks Chevrolet’s 19th Driver’s Championship since the inception of the series in 1982.

“Congratulations to William Byron on earning his first NASCAR Xfinity Series championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.  “William and the No. 9 Chevy Camaro team had momentum all season long and we are extremely proud of them for earning this championship.”

On the way to the title he piloted his Chevy Camaro to four wins, 12 top-five and 22 top-10 finishes, Byron becomes the 28th different driver to win an Xfinity Series title, the second-youngest title holder in series history at 19 years, 11 months and 20 days, and the sixth series champion from the state of North Carolina.

Byron becomes the second rookie to earn an Xfinity series title in his first season of competition; and joins the first rookie to accomplish that feat, former JR Motorsports driver, Chase Elliott (2014).

“I don’t know that I took a breath the last 20 laps,” said Byron. “That was incredible.  I just have to thank this team.  This is awesome. Elliott (Sadler, teammate) raced me clean and we just raced hard for it.  I just can’t believe this.  I’ve just got to thank God for giving me this platform to perform.  I can’t believe this.  I’m tired, whew.  Thanks to all the fans here this evening, this is an unbelievable crowd, I just can’t believe it.”

Hendrick Motorsports continues its legacy of propelling drivers to their first championship as Byron becomes the sixth different driver to earn his first title for JR Motorsports co-owner Rick Hendrick.

Byron joins 14 other Team Chevy drivers to record this achievement.  Others include: Chase Elliott (2014), Austin Dillon (2013), Clint Bowyer (2008), Martin Truex, Jr. (2004-05), Brian Vickers (2003), Kevin Harvick (2001 & ‘06), Jeff Green (2000), Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (1998-99), Randy LaJoie (1996-97), Johnny Benson (1995), David Green (1994), Steve Grissom (1993), Joe Nemechek (1992) and Larry Pearson (1987).

“Also, congratulations to Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kelley Earnhardt Miller and Rick Hendrick on earning another championship for JR Motorsports,” Campbell continued. “JR Motorsports has positioned themselves as one of the premier organizations in the NASCAR Xfinity Series; and Chevrolet is proud to race with them.”

Chevrolet returns to competition in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Daytona International Speedway for the season opening event on February 17, 2018.

Team Chevy PR

Tyler Reddick will start on the pole at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 300. Reddick, driving the No. 42 BBR / Granger Smith Chevrolet, posted a 32.604, 165.624 mph in the final round of qualifying to earn the pole for the NASCAR XFINITY Series season finale.

Reddick scored his second career XFINITY Series pole. Through 17 starts in 2017, Reddick holds a victory, three top five, and five top 10 finishes.

Cole Custer sat 0.141 seconds behind Reddick when the final round concluded. Custer posted a 32.745, 164.911 mph in the final round piloting his No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford.

The 19-year old racer enters the weekend looking to score his first ever win in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Through 32 races, Custer holds five top five and 14 top 10 finishes this season.

Christopher Bell, who won the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series just one day ago, will start third on the leaderboard. Bell, who surprised everyone by winning at Kansas Speedway in October, posted a 32.810, 164.584 mph. in the final round.  

Daniel Hemric will be the highest starting Championship 4 driver at Homestead. Hemric will start fourth on the leaderboard when the Ford EcoBoost 300 goes green. William Byron will be the next highest Playoff driver in sixth. Other Playoff contenders of Elliott Sadler and Justin Allgaier will start 14th and 16th.

43 drivers appeared on the weekend entry list at Homestead. The three drivers that did not make the race will be Quin Houff, Matt Mills, and Morgan Shepherd.

Dollar Shave Club (DSC), a men's grooming brand dedicated to helping men live smarter, more successful lives through high-quality personal care products, content and technology, today announced a partnership with NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Matt Tifft for the #DSC500, an initiative that will turn his #19 Toyota Camry into a sponsorship opportunity for 500 small businesses across the country. The first 500 eligible businesses to have an eligible logo submitted will have their logos displayed on Tifft’s car at a race in early 2018.

The campaign originated when Tifft was inspired to give back to the National Brain Tumor Society after being diagnosed and eventually making a full recovery from a brain tumor last year. A DSC member himself, Tifft first approached the brand seeking a sponsor. DSC wanted to pass along the rare opportunity to its millions of members and small business owners to share their companies with millions of brand-loyal NASCAR fans. To celebrate Tifft’s victory over his brain tumor, DSC will also be making a donation in his honor to the National Brain Tumor Society.

“At DSC, we’re always looking for ways to support our members and their passions. When we learned about Matt’s story we were compelled to help him support not only the National Brain Tumor Society but also the small businesses across the country who typically wouldn’t have the chance or budget to have their logos on a racing vehicle,” said Michael Dubin, founder and CEO of Dollar Shave Club.

Any small business can enter via posting a photo of their small business’ logo to a public profile on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #DSC500 and #PromotionEntry. Entries must be made by a person over 18 in the U.S. and be authorized to enter on the business' behalf. Promotional item recipients will be selected and notified in January 2018 by DSC.

“I'm very excited to bring Dollar Shave Club on board this weekend to unveil #DSC500. This truly gives small businesses, which normally wouldn’t have the chance, the opportunity to be on a racecar and is just another way DSC is giving back to its members. I'm very excited and proud to be a part of this charitable campaign alongside DSC and have the opportunity to give back to my personal cause, the National Brain Tumor Society. I can't wait to get to Homestead to kick off this exciting program,” said NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Matt Tifft.

Matt Tifft will end his 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series campaign in seventh place in overall points toward the Drivers’ Points Championship. Tifft has recorded two top-five finishes along with 12 top-10 finishes on the season with one race remaining at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Tifft made it into the second of three rounds during the playoffs and narrowly missed out on competing for the championship. Over the last seven races, Tifft has recorded half of his top-10 total with six top-10’s.

