JD MOTORSPORTS CARS EARN TWO TOP 20 FINISHES IN KENTUCKY, ONTO NEW HAMPSHIRE NOW

JD MOTORSPORTS CARS EARN TWO TOP 20 FINISHES IN KENTUCKY, ONTO NEW HAMPSHIRE NOW

SPARTA, KY –

On Friday night, the NASCAR Xfinity Series raced under the lights at Kentucky Speedway for the lone night race on a 1.5 mile track this season. The recently repaved track always possesses new challenges to drivers, and this latest race was no exception. JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) drivers were ready to tackle the challenges in the Bluegrass State head on.

Garrett Smithley, driver of the No. 0 Victory Lane Quick Oil Change/Kendall Motor Oil Chevrolet, started his night off from deep in the pack in 35th due to a mishap in qualifying. However, he proved to be the biggest mover from the JDM stable, finishing 21st in Stage 1, then following that up with a 19th place effort in Stage 2. The #NumberNuthin driver out of Ligonier, PA retained his spot throughout all of Stage 3 to come home with a 19th place effort, leading the charge of his JDM teammates. With this finish, Smithley was able to move up one spot in the drivers’ points standings, now sitting in 16th.

BJ McLeod had his first drive in the No. 4 machine this weekend in Kentucky, sporting some decals bringing awareness to deceased University of Kentucky player Jared Lorenzen and his Memorial Fund. McLeod qualified his Chevrolet in the 24th position, and continued to run right around the Top 20 throughout the night. Stage 1 had the Florida native scored in 23rd, with Stage 2 showing him in 21st place. BJ ended the night with a 20th place finish, keeping him in the 20th position in the drivers’ points standings.

Stephen Leicht started his No. 01 Rising Star Casino & Resort Chevrolet the highest out of all the JDM cars in 23rd position to start the night off. Leicht ran consistently near the Top 25 throughout the race, finishing Stage 1 in 27th and Stage 2 in 26th, respectively. After having to battle the car coming out of gear late in the race, Stephen was able to stay on track and come home with a 24th place finish. He remains in 19th place in the drivers’ points standings heading into New Hampshire, just 16 points ahead of fellow teammate BJ McLeod.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s Landon Cassill drove JDM’s No. 15 Chevrolet this weekend for the first time this season, but he faced his share of problems all night. Cassill qualified in 30th position to start the race, but early on in Stage 1, he was forced to go behind the wall to fix a suspension issue, relegating him to a 35th place finish at the end of the stage, multiple laps down. Stage 2 showed Cassill in 31st, and as attrition started to hit multiple cars in the latter portion of the race, he was able to continue on to reach a 26th place finish.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire on Saturday, July 20th for the running of the Lakes Region 200. Be sure to tune into NBCSN at 4:00 PM ET to watch the four JD Motorsports with Gary Keller drivers battle it out at the flat track known as the “Magic Mile”. For all things JDM, follow along on our social media pages @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM

 

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JD MOTORSPORTS AND BJ MCLEOD AIM TO HELP BRING AWARENESS TO EX UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY FOOTBALL PLAYER JARED LORENZEN’S MEMORIAL FUND

JD MOTORSPORTS AND BJ MCLEOD AIM TO HELP BRING AWARENESS TO EX UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY FOOTBALL PLAYER JARED LORENZEN’S MEMORIAL FUND

SPARTA, KY –

As the NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Kentucky this weekend, JD Mototsports with Gary Keller (JDM) will be racing in honor of Jared Lorenzen, one of the most widely known University of Kentucky quarterbacks of all time, who unfortunately passed away last week at the tender age of 38 years old.  

Lorenzen was a standout football player, having set the all time SCC record for passing yards in his career as a quarterback. In 2007, he won a Super Bowl playing for the New York Giants. At 285 pounds, Jared was known affectionately as “Heavy Lefty”, and was one of the heaviest quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL.

The fund has been created in the name of Jared has been set up for family, friends, and fans to help finance his children’s education, and aims to help put them through the university.

