BJ McLeod Motorsports will expand to three full-time cars for the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, the team announced Thursday, Jan. 10.
The team will be again running the Nos. 8, 78 and 99 this season.
Matt Mills joins the team to pilot the No. 8 for the full schedule after driving a partial schedule last season for BJMM and JD Motorsports, with a best finish of 27th (three times) in eight starts.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Matt again this year,” team co-owner BJ McLeod in a press release. “He is a very hard working young man with lots of talent. Our goal for the year is to work together to create a solid foundation for this season and beyond.”
Sponsoring Mills’ No. 8 are JF Electric and Thompson Electric.
“We’ve been working extremely hard the last few years to put together an effort like this one,” Mills said. “I can’t thank BJ and Jessica McLeod enough for the opportunity, as well as JF Electric and Thompson Electric. I’m focused on having a solid season, gaining experience and respect along the way.”
Vinnie Miller will be in the No. 78 after joining the team late last season. His best finish was 17th at Talladega and Indianapolis, both while driving for JD Motorsports.
“Vinnie did a great job coming on board the last six races of last year. We are ready to repeat, and this time, it will be for a full season,” McLeod said.
McLeod himself will be one of the drivers behind the wheel of the No. 99, along with Tommy Joe Martins, Junior Avila and likely another driver or two.
Out of 54 teams competing during the 2018 NXS season, the No. 78 finished 25th in the owner standings with 369 points, while the No. 8 was 26th, five points behind. Both of those teams ran the full schedule with several drivers rotating in and out. The No. 99 was 49th in owner points with 24 points scored in six events.