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Ross Chastain has been enjoying a late-season string of good finishes, and he is eager to continue his streak in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway.

The past two races Chastain has finished in the top 15 and challenged for the top 10 throughout the races. The No. 4 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet Camaro finished 12th at Dover and 14th at Charlotte.

“We should run just as good at Kansas as we did at Charlotte,” said Chastain. “Our mile-and-a-half program continues to progress race after race, and we should have another solid run this weekend.”

Kansas Speedway practice is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. (CST) Friday. Qualifying will start at 11:05 a.m. Saturday. The Kansas Lottery 300 will get the green flag at 2:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. ET) on NBC.

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Harrison Rhodes is ready to take on Kansas Speedway in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Kansas Lottery 300.

Rhodes had a great run in the previous race at Charlotte Motor Speedway where The No. 01 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet Camaro ran in the top 20 and finished 22nd.

“I’m very excited to get back to Kansas Speedway,” said Rhodes. “Kansas is a lot like Charlotte but with more grip. We had a great handling car at Charlotte, so I’m excited to carry our mile-and-a-half program forward into Kansas.”

Kansas Speedway practice is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. (CST) Friday. Qualifying will start at 11:05 a.m. Saturday. The Kansas Lottery 300 will get the green flag at 2:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. ET) on NBC.

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Spencer Boyd Racing announced today that a multi-year agreement has been reached with veteran-owned lifestyle brand, Grunt Style.  Boyd will drive a full schedule in the No. 76 Chevrolet Camaro for SS Green Light Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2018.

“This is the day I’ve been waiting for my whole life,” says Spencer.  “I’ve been racing something since I was five years old with the dream of making racing my career.  Grunt Style has made my dreams come true.”  Boyd who comes from a humble background in St. Louis, MO, moved to the Charlotte, NC area at fourteen years old to chase the dream of becoming a full-time driver in NASCAR.  Now 22, he prides himself in “doing it old school” whereby a driver establishes sponsorship relationships to provide the funding to drive.

“Spencer is part of our family.  Over the past year he has proven he has what it takes on and off the track to represent our brand.  When he comes to our headquarters, it is like a big family reunion, except we do put him to work,” Grunt Style CEO, Daniel Alarik said.  “Our affiliation with NASCAR had been instrumental in the growth of our brand.  It has opened many doors for us and we are reaching a huge audience.”

Extending the relationship formed in 2017 with Bobby Dotter, Spencer will be back at SS Green Light Racing. Jason Miller will return as Crew Chief for the familiar looking Grunt Style Camaro, but with a new number, 76.  The number was chosen for the United States of America’s birthday in 1776.  If the number on the side of the car is inspected closely, one can see a 17 embedded into the 76.  

Team owner, Bobby Dotter, remarked on his relationship with Boyd, “He (Spencer) is one of the hardest working drivers I’ve seen.  He is at the shop everyday helping with the cars and making the guys laugh.  Our organization is better because the team believes it when he says this is a team sport.  We are looking forward to a great 2018 season.”

Coming off a part-time effort in 2017, Boyd will run for 2018 Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.  “We have a lot of work to do between now and Daytona.  With the new composite body to hang on the cars and several new tracks ahead of me, there won’t be much rest between the shop, gym, and the simulator this off season,” reflects Boyd. 

When it comes to fan involvement, Boyd has a unique offer, “I would like to put out there right now that if you are a veteran of our Armed Forces or actively serving, you are welcome to sign your name on my car any time.  The same goes for anyone wearing Grunt Style apparel.  You are the reason I race and I am grateful.”

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As the oldest grandson of the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr., nephew to Dale Jr., son of Kerry Earnhardt and brother to Jeffery; Bobby Earnhardt has racing in his blood. Already having won Rookie of the Year in the ACRA Truck Series, this up and coming Earnhardt is destined to be a real contender as he pulls on the track for the ARCA race on Friday and NASCAR Qualifying on Saturday.

Bobby will be driving the No.3 Chevy for Hixson Motorsports in the ARCA Racing Series, as well as, the No.40 Chevy for MBM Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

