GAFFNEY, S.C. – Blake Koch will return to NASCAR Xfinity Series competition next year after inking a deal to drive the No. 4 Chevrolet Camaro for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller.
“It’s hard for me to explain how excited I am to race again and to do it for JD Motorsports,” said Koch. “I have seen the progress of this team and have raced against them for many years. Coming off their best season with Ross (Chastain) making the playoffs, it’s a perfect time to join them.”
Koch spent two seasons driving for Kaulig Racing and finished seventh in the NASCAR Xfinity Series standings in his debut season with the team. He was released prior to the 2018 season and was unable to secure a seat.
In response, Koch created FilterTime in order to secure enough sponsorship to return to NASCAR in 2019. FilterTime, an air filter subscription service, will be the primary sponsor in select races throughout the season, beginning with the season-opener at Daytona Int’l Speedway in February.
“I have always known how important it was to change my air filters at least every three months, but I always forgot to actually go to the store and buy them, or what my size was and what quality I bought the time before,” Koch said. “So I figured there has to be a better way to do this. That’s when I started FilterTime.”
Team owner Johnny Davis is hopeful he will see the No. 4 car back in playoff contention next year after Ross Chastain qualified for the playoffs this year. Chastain recently departed JD Motorsports to drive for Chip Ganassi Racing in the Xfinity Series next season.
“We are excited to get Blake back in a race car,” Davis said. “He is another overlooked talent that needs an opportunity to race, and we’re happy to have him at our organization.”
Koch began racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2009 and contested his first full-time season in 2015.
“Johnny has given me an amazing opportunity to be back in the series and to also have my company, FilterTime, on the car,” he said. “This is truly a dream come true. I started this company to eventually get me back in a seat, and it’s happening.”