KINSTON, N.C. (May 23, 2017) - It is back to the bases for Brandon Jones and the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing (RCR) team as the Down East Wood Ducks, the Texas Rangers new High 'A' minor league franchise based in Kinston, North Carolina, will be the primary partner on Jones' Chevrolet Camaro during this Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
RCR and Jones partnered with the Texas Rangers in April 2016 when the XFINITY Series made its spring stop at Texas Motor Speedway. The No. 33 Chevrolet donned the team's red, white and blue colors as Jones and the team secured a top-10 finish at the 1.5-mile track. Jones also threw out the first pitch for the Rangers during a home game in Arlington, Texas earlier that week.
With the inaugural season of the Down East Wood Ducks underway, the Texas Rangers and RCR will once again come together to support the new High 'A' affiliate with a special paint scheme at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Down East Wood Ducks will play all home games this year at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, North Carolina and are competing in the Carolina League.
"We had a great experience last April partnering the Texas Rangers with Brandon Jones and RCR," said Wade Howell, general manager of the Down East Wood Ducks. "Seeing the Rangers colors and logo on the No. 33 Chevrolet was such a unique experience for us. We're happy to have the opportunity to continue that partnership and associate our new Wood Ducks baseball team with Brandon and RCR this weekend at Charlotte."
"I'm honored that the Texas Rangers have included me in their efforts to help promote their new minor league team based in Kinston, North Carolina," said Brandon Jones. "Having the Rangers on my car last season and getting to throw out the first pitch at Globe Life Park in Arlington was an experience I'll never forget. Having their continued support means a lot to me, and I'll be doing all I can to promote their new franchise, the Down East Wood Ducks. I'm looking forward to seeing them in action and wish them nothing but the best in their inaugural season."
Catch the No. 33 Wood Ducks Baseball Chevrolet Camaro in the Hisense 4k TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 27, at 1 p.m. ET.
About the Down East Wood Ducks:
The new High 'A' affiliate of the Texas Rangers, the Down East Wood Ducks are based out of Grainger Stadium in Kinston, North Carolina, and kicking off their inaugural campaign this year in the Carolina League. Before moving to North Carolina, the Rangers' High 'A' California League affiliate had been located in High Desert, California for the past two seasons after four years in the Carolina League at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina from 2011-2014. Prior to that time, Texas had not been affiliated with the Carolina League since having a farm club in Salem, Virginia in 1986. Check out the Wood Ducks 2017 season schedule and learn more about the team by visiting woodducksbaseball.com. Follow the team on Facebook.com/GoWoodDucks, as well as Twitter and Instagram via @GoWoodDucks.
About Richard Childress Racing:
Richard Childress Racing (rcrracing.com) is a renowned, performance-driven racing, marketing and manufacturing organization. RCR has earned more than 200 victories and 17 championships, including six in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with the legendary Dale Earnhardt. RCR was the first organization to win championships in the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Its 2017 Cup Series lineup includes two-time NASCAR champion Austin Dillon (No. 3 Dow/American Ethanol/AAA Chevrolet), 2011 Brickyard 400 champion Paul Menard (No. 27 Menards Chevrolet) and 2008 Daytona 500 champion and 2013 Brickyard 400 winner Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar/Grainger Chevrolet). Its XFINITY Series program includes a multi-driver lineup with Austin Dillon, Ben Kennedy and Paul Menard (No. 2 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet), a multi-driver lineup with Ty Dillon, Scott Lagasse Jr. and others (No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/Rheem/Red Kap/Advil/Nexium 24HR® Chevrolet), Daniel Hemric (No. 21 Chevrolet), Brandon Jones (No. 33 Menards/Nexteer/Anderson's Maple Syrup/Rain-X Chevrolet) and Brendan Gaughan (No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino/U.S. Cellular Chevrolet).
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