►10/19/2017 - Kansas Pre-Race Report

Bobby Dale Earnhardt will be back behind the wheel of the #40 MBM Motorsports Xfinity Series car this weekend at the Kansas Speedway.

Bobby Dale will be seeking his second start of the season, after qualifying 40th and finishing 34th at Richmond Raceway back in early September. Copeland Insurance Agency will be featured on the hood of the #40 Chevrolet this weekend, and Jeremy's Paint & Body Shop will be carried on the bumper cover. The 30-year-old will also be racing on Friday night at the Kansas Speedway, running the Hixson Motorsports #3 Chevrolet in the ARCA Racing Series season finale.

Copeland Insurance Agency will be onboard
Bobby Dale Earnhardt's #40 Chevrolet at Kansas.

Timmy Hill will be driving the #13 for the sixth consecutive week. The MBM #13 Xfinity car will run as a Dodge for the ninth time in the last 11 races. 41 teams are entered for the event, meaning one team will fail to qualify.

The MBM Motorsports team is still evaluating whether or not the team will run the premier series car this weekend. If it does run, Timmy would be the driver of the #66 Chevrolet. 41 teams are entered, meaning the MBM team would be one of five Open teams competing for the four available positions in the race.


►10/8/2017 - Charlotte Post-Race Report

Charlotte Motor Speedway treated the MBM Motorsports team to fairly successful runs on the 1.5-mile quad-oval in both the Monster Energy Cup Series and the Xfinity Series races this weekend.

Photo Credit: NBC Sports Network

Timmy Hill earned the 36th spot in Cup qualifying, delivering the MBM Cup team their two best starting positions in the premier series in the last two races. Timmy ran a clean race and wound up 33rd in the final running order, again carrying U.S. Chrome on the hood of the #66 Chevrolet. The team did have to overcome some severe communication issues throughout the day, as radio issues plagued the car. Despite the challenge, the result equals the best finish for the team since Darlington, and makes it seven out of eight races that the #66 has been running at the checkered flag.

Photo Credit: James Finchum

The Xfinity cars also had a solid, productive weekend. Chad Finchum wrestled the #40 Buddy Gregg RVs and Motor Homes Toyota to the third Top 30 finish of his Xfinity Series career, placing 29th. It was the highest finish for the MBM Motorsports #40 car since Bristol, seven races ago, when Chad drove to his best Xfinity finish to date of 28th. This finish also equaled the result of Chad's first intermediate track race at Kentucky in July.

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Timmy Hill in the #13 Dodge finished in 35th place, posting consecutive Top 35 finishes for the MBM #13 for the first time since a three-race streak in April from Bristol to Talladega.

The Xfinity Series cars return to action at the Kansas Speedway in two weeks' time.


►10/3/2017 - Charlotte Pre-Race Report

It will be another busy race weekend for the MBM Motorsports team at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with the team employing the same driver lineup from Dover last time out.

Timmy Hill will wheel the Cup car for his eighth race weekend of 2017, and for the third time in the last four Monster Energy Cup Series races. The #66 Chevrolet was run at this track in the Monster Energy Open earlier this year, when Carl Long piloted the car in just the second outing for the Cup team to a respectable 17th place finish in the 24 car field.

Carl qualified 20th and finished 17th
in the Monster Energy Open back in May.

Chad Finchum and Timmy Hill return to the #40 and #13 Xfinity Series cars, respectively. This will be Chad's second race on an intermediate-style track. Back in July he raced at the Kentucky Speedway, where he recovered from a spin in qualifying to earn a 29th place finish, his second-best series finish to date.

Photo Credit: NBC Sports Network
Chad went for a wild ride in qualifying at Kentucky,
but ran a strong, clean race in his 1.5-mile track debut.

Catch all of the action from Charlotte on the NBC family of networks. The Xfinity race commences Saturday at 3:00 pm EST, and the Monster Energy Cup race runs Sunday at 2:00 pm EST.


►10/1/2017 - Dover Post-Race Report

The Monster Mile provided MBM Motorsports with an exceptionally difficult race weekend in Dover.

The Monster Energy Cup Series car with driver Timmy Hill put up the most competitive qualifying effort to date for the team. Rolling off the grid from P35 gave the team optimism for the race, but mechanical issues sidelined the #66 U.S. Chrome Chevrolet early in Stage 1. The team recharged the batteries several times but still finished 40th. It marks the first time in the team's seven starts they have failed to see the checkered flag.

The #66 Chevrolet sits alone in the Dover International Speedway
garage after retiring early in Sunday's race.

Chad Finchum in the #40 Smithfield Homes Chevrolet qualified 34th for the Xfinity race from Dover. Chad picked up several positions in the early going, but got tagged by Brandon Brown in the #90 car in a chain reaction accident, and pounded the Turn 2 wall. The crash damage meant Chad's race was finished after only 25 laps. He finished 36th.

Photo Credit: NBC Sports Network


The #13 Xfinity car suffered motor issues all weekend. Timmy Hill had a couple of heart-in-the-mouth moments in practice when his radiator hose blew off and put water under the rear tires, but the driver managed to save the car. Timmy qualified conservatively and avoided the early race carnage typical at Dover. His race ended after 35 laps with a blown head gasket, and Timmy was credited with 33rd. Despite the frustration, this finish is the best result for the #13 car in the last seven races.

The next track on the NASCAR calendar is the Charlotte Motor Speedway, with both the Cup and Xfinity Series racing this coming weekend.


►9/28/2017 - Dover Cup Qualifying Shots

Timmy Hill secured the 35th place starting position for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race from Dover on Sunday, running a few hundredths of second faster than his best practice time. P35 marks the best ever qualifying effort for the MBM Motorsports Cup team.

#66 Timmy Hill
Photo Credit: NBC Sports Network



►9/26/2017 - Dover Pre-Race Report + Some Future Plans

MBM Motorsports enters the Dover race weekend with high expectations after experiencing success at this track back in June.

