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Josh Williams (born August 3, 1993) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the Nos. 36 and 92 Chevrolet Camaros for DGM Racing. He previously raced in the ARCA Racing Series, accumulating over 100 starts in that series.[1]

Josh Williams
ARCA 68 Josh Williams Road America 2013.jpg
Williams' 2013 Kimmel ARCA car at Road America
Born (1993-08-03) August 3, 1993 (age 25)
Port Charlotte, Florida
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
44 races run over 4 years
Car no., teamNos. 36/92 (DGM Racing)
2018 position32nd
Best finish32nd (2018)
First race2016 Menards 250 (Michigan)
Last race2019 Alsco 300 (Kentucky)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
1 race run over 1 year
2014 position84th
Best finish84th (2014)
First race2014 Kroger 250 (Martinsville)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of July 5, 2019.

Contents

Racing careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Williams raced go-karts, quarter midgets and Allison Legacy cars to help advance his early racing career.[2]

ARCA Racing SeriesEdit

Williams drove five races in the 2010 ARCA Racing Series in his family car, numbered 02. He recorded the best finish of 15th at Iowa Speedway.[3] Williams caught the attention of those in the racing community with those performances, as he ran three races for Andy Belmont the following year and another three for his family team, which later developed an alliance with Lira Motorsports. Williams recorded two top-tens in Belmont's car and one more in his own car.[4] For 2012, Williams took his Josh Williams Motorsports team full-time, running all but one race while having limited funding. He failed to finish three races and had four top tens with a best finish of seventh.[5]

The 2013 season was a struggle, to begin with for Williams, who remained sponsorless through the first five races of the season despite having two top ten finishes. He then signed a four race deal with Roulo Brothers Racing, making sporadic appearances in their Ford racecars. Running in between races for Roulo with his family team, Williams was signed by Frank Kimmel to drive one of his cars at Road America, starting and parking. Williams drove the next race for GMS Racing, again start and parking at Michigan International Speedway. Williams carried the sponsorship from Allegiant Air for the rest of the year, grabbing his first top-five finish (a second at Chicagoland Speedway). He finished fifth in points while utilizing four teams to get there.[6]

Again hampered by limited funding, Williams scaled back to just over half the schedule in 2014, always running near or in the top ten. He scored another runner-up finish in the season's penultimate race.[7] He raced the full season with the number six in 2015, except for one race with Cunningham Motorsports. He only finished outside of the top ten in five races and finished third in the drivers standings,[8] behind Grant Enfinger and Austin Wayne Self, who passed Williams for second during the final race. 2016 brought new success for Williams, as he won his first two races, at Madison International Speedway[9] and Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.[10] He finished fifth in points after an inconsistent season with 11 top tens.[11]

Williams had said that he would have liked to run more ARCA Racing Series races in 2017.[12] His team ran two races in the beginning of the season in a partnership with Lira Motorsports,[13] and Williams himself went behind the wheel for the annual Salem Speedway throwback weekend, running fourth.[14]

National seriesEdit

Williams and family made one Camping World Truck Series start, falling out at Martinsville Speedway in 2014.[15] He made two Xfinity Series starts as a start and park driver, one for Jimmy Means Racing and one for King Autosport.[16] He was announced as the driver of King's No. 90 entry for the spring Bristol Motor Speedway Xfinity race on April 21, 2017.[17] Longtime friend Mario Gosselin helped Williams get the ride.[18] Along with the Bristol race, Williams wanted to run about six Truck races for his family team in 2017.[19] The Truck races never came, but Williams garnered six other starts split between King's 90 and 92 cars, mostly starting and parking in the 92 and running full races in the 90. At Daytona in summer, Williams was running just outside the top ten before he was clipped by Daniel Suárez, finishing last.[20] Williams broke the top thirty in all of his full races.[21]

For 2018, Williams took over the majority of the races in the No. 90 and served as crew chief for drivers of the 90 like Donald Theetge and Andy Lally most weekends when he was not in the seat.[22]

On January 29, 2019, it was announced that Williams would move over to DGM's No. 36 car for the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.[23] After gambling on pit strategy, Williams finished a career-best sixteenth in the Boyd Gaming 300 in early March.[24] He later improved on that career-best with his first career top-ten, an eighth at Talladega Superspeedway in the spring. The finish helped Williams and DGM bounce back from a sponsor who failed to pay the team in the beginning portions of the year.[25]

Personal lifeEdit

Williams visits children's hospitals to give back to the community in his free time.[26] Williams, with his wife, owns a company that prepares foreclosed homes for auction, which he works at during the week while racing.[22]