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In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, officials from Nut Up Industries and JGL Racing jointly announced today that NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) driver Dylan Lupton will run a special PINK paint scheme in Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway on October 21st.
Partnering with Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City, the No. 24 Nut Up Industries Toyota team has pledged to not only support the foundation, but also create exciting opportunities for NASCAR fans to donate and win limited edition prizes.
"We cannot thank Dylan Lupton, JGL Racing and Nut Up Industries enough for their support and ability to spread our message of breast cancer awareness during October," said Denise Wiese, Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City Interim Executive Director. "To have a NASCAR driver, his team and their sponsors get behind a campaign of this magnitude in front of tens of thousands of racing fans is immeasurable. Bringing this issue to light, sharing his day with breast cancer survivors and donating critical funds to support our mission is truly the definition of being More Than Pink."    
By submitting a $24 donation, each donor will be entered to win over 50 prizes including PINK Kansas 300 race-worn gloves, No. 24 PINK tee-shirts, JGL Racing PINK crew shirts and more.
Additionally, each donation made from October 2nd to 17th will be matched $1-$1 by the No. 24 team and donors will also receive a limited-edition PINK hero card.  
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"Everyone at JGL Racing is excited and honored to represent Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City and the great cause behind the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign," added James Whitener, owner of JGL Racing.  "We commend the efforts of Nut Up Industries and Dylan in wanting to go PINK for this Kansas race.  We look forward to hosting some breast cancer survivors with the team at the track on Saturday while also raising awareness and funds for this cause with the No. 24 Nut Up Toyota."
The team has also created an opportunity for breast cancer survivors and those currently battling breast cancer in the Kansas City area to have a memorable experience at the race track.
Komen Kansas City has created a link where you can share a story of a loved one or yourself, who has battled breast cancer, and be entered to become a VIP Guest of the team at the upcoming Kansas Lottery 300 on Saturday.
VIP amenities will include: (4) all-access NASCAR XFINITY garage passes, private hauler tour, lunch with the team, pit box seating for the race and more.
Each survivor who is entered will be invited to a special No. 24 unveiling of the special PINK paint scheme on October 19th where they will receive limited edition signed hero cards, meet Dylan Lupton, take photos and write their name on the hood of the No. 24 for race-day in honor of their journey.
"I am thrilled to run this special paint scheme and have this opportunity to support such an impactful organization," said Lupton. "I know my JGL Racing team is working hard so that we can go to Kansas and have a strong race."
Live coverage of the Kansas Lottery 300 on Sat., Oct. 21st begins at 3:00 p.m. (ET) on NBC, the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90.
 
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Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that Christopher Bell will compete in NASCAR XFINITY Series full time in 2018.

The 22-year-old is currently running full time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) and remains in contention for this season’s championship. He currently leads the point standings entering this weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway with five race wins and seven stage wins providing him a Series high 47 points.

“Christopher has proven himself at every level of racing and we are excited to have him run full time in our XFINITY Series program starting in 2018,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “He has shown great maturity both on and off the track and we think he is ready for this opportunity. We look forward to watching his continued progress in the sport.”

Bell started 2017 on fire by winning one of NASCAR’s marquee events, the Chili Bowl, and followed it up by dominating and winning in the Camping World Truck Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Oklahoma native also picked up wins in his Toyota Tundra at Texas, Kentucky, Pocono, and New Hampshire.

“All of us at Toyota and TRD are proud to see Christopher continue through the ranks as he now takes on the NASCAR XFINITY Series fulltime with JGR for 2018,” said David Wilson, president of TRD, U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development). “Christopher has been a part of the TRD driver development program for many years dating back to his USAC championship in 2013 and he’s certainly been an integral part of our continued success to bring young drivers through the ranks of motorsports. Christopher has been successful in every form of racing and we’re confident that he’ll add his name to the list of drivers to put a Camry in victory lane.”

Before racing on pavement, Bell was crowned the United States Auto Club (USAC) National Midget Champion in 2013 and accumulated 26 feature wins on dirt in 2014, including the Turkey Night Grand Prix Midget race.  He also enjoyed success in Super Late Models, winning prestigious races at New Smyrna Speedway, South Alabama Speedway and Southern National Motorsports Park.

“I can’t express how excited I am about the opportunity to drive full time for Joe Gibbs Racing in the XFINITY Series,” said Bell. “This has been a tremendous year for me and obviously I remain focused on finishing the Truck Series season strong and hopefully bringing a Championship to Kyle, Samantha and everyone at Kyle Busch Motorsports. I don’t think I could ask for a better place to take the next step in my racing career. I’m already comfortable with everyone at JGR and I think the experience I have with them this year should help me at the start of 2018.”

Joe Gibbs Racing will announce additional details for its 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series program, including sponsors, car number and crew chief assignments at a later date.

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With the NASCAR Xfinity Series taking the weekend off, driver Garrett Smithley will return to his home town of Fort Ligonier, P.A., to take part in the annual Fort Ligonier Days festival and parade this Saturday, October 14th.

Smithley and his No. 0 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet Camaro, with sponsorship from Ligonier Stone and Lime Concrete, will roll through downtown with the parade starting at 11:00 a.m. ET. Afterwards, Smithley will have an autograph session at Mack M. Darr Co. on West Main Street starting 2:00 p.m. Local asphalt track, Jennerstown Speedway, will be bringing out a simulator to race with Smithley.

“I'm incredibly excited and honored to be asked to participate in the Fort Ligonier Days parade,” said Smithley. “When I was a kid, going to Fort Days was one of my favorite things to do, and I haven't been back for over 10 years, so it's going to be pretty cool to see my family and all my hometown fans!”