Timmy Hill gets to run the #66 Chevrolet again in the Monster Energy Cup Series at Dover. This is the first time in 2017 that MBM Motorsports will return to a track for the second time with the Cup car. Many fans will remember the strong effort Timmy put forth early in the June race at this track, using a rash of early cautions to stay on the lead lap through the conclusion of Stage 1 and many laps into Stage 2. The team started P37 (tied for best of the season with Indianapolis) and with the strong run, was rewarded with a Top 30 finish in P28. That run remains the second-best result for the Cup team, behind only the tremendous 14th place at Indianapolis.

Timmy finished 28th in just the second
points-race outing for the #66 team.

The Cup team plans to attempt to qualify for several upcoming races. Barring any major incidents on track in Dover, the team will race Timmy again in the #66 the following weekend under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Carl is also making plans to debut a second chassis, still carrying the #66, at Martinsville in late October. Introducing a second car to the Cup rotation would be a big step forward, as the team has used the same chassis at every Cup event they have attempted in 2017.

Chad Finchum returns to the seat of the #40 Chevrolet for Dover. Chad made his Xfinity Series debut at this track earlier in the season, and now will be making his fifth start in the series this weekend. The Knoxville, TN driver qualified 31st in his first race at this track and showed speed in the race before mechanical woes forced an early exit. But with much more experience in an Xfinity car this time around, Chad will be aiming to show that speed again and earn a more representative finishing position than in June.

Chad finished 34th at Dover in June. The team is
optimistic about his potential this weekend.

Tentatively, Chad will also be running at Charlotte and Homestead-Miami with the #40 Xfinity team in the remainder of the 2017 season.

The Xfinity Series composite-bodied cars are eligible to compete this weekend. MBM is actively building one of the composite cars now, but it is unlikely to be ready to race this weekend.

The #13 Xfinity car for Dover will be the same chassis raced just last weekend at Kentucky as the #40 for John Jackson. Timmy is scheduled to drive as of now. Bobby Dale Earnhardt is working to try to secure sponsorship at this time.

If you or your business has any interest in continuing to help build the MBM Motorsports team with young drivers such as Chad Finchum, Timmy Hill, or Bobby Dale Earnhardt, get in touch with the team. Serious sponsorship inquiries are welcome at contact@mbmmotorsports.com.


►9/24/2017 - Kentucky Post-Race Report

MBM Motorsports started three cars in an Xfinity Series race for the first time since Loudon in mid-July.

Timmy Hill had the best qualifying run of the group in the #13 Dodge and made the Top 33. Carl Long put his #72 Toyota in the show in P37, and John Jackson qualified for his second start of the year in P39, driving the #40 TLC Resorts Vacation Club / CrashClaimsR.US Chevrolet.

Photo Credit: NBC Sports Network

Of the three, John completed the most laps in the race and finished P35, the seventh Top 35 finish of his Xfinity Series career and best finish at Kentucky Speedway. Unfortunately, for the second time in as many weeks, the engine on the #40 quit. Oil was leaking from the rear main seal, the alternator quit charging, and the battery was down on voltage. The team will investigate and affect repairs in the coming week.

Timmy finished 36th for the second consecutive week in the Dodge, running 55 laps before retiring due to overheating. Carl ran the #72 car for 24 laps and came home 39th. He had planned to run deeper into the race, but the engine started to skip and the decision was made to preserve the equipment.

Photo Credit: NBC Sports Network

The NASCAR circuit heads to Dover next weekend.


►9/19/2017 - Kentucky Pre-Race Report

MBM Motorsports is planning to attempt to qualify three cars into the Xfinity race on Saturday at Kentucky Speedway.

Scottish driver John Jackson returns to the team for the first race since Loudon in mid-July. He will be driving the MBM #40 for the first time in 2017 and be making his 24th career series start. John has qualified for four previous Xfinity events at this track, three of which have come with MBM, with a best finish in those four starts of 38th. He had an excellent qualifying run in his first race at this track in 2011, earning the 24th starting spot. His best overall Xfinity Series finish is 31st on two separate occasions (Atlanta 2011 and Iowa 2015). John will be looking for his first Top 30 finish in the series this weekend.

Timmy Hill will be running the #13 for the third week in a row at Kentucky. Timmy has now started 125 Xfinity Series races, and six of those previous starts have come at Kentucky. At this track, he has a best finish of 24th driving for JGL Racing (2015).

Carl Long is also planning to be back behind the wheel this weekend in an attempt to qualify the #72 car, the third MBM entry. Despite several entries at the road courses, the last appearance on track of the #72 came at Loudon. Carl's best Xfinity Series finish to date in his 115 series starts came at this track in 2015, driving the MBM #13 Toyota, when he scored a 26th place finish.

The race gets underway on Saturday, September 23, at 8:00 pm EST, with flag-to-flag coverage of the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 on NBC Sports Network and streaming live on the NBC Sports Live Extra app. Follow along all weekend with the latest team news by utilizing the social media channels of MBM Motorsports and Carl Long Motorsports (links can be found page left).


►9/17/2017 - Chicagoland Post-Race Report

A promising Friday at Chicagoland Speedway for MBM Motorsports did not result in the finishes drivers Timmy Hill and Garrett Smithley hoped to achieve in their respective races.

In the Cup garage, Timmy Hill put the #66 U.S. Chrome Chevrolet in the field Friday afternoon with an impressive qualifying performance, picking up seven tenths of a second from his lap of record in the opening practice session. With many teams choosing to wait until late in the First Round of qualifying to put in a lap, Timmy actually led the session briefly before securing the 38th starting spot for the race.


The Tales of the Turtles 400 featured very little attrition. In fact, all 40 drivers that took the green flag were running at the finish. Timmy drove a controlled race, keeping the car clean, and brought home a 39th place finish. Timmy finished on the same lap as the Premium Motorsports #55 car, and completed 254 of the 267 possible laps.

Photo Credit: NBC Sports Network

The MBM Xfinity teams set fast speeds in practice and qualifying building up to the race on Saturday afternoon. Both the #13 and #40 teams wrapped up each of the two Friday practice sessions with Top 30 speeds. Timmy in the #13 car placed P25 and P26 in the practices, and despite qualifying on used tires that already had more than 20 laps on them, Timmy muscled the Dodge into a P28 starting position. Garrett in the #40 A.R.M. International Toyota also made the Top 33 in qualifying and looked set for a solid race.


