MOORESVILLE, N.C. – B.J. McLeod Motorsports will expand to field three full-time cars in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this season, running the Nos. 8, 78 and 99.
“After going straight to work the week after Homestead, all in preparation for 2019, we feel like we got a great start for the upcoming season,” said team owner B.J. McLeod. “We are stoked to announce our driver lineup and we are all looking forward to spend our weekends at the track.”
Vinnie Miller will pilot the team’s flagship No. 78 car, continuing his campaign as announced in September as part of a multi-year agreement to drive for McLeod.
“Vinnie did a great job coming on board the last six races of last year. We are ready to repeat and this time, it will be for a full season,” said McLeod.
Twenty-two-year-old Matt Mills will pilot the No. 8 entry this season, starting at Daytona Int’l Speedway on Feb. 16.
Mills enters his fourth year of NASCAR competition. He has 22 NASCAR starts between the NXS and the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series.
Supporting the effort will be JF Electric and Mills’ longtime partner Thompson Electric.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Matt again this year,” said McLeod. “He is a very hard working young man with lots of talent. Our goal for the year is to work together to create a solid foundation for this season and beyond.”
“We’ve been working extremely hard the last few years to put together an effort like this one,” noted Mills. “I can’t thank B.J. and Jessica McLeod enough for the opportunity, as well as JF Electric and Thompson Electric. I’m focused on having a solid season, gaining experience and respect along the way.”
The No. 99 entry will have a carousel of drivers through the season, including McLeod, Tommy Joe Martins and Jairo Avila Jr.
“It is with great enthusiasm that we have Tommy Joe Martins back with the team. Martins has played a great part in helping us improve our on-track performance over the last two years and we are looking forward to what’s to come,” said team co-owner Jessica McLeod. “Avila joins the team again this year and after two top-20 finishes in his first two starts, the future looks promising.”