By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer
For the 10th race of the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, teams will roll into Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Hisense 4K TV 300. One driver who is coming off his best finish of the season is Matt Tifft after a sixth place finish at Talladega in early May.
Tifft has had several sponsors adorn his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry, and this week he will be piloting the No. 19 Brain Tumor Awareness Month Toyota Camry. This is the second time this season that the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) will be onboard after sponsoring Tifft at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The sponsorship hits close to home for Tifft, who underwent brain surgery last year, and returned to the cockpit on a full-time basis this season.
Tifft enters Charlotte seventh in the driver points standings and third in the Sunoco Rookie Standings. He has one previous start at Charlotte, last year, when he started 16th and finished eighth.
In 20 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts, Tifft has one top five finish, eight Top 10 finishes, and one pole position. He also has 25 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts where he has one top five and nine Top 10 finishes.
“I am thrilled to have the National Brain Tumor Society represented on our car here in Charlotte,” said Tifft, who was excited to have NBTS onboard once again. “With it being brain tumor awareness month, this is a great opportunity for fans to engage and understand something that means so much to me. This is way more than just a paint scheme to me, and I really hope that we can provide a great performance for the NBTS folks so that awareness is raised.”
Tifft’s crew chief, Matt Beckman is also looking forward to what results the team can produce.
“I am proud of Matt, with the way he was able to salvage a great finish a few weeks ago in Talladega,” Beckman said. “We took advantage of the two off weeks and are thrilled to get back racing this weekend in Charlotte. We are about to have a long stretch of races in a row so we really want to make sure that we can pace ourselves and provide strong finishes week in and week out. I am looking forward to seeing the mental toughness that this team possesses and ready to see our team flourish over the next couple months.”
Now Tifft, Beckman, and the rest of the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Xfinity Series team will look to have a strong showing in NASCAR’s backyard.