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B. J. McLeod Motorsports

B. J. McLeod Motorsports 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 his wife Jessica. The team currently fields the No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro/Toyota Supra full-time for Matt Mills, the No. 78 for Vinnie Miller, and the No. 99 for various drivers like McLeod, Tommy Joe Martins, Jairo Avila Jr., and D.J. Kennington.

B. J. McLeod Motorsports
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Owner(s)B. J. McLeod
Jessica McLeod
BaseMooresville, North Carolina
SeriesXfinity Series
Race drivers5. Matt Mills
78. Vinnie Miller
99. B. J. McLeod, Tommy Joe Martins, Jairo Avila Jr., D.J. Kennington
Sponsors5. JF Electric, Thompson Electric
78. TBA
99. Lordco Auto Parts, Diamond Gusset Jeans
ManufacturerChevrolet
Toyota
Opened2011
Career
DebutXfinity Series:
2016 PowerShares QQQ 300 (Daytona)
Camping World Truck Series:
2011 Lucas Deep Clean 200 (Nashville)
Latest raceXfinity Series:
2019 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
Camping World Truck Series:
2015 Rhino Linings 350 (Las Vegas)
Races competedTotal: 88
Xfinity Series: 67
Camping World Truck Series: 21
Drivers' ChampionshipsTotal: 0
Xfinity Series: 0
Camping World Truck Series: 0
Race victoriesTotal: 0
Xfinity Series: 0
Camping World Truck Series: 0
Pole positionsTotal: 0
Xfinity Series: 0
Camping World Truck Series: 0

FoundingEdit

On February 3, 2016, team owner B. J. McLeod said that the team fielded two full-time cars, including the No. 78 Ford Mustang driven by himself. Batteries Plus Bulbs sponsored the car for three races in 2016.[1]

Xfinity SeriesEdit

Car No. 5 historyEdit

 
Josh Bilicki in the No. 8 car in 2017 at Road America

In 2017, it was announced that Jeff Green would drive the No. 8 full-time. The team used owner points of the No. 99 from last year, so the team needed to qualify in the Top-33 to make the field. As Green had a Past Champion Provisional, he was locked in the field for the season opener at Daytona. The number was expected to be the No. 15, but Green asked to renumber to No. 8, because he and his brother David Green had both used it in the past. Despite the initial announcement of a full-time campaign for Green, Matt Mills brought sponsorship from Thompson Electric and he drove the car at Phoenix and Richmond. After Charlotte, B. J. McLeod starting driving the No. 8 in every race besides the Daytona July race when Green returned to the team for one race. Josh Bilicki drove the No. 8 at the road course races. Tommy Joe Martins drove at Richmond's fall race and Caesar Bacarella ran the final two races (Phoenix and Homestead-Miami) for the team.

In 2018, the team returned once again with multiple drivers behind the wheel. Caesar Bacarella, Tommy Joe Martins, Ray Black, Jr., Bayley Currey, Blake Jones, Angela Ruch, Scott Heckert and Cody Ware shared the car.

Mills became the full-time driver of the No. 8 in 2019, though the number was changed to 5 after JR Motorsports acquired No. 8 from McLeod.[2][3][4] Mills would drive for the first 19 races of the season, driving a mix of Chevy's and Toyota's, only getting four top 20's, and 1 top 10 at Daytona. [5] He would be replaced at Watkins Glen by road course ace Scott Heckert who would finish 13th.[5] Vinnie Miller would drive the car at Mid-Ohio and would finish 25th a lap down.[5] Mills would return to the #5 at Bristol.

