SMITHLEY IMPRESSES AT INDY WITH A TOP 15 FINISH IN THE INDIANA 250

SMITHLEY IMPRESSES AT INDY WITH A TOP 15 FINISH IN THE INDIANA 250

INDIANAPOLIS, IN –

The historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway played host to the NASCAR Xfinity Series this past Saturday for the running of the Indiana 250. JD Motorsports drivers Garrett Smithley, Landon Cassill, BJ McLeod, and Stephen Leicht took on Indy with full force, knowing that there would be just one more chance at making the NXS playoffs.

Garrett Smithley, driver of the No. 0 Chevrolet sponsored in part by Contec, maintained a really solid weekend throughout the race at Indy despite starting deep in the pack in 32nd. The Ligonier, PA native worked his way through the pack early on, moving up nearly twenty positions to finish 14th in Stage One. Smithley slipped back just a tad in Stage Two to finish 16th, but it was late in the going that the #NumberNuthin showed its’ strength. After narrowly avoiding disaster, Garrett found himself sitting inside the Top 10 with less than ten laps to go. Though he wasn’t able to secure the Top 10, he still came home with a respectable 14th place, keeping him in 18th for the drivers’ points standings.

Landon Cassill, driver of the No. 4 Flex Seal/Contec Chevrolet, fought through tremendous adversity all day long. Cassill started from 34th position and was able to make some passes early on in the race, finishing out Stage One in the 25th spot. Stage Two earned Landon some more track position from some good changes atop the pit box to 19th, and he was running solidly up inside the Top 15 late in the going when overheating issues forced him to come down pit road. The “no quit” attitude of the No. 4 team got him back on track, and Landon was able to fight back to a 16th place finish, not far back behind Smithley.

BJ McLeod, driver of the No. 15 Chevrolet, rolled off the starting grid from the 21st position on Saturday. Stage One showed McLeod in 26th position, and he unfortunately lost a lap during Stage Two to finish 30th. Some quality adjustments were made up on the pit box, and BJ was able to get back on the lead lap to finish 22nd. Leaving Indianapolis, McLeod remains 20th in the drivers’ points standings.

Stephen Leicht, driver of the No. 01 Chevrolet, started in 30th for the 100 lap race. Leicht stayed consistent early on and passed two cars to finish 28th at the end of Stage One and Stage Two. As the laps wound down and carnage picked up, Stephen was able to maneuver his Camaro through the smoke to come home with a 23rd place finish on the lead lap. He is still scored in 19th for the drivers’ points standings heading into Las Vegas.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will head out west to the beautiful Las Vegas Motor Speedway this Saturday for the running of the Rhino Linings 300. Be sure to tune into NBCSN at 7:30 PM Eastern Time to see JD Motorsports drivers BJ McLeod, Garrett Smithley, Stephen Leicht, and the return of Tyler Matthews tear up the track in Sin City. For all things JDM, follow us along on social media with the handle @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM

 

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CASSILL’S TOP 10 RUN GETS HINDERED BY LATE RACE CRASH; RECOVERS NICELY TO EARN A TOP 20 FINISH

CASSILL’S TOP 10 RUN GETS HINDERED BY LATE RACE CRASH; RECOVERS NICELY TO EARN A TOP 20 FINISH

DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA -

On Saturday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series made its annual trip to Darlington Raceway for the SportClips 200. The track known as “Too Tough To Tame” brought plenty of stressful and challenging situations for drivers, all while putting on a great show for a big crowd of fans that came out to watch.

Landon Cassill, driver of the No. 01 Flex Seal Chevrolet, started off his day by impressing many with a 10th place qualifying effort, and it appeared as if he was on his way to a solid run all throughout the first half of the race. Cassill earned one stage point in Stage One by finishing 10th, and was on the cusp of gaining another in Stage Two, but ultimately finished 12th. With fifteen laps remaining, however, the Iowa native got caught up in a spin off of turn four, which significantly hurt the No. 01’s aerodynamics. The crew was able to work hard on repairing the damage, and Landon was able to bring the car home with an 18th place finish.

BJ McLeod, driver of the No. 4 South Carolina Education Lottery Chevrolet, rolled off from the 23rd position to start the 147 lap race. McLeod layed low early on in Stage One and Stage Two, finishing 26th and 22nd respectively, but really started to gain some positions later on once the halfway mark was crossed. The pit crew made some important changes to McLeod’s Chevrolet late in the race, and he was able to earn a 19th place finish, right behind his JDM teammate in Landon Cassill. This finish keeps BJ McLeod solidly in 20th position in the drivers’ points standings heading into Indianapolis.