Garrett had a loose racecar in the early going but held his own before the engine went sour. Something broke in the piston area, relegating the 25-year-old to a 37th place finish on a day that promised so much more. Timmy dropped out a few laps later and brought home P36.


The Xfinity Series returns to action at Kentucky Speedway next weekend.


►9/13/2017 - UPDATE: Driver Change for Chicago

There is a familiar Xfinity Series face in a new place this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.


Garrett Smithley has 58 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts to his credit, with 57 of them coming in the #0 car for JD Motorsports. The only prior exception was Garrett's debut race in the series, the 2015 season finale, where he drove Derrike Cope's #70 Chevrolet. This weekend, JD Motorsports welcomes two new drivers to their team, Vinnie Miller and Matt Mills, but that left Garrett without a seat for this weekend. Carl Long and MBM Motorsports reached out to Garrett, and a deal was struck to get Garrett in the #40 Toyota this weekend at Chicagoland.

Running this weekend in TheHouse.com 300 will extend the 25-year-old's consecutive start streak to 58, as he has not missed an Xfinity race weekend since the season opener at Daytona in 2016. Garrett finished 19th in this event in 2016. He currently holds 23rd in the NASCAR Xfinity Series driver point standings.

The Xfinity Series Chicagoland 300 gets underway on Saturday, September 16, at 3:30 pm EST, airing on the NBC Sports Network and streaming live on the NBC Sports Live Extra app. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Tales of the Turtles 400 runs on Sunday, September 17, at 3:00 pm EST on the same networks. Follow along all weekend with the latest team news by utilizing the social media channels of MBM Motorsports and Carl Long Motorsports (links can be found page left).


►9/12/2017 - Extended Interview of Carl Long at Darlington

Interested in Carl Long's thoughts on the current state of NASCAR? Cost cutting measures? The plans of MBM Motorsports for the remainder of 2017? All of these topics and more were covered in this 30 minute interview of Carl by Zach Catanzareti of Frontstretch.com.


If you are interested in reading Zach's recap of the interview with select quotes from Carl and also from MBM Motorsports driver Timmy Hill, the article is available by clicking here.


►9/12/2017 - Chicagoland Pre-Race Report

The MBM Motorsports Cup car returns to the track at Chicagoland, and Carl looks set to run the full Xfinity race on Saturday.

Timmy Hill will be attempting to make his 13th Cup start of 2017 and his fourth with MBM Motorsports in the #66 Chevrolet this weekend. The team is thrilled to welcome a sponsor back to the sport this weekend in U.S. Chrome, a regular supporter of Timmy during his runs with the #32 FAS Lane Racing team in 2012 and 2013.


Timmy will also have driving duties in the Xfinity Series this weekend, piloting the #13 Dodge. Timmy has two Cup starts on his resume at Chicagoland Speedway, in addition to five Xfinity Series starts. The most recent of those Xfinity races was in 2016, also driving the #13 for MBM. Timmy had a phenomenal run that day, making the Second Round of qualifying to earn himself a P22 starting spot, and then racing his way to a Top 25 finish for the team.

As for Carl, unless a sponsored driver comes through before the race weekend, he plans to race the #40 Toyota, with the goal to bring home a good finish. Carl has one premier series start at Chicagoland in 2005, and also six Xfinity races to his credit. In the Xfinity Series, his best prior start at this track is 36th (2014) and his best finish is 31st (2011), both results that have the potential to be improved upon this weekend.

Carl's 2005 Cup car at Chicagoland. He qualified into the race in P37 despite 47 cars attempting to qualify, and finished 40th on raceday.

The Xfinity Series Chicagoland 300 gets underway on Saturday, September 16, at 3:30 pm EST, airing on the NBC Sports Network and streaming live on the NBC Sports Live Extra app. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Tales of the Turtles 400 runs on Sunday, September 17, at 3:00 pm EST on the same networks. Follow along all weekend with the latest team news by utilizing the social media channels of MBM Motorsports and Carl Long Motorsports (links can be found page left).


►9/9/2017 - Richmond Post-Race Report

Bobby Dale Earnhardt gained a lot of experience racing around under the lights at Richmond Raceway Friday night. The 30-year-old earned a 34th place finish, despite suffering a flat right front tire late in Stage 1. Bobby Dale did an excellent job to scrub speed off the car when the tire went flat, and despite the huge shower of sparks that came from underneath the car, he was able to minimize contact with the wall. The #40 TLC Vacation Club / Circle S Ranch Chevrolet completed 229 laps of the race and was running at the finish. Bobby Dale hopes to compete next at Dover International Raceway in late September.

Photo Credit: NBC Sports Network

Timmy Hill pulled off a strong qualifying run to place the #13 car in the Top 33, fast enough to qualify into the race on speed. Timmy made the Top 33 by two tenths of a second. His race lasted 33 laps, and he finished P38.

Photo Credit: NBC Sports Network

The next NASCAR race weekend occurs at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois.


►9/7/2017 - Richmond Pre-Race Report

MBM Motorsports welcomes 30-year-old Bobby Dale Earnhardt behind the wheel of the #40 TLC Vacations Chevrolet this weekend at Richmond Raceway. Bobby Dale has secured the support of Circle S Ranch and Frank's Glock Works in what will be the driver's first Xfinity Series start. He did attempt to qualify for the Iowa race in July in the MBM #13 but did not make the race.

Bobby Dale's car in his one previous Xfinity Series attempt at Iowa.

Bobby Dale has spent much of the season working as a tire changer for the MBM Motorsports team and generally learning the ropes of the Xfinity Series. He has also made several ARCA Racing Series starts in 2017, including races at Elko, Pocono, and Toledo.

Timmy Hill will shift over to the #13 car, running the same Pete Hamilton Throwback Dodge the team raced at Darlington last weekend. Timmy has qualified for two Cup races and eight Xfinity races at Richmond, including four Xfinity starts with MBM Motorsports. With MBM, Timmy has a best start of 27th (2015) and a best finish of 28th (2017) at this track. 41 teams are expected to attempt to qualify this weekend, and the #13 car remains on the border of earning a points provisional into the race. The objective once again this weekend will be to qualify into the Top 33.

