Joe Graf Jr.’s 23rd Place Finish Not Indicative Of His On-Track Performance At Texas Motor Speedway

Jerry Jordan, Editor

FORT WORTH, Texas – It was a crazy day in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway and several drivers suffered bad luck that left them with finishing positions that didn’t necessarily correspond with their performance on the track. That would be the case for Joe Graf Jr., who had a long slide as he tried to save the No. 07 G Coin Ford from going around

Joe graf jr. Leaves texas motor speedway with a 23rd place finish. Photo by daylon barr/barr visuals
Joe Graf Jr. driver of the No. 07 SS-GLR w/Jeff Lefcourt, G Coin Ford Mustang. Photo by Daylon Barr/Barr Visuals

“We definitely had a lot of speed in our No. 07 G-Coin Ford Mustang but unfortunately, we just struggled with the balance of our race car in traffic and I think that hampered our efforts a little bit.”

Graf came into Texas Motor Speedway looking to improve on his best finish here in 2020 in 21st. He was working towards that goal when, on Lap 124, the car tried to whip around on him. He was up on the wheel and steering through the spin when the car went back the other way and he had to lock up the brakes. He never went all the way around and continued but NASCAR through a caution as several other cars also had issues.

Last fall he had a shot, as well, but the timing of cautions didn’t work in his favor and he was 26th. He leaves Texas Motor Speedway in 23rd.

“Still, everyone on the SS GreenLight Racing with Jeff Lefcourt team did a great job and we were able to bring home a respectable finish that we can carry to Charlotte Motor Speedway next weekend and hopefully a top-20 finish,” Graf said.

Graf has two starts at Charlotte with a 28th and 15th place result.

As one of the most tenured teams in all of NASCAR, SS GreenLight Racing with Jeff Lefcourt has been a developmental hub for drivers looking to climb the ranks. Led by owner and former driver Bobby Dotter, the team has fielded entries in either the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series or the Xfinity Series competition since 2001. 

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