JDM aims to bring awareness to the fund by representing it on the hood of BJ McLeod’s No. 4 Chevrolet in Friday night’s Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Aiding in the effort is local graphics company, GCI Digital, who will provide the team with memorial decals that will be placed on all four JDM Camaros.

Funeral arrangements for Lorenzen were held on Wednesday in Kentucky, and among the numerous attendees were some of his former teammates, including legendary player Eli Manning.

Donations to the Lorenzen family can be made on GoFundMe on the page named “The JLo Fund”. With the race being held in primetime on Friday night, JDM hopes it can help raise as many funds as possible to the family.

The Alsco 300 will be ran at Kentucky Speedway on Friday Night at 7:30 PM Eastern Time. This race will be the series’ lone night race on a mile and a half intermediate speedway, and is bound to put on a great show for the fans. Be sure to tune into NBCSN to watch BJ McLeod drive the No. 4 Jared Lorenzen Memorial Fund Chevrolet on the track in the Bluegrass State! For all things JD Motorsports, follow us on our social media platforms @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM

 

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VICTORY LANE QUICK OIL CHANGE AND KENDALL MOTOR OIL GEAR UP WITH GARRETT SMITHLEY AND JD MOTORSPORTS FOR KENTUCKY

VICTORY LANE QUICK OIL CHANGE AND KENDALL MOTOR OIL GEAR UP WITH GARRETT SMITHLEY AND JD MOTORSPORTS FOR KENTUCKY

GAFFNEY, SC –

JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) is proud to announce that Victory Lane Quick Oil Change and Kendall Motor Oil will be partnering with Garrett Smithley at Kentucky Speedway this Friday night during the Alsco 300 for the first of a multi-race schedule.

Smithley, who enters the weekend sitting in 17th place in the NASCAR Xfinity Series points standings, will drive the No. 0 Victory Lane Quick Oil Change/Kendall Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro at a track that is near and dear to his heart, having grown up in the state of Kentucky.

Joining Victory Lane Quick Oil Change and Kendall Motor Oil will be associate sponsors Bucks Oil and True Brand, which will both be displayed on the lower quarter panels and deck lid of the #NumberNuthin Chevrolet. These partners also joined Smithley earlier this year at Michigan International Speedway for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held in June.

Other races for these partners will be announced as the season progresses.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky this Friday night for the running of the Alsco 300. This race will be the series’ lone night race on a mile and a half intermediate speedway, and is bound to put on a great show for the fans. Be sure to tune into NBCSN at 7:30 PM Eastern Time to watch Garrett Smithley pilot the No. 0 Victory Lane Quick Oil Change/Kendall Motor Oil Chevrolet on the track in the Bluegrass State! For all things JD Motorsports, follow us on our social media platforms @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM

 

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LEICHT SHINES AT DAYTONA, BRINGS HOME JD MOTORSPORTS’ FIRST TOP 5 FINISH OF THE SEASON

LEICHT SHINES AT DAYTONA, BRINGS HOME JD MOTORSPORTS’ FIRST TOP 5 FINISH OF THE SEASON

DAYTONA BEACH, FL –

On Friday night, the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) returned to Daytona International Speedway for the series’ final restrictor plate race of the season. Always a special event, the July 4th tradition of racing under the lights in the Firecracker 250 usually puts on a spectacular race for fans and drivers alike.

Heading into the weekend, Stephen Leicht, driver of the No. 01 Flex Glue Chevrolet, found himself sitting 20th in the overall drivers points standings with a season-best finish of 15th. Leicht returned to Daytona looking for redemption after a blown engine relegated his No. 01 Chevrolet to a disappointing 38th finish in the first race of the season at Daytona. He rolled off from the 25th position in qualifying, but as the race started, he only went up from there.

JDM utilizes an unusual strategy at the super speedways of Daytona and Talladega in which the drivers ride at the back of the pack in order to keep their racecars clean and avoid getting collected in “The Big One”, so his Stage finishes weren’t anything to write home about. Stephen ended up P31 and P26 in both Stage One and Stage Two, respectively. However, it was in Stage Three where the 01 came to life. He narrowly avoided a few big wrecks in the final laps to find himself running in the Top 10 late in the going.

