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After year of ups and downs, Garrett Smithley and the No. 0 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team are ready to end the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series season on high note. Entering the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Smithley sits 13 points away from 20th place in the driver standings.

New sponsor, KSDT and Company, will be on board the No. 0 Chevrolet Camaro for Saturday’s season finale race. Kettelle Roofing will also be on board as an associate sponsor.

“This is big weekend for us,” said Smithley. “We’ve got a new sponsor on board, and we’ve got a great chance of finishing in the top 20 of driver points for the second year in a row. I’ll have to race hard and bring home a good finish to make it happen. ‘Do or do not. There is no try.’ The Number Nuthin’ team is bringing their A-game to Miami, and we’re going to make it happen.”

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.

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Infraction Date Track Team Level Infraction Penalty
11/11/2017 (post-race inspection) Phoenix No. 22 Safety Sections 10.9.10.4: Tires and Wheels
Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed.
Crew chief (Greg Erwin) has been fined $5,000.
11/11/2017 (post-race inspection) Phoenix No. 18 Safety Sections 10.9.10.4: Tires and Wheels
Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed.
Crew chief (Eric Phillips) has been fined $5,000.

 

Ty Majeski is riding a wave of momentum as he is set to return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  Majeski will make his third NXS start of the season Saturday night in the No. 60 Ford Mustang, and is looking for his first win in the series.

Majeski may be looking for his first NXS victory lane, but the young driver has spent much of 2017 in the winner’s circle.  The Wisconsin native recently captured his fourth-consecutive ARCA Midwest Tour championship, winning six of 12 races and finishing in the top-five 11 times.

Last weekend, Majeski made another stop in victory lane, winning his third-consecutive Governor’s Cup at New Smyrna Speedway.  Majeski dominated the 200-lap race, ultimately winning by six seconds.

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.

Majeski, who started his racing career in go-karts at the age of nine, is the Snowball Derby track record holder at Five Flags.  He was also the 2016 Super Late Model Champion at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway.

Majeski is also the No. 1 ranked iRacer in the world, with over 830 wins in 1,112 starts.

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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Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today its driver and crew chief lineup for 2018 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The lineup will feature Christopher Bell, Brandon Jones, Ryan Preece and an all-star lineup of current Monster Energy Cup Series drivers.

JGR announced last month that Christopher Bell would compete fulltime in the XFINITY Series next season. Since that time, he earned his first victory in the Series at Kansas Speedway on October 21. He will pilot the No. 20 Toyota Camry with Jason Ratcliff serving as the team’s crew chief. Ratcliff is currently the crew chief for JGR’s No. 20 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team.

Joining Bell fulltime next season will be Brandon Jones behind the wheel of the No. 19 Toyota Camry for JGR. Chris Gabehart will handle the crew chief duties for the team in 2018.

In addition, JGR announces that Ryan Preece will return to drive a partial schedule behind the wheel of the No. 18 Toyota Camry, with Eric Phillips serving as crew chief. Preece competed in three races for JGR this season and earned a top-five finish in each, including his first-career win at Iowa Speedway. He will also be behind the wheel of the No. 18 this weekend in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

 “Our NASCAR XFINITY Series program is so important to us at Joe Gibbs Racing,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “We are focused on the opportunities we have this weekend in Miami of course, but excited about the talented lineup of drivers we will have competing for us in 2018. The addition of Brandon Jones to our lineup will provide tremendous competition to the Series and give us two opportunities to run for the XFINITY Driver’s Championship, as well as the Owner’s Championship next season. For as young as he is, Brandon has gained a lot of experience across several different series and we are excited to see what he can do in our equipment and with Chris (Gabehart) leading that team.

“We’re proud of our crew chiefs in that series as well,” added Gibbs. “Jason (Ratcliff) is someone we obviously have a lot of confidence in having had great success for us in both the XFINITY and Cup Series. Having Chris (Gabehart) and Eric (Phillips) back gives us proven winners atop each pit box. We believe their experience and ability to work together will really help the development of our young drivers and help our veterans compete for wins each weekend.”

