GARRETT SMITHLEY AND THE NO. 0 RACECAR TO BE PART OF THE FORT LIGONIER DAYS PARADE

GARRETT SMITHLEY AND THE NO. 0 RACECAR TO BE PART OF THE FORT LIGONIER DAYS PARADE

Fort Ligonier, P.A. (October 12, 2017) – With the NASCAR Xfinity Series taking the weekend off, driver Garrett Smithley will return to his home town of Fort Ligonier, P.A., to take part in the annual Fort Ligonier Days festival and parade this Saturday, October 14th.

Smithley and his No. 0 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet Camaro, with sponsorship from Ligonier Stone and Lime Concrete, will roll through downtown with the parade starting at 11:00 a.m. ET. Afterwards, Smithley will have an autograph session at Mack M. Darr Co. on West Main Street starting 2:00 p.m. Local asphalt track, Jennerstown Speedway, will be bringing out a simulator to race with Smithley.

“I'm incredibly excited and honored to be asked to participate in the Fort Ligonier Days parade,” said Smithley. “When I was a kid, going to Fort Days was one of my favorite things to do, and I haven't been back for over 10 years, so it's going to be pretty cool to see my family and all my hometown fans!”

“Celebrating Our Past, Building Our Future” is the theme for Fort Ligonier Days, 2017. This town-wide celebration has grown over more than half a century to be one of the most anticipated and popular fall festivals in the tri-state area. More information about the event can be found here: http://fortligonierdays.com/

Follow Garrett Smithley and JD Motorsports on Facebook and Twitter for live updates and video from the event.

ANOTHER STRONG RUN FOR CHASTAIN IN CHARLOTTE

ANOTHER STRONG RUN FOR CHASTAIN IN CHARLOTTE

GAFFNEY, S.C. (October 9, 2017) – After waiting through a five-hour rain delay, Ross Chastain ran an impressive race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The No. 4 Flex Seal Chevrolet Camaro ran in the top 10 for a good portion of the night and finished 14th, his second top 15 finish in a row.

With qualifying cancelled because of the rain, the field was set by the NASCAR Xfinity Series rule book, and Chastain started in 20th. The Drive for the Cure 300 was scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. (ET), but the persistent rain and mist pushed the start of the race past 8:30 p.m.

“It’s been a good late-summer stretch for us,” Chastain said. “We didn’t have much speed in practice, but my No. 4 team made some great adjustments, and once the race started it was like a whole new car. This is the best racecar we’ve ever had at Charlotte, so I can’t thank these guys at JD Motorsports with Gary Keller enough for all of their hard work. ”

The Xfinity Series will take a week off before heading to Kansas Speedway for the Kansas Lottery 300 on October 21st.

RHODES FINISHES 22ND AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

RHODES FINISHES 22ND AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

GAFFNEY, S.C. (October 9, 2017) – Bad weather made for a long day and night at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Xfinity Series, but Harrison Rhodes and the No. 01 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team prevailed with a 22nd place finish and strong run in the Drive for the Cure 300.

With qualifying cancelled because of the persistent rain and mist, the field was set by the NASCAR Xfinity Series rule book, and Rhodes started in 30th. The race was scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. (ET), but the weather pushed the start of the race past 8:30 p.m.

“This is the best I’ve ever ran at Charlotte,” Rhodes said. “We keep working on our racecars week in and week out for these mile-and-a-half tracks, and our progress is starting to show. We ran with good cars during the race tonight, and I’m proud of our effort here.”

The Xfinity Series will take a week off before heading to Kansas Speedway for the Kansas Lottery 300 on October 21st.

SMITHLEY FINISHES 23RD IN THE DRIVE FOR THE CURE 300

SMITHLEY FINISHES 23RD IN THE DRIVE FOR THE CURE 300

GAFFNEY, S.C. (October 9, 2017) – The No. 0 Meding’s Seafood / Iron Source team did not a let a little rain put a damper on their day at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Garrett Smithley came home 23rd in the Drive for the Cure 300.

With qualifying cancelled because of the persistent rain and mist, the field was set by the NASCAR Xfinity Series rule book, and Smithley started in 27th. The Drive for the Cure 300 was scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. (ET), but the weather pushed the start of the race past 8:30 p.m.

“It was an up and down night here in Charlotte,” Smithley said. “We really didn’t know what we were going to have tonight with all the rain and running a night race with the car set up for a day race, but we battled and ran in the top 20 for a good 10-15 laps. We put on a bad set of tires and lost some positions, but once we took those off I was able to get back up to 23rd. I'm proud of my JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team for all of their hard work tonight getting all three cars into the top 25.”

The Xfinity Series will take a week off before heading to Kansas Speedway for the Kansas Lottery 300 on October 21st.

CHASTAIN HAS MOMENTUM GOING INTO THE CHARLOTTE XFINITY SERIES RACE

CHASTAIN HAS MOMENTUM GOING INTO THE CHARLOTTE XFINITY SERIES RACE

Gaffney, S.C. (October 5, 2017) – Coming off of a great weekend in Dover, Chastain is feeling confident for Saturday’s Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Flex Seal will once again come on board as the primary sponsor on the No. 4 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet Camaro.

Chastain has raced Charlotte Motor Speedway seven times in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with a best finish of 15th this year in the spring.