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

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

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 Ref
2016 Jimmy Means Racing 79 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH
38
IOW DAY KEN 80th 4 [27]
King Autosport 92 Chevy NHA
DNQ
IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH CHI KEN
37
DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM
2017 90 DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI
22
RCH TAL CLT DOV POC
28
KEN
26
DOV CLT KAN HOM
28
46th 53 [28]
92 MCH
34
IOW DAY
40
KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH CHI TEX
34
PHO
2018 DGM Racing 90 DAY
22
ATL
24
LVS
21
PHO
29
CAL
25
TEX
30
BRI
22
RCH TAL
26
DOV CLT
38
POC
21
MCH
32
IOW
34
CHI
31
DAY
24
KEN
35
NHA IOW
24
GLN MOH BRI
28
ROA DAR IND
24
LVS
20
RCH CLT DOV KAN
24
TEX PHO 32nd 208 [29]
92 HOM
DNQ
2019 36 DAY
22
ATL
21
LVS
16
PHO
29
CAL
33
TEX
14
BRI
19
TAL
8
DOV
22
CLT
27
POC
15
MCH
23
IOW
17
CHI
26
DAY
28
KEN NHA IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV KAN TEX PHO HOM -* -* [30]
92 RCH
DNQ

Camping World Truck SeriesEdit

NASCAR Camping World 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 NCWTC Pts Ref
2014 Josh Williams Motorsports 66 Ford DAY MAR
34
KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW KEN IOW ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 84th 10 [31]

ARCA Racing SeriesEdit

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

ARCA Racing 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 ARSC Pts Ref
2010 Josh Williams Motorsports 02 Ford DAY PBE
20
SLM TEX TAL TOL
26
POC MCH IOW
15
MFD POC BLN NJE
25
ISF CHI DSF TOL SLM KAN CAR
24
42nd 600 [32]
2011 Andy Belmont Racing 14 Chevy DAY TAL SLM
6
TOL
12
NJE
7
CHI POC MCH WIN BLN 27th 990 [33]
Josh Williams Motorsports 02 Ford IOW
32
IRP
8
POC ISF MAD DSF SLM KAN TOL
14
2012 DAY
33
MOB
20
TAL
12
TOL
13
ELK POC
10
NJE
22
IOW
32
CHI
20
IRP
13
POC
21
BLN
17
MAD
7
DSF
C
KAN
13
9th 3285 [34]
Chevy SLM
9
MCH
29
WIN
10
ISF
18
SLM
22
2013 Ford DAY
15
MOB
26
TAL
6
TOL
8
POC
10
MCH
16
CHI
2
NJE
12
POC
13
5th 4825 [35]
Chevy SLM
19
MAD
8
IOW
12
SLM
6
KEN
15
KAN
10
Roulo Brothers Racing 17 Ford ELK
6
Kimmel Racing 68 Ford ROA
23
GMS Racing 23 Chevy WIN
17
Roulo Brothers Racing 99 Ford BLN
9
ISF
10
DSF
13
2014 Josh Williams Motorsports 6 Chevy DAY MOB SLM
6
TOL
11
NJE
11
POC
6
MCH
10
CHI
11
IRP POC BLN ISF MAD DSF SLM KEN
13
KAN
2
13th 2280 [36]
Ford TAL
11
ELK
6
WIN
14
2015 DAY
9
SLM
19
TAL
18
3rd 4650 [37]
Chevy MOB
3
NSH
7
TOL
3
NJE
3
POC
7
MCH
6
WIN
7
IOW
22
IRP
6
POC
5
BLN
6
ISF
4
DSF
4
SLM
8
KEN
24
KAN
26
Cunningham Motorsports 22 Dodge CHI
7
2016 Josh Williams Motorsports 6 Ford DAY
19
TAL
2
4th 4175 [38]
Chevy NSH
1
SLM
13
TOL
6
NJE
6
POC
11
MCH
20
MAD
1
WIN
6
IOW
10
IRP
4
POC
26
BLN
10
ISF
16
DSF SLM
4
CHI
26
KEN
6
KAN
13
2017 31 DAY NSH SLM TAL TOL ELK POC MCH MAD IOW IRP POC WIN ISF ROA DSF SLM
4
CHI KEN KAN 77th 210 [39]
2018 6 DAY NSH SLM TAL
5
TOL CLT POC MCH MAD GTW CHI IOW ELK BLN POC ISF DSF IRP SLM KAN 76th 205 [40]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Ryan Blaney's eye in the sky took unique road to the spotters' stand". FOX Sports. 2016-06-15. Retrieved 2017-04-21.
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