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NWES top driver Hezemans to make NASCAR Xfinity Series oval debut

NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

Loris Hezemans will compete in one oval race each in March and May in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Reaume Brothers Racing – The Dutchman will race in Phoenix and Charlotte

The fairly young NASCAR team Reaume Brothers Racing has secured the services of Loris Hezemans. The 2019 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series champion will compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on March 13 at Phoenix Raceway and May 29 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, marking his first two oval races in US NASCAR.

With Reaume Brothers Racing, the 23-year-old is teaming up with a fairly young team that opened its gates in the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. During 2020, the team took over the car from RSS Racing in the Xfinity Series. In 2021, the organisation is fielding a total of three cars: two in the Truck Series, one in the Xfinity Series.

Hezemans, who has won seven EuroNASCAR races in his career, will take over the #13 Chevrolet Camaro. The Dutchman’s goal is to gain enough experience in the races so that NASCAR will allow him to compete in the NASCAR Cup Series in the future. Since there will still be no practice and qualifying due to the ongoing pandemic, Hezemans will be thrown into cold water.

“I am very excited to announce that I will be joining Reaume Brothers Racing for the Nascar Xfinity Series at Phoenix on March 13th,” said Hezemans. “My number one priority for this race weekend is to bring the car home and gain as much experience as possible. Without any practice or qualifying the learning curve will be a big step but I am fully up for the challenge. With this experience in Phoenix I hope to continue to progress through the different size oval tracks throughout the year.”

Credits: Reaume Brothers Racing / Keith McGee Design

Reaume Brothers Racing has only recorded one top-five result to date. That was when Mike Marlar finished fourth at Eldora Speedway. Team principal Josh Reaume picked up a sixth-place finish at Daytona in 2019, and Jason White finished tenth at the Florida race in 2020. The team has yet to finish inside the top 20 in 2021.

Hezemans is not the first NWES driver to try his hand in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. PK Carsport team owner Anthony Kumpen completed six races in the series. Current NWES champion Alon Day has driven two races in the championship so far. Hezemans made his Xfinity debut on Road America in 2019. The Dutchman plans to compete in more races in the US in the future.