Tommy Joe Martins will close out the year for BJ McLeod Motorsports in the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It will be the Martins’ first NASCAR start on the 1.5-mile track and his first appearance in a championship race in the NASCAR playoffs.
“To say I’m excited is an understatement,” Martins said. “We’re in a battle in the owner’s points with a few other teams, and we want to maintain our spot heading into next year. This is a clutch situation for us and I can’t thank BJ & Jessica (McLeod) enough for trusting me to be the guy for the job.”
“Seeing the growth of the team this year – the progression from last year when BJ first called me – it’s really amazing,” Martins said.The stats back up Martins’ optimism. When Tommy Joe made his first start for BJMM at Pocono in 2017, the No. 8 & No. 78 cars were 34th AND 39th in the Xfinity owner’s points standings. Heading into Homestead this season, they sit 25th and 26th overall respectively.
“When I first hopped in the No. 78 car last year, our goal was to finish races. Provide some consistency. Now when we show up I’m disappointed if we aren’t running around the top-20. That says a lot about this team & the people on it,” Martins said.
Source: Tommy Joe Martins Media Relations