Car No. 5 ResultsEdit

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 Owners Pts
2017 Matt Mills 8 Chevrolet PHO
30
RCH
31
32nd 326
B.J. McLeod CLT
29
DOV
22
POC
26
MCH
30
IOW
17
KEN
24
NHA
26
IND
33
IOW
22
BRI
26
DAR
27
CHI
35
KEN
28
DOV
27
CLT
28
KAN
32
TEX
26
Josh Bilicki GLN
28
MOH
29
ROA
12
Tommy Joe Martins RCH
29
Caesar Bacarella PHO
30
HOM
31
Jeff Green DAY
39
ATL
26
LVS
36
CAL
29
TEX
36
BRI
25
Toyota TAL
10
DAY
20
2018 Caesar Bacarella Toyota DAY
13
26th 364
Chevrolet MCH
34
DAY
38
IND
23
Tommy Joe Martins ATL
33
LVS
25
PHO
27
CAL
24
BRI
26
RCH
23
CLT
24
POC
25
DAR
22
PHO
35
HOM
26
Toyota TAL
18
Bayley Currey Chevrolet TEX
22
Ray Black Jr. DOV
27
KEN
22
IOW
28
BRI
37
LVS
17
RCH
23
TEX
19
Blake Jones IOW
27
CHI
24
Angela Ruch NHA
30
Scott Heckert GLN
30
ROA
29
Cody Ware MOH
33
Dylan Murcott CLT
30
Matt Mills DOV
28
Jairo Avila Jr. KAN
18
2019 Scott Heckert 5 Toyota GLN
13
-* -*
Matt Mills DAY
26
TAL
17
POC
30
DAY
10
Chevrolet ATL
30
LVS
29
PHO
28
CAL
23
TEX
27
BRI
21
RCH
28
DOV
31
CLT
26
MCH
24
IOW
26
CHI
27
KEN
23
NHA
20
IOW
18
Vinnie Miller MOH
25

Car No. 15 historyEdit

Todd Peck attempted three of the first four races of the 2016 season (Atlanta Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway) with the No. 99 but he only was able to make the field at Atlanta. At Phoenix, Ryan Ellis made the field but crashed his only car for the weekend in the No. 15 for Rick Ware Racing, so they called Peck to make the race with his former No. 99, renumbered as the No. 15 car. After this, RWR and B. J. McLeod Motorsports started a partnership to share the No. 15 car full-time. McLeod fielded the car for Peck, Blake Jones, Cody Ware, Travis Kvapil, Timmy Hill, Scott Heckert, Josh Wise, Jeff Green, Stanton Barrett, Michael Lira, Clint King, Josh Reaume and D. J. Kennington. Kvapil recorded a best finish of 20th at Bristol.[6]

Car No. 78 historyEdit

 
No. 78 car at Road America in 2017

Team owner McLeod drove this car as an owner-driver in 2016. He made the first ten races and scored one top twenty finish, a nineteenth at Dover International Speedway. McLeod also had two engine failures, at Auto Club and Talladega Superspeedway.[7]

In 2017, the team returned with Clint King in the two first races of the season. McLeod returned at Las Vegas. At Charlotte Jeff Green went to the No. 78 for one-race deal but failed to qualify. Jordan Anderson, Tommy Joe Martins, Angela Ruch, John Graham, Josh Bilicki and Jennifer Jo Cobb have drove the No. 78. Stephen Young drove the No. 78 at the road course races.

In 2018, the team returned once again with multiple drivers behind the wheel. Ryan Ellis, McLeod, Ray Black, Jr., Tommy Joe Martins, Blake Jones, Scott Heckert, and Jairo Avila Jr. shared the car. Vinnie Miller took over the No. 78 car for the remainder of the 2018 season and a full schedule in 2019 and 2020, although he was replaced at Mid-Ohio with Scott Heckert.[8]

