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Matthew Mills (born November 14, 1996)[1] is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro for B. J. McLeod Motorsports.

Matt Mills
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Mills at Richmond Raceway in 2018
Born (1996-11-14) November 14, 1996 (age 22)
Lynchburg, Virginia
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
32 races run over 3 years
Car no., teamNo. 5 (B. J. McLeod Motorsports)
2018 position53rd
Best finish53rd (2018)
First race2017 DC Solar 200 (Phoenix)
Last race2019 Food City 300 (Bristol)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
11 races run over 3 years
2018 position113th
Best finish42nd (2016, 2017)
First race2016 UNOH 200 (Bristol)
Last race2018 Corrigan Oil 200 (Michigan)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of August 16, 2019.

Contents

Racing careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Mills started racing at age twelve with go-karts. A year later, he moved up to Junior Champ Karts and spent three years racing those. Mills started racing Open Wheel Modifieds at Midvale Speedway in 2012, winning rookie of the year and moving up to Outlaw Super Late Models in 2013. He attended a rookie seminar for NASCAR at Daytona Beach, Florida the following year and received clearance to race in the ARCA Racing Series and K&N Pro Series,[1] but has yet to race in either of those series, instead running a limited schedule in the JEGS/CRA Pro Series in 2015 as well as continuing his late model career.[2]

Camping World Truck SeriesEdit

On June 29, 2016, it was announced that Mills would join SS-Green Light Racing for "select races" in the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.[3] He made his first start at Bristol Motor Speedway in August,[4] finishing 27th.[5] Mills ran four more races for SS-Green Light in 2016, scoring a best finish of 21st in the season's penultimate race at Phoenix International Raceway.[6]

In 2017, he joined Faith Motorsports for three races because team primary driver Donnie Levister was unapproved by NASCAR to run intermediate tracks. He ran seventeenth in two of them, career-best finishes,[7] before he joined Martins Motorsports to run in multiple races in the truck No. 42 with sponsorship from Thompson Electric Inc., starting in Iowa.[8] The truck never hit the track at Iowa and was never entered thereafter, however, the truck was included in the original edition of the 2017 video game NASCAR Heat 2.[9] He drove the No. 44 for Martins the following week but fell out due to an accident. He then start and parked with Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing for a few races in the latter part of 2017.[10]

Xfinity SeriesEdit

In March 2017 Mills was named the driver for B. J. McLeod Motorsports' No. 8 entry at Phoenix[11][12] in what looked to be a one race deal, replacing regular driver Jeff Green who had been signed to run the full season. Mills finished 30th in his debut[13] but returned to the series over a month later driving McLeod's No. 8 at Richmond International Raceway.[14] He returned to the series with JD Motorsports in September, start and parking their fourth car.[15] In the season's final weekend, he failed to qualify with startup team NextGen Motorsports.[16] On February 2, 2018, it was announced that Mills will drive the No. 15 car for all but one race in 2018, skipping the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway.[17] He had previously been in consideration for the team's No. 0 car, which ultimately was driven by Garrett Smithley.[18] He didn’t qualify for the Texas race in April because of inspection issues. The agreement wound up falling through, as Mills was replaced by Joe Nemechek for the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.[19] Mills returned for a couple more raced but parted ways with JDM after the June Michigan race. He made a start for DGR-Crosley in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Michigan in August, but wrecked, self-admittedly due to inexperience.[20] Mills returned to B. J. McLeod Motorsports for some fall Xfinity races, eventually becoming the team's full-time driver of the No. 8 in 2019.[21] However, the number changed to 5 after JR Motorsports acquired No. 8.[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
2017 B. J. McLeod Motorsports 8 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO
30
CAL TEX BRI RCH
31
TAL CLT DOV POC MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH 109th 01 [23]
JD Motorsports 15 Chevy CHI
40
KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO
NextGen Motorsports 55 Toyota HOM
DNQ
2018 JD Motorsports 0 Chevy DAY ATL
36
LVS
27
53rd 43 [24]
15 PHO
38
CAL
37
TEX
DNQ
BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC
27
MCH
36
IOW CHI DAY KEN NHA IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR IND LVS
B. J. McLeod Motorsports 78 Chevy RCH
27
CLT
8 DOV
28
KAN TEX PHO HOM
2019 5 Toyota DAY
26
TAL
17
POC
30
DAY
10
-* -* [25]
Chevy 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
GLN MOH BRI
18
ROA DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV KAN TEX PHO HOM

