Richfield, WI) After a strong showing at Watkins Glen, Josh Bilicki and his No. 8 Prevagen / BrookLink.org B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro headed to Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course in Lexington, Ohio, for the second of three road courses in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. After both practices were canceled on Friday due to thunderstorms, NASCAR gave the series one practice session early Saturday morning. The 45 minute session was cut short due to several cars going off track and causing two red flags, giving Josh only two clean laps. Qualifying proved to be chaotic, as traffic played a major factor in the short session. Of Bilicki's three qualifying laps, two were cut short due to traffic. Bilicki and his No. 8 Prevagen / BrookLink.org Camaro qualified 22nd, giving the team their best qualifying effort of the year.
The 75 lap NASCAR Xfinity Series race proved to be a challenge for most teams. In the past years, the race had many accidents and red flags. Bilicki and the B.J. McLeod Motorsports team knew that getting to the end of the race was the most important task. However, this year's race would prove to be chaotic, similar to the years in the past. On lap two, several cars slid off track and caused a full course yellow. At the time, Bilicki sat 23rd. After the restart, Josh put his road course racing skills to work, passing several cars and moving inside of the top 20. Bilicki fought hard and finished stage one in the 10th position.
Shortly after the start of stage two, Bilicki's No. 8 Prevagen / BrookLink.org Camaro began experiencing a fuel pick-up issue, causing Josh to lose many positions. With green flag conditions, Bilicki would have to tough it out until a full course yellow was displayed. Unfortunately for Josh, the next full course yellow would not come until the end of segment two. Josh pitted and the team quickly began to diagnose the fuel pick-up issue. With the entire B.J. McLeod crew working together, the issue was found and resolved. Josh rejoined the field and started segment three in 31st position.
By lap 64, Bilicki was up to 21st position. With just eight laps to go, while running in the 20th position, Bilicki and his No. 8 Prevagen / BrookLink.org Chevrolet were involved in a heavy accident in turn one on a restart, causing major damage to the front of the car. It was deemed that the car could not finish the race. Bilicki finished 29th.
"It's definitely a disappointing end to what could have been a really good day," says Josh. "We started out really strong and finished segment one in the 10th position. We developed a fuel pick-up issue later in the race, but fought hard and fixed the problem. We rebounded and were running around 20th when the accident happened."
When asked about the accident that ended their race, Bilicki says this. "It's really unfortunate and sucks for the team. I was behind Blake Koch in the number 11 car on that restart. This track is so tight and it's very tough to see through the car ahead of you here. He quickly veered to the right at the exit of the corner, and all I saw then was smoke and then I made heavy contact with the 28 car. We broke a tie-rod end and several other suspension components, which ended our race. I think we would have had a pretty solid 15th place finish, but racing is unpredictable and unfortunately today it didn't work out for us. I'm confident in this team and know that we will be back and stronger than ever for Road America in two weeks."
Full results from the Mid-Ohio Challenge can be found here: www.nascar.com/results/race_center/xfinity-series/mid-ohio-challenge
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