Nick Sanchez will join BJ McLeod Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series next year for a part-time schedule, the team announced Tuesday, Oct. 19.
The ARCA Menards Series driver and NASCAR Drive for Diversity prospect will be making his debut in the top three NASCAR national series with his new partnership with the six-year-old Xfinity team.
“The significance of this next step is very meaningful for me,” Sanchez said in a team release. “It’ll obviously be my first time participating in one of the top three series of NASCAR, which is something I’ve always dreamed of ever since I started racing. My main goal next year is to learn and get the most out of the car’s performance, hopefully yielding some good finishes for myself and the team.”
Excited to announce I’ll be joining @TeamBJMcLeod for a multi-race schedule in the @NASCAR Xfinity Series next year. Really cool to get the chance to compete at this level. Looking forward to working and building with this team all throughout next year! pic.twitter.com/BABUxDHDdJ
— Nicholas Sanchez (@Nicksanchez080) October 19, 2021
“We are excited to have Nick make his Xfinity series debut with our team,” team owner BJ McLeod said. “Nick has proven himself behind the wheel in the ARCA series and he has the drive to make the next step in the Xfinity Series.”
During the 2021 ARCA Series season, Sanchez has earned eight top fives and 12 top 10s in 17 starts. Overall, the 20-year-old Floridian has earned 14 series top 10s in only 21 starts.
No details were released regarding the driver’s schedule or sponsorship for 2022.
It was previously announced that he would return to ARCA full time in 2022. His Rev Racing teammate Rajah Caruth will also run the full ARCA schedule next year and will make his Xfinity debut for Alpha Prime Racing.
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