NASCAR: New Xfinity Series team thriving in 2020

Patrick Emerling, Our Motorsports, Bristol Motor Speedway, NASCAR, Xfinity Series (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Patrick Emerling, Our Motorsports, Bristol Motor Speedway, NASCAR, Xfinity Series (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /

A popular ARCA and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour team took a car to the Xfinity Series for the first time this season, and they have put up above average results.

Our Motorsports made their NASCAR Xfinity Series debut earlier this season after purchasing cars from GMS Racing after GMS Racing shut down their Xfinity Series team to focus on their Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series teams.

Since making their debut, the Chris Our-owned team have put up some interesting results.

They have put Brett Moffitt, the 2018 Truck Series champion, behind the wheel of the #2 Chevrolet for seven of the first eight races of the season. He only did not compete at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Moffitt has recorded top 20 finishes in every race except for the one at Daytona International Speedway when he got caught up in the “Big One” with seven laps to go while running in 11th place.

In two of his last three races, his results have been incredible. He finished in 11th place at Darlington Raceway and sixth at Charlotte Motor Speedway, respectively, and the #02 Chevrolet now sits in 15th place in the owner standings after his 14th place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

That ranks higher than all of the DGM Racing, JD Motorsports, SS-Green Light Racing, MBM Motorsports, Jeremy Clements Racing, Jimmy Means Racing and B.J. McLeod Motorsports teams, which have all competed in the Xfinity Series for multiple seasons!

When Moffitt did not compete at Bristol Motor Speedway, it was Whelen Modified Tour driver Patrick Emerling who took the reigns of the #02 Chevrolet. Team manager Andy Seuss had been familiar with Emerling through the Modifieds.

While Emerling crashed during his series debut, it was not his fault. He kept the car clean otherwise and was never a lap off the lead lap.

But with all things considered, it’s really not surprising to see Our Motorsports producing mid-pack results on a regular basis in only their first year in the Xfinity Series.

Moffitt has driven a similar GMS Racing Chevrolet in the past. He finished in 11th place at Iowa Speedway in 2017 behind the wheel of the #96 Chevrolet, and he has shown off his talent in the Truck Series with 11 wins, including four since he began driving for GMS Racing last year.

The next few tracks on the Xfinity Series schedule are tracks that have been well to Moffitt in the past. There is a doubleheader scheduled at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend, where Moffitt won the season finale and his lone Truck Series championship in 2018.

Last year at Talladega Superspeedway, he finished in fourth place. Last year at Pocono Raceway,  he finished in fifth. He has only raced at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Cup Series, doing so once in 2015.

However, he drove for Front Row Motorsports when their intermediate track equipment was well below par. He finished in 34th place. He failed to qualify for the race at the track in 2014 driving for Identity Ventures Racing.

It is unknown if Emerling will drive in any more races for Our Motorsports this year. Seuss is expected to make his Xfinity Series debut for the team at some point, according to his Twitter account and a statement released by the team last year, but it is not known where his debut will come or if plans have changed.

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The next race on the 2020 Xfinity Series schedule is the Hooters 250, which is scheduled to take place at Homestead-Miami Speedway this Saturday, June 13 as a part of the weekend doubleheader. It is set to be broadcast live from the Homestead, Florida oval beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET on Fox.