Stephen Leicht, driver of the No. 15 JD Motorsports Chevrolet, overcame adversity throughout the entire day on Saturday. Leicht was feeling under the weather in the morning, and took a trip to the infield care center to make sure that he would be hydrated for the grueling race on Darlington’s wore-out track surface. Stephen qualified in the 24th position, but fought an ill-handling car for the majority of Stage One and Stage Two, where he finished 34th and 31st, respectively. The #15Machine crew went to work on making significant changes to his Chevrolet in the final stage, and they were able to elevate Leicht to a 26th place finish. Stephen remains 19th in the drivers’ points standings leaving Darlington.

Similar to Leicht, Garrett Smithley, driver of the No. 0 Mike Mittler Tribute Chevrolet, also had to overcome adversity throughout Saturday’s race. The Ligonier, PA driver rolled off the starting grid in 29th, and fought handling issues throughout the race. Smithley finished in 30th for Stage One, and followed it up with a 29th place ruin in Stage Two, and had to make a green flag unscheduled pit stop late in the race during the final stage for four tires. The issue kept Garrett trapped a few laps down, and the lack of cautions meant he was unable to position himself back in contention at the end of the race. The #NumberNuthin driver earned a 29th place finish at Darlington, keeping him 18th in the drivers’ points standings.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway this Saturday for the tour’s yearly stop at the oldest racetrack on the circuit. Different aerodynamic packages will throw the teams a curveball, and if last year’s race is any indication, this weekend will be one of the most exciting races of the season. Be sure to tune into NBCSN at 4:00 PM ET for live coverage. For all things JD Motorsports, follow our social media channels with the username @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM


BJ McLEOD AND JD MOTORSPORTS LOOK TO TAME THE LADY IN BLACK IN DARLINGTON WITH THE S.C. EDUCATION LOTTERY

BJ McLEOD AND JD MOTORSPORTS LOOK TO TAME THE LADY IN BLACK IN DARLINGTON WITH THE S.C. EDUCATION LOTTERY

GAFFNEY, S.C. –

JD Motorsports with Gary Keller is proud to announce the South Carolina Education Lottery and BJ McLeod will be partnering with the No. 4 Chevrolet for this Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 race at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina.

This will be the South Carolina Education Lottery’s fifth year partnering with JDM. This year, the team plans to honor 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Bobby Labonte by running a throwback paint scheme to his 1992 Slim Jim Chevrolet.

McLeod, who currently sits 20th in the NASCAR Xfinity Series points standings, cites Darlington Raceway as one of his favorite tracks. “I truly am excited to get behind the wheel of the No. 4 South Carolina Education Lottery Chevrolet this weekend. Add in the fact that we’re running the throwback paint scheme to the Slim Jim car, and it feels like I’m back to being a kid again! I mean, I grew up watching that car win races and championships, so this is all really cool for me. I’m sure we will be able to go out and have a good run for all of our supporters and fans,” McLeod said.

In four starts at Darlington, McLeod has a best finish of 23rd. Entering the weekend, his best finish of the 2019 season is 17th, which came at Pocono Raceway earlier this year.

“Darlington has been circled on my calendar for a while now, because I feel like I seem to excel at the tracks that are hard to drive,” McLeod said. “We will be slipping around out there on the ragged edge, and that all fits perfectly with my driving style. It will be a fun one, that’s for sure!”

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will race at Darlington Raceway this Saturday for the running of the Sport Clips 200. The race can be viewed live on NBC, or listened to on MRN. Be sure to tune in to see JD Motorsports with Gary Keller drivers BJ McLeod, Garrett Smithley, Stephen Leicht, and Landon Cassill try to tackle the track dubbed “Too Tough to Tame.” For all things JDM, follow us along on social media with the handle @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM

 

About the South Carolina Education Lottery:

The South Carolina Education Lottery’s mission is to enhance educational funding in South Carolina through fun and entertaining games and products offered to adults. Since the Lottery launched in 2002, more than 1.9 million scholarships and grants have been awarded to South Carolina students, and more than $5.5 billion has been contributed to education.

