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MoneyLion, America’s most powerful and rewarding financial membership, announces its partnership with one of the preeminent teams in one of America’s most thrilling sports: Team Penske in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

Roaring into the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 15th, MoneyLion will serve as the primary sponsor of Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford Mustang, piloted by Austin Cindric, followed by three additional races through the remainder of the 2018 season.

MoneyLion enters a powerful alliance with Team Penske, one of the most successful teams in motorsports, as the first major fintech company to partner with a team. MoneyLion launched in 2013 and has 3 million members and has earned its customers trust with a one-of-a-kind rewards program, no-fee checking account, overdraft protection, and loans funded in 15 seconds. MoneyLion will be introducing new banking and investment capabilities over the coming months.

“Team Penske has an incredible record of success on the track, and as one of the most promising drivers in NASCAR, Austin Cindric is a great match for MoneyLion,” said Dee Choubey, CEO and co-founder of MoneyLion. “He and his entire team at Penske inspire fans and illustrate the power of dreaming big to achieve your goals.  At MoneyLion, we aim to inspire people to take control of their finances to achieve their dreams- and we’re excited to introduce our products to NASCAR fans across the nation.”

Team Penske’s No. 22 XFINITY Series team has won the Owners’ Championship in four of the last five seasons and currently sits first in the Owners’ Points standings with one race remaining before the start of the XFINITY Series playoffs. The team has earned six victories and six poles in 2018 with drivers Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney and Cindric.

“We are excited to form this new partnership with MoneyLion and to welcome an established brand in the fintech category to the NASCAR arena with Team Penske,” said Roger Penske. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with a company that recognizes the potential to grow in motorsports and wants to connect with our great NASCAR fans. Our team will be working hard to deliver success for MoneyLion, both on and off the track.”

After Las Vegas, fans will continue to see MoneyLion as the primary sponsor of the No. 22 Ford Mustang at Richmond, Charlotte and in November at the season finale at Homestead. Cindric, the 20-year-old rookie, will compete in the No. 22 for the final eight races of the season.

Watch for more MoneyLion action in NASCAR’s XFINITY series in 2018, and follow the excitement via MoneyLion on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. To learn more about MoneyLion, please visit: www.moneylion.com

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Landon Cassill is back. Again.
 
Cassill, once a full-time driver for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller, will return to the team for the second time this year to drive the No. 4 Chevrolet in Saturday’s DC Solar 300 Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
 
Cassill drove for JD Motorsports at Darlington Raceway earlier this month, finishing a solid 14th.
 
“We know what Landon can do,” said team owner Johnny Davis. “It’s always a big thing to have him in one of our cars. We’ve had some good times together. I’m sure we’ll have a good run at Las Vegas.”
 
The race is the finale of the Xfinity regular season.
 
Practice is scheduled at 3:05 p.m. (ET) and 5:05 p.m. Friday. Qualifying is set for 2:10 p.m. Saturday, with the race to follow at 5.

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Vinnie Miller is excited to make a return visit to Las Vegas this week – both on and off the track.
 
Miller will drive the No. 01 Chevrolet for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller in Saturday’s DC Solar 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race will mark the series’ second visit to LVMS this year. Miller finished 24th in the first race.
 
“I am really excited to return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend after a strong run (17th) at Indy,” Miller said. “It is much easier to go back to a track you’ve already raced at because you know what to expect. I learned so much in the spring race, and I know we will be chasing another top-20 this weekend for the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team.”
 
Much has changed for Miller since the first race at Las Vegas. For example, he’s had a birthday.
 
“When I went to Las Vegas the first time in the spring I was only 20, so I wasn’t able to enjoy the town as much as I would have liked,” he said. “Now, being 21, I can’t wait to actually be able to walk through the casino and maybe even put a little money down on one of the tables and try my luck.”
 
The race is the finale of the Xfinity Series regular season.
 
Practice is scheduled at 3:05 p.m. (ET) and 5:05 p.m. Friday. Qualifying is set for 2:10 p.m. Saturday, with the race to follow at 5.