For more information, including the promotion’s terms and conditions, please visit:


JGL Racing officials announced today that the team will make a manufacturer switch as they join the Ford Performance family for the 2018 NASCAR season. JGL currently fields the No. 24 and No. 28 entries in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The team has fielded Toyota's for the last three seasons and is excited about switching to Ford Performance and their partnership with Roush Fenway Racing.
"These are exciting times for the JGL Racing organization," said James Whitener, owner of JGL Racing.  "We appreciate the support we have received from Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing over the last few years. We felt that in order for our team to make the next step in our growth process that we needed a more robust technical alliance behind us - and this opportunity with Ford Performance and Roush Fenway Racing provided us that and made the most sense. We look forward to finishing out the season in our No. 24 car and then we will turn our attention to 2018 and getting all of the proper pieces into place."
JGL Racing has fielded entries during the 2017 season for drivers Dakoda Armstrong, Dylan Lupton, Corey LaJoie, Jeb Burton and Scott Lagasse Jr. The team narrowly missed out on making the NASCAR Playoffs with Armstrong by one spot for the second season in a row. 
JGL Racing is also proud to announce that Kaz Grala has signed a multi-year agreement that will see the 18-year-old driver pilot the team's No. 24 Ford. Grala will complete his first full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend. His 2017 season started off with a bang as he became the youngest NASCAR driver in history to win at Daytona International Speedway, securing himself a spot in the Playoffs.
"I am beyond excited about the opportunity to drive for JGL Racing next year full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series," said Grala. "I've been watching XFINITY races since I was a little kid, so to be able to compete at that high of a level is nothing short of a dream come true. I can't thank James Whitener (owner of JGL Racing) and everyone at JGL enough for this opportunity. Bring on Daytona!"
This year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Kaz has garnered one win, top-five finishes at every type of track on the circuit, and 11 top-10 finishes. He will compete for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series Rookie of the Year title next season.
"Roush Fenway Racing is obviously a very successful organization, and I think the relationship with them will be extremely beneficial to myself and JGL Racing," added Kaz. "Plus, I am from Boston, so the alliance feels right at home for me. Ford's enthusiasm and aggression for building the best program possible is exciting to me, and I can't wait to be a part of the Ford family next year."
JGL Racing PR
Corix Bioscience Inc. (OTCQB: CXBS) has agreed to co-sponsor Josh Williams' #90 car in this weekend's race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Miami, FL. The race, part of the NASCAR Xfinity series will be on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 3:30 EST.
"It is truly an honor to be able to team up with Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital to sponsor the #90 Josh Williams car. It is proof Josh and Children's Hospital both see the value our CBD products have in fighting pediatric ailments. I am humbled and thankful that Josh and NASCAR has really looked at the work our company is doing and has taken a further step by allowing us to be a part of this great team. We look forward to lasting relationship with Josh Williams Motorsports".
"It is really special to have Corix Bioscience on board for championship weekend at Homestead Miami. Not only do we have the opportunity to welcome a new sponsor into the sport but also one whose science can help to improve the lives of so many people who are battling different medical issues.  It is a privilege to have the families from Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in attendance, we can't thank Corix Bioscience and Star Tron enough for making this event possible.  I am looking forward to going out there and having a solid run to close out the season as we start preparations and building towards to 2018."
Champ RX, a professional boxer owned company with over 30 title belts between them has partnered with Corix and will have several Boxers and MMA Fighters on hand at the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Josh Williams PR

Ross Chastain and the No. 4 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team are excited to finish out the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series season with a good finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Chastain will once again have the Florida Watermelon Association as the primary sponsor of his No. 4 Chevrolet Camaro for Saturday’s Ford Eco Boost 300. KSDT and Company and Kettelle Roofing will also be on board as associate sponsors.

Chastain has finished 19th or better in the previous five races.

“It’s hard to believe that the season is almost over,” said Chastain. “It’s been a really great year for the No. 4 team. I’m proud of everything that my team and I have been able to accomplish this year, and I feel good about what we’re doing and how we’re running. We’re going to give this weekend’s race everything we have and then get ready to do it all over again in 2018.”

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 NBCSN.


Joe Nemechek will be back behind the wheel of a NASCAR Xfinity Series racecar this Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Nemechek will pilot the No. 01 Chevrolet Camaro for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller in the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 300.

Fleetwing Corporation, a multi-branded petroleum jobber established in 1956, will adorn the sides and hood of the No. 01 Fleetwing Chevrolet driven by Nemechek as a primary sponsor. Based in Lakeland, Fla., Fleetwing Corporation is family-owned and operated. Nemechek will also have TBC Contractors and KSDT and Company on board as associate sponsors.

Nemechek has found success in the Xfinity Series in south Florida with three victories (1997, 1999, and 2001) credited to his name, in addition to five top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 17 starts. Nemechek has posted more wins at the Homestead-Miami Speedway then at any other track in the Xfinity Series. In 12 starts at the Homestead, Nemechek is credited with one top-five finish and one top-10 finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. In addition, Nemechek has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the track with an average finish of seventh-place.

“I’m looking forward to going to Homestead in an Xfinity Series racecar driving for Johnny Davis,” said Nemechek. “Johnny and I have been friends for a long time, so I’m looking forward to the opportunity. We feel good about having Fleetwing come on board to help us out as they have been a sponsor of ours for the past three years. I’ve been fortunate enough to win a few races at Homestead, and I’m looking forward to having a competitive race on Saturday.”

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 NBCSN.