Driver to join TriStar Motorsports for full XFINITY Series slate TriStar Motorsports announced Thursday morning that Cale Conley will make the jump to a full-time ride in the NASCAR XFINITY Series next season. Conley , 22, competed in 11 races last season in the Nationwide Series -- which is transferring title sponsorship to Comcast's XFINITY brand in 2015. His best finish in Richard Childress Racing 's No. 33 Chevrolet was sixth at Kentucky Speedway in September. "I am looking forward to working with people that are excited to work with me and help me mature as a driver and competitor in this series," Conley said. "I am grateful to Mark Smith and TriStar Motorsports for being willing to take a chance with me and let me race weekend after weekend after weekend, so I can get one step closer to my ultimate dream of being a NASCAR Sprint Cup champion." TriStar, owned by Mark Smith, fielded 13 drivers in its four-car operation last season, with Mike Bliss , Eric McClure , Blake Koch and Jeff Green making the majority of the starts in the team's Toyotas. Mooresville, North Carolina-based team's best finish was a ninth-place from David Starr at Talladega Superspeedway in the spring. A spokesperson for TriStar said that more announcements regarding the team's driver lineup for 2015 were coming in the next two weeks. Conley brought his rich sprint-car background to NASCAR competition in 2011, gaining experience in the K&N Pro Series before venturing into Nationwide races. The West Virginia native notched his first victory on the K&N circuit at Columbus Motor Speedway in 2012. In addition to his growth on the track last season, Conley made waves off the track when he settled a bet with Emma Blaney by wearing a dress . The campaign to add to Conley's Twitter following and the ensuing pictures prompted the social media hashtag #DriverInADress. Conley is scheduled to appear as a guest on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90) on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. ET. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Cale Conley blew a right front tire in Turn 2 and collected Brendan Gaughan leaving him with major damage.
Conley will run limited Nationwide Series schedule for Richard Childress
Conley showed good speed in Friday's practice sessions
Ryan Reed gets loose and makes contact with Cale Conley ending Conley's day.
Sprint Cup regular Dale Jr. posts top-10 speeds during both sessions Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live XFINITY Series Practice 1 " Full results Austin Dillon clocked the fastest lap in opening NASCAR XFINITY Series practice Friday afternoon at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . Dillon, the only driver to break the 30-second barrier in the 55-minute session, drove the Richard Childress Racing No. 33 Chevrolet to a best lap of 180.977 mph on the 1.5-mile track. He'll be making his second XFINITY Series start of the season in Saturday's Boyd Gaming 300 (4 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). Dale Earnhardt Jr . was second-fastest at 179.414 mph in the JR Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet that he co-owns. He was just ahead of JRM teammate Regan Smith , who registered the third-fastest lap at 178.453 mph. Ryan Blaney and Denny Hamlin completed the top five. Joe Gibbs Racing wound up using two fill-in drivers in their three entries for Saturday's 300-miler. Matt Kenseth was an emergency sub in the No. 18 Toyota for rookie Daniel Suarez, who was treated in the infield care center for a stomach ailment. Suarez felt well enough to turn a handful of laps near the end of the session, but it was Kenseth who posted the team's best lap, a 177.363-mph speed that was ninth-fastest overall. Hamlin will substitute all weekend in Gibbs' No. 54 Toyota for the injured Kyle Busch , who suffered multiple lower-leg injuries in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway . Defending series champion Chase Elliott , Erik Jones , Elliott Sadler , Darrell Wallace Jr ., Cale Conley , Ross Chastain , Kenseth, Earnhardt, Smith, Hamlin and Blaney were all held out of the first 15 minutes of practice. Their respective teams all served a penalty for being late to technical inspection last weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway . XFINITY Series co-leader Ty Dillon was sixth-fastest of the 35 drivers who participated in the opening season. Chris Buescher , who shares the top spot in the standings, was 13th-fastest. Series regular Brian Scott didn't complete a lap after the engine in his Richard Childress Racing No. 2 