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VARGAS STAYS ON TRACK AND LEADS THE WAY FOR JD MOTORSPORTS AT ROAD AMERICA; SMITHLEY & LEICHT OUT LATE DUE TO ENGINE TROUBLES

VARGAS STAYS ON TRACK AND LEADS THE WAY FOR JD MOTORSPORTS AT ROAD AMERICA; SMITHLEY & LEICHT OUT LATE DUE TO ENGINE TROUBLES

PLYMOUTH, WISCONSIN –

On Saturday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series made its’ final trip out to a permanent road course on the year out at Road America near Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. This was the series’ third road course race in a month, and it turned out to be a very exciting race for the fans to watch.

Entering the weekend, Ryan Vargas, driver of the No. 4 Chevrolet, didn’t have much road course experience, but he was eager to gain some valuable seat time in just his second career NXS start. Vargas started deep in the field in 33rd when a slower car blocked his timed lap, but that didn’t prevent him from learning how to pass smoothly and make his way up through the pack. At the end of the caution less Stage One, Vargas was scored in 25th, and the eighteen-year-old made up some more spots to 22nd at the end of Stage Two. In the final stage, the NASCAR Next driver was able to climb even further up the leaderboard, coming home with a respectable 18th place finish in just his second start.

BJ McLeod, who drove the No. 15 Chevrolet on Saturday, continued his learning process on the road courses, where he is self-admittedly unaccustomed to racing on. McLeod drove a clean, conservative race all day, after rolling off the starting grid in 34th position. A pair of 30th place finishes in both Stage One and Stage Two were due to the #15Machine crew electing to hang back and keep their Camaro in one piece, but as chaos ensued in the final stage, BJ was able to steer clear of all the mess and come home with a 23rd place finish. The solid run keeps McLeod scored in 20th in the drivers’ standings heading into Darlington next weekend.

Garrett Smithley, driver of the No. 0 Chevrolet, had a very promising run going at the 4-mile road course. Smithley practiced in 17th, and started the race from 21st, and when it came to race time, many thought he would have a great finish. Stage One showed Garrett in 15th, with Stage Two showing him 13th, but unfortunately, on lap 37/45, the engine let go, forcing him behind the wall. Smithley would end up coming home with a 33rd place finish, keeping him 18th in the drivers’ points standings.

Stephen Leicht, driver of the No. 01 Chevrolet, faced the same fate as Garrett Smithley. Leicht started his Camaro from the 25th position, but was able to make up some ground early to 18th at the end of Stage One. Stephen was all the way up to 11th at the end of Stage Two, and appeared to have a solid run going, until he lost his engine one lap prior to Garrett. Stephen remains in the 19th position in drivers’ standings heading into Darlington.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will race at Darlington Raceway this Saturday for the running of the Sport Clips 200. The race can be viewed live on NBC, or listened to on MRN. Be sure to tune in to see JD Motorsports with Gary Keller drivers BJ McLeod, Garrett Smithley, Stephen Leicht, and Landon Cassill try to tackle the track dubbed “Too Tough to Tame”. For all things JDM, follow us along on social media with the handle @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM

 

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A CASSILL FIT FOR A KING – LANDON EARNS JD MOTORSPORTS’ FOURTH TOP 10 FINISH OF THE SEASON AT BRISTOL

A CASSILL FIT FOR A KING – LANDON EARNS JD MOTORSPORTS’ FOURTH TOP 10 FINISH OF THE SEASON AT BRISTOL

BRISTOL, TENNESSEE –

On Friday night, the NASCAR Xfinity Series made its’ second trip to Bristol Motor Speedway for the annual Food City 300 night race at the “World’s Fastest Half Mile”. The night race at Bristol always brings excitement and action to the forefront, and this year was no different. JD Motorsports with Gary Keller drivers Landon Cassill, Garrett Smithley, Stephen Leicht, and BJ McLeod brought their best gladiator suits with them for a hard-fought race - all under the lights.

Landon Cassill, driver of the No. 4 Flex Seal Chevrolet, qualified his Camaro in 20th position, but with the help of some strategy from atop the pit box, he was able to earn some stage points at the end of Stage 1, where he finished an impressive sixth place. Stage 2 showed Cassill in 14th position, but the crew worked hard on adjusting the car to stay up with the racetrack and keep Landon happy. At the end of the day, the Iowa native was able to come home with a 10th place finish, which is his best-career finish at the half mile short track. The finish was JD Motorsports’ fourth Top 10 of the season, two of which have been scored by Landon.

