SS GreenLight Racing | NASCAR Xfinity Series | Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway | Hooters 250 | Fast Facts
No. 08 SS GreenLight Racing Team:
Driver: Joe Graf Jr. (@JoeGrafJr)
Primary Partner(s): Bucked Up Energy | EAT SLEEP RACE
Manufacturer: Chevrolet Camaro
Crew Chief: Patrick Donahue
Starting Position for Hooters 250: 32nd based on random qualifying draw
Driver Points Position: 22nd | Owner Points Position: 27th
Chassis Intel: SSGLR Chassis No. 708; competed last at Auto Club (Calif.) Speedway on February 29, 2020 (Start: 22nd | Finish: 31st)
Chassis No. 708 also ran at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November 2019 with a 17th place after a 26th place starting position.
Engine: Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines (ECR)
Joe Graf Jr. Xfinity Series Homestead-Miami Speedway Starts: Joe Graf Jr. will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in Saturday afternoon’s Hooter’s 250 at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Superspeedway.
The No. 08 SS GreenLight Racing team will also compete in Sunday’s Xfinity 250, the 10th race of the 2020 season.
Joe Graf Jr. Xfinity Series Career Intermediate Nuggets: In five NASCAR Xfinity Series intermediate track races, he has been running at four of the five races. He holds an average starting position of 25.0 and an average result of 23.0 with four (4) laps led.
Joe Graf Jr. ARCA Menards Series Career Intermediate Nuggets: In eight career ARCA intermediate track races, Graf Jr. has two top-10 finishes. He has been running at seven of the eight races. He holds an average starting position of 11.8 and an average result of 12.9 with five (5) laps led.
From The Pit Box: Industry veteran Patrick Donahue is Joe Graf Jr.’s crew chief. He will crew chief his 162nd NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday afternoon. In his previous 161 races, he has two wins, eight top-five and 14 top-10 finishes to his resume.
He has five Xfinity races as crew chief at Homestead with a win in 2000 with NASCAR Cup Series Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon.
Welcome Aboard: Bucked Up Energy will make its debut this weekend as the primary partner of Graf’s No. 08 Chevrolet Camaro. Homestead is the first in a multi-year, multi-race deal with the 21-year-old driver.
Bucked Up is the everyman (or woman) energy drink. We don’t care about the color of your collar; whether blue or white, we all require energy to power our days. We want something that tastes like success, enhances mood and focus, and most of all, delivers long-lasting energy.
Joe Graf Jr. Pre-Race Quotes:
On Atlanta Motor Speedway: “Atlanta didn’t turn out as we had hoped. Despite the finish, I think we learned a lot as a team that will help us for future races including this weekend at Homestead.”
On New Partner Bucked Up Energy: “It’s extremely rewarding to bring a new partner into NASCAR and I’m thankful to have the opportunity to represent Bucked Up Energy. They are a growing brand with a lot of ambition and goals.
“They see NASCAR as a great branding opportunity and I’m excited about the things that we have in store for the future.”
On Double Header Weekend At Homestead: “I have never been to Homestead, but that will be the case for a lot of races this season. Thankfully, Patrick and the SS GreenLight Racing team have plenty of experience and that can be a good starting point for us on Saturday.
“Our goal is to have a good clean race on Saturday with a strong finish that we can build on for Sunday.”
The Hooters 250 (167 laps | 250.5 miles) is the ninth of 33 NASCAR Xfinity Series races on the 2020 schedule. The 37-car field will take the green flag shortly after 3:30 p.m. on Sat., Jun. 6, 2020 with live coverage on FOX, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).
The Xfinity 250 (167 laps | 250.5 miles) is the 10th of 33 NASCAR Xfinity Series races on the 2020 schedule. The 37-car field will take the green flag shortly after 12:00 p.m. on Sun., Jun. 14, 2020 with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).
About SS Green Light Racing:
As one of the most tenured teams in all of NASCAR, SS GreenLight Racing has been a developmental hub for drivers looking to climb the ranks. Led by owner and former driver Bobby Dotter, the team has fielded entries in either the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series or the Xfinity Series competition since 2001.
Coming off a successful 2019 Xfinity campaign, SS GreenLight Racing looks to build further momentum with their two-car program in 2020.