Car No. 78 ResultsEdit

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 Owners Pts
2016 B. J. McLeod 78 Ford DAY
24
ATL
26
LVS
27
PHO
29
CAL
33
TEX
29
BRI
28
RCH
28
TAL
36
DOV
19
CHA
25
POC
22
MCH
34
IOW
19
DAY
40
KEN
23
NHA
20
IND
26
IOW
23
GLN
26
MOH
27
BRI
19
ROA
28
DAR
37
RCH
32
CHI
24
KEN
21
DOV
33
CHA
30
KAN
22
TEX
28
PHO
25
HOM
31
26th 459
2017 Clint King Chevrolet DAY
38
ATL
35
38th 222
Jeff Green CLT
DNQ
Jordan Anderson DOV
26
Tommy Joe Martins POC
29
MCH
28
IOW
11
NHA
29
IND
26
IOW
27
BRI
33
DAR
31
Angela Ruch KEN
30
KEN
32
CLT
36
TEX
38
Stephen Young GLN
28
MOH
29
ROA
12
John Graham RCH
37
PHO
31
Josh Bilicki CHI
34
DOV
30
Jennifer Jo Cobb KAN
35
B. J. McLeod LVS
37
PHO
25
CAL
23
TEX
27
BRI
29
RCH
37
HOM
33
Toyota TAL
DNQ
DAY
11
2018 Ryan Ellis Toyota DAY
30
25th 369
Chevrolet ROA
17
B. J. McLeod ATL
30
LVS
26
PHO
26
CAL
22
TEX
29
BRI
20
RCH
32
DOV
23
POC
22
Toyota TAL
19
Tommy Joe Martins GLN
40
Chevrolet MCH
24
IOW
32
NHA
20
IOW
21
MOH
19
IND
27
Blake Jones KEN
25
Toyota DAY
37
Ray Black Jr. Chevrolet CLT
19
Scott Heckert CHI
28
Jairo Avila Jr. BRI
20
Cody Ware DAR
22
Cole Rouse LVS
21
Matt Mills RCH
27
Vinnie Miller CLT
31
DOV
25
KAN
22
TEX
27
PHO
36
HOM
40
2019 ATL
32
LVS
26
PHO
23
CAL
25
TEX
25
BRI
24
RCH
27
DOV
32
CLT
23
POC
25
MCH
28
IOW
32
CHI
29
KEN
25
NHA
27
IOW
20
GLN
36
-* -*
Toyota DAY
25
TAL
19
DAY
11
Scott Heckert MOH
29

Car No. 90 historyEdit

In 2015, McLeod fielded a part-time team in partner with King Autosport, sharing the owner points of 90/92 team. In 2016, Todd Peck returned to the No. 90 team at the Richmond spring race.

Car No. 99 historyEdit

 
The No. 99 car at Road America in 2017

In 2016, the No. 99 car entered Daytona with Chris Fontaine at the wheel, missing the show. The car qualified the following week at Atlanta, with Todd Peck driving. However, Peck also failed to qualify the car in two races. The No. 99 team shut down the rest of the season, because they missed most of their races. They returned at Road America with Stanton Barrett. The team returned as the No. 25 at the second Kentucky race, because Chris Cockrum crashed his only car he had for the weekend. Peck replaced him the No. 25 (McLeod's third entry, Blake Jones was in the No. 15 and McLeod in the No. 78). The No. 99 returned again at Kansas, Phoenix and Homestead with Jeff Green.

On February 2017, it was announced that David Starr would drive the No. 99 Chevrolet Camaro with help from SS-Green Light Racing full-time with sponsorship Striping Technology and Whataburger. The No. 99 used the owner points from the No. 15 from last year to make the field in the first three races. Despite a slow start to the season, Starr recorded a fifth-place finish at the July Daytona race; Starr was originally not entered in the race, as the No. 99 had been scheduled to be driven by Korbin Forrister, but Forrister came down with the flu and Starr was summoned from Texas to race at Daytona.[9]

In January 20, 2018, Ray Black Jr. was announced to drive the No. 99 car starting at Daytona. However without SS-Green Light Racing's help, the team became part-time. Black attempt the season-opener at Daytona, but failed to qualify. B. J. McLeod start and parked the car at Charlotte. Ray Black returned at July's Daytona race and finished 22nd.

In late 2018, Stephen Leicht drove the No. 99 part-time.

In 2019, the team would field for McLeod, Tommy Joe Martins, Jairo Avila Jr., D.J. Kennington, Ryan Ellis, Stefan Parsons, Cody Ware, Todd Peck, Patrick Gallagher, and C. J. McLaughlin. The team usually ran Toyota Supras while the No. 78 and No. 5 usually ran Chevrolet Camaros. Martins would leave the #99 after New Hampshire.