Stephen Leicht, driver of the No. 01 Flex Glue Chevrolet, started from the rear of the pack in 37th, but was able to slice his way through the field to come home with another solid finish. At the end of Stage 1, Leicht was up to 28th position, and he was able to make his way up through the pack even further to 23rd at the end of Stage 2. The #FlexGlueCrew led by Mark Setzer made some sizable changes near the end of the race to help earn Stephen some extra track position, enabling him to bring home a 19th place finish. Leicht remains 19th in the drivers’ points standings leaving Bristol, and looks to gain more points next weekend at Road America.

BJ McLeod, driver of the No. 15 Flex Shot Chevrolet, started from the 34th spot on the grid, but like Leicht, he was able to make up some ground early on in the 300 lap race. By Stage 1, McLeod was up to 23rd, and by Stage 2, he had continued his climb up to 21st. In the final stage of the event, BJ was running up inside the Top 20, and looked to have a promising finish for the #15Machine until an electrical failure brought his Camaro behind the wall on lap 242. McLeod would bring home a 26th place finish, and remains in 20th in the drivers’ points standings.

Garrett Smithley, driver of the No. 0 Flex Tape Chevrolet, rolled off from the 36th position in Friday night’s race. Along with Landon, Garrett was also able to gain a stage point at the end of Stage 1, where he placed 10th. It appeared to be shaping up for a great showing for Smithley at Bristol. Midway through Stage 2 however, a power steering issue forced him behind the wall, where he spent many laps waiting for the crew to fix the problem. Smithley was able to return to the racetrack and came home with a 28th place finish, keeping him 18th in the drivers’ points standings heading into Road America.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to road course racing this weekend on Saturday at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The Midwest track will be the end of a string of road course races in the month of August, and is always known for its’ exciting opportunities for aggressive “dive bomb” passing action. Be sure to tune into NBCSN at 3:00 PM ET to watch the Road America 180.  For all things JDM, follow along on our social media pages @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM

 

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SMITHLEY EARNS TOP 20 IN MID-OHIO, ASCHENBACH & LEICHT TAKEN OUT LATE IN THE RACE

SMITHLEY EARNS TOP 20 IN MID-OHIO, ASCHENBACH & LEICHT TAKEN OUT LATE IN THE RACE

LEXINGTON, OHIO –

On Saturday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series raced at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the B&L Transport 170. JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) drivers Lawson Aschenbach, Garrett Smithley, Stephen Leicht, and BJ McLeod looked to have some solid runs in the second road course race of the season, coming off a rough weekend at Watkins Glen International.

Garrett Smithley, driver of the No. 0 Chevrolet, had a very busy schedule this weekend as he raced double duty in both NXS and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition at two completely different tracks in two states. It would be a challenge, but the 27-year old from Ligonier, PA was ready for it. Garrett started the Mid-Ohio 75 lapper from the 28th position, and kept his car clean and on the track for the entire race. Stage 1 showed Smithley in 15th, with a one spot improvement for Stage 2 in 14th. Though he lost a few spots in Stage 3, Garrett was able to come home with a respectable 20th place finish, keeping him 18th in the drivers’ points standings heading into Bristol.

BJ McLeod, driver of the No. 15 Chevrolet, looked to improve on his road course racing skills as this would be just his second ever start at Mid-Ohio. McLeod would start the race from the 33rd position, and made it his goal to stay on track and keep the car clean so he could learn as much as possible. He ended Stage 1 in 28th, and made some spots up in Stage 2, where he finished 25th. The Florida native would finish the race in 26th position, two laps down, marking it his best career finish at the racetrack. McLeod still sits 20th in the drivers’ points standings.

Lawson Aschenbach, driver of the No. 4 GoPro Motorplex Chevrolet, was by far the most experienced road course racer JDM had this past weekend. Though it was just his third NXS start, years of experience racing open wheel and sports cars provided him with hundreds of laps on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The Maryland driver qualified in the 19th position, and made some big advances during the race under green flag conditions. Strategy put Lawson in 8th at the end of Stage 1, where he gained some stage points, and 16th in Stage 2, where he would pit before the end of the stage. However, on a restart, Aschenbach was handed a drive through penalty, followed up by a speeding penalty, which put him back in the pack. Unfortunately, contact on track after a late race restart put Lawson out of the race, where he finished 28th.