Despite getting caught up in the final wreck of the night, Leicht was able to continue with the aid of some Flex Tape support on his quarter panels. He made calculated moves through the pack to come home across the line in sixth place, however, when one car was disqualified, he was moved up to fifth, bringing home JDM’s first Top 5 of the season. The run was Stephen’s first Top 5 finish since 2007, and the team couldn’t be happier with his result. He moves up to 19th in the drivers points standings now, just 35 points behind his next competitor. Leicht returns to the site of his first NXS win this weekend at Kentucky Speedway, a track near and dear to his career.

Garrett Smithley, driver of the No. 0 Flex Tape Chevrolet, came into Daytona needing to have a good run as well, as the last month has been rough on the #NumberNuthin crew. Despite starting the race off in the 35th spot, Smithley was able to steer clear of all of the wrecks while staying up in the draft, and was able to get himself in position to make a late race charge. Stage One showed Smithley in P23, with Stage Two ending in a P27 finish.

In the last Stage, like Leicht, Smithley was able to restart up inside the Top 10 on the final restart and ran solidly in sixth up until three laps to go, when the No. 0’s engine dropped a cylinder. He went from having a guaranteed Top 10 run to finishing 14th, but the run still helped his points efforts, bumping him up to 17th in the drivers standings now.

Bad luck struck BJ McLeod, driver of the No. 15 Flex Shot Chevrolet, as he was swept away in “The Big One” on the backstretch on lap 73 of the 100 lap race. He ended up coming home with a 33rd place finish, dropping him one spot in the drivers points standings to 20th, 20 points behind Stephen Leicht.

Like BJ, Landon Cassill, driver of the No. 4 Flex Seal Chevrolet, was taken out early on lap 10 in a multicar crash in turn 4. Cassill ended up in 37th place, but he will be back for more this weekend at Kentucky.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky this Friday night for the running of the Alsco 300. This race will be the series’ lone night race on a mile and a half intermediate speedway, and is bound to put on a great show for the fans. Be sure to tune into NBCSN at 7:30 PM Eastern Time to watch Landon Cassill, BJ McLeod, Garrett Smithley, and Stephen Leicht take on the track in the Bluegrass State! For all things JD Motorsports, follow us on our social media platforms @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM

 

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GERBER COLLISION & GLASS REJOINS JD MOTORSPORTS AND LANDON CASSILL FOR CHICAGOLAND

GERBER COLLISION & GLASS REJOINS JD MOTORSPORTS AND LANDON CASSILL FOR CHICAGOLAND

Gaffney, SC –

JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) is proud to welcome Gerber Collision & Glass, one of the nation's leading autobody and glass repair and replacement companies, back on board the team’s No. 4 Chevrolet driven by Landon Cassill in Saturday's Camping World 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.

Cassill, who hails from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has a long history of driving for JDM. He has one previous start this season for the team at Talladega Superspeedway, where he earned a ninth-place finish. More recently, he helped pilot the No. 4 Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway during both practice sessions for the weekend to help shake down the car for driver Ross Chastain.

Landon was quoted saying “Anytime I get the chance to drive one of Johnny Davis’ Chevrolets, I gladly jump at the opportunity. He has been so good to me throughout my career, and with the big improvements made to the team so far throughout the 2019 season, I feel confident that we can have a great showing with Gerber Collision & Glass at Chicagoland.”

No stranger to each other, Gerber Collision & Glass previously partnered with Cassill in both races in 2014 and 2015 at Chicagoland. Gerber has also sponsored JDM for the past two years, supporting driver Ross Chastain.

Car owners have trusted their autobody repairs and auto glass repair and replacement for more than 80 years to Gerber Collision & Glass. Gerber started with one auto glass and trim shop in Chicago and has spread to over 500 shops in 27 states across the country, including over 70 locations in the greater Chicagoland area.

