NASCAR Cup SeriesNASCAR Xfinity Series

XCI Racing formed, to run part-time Cup and Xfinity schedule with Jeffrey Earnhardt

1 Mins read
Credit: John Harrelson/NKP

The two Monster Energy Cup Series races at Talladega Superspeedway and five Xfinity Series events will see a new team on the grid. On Thursday, security company Xtreme Concepts announced it would form its own NASCAR team, XCI Racing, to run a part-time Cup schedule in 2019 in partnership with Joe Gibbs RacingJeffrey Earnhardt will pilot the #81 Toyota Camry at the two Talladega events on 28 April and 13 October and five unannounced Xfinity races.

Earnhardt joined JGR for the 2019 season and is scheduled to drive the team’s #18 Xfinity car in nine races. In 2018, he ran seventeen Cup races for StarCom RacingPremium Motorsports, and Gaunt Brothers Racing; he recorded a best finish of eleventh at Daytona International Speedway in July. Xtreme Concepts began sponsoring him during the 2018 season.  When Earnhardt signed with JGR in November 2018, the company announced it would sponsor his Xfinity car starting with Saturday’s season opener at Daytona.

The North Carolina native has four career Cup starts at Talladega between 2016 and 2018 with a best finish of twenty-eighth in 2017. In the Xfinity Series, he has three top-twenty finishes at the superspeedway, most recently a twelfth-place run in 2015.

The decision to compete at Talladega can be seen as fitting for two reasons: being a restrictor plate track, Talladega races are unpredictable and raise the chances of an underdog performing well; furthermore, Xtreme Concepts is based in Birmingham, Alabama, which is about 54 miles from the track. The company posted on Twitter:

JGR’s Xfinity programme will receive Xtreme sponsorship for twenty-four races, with Kyle Busch and Brandon Jones also expected to race with the company branding. Other Xtreme brands that have appeared on Earnhardt’s cars and will do so on JGR’s vehicles include iK9, a dog security and detection provider.

With the alliance, JGR gains a new partner in the wake of Furniture Row Racing‘s shutdown after the 2018 season. FRR’s charter was eventually acquired by Chevrolet team Spire MotorsportsLeavine Family Racing, which traditionally fielded Chevrolet, is also a new member of the JGR umbrella.

1336 posts

About author
History major at San Jose State University and lifelong motorsports fan who covers NASCAR and the Stadium Super Trucks.
Related posts
NASCAR Xfinity Series

C.J. McLaughlin returns to RSS for 13 races including Daytona

1 Mins read
C.J. McLaughlin has joined RSS Racing, for whom he made his NASCAR Xfinity Series début in 2019, with plans of running thirteen races including the season opener at Daytona.
NASCAR Cup Series

Cody Ware confirms full 2022 Cup schedule for RWR

1 Mins read
Cody Ware, NASCAR’s resident anime fan, is back for another dance in the Cup Series as he will run the full 2022 season in the #51 Ford for Rick Ware Racing.
NASCAR Xfinity Series

Jeffrey Earnhardt joins Sam Hunt Racing for "multiple races"

1 Mins read
After two years at JD Motorsports, Jeffrey Earnhardt has joined Sam Hunt Racing for a part-time NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule in 2022.