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NASCAR XFINITY Series News and Rumors


NASCAR honors XFINITY, Trucks champions at banquet

Saturday night belonged to champions Tyler Reddick and Brett Moffitt as the best in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series were feted on Saturday night at the Crown Ballroom in the Charlotte Convention Center. Reddick was celebrated following his title driving the No. 9 Chevrolet for the Dale Earnhardt Jr. co-owned JR Motorsports. The Truck Series champion knew a little something about being an underdog as well. Moffitt surged to six wins in the upstart No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota.[More] The banquet will be televised on Sunday, December 16 at 8:00pm/et on NBCSN.(12-9-2018)


Joe Gibbs Racing announces crew chief hires

Jeff Meendering returns to the organization to fill the role vacated by Gabehart as crew chief on the No. 19 Xfinity Series with driver Brandon Jones. Meendering spent that past two seasons with Stewart-Haas Racing as crew chief on the No. 00 car. Ben Beshore will move from his current role as engineer on JGR's No. 18 MENCS team to replace the vacancy left by Phillips as crew chief for the No. 18 Xfinity Series Toyota.[More](12-6-2018)


John Hunter Nemechek joins GMS Racing for full 2019 XFINITY season

GMS Racing announced today that John Hunter Nemechek will join the team for the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) season. Nemechek will be the driver of the No. 23 Chevrolet Camaro under the GMS Racing banner and will contend for the 2019 Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. The Mooresville, N.C., driver started his first season of NASCAR Xfinity Series competition in 2018 with Chip-Ganassi Racing. Nemechek collected one win (Kansas Speedway), six top-five finishes, 11 top-10 finishes, and one pole award (ISM Raceway), with an average starting position of 8.5, producing an average finishing position of 10.1 across just 18 starts with 211 laps led.[More](16-6-2018)


Blake Koch joins JD Motorsports

Blake Koch has officially signed to drive the No. 4 car at JD Motorsports with Gary Keller for the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity season with help from his company, FilterTime. "It's hard for me to explain how excited I am to race again and to do it for JD Motorsports. I have seen the progress of this team and have raced against them for many years. Coming off their best season with Ross (Chastain) making the playoffs, it's a perfect time to join them," Koch said.[More](12-4-2018)


Noah Gragson wins Snowball Derby

The 51st Snowball Derby ended with another prodigy champion. Noah Gragson, 20, in his final race with Kyle Busch Motorsports, where he's learned under his idol Kyle Busch - winner of the historic 50th Snowball Derby a year ago -, followed with his own trip to victory lane Sunday, after winning the renown event at Five Flags Speedway. "We won the Snowball,,, it's unbelievable. I'm just very thankful, " said Gragson, a Las Vegas native, who has won multiple races on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He was voted by fans as the 2018 most popular driver on that circuit. [More](12-3-2018)


Justin Haley joining Kaulig Racing

Kaulig Racing announced Saturday morning that it has signed 19-year-old Justin Haley to a multi-year deal to drive the team's No. 11 Xfinity car beginning in 2019. "I am really looking forward to 2019," said team owner Matt Kaulig in a statement. "Justin [Haley] is coming off of the best season of his young career and I can't wait to see what he can do in the No. 11 car."[More](12-1-2018)


Elliott Sadler wins XFINITY Series Most Popular Driver

Elliott Sadler has been named the NASCAR Xfinity Series Most Popular Driver for the third consecutive year. Sadler retired from full-time NASCAR national series competition following the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, ending a 23-year tenure that saw him compete in 853 races across the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series.[More](11-28-2018)


Chase Briscoe to run full XFINITY season for Stewart-Haas Racing

Stewart-Haas Racing with Fred Biagi (SHR) will field driver Chase Briscoe in its No. 98 Ford Mustang fulltime in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2019, with Nutri Chomps serving as the primary sponsor for the first 13 races. Briscoe won his first career Xfinity Series race in October at the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway Roval in SHR's No. 98 Ford Mustang in just his 14th career start. The 23-year-old from Mitchell, Indiana, has run 17 Xfinity Series races in 2018 with next year marking his first fulltime season in the stepping-stone division to the elite Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.[More](11-27-2018)


Matt Tifft joins Front Row Motorsports

Bob Jenkins will expand his Front Row Motorsports team in 2019, signing Matt Tifft to drive a third Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series entry, the No. 36 Ford Mustang. Veterans Michael McDowell and David Ragan will return to drive the Nos. 34 and 38 Ford Mustangs and mentor the 22-year-old Tifft in his Cup series rookie season. Tifft finished sixth in the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship this season, earning six top-five and 19 top-10 finishes in his 2018 campaign with Richard Childress Racing, making it to the Round of 8 in the series playoffs. In four XFINITY series seasons, the young driver has nine top-five and 38 top-10 finishes, and two poles.[More](11-27-2018)


Homestead XFINITY Series TV ratings

Last Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series finale from Homestead earned a 0.6 rating and 986,000 viewers on NBCSN, down 21% in ratings and 18% in viewership from last year (0.8, 1.20M) and down 29% and 27% respectively from 2016 (0.8, 1.35M). Ratings and viewership have dropped in three straight years.[Sports Media Watch](11-26-2018)