Chevrolet developed early trouble. XFINITY Series final practice " Full results Opening practice leader Austin Dillon continued to lay down fast lap times during Friday's final practice session for the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . The No. 33 driver propelled his Richard Childress Chevrolet around the Nevada oval at 182.927 mph. After replacing the engine in his No. 2 ride, Brian Scott finally hit the track for the second practice. The lack of seat time a few hours earlier didn't seem to deter the Richard Childress Racing driver, as he posted the second-fastest speed, circling the speedway at 179.665 mph. Rounding out the top five were RSS Racing's Ryan Sieg (179.384 mph), Richard Childress Racing 's Brendan Gaughan (179.348 mph) and JR Motorsports' Regan Smith (179.301 mph). Sprint Cup Series veteran Denny Hamlin is subbing for the injured Kyle Busch in the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota this weekend. After running the most laps during the final practice, Hamlin ranked seventh on the leaderboard. Posting the ninth-fastest speed was JR Motorsports owner Dale Earnhardt Jr ., who is wheeling the team's No. 88 machine this week. JRM driver and reigning XFINITY champion Chase Elliott rounded the 1.5-mile track 18th-fastest in his No. 9 Chevrolet. Joe Gibbs Racing 's Daniel Suarez missed most of the first session due to a stomach ailment, but was back behind the wheel of his No. 18 Toyota by the final practice. He posted the 19th-fastest speed on the leaderboard. The XFINITY Series will be back on track on Saturday at 12:45 p.m. ET, for the Coors Light Pole Qualifying with coverage on FOX Sports 2. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
See a timelapse of the No. 8 car getting wrapped Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live Blake Koch has picked up primary sponsorship for the 2015 XFINITY Series season. TriStar Motorsports announced Thursday that Koch's No. 8 Toyota Camry will see LeafFilter Gutter Protection serve as the primary sponsor beginning with the Alert Today Florida 300 on Feb. 21 at Daytona International Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). "There are so many things about LeafFilter that I love," Koch said in a release provided by the team. "First of all the product is amazing and fun to promote because no one likes to clean their gutters and LeafFilter has the solution." "The people behind the scenes of LeafFilter are awesome, and the hundreds of employees that I have met are so excited to be working for LeafFilter and are extremely motivated. Having their support this year is very encouraging and motivating and we are going to do everything it takes to put the No. 8 LeafFilter Toyota Camry in victory lane in Daytona." Last month, TriStar Motorsports announced that Koch will pilot the No. 8 car on a full-time basis. Bruce Cook will serve as the team's crew chief. TriStar Motorsports will field four entries in the XFINITY Series this season. Besides Koch, the driver lineup includes Cale Conley , Mike Bliss and David Starr. You can see a timelapse of the car being wrapped below. &amp;amp;lt;/center&amp;amp;gt; FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Organization also named Eddie Pardue as crew chief for Cale Conley Mike Bliss will be back behind the wheel for TriStar Motorsports in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2015, the team announced on Friday. The 2015 campaign will mark Bliss' fifth season in the XFINITY Series together. Paul Clapprood will return to serve as the crew chief for Bliss. In the past four seasons with TriStar, Bliss has recorded five top-10 finishes. TriStar also announced that Eddie Pardue will serve as the crew chief for Cale Conley and the No. 14 Toyota Camry team. Last season, Pardue served as the competition director for TriStar Motorsports. Pardue has served as a crew chief in the XFINITY Series before, working with Greg Biffle , Matt Kenseth , Jason Leffler and several other drivers. In 280 XFINITY Series races, Pardue has been atop the pit box for three wins. He also has crew chief experience in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (one race) and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (22 races). In other announcements, TriStar also said Bruce Cook will serve as the crew chief for Blake Koch in the No. 8 car. Last year, Cook served as the crew chief for nine races with the No. 80 team in the XFINITY Series. In those races, he served as the crew chief for Alex Bowman (one race), Ross Chastain (five races) and Johnny Sauter (three races) in 2014. Before