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 23 NCWTC Pts Ref
2016 SS-Green Light Racing 07 Chevy DAY ATL MAR KAN DOV CLT TEX IOW GTW KEN ELD POC BRI
27
MCH MSP CHI NHA
23
LVS TAL MAR TEX
29
PHO
21
HOM 42nd 32 [26]
2017 Faith Motorsports 44 Chevy DAY ATL MAR KAN
17
CLT
24
DOV
17
TEX GTW IOW 42nd 50 [27]
Martins Motorsports KEN
29
ELD
JJC Racing 0 Chevy POC
27
MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS
25
TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM
2018 DGR-Crosley 54 Toyota DAY ATL LVS MAR DOV KAN CLT TEX IOW GTW CHI KEN ELD POC MCH
31
BRI MSP LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 113th 01 [28]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b E.A.Schaeffer Oil Company (Zoilracing) (2014-10-29). "Matthew mills racing young guns and legends of ohio".
  2. ^ "Season Preview: Matt Mills". Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  3. ^ Wilson, Steven B. "Late Model Standout Matt Mills to Join SS Green Light Racing". Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  4. ^ "Matt Mills to Make Truck Debut at Bristol". www.onpitroad.com. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  5. ^ "TRUCKS: Matt Crafton scores first career NASCAR last-place finish". brock.lastcar.info. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  6. ^ "Driver Matt Mills 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  7. ^ "NCWTS: Matt Mills Matches Career-Best Finish at Dover – Rubbings Racing". rubbingsracing.com. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  8. ^ "Martins Motorsports returns to Truck Series competition with Matt Mills in Iowa". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  9. ^ "NASCAR Heat 2 NCWTS Roster – NASCAR Heat". NASCAR Heat. 2017-07-19. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  10. ^ "Driver Matt Mills 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  11. ^ "Matt Mills Joins BJ McLeod Motorsports At Phoenix » Race Pro Weekly". raceproweekly.com. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  12. ^ Bonkowski, Jerry (2017-03-16). "Latest young gun makes Xfinity debut: Matt Mills to race at Phoenix". NASCAR Talk. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  13. ^ "03/18/2017 race: DC Solar 200 (NXS) - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  14. ^ "30th Annual ToyotaCare "250" – NASCAR XFINITY Series – Richmond International Raceway – 4/29/2017" (PDF). Jayski's Silly Season Site. April 24, 2017. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  15. ^ "XFINITY: Matt Mills finishes last at Chicagoland when JD Motorsports' No. 15 withdrawn, re-entered, then parked". brock.lastcar.info. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  16. ^ "Driver Matt Mills 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  17. ^ Vincent, Amanda. "NASCAR Xfinity: Matt Mills joins JD Motorsports at Atlanta". Auto Racing Daily. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  18. ^ Herbst, Alex (2018-01-16). "NASCAR: JD Motorsports expanding to four cars in 2018". Beyond the Flag. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  19. ^ "Joe Nemechek to drive for JDM at Bristol". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  20. ^ Catanzareti, Zach. "Matt Mills Striving for Seat Time Following Time Away". KickinTheTires.net. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  21. ^ "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.
  22. ^ "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.
  23. ^ "Matt Mills – 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  24. ^ "Matt Mills – 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  25. ^ "Matt Mills – 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  26. ^ "Matt Mills – 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  27. ^ "Matt Mills – 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  28. ^ "Matt Mills – 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved February 1, 2019.

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