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Sam Mayer to return to JRM’s NXS No. 1

Sam Mayer stands next to his car before the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway (Photo: Jonathan Fjeld/TRE)

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — JR Motorsports announced Tuesday morning Sam Mayer will be returning full-time to their No. 1 NASCAR Xfinity Series Chevrolet in 2023.

Mayer, 19, has earned one pole, eight top-5 finishes and 11 top-10s, with a best finish of third (three times) in his maiden full-time season.

“We’ve seen tremendous growth and maturity from Sam on and off the racetrack,” said Kelley Earnhardt Miller, the general manager of JR Motorsports. “He is consistently running up front, is fast each and every week and provides great visibility for his partners. With all the situational knowledge he’s gained this year, I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do to finish out 2022 and into ’23.”

Sam Mayer’s No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro gets pushed to the grid for the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway (Photo: Jonathan Fjeld/TRE)

Mayer sits ninth in points, currently locked into the NXS playoffs by 131 points with five regular-season races left.

“It’s a good feeling to get this squared away,” Mayer said. “Now we can focus on locking ourselves into the playoffs and getting that first Xfinity win. JR Motorsports has been a great place for me all the way back to my late model days. We’re expecting big things for this No. 1 team for the remainder of this year and beyond.” 

Mayer’s next race is August 20 at Watkins Glen (3 p.m. ET; TV: USA; Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90).

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – APRIL 02: Sam Mayer, driver of the #1 Accelerate Pros Talent Chevrolet, poses with the Dash 4 Cash check after the the NASCAR Xfinity Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway on April 02, 2022 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

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