Timmy earned a 28th place finish at Richmond earlier this season.
Photo Credit: FOX Sports 1

This weekend also marks the debut of the new composite body paneled cars in the Xfinity Series, a NASCAR initiative with the intent to save teams money by making replacement of damaged body parts faster and easier. Five Star Race Car Bodies is the vendor responsible for supplying the parts to the teams. While most of the big teams will be running a composite car this weekend, MBM will be running the traditional steel-bodied cars. NASCAR has incentivized teams to make the investment by forcing the remaining steel-bodied cars to carry an additional 150 pounds of weight, 75 on each side of the chassis. The composite cars will be utilized again in 2017 at Dover and Phoenix later in the season.

The Xfinity Series has a one-day show at Richmond, with practice, qualifying, and the race all occurring on Friday, September 7. The qualifying broadcast will begin at 4:00 pm EST and live flag-to-flag coverage of the 2017 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 commences at 7:30 pm EST, all on NBC Sports Network and streaming live on the NBC Sports Live Extra app. Follow along all weekend with the latest team news by utilizing the social media channels of MBM Motorsports and Carl Long Motorsports (links can be found page left).


►9/3/2017 - Darlington Post-Race Report

Mission accomplished for Carl Long and MBM Motorsports at Darlington.

Photo Credit: NBC Sports Network

After taking a conservative approach in practice and qualifying, Carl rolled off for his second Cup start of 2017 from the 40th starting spot. Carl raced the #66 CrashClaimsR.Us Chevrolet in the early going, but after struggling with the handling, decided to forfeit his seat shortly after the midway point of the Southern 500. The team had Timmy Hill jump in the car and complete the race, allowing the #66 to reach the checkered flag on track, and gain further setup feedback. This result means that the MBM #66 team is 5 for 5 in their Cup series starts in terms of running at the finish in each event. The 33rd place finish is Carl's best Cup finish at Darlington and his sixth career Cup Top 35. The car did suffer a "Darlington Stripe" during the course of the race, and will require some sheet metal repair before it can race again.


In the Xfinity garage, both cars finished the weekend in one piece. Timmy Hill in the #40 Pete Hamilton Throwback Dodge put up an excellent qualifying run, earning a start in P30 by picking up more than seven tenths of a second from his quickest practice time. That effort tied the best qualifying result of the year for the #40 team, equaling their effort from Pocono back in June. Carl in the #13 Dodge also picked up a sizable chunk of speed on his qualifying run from practice (more than four tenths of a second) to earn a P38 starting spot.

Photo Credit: Steven Muncie

Timmy's race was compromised in the early going when the car suffered a fractured crossover line in the left front brake caliper. Despite running the remainder of the race with almost no braking ability in the car, the Port Tobacco, MD driver soldiered onto the finish, coming home in 32nd. It Is Timmy's best Xfinity race result since Loudon in mid-July.

Photo Credit: NBC Sports Network

Carl in the second MBM Dodge completed 29 laps in the race before retiring. He made an unscheduled trip to the garage in the very early stages of the race, fighting a suspension issue. The #13 team finished P38.

NASCAR’s top two division race again next weekend, under the lights at the newly renamed Richmond Raceway.


►9/3/2017 - Darlington Xfinity Qualifying Shots

#13 Carl Long
Photo Credit:
NBC Sports Network


#40 Timmy Hill
Photo Credit:
NBC Sports Network


►8/31/2017 - Darlington Preview Shots

Some pictures of Timmy Hill's #40 for Darlington this weekend, as final preparations are made to the chassis prior to heading to the track.




►8/28/2017 - Darlington Pre-Race Report

For the first time since the Monster Energy Open and All-Star race weekend in May at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Carl Long will be back behind the wheel of a Cup car.

Carl returns to pilot the #66 MBM Motorsports Chevrolet at the 1.366-mile Darlington Raceway. Carl's one and only premier series start at Darlington came in 2005, driving Raynard McGlynn's #80 Chevrolet. He had a brilliant qualifying run to get the car P21 on the grid, and the team ran 69 laps in the race before retiring with rear end issues.

Unfortunately, the Bristol DNQ has forced the team to abandon plans to run their proposed Darlington throwback scheme that was to honor the #66 Ford that Hall-of-Famer Darrell Waltrip raced on several occasions in 1999 and 2000. The current wrap on the car is a throwback itself though, paying tribute to the #46 Romeo Guest Construction car that Carl ran in 2009 in Cup.

Carl Long on track at Daytona during 2009 Speedweeks.

However, the MBM Motorsports Xfinity operation is set to debut new colors that reflect a different throwback scheme. The #40 Dodge will be sporting an all blue body, paying tribute to the late Pete Hamilton, a man who made 64 premier series starts from 1968 to 1973. He racked up 3 pole positions, 4 race victories, 26 Top 5s, 33 Top 10s, and led 621 laps in his remarkable driving career. Those 4 wins all came at Daytona or Talladega and include the 1970 Daytona 500, driving car #40. The MBM Motorsports #40 this weekend will even include the orange triangle on the hood that Pete Hamilton ran on his car. Its purpose was to help the Petty Enterprises pit crew distinguish Pete's car from his teammate Richard Petty's iconic #43.


Returning to the #40 car this week will be Port Tobacco, MD driver Timmy Hill. Timmy has raced in the Xfinity Series at Darlington three times, twice finishing in the Top 20. His best result was a 16th place, lead-lap finish in 2012 for Rick Ware Racing. Timmy also has a Cup series start to his name at this track, when in 2013 he raced the #32 for FAS Lane Racing and finished 33rd.

In addition to his Cup series run, Carl is also planning to be back behind the wheel of the second MBM Xfinity car at Darlington. Carl has four previous Xfinity Series starts at this track, with a best finish of 32nd last season in the MBM #13. He also finished 33rd in the Rick Ware Racing #41 in 2011. This weekend would mark Carl's tenth attempt to qualify for an Xfinity Series race this season.

Catch all of the weekend action from The Track Too Tough to Tame, including live flag-to-flag coverage of the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 on NBC Sports Network Sunday, September 2 at 3:30 pm EST, and streaming live on the NBC Sports Live Extra app. Follow along all weekend with the latest team news by utilizing the social media channels of MBM Motorsports and Carl Long Motorsports (links can be found page left).


