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JP Motorsports plans full 2018 XFINITY schedule

UPDATE: JP Motorsports is proud to announce Stephen Leicht will join the organization in 2018. The announcement comes just days after the team announced its formation and 2018 plans. Leicht will pilot the No. 55 Toyota Camry beginning at Daytona next month.

"We are excited to welcome Stephen Leicht to the family," said team owners Phyllis and Jerry Hattaway. "Stephen (Leicht) has proved himself in the XFINITY Series in the past and we are really looking forward to giving him an opportunity to build on that success."

The 31-year old from Asheville North Carolina made six starts in the XFINITY Series last season with a best finish of 35th at Homestead with RSS Racing. Leicht is looking to complete his first full-time season since his most successful season back in 2007. That season Leicht earned his first career victory at Kentucky with Robert Yates Racing. Leicht has a total of 82 starts in the series over eight years and has collected three top-fives and 16 top-ten finishes.

"I'm extremely excited and honored," said Leicht. "I've been searching for a long time to find a way back into this sport on a full-time basis and this is the first opportunity I've had to do that in over 10 years. I can't thank Jerry and Phyllis Hattaway along with Jason Houghtaling enough for believing in me and giving me this opportunity. I will be giving them 110% on and off the track at all times. I can't wait to get started."

Leicht also has 18 starts in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, most recently last season at Pocono with BK Racing. In that race, Leicht would finish 32nd after starting 36th. In those 18 starts, Leicht has a best finish of 24th at Richmond with Tommy Baldwin Racing in 2011.

Tune into the PowerShares QQQ 300 at the Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 17th at 2:30 p.m. ET on FS1 to see Stephen Leicht take to the high banks of Daytona for the first time with JP Motorsports.

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Original post 1-18-2018 Officials from JP Motorsports announced on Wednesday that they will compete full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2018. JP Motorsports has obtained cars from TriStar Motorsports and will field the No. 55 Toyota Camry.

The team will be run by Jerry and Phyllis Hattaway. Jerry and his wife Phyllis own Crystal Clear Quality Home Improvement based out of Modesto, CA. Hattaway is an avid race fan and has been involved in NASCAR in many different ways over the past few years.

"I am very excited to form a team in NASCAR's XFINITY Series," said Hattaway. "I am truly speechless, to say the least. We are ready to roll and get this 2018 season underway. We are striving to do the absolute best in our first season."

Crew chief duties will be done by Jason Houghtaling. Houghtaling was the crew chief for MBM Motorsports last season and earned his best finish of 17th as a crew chief with Timmy Hill (Daytona and Talladega). Houghtaling is on the verge of his 50th start as a crew chief which is slated to take place on March 10th at Phoenix.

"I am very excited to get 2018 started, especially with the new team," Houghtaling said. "It'll be fun to help a new organization grow in the very competitive XFINITY Series and it'll be fun to compete against some of the best in the business."

The team expects to announce a driver within the next few weeks. They will make their debut next month in the season-opening event at the Daytona International Speedway. The organization is still seeking marketing partners for the 2018 season, you can reach out to the team at JPMotorsports55@gmail.com.

Tune into the PowerShares QQQ 300 at the Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 17th at 2:30 p.m. ET on FS1 to see JP Motorsports take to the high banks for the first time.

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JP Motorsports worked with MBM last season to field a car for Bobby Dale Earnhardt at Iowa in July.