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Smithley and Starr Return to XFINITY Series

Although the NASCAR XFINITY Series will be filled with plenty of new faces in 2018, there will also be some familiar ones.

JD Motorsports with Gary Keller confirmed on Wednesday that Garrett Smithley will return, driving the No. 0 Chevrolet Camaro full-time. It marks the third season the pair have been partnered together.

“I’m so excited to be back with JD Motorsports with Gary Keller this season,” Smithley said. “We’ve had two very successful seasons together and to be given the opportunity to continue to build on that is something I do not take for granted.”

Last season, Smithley scored a pair of top-10’s, including a career-best eighth in the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway.

“I’m very happy to have Garrett back in the No. 0 Chevy again this season,” said team owner, Johnny Davis. “Garrett has a lot of talent as a driver, and he has the right attitude for working with his team, his crew chief, and the team’s sponsors. This will be JD Motorsports’ best season yet, and having Garrett behind the wheel will play a key part in that.”

Also, David Starr has partnered with Jimmy Means Racing to drive the No. 52 Chevrolet Camaro full-time in 2018. 

“We’re glad to have David on board and we’re looking forward to a great year with a talented, proven winner,” said Jimmy Means, team owner.

Starr has become a familiar face with 20 NASCAR seasons to his credit across the top-three divisions, scoring a season-best fifth-place finish last year in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. 

“I’m eager to get the season started,” commented Starr. “I have a lot of respect for Jimmy, he’s a true racer and has been in the industry for a long time. His knowledge will only enhance our race program and performance on the track.”

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David Starr To Drive for B.J. McLeod Motorsports at Daytona

Last minute entries for Daytona continue to file in as David Starr announced he will be piloting the No. 99 Chevy Camaro for B.J. McLeod Motorsports in the NASCAR XFINITY Series season opener this Saturday.

Striping Technology L.P., a Tyler, company that specializes in liquid striping application for roads and highways, pavement marking installation and removal, and other road maintenance services, will serve as the primary sponsor for the team.

“All of us at Striping Technology couldn’t be more proud to sponsor David and the #99 Team. He’s such a positive role model and representative for our company on and off the track,” said Striping Technology President Linda Rudd.

“It’s an honor to have our long-term partner and friend, Linda Rudd of Striping Technology, on the car to kick-off the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY season,” added Starr.

Though best known for his success in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with fours wins, 48 top-fives and 117 top-tens in 317 starts in the series, Starr isn’t precisely a newcomer to the XFINITY Series.

The 48-year-old made his debut in the series with Day Enterprises, piloting their No. 16 Pontiac at Talladega in 2000. Most recently, Starr competed full-time last season in the No. 44 Toyota Camry for Tri-Star Motorsports. He finished 16th in the standings and currently holds two top-tens in 97 races in his career in the series.

Starr will be just one of three drivers competing in a Chevy Camaro on behalf of B.J. McLeod Motorsports: the other two include Jeff Green in the No. 8 and Clint King in the No. 78.

The green flag for the XFINITY Series opener, the Powershares 300, will wave Saturday at 3:30 PM ET.

Vivian Meza is a POPULAR SPEED Development Journalist

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