Bristol Race Preview: Tony Mrakovich and JGL Racing

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No. 28 SMART Emissions Reducer Ford Mustang

• This weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway will be Tony Mrakovich’s first-career race in any NASCAR series
• Saturday’s event will only be Mrakovich’s fifth start in a stock car; his other four starts are in the ARCA Racing Series
• The Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania native raced in the 2018 ARCA season-opener at Daytona International Speedway
• Both Mrakovich and teammate Kaz Grala are 19 years old, with Mrakovich only seven days younger
• JGL Racing has 16 previous starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, with a best finish of 10th (Corie LaJoie in 2016)
• Ford has nine NASCAR Xfinity Series wins at Bristol Motor Speedway, with the most recent being Joey Logano in 2015
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“I’m really looking forward to getting to work at Bristol Motor Speedway and I’m already enjoying the time I have been able to spend with everyone at JGL Racing. I’ve been asked quite a bit about how I feel making the step up to Xfinity, and I believe that anyone in this position would be a little nervous. There is no doubt that I am, but I’m just as eager to get behind the wheel and give it a go. Last April, I was making my first ARCA Racing Series start at Nashville’s Fairgrounds Speedway, which was my first stock car race ever. The heavy competition and longer-distance race definitely had me under a little pressure. Right now, I am just very thankful for the opportunity to race for JGL and compete at the Xfinity level. I’ll try and make the most of it, learn as much as I can, and take it all to Richmond the following week. I have to give a huge thanks to everyone at Extreme Energy Solutions for coming aboard with their product, the SMART Emissions Reducer. I am really looking forward to the next two weeks and seeing what we can do.”

JGL Racing fields two entries in the NASCAR Xfinity Series as it continues its growth in the NASCAR arena. Led by successful entrepreneur James Whitener, the Denver, North Carolina-based team prides itself in its proven product both on and off the track. The team charged into the 2018 season with a manufacturer switch to Ford and a technical alliance with Roush Fenway Racing. 19-year-old racer Kaz Grala pilots the team’s No. 24 Ford Mustang, while Dylan Lupton will be behind the wheel of the No. 28 Ford Mustang for a majority of the season. For more information, visit

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