Joey Gase, Go Green Racing return for 2018

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

Go Green Racing (GGR) is back, and Joey Gase is their driver once again.

The team announced on Thursday that they’ll field Gase in the XFINITY Series for 2018, with intent to move him up to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2019. Patrick Donahue will crew chief the operation, which will be sponsored by Sparks Energy Inc.

The announcement marks a return to NASCAR’s second series for GGR owner Archie St. Hilaire – who also fields the No. 32 Go Fas Racing Ford for Matt DiBenedetto in the Cup Series.

“It’s been such a pleasure being part of Joey’s career,” St. Hilaire said in a team release. “My family has been very lucky to be part of many firsts for Joey’s career and we look forward to creating great memories together again this year.”

While he’s bringing Gase and GGR back to the NXS for 2018, St. Hilaire has a goal of bringing Gase up to the Cup Series with GFR in 2019 should the coming season match his expectations.

“With Sparks Energy, Donate Life, and many of our other great partners onboard, we hope to make the 2018 NASCAR Playoffs and compete with some of the big teams,” he said. “We see a lot of potential in Joey, and hopefully we can move him up to Go FAS Racing in 2019 with a two-car Cup operation.”

GGR made their debut in what was then the Nationwide Series back in 2009, fielding various drivers including Gase, Josh Wise and Jeffrey Earnhardt through the team’s leave at the end of 2013.

A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Gase made his XFINITY Series debut for the team in his home state back in 2011, finishing 20th at Iowa Speedway.

The 24-year-old also made his first Cup Series start with St. Hilaire, competing at Chicagoland Speedway and earning a 37th-place result in 2014.

The seven-year veteran has 197 total starts in NASCAR national series competition, with a career-best finish of fifth in a 2015 XFINITY Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Gase credits his newfound opportunity to his connection with Sparks Energy – a sponsor-driver pairing that formed in an unusual way.

“It’s crazy to think that my partnership with Sparks all began with a Twitter message,” Gase said. “I got an email back from the president of the company and the rest is history.

“I can’t wait to get to Daytona and run with this great team. I can’t thank Archie and everyone at Go Green Racing enough for the opportunity and Sparks Energy for making it happen.”

The group will be among the field when the XFINITY Series opens the season at Daytona International Speedway on February.

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