NASCAR Xfinity: B.J. McLeod plans expansion
By AMANDA VINCENT
B.J. McLeod Motorsports is expanding its NASCAR Xfinity efforts for 2017, planning to field two, and possibly three, entries full-time next season, according to a recent report from Frontstretch.com
According to the report, owner/driver B.J. McLeod, definitely, plans on fielding two cars full-time next year. The team will field a third entry for at least the first three races. Results from those races will determine how far plans will go for that third team.
“Two cars, for sure, full-time, McLeod said last month, according to Frontstretch. “We’re going to start a third car for the first three races and see how we maintain it. Obviously, we’ve been doing okay the last three weeks (of the season). Were going to see how we can handle three cars and make a decision after the third race whether we are going to continue on with a full-time effort or not.”
McLeod said he doesn’t believe a team can run well with just one car.
McLeod’s team competed full-time in the Xfinity Series for the first time in 2016, fielding one car full-time and a second for most of the season. In one of the cars, McLeod finished 20th in the driver points standings, out of 21 full-time drivers. Several other drivers took turns behind the wheel for McLeod’s team in its second car in 2016, but Clint King, who made three starts for the team, stood out to McLeod.
“Clint King is someone that I would love to have in the seat,” McLeod said. “He has done an excellent job for us this year. With no seat time on mile-and-a-halves, he got a 26th-place finish. It was an incredible job for a rookie. He is somebody that is level-headed, runs a business, works every day. He’s a really good guy, and he is a spokesperson for a lot of different companies. He has some marketing opportunities, there, that would do well for us. We’re trying to put it together, but it’s not done, yet.”
McLeod said, though, King would need to bring some sponsorship with him to be in a car full-time in the upcoming season.