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Martins Motorsports adds sponsorship to No. 44 Xfinity car

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Martins Motorsports announced Tuesday that it has renewed a partnership with Gilreath Farms Red Angus for the 2020 Xfinity Series.

Gilreath Farms and AAN Adjusters, which also is owned by Ken Gilreath, will be the primary sponsor of the No. 44 Xfinity car for 25 races this season. Gilreath Farms sponsored Martins for a race at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2018 when Martins drove for BJ McLeod Motorsports.

“Having Gilreath Farms Red Angus on the car again is special,” Martins said in a statement. “This is really where my partnership with Ken started in 2018, so to see his commitment to us this year…I mean I’ve said it before, it completely changes our entire outlook for this season. It’s really special.”

The first race for the Red Angus Chevrolet will be at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Martins Motorsports to compete full-time in Xfinity in 2020

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Tommy Joe Martins‘ Martins Motorsports will attempt to compete in the Xfinity Series full-time in 2020, the team announced on Tuesday.

Martins, 33, will be the initial driver of the No. 44 car.

The native of Como, Mississippi, has 57 career Xfinity Series starts. He made 18 combined starts in 2019 for B.J. McLeod and Carl Long.

Long-time sponsor and family friend Rodney Riessen will join Martins Motorsports as a co-owner.

Martins Motorsports hasn’t competed on-track since the 2017 Gander RV & Truck Series season. It last attempted a full NASCAR schedule in 2014 before shutting down mid-season.

“It’s so exciting,” Martins said in a press release. “Extremely nerve wracking but also really exciting. We’ve learned so much over these last few years about this series & the business as a whole. I’ve improved a lot as a driver. Having Rodney [Riessen] as a partner in this thing is a game changer. He’s just as passionate about the success of this team as dad (Craig Martins) & I are.”

The team will have sponsor Diamond Gusset Jeans on the No. 44 car for an undetermined number of races.

Martins would “gladly” get out of the car if a funded driver was available.

“I love driving these cars, but the best thing financially for this race team is to have me as a part-time driver, not a full-time one,” Martins said in the press release. “Right now I just want to focus on starting this year strong, getting us up in the points, & proving to everyone this is a competitive race team. I think everything takes care of itself from that point on.”

Practice holds for Cup, Xfinity, Truck teams at Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS — NASCAR announced the teams that will have practice holds today for the Cup, Xfinity and Gander Outdoors Truck Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Cup

The No. 15 team of Ross Chastain will be held out of the final 15 minutes of first practice because his team was late to inspection at Indianapolis.

Cup practice is from 4:35 – 5:25 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Xfinity

The teams for Stan Mullis (No. 13), Josh Williams (No. 36) and Tommy Joe Martins (No. 61) will miss the final 15 minutes of the first practice for being late to inspection at Indianapolis.

The teams for Riley Herbst (No. 18) and Christopher Bell (No. 20) will miss the final 15 minutes of the first practice for failing inspection twice at Indianapolis.

The team of Alex Labbe will miss the final 30 minutes of first practice for failing inspection three times at Indianapolis.

Xfinity practice is from 3:35 – 4:25 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Trucks

The teams of Sheldon Creed (No. 2), Tyler Dippel (No. 02), Cory Roper (No. 04), Gus Dean (No. 12) and Brennan Poole (No. 30) will miss 15 minutes at the end of the final practice session for multiple inspection failures at Las Vegas.

The teams of Austin Hill (No. 16) and Stewart Friesen (No. 52) each will miss the final 30 minutes of final practice and each had their truck chief ejected for multiple tail piece failures.

Final truck practice is from 11:05 – 11:55 a.m. ET.

Cup, Xfinity practice holds for Michigan, Mid-Ohio

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Here are the practices holds this weekend for the Cup and Xfinity Series.

Cup at Michigan International Speedway

Will be served during the last 15 minutes during today’s practice session.

15 minutes: Clint Bowyer (Late out of the garage before qualifying)

Xfinity Series at Mid-Ohio

All penalties will be served at the end of first practice (1:35 – 2:25 p.m ET today on the NBC Sports App)

15 minutes: Tyler Reddick, Vinnie Miller, Justin Allgaier, Chad Finchum, Tommy Joe Martins, Brandon Brown (late to inspection)

15 minutes: Jack Hawksworth (team failed inspection twice)

30 minutes: Joey Gase (late to inspection and failed inspection twice)

Four Cup teams, eight Xfinity teams docked practice at Dover

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Four Cup teams, including Kurt Busch‘s team, will lose 15 minutes of practice Friday at Dover for inspection issues at Talladega. Eight Xfinity teams will lose 15 minutes of practice Friday at Dover for previous inspection issues.

In Cup, Busch’s team is being penalized for multiple inspection failures at Talladega. The teams of Ross Chastain, Chris Buescher and Cody Ware each will lose 15 minutes of practice for being late to inspection at Talladega.

Cup practice is from 11:05 – 11:55 a.m. ET Friday.

In the Xfinity Series, the teams of BJ McLeod, Joey Gase, Josh Williams, Jeremy Clements, Ronnie Bassett Jr., and Tommy Joe Martins each will lose 15 minutes of practice for being late to inspection previously.

The teams of Riley Herbst and Ryan Sieg will lose 15 minutes of practice for multiple inspection failures at Talladega.

All the Xfinity penalties will be served during the first practice for that series from 12:05 – 12:55 p.m. ET Friday.