Stephen Leicht, driver of the No. 01 Chevrolet, had bad luck strike once again on Saturday. Leicht rolled off from the 24th position, and ran solidly within the Top 20 for the start of the afternoon. Stage 1 showed Stephen in 13th, and he was running right around the same mark late in Stage 2 where he unfortunately got caught up in a big wreck coming out of the “keyhole” turn. His Camaro was left in nothing but a mangled mess of fiber glass and sheet metal, and he was forced to retire early. Leicht comes home with a 32nd place finish, but he remains 19th in the drivers’ points standings heading into Bristol.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday, August 16th for the running of the Food City 300. Bristol, which is known affectionately as the Last Great Coliseum, always puts on a great show for the fans, and a challenging one for the drivers. Be sure to tune into the race broadcast live on NBCSN and PRN radio at 7:30 PM ET to see JD Motorsports’ drivers take on the World’s Fastest Half Mile. For an all-access behind the scenes look at the race weekend, follow our social media accounts @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM

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LAWSON ASCHENBACH RETURNS TO NASCAR WITH JD MOTORSPORTS’ NO. 4 GOPRO MOTORPLEX CHEVROLET AT MID-OHIO

LAWSON ASCHENBACH RETURNS TO NASCAR WITH JD MOTORSPORTS’ NO. 4 GOPRO MOTORPLEX CHEVROLET AT MID-OHIO

GAFFNEY, SOUTH CAROLINA –

JD Motorsports with Gary Keller is proud to announce that Lawson Aschenbach will make his return to NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) competition this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Aschenbach, who is a four-time Pirelli World Challenge champion, has two previous NXS starts. His best finish in the series came back in 2015 at Road America, where he piloted the No. 0 JDM Chevrolet to a 18th place finish in his series debut.

Supporting Lawson this weekend will be GoPro Motorplex, a state-of-the-art go karting facility located in Mooresville, NC. The go kart track is owned by former Mid-Ohio NXS winner, Justin Marks, and brings a tie in with JDM’s team owner, Johnny Davis, who made a reputation in the go kart industry throughout the 1990’s as one of the most revered chassis builders at that time.

Davis was quoted saying “This partnership with Lawson, GoPro Motorplex, and our team is really neat for me. I started building go karts in the early ‘90’s and it was a big part of my life at that time, and to get the opportunity to have it show back up all these years later, man that’s just cool. Lawson has done a good job for our team in his two previous starts, and I am confident that we will be able to have another solid outing this weekend. He is one of the most talented road course ringers I know, and I really think we have a shot at getting a Top 10 finish in Mid-Ohio.”

Last season, Aschenbach raced the No. 01 Chevrolet for the team at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval race in September, where he had a legitimate shot at contending before being caught up in a wreck late in the going. The team has goals in place to keep the car on the racetrack in one piece and see where the pieces fall into place.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio on Saturday, August 10th for the running of the B&L Transport 170. Be sure to tune in on NBCSN at 3:00 PM ET to watch Lawson Aschenbach make his first NASCAR Xfinity Series start of 2019 at arguably the toughest road course on the schedule. For all things JDM, follow along on our social media pages @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM

 

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LEICHT EARNS TOP 20 FINISH AT WATKINS GLEN; CHASTAIN OUT EARLY WITH MAJOR CONTACT

LEICHT EARNS TOP 20 FINISH AT WATKINS GLEN; CHASTAIN OUT EARLY WITH MAJOR CONTACT

WATKINS GLEN, NEW YORK –

On Saturday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) started its first leg of a string of road course races at Watkins Glen International. Always a fan favorite, Watkins Glen offers both the high speeds of super speedways and the close quarters of a short track – all while turning both left AND right.

Stephen Leicht, driver of the No. 01 Chevrolet, is not necessarily somebody that comes to mind as a road course ringer, but this weekend he was able to prove his ability is much greater than what most people had originally thought. Leicht started the race from the 28th position, but ran consistent throughout the entire race, keeping his car on track and out of harm’s way. In Stage One, Stephen was 27th, followed by a 25th place effort in Stage Two. In the latter part of the 82 lap race, Leicht maintained a focused attitude, methodically passing cars without risking damaging his Camaro. At the conclusion, Stephen came home with a 20th place finish, keeping him 19th in the driver’s points standings.

