PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – After a career-best campaign in the NASCAR Xfinity Series last year, Josh Williams will return to DGM Racing for his second full season, team officials confirmed Wednesday.
The highlight of Williams’ 2019 was an eighth-place finish at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, the best run of his Xfinity Series career, to go along with seven top-15 finishes during the year.
Those consistent results, combined with staying out of trouble for the majority of the season, propelled Williams to a 17th-place finish in the final standings – among the best of the non-Cup Series affiliated teams in the Xfinity Series ranks.
With another opportunity to be a cornerstone of the DGM Racing program, Williams is optimistic for the upcoming season.
“I’m really excited about coming back again with Mario and everybody at DGM,” said Williams. “We had such a good year last year, and in my opinion, I feel like we had a successful season to say the least. If we can come back and do it again and have me be a little bit better myself, with going back to some of these tracks for the second time and others even for the third time, I think we’ll show a lot of improvement.
“I learned a lot last year and am looking forward to applying that to the 2020 season. I know we’re doing a lot of stuff to get better,” Williams added. “Mario has been working his tail off on getting better parts and pieces for us, so that we can improve our program on the track. We’re really looking forward to 2020 and I’m thankful for the chance that Mario has given me to come back and try this deal again.”
Gosselin is looking forward to having Williams back as one of the leaders of his Xfinity Series organization and building on the successes that he and Williams produced together in 2019.
“It’s a pleasure to be able to retain Josh and have him back with us for another year in the Xfinity Series,” said Gosselin. “Josh’s knowledge of the race cars and ability to get as much as possible out of them week in and week out served us well last year and we hope to improve both in the standings and on the race track throughout the year”
Last year marked Williams’ first time being able to remain with one team for a full season in his NASCAR career, allowing for plenty of seat time and chances to learn and grow as a driver.
Williams is hoping to build on that platform in 2020, grateful for every chance he can get to compete.
“That’s what this sport’s all about, is seat time and constantly finding ways to improve and get better,” Williams noted. “I don’t care how good you are, even Kyle Busch, I’m sure, learns something every weekend. So it’s big for me and has been big for me to be at the track every weekend. It makes me a better driver, because you don’t have to sit out and take weeks off and build up any rust. I think it’s helped me a lot, being able to run full time and focus on one thing and not bounce around as much.
After a “growing year” for his team, which produced a number of high points in Williams’ eyes, the Florida native is hoping for even brighter days in 2020 as DGM Racing continues to improve.
“Last year, we had great success and were hunting top 20s most weeks; we did that a bunch. This year, I think we’re going to hunt top 15s,” said Williams. “We’re going try to stay inside the top 15 week in and week out, and maybe even creep inside the top 10 when we can at some of the shorter tracks and places where we feel like we can shine. Everybody says that speedways provide an even playing field, but I want to win a speedway race. We’ve got three chances (to do that) and we’ve had really good success at both Daytona and Talladega. We’ve always been fast and we’ve always shown good speed.
“I want to win a speedway race. That’s one of the boxes that I want to check off pretty bad in 2020.”
Williams is scheduled to drive the No. 92 for DGM Racing, and will have a guaranteed starting spot in the opening races of the 2020 campaign due to the owner points he accrued last season.
Returning partners for Williams’ 2020 Xfinity Series effort with DGM Racing include StarTron, Sleep Well, Stay Sky Hotels and Resorts, General Formulations, Silverton Casino, IV Bars and Verve Systems LLC.
Williams will also embark on the sixth year of his nationwide children’s hospital tour, highlighted by running a special “handprint” tribute car at the end of the Xfinity Series season.