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By Robert Gray, NASCAR Wire Service NEWTON, Iowa — Christopher Bell knows a lot about long, dominant runs. The seasoned open-wheel racer’s won the last three Chili Bowl Nationals in his native, Oklahoma — and Sunday led an astounding 186 laps of Sunday’s CircuitCity.com 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race while cruising to a commanding victory at Iowa Speedway. The driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing/Ruud Toyota pulled away from Cole Custer on the final restart with 10 laps to go and powered to his series-leading fourth victory ofRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent After he spent over a month out of the car, Zane Smith returned to the NASCAR Xfinity Series and earned his first career top-five finish. The JR Motorsports driver lined up inside the top-five on the final restart with 10 laps to go. With the inside line a disadvantage throughout the CircuitCity.com 250, Smith quickly worked his way into the outside line. He then followed fellow part-time Xfinity driver Harrison Burton. As Burton battled with Smith’s teammate, Justin Allgaier, the Huntington Beach, CA native wasRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent A wreck in overtime took out Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick, the two NASCAR Xfinity Series regulars with the best chance of running down Kyle Busch.  Bell limped to the finish while Reddick failed to finish the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In an aggressive battle with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular Busch, Reddick entered turn the beneath the veteran. His No. 2 Hurdl Chevrolet Camaro SS bobbled and slid up the track. Just as Reddick appeared to save his car,Read More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent JR Motorsports’ tradition of giving young talent a chance continues as Zane Smith will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut this weekend. The Drivers Edge Development program participant will drive the team’s No. 8 Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Chevrolet Camaro SS in the Boyd Gaming 300. When Smith takes the green flag on Saturday afternoon, he joins JR Motorsports alums Josh Berry, William Byron, Cole Custer, Chase Elliott, Danica Patrick, and Ben Rhodes who all made their Xfinity debut with the organization. Byron and Elliott,Read More

Posted On February 28, 2019By Seth EggertIn Breaking News, Headline News, Xfinity

Up to Speed: Boyd Gaming 300 Preview

By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent The NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to the track this weekend for the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Last weekend, Christopher Bell scored his first victory of the season, joining Michael Annett as the other driver now locked into the playoffs. The first appearance of Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon, the first leg of the ‘West Coast Swing,’ and momentum. Busch and Dillon are the only Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers entered in Saturday’s race. Coverage for the Boyd Gaming 300 is scheduledRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent The 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season will have some familiar faces in different car numbers at JR Motorsports. The team will no longer use the No. 5, instead, bringing the iconic No. 8, once driven by team co-owner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in house. At least five drivers will pilot the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro SS throughout the season. Jeb Burton, Spencer Gallagher, Ryan Preece, Zane Smith, and Ryan Truex will each drive the iconic number associated with Earnhardt. Smith had previously been announced to driverRead More
By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent Chevy Racing now has its own driver development program, Drivers Edge Development, run by GMS Racing and JR Motorsports. Discussions about the program began 11 months ago. NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers Noah Gragson and Zane Smith, along with Response Energy CARS Late Model Stock Tour driver Adam Lemke will represent JR Motorsports. Representing GMS Racing will be Xfinity Series driver John Hunter Nemechek, and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series drivers Sam Mayer and Sheldon Creed. Mayer will also compete in the ARCA Racing Series andRead More
By Brian Eberly, Contributing Writer NEWTON, Iowa— Sheldon Creed turned a lap at 131.349 mph to take the General Tire Pole Award for Saturday night’s ARCA Racing Series Fans with Benefits 150 at Iowa Speedway. It was the third consecutive pole award  for Creed and the fourth of his ARCA career. “It’s pretty cool. I think we needed a little momentum and a little confidence,” Creed said of taking the top qualifying spot for the third race in a row. “I’m actually pretty shocked; we were pretty terrible in practiceRead More
By Brian Eberly, Contributing Writer JOLIET, Ill. — The month of June has been quite kind to Sheldon Creed and that continued on Thursday at Chicagoland Speedway where Creed took the top spot for the ARCA Racing Series SCOTT 150. It was the second consecutive General Tire Pole Award for the 20-year-old driver as he won from the top starting spot last weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park. Creed’s lap at 176.194 mph in the No. 28 United Rentals Toyota edged his MDM Motorsports teammate Zane Smith at 176.005 mph inRead More
By Chris Knight, NASCAR Wire Service MADISON, Ill. – In a chaotic final 10 laps of Saturday night’s fifth-annual Villa Lighting delivers the Eaton 200 presented by CK Power, Justin Haley withstood a green-white-checkered finish to score his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in his 37th career start for GMS Racing. Haley held off a hard-charging Todd Gilliland to secure the organization’s fifth Truck Series win of the season but more importantly stamp his No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet into the Playoffs. “I’ve been dreaming aboutRead More