►8/27/2017 - Road America Post-Race Report

A weekend that began with great promise turned into a difficult series of events in both the practices and the race for MBM Motorsports at Road America.


Ernie Francis Jr. showed strong speed in the two practices held on Saturday afternoon. Overcoming a broken gear, the 19-year-old adjusted to a NASCAR stock car quickly and completed both sessions with Top 30 fastest speeds. The cancellation of qualifying left Ernie starting his first NASCAR touring series race from P38.

Ernie stayed out of trouble early, keeping his nose clean and working his way forward. The team played some pit strategy to get him up into the Top 20, and Ernie held his own for several laps. Unfortunately, the engine on the #13 Original Frameless Shower Doors Toyota expired midway through Stage 2. Ernie was left with an unrepresentative 39th place finish after showing great speed all weekend.

Photo Credit: NBC

Practice was also eventful for Tim Cowen in the #40 Cowen Logistics Ford. The engine broke during the first session of the weekend, and so the team was forced to abandon their plans to run Timmy Hill in the #72, and instead renumber that chassis to serve as Tim's backup car.


The difficulties continued into the race, as an improperly installed fuel pump cable led to the #40 Dodge stalling on track and coming to rest in the final corner late in Stage 2. Tim limped it back to pit road, and the team was able to effect repairs and return Tim back to the track. In the final stage, a flat tire developed on the #40 just as Tim was approaching the fast-paced Kink in Turn 10. Tim locked the brakes up to try and scrub speed, but he did impact the tire barrier. He was able to get rolling again and avoid bringing out a full course caution, but the damage was enough to end his race. Tim would up P36.

Photo Credit: NBC

MBM Motorsports returns to action next weekend, as NASCAR heads to The Track Too Tough to Tame, Darlington Raceway.


►8/24/2017 - Road America Pre-Race Report

It will be three car effort from MBM Motorsports this year at Road America, a first for the team at this track.

Tim Cowen returns to the seat of the #40 Cowen Logistics Ford. Tim will be seeking to make his sixth NASCAR Xfinity Series start and second at Road America. In his one prior race at this track in Xfinity (2015), Tim started 34th and finished 25th, on the lead lap, driving the #13 for MBM. This is the same chassis Tim raced at Mid-Ohio this year.

MBM and NextGen Motorsports welcome another new driver to the seat this weekend, Trans-Am standout Ernie Francis Jr. The 19-year-old will be piloting car #13 The Original Frameless Shower Doors Toyota Camry in his first attempt in one of NASCAR's elite divisions.


In addition, Ernie will be pulling double-duty, as he maintains his usual duties in The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli. The young driver has experienced immense success thus far in 2017, having won five of the season's seven races to date. Ernie has led in all seven races and led the most laps in six events. He currently leads the Chase for the Trigon Trophy TA Championship Standings with 198 points, 38 more than his nearest rival.

As for his Xfinity ride this weekend, 42 teams are currently entered in the event. Similar to last weekend, the simplest way for the #13 to make the race is to qualify in the Top 33. Qualifying takes place at 11:45 am EST, just over three hours before the race is scheduled to get underway. Ernie will be racing the same Toyota that Enrique Baca started the Mid-Ohio weekend aboard.

After a difficult weekend in Bristol, Timmy Hill returns to MBM this weekend to pilot the #72 MBM Motorsports Dodge. This car will have to qualify into the Top 33 to earn a starting position in the race. In Timmy's three previous runs at Road America, he has earned a Top 25 finishing position in each race. His qualifying efforts have yielded similar success at this track, never previously failing to qualify outside the Top 33. The driver and team will look for similar success in 2017 out of the same chassis that Enrique Baca scored his Top 20 with at Mid-Ohio in the race and that Timmy qualified into the Top 33 at Watkins Glen with despite no substantial practice time.

Flag-to-flag coverage of the Johnsonville 180 will be broadcasted live on NBC Sunday, August 27 at 3:00 pm EST, and streaming live on the NBC Sports Live Extra app. Follow along with the latest team news by utilizing the social media channels of MBM Motorsports and Carl Long Motorsports (links can be found page left).


►8/20/2017 - NASCAR Heat 2 Update

It was confirmed today that the MBM Motorsports #66 Cup car will be included in NASCAR Heat 2, the new video game from 704Games. Timmy Hill will be the listed driver. As revealed previously, both of the Xfinity Series teams will be available for gameplay as well, with Carl in the #13 and Timmy in the #40. NASCAR Heat 2 is scheduled to be released on September 12, 2017, and will be available for purchase on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows via Steam.

Photo Credit:
704Games NASCAR Heat


►8/19/2017 - Bristol Post-Race Report

It was a challenging day at the World's Fastest Half-Mile for MBM Motorsports.

In the two Cup series practices, Timmy Hill worked on getting the #66 CrashClaimsR.Us Chevrolet up to speed, knowing the team needed to outqualify one of the other Open teams to make the race. Timmy actually spun in the final practice, but kept the car off the wall. The damaged tires limited the team’s remaining practice time though. In qualifying, the setup of the car was too tight, and despite picking up three-tenths of a second from final practice, the time was not fast enough to qualify. The team will regroup and look forward to the next Cup race on the schedule at Darlington.


The day was more positive on the Xfinity side. Chad Finchum in the #40 Smithbilt Homes / Buddy Gregg RVs and Motor Homes Chevrolet qualified in 31st, matching his best starting spot from earlier in the season (Dover). The 22-year-old driver was relegated to the tail of the field for the start of the race, however, after the team discovered a broken brake hose after qualifying had concluded.

From the back, Chad raced up into the Top 25 early in Stage 1. Brake issues developed as the race wore on, and Chad was forced to salvage what he could from the remaining laps. He kept the car clean and kept digging, and he was rewarded with a 28th place finishing position, a personal best in the Xfinity Series.


The #13 MBM Motorsports Dodge with driver Timmy Hill was a bit fortunate in qualifying. The team had the air pressures set incorrectly, and consequently Timmy was unable to make the fastest 33, despite the team's best efforts and turning 16 laps during the abbreviated qualifying session. But because the #15 JD Motorsports and #89 Shepherd Racing Ventures cars also missed the fastest 33, the #13 team secured the final owner points provisional to get into the race. Timmy completed 56 laps in the race and finished P36.


