Brandon McReynolds is returning to the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday to drive the No. 24 car for JGL Racing in the Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. It’ll be McReynolds’ second-career start in the series but his first since 2010. Matt Tifft, Corey LaJoie and T.J. Bell have shared seat time in the No. 24 through the first eight races of the season. Tifft is expected to compete in the Talladega race, but he’ll be behind the wheel of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
“The JGL Racing team fields strong superspeedway cars, and hopefully, we can stay out of trouble with our No. 24 Toyota and be in the right line at the end and come home with a strong finish,” McReynolds said.
McReynolds’ one other start in the Xfinity Series was at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis. He finished 19th in that race, driving a No. 24 entry owned by Eddie Smith. The last couple of years, McReynolds has competed full-time in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series. He has two wins in that series, both coming last year at Iowa Speedway in Newton. He finished seventh in the K&N Pro Series West standings in 2015.
McReynolds, son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief and Alabama native Larry McReynolds, has three-career ARCA Racing Series starts at Talladega, including one that led to victory lane in 2012.
“I cannot thank James Whitener and the entire JGL Racing team enough for this opportunity,” McReynolds said. “It was a dream come true when the phone rang a few weeks back with this opportunity. And it is really cool to race at my dad’s home track again. I feel lucky to be able to go back to a track I have won at in the ARCA Series. But at the same time, the Xfinity Series is so competitive, and I need to keep my goals in check.”