By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer
The NASCAR Xfinity Series will have another new face in 2018. Vinnie Miller will compete full-time in the No. 01 Chevrolet Camaro SS for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller. Miller joins Christopher Bell, Kaz Grala, and Spencer Boyd as Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders in the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series.
To date, Miller has just two starts in NASCAR’s National Series. In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the 20-year-old finished seventh in his debut at Talladega Superspeedway. In Xfinity Series, Miller started 31st and finished 29th for JD Motorsports at Chicagoland Speedway.
Miller has been dreaming of this day for a long time,
“It’s a dream come true. As a young racer, you certainly dream of making it to this level and competing with the best of the best, without being sure it will ever happen. I have several people to thank, but mostly importantly, I need to thank my family for their support. The sacrifices they have made to allow me to chase my dreams do not go unnoticed, and it will be really special to share the next step in this journey with them.”
Miller also has six starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with one top-five and two top-10s. In six ARCA Racing Series starts he has earned four top-10s. Miller has also made numerous starts in super late models, earning two top-10 finishes in the PASS South Super Late Model Series.
“I see a lot of potential in Vinnie,” said team owner, Johnny Davis. “He is a hard-working young man, and he has demonstrated his ability as a racer. He’ll have a lot to learn next year, but my team is committed to giving him the resources he needs to have a successful rookie year. Vinnie already fits in great with the team, so we’re looking forward to the 2018 season.”
JD Motorsports has competed full-time in the Xfinity Series since the 2003 season, but did compete from 1983-1985. In total, the organization has earned three top-fives and 29 top-10s in 960 starts. Ross Chastain and Joe Thurman share the organization’s best finish, fourth, over 30 years apart. Thurman also earned the organization’s best finish in the points standings, 11th in 1985.
JD Motorsports is one of the only non-Cup-affiliated teams competing full-time in the Xfinity Series.
Sponsorship and crew chief for Miller will be announced later.