NASCAR XFINITY Series news & rumors

NextGen Motorsports to run XFINITY, Trucks

Last season, NextGen Motorsports took its turn in NASCAR, putting together a K&N Pro Series East program. Less than one year later, the family-owned operation is heading to the Camping World Truck Series and XFINITY Series on a part-time schedule. This season, the team plans on competing in eight XFINITY races, five of which Landon Huffman will be the driver, the three road course events will be split up between 2015 Stock Car Brasil champion, Marcos Gomes, and Enrique Baca.[More](1-22-2018)

JP Motorsports plans full 2018 XFINITY schedule UPDATE

Officials from JP Motorsports announced on Wednesday that they will compete full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2018. JP Motorsports has obtained cars from TriStar Motorsports and will field the No. 55 Toyota Camry.(1-18-2018)
UPDATE: JP Motorsports is proud to announce Stephen Leicht will join the organization in 2018. The announcement comes just days after the team announced its formation and 2018 plans. Leicht will pilot the No. 55 Toyota Camry beginning at Daytona next month.[More](1-22-2018)

Precision Performance Motorsports shuts down XFINITY team

After three years of existence and 18 races later, Richard Gdovic, owner of Precision Performance Motorsports has decided to close the doors on an XFINITY Series entry. Heading into the 2017 season, Gdovic had set out to run the entire 33-race schedule, kicking it off with a 22nd-place finish at Daytona with Anthony Kumpen. Quin Houff recorded a pair of top-15 finishes at Bristol Motor Speedway (15th) and Iowa Speedway (12th) before Parker Kligerman picked up the organization's lone top-10 finish in its existence at Road America in August.[More](1-20-2018)

Kaulig Racing announces Bar Harbor and Sea Watch International as new partners for 2018

Kaulig Racing is pleased to announce the addition of outside primary sponsorship for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) season. Bar Harbor Foods and Sea Watch International will serve as primary sponsors on the No. 11 that will be driven by Ryan Truex. Starting with the season opener on February 17th, and for the next nine NXS races of the season, Bar Harbor Foods and Sea Watch International will adorn the blue, green and black Chevy Camaro.[More](1-19-2018)

NASCAR updates National Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year points system

Exactly one month from today, the green flag will wave over what is expected to be the youngest DAYTONA 500 field in NASCAR history. And today, NASCAR announced an update to the Sunoco Rookie of the Year points structure in all three national series, placing a brighter spotlight on some of those young stars. Beginning this season, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year point system will mirror the points structure that awards the season-long championship, including stage points and playoff points, with the eventual Sunoco Rookie of the Year earning the most points throughout the season.[More](1-18-2018)

BRANDT to continue sponsorship off Allgaier

With the release of a new paint scheme, BRANDT Professional Agriculture, a leading agriculture retailer and manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, announced the continuation of its sponsorship with JR Motorsports and championship contender, Justin Allgaier, for 19 races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the 2018 season.[More](1-18-2018)

Austin Cindric driving the #60 at Daytona

Roush Fenway Racing announced on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that Team Penske driver Austin Cindric will pilot the No. 60 RFR Ford in the Power Shares QQQ 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway.[More](1-18-2018)

DC Solar to sponsor McMurray and Larson in XFINITY

After partnering with Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) for three seasons in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS), DC Solar is moving to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) for the 2018 season as a primary partner with both Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray. Wasting no time getting on track with Larson, the No. 42 Camaro will feature DC Solar as the primary partner for 'The Clash at Daytona', the season opening non-points race. In addition to partnering with CGR in the MENCS, DC Solar will continue to be seen in the Xfinity Series for several races on the No. 42 Chevrolet with both Larson and McMurray behind the wheel.[More](1-16-2018)

JD Motorsports plans four full-time teams

Johnny Davis has been in the NASCAR realm for over three decades. In 2018, though, he plans on expanding JD Motorsports, running four full-time NASCAR XFINITY Series entries for the first time. JD Motorsports is coming off a season in which Ross Chastain finished 13th in the championship standings, picking up back-to-back finishes of sixth or better during the summer races at Iowa Speedway and Daytona.[More](1-16-2018)

Dr Pepper Snapple Group brands, Sun Drop and Canada Dry Ginger Ale partnering with JD Motorsports

Dr Pepper Snapple Group brands, Sun Drop and Canada Dry Ginger Ale, will be on board all of the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolets as associate sponsors for the entire 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series season. Dr Pepper Snapple Group will also be the official drink supplier of JD Motorsports with their iconic soda brands filling the team coolers every weekend.[More](1-12-2018)

Roush Fenway Racing debuts scheme for #60 Ford development team

The No. 60 Ford Performance Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing will hit the track in Daytona for the first NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) race of the 2018 season with a brand new design. The scheme features a gray and white color combination, with hints of red highlighting the number and spoiler. Ford development program drivers Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric and Ty Majeski will share the ride for the duration of the NXS season.[More](1-11-2018)

Ryan Truex replaces Blake Koch at Kaulig Racing

In the midst of off-season expansion, Kaulig Racing announced today that Ryan Truex will drive the #11 Chevrolet for the full 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) season. Truex is coming off a ninth-place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver standings. The younger brother of current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) champion Martin Truex Jr. also has two back-to-back NASCAR K&N East Series Championships as well as multiple years of experience in NASCAR's premiere series.[More](1-9-2018)

