Buford Lands Gig With Big Machine Racing

Jade Buford

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Scott Borchetta, president and founder of the Big Machine Label Group, has created the Big Machine Racing Team to compete in NASCAR Xfinity Series.

The team will race full-time in the series with Nashville-based driver Jade Buford wheeling the team’s No. 48.

Borchetta, who has worked with artists including Tim McGraw, Sheryl Crow, Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line, took up racing during the 1980s. He was a regular competitor at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, winning several track championships.

“I’ve always been involved in racing, it’s a part of my DNA,” says Borchetta. “Whether as a competitor, a fan or a sponsor, racing is a constant in my life and is a part of our Big Machine culture. The formation of the Big Machine Racing team only broadens the integration opportunities for our recording artists and the sport.”
The Mooresville-based team will be overseen by longtime crew chief Patrick Donahue.

“The opportunity to partner with Scott and all things Big Machine is one that I just could not pass up,” Donahue said. “He’s driven to succeed in everything he does and I have no doubt that with our hard work ethic and determination, we will find our way to the front.”
Buford, who made several road course starts in the Xfinity Series in 2020, is well known for his road racing prowess.

“I’m thrilled and honored to pilot the Big Machine Xfinity Chevrolet Camaro in 2021. I’ve dreamed of being in the NASCAR Series and I intend to make the absolute most of this opportunity,” he said. “I know it’s a steep learning curve, and we face great challenges, but I have the utmost confidence in what we’re building and I just can’t wait to get to Daytona.”

Big Machine brands will be the primary sponsor for the No. 48 Chevrolet.