“It feels great coming to Charlotte some momentum from our great weekend in Dover,” said Chastain. “Our mile-and-a-half program has made some great strides this year, and I think our solid run here in May shows that. I’m excited to see what the No. 4 Flex Seal team can do this weekend.”

Charlotte Motor Speedway practice is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. (ET) Friday. Qualifying will start at 12:05 p.m. Saturday. The Drive for the Cure 300 will get the green flag at 3:00 p.m. on NBCSN.

SMITHLEY EXCITED FOR CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

SMITHLEY EXCITED FOR CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Gaffney, S.C. (October 5, 2017) – Garrett Smithley, driver of the No. 0 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet Camaro, is excited to race Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend, one of his favorite tracks.

Saturday’s Drive for the Cure 300 will be Smithley’s fourth time racing the 1.5 mile track in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. His previous starts at Charlotte have yielded one top-15 finish and a pair of top-25 finishes.

“I love racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway,” said Smithley. “The ‘Number Nuthin’ team has yet to leave CMS disappointed, so I’m hoping we can really turn some heads this weekend.”

Saturday will also be Smithley’s 69th career NASCAR start.

Charlotte Motor Speedway practice is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. (ET) Friday. Qualifying will start at 12:05 p.m. Saturday. The Drive for the Cure 300 will get the green flag at 3:00 p.m. on NBCSN.

RHODES LOOKING FOR REBOUND IN CHARLOTTE

RHODES LOOKING FOR REBOUND IN CHARLOTTE

Gaffney, S.C. (October 5, 2017) – After a tough race in Dover, Harrison Rhodes is hoping for a better weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Rhodes will drive the No. 01 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet Camaro in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Drive for the Cure 300.

Rhodes has five previous Xfinity Series starts at the mile-and-a-half track in Charlotte, N.C.

 “Last weekend did not go the way we had hoped, but this is a new week,” said Rhodes. “The guys at the shop have been working hard all week getting a great No. 01 racecar set up for Charlotte. I have struggled at this track in the past, but JDM’s mile-and-a-half program has made some good progress this year, so I’m eager to get on track at CMS.”

Charlotte Motor Speedway practice is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. (ET) Friday. Qualifying will start at 12:05 p.m. Saturday. The Drive for the Cure 300 will get the green flag at 3:00 p.m. on NBCSN.

CHASTAIN HAS STRONG RUN IN THE DOVER XFINITY SERIES RACE

CHASTAIN HAS STRONG RUN IN THE DOVER XFINITY SERIES RACE

GAFFNEY, S.C. (October 2, 2017) – Ross Chastain capped off an impressive NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway with a 12th place finish in the No. 4 “Use Your Melon. Drive Sober.” Chevrolet Camaro.

Chastain, having announced his contract extension with JD Motorsports with Gary Keller on Friday, made it to round three of qualifying and started the Drive Sober 200 in 12th place. Throughout the race, Chastain never fell out of the top 15 and ran in the top 10 for many laps.

“Our day was solid,” Chastain said. “We ran well and consistently all day despite lacking some overall grip. That’s the only thing that cost us a couple spots at the end. This is definitely one of the most consistent weekends that we’ve had, and I think being in the Cup car helped a lot. Overall, I’m very proud of this No. 4 team and thankful to the Delaware Office of Highway Safety for their support.”

Chastain also competed in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Apache Warrior 400 driving the No. 15 “Use Your Melon. Drive Sober.” Chevrolet SS for Premium Motorsports. Chastain had a strong start to the race, but something broke in the steering, and he was forced to spend several laps in the garage. The No. 15 finished 38th.

Next on the schedule is the Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, October 7th.

SMITHLEY 29TH AT DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

SMITHLEY 29TH AT DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

GAFFNEY, S.C. (October 2, 2017) – Garrett Smithley, driving the No. 0 Heroes Haven Chevrolet Camaro for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller, finished in 29thplace in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Drive Sober 200.

Smithley qualified 30th for Saturday’s race at Dover International Speedway.

“It was a pretty decent day all around,” Smithley said. “I’m so thankful to Heroes Haven for the support. It’s always such an honor to have them at the track and to represent such a great organization. I’m looking forward to going to Charlotte next week, and hopefully we’ll turn some heads there.”

Next on the schedule is the Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, October 7th.

RHODES PARKED BY ENGINE TROUBLES EARLY IN THE DRIVE SOBER 200

RHODES PARKED BY ENGINE TROUBLES EARLY IN THE DRIVE SOBER 200

GAFFNEY, S.C. (October 2, 2017) – JD Motorsports with Gary Keller driver, Harrison Rhodes, was forced to retire from Saturday’s Drive Sober 200 after 17 laps due to a blown engine.

The No. 01 Meding’s Seafood / Iron Source Chevrolet Camaro qualified 31st for the Dover International Speedway NASCAR Xfinity Series race and was running well before the engine began to smoke. Rhodes finished the race scored in the 37th position.

 “I really hate it for my team and for my sponsors,” Rhodes said. “I wish we could have run more laps for Meding’s Seafood and Iron Source. They’ve been great supporters of the team for years. We’ll regroup and come back stronger for Charlotte.”

Next on the schedule is the Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, October 7th.