Joe Graf Jr. will compete for five races for Joe Gibbs Racing. (RSS Racing photo)

Graf To Race Majority Of Xfinity Series With RSS Racing

SUGAR HILL, Ga. — Veteran NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Joe Graf Jr. will join RSS Racing for a majority of the season beginning with the “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner 300” at Daytona Int’l Speedway on Feb. 18.

Graf Jr. will continue his relationship with Ford Performance, Roush Yates Engines and his technical alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing through RSS Racing for his fourth season on the circuit.

The former ARCA Menards Series winner will pilot an RSS Racing Ford Mustang in a minimum of 28 Xfinity Series events, including Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in April — the site of his career-best finish achieved during the 2022 season.

Veteran crew chief Steve Addington will lead Graf’s efforts at RSS Racing beginning at Daytona.

“I am very appreciative to be welcomed into the RSS Racing family,” said Graf Jr. “I am opening a new chapter in my Xfinity Series career in 2023 and I am determined to make it my best yet. I’m looking forward to having Ryan (Sieg) who is not only respected in the garage as my teammate but also driving for a family-owned team is certainly going to bring back memories.”

In his move to RSS Racing, Graf Jr. will bring a batch of previous marketing partners including Bucked Up Energy Drink, CoverSeal®, G-Coin, Gtechniq and JACOB Companies. He will also introduce a new primary marketing partner Lefcourt Brothers Racing — a group of exotic car collectors, enthusiasts and investors.

“My brother Jeff and I have been fans of motorsports our entire lives. Jeff even owns a local race track,” said Lefcourt Brothers Racing co-owner Jonathan Lefcourt. “We have both spent many years cultivating extensive exotic car collections. Lefcourt Brothers Racing has given us the opportunity to be more involved in racing and to support a talented young driver.”

“Without the support of my longtime partners this season would not have been possible,” added Graf Jr. “It means a lot to continue to have the support of Bucked Up Energy Drink, CoverSeal®, G-Coin and Gtechniq while welcoming Lefcourt Brothers Racing front and center this season. I will work hard to continue to build their brands through our marketing initiatives while looking forward to having the opportunity to race near the front in their colors with RSS Racing in 2023.”

With the addition of Graf Jr., RSS Racing will field at least two full-time Xfinity Series entries this season.

“We saw the improvement of Joe’s on-track performance during the course of the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series season and we believe he can continue that progression with RSS Racing this season,” said team spokesperson Rod Sieg. “Joe brings a welcomed enthusiasm with a determined focus to help make 2023 one of the best seasons yet for RSS Racing.”