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Joe Gibbs Racing has turned to Australian driver Owen Kelly to pilot its No. 18 Toyota in the Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio this weekend.
Twice this year, Allmendinger drove the No. 22 Penske Racing NNS car, and both times on road courses that he raced on many times in the past.
NASCAR Nationwide Series top-10 in the standings are separated by only 74 points as they head to the road course in the middle of Ohio.
Owen Kelly was in the second group of eight that had five minutes against the clock to set the grid for tomorrow’s race.
Owen Kelly ended running practice in 20th position.
When Owen Kelly achieves his goal of being the eighth Australian to start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup this weekend at Watkins Glen, he won't be the only Aussie in the Phoenix Racing garage.
Owen Kelly will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut at The Glen with Phoenix Racing. He returns to the JGR team at Mid-Ohio for the Nationwide race.
The No. 60 team earns a hard fought 16th at Road America
Amanda Vincent, NASCAR Correspondent