NXS: B.J. McLeod NASCAR XFINITY Series PowerShares® QQQ 300 Preview

B.J. McLeod, No. 78 Batteries Plus Bulbs Ford Mustang

PowerShares® QQQ 300 Fast Facts


NASCAR XFINITY Series Race No. 1,

PowerShares® QQQ 300, Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway,

Daytona Beach, Florida


Race Information: Event: PowerShares® QQQ 300, Saturday, February 20 at 3:30 p.m. Local Time Track: Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway Qualifying: Saturday, February 20 at 10:00 a.m. Local Time Track Length: 2.5-mile paved oval.


Welcome To 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Season: The first of 33 races on the NASCAR XFINITY Series tour kicks off Saturday, February 20 for the PowerShares QQQ 300. The event marks the first of three superspeedway tracks in 2016.


New XFINITY Series Flavor: Last month, B.J. McLeod Motorsports announced the formation of two-full NASCAR XFINITY Series teams for the 2016 season. The Mooresville, North Carolina-based team will field the No. 78 and No. 99 Ford Mustangs this season.


Brighter And Better: For the first two NASCAR XFINITY Series races this season, B.J. McLeod Motorsports welcomes Batteries Plus Bulbs® as the primary marketing partner of the No. 78 Ford Mustang for the XFINITY Series season opener at Daytona.


Batteries Plus Bulbs is the nation’s largest and fastest-growing battery, light bulb and smartphone / tablet repair source with a nationwide network of stores. With access to nearly 60,000 batteries, light bulbs and accessories, Batteries Plus Bulbs has the widest selection of products available and offers unmatched services to retail and business consumers.


The company also offers on-site repairs for iPhone®, iPad® and iPod® Apple® devices, most Samsung® devices and many more. On-site repair services include battery replacements, and fixing cracked screens, charge ports, and buttons, among others.


Arriving Prepared: Preparing to flex their muscle in the NASCAR XFINITY Series this season, B.J. McLeod Motorsports purchased a solid inventory of Ford Mustangs from Roush Fenway Racing during the off season. Acquiring race cars and equipment from the reigning XFINITY Series championship team, B.J. McLeod Motorsports is heavily optimistic for the freshman season of competition.


Drafting Help At The World Center Of Racing: When it comes to restrictor plate racing, there’s no better drafting partner than a teammate. With its entry to the NASCAR XFINITY Series, B.J. McLeod Motorsports welcomes Chris Fontaine for his series debut in the No. 99 RackTails Gear Ford Mustang as a teammate to B.J McLeod. Fontaine, a Florida native is a veteran competitor in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.


Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway Fast Fact: Built in 1959, Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway recently just completed the “Daytona Rising” project with $400 million worth of improvement to the track, placing emphasis on improving fan experience with five expanded and redesigned fan entrances (injectors), as well as wider and more comfortable seating with more restrooms and concession stands.  The track’s grandstands will include 101,000 permanent seats with the ability to increase permanent seating to 125,000.


Stay Social With B.J.: For more on B.J. McLeod, please visit BJMcLeodMotorsports.com or click on his Facebook page. McLeod is also active on Twitter. You can follow and tweet with him @BJMcLeod78 or @TeamBJMcLeod.


Chassis Intel: David Ingram, crew chief of the No. 78 Batteries Plus Bulbs Ford Mustang has elected to bring chassis number 001 to the 2.5-mile superspeedway this weekend. This is a new vehicle to B.J. McLeod Motorsports, but last utilized by Roush Fenway Racing last year.


B.J. McLeod Motorsports, Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway,

Pre-Race Quotes: B.J. McLeod, driver of the No. 78 Batteries Plus Bulbs Ford Mustang:


On Launching Two Full-Time NASCAR XFINITY Series Teams: “We are very excited with the expansion of our team into the NASCAR XFINITY Series, especially on a full-time basis. We are forever grateful for the door that was opened with Roush Fenway Racing to gain some of the equipment for our use this season. It’s our hope that while are expectations are modest, we can surprise a few people on the track this season.


“We didn’t make the investment to be around for a short time and then disappear. The people and marketing partners who make B.J. McLeod Motorsports go are fixated on a long-term plan. If we can be competitive and make some noise through the season, we have done our job. Long-term, if we can maintain a course that brings unique but intriguing marketing partners to the track, as well as a place for drivers to grow, we have done our job.”


On Support From Batteries Plus Bulbs For Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway: “We are thrilled to kick off our adventure in the NASCAR® XFINITY® Series withBatteries Plus Bulbs. As a new team, we thrive on opportunities to bring new marketing partners to the sport and build a relationship that will exceed expectations. I can’t wait to get to Daytona and roll out in our No. 78 Batteries Plus Bulbs Ford Mustang. We’re confident we can accomplish something special.”


On Having Chris Fontaine As Teammate For Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway: “Anytime that Chris is entered for a superspeedway race, you know he’s going to be in the mix. He’s not afraid to get in the thick of the battle and dice it out among the best. We’re confident that our equipment will allow us to be in good shape once the green flag waves I’m looking forward to working with him and working together to put our two cars near the front.”


On Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway: “You know, it’s a real blessing for us to be here. We didn’t really know what was in store for us after Homestead, but with a lot of hard and endless devotion, we’re heading to Daytona looking to create memories that last a lifetime. I’m really proud of the work our B.J. McLeod Motorsports has done the past few weeks. It hasn’t been easy, but we’ve stuck through it and made. A good finish on Saturday will make it all worth that effort.”




B.J. McLeod Daytona International Speedway NXS Performance Record:


B.J. McLeod will make his 12th career NASCAR XFINITY Series start and first at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Feb. 20.


The PowerShares® QQQ 300 (120 laps / 300 miles) is the first of 33 NASCAR XFINITY Series on the 2016 schedule. Practice begins on Friday, February 19 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. A second practice has been etched in from 1:00 p.m. – 1:55 p.m., while a final session is set for 3:00 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Saturday, February 20 beginning at 10:00 a.m. The 40-car field will take the green flag shortly after 3:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90).


About Batteries Plus Bulbs:


Batteries Plus Bulbs (batteriesplus.com), was the first organization to respond to the evolving needs of the replacement battery market beginning in 1988. Today, Batteries Plus Bulbs is the nation’s largest and fastest-growing battery, light bulb and smartphone/tablet repair source with a nationwide network of over 675 stores. With access to more than 60,000 types of batteries, light bulbs and accessories, we offer unmatched products and services to consumers, businesses and government entities at the national and local levels. Batteries Plus Bulbs continues to reign as the undisputed leader in the expanding $32 billion U.S. battery replacement market, the growing $22 billion U.S. light bulb replacement market, and the $2.4 billion smartphone repair market.