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Hendrick Adds Xfinity Program for 3 Races

Hendrick Motorsports will enter three races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year, Hendrick announced June 2.

The No. 17 will debut at Road America with Kyle Larson.

Alex Bowman will also wheel the car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, while William Byron will drive it at Watkins Glen International.

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“Our drivers are always looking for more opportunities to compete,” Jeff Andrews, president and general manager of Hendrick, said in a team release. “We believe the additional road-course experience on Saturdays  will translate well to Sundays (in the NASCAR Cup Series).

“It will be exciting to see the No. 17 return to the racetrack for Hendrick Motorsports, and we’ll do everything we can to take it back to victory lane.”

HendrickCars.com will sponsor the effort, and Kevin Meendering has been added as crew chief.

Hendrick last competed in the series in 2009, fielding a car for Tony Stewart at Daytona International Speedway — a race he won.

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