NASCAR Xfinity: Clint King back with B.J. McLeod Motorsports for Charlotte
By AMANDA VINCENT
Clint King plans to make his second-career NASCAR Xfinity Series start Friday night, climbing behind the wheel of the No. 15 B.J. McLeod Motorsports Ford entry at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway for the Drive for the Cure 300.
“I expect to have a big number of my longtime fans, friends, and even a few of my customers from the supply chain industry in the stands cheering me on, and most likely the biggest fan following on television I have ever had,” King, a North Carolina native, said. “I am very proud to represent my state of North Carolina this Friday night. Racing in front of the hometown crowd is always a blessing and a lot of fun. I don’t plan to let my team down.”
King made his Xfinity debut, also driving then for B.J. McLeod Motorsports, last month at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. He finished 30th after starting the race in the 28th position. According to a release from the race team, King’s Richmond performance exceeded expectations.
Since King’s debut at RIR, NASCAR has approved him to race on larger tracks. Charlotte Motor Speedway is a mile-and-a-half track, while Richmond International Speedway is three-quarters of a mile in length.
“I am very thankful to NASCAR for expediting my approval to compete at Charlotte,” King said. “I knew I had a lot to prove in my first Xfinity race at Richmond, and now I am being given an opportunity to race at one of the coolest places in motorsports. This approval is a huge step towards our process of bringing our supply chain awareness campaign to NASCAR. Our plan is really coming together.”
Now, with NASCAR approval to compete in national-level races on mile-and-a-half tracks, King hopes to race at Texas Motor Speedway later this season.
King’s Xfinity debut at Richmond also was his debut at the national level of NASCAR. He has five-career starts, though, at the NASCAR regional level in the K&N Pro Series East. He also has 10-career ARCA Racing Series starts. In those 10 races, he posted four top-fives and eight top-10 finishes.