Joe Graf Jr. rides momentum back to Kansas Speedway

SS GreenLight Racing | NASCAR Xfinity Series

Kansas Speedway | Kansas Lottery 300

Fast Facts

No. 08 SS GreenLight Racing Team:

Driver: Joe Graf Jr. (@JoeGrafJr)

Primary Partner(s): Bucked Up Energy | Core Development | EAT SLEEP RACE

Manufacturer: Chevrolet Camaro

Crew Chief: Patrick Donahue

Starting Position for Kansas Lottery 300: 19th (Event Formula)

 Driver Points Position: 21st | Owner Points Position: 29th

 Chassis Intel: SSGLR Chassis No. 709; competed last at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway on September 26, 2020 (Start: 27th | Finish: 27th)

Engine: Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines (ECR)

Notes of Interest:

Full of Energy: Bucked Up Energy and its sister products will continue its role as the primary partner of Graf’s No. 08 Chevrolet Camaro. Kansas Speedway is the 20th race in a multi-year, multi-race deal with the former ARCA Menards Series winner.

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Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway ROVAL Recap: A treacherous road course awaited the NASCAR Xfinity Series competitors last weekend at the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway ROVAL as remnants of Hurricane Delta soaked the course for the entire race.

Joe Graf Jr., however, excelled in his first rain race climbing from his 31st place starting position to finish on the lead lap in 15th without a scratch on his No. 08 Watchonista Chevrolet Camaro.

Joe Graf Jr. Xfinity Series Kansas Speedway Starts: Joe Graf Jr. will make his second career start at Kansas Speedway in Saturday night’s race.

In July, Graf Jr. made his track debut where he started 34th but struggled with the handling of his race car throughout the race and settled for a 28th place finish.

Joe Graf Jr. Xfinity Series Career Intermediate Nuggets: At tracks greater than 1.0-mile in size, Graf has competed in 15 NASCAR Xfinity Series races. He holds an average starting position of 24.3 and an average result of 21.1.

Joe Graf Jr. ARCA Menards Series Career Intermediate Nuggets: At tracks greater than 1.0-mile in size, Graf has competed in eight ARCA Menards Series races. He holds an average starting position of 11.8 and an average result of 12.9.

He also has two ARCA starts at Kansas Speedway, including a track-best last October where he finished ninth after starting 21st. The Kansas ARCA 150 was Graf’s last race in the ARCA Menards Series.

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Vote For Me: Voting is open for the 2020 edition of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Most Popular Driver.

Approved voters are allowed to vote for their favorite NASCAR Xfinity Series driver at least one time per day for the next two months through Mon., Nov. 9, 2020.

To cast your vote for Joe Graf Jr. visit, nascar.com/xfinitymostpopulardriver.

School Back In Session: While juggling a full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule with SS GreenLight Racing, college life has resumed for Joe Graf Jr.

With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Graf Jr. has resorted to online classes at the University of New York, where he is pursuing a degree in business, media and sports management.

The Second Half: Despite the coronavirus pandemic which shuttered NASCAR Xfinity Series races for more than two months, the series recently reached the halfway point of their season at Kansas Speedway in late July.

Now, 29 races down, four races to go, Graf Jr. is ranked 21st in the Xfinity Series championship standings and looks to improve his average finish of 23rd over the final four weeks of the season.

Sneaker Mania: Along with the adrenaline of Motorsports competition, Joe Graf Jr. also has a vogue for hype sneakers. In his current collection, he owns and wears at least 80 limited edition sneakers – and his collection continues to grow every month.

From the Pit Box: Industry veteran Patrick Donahue is Joe Graf Jr.’s crew chief. He will crew chief his 183rd NASCAR Xfinity Series races on Saturday. In his previous 181 races, he has two wins, eight top-five and 14 top-10 finishes to his resume.

He has five prior Xfinity races as crew chief at Kansas Speedway with a best finish of 15th in October 2018 with Joey Gase.

This Is 2020: Entering Kansas, Graf Jr. has 32 career NASCAR Xfinity Series starts to his credit with five top-15 and 11 top-20 finishes. After 29 races in 2020, he stands 21st in the championship standings with four races remaining.

Hello From The Other Side: Graf Jr. has a teammate at SS GreenLight Racing. NASCAR veteran David Starr drives the No. 07 American Rebel Safes Chevrolet Camaro. The 52-year-old will make his 10th Xfinity start of 2020 on Saturday and sixth for SS GreenLight Racing.

Follow on Social Media: For more on Joe Graf Jr. visit JoeGrafJr.com, like him on Facebook (Joe Graf Jr.), follow him on Twitter (@JoeGrafJr) and Instagram (@joegrafjr).

For more on SS GreenLight Racing, please like them on Facebook (SS GreenLight Racing) and follow them on Twitter (@SSGLR0708) and visit their website at SSGreenLight.com.

Joe Graf Jr. Pre-Race Quotes:

On Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway ROVAL: “The Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL was another level. A road course in the rain for the entire race and with a broken wiper blade! Thankfully, we kept our No. 08 Watchonista | Cantonment | Standard H | Wax Insurance Chevrolet clean and brought it home with a solid top-15 finish!

Thanks to Watchonista, Cantonment, Standard H and WAX Insurance for hopping on the car this weekend! Hopefully, we can go to Kansas Speedway next weekend and have another good showing!”

On Kansas Speedway Return: “I’m optimistic about the weekend. I like Kansas Speedway but we didn’t have the performance we were looking for earlier this summer.

“Since then though, we’ve learned a lot as a team and I think we can go back there on Saturday and contend for back-to-back top-15 finishes and keep the momentum rolling for our SS GreenLight Racing team.”

Race Information:

The Kansas Lottery 300 (200 laps | 300 miles) is the 30th of 33 NASCAR Xfinity Series races on the 2020 schedule. The 36-car field will take the green flag shortly after 6:00 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 17, 2020, with live coverage on NBCSN, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Central).

About SS Green Light Racing:  

As one of the most tenured teams in all of NASCAR, SS GreenLight Racing has been a developmental hub for drivers looking to climb the ranks.  Led by owner and former driver Bobby Dotter, the team has fielded entries in either the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series or the Xfinity Series competition since 2001. 

Coming off a successful 2019 Xfinity campaign, SS GreenLight Racing looks to build further momentum with its two-car program in 2020.

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