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NXS: Joey Gase 2019 Season Preview

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NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Joey Gase will embark on his sixth full-time season next month with the season opener Daytona 300 from Daytona International Speedway. Gase, who has raced in the NXS over the last 9 years will do so this year with a new team.

It was announced last week that the Cedar Rapids, Iowa native will be driving the No. 35 Toyota Supra full-time for MBM Motorsports owned by Carl Long. The car which was unveiled at the NASCAR Hall of Fame had sponsorship from Eternal Fan which has previously sponsored Gase.

Gase who has made 30 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts over the past five seasons will run about 90% of the MENCS schedule for MBM in the No. 66.

The 25-year old raced full-time last season in the No. 35 Chevrolet for Go Green Racing. Gase wrapped up his fifth full-time season ranked 20th in the points standings with 3 top-15’s and 13 top-20 finishes.

Furthermore, Gase’s average finish of 22.2 is a career best since joining the NXS in 2011, an improvement upon an average finish of 26.8 in 2017.

I recently had the chance to ask Gase some questions about joining MBM and the upcoming season. Here is what he had to say.

Sarah Handy: You’ll be with MBM Motorsports for the full NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule this season. It must be a great feeling to know you have a full-time ride?

Joey Gase: Absolutely! It is always a great feeling to know you have a home for the entire season!

SH: How did the deal with MBM come about?

JG: Every off season is stressful when you don’t know what your plans for the following season will be. This off season by far has been the most stressful of my career with some unforeseen things happening. One evening I was sitting in my office trying to figure out what my next move should be and out of the blue Carl gave me a call and we talked for about two hours and now here we are. MBM Motorsports has grown and improved their program a lot over the last two years, especially the end of last season. I am very excited to be a part of that growth in 2019.

SH: What are your thoughts on racing at Daytona?

JG: I am very excited! I love going to Daytona and the environment there. I am also excited to be there for all of Speed Weeks doing double duty in both the XFINITY Series and the Daytona 500! I experienced that once two years ago and can’t wait to experience it again. I think our XFINITY car is going to be really good and I also think our Cup car will race really well. We will most likely have to race our way in through the duels which will be like David VS Goliath, but we can and will race our way into the Daytona 500.

SH: Speaking of Daytona, are you the driver that will be attempting to make the Daytona 500 for MBM Motorsports?

JG: Yes, I am.

SH: You had 13 top-20 finishes in the NXS last season. Once the season was over were you happy overall with how you ran?

JG: I felt like we accomplished a lot in 2018 and was by far the best season of my career but like any race car driver or competitor I wanted to do even better.

SH: With some of the top teams shutting down there NXS programs, do you feel this is going to benefit the smaller teams such as MBM?

JG: Absolutely! We have been fortunate enough to purchase some bits and pieces from the bigger teams that have shut down that will help improve our program.

SH: Do you have any expectations for the 2019 season?

JG: My goal this season is to improve my best ever driver points results in the XFINITY Series, make the race and finish in the top 20 in the Daytona 500, and improve my best finish in the Cup Series of 18th.

SH: How important is it as a driver with a small team to have sponsors who’ve worked with you before such as Eternal Fan, Donate Life, and Agri-Supply returning with you this season?

JG: It is always important if you are on a small or even a big team to know you have sponsors that have your back. Without sponsors we could not race, and we are looking for more sponsors yet to help feel some holes in our 2019 schedule.

SH: It’s been said the No. 35 is a number that’s important to you. Can you tell me and some fans who may not know why that is?

JG: The 35 number is important to me because it is the number, I have run since I was 8 years old up through my late model ranks. I’m very excited to be #35 again this season!

If you would like to follow Joey Gase or MBM Motorsports on their social media platforms, the information is provided below.

Joey Gase

Official Website: http://www.joeygaseracing.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/joeygaseracing

Twitter: @JoeyGaseRacing

Instagram: @joeygaseracing

MBM Motorsports

Official Website: http://www.mbmmotorsports.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MBMMotorsports

Twitter: @MBMMotorsports

Instagram: @mbmmotorsports

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About Sarah Handy

Sarah is going into her third year covering NASCAR for Rubbings Racing as well as helping run their Social Media platforms. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah is an avid racing fan as well as a fan of the major New England sports teams. She is currently studying Public Relations and Marketing at SNHU with plans to move to North Carolina after graduation. Sarah also enjoys visiting her home track of NHMS each year, reading, running and photography.

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