Darlington Raceway NASCAR Xfinity Series
Team and Car Information
Driver: Ray Black Jr.
Crew Chief: Jason Miller
Car: No. 07 Chevrolet Camaro
Primary Sponsor: Isokern Fireplaces & Chimneys
Engine: Pro Motor Engines (PME)
About the No. 07 Camaro: Ray Black Jr. and the 07 team return to racing action this weekend after coming off a strong 14th place finish at Road America. Crew Chief Jason Miller will select chassis 718 for this weekend. Chassis 718 was previously raced at Bristol Motor Speedway where Ray Black Jr. finished in the 15th position. This weekend will mark Black’s third career Xfinity Series start at the famous Darlington Raceway. In his two previous attempts at Darlington Raceway, Black scored a 21st place finish in 2016 and a 25th place finish in 2017. Ray Black Jr. currently sits 16th in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings, trailing the No. 86 of Brandon Brown by just 44 points.
Team and Car Information
Driver: Gray Gaulding
Crew Chief: Patrick Donahue
Car: No. 08 Chevrolet Camaro
Primary Sponsor: DB Automotive Plus
Engine: ECR Engines (ECR)
About the No. 08 Camaro: The 08 team will look to bounce back this weekend at Darlington Raceway after a broken brake line took them out of contention for a top ten finish late at Road America. Crew Chief Patrick Donahue will select chassis 711 for competition. Gaulding previously raced this chassis at Michigan International Speedway where he finished in the 16th position. This weekend will mark Gaulding’s first career Xfinity Series start at ‘The Lady in Black.’ Despite lack of Xfinity experience, Gaulding has one career Monster Energy Cup Series start at Darlington from 2017 .
Push for the Playoffs:
With only three races remaining until the 2019 playoffs, Gaulding dropped points last weekend at Road America after suffering a broken brake line. It is likely the 08 team will have to win a race to make the playoffs. Gaulding remains in the 13th position in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings and trails the 39 of Ryan Sieg by 118 points for the final playoff position.
Throwing It Back:
The 08 team will run a special ‘throwback’ paint scheme this weekend at Darlington Raceway, honoring team owner Bobby Dotter’s 1991 Cling Free Fabric Softener paint scheme. The hot pink race car was first unloaded at Indianapolis Raceway Park in 1991, where Dotter finished in the 11th position.
“Very excited about driving Bobby’s 1991 throwback scheme at Darlington. Throwback weekend is something I’ve been looking forward to all year long. It’s great for the fans, drivers, and teams. To be able to represent Bobby is a pretty cool moment for me personally. I’m ready to get our car dialed in and put together another solid run. We have still have a shot at the playoffs, so we are gonna keep working to get in. It’s gonna be a fun weekend for sure!”
“Darlington is always such a special weekend”, says Dotter. “I was very touched last year we were able to honor my father with Spencer. I was surprised again this year. Apparently Gray and Dwayne have been planning this for some time and I think it came out better than we could have imagined. I’m really excited to see this race car on track. I don’t think you’ll be able to miss it!”
TV/Radio: The Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 at Darlington Raceway can be seen live on Saturday, August 31st on NBC. Race coverage will begin at 4:00 p.m. EST, and the event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Radio, channel 90.
About SS Green Light Racing: As one of the most tenured teams in all of NASCAR, SS Green Light has been a developmental hub for drivers looking to climb the ranks. Led by Owner, Bobby Dotter, the team has fielded entries in either the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series or the Xfinity Series competition since 2001. Coming off a successful 2018 Xfinity campaign, SS Green Light looks to build further momentum with their two-car program.