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BJ McLeod to Replace David Starr in Xfinity Race at Nashville

BJ McLeod will fill in for an ill David Starr for the June 25 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Nashville Superspeedway, Starr announced via Twitter.

In a statement, Starr stated that he tested positive for the flu after previously testing negative for COVID-19.

“I am disappointed to share that I will miss this weekend’s race at Nashville,” Starr’s Twitter statement said. “I have not been feeling 100% this week. Initially, I felt like I had a cold, but then I got a fever and that’s when I knew I might be sicker than I thought….

“As a race car driver, you never want to step out of the car for any reason. I cannot thank my good friend BJ McLeod enough for filling in for me while I recover. I know my #08 TicketSmarter Ford Mustang is in good hands with BJ. Thank you to the SS Green Light [Racing] team for everything. And a huge thank you to my fans and sponsors for understanding.”

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Starr has attempted all but three races this season with SS-Green Light Racing, with four DNQs and a best finish of 21st at Texas Motor Speedway. The team won its first ever race in their 27-year history, when Cole Custer took the No. 07 to victory lane at Auto Club Speedway.

McLeod, on the other hand, will be attempting his season-debut in the Xfinity Series, as he has focused his efforts on his Cup Series team, Live Fast Motorsports, where he has a best finish of 19th (twice) in 13 starts. His Xfinity team, BJ McLeod Motorsports, currently holds a best finish of fifth on the season, at the hands of Ryan Preece, driving the No. 5 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

About the author

Anthony Damcott joined Frontstretch in March 2022. Currently, he is an editor and co-authors Fire on Fridays (Fridays); he is also the primary Truck Series reporter/writer. A proud West Virginia Wesleyan College alum from Akron, Ohio, Anthony is now a grad student. He is a theatre actor and fight-choreographer-in-training in his free time. He is a loyal fan of the Cincinnati Reds and Carolina Panthers, still hopeful for a championship at some point in his lifetime.

You can keep up with Anthony by following @AnthonyDamcott on Twitter.

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