Currently, the No. 4 entry sits solidly in 15th place in the NXS owners’ points standings, with an average finish of 15th. Other drivers that have piloted the entry include Chastain, Stephen Leicht, and Scott Lagasse, with Chastain earning its best finish of the season at Las Vegas with a 7th place effort.

"Gerber Collision & Glass is excited to continue our partnership with JD Motorsports," said Simeen Kazmi, Advertising Manager for Gerber Collision & Glass. "Our teams at Gerber work hard to WOW every customer and be the best each day. And we know that Landon Cassill will WOW the crowd driving the Gerber No. 4 Chevrolet."

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois on Saturday, June 29th, for the running of the Camping World 300. Always a race known for its blistering heat and wore out track surface, drivers will find themselves pushed to the limits of endurance – both mentally and physically. Be sure to tune into NBCSN, for the first time this season, at 3:30 PM ET to see live coverage of the race. For all things JDM, follow along on our social media pages @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM

  

About Gerber Collision & Glass

Gerber Collision & Glass is one of the largest operators of non-franchised collision repair centers in North America, with over 500 collision repair centers in 27 states and provides quality collision repair and auto glass repair and replacement.

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NEWCOMERS MATTHEWS AND REPKO LEAD THE WAY FOR JD MOTORSPORTS IN IOWA

NEWCOMERS MATTHEWS AND REPKO LEAD THE WAY FOR JD MOTORSPORTS IN IOWA

Newton, IA –

This past Sunday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) raced at Iowa Speedway for the season’s third race at a short track. Heading into the weekend, there were some driver swaps that brought a fresh, new perspective on the team’s equipment.

Tyler Matthews, driver of the No. 15 Linetec Services Chevrolet, made his second career NXS start at Iowa, a track very similar to that where he made his debut at Richmond earlier this season. Matthews drove a smart race, after starting from the 33rd position, he made it his goal to run all the laps and gain as much experience as possible. By the end of Stage 1, he was scored in 23rd, and at the conclusion of Stage 2, he had worked his way up to 20th place.

Despite bringing a caution due to slight contact with the wall during Stage 3, Matthews was able to rally back and bring his Camaro home with an impressive 20th place finish. Of the two races ran so far, this is his best finish yet. Matthews will be back in the No. 15 Chevrolet for more races later in the season, with his growing racing schedule expected to be unveiled soon.

Ryan Repko, driver of the No. 01 The McLain Group Chevrolet, made his series debut at Iowa, and like Matthews, made it his goal to run as many laps as possible and gain some valuable experience racing these faster cars than what he is used to. Prior to this race, he had two ARCA Menards Series starts to his name, but he primarily races late model stock cars throughout the Southeast. Repko seemed to adjust well to the heavier NXS car, and he showed it during Sunday’s race.

Repko qualified his Chevrolet in 32nd position, but ran right around his JDM teammates early on. At the end of Stage 1, he was 22nd, then he finished Stage 2 off consistently in 23rd. Unfortunate timing for cautions hindered the No. 01 team, putting him multiple laps down, but at the end of the day, there was not one scratch on the car, marking his debut a success. Ryan will be back in the No. 01 for more races later on in the season as well.

Stephen Leicht vacated his normal No. 01 Chevrolet seat and hopped over to the No. 4 SEM Chevrolet for the first time this season at Iowa. Leicht rolled off from the 22nd position to start the race, and ran consistently within the Top 20 for the majority of the afternoon. He ended up 25th at the end of Stage 1, but jumped up to 19th in Stage 2. Just as he started to work his way up into the 10th-15th range, disaster struck.

On lap 204, the brake pedal went soft on his car, leaving him with little to no brakes left. This issue put the No. 4 out of the race early, coming home with a 25th place finish. This finish actually moves Leicht up one spot in points, now sitting 21st, just 10 markers out of the Top 20.

Bad luck stuck once again for Garrett Smithley and the No. 0 JD Motorsports Chevrolet this weekend. After qualifying the car in the 25th spot, Smithley and the #NumberNuthin crew appeared to have one of the better runs of the season going. He was 19th at the end of Stage 1, and remained on the lead lap throughout most of Stage 2. Just as it seemed that his bad luck streak was all but behind him, a violent vibration on lap 106 forced him to come down pit road.