Jones has spent the past two seasons driving in the XFINITY Series. He has also competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), K&N Pro Series East, and ARCA this season. Over the course of his young career he has built an impressive resume of accomplishments which includes making the Chase in his NASCAR XFINITY Series rookie season (2016), compiling four second-place finishes in NCWTS and picking up a win in the K&N Pro Series (Iowa). He also has four ARCA Series wins, including two consecutive wins at Michigan, and was the first driver in ARCA history to win their first two races.

“I’m really fortunate to have gotten as much experience as I have to this point of my career and very thankful to have worked with so many great people and teams over the past several years,” said Jones. “When you look at what JGR has done with Toyota in the XFINITY Series over the past decade the results speak for themselves and I’m excited to go out next season knowing I have an opportunity to be successful each and every week.”

Preece has made three starts in the XFINITY Series for JGR this season and has earned one win, a second and a fourth-place finish. He will be driving JGR’s No. 18 entry on Saturday looking to earn the organization’s fifth Series owner’s Championship. The 26-year-old Berlin, Connecticut native is a very accomplished short-track racer with 20 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) career victories, 70 top-five and 96 top-10 finishes. He was crowned the 2013 season champion.

“Obviously I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunities that I have already had with JGR this season and now to be able to increase the number of races next season is a great step in my career,” said Preece. “I’m looking forward to going out there and make the most out of the opportunity.”

Preece will share JGR’s third XFINITY Series entry with the organization’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers. Kyle Busch, the all-time leader in XFINITY Series wins with 91, is expected to run seven races in 2018, while Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones, Daniel Suárez and others will fill out the remaining races.

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Robert W. Kettelle Roofing Contractors of Florida will once again be on board  the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet Camaros, this time for NASCAR Xfinity Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kettelle Roofing will be an associate sponsor on board the No. 4 of Ross Chastain and the No. 0 of Garrett Smithley for Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 300.

“It's great to have the folks at Kettelle back with us this weekend,” said JD Motorsports team owner, Johnny Davis. “Homestead is a big race with a lot people watching, and we put a lot of emphasis on making sure we have three great cars ready to compete. With help from Kettelle and our other sponsors, we’re planning to end the season on a strong note.”

Family-owned Kettelle Roofing is one of the top commercial and residential roofing contractors in Florida. The company's work is centered in Charlotte, Hendry, Lee and Collier counties, but Kettelle does work all across Florida.

The Kettelle family already has a connection with JD Motorsports. Robert Kettelle's 20-year-old son, Brandon, races go-carts, and he also competes in online racing against some of JD Motorsports' employees.

“I admire Johnny Davis and all of his ambitious staff members,” said Kettelle. “It takes a lot of resources and determination to do what they do 33 weeks a year. I have developed a friendship with Johnny and the team, and I’m glad we can support them in their efforts. He is an example of what a true racer really is.” 

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 NBC.

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Entering Homestead-Miami Speedway, Dollar Shave Club is announcing its partnership with NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Matt Tifft. The partnership will expand over two races with the first starting at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the second to be announced in 2018. The #DSC500 is an initiative that will allow for 500 small businesses across the United States to have their logo displayed on Matt’s car for free on a race in early 2018.

Small business owners in the U.S. over the age of 18 are encouraged to enter by posting an image of their small business’ logo using the hashtag #DSC500. The images can be uploaded to social media via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Dollar Shave Club will select and notify winners in January if selected to have representation on Matt Tifft’s racecar.

Dollar Shave Club supports its members and the passions that they possess. In honor of Matt Tifft overcoming his brain tumor and fighting to get back into racing, Dollar Shave Club will be making a donation to Tifft’s partner the National Brain Tumor Society.

"Dollar Shave Club is excited to support our member, Matt Tifft, as he drives the No. 19 Dollar Shave Club #DSC500 NASCAR XFINITY series Toyota Camry at the Ford EcoBoost 300 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18th. As part of the #DSC500, Dollar Shave Club will be giving small businesses everywhere an opportunity to see their logo on Matt's car during a race in 2018 -- a sponsorship usually reserved for big companies with bigger budgets,” as stated by Dollar Shave Club.

“I am very excited to have Dollar Shave Club on board for the #DSC500. This is a great opportunity for not only the small business that it will get exposure on my racecar, but also for the National Brain Tumor Society as Dollar Shave Club will be making a donation,” quoted NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Matt Tifft. Tifft continued, “This is a unique and fun brand to represent and I look forward to working with them on and off the racetrack this year and for the start of 2018.”

