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Raymond "Ray" Black Jr. (born May 17, 1991) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 07 Chevrolet Camaro for SS-Green Light Racing.

Ray Black Jr.
Ray Black Jr. 2016 Road America.jpg
Black at Road America in 2016
BornRaymond Black Jr.
(1991-05-17) May 17, 1991 (age 28)
Montgomery, Alabama
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
4 races run over 2 years
2018 position55th
Best finish55th (2018)
First race2017 Tales of the Turtles 400 (Chicagoland)
Last race2018 Coke Zero Sugar 400 (Daytona Beach)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
79 races run over 5 years
Car no., teamNo. 07 (SS-Green Light Racing)
2018 position35th
Best finish19th (2016)
First race2015 O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge (Texas)
Last race2019 CircuitCity.com 250 (Iowa)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
31 races run over 3 years
2016 position99th
Best finish11th (2015)
First race2014 Kroger 250 (Martinsville)
Last race2016 American Ethanol E15 225 (Chicagoland)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
Statistics current as of June 16, 2019.

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Racing careerEdit

Born in Montgomery, Alabama, he moved to Palm Coast, Florida when he was nine years old. After playing racing video games on his PlayStation, Black developed an interest in racing professionally at age 14. In 2006, Black began racing in the Florida Mini Cup Racing Association's Junior All-Star division, winning the championship after finishing in the top five in every race.[1] In 2013, he began racing Pro Late Models.[2]

Camping World Truck SeriesEdit

In 2014, Black made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway for SS-Green Light Racing, driving the No. 07.[3] Due to qualifying being rained out, Black started 29th based on his team's owners points standing in 2013.[4] Black finished 24th, five laps behind race winner Matt Crafton.[5] Black made six additional starts for the team in 2014, with a best finish of 18th at Chicagoland Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway, the former being where he led his only lap of the season.

On December 16, Black announced he would compete full-time in the Truck Series with SS-Green Light for 2015, competing for Rookie of the Year honors.[6] In the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway, Black finished fifth after avoiding a crash on the backstretch.[7] After not finishing in the top ten for the rest of the season, but rarely finishing outside the top twenty, he managed an eleventh-place points finish.[8]

Xfinity SeriesEdit

In November 2015, Black made his Xfinity Series debut at Texas, driving the No. 15 for Rick Ware Racing.[9] On January 13, 2016, Black announced he would drive the No. 07 Chevrolet Camaro full-time for SS-Green Light Racing.[10] He finished nineteenth in his debut season, failing to break in to the top ten in any races.[11]

After starting the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series season with SS-Green Light, Black was replaced by Todd Bodine for the Charlotte race in 2017 due to a lack of sponsorship.[12] Spencer Boyd, Korbin Forrister, Andy Lally, Ryan Ellis and Devin Jones also ran in the 07 when Black could not bring sponsorship.[13] Boyd took over the ride that Black ran 21 of the 33 races in 2017[14] for 2018 with funding from Grunt Style.[15]

After losing his ride with Ware in the Cup Series, Black returned with B. J. McLeod Motorsports at Daytona in 2018.[16] The team failed to qualify along with five other cars. Black returned to the Xfinity Series sporadically in summer 2018, with Isokern Fireplaces as his sponsor.

In January 2019, it was announced that Black will compete full-time in 2019, driving the No. 07 car for SS-Green Light Racing.[17]

Monster Energy Cup SeriesEdit

In September 2017, Black joined Rick Ware Racing's No. 51 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car at Chicagoland's Tales of the Turtles 400.[18] After qualifying 39th, he finished 40th, 16 laps behind race winner Martin Truex Jr.[19] He made two more starts in the Playoffs, finishing 34th at Texas and 38th at Homestead.[20] On November 22, 2017, Black joined the RWR team for a full 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season and a Rookie of the Year effort.[21] However the deal fell through later in the offseason,[22] as Black's family, which owned reported sponsor ScubaLife, allegedly backed out of the commitment in December. However, he has driven the No. 51 at Daytona in July with a 16th place finish.

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.)

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 Ref
2017 Rick Ware Racing 51 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL KAN CLT DOV POC MCH SON DAY KEN NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH CHI
40
NHA DOV CLT TAL KAN MAR TEX
34
PHO HOM
38
64th 01 [23]
2018 DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV KAN CLT POC MCH SON CHI DAY
16
KEN NHA POC GLN MCH BRI DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM 55th 01 [24]

