Tyler Matthews to make Xfinity debut at Richmond

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JD Motorsports with Gary Keller announced Tuesday that Tyler Matthews will make his Xfinity Series debut Friday at Richmond Raceway.

“Man, I can’t stress enough how much this opportunity means to me,” Matthews said in a statement from the team. “Getting the chance to drive for one of the most respected team owners in the garage area in Johnny Davis is huge. I know that this will be a big step up in my career, coming from racing Late Model stocks and all, but I’m treating this as just another race car. If we can stay out of trouble and keep the car within the top 25, I think that would be a solid day for us.

“I know we can do it, and I’m just counting down the hours until I can get on track to practice.”

Linetec Services will be the primary sponsor of Matthews’ No. 15 Camaro.

Matthews won the 2016 North Carolina NASCAR Whelen All America Series championship running Late Models throughout the state.

Matthews, 22, made three starts in the Truck series last year. His best finish was 17th at Gateway Motorsports Park.