Go Green Racing to run XFINITY Series with Joey Gase

Go Green Racing (GGR) and Joey Gase have partnered to run the full NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule this season. GGR is owned by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series owner Archie St. Hilaire who fields the #32 Ford Fusion for driver Matt DiBenedetto under the Go Fas Racing banner. Industry veteran Patrick Donahue will serve as crew chief for Gase who will drive the #35 entry this season. The team will be based in Mooresville, N.C.-within a mile of its current Cup operation and has obtained owner points for the year.[More](1-5-2018)

Menards sponsoring Brandon Jones in 10 races

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that Menards home improvement stores along with several of their best vendor partners will be the primary sponsor for Brandon Jones for 10 races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2018. The #19 Menards Toyota Camry will display one partner-specific brand on the hood of the racecar for each of the Menards races.[More](1-4-2018)

Dylan Lupton returning to JGL Racing

JGL Racing officials announced today that Dylan Lupton will return to the organization's "Young Guns" program for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. After making 14 starts this past season in the team's No. 24 entry, Lupton will compete in at least 21 races this coming season in JGL Racing's No. 28 Ford Mustang.[More](1-3-2018)

Brandon Brown planning 10 XFINITY races in 2018

Brandon Brown will return to the XFINITY Series for 10 events in 2018 after also running 10 races in 2017. Brown, 24, will kickoff the season competing in the #86 Chevrolet at Daytona International Speedway, fielded by his father, Jerry Brown. It's possible that he will return the following week at Atlanta Motor Speedway (Feb. 24) to race under the King Autosport banner, owned by Mario Gosselin.[More](1-3-2018)

Tommy Joe Martins to run partial NXS schedule

Martins Motorsports has ceased operations for its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team, owner and driver Tommy Joe Martins has revealed. Martins talked about his 2018 plans, which focus primarily on a part time NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule running for BJ McLeod. Martins earned his best finish in NASCAR national touring series race, 11th, last year at Iowa Speedway driving for McLeod's Xfinity team. He cited this deal as a factor in the decision to suspend the truck program.[More](12-30-2017)

South Point Hotel & Casino extends partnership with Richard Childress Racing

The South Point Hotel & Casino will return to Richard Childress Racing as the primary sponsor on the #21 Chevrolet Camaro, piloted by Daniel Hemric, for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. The 2018 season marks the seventh year of a partnership between RCR and the Las Vegas-based hotel and casino. The South Point will serve as the primary partner on Hemric's #21 Chevrolet Camaro for all 33 XFINITY Series races during the 2018 season. [More](12-21-2017)

Shane Wilson joins JGL Racing

JGL Racing officials announced today the addition of veteran crew chief Shane Wilson to its 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series lineup. Shane will serve as crew chief for Kaz Grala and the No. 24 Ford Mustang team. He will serve along side Steven Lane who switches over to the leadership position of Team Manager/Competition Director. [More](12-21-2017)

Anderson's Maple Syrup returns to Richard Childress Racing for 2018 season

Continuing a relationship which began in 2014, Anderson's Maple Syrup will partner with Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR XFINITY Series program. The Wisconsin-based pure maple syrup company joins Matt Tifft and the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro team for a multi-race program for the 2018 season.[More](12-18-2017)

John Hunter Nemechek to join Ganassi Xfinity Series team UPDATE

John Hunter Nemechek is taking the next step up the NASCAR career ladder. Nemechek, the 20-year-old son of NASCAR veteran Joe Nemechek, will move up to the NASCAR Xfinity Series next season, where he will share the driving duties in Chip Ganassi Racing's No. 42 Chevrolet, Motorsport.com has learned. An official announcement of the move could come as early as Tuesday, sources said.(12-11-2017)
UPDATE: Chip Ganassi Racing announced that they have signed John Hunter Nemechek, a five-time winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and former NASCAR NEXT driver, to pilot the #42 Chevrolet Camaro in multiple NASCAR XFINITY Series races in 2018. Nemechek, 20, will work with veteran NXS crew chief Mike Shiplett, who has led the team for the last four seasons. Nemechek's #42 Chevrolet will carry primary sponsorship from Fire Alarm Services, Inc. in 2018.[More](12-12-2017)

JAS Expedited Trucking to sponsor Vinnie Miller at JD Motorsports

JD Motorsports with Gary Keller and with recently signed driver Vinnie Miller are proud to welcome JAS Expedited Trucking as a full-time sponsor of the #01 Chevrolet Camaro in 2018. JAS Expedited Trucking, based in Imlay City, Mich., will serve as the primary sponsor of the #01 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) entry driven by Miller in ten 2018 NXS events starting with the Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, February 24, 2018.[More](12-12-2017)

2018 XFINITY race start times announced

NASCAR released 2018 race start times and network coverage for the NASCAR Xfinity Series, including the season-opener at Daytona on FS1 and the Xfinity Series Championship at Miami on NBCSN. Key time changes include a switch to night racing at Richmond Raceway in April, later start times in the spring for races at Texas Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway and an earlier, 5 p.m. ET start time at Iowa Speedway in June and at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in September. In addition, the fall race at Texas now starts at 3:30 p.m. ET[More](12-12-2017)