Johnny Davis Motorsports has announced Corey Lajoie will join the organization full time in the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. LaJoie, who competed for BK Racing in the Monster Energy Cup Series last year, will make the step down and drive full time for team owner Johnny Davis, piloting the #4 Flex Seal Chevrolet. JDM stated that the team will run three full time entries with LaJoie driving the primary #4 for the upcoming season. LaJoie has 22 career starts in XFINITY Competition with two top 10 finishes. While nothing is completely concrete, Garrett Smithley is expected to return to JDM and remain in the #0 for 2018.
Joe Gibbs Racing announced Friday Night that 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Christopher Bell will move to the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2018, driving Full Time for Joe Gibbs Racing. Bell, who has competed in the Truck Series for the past two years, driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, will make the jump to XFINITY and run for Rookie of the Year, driving the #54 Toyota Camry. Joe Gibbs Racing revealed that PEAK AntiFreeze will step up their committment with the organization, and will sponsor Bell in 14 races beginning with the Season Opener at Daytona in February. JBL Speakers and Safelite are among sponsors set to partner with Bell for the upcoming season. The announcement of Bell joining the team wasn't the only piece of information that was layed out for next season. Team Owner Joe Gibbs stated that they will expand to four full time teams in 2018. Kyle Benjamin who was announced the driver of the #20 a few weeks ago, will drive full time along with Christopher Bell in the #54. JGR will run two "All Star Cars", primarily driven by their Cup drivers. Kyle Busch and Erik Jones, and Denny Hamlin will split the driving duties of the #18, while Daniel Suarez and Matt Tifft will split the #19 Toyota in 2018. Tifft is expected to move to Furniture Row Racing in the Cup Series next season, replacing Erik Jones, who is expected to replace Matt Kenseth at JGR. More details will come at a later date
Roush Fenway Racing finalized their 2018 plans on Sunday, by announcing that they will run as a two car team in the NASCAR XFINITY Series next season. They confirmed on social media that Late Model standout Ty Majeski will go full time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, driving the #60 IRacing.com Ford Mustang while running for Rookie of the Year. Majeski, with just three starts to his name, will drive one of the two XFINITY entires for 2018, while Ryan Reed will return for his 5th straight year with the organization, remaining as the driver of the #16 Lily Diabetes Ford Mustang. Jack Roush hinted at a possibility of running a third car, possibly the #6, in a limited schedule with Trevor Bayne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Joe Gibbs Racing announced Sunday Morning that Camping World, specializing in selling recreational vehicles, will join the organization for the 2018 NASCAR Mock Season. Camping World will join the the team by becoming the primary sponsor of the #20 XFINITY Series team, which will be driven by rookie Kyle Benjamin. Camping World will sponsor in 12 of the 33 scheduled XFINITY events. They also will sponsor Daniel Suarez and the #19 JGR Cup team in select races in 2018. Camping World CEO, Marcus Lemonis, stated that they will continue to sponsor the third-tier series, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Chip Ganassi Racing revealed early Saturday Afternoon that Tyler Reddick will move up to Full Time Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2018. Reddick will join teammate Brennan Poole on the Ganassi Roster and run for the 2018 Championship. While Poole will remain in the #48 with DC Solar, Reddick will return to the #42 Chevrolet with Broken Bow Records returning as the sponsor in 21 races in 2018. Reddick ran part time in 2017, sharing the ride with Kyle Larson, and also collected his first and only career win to date at the Kentucky Speedway. Team Owner Chip Ganassi confirmed that the organization will only field two cars in 2018 and that Kyle Larson will not race for Ganassi in the XFINITY Series in 2018. Reddick finished second in the Championship Points in the Truck Series in 2015 driving for Brad Keselowski Racing and has three wins to date in that series
Brian France met with the media Sunday Morning, to reveal the newly formed Stage Racing Format for the 2018 NASCAR Mock Season. Brian France, the CEO of NASCAR, revealed that this will go into effect immediatley before the startup of the 2018 NASCAR Mock Season. This new Stage Format will be introduced to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series, and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, with each race being set up into 3 Stages. This format is created to award the drivers and teams for their good performance throughout the regular season, and as well as in the Playoff's. Each NASCAR Event will be divided up into 3 Stages with the length of each race being set to 25%. At the end of each stage, the Top 10 in the running order will be given stage points, which will be added to their Regular Season Points. The Winner of each stage will be given an additional Playoff Point should they make the Playoff's to run for the championship. Positions 1-10 will be given a Point Total of 10-1, with the Winner of a Stage receiving 10 points, and the 10 place finisher receiving 1. Stage Points will first be available in the Can-am Duels at Daytona.
Joe Gibbs Racing has announce that Kyle Benjamin will drive Full Time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for JGR in 2018. Benjamin, 19, of Easley, South Carolina, will drive the #20 Toyota Camry in 2018 and will run for Rookie of the Year, as well as the XFINITY Championship. Benjamin made five starts for the team in 2017 and collected one Top 10 finish after starting on the front row in all 5 starts. Benjamin will also run the ARCA Race at Daytona in February with Venturini Motorsports, to get more familiar with the Daytona International Speedway and the draft. JGR failed to reveal sponsors for Benjamin but did confirm that Chris Gabehart will return to the #20 team in 2018 as the Crew Chief
Brian France announced Tuesday Morning that the NASCAR XFINITY Series will consist "Dash 4 Points" races in the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series Season. Dash 4 Points will replace Dash 4 Cash, and will allow XFINITY Series Regulars to receive double points in 4 select races throughtout the 2018 Regular Season. Dash 4 Points Races will be held at Phoenix, Bristol, Talladega, and Dover. These 4 races will play a big part into the fight to make the Playoffs. At the end of each of the 4 races, the amount of points a driver receives, will be doubled. This means the race winner can leave one of the Dash 4 Points races with 80 points, while the last place finisher would only get 2 points.
The 2018 NASCAR Mock Season Schedule was officially released this afternoon from NASCAR, revealing major changes to the schedule for the 2018 season. NASCAR confirmed that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will continue with its normal 36 race season, along with 33 XFINITY Races, and 23 Truck Races
Next season, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will finally make their debut at the Iowa Speedway in August of 2018, making it a dobule header weekend for their fall weekend at the track, joining the XFINITY Series. This big change did come at a cost for one Monster Energy Cup Track; that being the Michigan International Speedway. Michigan will lose its Fall Date and will be replaced by Iowa on that respective date. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan is normally held in the Fall but will be moved into the Spring on a Friday Afternoon, making it a quadruple weekend with Cup, XFINITY, and ARCA.
As Michigan loses a date, another track will receive an additional date for 2018; that being the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. For the first time since their inaugural race in 1998, Las Vegas will hold two Monster Energy Cup Series races in one season. The Second Las Vegas Race will kickoff the Cup Series Playoff's in Round #1 which will replace Chicagoland which will be moved to the Summer.
The Final regular season race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be held at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway which will officially set which 16 drivers will face off in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs and battle for the championship. Indianapolis will replace Richmond of being the cut-off race, as Richmond's second date will become a Playoff Race.
NASCAR also confirmed that the Bank of America 500 will be run on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval (Road Course) in the Playoff's. This will give us 3 road course races for the Cup Series in 2018
The ARCA Racing Series, which is also connected in the NASCAR Mock Season, also released their schedule, with their one and only big change being their debut at the historic Greenville Pickens Speeway in Greenville, SC.
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