Ryan Ellis Back For 2 Xfinity Races, Partners With Wes Cook Band

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

By: Zach Catanzareti, Staff Writer

Ryan Ellis will be back behind the wheel in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

The 29-year-old, who’s held PR duty with Go Fas Racing and Corey LaJoie, will transition to driving duties with BJ McLeod Motorsports for two races in 2019.

Driving the team’s No. 99 Toyota Supra, the Virginian will race at Iowa Speedway in June and Road America in August partnering with The Wes Cook Band.

The Wes Cook Band is a country band from Nashville, Tenn, whose song “I Stand For The Flag” was the inspiration for the paint scheme for the No. 99. Ellis and band manager Nathan Stoops converged for the two-race deal.

“I am thrilled to represent not only the Wes Cook Band, but also this song,” said Ellis. “I know they love America just as much as I do, and I know the NASCAR fans share the same love for this great country.”

Ellis has 48 prior starts in the Xfinity Series, finishing a highest of 15th at Daytona in 2016. The two starts will be his first of 2019.

“To be able to work with all of these great partners and have Enlisted Nine, Audio Video Specialists, Top Cover and Nine Line Apparel join us is huge,” he said. “I would not have this opportunity without them, and I appreciate them coming on board and can’t wait to race with B.J. McLeod and his group again this season.”

Stoops was proud to give Ellis the opportunity to return to the series while promoting The Wes Cook Band and “I Stand For The Flag.”

“We wrote this song as a love letter to America,” said Stoops. “An olive branch that promotes unity and patriotism. We’re thrilled for the opportunity to spread this message to such a patriotic audience as the NASCAR fans. We know they love America, just like we do!”

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