Joe Graf Jr. NASCAR Xfinity Series Watkins Glen International Shriners Children’s 200 Race Preview

RSS Racing | NASCAR Xfinity Series

Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International | Shriners Children’s 200

Fast Facts

No. 38 RSS Racing Team:

Driver: Joe Graf Jr.  

Primary Partner(s): No. 38 G-Coin® Ford Mustang

Manufacturer: Ford Mustang

Crew Chief: Steve Addington

Spotter: Joe Campbell

Engine: Roush-Yates Engines

Driver Championship Point Standings: 23rd

Team Championship Point Standings: 25th

Notes of Interest:

Settling In: After spending the last three seasons with SS GreenLight Racing with Jeff Lefcourt (2020 – 2022), Joe Graf Jr. moved to RSS Racing during the offseason, where he’ll spend the majority of the 2023 NASCAR Xfinity Series season competing for the Sugar Hill, Ga.-based team.

In addition to RSS Racing, Graf will also compete in a limited NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule driving the No. 19 Toyota Supra for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Welcome Aboard: Joe Graf Jr. and RSS Racing welcome G-Coin® as the primary partner of the team’s No. 38 Ford Mustang for Saturday afternoon’s Shriners Children’s 200.

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Thanks For Your Support: With a little more than 66 percent of the 2023 Xfinity Series season complete, Joe Graf Jr. and RSS Racing would like to thank their associate marketing partners:, AVOID, Bass Reaper Bait Company,  Bucked Up Energy Drink, CoverSeal, EAT SLEEP RACE Apparel, fgrACCEL, G-Coin®, GTECHNIQ, JACOB Companies, Lefcourt Brothers Racing, Love Motorsports, Model Electronics and ShopRite for their continued support.

Catch Him On The Dial: Before Joe Graf Jr. straps into his No. 38 G-Coin® Ford Mustang on Saturday, the RSS Racing driver will be featured on “The Frontstretch” on SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90 with host Pat Patterson on Saturday morning, August 19, 2023, at approximately 10:00 a.m. ET.

Graf will also spotlight a commercial featuring G-Coin® in several spots throughout the weekend, including the complete four-hour program on Sunday, August 20, 2023. 

Joe Graf Jr. Xfinity Series Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International Stats: Saturday afternoon’s Shriners Children’s 200 will mark Graf’s second Xfinity start at the eight-turn, 2.45-mile road course.

In his previous effort, Graf delivered a track-best of 30th after starting 25th for SS GreenLight Racing with Jeff Lefcourt during the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.

Joe Graf Jr. Xfinity Series Road Course Stats: At NASCAR Xfinity Series tracks classified as a road course, Graf has competed in 18 NASCAR Xfinity Series races with an average starting position of 31.2 and an average result of 27.4.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course | Pennzoil 150 Race Recap: In the most recent NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course, Graf hunted his second top-10 finish of the season.

After starting his No. 38 G-Coin® Ford Mustang from the 37th position, Graf made solid progress throughout the race, climbing solidly inside the top-25 and was inching towards a top-20 finish when he experienced an axle failure on his No. 38 RSS Racing Ford, which sent the team to the garage and out of the race, 16 laps shy of the finish.

Sneaker Mania: Along with the adrenaline of the Motorsports competition, Joe Graf Jr. also has a vogue for hype sneakers. In his current collection, he owns and wears at least 90 limited edition sneakers – and his collection continues to grow monthly.

The current estimated value of his collection tops $100,000.

From the Pit Box: Industry veteran Steve Addington is Joe Graf Jr.’s crew chief.

He will be crew chief for his 286th NASCAR Xfinity Series race as crew chief on Saturday and his sixth at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

In his previous 285 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts, he has collected 11 wins, 10 poles, 68 top-five and 118 top-10 finishes.

Hello From The Other Side: Graf Jr. has two teammates at RSS Racing.

Veteran Ryan Sieg will drive the No. 39 RSS Racing Ford Mustang, while younger brother Kyle Sieg will drive the No. 28 RSS Racing Ford Mustang. 

Ryan Sieg is set to make his 324th career Xfinity Series start overall and ninth at Watkins Glen International.

Kyle Sieg is poised to make his 40th career Xfinity Series start and first at WGI.  

Follow on Social Media: For more on Joe Graf Jr. visit, like him on Facebook (Joe Graf Jr.), follow him on TikTok (@JoeGrafJr), Twitter (@JoeGrafJr) and Instagram (@joegrafjr).

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Joe Graf Jr. Quoteboard:

On Watkins Glen International: “Watkins Glen is an important race for my RSS Racing team. With it being close to my hometown, we will have a lot of support throughout the weekend, so it’s essential to continue to showcase how I am working hard to improve my road racing craft.

“Last weekend was a total disappointment at Indianapolis. We had an extremely good pace in practice and never got ourselves dialed back in during qualifying and the race. Steve and the entire No. 38 G-Coin® Ford Mustang team worked their tails off to give me a better car for the race.

“We made steady gains but had a mechanical failure and did not get to finish the race. That’s put a fire underneath us to go to Watkins Glen for the penultimate road course of the season and have a good showing.

 “Watkins Glen is a high-speed road course with many technical elements and some blinding corners. I plan to race the track and hopefully play our strategy game right and give us a positive finish that we can carry to Daytona next weekend.”

 On The 2023 Season: “As we press on during the second half of the NASCAR Xfinity Series, it is essential for me to utilize what I have learned with the RSS Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing teams and apply that behind the wheel.

“August hasn’t necessarily been a good month for me in terms of results, but it has not come from the lack of effort from myself or my team. We will continue to fight hard and inch our way forward over the final 11 races.

“We started the year off strong but then fell a little bit. We’re slowly but steadily trying to put ourselves in a good position for the end of the summer and into the fall.

“I just need to stay focused, communicate with my team, and utilize the knowledge I’ve gained over the past three years to recover and have my best Xfinity Series season yet.”

Race Information:

The Shriners Children’s 200 (82 laps | 200.9 miles) is the 23rd of 33 NASCAR Xfinity Series races on the 2023 schedule. Practice begins on Saturday, August 19, 2023, from 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Qualifying is set to immediately follow practice beginning at 11:00 a.m. The 38-car field will take the green flag later that afternoon, shortly after 3:30 p.m. with live coverage on the USA Network, the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90. All times are local (Eastern).

About RSS Racing:

RSS Racing fields multiple entries in the NASCAR Xfinity Series led by mainstay driver Ryan Sieg.

RSS Racing has competed in NASCAR events since 2009 from its headquarters in Sugar Hill, Ga.