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NASCAR XFINITY Series news & rumors


JD Motorsports plans four full-time teams

Johnny Davis has been in the NASCAR realm for over three decades. In 2018, though, he plans on expanding JD Motorsports, running four full-time NASCAR XFINITY Series entries for the first time. JD Motorsports is coming off a season in which Ross Chastain finished 13th in the championship standings, picking up back-to-back finishes of sixth or better during the summer races at Iowa Speedway and Daytona.[More](1-16-2018)


Dr Pepper Snapple Group brands, Sun Drop and Canada Dry Ginger Ale partnering with JD Motorsports

Dr Pepper Snapple Group brands, Sun Drop and Canada Dry Ginger Ale, will be on board all of the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolets as associate sponsors for the entire 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series season. Dr Pepper Snapple Group will also be the official drink supplier of JD Motorsports with their iconic soda brands filling the team coolers every weekend.[More](1-12-2018)


Roush Fenway Racing debuts scheme for #60 Ford development team

The No. 60 Ford Performance Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing will hit the track in Daytona for the first NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) race of the 2018 season with a brand new design. The scheme features a gray and white color combination, with hints of red highlighting the number and spoiler. Ford development program drivers Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric and Ty Majeski will share the ride for the duration of the NXS season.[More](1-11-2018)


Ryan Truex replaces Blake Koch at Kaulig Racing

In the midst of off-season expansion, Kaulig Racing announced today that Ryan Truex will drive the #11 Chevrolet for the full 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) season. Truex is coming off a ninth-place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver standings. The younger brother of current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) champion Martin Truex Jr. also has two back-to-back NASCAR K&N East Series Championships as well as multiple years of experience in NASCAR's premiere series.[More](1-9-2018)


Go Green Racing to run XFINITY Series with Joey Gase

Go Green Racing (GGR) and Joey Gase have partnered to run the full NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule this season. GGR is owned by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series owner Archie St. Hilaire who fields the #32 Ford Fusion for driver Matt DiBenedetto under the Go Fas Racing banner. Industry veteran Patrick Donahue will serve as crew chief for Gase who will drive the #35 entry this season. The team will be based in Mooresville, N.C.-within a mile of its current Cup operation and has obtained owner points for the year.[More](1-5-2018)


Menards sponsoring Brandon Jones in 10 races

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that Menards home improvement stores along with several of their best vendor partners will be the primary sponsor for Brandon Jones for 10 races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2018. The #19 Menards Toyota Camry will display one partner-specific brand on the hood of the racecar for each of the Menards races.[More](1-4-2018)


Dylan Lupton returning to JGL Racing

JGL Racing officials announced today that Dylan Lupton will return to the organization's "Young Guns" program for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. After making 14 starts this past season in the team's No. 24 entry, Lupton will compete in at least 21 races this coming season in JGL Racing's No. 28 Ford Mustang.[More](1-3-2018)


Brandon Brown planning 10 XFINITY races in 2018

Brandon Brown will return to the XFINITY Series for 10 events in 2018 after also running 10 races in 2017. Brown, 24, will kickoff the season competing in the #86 Chevrolet at Daytona International Speedway, fielded by his father, Jerry Brown. It's possible that he will return the following week at Atlanta Motor Speedway (Feb. 24) to race under the King Autosport banner, owned by Mario Gosselin.[More](1-3-2018)


Tommy Joe Martins to run partial NXS schedule

Martins Motorsports has ceased operations for its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team, owner and driver Tommy Joe Martins has revealed. Martins talked about his 2018 plans, which focus primarily on a part time NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule running for BJ McLeod. Martins earned his best finish in NASCAR national touring series race, 11th, last year at Iowa Speedway driving for McLeod's Xfinity team. He cited this deal as a factor in the decision to suspend the truck program.[More](12-30-2017)


South Point Hotel & Casino extends partnership with Richard Childress Racing

The South Point Hotel & Casino will return to Richard Childress Racing as the primary sponsor on the #21 Chevrolet Camaro, piloted by Daniel Hemric, for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. The 2018 season marks the seventh year of a partnership between RCR and the Las Vegas-based hotel and casino. The South Point will serve as the primary partner on Hemric's #21 Chevrolet Camaro for all 33 XFINITY Series races during the 2018 season. [More](12-21-2017)


Shane Wilson joins JGL Racing

JGL Racing officials announced today the addition of veteran crew chief Shane Wilson to its 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series lineup. Shane will serve as crew chief for Kaz Grala and the No. 24 Ford Mustang team. He will serve along side Steven Lane who switches over to the leadership position of Team Manager/Competition Director. [More](12-21-2017)


Anderson's Maple Syrup returns to Richard Childress Racing for 2018 season

Continuing a relationship which began in 2014, Anderson's Maple Syrup will partner with Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR XFINITY Series program. The Wisconsin-based pure maple syrup company joins Matt Tifft and the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro team for a multi-race program for the 2018 season.[More](12-18-2017)


