MOORESVILLE, N.C. – B.J. McLeod Motorsports has announced that reigning CARS Tour super late model champion Cole Rouse will make his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut on Saturday at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway.
Rouse, who currently drives for Bill McAnally Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and is contending for the series title this season, will race in Thursday night’s K&N West dirt race at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway before turning his focus to the 1.5-mile oval for the remainder of the weekend.
“Getting an opportunity in one of NASCAR’s national series is a dream come true for not only myself, but my entire family,” said Rouse, who will drive the No. 78 Chevrolet. “The goal for Saturday is to keep the fenders on it, gain respect from the other drivers, and to learn. Thank you to everyone that has supported my dreams over the last several years. We’re going to have a lot of fun this weekend.”
In 2015, Rouse burst onto the super late model scene with a dominating performance in the All-American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Tennessee. Unfortunately, a late race mechanical failure relegated him to a fifth-place finish. The next year, he competed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West for Sunrise Ford Racing, scoring four top fives, 12 top 10s and finishing eighth in series points.
History repeated itself for Rouse at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in 2017, when he led the first 118 laps of Winchester 400 before a mechanical failure ended his shot at victory.
Despite the heartbreak, 2017 was a very successful season, as Rouse notched two wins, five top fives, nine top 10s and one pole en route to the CARS Tour super late model championship while driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
The 21-year-old Fort Smith, Ark., native currently sits fourth in K&N West points.
“I am super excited to have Cole join our team this weekend,” said team owner B.J. McLeod. “I’ve heard a lot of positive things about him over the last few years. He has a lot of natural ability and I am really looking forward to having him climb aboard one of our cars here at BJ McLeod Motorsports.”
Supporting Rouse’s NXS debut will be Lumber One and Elite Roofing.