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Miguel Paludo Joins JR Motorsports for 3 Road Course Xfinity Races

Miguel Paludo will compete in three road course events in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for JR Motorsports, the team announced Wednesday, Jan. 13.

The Brazilian returns to the series for the first time since 2012. He’ll pilot the No. 8 Chevrolet at the Daytona International Speedway road course on Feb. 20, Circuit of the Americas on May 22 and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on June 5.

Paludo earned a 13th-place finish at Watkins Glen International in 2012, his second of two Xfinity starts.

Paludo also competed full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for three seasons between 2011-2013, earning eight top fives and 25 top 10s in 73 starts.

Josh Berry will also drive the No. 8 car in 12 races in the first half of the season, while Sam Mayer will compete in the second half before going full time in 2022.

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Joy joined Frontstretch in 2019 as a NASCAR DraftKings writer, expanding to news and iRacing coverage in 2020. She's currently an assistant editor and involved with photos, social media and news editing. A California native, Joy was raised as a motorsports fan and started watching NASCAR extensively in 2001. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Bakersfield in 2010.

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