The next event on the agenda for MBM is the final road course race of the year in Elkhart Lake, WI. The NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to the 4.048-mile behemoth that is Road America for the eighth consecutive year next weekend. MBM Motorsports is planning to field three cars in the event.

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►8/18/2017 - Bristol Xfinity Qualifying Shots

#13 Timmy Hill
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NBC Sports Network


#40 Chad Finchum
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NBC Sports Network


►8/18/2017 - Bristol Cup Practice Shots

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►8/17/2017 - Bristol Xfinity Practice Report

Thursday afternoon from the Bristol Motor Speedway provided MBM Motorsports with a productive day of practice.

Chad Finchum turned 36 laps in the opening practice and placed P31. The #40 Chevrolet turned a further 48 laps in the final practice and wound up P35. The team has adjustments planned for tomorrow prior to running through pre-qualifying inspection to find some additional speed. As revealed earlier in the week, MBM is pleased to be running the decals of Smithbilt Homes and Buddy Gregg RVs and Motor Homes this weekend, and will be looking to put together a solid run in the race tomorrow.

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NBC Sports Live Extra

Timmy Hill in the #13 Dodge, the same chassis the team raced as the #40 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, completed 50 laps between the two Thursday practices. Timmy finished first practice P29 and second practice P32. 42 teams and drivers are set to attempt to qualify Friday afternoon, so the objective for the #13 team will be to make the fastest 33.

MBM drivers Chad Finchum and Timmy Hill
being interviewed on NASCAR.com GarageCam.

This weekend's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the World's Fastest Half-Mile will be televised live, Friday night, August 18 on NBCSN at 7:30 pm EST, and streaming live on the NBC Sports Live Extra app. Follow along with the latest team news from the track by utilizing the social media channels of MBM Motorsports and Carl Long Motorsports (links can be found page left).


►8/16/2017 - Bristol Preview Shots

The #66 Cup car and #40 Xfinity car for this weekend. MBM Motorsports welcomes new sponsor Smithbilt Homes of Knoxville, TN to the #40 Chevrolet of Chad Finchum this weekend. Associate sponsorship is being provided by Buddy Gregg RVs and Motor Homes.



►8/15/2017 - Bristol Pre-Race Report

MBM Motorsports welcomes Timmy Hill back behind the wheel this week, after the 24-year-old served as a spotter for the team at Mid-Ohio. The Port Tobacco, Maryland driver will be pulling double duty, driving the #66 Cup car and the #13 Xfinity car.

Of Timmy's 60 starts in NASCAR's premier series, three have come at Bristol. In the Spring race at this track earlier in 2017, Timmy qualified 38th and finished 37th driving for Rick Ware Racing in the #51. 41 teams are on the preliminary entry list this week, meaning the #66 will be competing against the other 4 non-chartered teams (#7, #51, #55, #83) for one of the four open positions available in the field. Timmy and the #66 team will look to build off of the momentum they gained in their last outing in Cup, with that 14th place finish at Indianapolis.

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Timmy has made 8 starts at Bristol in the Xfinity Series with a best starting spot of 25th (twice) and best finish of 21st. This weekend, 42 cars are entered in the event, so Timmy will likely have to qualify into the Top 33 to earn a starting spot in the race.

Also returning this weekend is Chad Finchum in the #40 car. Chad will be seeking his fourth Xfinity Series start at a track where he has experienced great success in lower divisions. The Knoxville, Tennessee driver won the 2016 K&N Pro Series event at Bristol in dominating fashion, seizing the lead of the race on lap 14 and leading all the way to the checkered flag at lap 125. Chad will be looking for more success on the Bristol high banks this weekend with MBM Motorsports.

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Dakota Hamilton
Johnson City Press

This weekend's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the World's Fastest Half-Mile will be televised live, Friday night, August 18 on NBCSN at 7:30 pm EST, and streaming live on the NBC Sports Live Extra app. Follow along with the latest team news from the track by utilizing the social media channels of MBM Motorsports and Carl Long Motorsports (links can be found page left).


►8/13/2017 - Mid-Ohio Post-Race Report

For the first time in team history, MBM Motorsports scored lead lap, Top 20 finishes with both of its Xfinity Series teams in the same weekend.

The series was supposed to run two practice sessions on Friday, but heavy rain and lightning near the circuit prevented any teams from running practice laps. Instead, a single practice was run Saturday morning prior to qualifying. Enrique Baca practiced 20th quickest to lead the way for the team, and Tim Cowen was 30th quick. Both drivers got 7 laps on track prior to qualifying.

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With the withdrawal of the JD Motorsports #15 late in the week, just 40 cars remained entered in the event. MBM decided to not roll out the #72 this weekend, and so with all the cars guaranteed to start the race, qualifying was to determine starting positions and pit selection. Tim put the #40 Ford in the field and secured a P36 starting spot with his 3 qualifying laps.

Enrique in the #13 had a much more eventful session. Just as the young driver was receiving some airtime from NBCSN during his second qualifying run, Enrique got off track at the exit of the Keyhole, and the splitter dug into the grass, destroying the nose of the Toyota. His 4 laps earned him an official starting spot of P29, but the damage would force the team to roll off the backup car, the same chassis the team was considering entering as the #72 earlier in the week.

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Both drivers hung around the back of the pack early in the race, hoping to avoid the chaos and carnage that typically comes to define an Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio. The plan worked, as both Enrique and Tim drove smooth, controlled races, and avoided involvement in any of the 9 full-course cautions that waved during the 75 lap race.

Just one day before his 26th birthday, Enrique Baca pulled off an 18th place finish in his backup Dodge Challenger. That finishing position is the best-ever result for the MBM Motorsports #13 in the Xfinity Series, bettering a 19th-place finish by Stanton Barrett in 2016 at Watkins Glen. It is just the fourth lead lap finish for the #13 team since its inception, and already the second of 2017.


