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Josh Bilicki (born June 3, 1995) is an American professional stock car racing driver from Richfield, Wisconsin.[1] He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the Nos. 38 and 93 Chevrolet Camaros for RSS Racing. He also competes part-time in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series driving the No. 52 Chevrolet Camaro for Rick Ware Racing.

Josh Bilicki
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Bilicki at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2019
Born (1995-06-03) June 3, 1995 (age 24)
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
5 races run over 3 years
Car no., teamNo. 52/53 (Rick Ware Racing)
2018 position72nd
Best finish65th (2017)
First race2017 Toyota/Save Mart 350 (Sonoma)
Last race2019 Camping World 400 (Chicagoland)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
53 races run over 4 years
Car no., teamNo. 93 (RSS Racing)
2018 position33rd
Best finish33rd (2018)
First race2016 Road America 180 (Road America)
Last race2019 Alsco 300 (Kentucky)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
3 races run over 1 year
Truck no., teamNo. 34 (Reaume Brothers Racing)
First race2019 Digital Ally 250 (Kansas)
Last race2019 Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 (Kentucky)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of July 12, 2019.

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Racing careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Starting with kid-karts at age four, Bilicki quickly moved through the ranks and into the next classes.[2] After several years in kid-karts and the Yamaha 100cc engine class, he moved to 80cc Shifter Karts. Bilicki showed his dominance quickly by winning many regional and national races, including the 2008 Road America SKUSA Super-Nationals, which brought competition from across the globe. Several times he even competed against and beat faster 125cc Shifter Karts. In 2011, Bilicki made the jump to 125cc Shifter Karts, and in 2012 Bilicki was recognized and brought on board the Andrew Chase Racing-PCR team, competing in the Midwest Shifter Kart Series in a brand new PCR Shifter Kart.[3]

Sports carsEdit

After racing Shifter Karts at a top level for nearly five years, Bilicki made the transition to sportscars at age fifteen in 2011, beginning with Spec Miata and the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). Within his first year of sportscar racing, he proved himself once again by earning two pole positions, four top-five finishing positions, and three podiums. After earning his national racing license in 2012, Bilicki began racing the SCCA Majors Tour and has qualified for the famed SCCA National Championship Runoffs every attempt tried. 2012 also marked his debut in an Area Sportsman Stock Car at a local circle track, Jefferson Speedway.

After several successful years of racing Spec Miata nationally, 2015 marked Bilicki's first year of professional sportscar racing in the IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge. He also raced a Spec Miata in the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour.

NASCAREdit

 
2016 Xfinity Series car for Obaika Racing

Bilicki debuted in the Xfinity Series with Obaika Racing at Road America in 2016. In a blog post, he said that he got his ride by contacting teams that had "TBA" on the entry list the week of the race, and he got a call back from Obaika, offering him a spot.[4] Unfortunately, a crash in qualifying and a dead battery during the race derailed his weekend at his home track, and he finished 38th.[5] Bilicki returned to Obaika Racing, albeit this time in the No. 97, for the Ticket Galaxy 200, his first oval start since 2012.[6] Starting last in the 40-car field, he avoided trouble and worked his way up to 28th position. He continued his stint with Obaika for the Ford EcoBoost 300, staying in the 97 car alongside Ryan Ellis in Obaika's other entry, the No. 77.[7] Bilicki started 37th and finished 34th.

Bilicki returned to the No. 77 in 2017, along with other races planned with Obaika.[8] In April, Bilicki announced he would make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut in June's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, driving the No. 51 for Rick Ware Racing.[9] After starting 33rd, he finished 36th.[10] Bilicki also drove an Xfinity Series race at Michigan International Speedway for MBM Motorsports,[11] finishing 27th. He ran another race for Rick Ware Racing in Cup, but it was not the second road course race as planned. Instead, Bilicki made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series oval debut at New Hampshire.[12] Later in the season, he signed a deal to run all three of the Xfinity road courses for B. J. McLeod Motorsports, running the organization's No. 8 entry.[13] After pit road speeding penalties at Watkins Glen and a crash at Mid-Ohio, Bilicki ran down Elliott Sadler in the final green flag run to finish twelfth at his home track, Road America.[14] He continued his relationship with McLeod a couple weeks later, driving the team's flagship No. 78 at Chicagoland Speedway.[15]

 
Bilicki's No. 45 in 2018 at Road America

On February 5, 2018, it was announced that Bilicki would attempt the full Xfinity season for startup team JP Motorsports, bringing with him previous sponsor Prevagen to the No. 45.[16] He didn’t qualify for the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, nor at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

On February 4, 2019, it was announced that Bilicki would join RSS Racing to pilot the team's No. 38 Chevrolet Camaro for the full 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.[17] In May, he made his NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series debut in the Digital Ally 250 at Kansas Speedway, driving the No. 34 for Reaume Brothers Racing.[18] He also returned to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in June, driving for Rick Ware Racing at Michigan.[19] Later in the month, he drove Ware's No. 53 at Chicagoland.[20]

Personal lifeEdit

Bilicki works as a driving coach and instructor when he is not behind the wheel. He is close friends with fellow NASCAR driver Camden Murphy.