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Garrett Smithley will drive the No. 0 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet in Saturday’s DC Solar 300 Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
 
The race will mark the end of the regular season for Xfinity teams. The playoffs are scheduled to begin Sept. 21 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway.
 
The visit is the series’ second to LVMS this year. Smithley finished 23rd in the spring race.
 
“We’re looking to improve on our spring run this weekend,” Smithley said. “Vegas is a tough and fast track, but if you have a good car you can run some top lap times there. I’m looking forward to the challenge again and to having some fun in Vegas.”
 
Practice is scheduled at 3:05 p.m. (ET) and 5:05 p.m. Friday. Qualifying is set for 2:10 p.m. Saturday, with the race to follow at 5.

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Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), the championship-winning NASCAR team, has partnered with Autodesk, a leader in software applications for the architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media and entertainment industries.

 

Autodesk will be the primary sponsor of the No. 00 Ford Mustang driven by Cole Custer and fielded by Stewart-Haas Racing with Biagi-DenBeste in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the Nov. 3 race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. While this will be Autodesk’s first appearance on a racecar fielded by SHR, the software company has played a significant role in SHR’s success this season, which includes 12 victories across the Xfinity Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

 

Autodesk’s advanced Power Inspect software is used to analyze precise points on SHR’s fleet of racecars. This ensures compliance with NASCAR’s technical regulations while simultaneously aiding designers in increasing competitiveness based on simulation and track testing. Utilizing Autodesk’s PowerShape and PowerMill software, SHR is able to produce complex geometry components that are proprietary to SHR and meet the demands of a high-performance environment.

 

“Autodesk is more than just a sponsor – they’re a key asset in making our cars faster each weekend,” said Mike Verlander, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, SHR. “Our success, especially this year, can be directly attributable to Autodesk and its technical support.”

 

Headquartered in San Rafael, California, Autodesk makes software for people who make things, whether that’s a racecar or a skyscraper.

 

“Motorsports is a great showcase for our manufacturing software, and in working with Stewart-Haas Racing, we see firsthand how our technology helps the team turn a creative idea into a tangible component that ultimately delivers wins,” said Joe Bailey, Business Development Manager for Manufacturing, Autodesk. “We’re proud to play a role in the team’s success.”

 

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Mother Nature had different plans for the NASCAR XFINITY Series this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With torrential down pours on both Friday afternoon and Saturday morning the officials cancelled practice and pushed the Lilly Diabetes 250 to Monday morning. With practice and qualifying cancelled, they weren't sure what to expect but Joey would take to green flag from the 21st position in the Sparks Energy Inc Chevrolet. 

After the long wait, Gase was ready to take on Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 5th time and for his 200th career NASCAR XFINITY Series race. With the wet conditions from the weekend NASCAR had schedule a competition caution for the field on lap 10 of the 100 lap race. The field stayed under green from the start all the way to the competition caution. Under the caution Gase reported that his Sparks Energy Chevy Camaro was pretty decent, but he was just a little snug up off. So with those notes provided CC Donahue ordered Gase to bring it to pit road for fresh tires, fuel and a left front shock adjustment. He would restart from the 23rd position. 

Another caution would come out shortly after they would get the green; this one however was for the #66 of Brandon Hightower. During this caution Gase would relay that the car was pretty decent that run after the adjustments. 

They would go back to green, but wouldn't quite make it to the end of stage one before getting another caution. This time it was for the #3 of Ty Dillon and #1 of Elliot Sadler. Gase had thought he might have sustained minor left front damage from the wreck. So to be safe he would come down pit road for fresh tires, fuel and assess any possible damage. After assessing the car there was no damage to be found just some grass in the grill that was running the water temperatures a little high. So they cleaned it up and sent him back out where he would restart 16th and lock that position down to end of the first stage. 

Since they pitted under the last caution before the end of the stage they would stay out between stages. In doing so they would pick up nine spots and restart stage two in 7th. 

The second stage was a fairly clean stage as they would stage green for its entirety. Gase said that he was a little too free everywhere at the end of that run, but he fought through and brought it to the green & white checkered in 13th. 