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
2015 SS-Green Light Racing 15 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL IOW CLT DOV MCH CHI DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX
27
PHO HOM 107th 01 [25]
2016 07 DAY
33
ATL
33
LVS
25
PHO
25
CAL
37
TEX
22
BRI
20
RCH
24
TAL
29
DOV
17
CLT
37
POC
21
MCH
23
IOW
30
DAY
39
KEN
19
NHA
21
IND
33
IOW
20
GLN
20
MOH
30
BRI
14
ROA
15
DAR
21
RCH
25
CHI
28
KEN
20
DOV
24
CLT
28
KAN
19
TEX
27
PHO
36
HOM
28
19th 515 [26]
2017 DAY
18
ATL
29
LVS
31
PHO
29
CAL
27
TEX
25
BRI
37
RCH
18
TAL
40
CLT DOV
24
POC MCH IOW
29
DAY
12
KEN
27
NHA IND
24
IOW
30
GLN MOH BRI
21
ROA DAR
25
RCH CHI KEN DOV
21
CLT
21
KAN TEX PHO
24
HOM
25
27th 245 [27]
2018 B. J. McLeod Motorsports 99 Toyota DAY
DNQ
ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DAY
22
35th 131 [28]
8 Chevy DOV
27
KEN
22
NHA IOW
28
GLN MOH BRI
37
ROA DAR IND LVS
17
RCH
23
TEX
19
PHO HOM
78 CLT
19
POC MCH IOW CHI
74 CLT
26
DOV KAN
2019 SS-Green Light Racing 07 Chevy DAY
30
ATL
23
LVS
11
PHO
18
CAL
17
TEX
35
BRI
16
RCH
21
TAL
34
DOV
24
CLT
16
POC
18
MCH
30
IOW
16
CHI DAY KEN NHA IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV KAN TEX PHO HOM -* -* [29]

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
2014 SS-Green Light Racing 07 Chevy DAY MAR
24
KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW
24
KEN IOW ELD 29th 148 [30]
08 POC
28
MCH BRI MSP CHI
18
NHA
21
LVS TAL MAR TEX
18
PHO HOM
28
2015 07 DAY
5
ATL
25
MAR
13
KAN
21
CLT
22
DOV
11
TEX
16
GTW
13
IOW
15
KEN
13
ELD
15
POC
24
MCH
26
BRI
21
MSP
15
CHI
11
NHA
13
LVS
12
TAL
14
MAR
20
TEX
19
PHO
20
HOM
18
11th 635 [31]
2016 DAY ATL MAR KAN DOV CLT TEX IOW GTW KEN ELD POC BRI MCH MSP CHI
18
NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 99th 01 [32]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ray Black, Jr". Team Scuba. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  2. ^ "Ray Black Jr. Ready to Make Dirt Racing Debut at Eldora Speedway". Catchfence. July 17, 2015. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  3. ^ Eddinger, Mark (March 25, 2014). "Seven Drivers Will Try to Make Their NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Debut at Martinsville". Sports Media 101. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  4. ^ "16th Annual Kroger 250" (PDF). Jayski's Silly Season Site. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  5. ^ "2014 Kroger 250". Racing-Reference. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  6. ^ "Ray Black Jr. to run full truck series schedule in '15". NASCAR. December 16, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  7. ^ Pennell, Jay (February 28, 2015). "Little-known rookie driver Ray Black Jr. turning heads in Truck Series". Fox Sports. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  8. ^ "Driver Ray Black, Jr. 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  9. ^ Knight, Chris (November 2, 2015). "Ray Black Jr. To Make NASCAR XFINITY Series Debut At Texas Motor Speedway". Catchfence. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  10. ^ "Ray Black Jr. stepping up to NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2016". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  11. ^ "Driver Ray Black, Jr. 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  12. ^ "Despite lack of sponsorship, Ray Black Jr. expected to return to SS Green Light Racing". Catchfence. May 25, 2017. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  13. ^ "Car No. 07 in the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  14. ^ "Driver Ray Black, Jr. 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  15. ^ "Spencer Boyd's "dreams come true" with full-time Xfinity ride". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  16. ^ Rutherford, Kevin (2018-02-15). "NASCAR 101: Keeping Up with 2018 NASCAR Driver Changes". www.frontstretch.com. Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  17. ^ "Ray Black, Jr returns to SS-Greenlight Racing". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  18. ^ "CUP: Ray Black Jr. wins tight last-place battle in Chicagoland's third-straight Cup race without a single DNF". brock.lastcar.info. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  19. ^ "2017 Tales of the Turtles 400". Racing-Reference. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
  20. ^ "Driver Ray Black Jr. 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  21. ^ "Ray Black Jr. Joining Rick Ware Racing Full-Time for 2018 Cup Series Schedule". www.frontstretch.com. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  22. ^ Fair, Asher (2018-02-07). "NASCAR: Ray Black Jr.'s deal with Rick Ware Racing rumored to have fallen through". Beyond the Flag. Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  23. ^ "Ray Black Jr. – 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  24. ^ "Ray Black Jr. – 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  25. ^ "Ray Black Jr. – 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  26. ^ "Ray Black Jr. – 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  27. ^ "Ray Black Jr. – 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  28. ^ "Ray Black Jr. – 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  29. ^ "Ray Black Jr. – 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  30. ^ "Ray Black Jr. – 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  31. ^ "Ray Black Jr. – 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
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