Motorsports career resultsEdit

SCCA National Championship RunoffsEdit

Year Track Car Engine Class Finish Start Status
2012 Road America Mazda Miata Mazda Spec Miata 16 20 Running
2013 Road America Mazda Miata Mazda Spec Miata 34 39 Running
2015 Daytona Mazda Miata Mazda Spec Miata 55 43 Running

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Monster Energy Cup SeriesEdit

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Team 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 34 35 36 MENCC Pts
2017 Rick Ware Racing 51 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL KAN CLT DOV POC MCH SON
36
DAY KEN NHA
36
IND POC GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH CHI NHA DOV CLT TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM 65th 01
2018 Ford DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV KAN CLT POC MCH SON CHI DAY KEN NHA POC GLN
36
MCH BRI DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM 72nd 01
2019 52 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV KAN CLT POC MCH
33
SON -* 01*
53 CHI
33
DAY KEN NHA POC GLN MCH BRI DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM

Xfinity SeriesEdit

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team 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 NXSC Pts
2016 Obaika Racing 77 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA
38
DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX 62nd 23
97 PHO
28
HOM
34
2017 77 DAY ATL LVS
DNQ
PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL CLT DOV POC 44th 63
MBM Motorsports 40 Chevy MCH
27
IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW
B. J. McLeod Motorsports 8 Chevy GLN
28
MOH
29
BRI ROA
12
DAR RCH
78 CHI
34
KEN DOV
30
CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM
2018 JP Motorsports 45 Toyota DAY
DNQ
ATL
DNQ
LVS
28
PHO
32
CAL
32
TEX
24
BRI
32
RCH
33
TAL
28
DOV
29
CLT
25
POC
29
MCH
27
IOW
36
CHI
35
DAY
40
KEN
28
NHA
34
IOW
40
GLN
32
MOH
20
BRI
35
ROA
30
DAR
28
IND
38
LVS
27
RCH
30
CLT
24
DOV
31
KAN
20
TEX
Wth
PHO
34
HOM
DNQ
33rd 202
2019 RSS Racing 38 Chevy DAY
23
ATL
34
NHA
-* -*
93 LVS
36
PHO
26
CAL
29
TEX
30
BRI
36
RCH TAL
33
DOV
38
CLT
36
POC
34
MCH
21
IOW
38
CHI
DNQ
DAY KEN
32
IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV KAN TEX PHO HOM
Rick Ware Racing 17 Chevy CHI
35

Gander Outdoors Truck SeriesEdit

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series results
Year Team 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 NGOTC Pts
2019 Reaume Brothers Racing 34 Chevy DAY ATL LVS MAR TEX DOV KAN
18
CLT
DNQ
TEX IOW GTW KEN
20
POC ELD MCH BRI MSP LVS TAL MAR PHO HOM -* 01*
33 CHI
19

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Josh Bilicki gets his break as a full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  2. ^ "Slinger High School graduate Josh Bilicki races with the nation's best". FOX6Now.com. 2013-07-29. Retrieved 2016-09-14.
  3. ^ "10 Questions with Josh Bilicki – SCCA US Majors driver". 2014-08-06. Retrieved 2016-09-14.
  4. ^ "Behind the Wheel – Josh Bilicki Blogs About His Xfinity Series Debuet". 2016-09-01. Retrieved 2016-09-14.
  5. ^ "Josh Bilicki 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2016-09-14.
  6. ^ "NASCAR Xfinity: Josh Bilicki makes series oval debut at Phoenix | Maximum Sports Channels". Maximum Sports Channels. 2016-11-12. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  7. ^ "Drivers announced for Obaika Racing in NASCAR XFINITY Series Race at Homestead-Miami Speedway". Catchfence. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  8. ^ "Kallmann: With debut set, Ty Majeski's NASCAR plans taking shape". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  9. ^ "Josh Bilicki joins Rick Ware Racing Cup program for Sonoma, Watkins Glen". Josh Bilicki. April 14, 2017. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  10. ^ "2017 Toyota / Save Mart 350". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  11. ^ "The Podium Finish: Josh Bilicki Strives NASCAR Career". The Podium Finish. 2017-06-17. Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  12. ^ "Driver Josh Bilicki 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  13. ^ Bioscience, Quincy. "Prevagen To Sponsor Josh Bilicki And B.J. McLeod Motorsports For NASCAR XFINITY Series Road Courses". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  14. ^ "Clements wins 1st career NASCAR race at Road America". www.gmtoday.com. Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  15. ^ "Prevagen Extends Josh Bilicki Sponsorship; Celebrates Ten Years of Prevagen at NASCAR Chicagoland 300". Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  16. ^ "Josh Bilicki joins JP Motorsports". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  17. ^ Catanzareti, Zach. "Josh Bilicki Ready For Step Up With RSS Racing". Kickin The Tires. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Bilicki to make NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series debut at Kansas". Josh Bilicki Racing. May 8, 2019. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  19. ^ Nguyen, Justin. "Josh Bilicki, Kyle Weatherman join Rick Ware for Michigan double duty". The Checkered Flag. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  20. ^ "Bilicki set for triple duty at Chicagoland". Josh Bilicki Racing. June 28, 2019. Retrieved June 28, 2019.

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