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JR Motorsports today named veteran car chief Billy Wilburn as crew chief of the No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture team for this Saturday’s season finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway as driver Justin Allgaier vies for the NASCAR Xfinity Series title.

Wilburn, who has served as car chief with the No. 7 team for the past four seasons, will step into the role normally occupied by Jason Burdett. Burdett is serving a one-race suspension after the No. 7 car did not clear post-race inspection at Phoenix Raceway. JR Motorsports elected not to appeal the NASCAR-announced penalty on Monday.

“We’re fortunate to be in a position where we have such a strong support staff at JR Motorsports,” said general manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller. “There are a number of talented individuals that could fill this role, but ultimately it makes the most sense to utilize Billy in this capacity. He’s an experienced leader, well-respected, and has a detailed knowledge of this team. We’re lucky to have him and are completely confident in the team’s abilities this weekend.”

Allgaier is one of four drivers eligible to compete for the NXS title as part of the Championship 4 this weekend, which also includes JR Motorsports teammates William Byron, Elliott Sadler, and Richard Childress Racing’s Daniel Hemric. Allgaier is in championship contention on the strength of two wins (Phoenix Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway), 10 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes in 32 starts this season.

Wilburn is a native of Tempe, Ariz., and is a 33-year motorsports veteran. He previously held crew chief roles at Penske Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports and Robert Yates Racing, and has also served in various positions with Hendrick Motorsports.

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Kabat, Schertzer, De La Torre, Taraboulos and Company (KSDT), one of the largest and fastest-growing financial accounting and advisory firms in South Florida, will be a featured sponsor on all three of the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller cars for the Ford EcoBoost 300 race, this weekend, November 18th, at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

KSDT will be the primary sponsor on the No. 0 Chevrolet Camaro of Garrett Smithley. In addition, the firm will be an associate sponsor of the No. 4 car of Ross Chastain and the No. 01 car of Joe Nemechek. 

“Being able to welcome a new partner for the NASCAR Xfinity Series season finale is very special for this team,” said Johnny Davis, owner of JD Motorsports. “My teams have had strong runs lately, so I’m confident that we will give KSDT a race finish that we’ll all be proud of.”

“KSDT is very honored to be supporting JD Motorsports for the Homestead-Miami race,” said Jeffrey Taraboulos, Managing Partner of KSDT. “We’re looking forward to seeing this sponsorship continue to evolve into a long and beneficial partnership.”

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 NBC.

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The 2017 NASCAR racing season kicked off with Speed Weeks at Daytona International Speedway back in February, and the curtains will close with the finale in the Sunshine State with Ford Championship Weekend scheduled Nov. 17-19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where the Monster Energy Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series each will crown champions.
 
Chad Finchum of Knoxville, Tenn., is excited to be making his seventh NASCAR Xfinity Series start this season for Carl Long's MBM Motorsports driving the Buddy Gregg RVs & Motor Homes No. 40 Toyota Camry in the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, Nov. 18 as part of Ford Championship Weekend.
 
Heading into Homestead-Miami Speedway, the 23-year-old Finchum's starts for MBM Motorsports this season have come at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway, twice at Dover International Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.
 
"I can't thank Carl Long enough for the opportunities he's given me this year to drive for MBM Motorsports," said Finchum from his Knoxville home while preparing to leave heading to Florida for this weekend's Ford EcoBoost 300. "Carl took a chance on me being a rookie that I would be able to get the job done behind the wheel driving his equipment, and I believe that he and I, along with the whole race team have really formed a good relationship and work together very well. We've had some pretty good runs this season and I'm just very thankful for the races I've gotten to drive for MBM Motorsports.
 
"I'm also very appreciative to Knoxville-based marketing partners Buddy Gregg RVs & Motor Homes, along with Smithbilt Homes for their support of my racing this season. Them being onboard sponsoring my first NASCAR Xfinity Series racing efforts has been a really special deal."
 
Entering a partial 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series rookie season in racing with MBM Motorsports, Finchum brought impressive credentials with him. He won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Pitt Lite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016, plus captured the Kingsport Speedway NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car championship in 2013. He also added to his resume the Tennessee NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state title in 2013.
 