As it turns out, the vibration came from a wheel stud that had been sheared off during a pit cycle, which immediately put Smithley out of the race. Thankfully, there was not any significant damage to the racecar, but this marks the third race in a row where Garrett has had mechanical issues take him out of contention early on. He now drops down a couple spots in the points standings to 18th.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series has an off weekend this week, but will be back in action on Saturday, June 29th, at Chicagoland Speedway for the running of the Camping World 300. Always a race known for its blistering heat and wore out track surface, drivers will find themselves pushed to the limits of endurance – both mentally and physically. Be sure to tune into NBCSN, for the first time this season, at 3:30 PM ET to see live coverage of the race. For all things JDM, follow along on our social media pages @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM

 

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SEM REJOINS JD MOTORSPORTS ONCE AGAIN AS PRIMARY SPONSOR ON STEPHEN LEICHT’S NO. 4 CHEVROLET

SEM REJOINS JD MOTORSPORTS ONCE AGAIN AS PRIMARY SPONSOR ON STEPHEN LEICHT’S NO. 4 CHEVROLET

Gaffney, SC –

JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) is proud to welcome SEM Products back on board the team’s flagship No. 4 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Stephen Leicht this Sunday at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.

SEM, a specialty coatings manufacturer based in Rock Hill, SC, has been sponsoring JDM in the NASCAR Xfinity Series since 2011, and this weekend will mark their first race of the season where they grace the hood and quarter panels of Leicht’s Chevrolet Camaro.

Leicht, who has raced in every NXS race this season driving the No. 01 entry, will get his first shot at driving in the No. 4 that currently sits 15th in the owners’ championship points standings. Entering the weekend, he sits 23rd in drivers’ points, coming off of a solid Top 20 run in Michigan last time out.

“I am very pleased to welcome some old friends from SEM back on with our team this weekend in Iowa. They have been really good to everybody at JD Motorsports in the past, and have built a very solid relationship with our crew. Stephen has had some good runs this season, and with his short track racing background, I am confident that we will have a good race when it is all said and done.” - JDM Team Owner Johnny Davis.

Iowa Speedway has historically been a great track to JDM, and even more specifically, the No. 4 team. Since 2014, the team has earned two Top 5 and five Top 10 finishes at the 7/8th mile speedway. In addition to JDM’s impressive stats, Stephen Leicht also has one Top 10 finish to his name in Iowa, which came at the track’s inaugural event in 2009. This weekend, he looks to build on these stats and hopefully earn his first Top 10 finish of the year.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa on Sunday, June 16th for the running of the Iowa NXS 250. Be sure to tune in on FOX Sports 1 at 5:30 PM ET to watch the four JD Motorsports with Gary Keller drivers 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

About SEM:

Established in 1948, SEM Products manufactures labor-saving products for the collision, marine, industrial and aerospace markets. We are wholly focused on building products that increase efficiency and throughput in repair centers. Our elite product range includes adhesives, seam sealers, sound dampening, texture repair, aerosol filling, UV-cured technology, interior/flexible coatings, equipment and more. For more information, visit www.semproducts.com or follow us on social: www.facebook.com/SEMProducts or @semproducts on Twitter and Instagram

 

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JD MOTORSPORTS CARS EARN THREE TOP 20 FINISHES IN THE IRISH HILLS OF MICHIGAN

JD MOTORSPORTS CARS EARN THREE TOP 20 FINISHES IN THE IRISH HILLS OF MICHIGAN

GAFFNEY, SC –

On Saturday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) made the trip up north to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan for the running of the LTI Printing 250. Heading into the weekend, JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) race teams looked to continue a strong run they have been putting together over the past few weeks that included highs of one Top 10, five Top 15, and nine Top 20 finishes.

This past weekend was a big one for JDM, due to new partner Contec, Inc. making their debut as a primary sponsor in NASCAR on board Ross Chastain’s No. 4 Chevrolet. The automotive-based brand was excited to make their mark on the track right outside Detroit, and the team was able to deliver some good results in the process.