Morgan Shepherd plans to be back in 2019

Morgan Shepherd had Landon Cassill drive his Xfinity car for him in Miami, but Shepherd says he plans to be back. Isn't it time for retirement? "Nah," Shepherd said as he sat on the pit wall. "I'm just a servant. I might not be able to help myself but I can help other people with what we're doing. Our charity is 32 years old. ... We'll go as long as the Lord wants me to go."[More](11-25-2018)

Last Race: Homestead

Entry List: 45 teams entered
Practice 1: Results
Practice 2: Results
Qualifying: Starting Lineup
Pit Stalls: Posted
Race: Official results

Xfinity Championship 4 performs mightily in season finale: Tyler Reddick book-ended his rookie NASCAR Xfinity season run - with wins in the season-opener in Daytona Beach and again Saturday evening in the Homestead-Miami season finale. But a stellar championship field kept him honest - truly settling the season trophy among themselves. Last year's Homestead winner Cole Custer finished second- a full 6.9-seconds behind Bell in the race and therefore second also in the title chase. But his effort was still good enough Saturday to give Stewart-Haas Racing its first Xfinity Series owner's championship.[More](11-17-2018)

Tyler Reddick wins at Homestead in stunning Xfinity championship run: Tyler Reddick was the only driver of the Championship 4 who really liked it on top, and his willingness to run the wall paid off with a race win and a NASCAR Xfinity Series title. Charging forward in the top lane, even though it meant an occasional brush with the outside wall, Reddick pulled away from pole winner Cole Custer during a long green-flag run to the finish to win Saturday's Ford EcoBoost 300 by 6.902 seconds.[More](11-17-2018)

Tyler Reddick wins Homestead-Miami Speedway XFINITY race amd 2018 Championship: #9-Tyler Reddick won the Ford Ecoboost 300 at Homestead and the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship. The win is the 3rd of his career.
Pole winner and Championship contender #00-Cole Custer finished second, but more than 6 seconds off the lead. #42-John Hunter Nemechek finished 3rd, the #21-Daniel Hemric, #22-Austin Cindric, #18-Ryan Preece, #7-Justin Allgaier, #19-Brandon Jones, #5-Michael Annett, and #2-Matt Tifft. #20-Christopher Bell, who won 6 races during the season, had a flat tire late in the race and finished 11th.
The race went green during the last stage. Reddick took the lead with 36 laps remaining and never looked back.
There were just 2 cautions for 10 laps and 5 lead changes among 4 leaders.
The average speed was 140.515mph.
Complete results are on the Homestead race results page (pdf).(11-17-2018)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Homestead Race & Points Report (pdf).

NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship Fast Facts
Driver Champion: Tyler Reddick
• Tyler Reddick won his first NASCAR Xfinity Series championship; becoming the 29th different driver to win the title and the third in series history to win the championship in his Sunoco rookie season joining Chase Elliott (2014) and William Byron (2017).
• Reddick won the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to claim the title.
• Reddick made 33 starts this season posting two wins (Daytona-1 and Homestead), seven top fives and 20 top 10s.
• In the Playoffs this season Reddick has posted one win (Homestead), three top fives and six top 10s.
• Reddick (Corning) has become the second NASCAR Xfinity Series champion from the state of California joining Kevin Harvick from Bakersfield, who won the championship in 2001 and 2006.
Owner Of Driver Champion: Dale Earnhardt Jr., JR Motorsports
• This is JR Motorsport's third NASCAR Xfinity Series driver championship (Chase Elliott, 2014; William Byron, 2017).
• Owner Dale Earnhardt Jr., a two-time (1998, '99) NASCAR Xfinity Series driver champion, fielded his first car as an owner in the series with driver Mark McFarland at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2005.
• JR Motorsports has led 12 different drivers to Victory Lane for a total of 44 wins in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
Crew Chief Champion: David Elenz
• This is David Elenz's second career NASCAR Xfinity Series championship (William Byron, 2017 and Tyler Reddick, 2018).
• Elenz is the 25th different crew chief to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series title and the 10th to win multiple titles.
• Elenz has won 10 NASCAR Xfinity Series races with five different drivers: William Byron (four), Kevin Harvick (two), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (one), Chase Elliott (one) and
Tyler Reddick (two).
Owner Champion: Tony Stewart & Gene Haas, Stewart-Haas Racing No. 00 Ford
• This is Stewart-Haas Racing's first NASCAR Xfinity Series owner championship.
• Stewart-Haas Racing began its NASCAR Xfinity Series program in 2017 at Daytona International Speedway with driver Cole Custer.
• Stewart-Haas Racing has two wins in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(11-17-2018)

XFINITY Driver standings after Homestead:
1) #9-Tyler Reddick, 4045
2) #00-Cole Custer, 4035, -5
3) #21-Daniel Hemric, 4033, -7
4) #20-Christopher Bell, 4026, 14
5) #1-Elliott Sadler, 2255
6) #2-Matt Tifft, 2254
7) #7-Justin Allgaier, 2251
8) #22-Austin Cindric, 2231
9) #19-Brandon Jones, 2186
10) #4-Ross Chastain, 2184
11) #16-Ryan Reed, 2170
12) #11-Ryan Truex, 2160
See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(11-17-2018)