Tim Cowen came home 20th in his #40 Cowen Logistics Ford. His fifth Xfinity Series start resulted in his second Top 20 and second lead lap finish, his first such finish at his home track of Mid-Ohio. For MBM, it was the #40 team's fifth-ever Top 20, four of which have been earned in 2017. It was the fourth lead-lap finish of the year for the #40 as well.

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Russell LaBounty
LAT Images via Motorsport.com

The NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to oval track racing next weekend, making the second of two yearly trips to the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN. Check back in early next week for a Bristol pre-race report.


►8/11/2017 - Mid-Ohio Pre-Race Report + News Extras

MBM Motorsports welcomes Tim Cowen back to the driver's seat of the Cowen Truck Line, Inc. Ford for the third consecutive year at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. 2017 will be Tim's first year driving the #40 entry, having been behind the wheel of MBM's #13 in his prior efforts with the team. He has started 4 previous NASCAR Xfinity Series races, 4 Camping World Truck Series races, and 10 ARCA Racing Series events. This season marks Tim's fifth consecutive attempt to qualify at Mid-Ohio, having participated in every Xfinity Series event at the track. Tim scored a Top 20 at Mid-Ohio in 2014 with an 18th place result, his best-career finish.


After performing admirably in his debut race just last weekend, Enrique Baca has secured the sponsorship to return to MBM this weekend at Mid-Ohio, this time driving the #13 Toyota. This will be the same chassis Enrique piloted at Watkins Glen. The team will look to avoid the mechanical gremlins that popped up last week during the race in the driver's second career Xfinity Series start.

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E.J. O'Rourke Photography

The team has a third car fully prepared to run, and as of Thursday morning was undecided if they would enter it in the event or not. It is the car Timmy Hill drove as the #13 at Watkins Glen, and if it does run, Timmy will pilot the car, renumbered as the #72. With the withdrawal of Obaika Racing's #77, there are currently 41 teams and drivers entered for the 40 available positions. If the #72 does not run this weekend, Timmy will help the team out as a driver coach and spotter out on the course.


Team owner Carl Long also revealed MBM Motorsports' Bristol plans for next weekend earlier in the week. In the Xfinity Series, impressive rookie racer Chad Finchum will return to the team to drive the #40. Timmy Hill will return to the cockpit as well, but pulling double duty. Timmy will drive both the #13 Xfinity car and the #66 Cup car. This will mark the first attempt for the MBM Motorsports Cup program since the team's outstanding Top 15 finish at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Ever wanted to race as Carl Long himself in a video game? It was announced on Thursday that MBM Motorsports will be included in the new video game from 704Games, NASCAR Heat 2. Both of the Xfinity Series teams will be available for gameplay, with Carl piloting the #13 Toyota and Timmy aboard the #40 Chevrolet. Check out images of the cars below. NASCAR Heat 2 is scheduled to be released on September 12, 2017, and will be available for purchase on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows via Steam.

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704Games NASCAR Heat

As with every race weekend, follow along with the latest team news from the track by utilizing the social media channels of MBM Motorsports and Carl Long Motorsports (links can be found page left). The Mid-Ohio Challenge will be televised live, Saturday, August 12 on NBCSN at 3:30 pm EST, and streaming live on the NBC Sports Live Extra app.


►8/7/2017 - Watkins Glen Post-Race Report

Raceday at Watkins Glen treated MBM Motorsports rather favorably.

Enrique Baca qualified his #40 PEAK Antifreeze Toyota into the race in P35. Enrique ran a controlled race, keeping his nose clean and picking up speed each lap. He had some camber shims come loose and the team was able to repair the car on pit road, but lost several laps in doing so. Enrique ran his fastest lap of the race on lap 61, and with only a tire mark on the door for damage, Enrique crossed the finish line in P31.

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LAT Images via Motorsport.com

Timmy Hill pulled off a brilliant lap in qualifying to put the #13 Dodge solidly in the field, despite suffering the fuel pickup problem from practice. On just his second flying lap of the weekend, Timmy posted a 1:14.538, a lap time that made the Top 33 by more than six tenths of a second. The team completed 27 laps in the race and finished P37.

The next stop on the NASCAR Xfinity Series tour commences at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Saturday, August 12th.


►8/4/2017 - Watkins Glen Friday Practice Report

Practice went well for Enrique Baca in the #40 PEAK Antifreeze Toyota. Enrique completed 8 laps in the first of two sessions Friday afternoon, and 5 laps in the second and final practice. Despite the sessions being exceptionally disjointed with several red flag periods, Enrique picked up more than a second in the final practice from his best lap earlier in the day, finishing in P31 with a lap of 1:15.931.

Timmy Hill suffered a more difficult day in the #13 Dodge. An apparent fuel pickup problem prevented Timmy from completing a lap at speed. The team changed "everything" on the car in preparation for Saturday morning's critical qualifying session. After the withdrawal of Morgan Shepherd, 41 teams will vie for the 40 starting spots in the Zippo 200.

Continue to follow along with the all of the weekend's action through the social media channels of MBM Motorsports and Carl Long Motorsports (links can be found page left). The Zippo 200 at the Glen will be televised live, Saturday, August 5 on NBCSN at 2:30 pm EST, and streaming live on the NBC Sports Live Extra app.

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E.J. O'Rourke Photography


►8/4/2017 - Pre-Race Report: Watkins Glen

The NASCAR Xfinity Series teams visit the first of three road courses on the 2017 schedule this weekend, and MBM Motorsports will welcome another new driver to the team.

Enrique Baca, a 25-year-old of Monterrey, Mexico, will pilot the #40 Toyota. Enrique has experience in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East division, scoring two Top 10s earlier this year at Berlin Raceway (MI) and South Boston Speedway (VA). He has also been competing full-time in the NASCAR Mexico Series in 2017. Enrique earned his best career finish earlier this year in a race contested on a 0.75-mile short track in Guadalajara, Mexico.

This race weekend will surely be the busiest weekend of Enrique's young career, as he looks to complete a unique form of triple duty. In addition to attempting to qualify for his first NASCAR Xfinity Series start, he will also race in the K&N series event on Friday, the Bully Hill Vineyards 100. Once his duties in New York are complete on Saturday after the Xfinity race, Enrique will board a plane and fly back to Mexico to compete in the NASCAR Mexico Series race on Sunday at Autódromo Moisés Solana.