Ross Chastain, driver of the No. 4 Contec, Inc. Chevrolet, started off his busy weekend down in Texas racing in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. This meant that longtime JDM driver Landon Cassill would pilot the No. 4 throughout both practice sessions on Friday in preparation for Chastain’s return Saturday morning for qualifying. Ross qualified his Chevy in 15th position, and raced around the 12th-15th spots for the first couple stages in the race.

In the final stage, the No. 4 Contec, Inc. crew decided to have a little fun with strategy, and opted to stay out on old tires late in the running. This allowed Chastain to position himself up within the Top 5 cars for a good amount of laps until the tires wore out, where he eventually faded through the field back near where he had been running. Though the gamble didn’t necessarily pay off because there was no caution, Ross was still able to bring his Camaro home with a 14th position. Because he has declared points in the truck series over the weekend, Ross no longer is eligible to compete for the NXS points championship, and thus removes himself from the playoff picture.

BJ McLeod, driver of the No. 15 #TeamJDM Chevrolet, started his day off from the 23rd position on the grid, and ran his race in typical McLeod fashion: sly and under the radar. Though  McLeod rarely positions himself right in the thick of things up near the front of the pack for most of the race, he always finds a way to make up spots late in the going right when the checkered flag is in sight. He spent most of the afternoon racing in the 18th-25th positions, but at the end of the day, he brought his No. 15 Camaro home in 19th place, his third Top 20 finish in a row. He now sits a solid P20 in the season’s standings.

Nipping right at McLeod’s heels at the end of the 125 lapper at Michigan was Stephen Leicht, driver of the No. 01 TeamJDMotorsports.com Chevrolet.  Leicht started the day off in 32nd, but quickly made his way through the field up to around the 20th-22nd positions for most of the afternoon. Like McLeod, however, he was able to position himself up inside the Top 20 in the closing laps, coming home with a 20th place run. He moves up to 22nd in the points standings, now just twenty markers out of the Top 20.

Garrett Smithley, driver of the No. 0 Trophy Tractor Chevrolet, just never seemed to catch a good break throughout the weekend. After qualifying a disappointing 38th, Smithley passed a few cars and ran within the 25th-30th spots for most of the afternoon, but a mysterious vibration hindered his performance greatly at the two-mile oval. The Number Nuthin crew tried their best to eradicate the issue, but it never went away completely, forcing Garrett to come home with a 27th place finish. He now sits 16th in the points standings, 152 points behind the Playoffs cutoff.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa on Sunday, June 16th for the running of the Iowa NXS 250. Be sure to tune in on FOX Sports 1 at 5:30 PM ET to watch the four JD Motorsports with Gary Keller drivers 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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JD MOTORSPORTS SIGNS RYAN REPKO TO A LIMITED NASCAR XFINITY SERIES SCHEDULE

JD MOTORSPORTS SIGNS RYAN REPKO TO A LIMITED NASCAR XFINITY SERIES SCHEDULE

Gaffney, SC –

JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) is proud to announce that Denver, NC native Ryan Repko will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) debut in the series’ upcoming race at Iowa Speedway - the first start of a multi-race deal for 2019.

Repko, born October 1st, 1999, has two ARCA Menards Series starts to his name, with the most recent being held at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in April, 2018. A natural short track racer, Repko has two Top 5 finishes and one career pole award in the CARS Tour Late Model Stock division in just eleven previous starts. In 2018, Repko won three Late Model Stock Car races, plus the prestigious Bobby Isaac Memorial 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway, a race known throughout the Southeast as being one of the most notable crown jewel events.

The nineteen-year-old driver was quoted saying “I am really thankful for this opportunity. All of the pieces are coming together for this to be a great weekend for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller, as well as for myself. I’m looking forward to making a name for myself in my first NASCAR National Series event.”

More NXS races in Repko’s growing racing schedule will be announced at a later date as the season progresses.

