NASCAR XFINITY: McClure to JGL, Gase re-ups with Means


Eric McClure will switch from Tri-Star Motorsports to JGL Racing for the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series season, his new team announced Monday.

McClure will run the No. 24 Toyota Camry for his 13th season in NXS. The team itself switches from Dodge, which it ran last year, to Toyota for 2015.

Reynolds Consumer Products marks a 10th consecutive season as a series team partner and will serve as primary sponsor on the No. 24 entry for a minimum of 25 events. That includes the Reynolds Wrap and Hefty brands, which have been staples on McClure’s cars throughout his NASCAR career.

JGL Racing, with owner James Whitener and general manager Gregg Mixon, made its debut during the 2014 season-opening event at Daytona Int’l Speedway. The freshman team featured various driver combinations throughout the season for its two-car operation and, collectively, scored one top-five, two top-10, and three top-15 finishes.

McClure enters the campaign with a new crew chief as well, in Jay Guy.

On another NXS note that was announced late last week, Joey Gase will return to Jimmy Means Racing in the No. 52 entry.

“I am excited to be running the full Xfinity season again with Jimmy Means Racing,” Gase said in a release. “Last year was a record-breaking season for us with minimum funding.

“We successfully made both of our goals, which were to finish top 20 in driving points, and to keep the team locked in the top 30 of owner points. Our goals in 2015 will be to finish in the top 20 in driver points once again and to get the team our first top 10 finish.”