Car No. 99 ResultsEdit

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 Owners Pts
2016 Chris Fontaine 99 Ford DAY
DNQ
47th 50
Todd Peck ATL
38
LVS
DNQ
PHO
DNQ
Stanton Barrett ROA
27
Jeff Green KAN
21
PHO
37
HOM
32
2017 David Starr Chevrolet DAY
40
ATL
32
LVS
28
PHO
32
CAL
24
TEX
24
BRI
36
RCH
17
TAL
18
CLT
31
DOV
33
POC
25
MCH
21
IOW
14
DAY
5
KEN
31
NHA
30
IND
29
IOW
26
GLN
30
MOH
17
BRI
40
ROA
28
DAR
36
RCH
35
CHI
22
KEN
29
DOV
38
CLT
26
KAN
27
TEX
31
PHO
29
HOM
32
33rd 315
2018 B. J. McLeod CLT
40
49th 24
Stephen Leicht DOV
40
KAN
32
TEX
37
PHO
38
HOM
DNQ
Ray Black Jr. Toyota DAY
DNQ
DAY
22
2019 D. J. Kennington DAY
33
-* -*
Tommy Joe Martins ATL
31
PHO
35
CAL
20
TEX
19
BRI
26
DOV
21
MCH
18
CHI
28
NHA
25
B. J. McLeod RCH
30
Ryan Ellis IOW
23
Stefan Parsons DAY
12
IOW
21
Cody Ware TAL
21
Chevrolet GLN
21
Jairo Avila Jr. LVS
25
CLT
DNQ
KEN
38
Todd Peck POC
27
Patrick Gallagher MOH
23

Camping World Truck SeriesEdit

Note: Christopher Long is listed as the owner for these races.

Truck No. 0 historyEdit

Matt Tifft made one start with this truck, at Martinsville Speedway in 2014.[10] He finished an eighth-place finish, the team's best finish.

Truck No. 35 historyEdit

Tommy Regan made one start in this truck, at Martinsville in 2015.[11]

Truck No. 45 historyEdit

Regan debuted this truck in 2014, making one start with it at Iowa Speedway.[12] Tifft made two starts in it later in the season.[13] Chris Fontaine ran this number for the Eldora Speedway race in 2015[14] and also ran in Talladega late in the season. McLeod made ten other starts, receiving funding from Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery.[15] Regan also made two starts with the truck at Iowa and Gateway.[16]

Truck No. 78 historyEdit

McLeod ran this truck for two races in 2011, with a best finish of 20th at Nashville its team debut in NASCAR.[17] He also made one race with this truck in 2013.[18] Tommy Regan returned at Texas (fall) in 2016 but failed to qualify.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bonkowski, Jerry (February 3, 2016). "Batteries Plus Bulbs signs on as sponsor for B.J. McLeod Motorsports". NASCAR Talk. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  2. ^ "BJ McLeod Motorsports announces it is expanding to three (3) full time NASCAR Xfinity Series teams in 2019". B. J. McLeod Motorsports. January 10, 2019. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  3. ^ Marusak, Joe (January 25, 2019). "Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets his beloved No. 8 back. Here's how he did it". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  4. ^ "BJ McLeod Motorsports Reveals the Replacement of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Car No. 8". B. J. McLeod Motorsports. February 1, 2019. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "Car number 5 in 2019". Racing-Reference.info. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  6. ^ "Travis Kvapil 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  7. ^ "B.J. McLeod 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  8. ^ Knight, Chris. "Vinnie Miller set to depart JD Motorsports for B.J. McLeod Motorsports beginning at Charlotte". Catchfence. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  9. ^ Spencer, Lee (July 3, 2017). "The feel-good story from Daytona no one is talking about". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  10. ^ "2014 Kroger 200 - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  11. ^ "2015 Kroger 250 - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  12. ^ "Tommy Regan 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  13. ^ "Matt Tifft 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  14. ^ "Chris Fontaine 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  15. ^ "B.J. McLeod 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  16. ^ "Tommy Regan 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  17. ^ "B.J. McLeod 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  18. ^ "B.J. McLeod 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved May 17, 2016.

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