Ryan Repko has enlisted the services of PMG, an industry leader in career path management, to help facilitate this new relationship with JD Motorsports with Gary Keller. PMG’s partnership with JDM has helped numerous young short track racers make their NASCAR National Series debut, with Ryan being the latest successful prodigy in their lineup.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa on Sunday, June 16th for the running of the Iowa NXS 250. Be sure to tune in on FOX Sports 1 at 5:30 PM ET to watch the four JD Motorsports with Gary Keller drivers 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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JD MOTORSPORTS’ CHASTAIN & MCLEOD EARN TOP 20 FINISHES IN POCONO; TOUGH BREAK FOR LEICHT & SMITHLEY

JD MOTORSPORTS’ CHASTAIN & MCLEOD EARN TOP 20 FINISHES IN POCONO; TOUGH BREAK FOR LEICHT & SMITHLEY

GAFFNEY, SC –

The NASCAR Xfinity Series raced this past Saturday afternoon at Pocono Raceway nestled deep in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania for the Pocono Green 250 recycled by JP Mascaro & Sons. JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) drivers Ross Chastain, Garrett Smithley, BJ McLeod, and Stephen Leicht entered the weekend looking to build on momentum gained from four great runs last time out in Charlotte.

Ross Chastain, driver of the No. 4 Georgia Watermelon Association Chevrolet, started the race from the 14th position after a solid qualifying effort under NASCAR’s new qualifying procedures. From there, he began to inch his way closer to the Top 10 during Stage 1, and with the help of some pit strategy, Chastain was able to finish seventh in the stage, securing four bonus points. When Stage 2 rolled around, Ross felt like he had lost some of the balance in the rear end, causing him to slip back a few spots.

Though the No. 4 team did not earn any bonus points in Stage 2, they made some valuable adjustments which helped position Ross within striking distance of the Top 10 late in the race. On the final Green-White-Checkered restart, Ross lined up 11th, but ultimately came home with a 14th place finish after a chaotic scramble coming to the checkered flag. Coming out of Pocono, Ross still sits 13th in points, now just 23 markers back of the Playoffs cutoff.

BJ McLeod, driver of the No. 15 JD Motorsports Chevrolet, started the race with the least amount of laps on track with just two. He rolled off the grid from the 16th position, right behind Chastain. McLeod ran a quiet, methodical race within the 18th-25th spots all day, laying low and staying out of any trouble. By the time the finish came around, however, he had positioned himself to go to work. He came home with a 17th place finish, which is his best finish of the season. This was McLeod’s third Top 20 finish of 2019, and he now sits 22nd in the standings, just four points shy of the Top 20.

Stephen Leicht, driver of the No. 01 JD Motorsports Chevrolet, started the 100 lapper from the 25th position. For the majority of his race, Leicht seemed to race right around BJ McLeod in the 18th-25th positions. The No. 01 Chevrolet fought a tight condition throughout the race, but a late caution aided the crew to allow Stephen to race well into the Top 20. On the last restart, however, he unfortunately got moved out of the way, allowing multiple cars to pass coming to the checkered flag. As they crossed the start/finish line, Leicht was scored in the 23rd position, which is also where he remains in the NXS points standings.

Garrett Smithley, driver of the No. 0 Trophy Tractor Chevrolet, had a tough going this past weekend in the Poconos. It appeared as if the car’s setup was never truly right to his liking, and there was an overall lack of speed. Smithley began the race from the 34th starting position, but quickly made his way up inside the Top 25 early on. Garrett continued to run up inside the Top 25 for a good portion of the day, but unfortunately, near the ¾ mark of the race, a vibration forced him to bring his car to the garage for repairs. The Number Nuthin’ crew worked feverishly to get Smithley back out on the racetrack, where he finished 29th, 17 laps down. Smithley drops one spot in the points standings to 17th position heading into the next race at Michigan.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Michigan International Speedway for the running of the LTI Printing 250 on Saturday, June 8th. Be sure to watch FS1 for live coverage at 1:30 PM ET, or listen along on the radio on MRN. For all things JD Motorsports with Gary Keller, be sure to follow along on our social media pages @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM

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