Before the final stage would begin, he would bring it back to Sparks Energy crew for a tire pressure adjustment, fuel, and a track bar adjustment. However, during the stop NASCAR had claimed that there was an uncontrolled tire which would require Gase to restart in the very back to begin the final stage. That wouldn't hinder Gase and the team's fight as he quickly found himself back up into 18th by the halfway mark of the race.

Just a few laps later the stages first caution would be brought out for the #00 of Cole Custer who hit the inside wall extremely hard. After hitting the wall it would send him back up in the middle of the race track right in front of Gase. He and a pack of four others did an amazing job dodging the wreckage and escaped unscathed. While the caution was out, Joey would tell CC Donahue that the car was pretty decent that run. "I would beat #60 in the corners but I just don't have the motor on the straightaways. I need someone to help push me to pass," said Gase.  He would bring it back to pit road for another fresh set of Goodyear's and fuel only. 

The field would get the green with only 23 laps remaining, but they wouldn't even complete a full lap before another caution would come out. The #18 of Ryan Preece went barreling into the wall helicoptering him through the infield. Unfortunately this time Gase had sustained some decent damage to the nose of his car but nothing too substantial to knock him out of the race. The crew would get it fixed up without losing a lap and would get him back out on the track to bring it home for a season best finish of 15th!

Gase may have had to wait to get his 200th NASCAR XFINITY Series start this weekend in Indy, but the wait was well worth it. The team showed some real grit after having to serve a penalty sending them to the rear and sustaining damage in a late wreck all in the final stage of the Lilly Diabetes 250. It was just what the team needed to start the final stretch of the 2018 season. 

Gase posted yesterday after the race, "Didn't realize today was my 200th start in the @XfinityRacing Series but pretty cool that we got our best finish of the season so far of 15th on it! We had a great car today but got some damage towards the end of the race. The guys did a great job fixing it and getting us to the end!"

It'll be a quick turnaround this week for Go Green Racing as they head out to Las Vegas for a second time this year. The Sparks Energy crew was at the shop in Mooresville at 6:00 a.m. this morning preparing for the short week as the hauler is set to head West Wednesday morning.

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Ross Chastain solidified his chances of making the Xfinity Series playoffs with a 12th-place finish in Monday’s Lilly Diabetes 250 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
 
With only this week’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway remaining on the regular-season schedule, Chastain sits in the 12th and final qualifying spot for the playoffs.
 
“A great run today at Indy,” said Chastain, who finished on the lead lap in the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller No. 4 Chevrolet. “We had a really good car, stayed with the lead pack and managed a great finish. Now we need a good run at Las Vegas.”
 
Wet weather plagued Indy all weekend. The Xfinity race was originally scheduled for Saturday, but rain wiped out all practice and qualifying and forced NASCAR to reschedule the race Monday.
 
“It was a tough set of circumstances for the team to deal with, not even getting one lap on the track before the race, but we pushed through it,” Chastain said.       
Justin Allgaier won the race.

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Garrett Smithley finished 20th Monday in the weather-delayed Lilly Diabetes 250 Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
 
Drivers and teams participating in one of the series’ biggest races of the season faced a tough task Monday. The race was scheduled Saturday, but rainy weather in the Indianapolis area wiped out all practice and qualifying, meaning drivers started Monday’s race with no time on the track.
 
“It was kind of a grab bag as far as what we might be able to do,” Smithley said. “It’s tough to miss practice anywhere, but especially so at Indy where the track is so demanding. But we did a good job and brought the car home with a decent finish.”
 
Smithley, driving the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller No. 0 Chevrolet, is 19th in series points.
 
Justin Allgaier won the race.
 
The series races next at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sept. 15 in the regular season finale.

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Vinnie Miller had to wait two extra days to make his first laps at historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but the delay was worth it.
 
Miller produced one of his best outings of the season in one of the schedule’s biggest races, finishing a solid 17th Monday in the Lilly Diabetes 250 Xfinity Series race at IMS. The finish tied the first-year driver’s seasonal best.
 
The race was postponed by rain Saturday and was held Monday as part of an Indy doubleheader with the Monster Energy Cup race. Wet weather washed out practice and qualifying for both series.

