Team principal B.J. McLeod, a successful Super Late Model racer from Wauchula, Florida will lead the two-car effort this season driving the #78 Ford Mustang, while the Mooresville, North Carolina-based team will field the #99 Ford Mustang also in a full-season slate with a rotating list of drivers.
Since the offseason, team owner McLeod, a successful entrepreneur by trade acquired key assets from Roush Fenway Racing and will utilize that equipment in the team’s expansion into NASCAR’s second-most predominant national division.
“We are very excited with the expansion of our team into the NASCAR XFINITY Series, especially on a full-time basis,” said McLeod. “We are forever grateful for the door that was opened with Roush Fenway Racing to gain some of the equipment for our use this season. It’s our hope that while are expectations are modest, we can surprise a few people on the track this season.” Before expanding the team’s operations into XFINITY, the team has been a fixture in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with a variety of drivers, including Matt Tifft’s debut at Martinsville Speedway in October 2014 which delivered an impressive eighth place result.
Longtime industry team veteran George (David) Ingram will serve as crew chief of the #78 Ford Mustang this season, while Jason Houghtaling takes the lead as the director of the #99 program. Collectively, McLeod is optimistic that his team can head to the “World Center of Racing” and competitively perform in the series’ 120-lap race.(BJ Motorports)
It is really good to see that B.J. is acquiring quality assets from Roush Fenway Racing in order to make the jump to the more competitive NXS racing. For those of you who may not have heard of B.J. McLeod, I was able to interview BJ last summer and I found out that this hard working young man is equally a very nice person!
Just as a heads up, there will be a few more interviews on this web site with B.J. documenting his 2016 progress in the NXS.
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!