John Hunter Nemechek to join Ganassi Xfinity Series team UPDATE

John Hunter Nemechek is taking the next step up the NASCAR career ladder. Nemechek, the 20-year-old son of NASCAR veteran Joe Nemechek, will move up to the NASCAR Xfinity Series next season, where he will share the driving duties in Chip Ganassi Racing's No. 42 Chevrolet, Motorsport.com has learned. An official announcement of the move could come as early as Tuesday, sources said.(12-11-2017)
UPDATE: Chip Ganassi Racing announced that they have signed John Hunter Nemechek, a five-time winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and former NASCAR NEXT driver, to pilot the #42 Chevrolet Camaro in multiple NASCAR XFINITY Series races in 2018. Nemechek, 20, will work with veteran NXS crew chief Mike Shiplett, who has led the team for the last four seasons. Nemechek's #42 Chevrolet will carry primary sponsorship from Fire Alarm Services, Inc. in 2018.[More](12-12-2017)


JAS Expedited Trucking to sponsor Vinnie Miller at JD Motorsports

JD Motorsports with Gary Keller and with recently signed driver Vinnie Miller are proud to welcome JAS Expedited Trucking as a full-time sponsor of the #01 Chevrolet Camaro in 2018. JAS Expedited Trucking, based in Imlay City, Mich., will serve as the primary sponsor of the #01 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) entry driven by Miller in ten 2018 NXS events starting with the Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, February 24, 2018.[More](12-12-2017)


2018 XFINITY race start times announced

NASCAR released 2018 race start times and network coverage for the NASCAR Xfinity Series, including the season-opener at Daytona on FS1 and the Xfinity Series Championship at Miami on NBCSN. Key time changes include a switch to night racing at Richmond Raceway in April, later start times in the spring for races at Texas Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway and an earlier, 5 p.m. ET start time at Iowa Speedway in June and at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in September. In addition, the fall race at Texas now starts at 3:30 p.m. ET[More](12-12-2017)


RCR continues partnership with Bass Pro Shops

Richard Childress Racing (RCR) today announced plans to continue its partnership with Bass Pro Shops during the 2018 racing season. Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's will serve as a primary sponsor for the #31 Chevrolet Camaro in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the #3 Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The partnership marks the first time both iconic outdoor brands will be featured together since Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's joined forces in September 2017 to establish North America's premier outdoor and conservation company. [More](12-11-2017)


Stockman returning as Hemric's crew chief

After ending his rookie Xfinity season with Randall Burnett as crew chief, Daniel Hemric will be back with Danny Stockman Jr. on top of his pit box in 2018. Hemric made the announcement Saturday during the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series Award ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina.[More](12-11-2017)


XFINITY, Truck champions honored

NASCAR traded the heat of Miami Beach for an unseasonably chilly Saturday evening in Charlotte for its annual XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series Awards. But there was no less warm a reception for two fresh-faced champions in a special night of appreciation at the sport's home base. William Byron (XFINITY) and Christopher Bell (Trucks) were the toast of the annual gala, taking home the heaviest of hardware at the Charlotte Convention Center. The evening was part celebration and part farewell for the two, as both depart for their next step up the NASCAR ladder next season.[More](12-10-2017)


JD Motorsports still working on 2018 roster

The team announced in September that Ross Chastain will return for the fourth consecutive year to the #4 Chevrolet Camaro, and last week it was announced that Vinnie Miller will join the team full-time in 2018 to pilot the #01 Chevy. Drivers for the team's #0 and #15 cars are still to be confirmed.[More](12-7-2017)


LTi Printing to sponsor Team Penske in two races

Team Penske announced a new partnership today with LTi Printing, one of the nation's leaders in print and print related solutions. As part of the multi-year agreement that begins with the 2018 season, LTi Printing will be featured as the primary sponsor on Team Penske's championship-winning #22 Ford Mustang team for two races in the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS), including the event at Pocono Raceway in June and at Iowa Speedway in late July. LTi Printing will also be an associate sponsor on the #22 NXS Ford for the rest of the 2018 season.[More](12-7-2017)


Rheem to sponsor Christopher Bell and Ryan Preece

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that Rheem will sponsor Christopher Bell and Ryan Preece in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2018. Rheem, a 10 year NASCAR sponsor, will have NASCAR's 2017 Camping World Truck Series Champion Christopher Bell at the wheel for 23 races in JGR's #20 Toyota Camry and break-through sensation Ryan Preece in the #18 Toyota Camry for 10 races.[More](12-7-2017)


Chad Norris to serve as crew chief for Spencer Gallagher

GMS Racing officials announced that veteran crew chief, Chad Norris will join Spencer Gallagher and the #23 team for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) season. With many successful years of experience in the NASCAR industry, Norris has worked alongside numerous top-name drivers like Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Trevor Bayne, Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. and most recently Brennan Poole.[More](12-7-2017)


Sadler voted NXS Most Popular Driver for a third time

Elliott Sadler's second season as driver of JR Motorsports' #1 Chevrolet Camaro brought him a NASCAR Xfinity Series regular-season championship title along with a runner-up finish in the NXS Playoffs. Based on that strong season performance, fans elected the Virginia native as the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series Most Popular Driver.[More](11-28-2017)


Vinnie Miller to drive the #01 for JD Motorsports

JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) is excited to announce that NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) graduate Vinnie Miller will drive the #01 Chevrolet Camaro NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) entry full-time next season. Miller made the announcement live on SIRIUS XM NASCAR Radio on "Tradin' Paint with Jim Noble and Chocolate Myers."[More](11-28-2017)