Cope plans on running full 
Xfinity Series schedule in 2016

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Derrike Cope waves to the crowd pre-race at Phoenix International Raceway in March 2015.

By Dominic Aragon and Joe Laracuente
November 30, 2015

NASCAR veteran Derrike Cope expects to run full-time in NASCAR’s second-tier Xfinity Series for a third consecutive season, the driver confirmed to The Racing Experts.

Photo by Brian DeGruchy/

Derrike Cope leads a pack of cars during an Xfinity Series race at Phoenix International Raceway in March 2015.

The plan for Cope, a one-time winner in the Xfinity Series, is to compete in all 33 races next season.

“Right now, my plan is to drive every race, unless we can find a young driver that has the money that we can really elevate the program with,” he said. “Otherwise, we’re going to continue to keep somebody with a little bit more experience in the car and just try to take a very, again, methodical approach towards it, week in and week out, just try put numbers on the board.”

Cope has competed in his self-owned car in 54 of 66 races over the last two seasons. Cope’s best finish as an owner-driver was a 13th place effort at Daytona International Speedway in July of 2014. 

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