Phoenix XFINITY TV ratings

NASCAR Xfinity Series racing from Phoenix delivered a 0.9 rating and 1.39 million viewers on NBC last Saturday, down a tick in ratings and 9% in viewership from last year (1.0, 1.53M), but up 50% and 32% respectively from 2016 on NBCSN (0.6, 1.06M).[Sports Media Watch](11-18-2018)


John Hunter Nemechek expected to move to GMS Racing

John Hunter Nemechek is on the move. After a limited XFINITY Series schedule with Chip Ganassi Racing this season, he'll jump to GMS Racing in 2019. Multiple sources have confirmed to Frontstretch the 21-year-old will be moving over to GMS. The driver contract, to be finalized in the coming days, puts Nemechek behind the wheel of the No. 23 full time. Nemechek replaces Spencer Gallagher [More](11-18-2018)


Ryan Reed unsure of 2019 plans

For the past five seasons, Ryan Reed has made a staple of competing for solid finishes in the Xfinity Series for Roush Fenway Racing. But his run with the team could come to a close in Saturday's (Nov. 17) Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Indeed, Reed's future is certainly in question after longtime sponsor Lilly Diabetes announced in mid-October it would be leaving the No. 16 team following Homestead.[More](11-17-2018)


Desert Diamond Casinos to sponsor XFINITY race at ISM Raceway

ISM Raceway and Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment today announced a multi-year partnership that will give Desert Diamond the naming rights to one of the Raceway's two new Canyons, the immersive entrances created as part of the recently completed ISM Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar. As part of its naming rights deal, Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment will also become the title sponsor of the NASCAR Xfinity Series semifinal playoff race at ISM Raceway in November 2019 and November 2020[More](11-13-2018)


Chevrolet clinches 19th Bill France Performance Cup in XFINITY Series

With the waving of the green flag over the Whelen 200 at ISM Raceway, Chevrolet clinched the Bill France Performance Cup in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). The 2018 achievement marks the 19th time the Bowtie Brand has captured this prestigious honor, more than any other manufacturer. The triumph marks the fourth time Camaro SS has earned the award since becoming Chevrolet's flagship in the Xfinity Series in 2013. The Camaro has earned 67 NXS victories since its debut. [More](11-10-2018)


Jeffrey Earnhardt to drive nine XFINITY races for Joe Gibbs Racing

Jeffrey Earnhardt will compete in a nine-race NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) in 2019 with sponsorship from Xtreme Concepts Inc., a worldwide leader in providing turnkey security solutions, along with training and technology integration to U.S. government, military and commercial clients on a global scale.[More](11-10-2018)


Ross Chastain to run full time XFINITY schedule for Chip Ganassi Racing

DC Solar and Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announce today that the clean energy company will continue their partnership with CGR to include sponsorship of the No. 42 DC Solar Chevrolet Camaro SS in the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). Recent series winner, Ross Chastain will compete full-time in the No. 42 DC Solar Chevy during the 2019 NXS campaign. [More](11-9-2018)


Cindric to run full-time in 2019 for Penske

Team Penske has announced that 20-year-old Austin Cindric will compete full time in the 2019 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS), driving the No. 22 Ford Mustang. Team Penske will continue to run the No. 12 on a limited basis in 2019 with Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney and Paul Menard sharing driving duties. [More](11-8-2018)


Chevy to debut new body designs for NXS and Trucks UPDATE

Sources have confirmed that Chevrolet will be hosting a press conference at Texas Motor Speedway Friday at 11:45 a.m. in the media center to announce new Camaro and Silverado body designs for the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series and the 2019 Gander Outdoors Trucks Series entries. A press release regarding the weekend schedule from the track may have spilled the beans on the event, as well, but news that Chevrolet had been working to redesign the Camaro was first reported by Kickin' the Tires in April.(10-31-2018)
UPDATE: Chevrolet will campaign an updated Camaro SS coupe in the NASCAR Xfinity Series™ and the new Silverado in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Series™ in 2019, the brand announced today. This marks the third time the Xfinity Series Camaro SS has received an update since its competition debut in 2013. This is the first time since 2014 the Gander Outdoors Truck Series Silverado has been redesigned.
[More](11-2-2018)


Tyler Reddick moving to Richard Childress Racing? UPDATE

Tyler Reddick has been talking to other teams about joining them next season. The most likely option could be to replace Daniel Hemric in Richard Childress Racing's No. 21.(10-24-2018)
UPDATE: Richard Childress Racing will welcome current championship contender Tyler Reddick to its 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series program. Additional information on Reddick's crew chief, sponsorship and car number will be announced at a later date.[More](10-31-2018)


Spencer Gallagher to retire at end of 2018

The announcement was made on Friday afternoon prior to Xfinity Series practice at Kansas Speedway. Gallagher said he will move into a managerial role with GMS Racing beginning with the 2019 season.[More](10-19-2018)