“Celebrating Our Past, Building Our Future” is the theme for Fort Ligonier Days, 2017. This town-wide celebration has grown over more than half a century to be one of the most anticipated and popular fall festivals in the tri-state area. More information about the event can be found here: http://fortligonierdays.com/

Follow Garrett Smithley and JD Motorsports on Facebook and Twitter for live updates and video from the event.

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The No. 0 Meding’s Seafood / Iron Source team did not a let a little rain put a damper on their day at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Garrett Smithley came home 23rd in the Drive for the Cure 300.

With qualifying cancelled because of the persistent rain and mist, the field was set by the NASCAR Xfinity Series rule book, and Smithley started in 27th. The Drive for the Cure 300 was scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. (ET), but the weather pushed the start of the race past 8:30 p.m.

“It was an up and down night here in Charlotte,” Smithley said. “We really didn’t know what we were going to have tonight with all the rain and running a night race with the car set up for a day race, but we battled and ran in the top 20 for a good 10-15 laps. We put on a bad set of tires and lost some positions, but once we took those off I was able to get back up to 23rd. I'm proud of my JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team for all of their hard work tonight getting all three cars into the top 25.”

The Xfinity Series will take a week off before heading to Kansas Speedway for the Kansas Lottery 300 on October 21st.

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Bad weather made for a long day and night at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Xfinity Series, but Harrison Rhodes and the No. 01 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team prevailed with a 22nd place finish and strong run in the Drive for the Cure 300.

With qualifying cancelled because of the persistent rain and mist, the field was set by the NASCAR Xfinity Series rule book, and Rhodes started in 30th. The race was scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. (ET), but the weather pushed the start of the race past 8:30 p.m.

“This is the best I’ve ever ran at Charlotte,” Rhodes said. “We keep working on our racecars week in and week out for these mile-and-a-half tracks, and our progress is starting to show. We ran with good cars during the race tonight, and I’m proud of our effort here.”

The Xfinity Series will take a week off before heading to Kansas Speedway for the Kansas Lottery 300 on October 21st.

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After waiting through a five-hour rain delay, Ross Chastain ran an impressive race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The No. 4 Flex Seal Chevrolet Camaro ran in the top 10 for a good portion of the night and finished 14th, his second top 15 finish in a row.

With qualifying cancelled because of the rain, the field was set by the NASCAR Xfinity Series rule book, and Chastain started in 20th. The Drive for the Cure 300 was scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. (ET), but the persistent rain and mist pushed the start of the race past 8:30 p.m.

“It’s been a good late-summer stretch for us,” Chastain said. “We didn’t have much speed in practice, but my No. 4 team made some great adjustments, and once the race started it was like a whole new car. This is the best racecar we’ve ever had at Charlotte, so I can’t thank these guys at JD Motorsports with Gary Keller enough for all of their hard work. ”

The Xfinity Series will take a week off before heading to Kansas Speedway for the Kansas Lottery 300 on October 21st.

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While Charlotte Motor Speedway is usually considered a home race for most drivers, it truly is for NASCAR driver Corey LaJoie.  The Concord, North Carolina native waited through a long rain-delay before he steered his No. 24 youtheory Toyota to a 17th place finish in the running of the Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
 
"This one is on me," said LaJoie.  "I asked for some adjustments throughout the race that really just didn't help our No. 24 youtheory Toyota.  The JGL Racing guys made some additional adjustments on that last stop and the car was at its best.  I also got into the wall a couple times and banged up the right side which hurt us a little throughout the race."
 
After a five-hour rain delay, Corey would start the 300-mile event from the 18th position as a result of qualifying being rained out earlier in the day and the starting lineup set per the owners points.  LaJoie would fire off in his No. 24 youtheory Toyota and sit in the 15th spot when the first caution flew on lap 28.  While he reported he needed some more turn in the center of the corner, Corey would manage his No. 24 youtheory Toyota and finish the first 45 lap stage in the 14th position.
 
With a solid pit stop before the second stage, LaJoie would restart in 12th.  While he continued to report that he needed some help turning and getting the rear of his No. 24 youtheory Toyota into the track, he would hang onto his track position as the second stage came to an end.
 
The remaining 100 laps of the event would find LaJoie struggle a little firing off early in a run.  LaJoie would also make some right-side contact with the outside wall with about 50 laps to go which would impact his No. 24 youtheory Toyota.  However, the Concord, North Carolina native would continue to battle and ultimately settle for the 17th place finish.
 
"I want to thank youtheory for their support and the JGL Racing crew for all their hard work," added Corey.  "We definitely had speed in our No. 24 youtheory Toyota.  I have a few weeks out of the car before returning to close out the season in Phoenix and Homestead."
 
The JGL Racing team will enjoy a much-needed week off before next heading to Kansas Speedway for the running of the Kansas Lottery 300.  The 30th race of the NASCAR XFINITY Series season will be Saturday October 21st 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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