Growing up as a young boy attending NASCAR races with his family, for Finchum it's been a dream over the years to one day compete in the upper levels of NASCAR. Finally getting the chance in 2017 with MBM Motorsports, Finchum has made the most of his opportunities. 
 
"I've had many good things happen over the years in my racing career, but without a doubt getting to make my debut earlier this season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series was just awesome," Finchum said. "From the moment I first began racing, my ultimate goal was to someday get to run in either the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series, Xfinity Series or Camping World Truck Series.
 
"I was fortunate along the way to enjoy quite a bit of success racing Legends, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Cars, and in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. Each of those levels of racing helped prepare me for making the move into the NASCAR Xfinity Series."
 
Following the Homestead-Miami Speedway season finale, what are Finchum's racing plans for 2018?

"We've got some things in the works, though nothing is definite," Finchum stated. "We're just trying to put all the pieces of the puzzle together with sponsors so that I'll be able to run full-time in 2018. It's just how it is, to race at the NASCAR Xfinity Series level you've got to have good sponsors behind you, and we're hopeful everything will fall into place for us.
 
"But my focus right now is giving it my best effort this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway driving for MBM Motorsports in the Ford EcoBoost 300 and bringing home the best possible finish."
 
NASCAR Xfinity Series practice begins Friday, Nov. 17 with two sessions scheduled: 2:30 p.m. - 3:25 p.m., and from 5:00 p.m. - 5:55 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.
 
NASCAR Xfinity Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying is set for Saturday, Nov. 18 at 11:15 a.m. on CNBC. Running of the Ford EcoBoost 300 is set for 3:30 p.m. on NBCSN. Live radio coverage will be provided by Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90. ... You can also visit the Homestead-Miami Speedway website at www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.  
 
To learn more about possible sponsor opportunities with Chad Finchum Racing, contact James Finchum at (865) 740-3535. To keep up with Chad Finchum’s racing visit the website at www.ChadFinchum.com, on Facebook at Chad Finchum Racing, and Twitter @ChadFinchum.
 
Chad Finchum Racing marketing partner with MBM Motorsports for Homestead-Miami Speedway: Buddy Gregg RVs & Motor Homes - Buddy Gregg RVs & Motor Homes is your one stop shop RV Super Center conveniently located just off I-75 / I-40 at Campbell Station Road. Buddy Gregg RVs & Motor Homes is a full line RV dealer affiliated with the top manufacturers in the industry. With over 300 RVs to choose from at the Knoxville location, makes Buddy Gregg's east Tennessee's premier dealer. For more information about Buddy Gregg RVs & Motor Homes visit - www.BuddyGregg.com
 
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Harrison Rhodes, driver of the No. 01 Flex tape Chevrolet Camaro, finished 27th in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Ticket Galaxy 200.

Rhodes qualified 32nd for Saturday’s race at Phoenix Raceway.

“This was one of tougher races we’ve had lately,” Rhodes said. “We battled a tight car all day, but my No. 01 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team made good adjustments and made it better throughout the race. It’s not the finish we wanted, but we made up a lot of ground from where we started. I can’t thank everyone at Flex Seal and Flex Tape enough for all of their support this year. I’m also thankful to Masters Properties, Inc., and Industrial Piping Solutions for coming on board.”

The final stop for the NASCAR Xfinity Series is Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 300 on November 18th.

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After Saturday’s Ticket Galaxy 200, Phoenix Raceway might just be on driver Garrett Smithley’s list of favorite tracks. Driving the No. 0 Flex Shot Chevrolet Camaro for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller, Smithley brought home a top 25.

 “Admittedly, Phoenix is not one of my best tracks, but I like it a lot more after today,” Smithley said. “We had a really good car all day, as good as we could have. We were running a steel body car against several composite bodies. We fought tight all day long, but my Number Nuthin’ Flex Shot team made great adjustments. I’ve gotta thank Mercury Heating and Air. They picked up their support from last year, so I really appreciate that. And, as always, I can’t say enough about Flex Seal and Flex Shot and all of the support they give this team.”

Smithley’s strong finish advanced him to 21st in NASCAR Xfinity Series driver standings, just 13 points out of the top 20 going into the final race of 2017.

The final stop for the NASCAR Xfinity Series is Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 300 on November 18th.

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