“It was a really successful weekend for us at Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” Miller said. “With no practice or qualifying laps, due to the rain, we were supposed to start 30th, but we dropped to the rear for the start of the race. We wanted to make sure the car was good and nothing was rubbing that we’d have to adjust on the first pit stop, but the car was solid. 
 
“We were able to stay out of trouble and had a good strategy for the end of the race. It was a great day for me and the guys on the No. 01 JAS Expedited Trucking, LLC., JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet Camaro team.”
 
Justin Allgaier won the race.
 
The series races next at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sept. 15 in the regular season finale.

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In his first career start at the historical Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Chase Briscoe overcame adversity to score a ninth-place finish in his Nutri Chomps Ford Mustang. 

“It was really an up-and-down day for us,” Briscoe said. “We started off getting nose damage on the first pit-stop but luckily it didn’t hurt us too bad aerodynamically. It really just put us behind and we just kept fighting and fighting.

“The guys did an awesome job getting it fixed up. We kept helping the balance especially with no practice and my first time here. It’s tough to know what you have and what you need to progressively get better throughout the race. Overall it was a good day to keep fighting and from where we started to where we ended.”

After the field was set by owner points per NASCAR rule book, the Roush Fenway Racing driver lined up in the 22nd position but quickly gained five spots before the competition yellow was displayed on lap 10. As he was bringing his Nutri Chomps Ford to pit-road, the pack stacked up in front him resulting in significant damage to the nose. After a lengthy pit-stop to repair the damage, Briscoe restarted in the 30th position.

Despite the damage, the Mitchell, Ind. native was able to gain six positions in three laps before the next yellow flag was displayed. Crew Chief Mike Kelley took the opportunity to pit to once again to continue to work on the repairs of the No. 60 Ford. Briscoe gained twelve positons before the green checkered waved ending stage one.

After choosing to stay out at the stage break, the Nutri Chomps Ford lined up in the eighth position for the second stage. After battling a tight handling machine, Briscoe lost a few positions to take second green checkered in the 13th position.

For the final 40 lap stage, Briscoe restarted in the 18th position and patiently maneuvered his Ford to earn a solid top-10 finish in his first ever career start at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The No. 60 team travel to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sept. 15, 2018 for the DCSolar 300. Race coverage begins at 5 p.m. EST on NBCSN.

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The NASCAR Xfinity Series made a stop at one of the most famous race tracks in the world, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, for the running of the Lilly Diabetes 250. After both practice sessions and qualifying were washed out, Boyd's first laps around the famous Brickyard would be during the race. 

Boyd would roll off from the 34th position after the field was set by owner points. After substantial rain delays it was finally time to go racing on a Monday morning. The green flag fell and Boyd struggled with the handling of his car immediately. On lap 10 the competition caution was displayed by NASCAR. Boyd would receive the free pass and come back around to re-join the leaders on the lead lap. Crew Chief Rick Ren called for Boyd to pit for four tires, fuels, and adjustments to help free up the Grunt Style Chevy. Caution once again waved on lap 19 for the 66 of Brandon Hightower. Boyd came down pit road for a few more adjustments and to top off on fuel.

With less than ten laps remaining in the first stage the 3 of Ty Dillon and the 1 of Elliott Sadler made contact in turn three, triggering a multi-car wreck. Boyd attempted to go low to miss the carnage and found himself plowing through the wet grass. The contact with the grass ripped the splitter off the No. 76 Grunt Style Chevrolet and knocked the oil pan out, ultimately ending Boyd's day prematurely. 

When asked about the incident Boyd stated, “I'm so frustrated with myself right now. I saw them wrecking in front of me, but when I got to the corner, the track was blocked with traffic and debris everywhere. I tried to get to the access road at the bottom, but clipped the grass and just completely destroyed the car. We've had a couple really tough weeks, but we have to keep our heads up. We'll recover and move on to Vegas.” 

After a tough day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Boyd drops to 25th in driver standings. The Xfinity Series will head out West to sin city at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the running of the DC Solar 300. Race coverage will begin 5:00 PM EDT Saturday September 15th, 2018 on NBCSN. 

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