(Richfield,WI) Josh Bilicki scored his career best finish in NASCAR this weekend at the Johnsonville 180 at his home track, Road America. Bilicki drove the No. 8 Xtreme Xperience / Prevagen / BrookLink.org B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro to a 12th place finish after starting in the 33rd position.
The weekend started out strong for the No. 8 team as they finished practice in 20th position. Unfortunately, for Josh, Sunday morning's qualifying session was canceled due to weather and the entire field would start by car owner points. Josh would start the race in 33rd position.
Bilicki and his No. 8 B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro wasted no time in the early portion of the 45 lap race, as Josh began to gain positions quickly. Josh reported that the car was very tight in the opening laps, so the team made the decision to pit during a caution and make an adjustment to the car. After the pit stop, Bilicki finished segment one in 31st position.
Segment two would take the field to lap 20. Josh knew he was quicker than the cars ahead of him, so he patiently worked his way through the field. The adjustments made during the first pit stop were very helpful, as Josh began to turn lap times almost as quick as the leaders. He finished segment two in 20th position.
Segment three would take the field to the end of the race. On lap 28, rain began to fall on the back side of the race track. Bilicki knew this would be to his advantage, having raced sportscars at this track in the rain. The rain only lasted for a few minutes, but Bilicki gained three positions. The B.J. McLeod Motorsports team brought Josh in for his final pit stop, fuel only, on lap 32 under green flag conditions. After pit stops cycled out, Bilicki found himself in the 16th position. He radioed to the team and said that the car was the best it's been all day, as he continued to pick cars ahead of him off. Bilicki would finish the 45 lap race in 12th position, posting his best career finish in NASCAR competition.
"I couldn't be any happier with a 12th place finish," says Bilicki." This entire B.J. McLeod Motorsports team busted their butts after Mid-Ohio and it definitely payed off. We have had our share of bad luck these past few weeks, so it's nice to finally show what we are capable of. It means a lot to me to have a finish like this at my home track, in front of family, friends, and sponsors. We are going to be celebrating this one for a while!
Full results from the Johnsonville 180 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America can be found here: http://www.nascar.com/results/race_center/xfinity-series/johnsonville-180
Xtreme Xperience travels across the U.S. offering thrill seekers the opportunity to drive a fleet of exotic cars from manufacturers including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Audi, Acura and more on world-class racetracks. Xtreme Xperience provides the safest and most educational approach to drivers and passengers who wish to experience the thrill of the world’s most exclusive cars.
Bilicki also representeed several local companies on his No. 8 Xtreme Xperience, B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro. Prevagen, a dietary supplement that improves memory loss, will be an associate sponsor on the car. BrookLink.org, a Christian Ministry located in Germantown, WI, will also be an associate sponsor. Other local companies: Best Equipment Rentals in Milwaukee, Outdoor Specialists in West Bend, Infinity Plastics in Mayville, Chimney Mechanix in Shawano, and Countryside Auto Body in Horicon.
For more information about Josh, visit his website. www.joshbilickiracing.com
For more information about B.J. McLeod Motorsports, visit their website.