Matt Mills (racing Driver)
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Matt Mills Racing Driver
Matt Mills
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Mills at Richmond Raceway in 2018
BornMatthew R. Mills
(1996-11-14) November 14, 1996 (age 25)
Lynchburg, Virginia
NASCAR Cup Series career
1 race run over 1 year
2021 position67th
Best finish67th (2021)
First race2021 Buschy McBusch Race 400 (Kansas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
113 races run over 6 years
Car no., teamNos. 5/55/78/99 (B. J. McLeod Motorsports)
2021 position29th
Best finish21st (2019)
First race2017 DC Solar 200 (Phoenix)
Last race2022 Crayon 200 (Loudon)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
15 races run over 4 years
Truck no., teamNo. 20 (Young's Motorsports)
2018 position113th
Best finish42nd (2016, 2017)
First race2016 UNOH 200 (Bristol)
Last race2022 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (Charlotte)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of July 16, 2022.

Matthew R. Mills (born November 14, 1996)[1] is an American professional stock car racing driver. He competes part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the Nos. 5, 55, 78, and 99 Chevrolet Camaros for B. J. McLeod Motorsports and part-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, driving the No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado for Young's Motorsports.

Racing career

Early years

Mills started racing at age twelve in go-karts. A year later, he moved up to Junior Champ Karts and spent three years racing those. Mills started racing Open Wheel Modifieds at Midvale Speedway in 2012, winning rookie of the year and moving up to Outlaw Super Late Models in 2013. He attended a rookie seminar for NASCAR at Daytona Beach, Florida the following year and received clearance to race in the ARCA Racing Series and K&N Pro Series,[1] but has yet to race in either of those series, instead running a limited schedule in the JEGS/CRA Pro Series in 2015 as well as continuing his late model career.[2]

Camping World Truck Series

On June 29, 2016, it was announced that Mills would join SS-Green Light Racing for "select races" in the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.[3] He made his first start at Bristol Motor Speedway in August,[4] finishing 27th.[5] Mills ran four more races for SS-Green Light in 2016, scoring a best finish of 21st in the season's penultimate race at Phoenix International Raceway.[6]

In 2017, he joined Faith Motorsports for three races because the team primary driver Donnie Levister was unapproved by NASCAR to run intermediate tracks. He ran seventeenth in two of them, career-best finishes,[7] before he joined Martins Motorsports to run in multiple races in the truck No. 42 with sponsorship from Thompson Electric Inc. starting in Iowa.[8] The truck never hit the track at Iowa and was never entered thereafter, however, the truck was included in the original edition of the 2017 video game NASCAR Heat 2.[9] He drove the No. 44 for Martins the following week but fell out due to an accident. He then start and parked with Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing for a few races in the latter part of 2017.[10]

Xfinity Series

In March 2017, Mills was named the driver for B. J. McLeod Motorsports' No. 8 entry at Phoenix[11][12] in what looked to be a one race deal, replacing regular driver Jeff Green who had been signed to run the full season. Mills finished 30th in his debut.[13] He returned to the series over a month later at Richmond, again driving McLeod's No. 8.[14] His next start in the series came at Chicago in September with JD Motorsports, start and parking their fourth car, the No. 15.[15] In the season's final weekend, he failed to qualify with startup team NextGen Motorsports.[16]

On February 2, 2018, it was announced that Mills will drive the No. 15 car for all but one race in 2018, skipping the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway.[17] He had previously been in consideration for the team's No. 0 car, which ultimately was driven by Garrett Smithley.[18] He did not qualify for the Texas race in April because of inspection issues. The agreement wound up falling through, as Mills was replaced by Joe Nemechek for the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.[19] Mills returned for a couple more races but parted ways with JDM after the June Michigan race. He made a start for DGR-Crosley in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Michigan in August, but wrecked, self-admittedly due to inexperience.[20]

