LAS VEGAS – Following a career-best result on a downforce-style race track, Josh Williams and Silverton Casino are riding a wave of momentum as Williams continues west to Auto Club Speedway this weekend.
Williams secured a 13th-place finish during the Boyd Gaming 300 on February 23rd at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a new high-water mark for the Port Charlotte, Fla., native on a non-superspeedway track.
It also marked the second-highest finish of Williams’ 63-race Xfinity Series career, bettered only by an eighth-place run at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway last April.
“I feel like we had a successful weekend, and it was really great to go out and represent as strongly as we did for our partners at DGM Racing and Silverton Casino, who was on the car with us in Las Vegas. I think we definitely could have been better, but when you consider where we were and where we want to be, we’ve made a ton of strides in the right direction and we’re racing against some of the best competition now in the Xfinity Series,” Williams noted.
“We’re really going to keep working at this for the other intermediates and striving to make our package better, because we know we’re starting to knock of the door of the top 10 and that’s where our goals are,” Williams added. “We’re missing just a little bit, but we’re showing good speed and I expect that to continue. We’re in a great place and building a lot of momentum as an organization, and as long as we can keep controlling the things that are in our control and avoid some of the bad luck that’s floating out there, I really think you’ll see us having more runs like this through the spring and summer months.”
Williams’ run on Sunday was not only made possible on-track by Silverton Casino, but off the track as well, considering the logistical challenges of an extra day in Las Vegas that postponed the conclusion of the Boyd Gaming 300 from Saturday to Sunday.
“We can’t thank all the folks from Silverton Casino enough for how they accommodated us when Mother Nature threw a wrench into the works last weekend. They went above and beyond to help everyone at DGM Racing out and made it possible for us to repay them with such a strong run. It’s been a huge effort on their part to aid in making our on-track efforts possible, and we all appreciate everything they do to support DGM Racing and this No. 92 Chevrolet Camaro,” Williams shared.
Following the Las Vegas event, Silverton Casino launched the “Race to Las Vegas” giveaway leading up to the Xfinity Series’ return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sept. 26.
Entrants into the contest have an opportunity to win the Grand Prize, which includes a four-day, three-night stay in a resort room at the Silverton Casino Hotel from Sept. 25-28, two VIP access passes to the fall Xfinity Series event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, two three-day weekend passes to the Las Vegas NASCAR weekend, a $400 Southwest gift card, ground transportation to and from McCarran Airport and Las Vegas Motor Speedway and a $100 dining credit for Twin Creeks Steakhouse at the Silverton Casino.
To view full details and to enter, visit www.silvertoncasino.com/event/race-to-las-vegas-giveaway/.
“We’re excited to sponsor Williams and the No. 92 car this year in the Xfinity Series and cheer him on in the upcoming race at Auto Club Speedway. The Race to Las Vegas Giveaway is a great way to welcome back Williams and his fans to Las Vegas this fall,” said Silverton Casino President Rob Kunkle.
As for Williams, his focus is on carrying his momentum from Las Vegas into Fontana, Calif., where he showed solid speed last year before an untimely engine failure derailed his efforts.
“Knowing the momentum that we have from Las Vegas and where our program is at now, I think we’ve got all the pieces in place for a really strong day out there,” said Williams.
Saturday’s Production Alliance Group 300 airs at 4 p.m. ET, live on FS1, the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.