Tyler Matthews making Xfinity Series debut at Richmond

Tyler Matthews will make his Xfinity Series debut in the No. 15 Chevrolet of JD Motorsports this Friday at Richmond Raceway.

Matthews has three career starts in the Gander Outdoor Truck Series with a best finish of 17th at Gateway in 2018.

“Man, I can’t stress enough how much this opportunity means to me,” Matthews said in a statement from the team. “Getting the chance to drive for one of the most respected team owners in the garage area in Johnny Davis is huge. I know that this will be a big step up in my career, coming from racing Late Model stocks and all, but I’m treating this as just another race car. If we can stay out of trouble and keep the car within the top 25, I think that would be a solid day for us.

“I know we can do it, and I’m just counting down the hours until I can get on track to practice.”

The car will have sponsorship from Linetec Services for the 2016 North Carolina NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion.