SS GreenLight Racing | NASCAR Xfinity Series New Hampshire Motor Speedway | Ambetter Get Vaccinated 200 Fast Facts
No. 07 SS GreenLight Racing Team:
Driver: Joe Graf Jr. (@JoeGrafJr)
Primary Partner(s): Bucked Up Energy
Manufacturer: Chevrolet Camaro
Crew Chief: Joe Williams
Ambetter Get Vaccinated 200 Starting Position: 30th (Event Formula)
Driver Points Position: 30st | Owner Points Position: 37th
Engine: Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines (ECR)
Notes of Interest:
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New Leadership: SS GreenLight Racing announced last week that Joe Williams will take over crew chief duties for Joe Graf Jr. for the remainder of the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.
Williams joins SS GreenLight Racing after a tenure at Our Motorsports. Additionally, Danny Johnson joins the Mooresville, N.C.-based team as car chief.
In their debut together last weekend, Graf charged his No. 07 Z Grills Chevrolet Camaro inside the top-20, before being shoved out on a late race restart and settling for a 25th place finish.
Still, the finish was the team’s best effort since Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway in March.
A Pair of Birthdays: It’s been a celebratory week for the Graf family.
On Monday, July 12, Graf celebrated his 23rd birthday, while the following day, July 13, Graf’s younger teenage brother Ryan celebrated his 16th birthday.
To no one’s surprise, both exchanged sneakers as presents.
VIP Exclusive: Thanks to partner G-Coin, a product that brings gold into the digital age – race fans have an opportunity to win a VIP passes for a NASCAR Xfinity Series race of their choice.
To enter, follow @JoeGrafJr and @The_GCoin on Twitter, tag two friends and simply download the G Coin app to your mobile device. A winner will be chosen at the end of the month.
Joe Graf Jr. Xfinity Series New Hampshire Motor Speedway Stats: Saturday afternoon’s Ambetter Get Vaccinated 200 will mark Graf’s first career start at the “Magic Mile.”
The NASCAR Xfinity Series had planned to compete at New Hampshire last year, but the event was realigned to another race track due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Joe Graf Jr. Xfinity Series Career Intermediate Nuggets: At tracks greater than 1.0-mile in size, Graf has competed in 26 NASCAR Xfinity Series races. He holds an average starting position of 25.0 and an average result of 24.2.
Put Me In Coach: To strengthen his physique, Joe Graf Jr. began working with new trainer and former NASCAR Cup Series Josh Wise during the 2020 offseason.
In addition to Wise, Graf has also been working with former NASCAR driver and open wheel driver Scott Speed on being more discipline behind the wheel of his No. 07 G-Coin Chevrolet Camaro.
Sneaker Mania: Along with the adrenaline of the Motorsports competition, Joe Graf Jr. also has a vogue for hype sneakers. In his current collection, he owns and wears at least 85 limited edition sneakers – and his collection continues to grow every month.
The current estimated value of his collection tops $90,000.
From the Pit Box: Industry veteran Joe Williams is Joe Graf Jr.’s crew chief.
He will crew chief his 51st NASCAR Xfinity Series race as crew chief on Saturday afternoon and his first at the 1.058-mile speedway.
In his previous 50 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts, he has collected four top-five and 14 top-10 finishes.
Hello From The Other Side: Graf Jr. has a teammate at SS GreenLight Racing. Veteran JJ Yeley will drive the No. 17 Nurtec ODT Chevrolet Camaro on Saturday afternoon.
Yeley is set to make his 342nd career NASCAR Xfinity Series start and 10th at the Loudon, N.H. facility. His best Xfinity track finish occurred in the 2005 New England 200, where he finished sixth after starting 10th driving for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Joe Graf Jr. Pre-Race Quotes:
On New Hampshire Motor Speedway: “I am optimistic about New Hampshire this weekend. It’s a new track that I have never been to before, but I’m hoping we’ll start the first stage at a good pace, and we can make progress from there.
“The communication between myself and Joe was good at Atlanta, and we made some gains and it’s important heading into the summer break that we continue to make more gains that will lead to better finishes for our partners and the team the rest of the season.”
On New Leadership: “I have a positive outlook on the second half of the year, even though the results were not what we were hoping for to start the season.
“I will continue to work hard and give everything both on and off the track to enhance the overall presence and performance of our team and partners for the rest of the 2021 season.”
On Building From Atlanta Finish: “Going forward we are going to focus on what we can control and continue to execute at our highest level during the second half of the year. There are a ton of races left in the season and hopefully, we have shaken the bad luck.
“I would be worried if our cars lacked competitiveness, but they don’t and I think we showcased that a little bit last weekend at Atlanta.
“We are marching on with our best foot forward.”
The Ambetter Get Vaccinated 200 (200 laps | 211.6 miles) is the 19th of 33 NASCAR Xfinity Series races on the 2021 schedule. The race will take the green flag on Sat., Jul. 17, 2021, shortly after 3:00 p.m. ET with live coverage on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), the Performance Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90. All times are local (ET).
About SS Green Light Racing:
As one of the most tenured teams in all of NASCAR, SS GreenLight Racing led by team owner and former driver Bobby Dotter has been a mainstay in the sport fielding entries in either the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series or the Xfinity Series competition since 2001.
SS GreenLight Racing will continue with a two-car program in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2021.