DGM Racing announced today that NASCAR Cup Series driver, Josh Bilicki, will join the team for the NASCAR Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 19th. Bilicki will drive the team’s No. 36 Chevrolet Camaro, with Zeigler Automotive Group and Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts serving as the primary sponsors.
“Starting the new race season at Daytona is always a very important piece to the puzzle, so I am very excited to be joining DGM Racing in their No. 36 Chevrolet Camaro,” says Bilicki. “While it will be my first time with the organization, I am familiar with the team and how strong they have ran at Super Speedways in the past. I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the Zeigler Auto Group / Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Camaro in just a few short weeks!”
Featured on the hood of the No. 36 Camaro will be Zeigler Automotive Group, one of the largest privately-owned dealer groups in the U.S. with 78 franchises across 35 locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. Vehicle brands represented include all the domestic and majority of the imported manufacturers.
Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts will be featured on the quarter panels. Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts is an authorized trailer and golf cart dealer serving all of northern Indiana. The company has deep roots in motorsports, as its late founder, Tony Elliott, was a very accomplished racer and one of USAC’s greatest ambassadors. Tony’s outgoing personality also led to great success for his Elliott’s Custom Trailers business, where he sold race trailers and custom golf carts.
Featured on the rear bumper of Bilicki’s No. 36 Camaro will be the Tony Elliott Foundation. Through Tony’s business, he gave back to the sport he loved so much by sponsoring drivers and events. His wife Cindy has continued these contributions both through the business and the foundation.
“We are grateful and excited to be partnering with Josh for a second year this season,” says Cindy Elliott, president of Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts. “Josh is one of the most underrated drivers in the sport and works extremely hard for his sponsors and fans. We believe he will be the best ambassador for the Tony Elliott Foundation and Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts!”
Additional partners featured on the No. 36 Camaro are Insurance King, Custom Fiberglass Molding, Rich Mar Florist, The Builder’s Outlet Super Store, Pacific Coast Termite Inc, and Ditec Marine Products.
So far, the entry-list could span close to 50 cars on it. Last week, it was announced that Ryan Vargas would be returning to JD Motorsports as well as Matt Mills staying in his seat in the No. 5 Ford for BJ McLeod Motorsports.
RSS Racing also shared news that Kyle Sieg would be joining the family team on a part-time basis starting at Daytona too. Same for CJ McLaughlin who also is a part-time role beginning in Speedweeks for RSS Racing too in the No. 38 Ford.
Also, a part time new team with Raphael Lessard as the driver for SQR Development for Toyota was unveiled. I can see that team showing up to Daytona.
These entries join a vast array of already announced deals.
Chevrolet (25 for Daytona so far)
JR Motorsports (4) – Sam Mayer (No. 1), Justin Allgaier (No. 7), Josh Berry (No. 8), Noah Gragson (No. 9). Miguel Paludo and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will share the No. 88 Chevrolet but I don’t expect that car to race at Daytona.
Kaulig Racing (3) – Landon Cassill (No. 10), Daniel Hemric (No. 11), AJ Allmendinger (No. 16)
Our Motorsports (3) – Brett Moffitt (No. 02), Anthony Alfredo (No. 23), Jeb Burton (No. 27)
DGM Racing (3) – Josh Bilicki (No. 36), Mason Massey (No. 91), Kyle Weatherman (No. 92)
Richard Childress Racing (2) – Sheldon Creed (No. 2), Austin Hill (No. 21)
JD Motorsports (2) – Ryan Vargas (Number TBA), Bayley Currey (Number TBA)
Alpha Prime Racing (2) – Several drivers splitting time in the No. 44 and No. 45 cars
Mike Harmon Racing (2) – They should show up with two cars again (47, 74) but haven’t had any drivers listed yet.
Jeremy Clements Racing (1) – Jeremy Clements (No. 51)
Brandonbilt Motorsports (1) – Brandon Brown (No. 68)
Jordan Anderson Racing (1) – Myatt Snider (No. 31)
Big Machine Racing Team (1) – Jade Buford (No. 48)
RSS Racing (3) – Kyle Sieg (No. 28), CJ McLaughlin (No. 38), Ryan Sieg (No. 39). Parker Retzlaff will share the 38 with McLaughlin this year but McLaughlin gets the nod for Daytona.
SS-Green Light Racing (2) – Joe Graf Jr. (No. 07), Cole Custer, Chase Briscoe and others in the 2nd car.
Emerling-Gase Motorsports (2) – Joey Gase (No. 35), Patrick Emerling, Shane Lee and others in the No. 53 in a part time ride. They’ll likely show up to Daytona with both teams.
MBM Motorsports (2-3) – Timmy Hill gets the 66 but will they bring out 1 or 2 cars in other races? They have 3 total teams if they want to use them (No’s. 13, 61)
Stewart-Haas Racing (1) – Riley Herbst (No. 98)
Joe Gibbs Racing (3) – Ty Gibbs (soon to be announced), Brandon Jones (No. 19), a 3rd all-star car will likely be used.
Sam Hunt Racing (2) – Ryan Truex, John Hunter Nemecheck and Jeffrey Earnhardt will share the 26 ride but Earnhardt himself gets a 2nd car in Daytona in the No. 24 leaving Truex to the 26 for the season opener.
SQR Development (1) – Raphael Lessard (No. 81) gets the nod for this part-time team.
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BJ McLeod Motorsports could also figure into this mix somehow. They’re back with three cars including Matt Mills in the No. 5 entry, Josh Williams in the No. 78 and Stefan Parsons in the No. 99. They may also run a fourth car at times for Nick Sanchez. But, they also switch between Chevy and Toyota power depending on the race and who’s in the car and despite having three drivers already named, no word yet on which powerplant they’re going with. It’s three more entries that will be around.
*Jesse Iwuji Motorsports (1) – This new team is supposed to be in Daytona too but haven’t said much more on it lately and what manufacturer Iwuji will be racing for either.
*Miles Thomas Motorsports (1) – This part-time team is supposed to run in 2022 some but will it include Daytona?
*Bassett Racing (1) – Ronnie Bassett Jr. and Dillon Bassett will likely share the No. 77 Chevrolet. Do they show up to Daytona?
*Jimmy Means Racing (1) – The No. 52 Chevrolet should be back but nothing has been announced yet which would push this number even higher.