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Casey Mears fills in for Almirola in XFINITY race at Pocono

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Fresh From Florida knows the way to Victory Lane with Biagi DenBeste Racing. The last time the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services campaign adorned the hood of the #98 Ford Mustang, Aric Almirola drove to a win at Talladega Superspeedway. With Almirola injured in a crash at Kansas Speedway, Biagi DenBeste Racing regular Casey Mears will jump behind the wheel of the #98 Fresh From Florida Ford Mustang this weekend at Pocono Raceway and will work to raise awareness and promote the sale of the high quality produce and seafood produced and grown in Florida.

Although this is Mears' first NASCAR XFINITY Series start at the "Tricky Triangle" he also knows how to find Richard Petty Victory Circle at the Pocono Raceway. The Bakersfield, Calif., native scored two ARCA wins in 2003. He also has experience behind the wheel in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He made 28 Monster Energy Series starts where he tallied one Top Five (fourth in 2007), three Top-10 finishes and one Pole award.

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"I appreciate Fresh From Florida and Biagi-DenBeste Racing giving me the opportunity to fill-in for Aric while he continues to recover," Mears said. "We've shared the 98 car this year and have had a solid season to this point. I look forward to this chance to have more time with the team as we continue our year together and hope to have him back in the car soon."

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