(Richfield, WI) Josh Bilicki, driving the No. 8 Prevagen, BrookLink.org, BJ McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro, had a strong showing at the first of three road courses in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, but mistakes made while on pit-road cost Bilicki a top-twenty finish during the race.
The weekend started out well for the BM McLeod Motorsports team, with Josh finishing practice in the 26th position. He would go on to qualify in the 28th position, right behind Jr. Motorsport's Driver Michael Annett.
The 82 lap race would prove to be a bit of a challenge for Josh and the No. 8 Prevagen / BrookLink.org, however. Josh was given a drive through penalty on lap one for moving out of line before the start-finish line during the race start. After serving the penalty, Bilicki would have to play a game of catch up and gain his lost positions back. Fortunately, for the number eight team, an early caution came out and Josh would catch the tail end of the field for the race restart. After the restart, Bilicki soon found himself back inside of the top thirty. Josh finished stage one in 29th position.
Bilicki would show his road course racing skills in the beginning of segment two, passing several more drivers and working his way into the low twenties. Bilicki and his No.8 Prevagen / BrookLink.org Chevrolet Camaro finished segment two in 22nd position.
Segment three would last from lap 41 to 82, ending the race. Bilicki knew he was faster than the cars ahead of him, but also knew that the other competitors would be fierce in the last half of the race. After another great restart, Bilicki found himself in the top twenty. By lap 55, he had worked his way to 16th position.
While running in the 16th position, Josh would pit for fuel on lap 60. This fuel stop would take Bilicki and his No.8 Prevagen / BrookLink.org Chevrolet Camaro to the end of his race. While entering his pits, Bilicki drove through too many pit stalls and received another drive through penalty. He would serve this drive through penalty during green flag conditions, causing him to drop all the way back to 30th position and go one lap down to the race leaders. Bilicki would do all he could to gain the lost positions back, but contact a few laps later between Josh and the No. 19 of Matt Tift would cause Josh to spin and lose even more track time.
A late race caution helped Josh and his No. 8 Prevagen / BrookLink.org Camaro catch back up to the field. Although Bilicki was one lap down, he passed several cars on the restart that were also one lap down and picked up two positions. Josh finished the 82 lap race in 28th position.
"Overall I think this was a very positive weekend for us," says Bilicki. "We showed that we could compete with the top teams and drivers, but mistakes on my end shuffled us to the back of the field in the closing half of the race. The guys at B.J. McLeod Motorsports gave me a really fast Prevagen / BrookLink.org Chevrolet, so I feel terrible that I made so many mistakes on pit road. We will regroup, I'll fix my mistakes, and we look forward to next weekend's race at one of my favorite tracks, Mid-Ohio."
Full results from the Zippo 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Watkins Glen can be found here. www.nascar.com/en_us/race-center/2017/xfinity-series/zippo-200-at-the-glen.race.html
This weekend’s Mid-Ohio Challenge NASCAR Xfinity Series race will be televised live on NBCSN on August 12th at 3:30 PM Eastern Time. All practices and qualifying will also be televised live.
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For more information about Josh, visit his website. www.joshbilickiracing.com
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