Timmy Hill returns to the driver's seat at Watkins Glen to pilot the second MBM Xfinity car. The #13 Dodge will likely need to qualify into the field on time, with 42 teams currently entered for the 40 available starting spots. In his 200 NASCAR national series starts, Timmy has raced at Watkins Glen three times: twice in the Xfinity Series (2011 and 2012 for Rick Ware Racing) and once in the Cup Series (2015 for Premium Motorsports).

Follow along with the all of the weekend's action through the social media channels of MBM Motorsports and Carl Long Motorsports (links can be found page left). The Zippo 200 at the Glen will be televised live, Saturday, August 5 on NBCSN at 2:30 pm EST, and streaming live on NBC Sports Live Extra.


►7/31/2017 - Post-Race Update: Iowa

Iowa Speedway provided several challenges to the MBM Motorsports team this weekend.

Stan Mullis kept the car clean in his first ever NASCAR Xfinity Series race, exactly what a rookie driver needs to do in order to make laps and gain experience. The MBM team got him on track for 73 practice laps prior to qualifying, slowly working him up to speed. The #40 TLC Resorts Vacation Club / Casablanca Express earned a 39th spot on the starting grid. The team was impressed with his steady progression in lap times throughout the race, making adjustments to the car and picking up speed. Stan brought the car home in 32nd place, an admirable effort for the driver's debut.


The track was less kind to Bobby Dale Earnhardt in his first Xfinity Series weekend as a driver. Bobby Dale received very little practice time due to ignition issues, and consequently only had 19 practice laps headed into the crucial qualifying session. 41 teams were entered, vying for the 40 available starting positions. Unfortunately, the team was unable to qualify into the Top 33, and were the lowest on the provisional order after Jeff Green, Morgan Shepherd, and Reed Sorenson were able to qualify their cars in on speed. It was the first time the #13 team failed to qualify since Atlanta in early March.


MBM hopes to have both Stan and Bobby Dale back behind the wheel of one the Xfinity cars soon, pending NASCAR approval for larger tracks and funding. Sponsorship inquiries can be made by contacting the team at contact@mbmmotorsports.com.


►7/26/2017 - Pre-Race Update: Iowa

MBM Motorsports will give two drivers the opportunity to make their NASCAR Xfinity Series debuts this weekend at the 7/8-mile Iowa Speedway.

Stan Mullis, a veteran short track driver out of Las Vegas, NV, will pilot the #40 TLC Resorts Vacation Club / Casablanca Express entry. Mullis has been racing at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but he does have some experience working with the MBM Motorsports team previously. Mullis drove the second ARCA car, #72, that MBM fielded in the Open Test at Daytona earlier this year.

Bobby Dale Earnhardt, son of Kerry Earnhardt and oldest grandson of Dale Earnhardt Sr., will race the #13 Chevrolet this weekend in a joint venture between MBM Motorsports and JP Motorsports. This chassis is a former JR Motorsports car. Earnhardt has been garnering experience in the ARCA Racing Series this season. He has started three races total: two with Hixson Motorsports (Toledo, Elko) and one with Mystic Motorsports (Pocono). Earnhardt has been helping crew the MBM Xfinity Series entries as a tire changer throughout 2017 and is looking forward to taking his first turn in the cockpit.


Regular driver Timmy Hill, after scoring the Top 15 finish in the premier series at Indianapolis, will be on hand throughout the weekend at Iowa, working as a driver coach for the two debutants.

Sponsorship opportunities of all sizes are still available for this weekend. Contact the team at contact@mbmmotorsports.com.


►7/24/2017 - Mid-Season Update: Post-Indianapolis

2017 has provided plenty of drama and excitement around the shop of Carl Long Motorsports. Carl made his long-awaited return to NASCAR's premier series earlier this season for the first time since 2009, driving the #66 Chevrolet for MBM Motorsports. MBM is competing in their third full-time season of the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year, but the Kansas race was the team's first foray into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

With a car purchased from HScott Motorsports, Carl and team worked diligently to get on track. After overcoming some issues programming the digital dashboard and fitting NASCAR's inspection templates, Carl made it out for second practice and got the car up to speed despite fighting a “bad loose” condition into Turn 1. The team made major adjustments headed into raceday. Carl rolled off shotgun on the field, and kept his nose clean all night, working his way to a 31st place finish, the second-best of his Cup career.


The MBM team brought the Cup car to NASCAR's All-Star event the very next weekend, and Carl again drove. Despite the car being too stiffly sprung, Carl held a steady wheel and drove to a 17th place finish in the Monster Energy Open. Emulating his Kansas success, this was Carl's second-best finish in the Open, bettered only by his 14th place in 2004. The team proudly carried the logo of the Waltrip Brothers' Charity Championship golf tournament, an annual event that raises funds for Motor Racing Outreach and other worthy charitable causes.

Timmy Hill has been racing the #66 since the All-Star weekend. The team had a great moment at Dover, running on the lead lap for much of the opening stages of the race, and crossing the finish line in 28th. Timmy muscled the car to 31st at Kentucky, again running at the finish. But the highlight of 2017 thus far came at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In a race that endured a track-record 14 caution flags, Timmy weaved his way through the chaos to bring home a brilliant 14th place finish on the lead lap in his 200th NASCAR start. The team utilized the wave-around and three free pass awards to their advantage, and despite clipping the grass in avoiding the final accident, the team achieved their best result in the Cup series. Hill's best finish in his prior 59 premier series starts was a 22nd at Kansas in 2012.


In addition, Carl has revealed the team's plans for the upcoming Darlington Throwback weekend. The Cup car will feature the colors of the Travis Carter-owned #66 that Darrell Waltrip raced in the Cup Series in 1999 and 2000.


In the Xfinity Series, MBM has had several excellent runs with the #40 car. Brandon Hightower piloted one of the Toyotas to a 13th place finish at Daytona, overcoming an early spin to match the team's best ever result in the series (Alon Day, Mid-Ohio 2016). Timmy Hill finished in the Top 20 at both Daytona and Talladega as well. Carl has driven in 8 races this year, with a best result of 27th place at Bristol (his second-best series finish).