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NASCAR Xfinity: Matt Tifft joins Richard Childress Racing in 2018

Matt Tifft (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

Matt Tifft (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

By AMANDA VINCENT

Richard Childress Racing announced Thursday that it has signed Matt Tifft to join the team’s NASCAR Xfinity Series roster for 2018 as the full-time driver of the No. 2 Chevrolet.

“I am very appreciative and grateful for the opportunity to race for a championship and grow as a driver under one the most successful and historic teams in NASCAR,” Tifft said. “RCR has a long history of developing partnerships through its Xfinity Series program. I am looking forward to being a part of the family and applying what I have learned in my first full-time Xfinity Series season while continuing to grow with the goal of competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in the future.”

That first full-time season of Xfinity Series competition this season has come from behind the wheel of a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota entry. He has 39-career starts in the series, including a series debut in 2015 and 10 races last year. All but his first three races in 2016 came from behind the wheel of a Joe Gibbs Racing car. He was slated to run more than 10 races last year but was sidelined in the second half of the season by brain surgery.

Tifft has three-career top-fives in the Xfinity Series, including career-high third-place finishes earlier this season in races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington and Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. Tifft also has 15-career top-10s.

Tifft is one of 12 drivers participating in the 2017 Xfinity Series playoffs. He heads into Saturday’s race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, the elimination race of the first round, seventh in the standings.

“Matt is a talented race car driver and an even better young man,” RCR Chairman and CEO Richard Childress said. “I’ve watched him race for the past few years, and we were impressed by his ability. We look forward to welcoming Matt to our XFINITY Series program and having him compete for a championship with RCR.”

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Richard Childress Racing made a separate announcement, also on Thursday, that Daniel Hemric would remain with the organization in 2018 to continue as a full-time driver in the Xfinity Series as driver of the No. 21 Chevrolet.

“It is always a special time when you can re-sign with a team like Richard Childress Racing that has done so much in our sport,” Hemric said. “I’ve learned a lot from Richard both about racing and life in general, many lessons that I will never forget. While we still are contending for the Xfinity Series championship this year and have unfinished business in the final five races, I’m fortunate that I will again be running for the series championship in 2018 with RCR and Richard in my corner.”

Hemric is fifth in the championship points standings heading into the Charlotte race on Saturday.

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