Garrett Smithley, who drove the No. 0 Trophy Tractor Chevrolet, raced right around Leicht for the majority of the day, but unfortunate circumstances would place him behind where he should have finished. The #NumberNuthin Chevy rolled off the starting grid in 29th, and Garrett conserved his equipment early on, putting him 30th in Stage One. However, Smithley excelled in Stage Two, coming home with a 21st place run, which propelled him into the final 40 laps. Just as it looked as if Garrett would come home with a Top 20 run, a flat left front tire forced him to pit under green. It was then found out that the sway bar arm had been sheared off from being dragged around the 2.45-mile course. Garrett was able to rebound to a 24th place finish at “The Glen”, keeping him 18th in the driver’s points standings.

BJ McLeod, driver of the No. 15 Chevrolet, just couldn’t seem to catch a “brake” on Saturday, and was forced to bring his Camaro behind the wall numerous times to fix issues with the braking system. McLeod qualified in the 33rd position, but the brake issues brought him into the garage early, hurting his positions in Stage One and Stage Two. The #15Machine crew was able to get him back out on the track, where he finished 27th. BJ moves back up into the Top 20 in driver’s points, now back in 20th position.

Ross Chastain made his return to JD Motorsports with Gary Keller in the No. 4 Protect Your Melon New York Chevrolet for the first time since Michigan earlier this season. Throughout both practices and qualifying, Chastain looked to have a solid run going, and started Saturday’s race from the 19th position. He was up into the Top 15 early on when he had contact with another driver, sending the driver around in the bus stop. Though the incident was not intentional, the other driver caught back up to Ross on the last lap of Stage One and slammed him off the racetrack and into the tire barriers, ending the No. 4’s day early with significant damage. Ross brought his Chevrolet home with a 33rd place finish, a disappointing end to a solid effort.  

The NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to road course racing this weekend on Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. This track is known as being the most technical road course on the schedule, and drivers must be on their A-game if they want to have a good finish here. Be sure to tune into NBCSN at 3:00 PM ET to watch the B&L Transport 170.  For all things JDM, follow along on our social media pages @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM

 

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LEICHT SHINES AT IOWA; VARGAS IMPRESSES MANY IN XFINITY DEBUT

LEICHT SHINES AT IOWA; VARGAS IMPRESSES MANY IN XFINITY DEBUT

NEWTON, IOWA –

On Saturday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series made its second trip to the 7/8th mile Iowa Speedway for the running of the US Cellular 250. Heading into the weekend, JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) brought a driver lineup composed of regulars Stephen Leicht and Garrett Smithley, in addition to newcomers Ryan Repko (one previous start) and Ryan Vargas (who made his series debut). The team was looking forward to returning to Newton, because it has historically been one of JDM’s best tracks result wise.

Stephen Leicht, driver of the No. 4 Chevrolet, returned to Iowa with some unfinished business from June where he retired early due to lost brakes. Leicht started the race from the 25th position, and started to settle his way in early on. By the end of Stage 1, he placed 22nd, but moved up significantly through Stage 2 to finish 16th. Crew Chief Paul Clapprood opted to play some strategy near the end of the race by saving a set of tires in the pits in case of a late caution.

Indeed, the caution came with Stephen on the lead lap, and it played out perfectly for the crew. Unfortunately for the No. 4, the right rear tire fell off as he left the pit stall, putting him one lap down. Leicht recovered to finish 16th, but the crew was left thinking what could have been as he would have been the only car on fresh tires at the end of the race. Stephen remains 19th in the points standings heading into Watkins Glen.

Ryan Vargas, driver of the No. 15 Cranio Care Bears Chevrolet, made a statement in his NXS debut. The La Mirada, California native proved he belonged in the series early on by qualifying the best out of the four JDM drivers in 23rd, and learned quickly about how these cars drive. In Stage 1, Vargas finished 26th, and like Leicht, he moved up several positions in Stage 2 to finish 18th. As the race progressed, Ryan stayed on the lead lap for a significant period of time, ultimately coming home with a 17th place finish. Vargas matched the season best finish for the No. 15 Chevrolet, and in the process, turned plenty of heads.