Mills returned to B. J. McLeod Motorsports for some fall Xfinity races, eventually becoming the team's full-time driver of the No. 8 in 2019.[21] However, the number changed to 5 after the team agreed to give up their No. 8 for JR Motorsports in a number swap, and McLeod's team received the No. 5, the car number JRM dropped so they could get the No. 8.[22]

Cup Series

On April 26, 2021, B. J. McLeod Motorsports announced that they would be fielding a Cup Series car in the spring race at Kansas, the No. 55, and that Mills would be the driver. It was his debut in the series. Although BJMM uses Chevrolets or Toyotas in the Xfinity Series, the car in this race was a Ford from McLeod's Live Fast Motorsports team, which he fields in the Cup Series but is a separate entity from BJMM.[23]

Motorsports career results

NASCAR

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * - Most laps led.)

Cup Series

NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 NCSC Pts Ref
2021 B. J. McLeod Motorsports 55 Ford DAY DAY HOM LVS PHO ATL BRI MAR RCH TAL KAN
38
DAR DOV COA CLT SON NSH POC POC ROA ATL NHA GLN IND MCH DAY DAR RCH BRI LVS TAL CLT TEX KAN MAR PHO 67th 01 [24]

Xfinity Series

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts Ref
2017 B. J. McLeod Motorsports 8 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO
30
CAL TEX BRI RCH
31
TAL CLT DOV POC MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH 109th 01 [25]
JD Motorsports 15 CHI
40
KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO
NextGen Motorsports 55 Toyota HOM
DNQ
2018 JD Motorsports 0 Chevy DAY ATL
36
LVS
27
53rd 43 [26]
15 PHO
38
CAL
37
TEX
DNQ
BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC
27
MCH
36
IOW CHI DAY KEN NHA IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR IND LVS
B. J. McLeod Motorsports 78 Chevy RCH
27
CLT
8 DOV
28
KAN TEX PHO HOM
2019 5 Toyota DAY
26
TAL
17
POC
30
DAY
10
21st 372 [27]
Chevy ATL
30
LVS
29
PHO
28
CAL
23
TEX
27
BRI
21
RCH
28
DOV
31
CLT
26
MCH
24
IOW
26
CHI
27
KEN
23
NHA
20
IOW
18
GLN MOH BRI
18
ROA DAR
31
IND
25
LVS
24
DOV
24
KAN
20
99 RCH
28
CLT
78 TEX
18
PHO
19
HOM
30
2020 5 Toyota DAY
31
TAL
38
KEN
30
KEN
19
TEX
26
KAN
26
ROA DAY
16
LVS
30
TAL
21
CLT
25
KAN
25
TEX
13
25th 346 [28]
Chevy LVS
25
CAL
27
PHO
DNQ
DAR
34
CLT
30
BRI
25
ATL
30
HOM
27
HOM
24
POC
25
IND
30
DAY
22
DOV
33
DOV
30
RCH
13
RCH
13
BRI
22
MAR
38
PHO
35
99 DAR
22
2021 5 DAY
16
LVS
39
PHO
35
ATL
34
MAR
33
DAR
40
CLT
35
NSH
25
POC
23
ROA ATL
26
NHA
32
MCH
14
DAR
23
RCH
21
LVS
28
MAR
29
PHO
29
29th 271 [29]
Toyota DAY
19
HOM
29
TAL
25
DOV
27
COA MOH
23
TEX
26
GLN
38
IND DAY
33
TAL
23
CLT
30
99 Chevy BRI
36
TEX
32
KAN
25
2022 5 DAY
25
CAL
23
LVS
35
PHO ATL
31
COA MAR
18
TAL
31
DOV
31
DAR
31
TEX
37
ATL
37
TEX
16
TAL CLT LVS HOM MAR PHO -* -* [30]
55 RCH
DNQ
CLT
20
PIR
99 NSH
DNQ
ROA
78 NHA
22
POC IND MCH
38
GLN
Toyota DAY
24
DAR KAN BRI

Camping World Truck Series

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References

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