Unlike any other sport, the “Silly Season” of NASCAR never truly ends until the green flag flies at the next race. Leading up to Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona the BJ McLeod Motorsports team has signed driver David Starr, a veteran, to pilot the number 99 Chevrolet Camaro. The move also will result in driver, Clint King, moving from the 99 to the 78 Chevrolet Camaro normally driven by the owner/driver, BJ McLeod. BJ will return for the second race of the year to his 78 car.
BJ McLeod has stepped out for the season’s first race to ensure that the young Development Driver has the largest pool of talent around him to succeed. McLeod is dedicated to helping foster young talent for the series and giving these drivers the much needed experience to be successful in their future.
“[Driver Development] is very important for us as that is the future of our sport.”
The last week has seen a heroic effort by all members of the team, including BJ returning to the wrenches, to prepare the third and final Chevrolet Camaro for past NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion, Jeff Green. This will finalize the manufacturer change from a stable of Ford Mustangs to Chevrolet Camaros. The switch comes to provide the best possible equipment on the track each week. This combined with a group of talented mechanics, crew chiefs and drivers, makes for a very promising future.
BJ McLeod Motorsports shows a willingness to change and move to ensure they will be a competitive mainstay within the garage area for years to come. Not only will they strive to provide competitive race cars but also provide a proving ground for young drivers to make their mark. This should bring plenty of excitement to the team and the track every week. You can follow along for all the latest from the team on their Twitter: @teamBJMcLeod as well as on their FaceBook: BJ McLeod Motorsports and their InstaGram: bjmcleodmotorsports
From the press release issued Tuesday:
B.J. McLeod Motorsports to field three XFINITY Series cars at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – To kick off their sophomore season of NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) competition, B.J. McLeod Motorsports (BJMM) will field three cars in Saturday afternoon’s PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
21-year-old Clint King will drive the team’s flagship No. 78 Chevrolet Camaro with sponsorship from Warehouse Design, while 2000 XFINITY Series champion Jeff Green will drive the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro with longtime competitor David Starr rounding out the trio in the No. 99 Striping Technology L.P. Chevrolet Camaro.
“The guys have worked extremely hard, day and night to prepare three cars to go to Daytona, but we’re ready,” said team principal B.J. McLeod. “We have youth and experience representing our team this week, which we hope will provide opportunities to earn some strong finishes and kick off our 2017 XFINITY Series season on the right foot.”
King enters the second week of Speedweeks 2017 with momentum after finishing ninth in the season-opening Lucas Oil Engine Treatment 200 ARCA Racing Series race last Saturday.
Green will make his 24th start at the “World Center of Racing” and look to repeat his seventh place showing last February.
Starr, the Houston, Tex. native is set for his 10th career XFINITY showing at the 2.5-mile superspeedway.
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The PowerShares® QQQ 300 (120 laps / 300 miles) is the first of 33 NASCAR XFINITY Series on the 2016 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Feb. 24 from 12:00 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. A final session is set for 2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., Feb. 25 beginning at 10:30 a.m. The 40-car field will take the green flag shortly after 3:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90).
Be sure to follow B.J. McLeod Motorsports on social media; Facebook.com/bjmsinc and on Twitter @TeamBJMcLeod.
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About B. J. McLeod Motorsports:
B.J. McLeod Motorsports (BJMcLeodMotorsports.com) is an American professional stock car racing team that currently competes in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The team is owned by B. J. McLeod and wife Jessica. The team will field three Camaro Chevrolets in the Powershares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway with drivers Jeff Green (No. 8), Clint King (No. 78) and David Starr (No. 99).