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Ray Black Jr. to make Xfinity Series debut this weekend at Texas


Ray Black Jr.

Patrick Smith

While the Xfinity Series season is starting to wind down, Ray Black Jr. will just be getting started this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

The 24-year-old Black will make his Xfinity Series debut at the 1.5-mile track in Fort Worth in Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge.

“I’ve been to Texas a couple of times now and know the track’s racing style and characteristics, so I think it’s a great place for me to take this next step,” said Black, who will drive the No. 15 Burnie Grill Chevy Camaro

Black will be pulling double duty at TMS. He’ll also be racing in the Camping World Truck Series event there, piloting the No. 7 Chevrolet in the WinStar World Casino 350.

“I think running both races and getting all that extra seat time will be extremely beneficial for me,” the Palm Coast, Fla. native said. “I’ll get to experience different speeds and different racing lines throughout the weekend, which will really help me strengthen my driving skills.”

Black is in his first full-time season in the Truck Series. In 20 starts, his best finish was a fifth-place showing in the season opener at Daytona.

“I’ll be interested to see if there is anything I can learn from the XFINITY side that I could bring back to the truck series to help give me just a little bit more of an edge on the competition,” Black said.

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