Garrett Smithley, driver of the No. 0 Chevrolet, fought through adversity all weekend at Iowa. Smithley qualified 35th in the #NumberNuthin Camaro, and had to battle a motor that was down on power for a good portion of the race. Stage 1 showed Garrett in 31st, with Stage 2 ending in a 27th place finish. The Ligonier, PA native was able to make up some spots late in the going, and brought his Chevrolet home in 22nd, besting his 29th place effort in June. Garrett drops two positions in points, and currently resides in the 18th spot heading into the road course portion of the schedule.

Ryan Repko, driver of the No. 01 The McLain Group Chevrolet, looked to earn his first Top 20 finish after finishing a solid 22nd in June, but he unfortunately was plagued with a series of issues throughout the weekend. He started shotgun on the field in 38th due to not being able to get a lap in qualifying because the car would not fire, and early in the race, radio communications were lost, forcing him to pit under green. To add insult to injury, Repko’s helmet hose came undone, and as the crew went to fix it, they were unable to raise the window net for several laps, costing the Denver, NC driver plenty of valuable time. Stage 1 had Ryan scored in 34th, with Stage 2 not being much better in 30th. At the end of the day, the nineteen year old brought his Camaro home with a 25th place finish, leaving him to wonder what could have happened had he not have had to fight through numerous issues.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will turn left AND right this weekend for the first time of the season at Watkins Glen International for the running of the Zippo 200. Be sure to tune into NBCSN on Saturday at 5:00 PM ET  to watch Ross Chastain, Garrett Smithley, Stephen Leicht, and BJ McLeod take the twists and turns of one of the United States’ oldest road courses in upstate New York. For all things JDM, follow along on our social media pages @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM

 

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BJ McLEOD FLIES THE FLAG FOR JD MOTORSPORTS AT NEW HAMPSHIRE, THREE CARS FINISH IN THE TOP 25

BJ McLEOD FLIES THE FLAG FOR JD MOTORSPORTS AT NEW HAMPSHIRE, THREE CARS FINISH IN THE TOP 25

LOUDON, NEW HAMPSHIRE –

On Saturday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) headed North to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the running of the ROXOR 200. This was the tour’s lone trip to what is normally a cool, breezy New England, but that was not the case this weekend. Temperatures were over 100 degrees at one point, and it made for a significantly more physically demanding race.

BJ McLeod, driver of the No. 01 Flex Glue Chevrolet, started deep in the field for the 200 miler down in 36th, but started to make up spots early. At the end of Stage One, McLeod was scored in 30th, and by Stage Two, he was up to 26th. Due to some strategy calls, he was able to earn some track position via the wave around. As the day ended up, BJ brought his Camaro home with a 21st place finish. McLeod remains P20 in the NXS points standings.

Stephen Leicht, driver of the No. 4 Flex Seal Chevrolet, qualified the best out of the JDM cars by far, starting up in the 18th position. Leicht lost some spots early on, finishing Stage One in 25th, dropping even further to 29th in Stage Two. However, the crew went to work and made a big swing on adjustments to finish 23rd on the Magic Mile. Stephen remains P19 in the drivers’ points standings heading into Iowa, where he will remain in the No. 4 Chevrolet.

Garrett Smithley, driver of the No. 0 Flex Tape Chevrolet, rolled off the starting grid from 30th position. Stage One had Smithley in 29th, but he was able to move up to 24th in Stage Two. The balance on Garrett’s #NumberNuthin never really seemed to come to him, but he was able to manage his equipment and keep the car in one piece. The Ligonier, PA native ended up finishing in the 24th position, and remains P16 in the drivers’ points standings.

Tyler Matthews, driver of the No. 15 Linetec Services Chevrolet, struggled all weekend in just his third career NXS start. The crew faced electrical issues on Friday, which forced them to lose valuable track time in practice. Due to the lack of practice, Matthews was unsure what to expect in qualifying, where he got loose and had to start shotgun on the field. As the race started, the issues came back to haunt the #15Machine, causing him to take the car behind the wall for dozens of laps. He ended up 35th in Stage One and 33rd in Stage Two multiple laps down, and came home to finish a disappointing 32nd. Tyler will be back to race for JDM for a few more races later in the season in 2019.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa on Saturday, July 27th for the running of the US Cellular 250. Be sure to tune in on NBCSN at 4:00 PM ET to watch the four JD Motorsports drivers of Stephen Leicht, Garrett Smithley, Ryan Repko, and Ryan Vargas battle it out at the 7/8th mile multi-grooved short track with high banking and high speed. For all things JDM, follow along on our social media pages @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM

 

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