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GMS Racing Disbanding Xfinity Program

GMS Racing will no longer field an entry in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2020, the team announced Thursday, Nov. 21.

GMS will scale back its operations focus on its NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series efforts in 2020.

The team had fielded John Hunter Nemechek full time in the 2019 NXS season.

“We can’t thank John Hunter (Nemechek) and everyone that has been involved in our Xfinity effort over the past four years enough for their hard work and dedication to the organization,” GMS president Mike Beam said in a team release. “We wish John Hunter the best in his future endeavors.”

Since joining the Xfinity Series in 2016, GMS has tallied 116 starts with 11 drivers. Spencer Gallagher gave the team its lone win at Talladega Superspeedway in 2018. This season, Nemechek scored six top fives, 19 top 10s and a spot in the playoffs.

Despite being eliminated from the postseason in the Round of 12, Nemechek was credited with a seventh-place finish in points.

GMS will expand from two to four full-time Truck Series efforts in 2020 for returning drivers Sheldon Creed and Brett Moffitt along with newcomers Tyler Ankrum and Zane Smith. David Gravel and Sam Mayer will also compete part-time in a fifth entry.

Nemechek’s 2020 plans have not yet been announced.

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2 comments

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    GMS could just be the first. ROI for the sponsors.

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    Does Spencer or Morrie Gallagher make these decisions and have Mike Beam deal with the press? It is a no brainer to get out of Xfinity, trying to compete with the CUP owners. It looks like an all out attack on THORSPORTS for 2020.