At the age of 33, BJ McLeod is set to start his second full season as a team owner and driver in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. He has amassed a total of 76 career starts in the top 3 touring series, he posted a best finish of 19th on 3 separate occasions last year and finished 20th in overall NASCAR Xfinity Series points.
BJ McLeod has been in and around racing for quite a few years; getting his start by racing ATV’s at the age of 3 and having worked his way through many different series and disciplines of racing. His 4 wheel career took off running Super Late Models and logged over 100 wins! He continued to hone his skills and develop through premiere series including ARCA Racing Series and has taken a ride in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and multiple rides in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series. This driver/mechanic put down the wrenches to focus on the duties of owner, driver, and general manager.
“In the past I had to [work on the cars], to get to here. It was just me and 1 or 2 other guys. Any manual labor I do [on the car] now is because I want to. I have 5 or 6 guys that help me.”
In 2016 BJ’s team fielded Ford Mustangs and added a second full time driver to their lineup late in the year, veteran and past Champion, Jeff Green.
“It’s just a good deal for us. He has a ton of experience. When he gets in the car, you know that you’re just working on the machine now. I’ve been asking Jeff’s advice for years. Charlotte 2015, the May race, I had to get a car in on time, we only had 6 laps of practice; I asked him -How far can I get away with driving into the corner? -He said you can run wide open into one turn but will have to lift a little in 3 and 4, but try this.- …and I got in on time easily. He can start you out in the right spot, right off the bat.”
Starting out in the right spot will prove crucial to the team. Not yet having full funding holds the team to a limited amount of time for practice, regardless of the length of the session. Racing against 4 new full-time fully funded teams and multiple fully funded part-time teams, BJ and his team will have an uphill battle.
“If it was just this year over last year, I would expect top 20, a lot. With all the new teams, unless we get a full time sponsor, the reality of the situation is we will be 25th to 30th.”
However, these results will not be for lack of effort and determination. The BJ McLeod Motorsports team has a few changes for 2017. After Daytona they will field all Chevrolet Camaros, Daytona will see Jeff Green pilot a third car, a Ford Mustang.
BJ McLeod (@bjmcleod78) will pilot the 78, sponsored by Carefree Catering (@CarefreeCater), Ice-Frost (@Ice_Frost__) for #ICEFROSTCOLD beverages, and @CouchCrewChief social media.
Clint King (@driverClintKing) will also drive a part time schedule for BJ McLeod Motorsports in the 99. Sponsored by Warehouse design (@WDI103), Momo Motorsports (@MomoMotorsport), Safecraft Safety Equipment, and Lira Motorsports (@LiraMotorsports).
Jeff Green (@buckcentral10) will pilot a BJ McLeod Motorsports car for a full season of competition. In addition he will be a valuable asset to help BJ and other development drivers get the most out of each lap.
This year the team will ramp up social media efforts via Twitter @teamBJMcLeod, Instagram bjmcleodmotorsports, and FaceBook BJ McLeod Motorsports @bjmsinc. These will all have updates from the start of the truck weekend in Daytona and go throughout the year, to include in-race updates, practice and qualifying times, tech days, and everything you could ever hope to know or see from the track. If you haven’t followed them in the past, these will be great for all fans of motorsports. There are sure to be some contests and possibly some major giveaways along the way.
“Social media is as big as the TV deal or bigger. It’s non-stop, it doesn’t turn off when the race does. That’s why we are working to get bigger. We want to make sure we are doing right by the sponsor, working to get their name out there and do a good job for them.”
This young team has a big heart, lots of determination, and continue to drive for excellence. They will work day and night to get the best finishes possible. If you would like to speak with someone in regards to sponsorship and publicizing your business with BJ McLeod Motorsports, please email: Nathalie@bjmcleodmotorsports.com for an affordable, customized, and flexible plan to fit your ambitions.
As we inch ever closer to the start of the season, I can only think BJ said it best…
“I’m just ready to get after it man, get down there and race.”