that, Cook served as the crew chief for Ron Hornaday Jr . in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the 2013 season. He has one victory in his career in XFINITY competition, overseeing Tony Stewart 's win in the 2011 season opener at Daytona International Speedway in what was then called the Nationwide Series. Greg Connor will be back as the crew chief for the No. 44 team. Connor has been with the organization since 2013. A driver and sponsor announcement will be made in the upcoming weeks, according to a team release. Wes Ward will now serve as the shop foreman at TriStar as he hangs up his crew chief hat. Ward had over 15 years of crew chief experience with his lone NASCAR national series win coming with Kasey Kahne in the 2003 season finale at Homestead in what is now the XFINITY Series. Rick Viers has come on board as the team's new general manager, while Keith Barnwell will serve as the new executive vice president. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Find out which drivers are piloting each car for full-time teams RELATED: Full-time driver trackers for Sprint Cup Series " Camping World Truck Series Car # Driver Manufacturer Team 0 Harrison Rhodes Chevrolet JD Motorsports with Gary Keller 01 Landon Cassill Chevrolet JD Motorsports with Gary Keller 1 Elliott Sadler Ford Roush Fenway Racing 2 Brian Scott Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 3 Ty Dillon Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 4 Ross Chastain Chevrolet JD Motorsports with Gary Keller 6 Darrell Wallace Jr. Ford Roush Fenway Racing 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet JR Motorsports 8 Blake Koch Toyota TriStar Motorsports 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet JR Motorsports 14 Cale Conley Toyota TriStar Motorsports 16 Ryan Reed Ford Roush Fenway Racing 17 Tanner Berryhill Toyota Vision Racing 18 Daniel Suarez Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing 19 Scott Lagasse Jr./Mike Bliss Toyota TriStar Motorsports 20 Erik Jones/Matt Kenseth Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing 22 Ryan Blaney/Brad Keselowski/Joey Logano Ford Team Penske 24 Eric McClure Toyota JGL Racing 25 John Wes Townley/Dylan Lupton Chevrolet Athenian Motorsports 28 J.J. Yeley Toyota JGL Racing 33 Brandon Jones/Austin Dillon/Paul Menard Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet RSS Racing 42 Kyle Larson/Brennan Poole/Dylan Kwasniewski Chevrolet HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi 43 Dakoda Armstrong Ford Richard Petty Motorsports 44 David Starr Toyota TriStar Motorsports 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet Jeremy Clements Racing 52 Joey Gase Chevrolet Jimmy Means Racing 54 Kyle Busch/Joey Coulter Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing 55 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet Viva Auto Group 60 Chris Buescher Ford Roush Fenway Racing 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr./Kevin Harvick/Kasey Kahne/Ben Rhodes Chevrolet JR Motorsports 90 Martin Roy Chevrolet King Autosport
Veteran will drive No. 33 Chevrolet in season finale RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today Richard Childress Racing announced Wednesday that it has signed second-generation driver Scott Lagasse Jr . to NASCAR Nationwide Series duty for the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway . Lagasse, scheduled to make just his third Nationwide start of the year, will drive the team's No. 33 Chevrolet in the Nov. 15 Ford EcoBoost 300 (4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2). "I'm honored for the opportunity to drive the RCR No. 33 Chevrolet," Lagasse said. "Mr. Childress runs a first-class organization, from his team all the way down to the equipment he provides for them." Nick Harrison will serve as crew chief for the No. 33 effort, which will carry sponsorship from the Florida Department of Transportation's "Alert Today Alive Tomorrow" program and the Boy Scouts of America. The car has run on a part-time basis alongside Childress' three full-time teams, fielded for drivers Ty Dillon , Brendan Gaughan and Brian Scott . Rookie Cale Conley has driven the No. 33 in 11 races, Paul Menard in seven (including a victory at Michigan in June), and defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton in one. The 33-year-old St. Augustine, Florida native is the son of former racer Scott Lagasse, who enjoyed his most successful stint in NASCAR as a full-time competitor in the truck series' inaugural season in 1995. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule