CHARLOTTE - The Down East Wood Ducks will have a presence at this weekend's Xfinity Series NASCAR race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The team announced Tuesday driver Brandon Jones will race in the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing car that will have the Wood Ducks logo and design. The car, part of a primary partnership for the race with Jones' Chevrolet Camaro, will participate in the race Saturday, at 1 p.m.
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.
"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, in a press release. "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 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."