Ray Black Jr.
SS Greenlight Racing
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Black took over the No. 07 Chevrolet of SS Green Light Racing last season and posted a steady campaign for this race team in 2019. He posted eight Top-15 and 22 Top-20 finishes. While Brown was slowed by six DNF's he still posted a respectable 20.5 average finish for the campaign. It was a good first season to grow on for Black and this race team. Black was confirmed to be back in the car last November, so contractually things were worked out pretty quickly at the end of last season. Jason Miller will return at crew chief, and the duo will look to grow on the momentum they started in 2019. Read Past Outlooks
Stepping Away from Racing
XFINITY Series
May 23, 2020
Prior to the 2020 NASCAR season kicking off at Daytona International Speedway in mid-February, Black Jr. was scheduled to run the full Xfinity Series season for SS Green Light Racing. Less than one month later Black is having to step away from racing to support his family business, frontstretch.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Black's family business is a diving academy that's had no students since the pandemic began. The company helps fund his racing exploits so there's little money for racing right now. Black finished 21st-place in Thursday's Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway, but that will be his last action for a while. "I felt like I needed to help out because it is my family business. I felt like I needed to put racing to the side for a little bit and go help out," Black said. "They definitely need me right now and it's a weird time in the world."
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Black has been signed to race the full season with SS Greenlight Racing in 2019. He ran just 10 events last year for former boss, B.J. McLeod, so this is a good step up for the journeyman driver. Black nabbed just three Top-20 finishes in his part-time schedule last season, and he'll be expected to do more with this growing race team.
The Rick Ware Racing team announced a mid-December deal that will put Black in the No. 51 car for the upcoming season. He will be a Rookie of the Year candidate since he only has three-career starts in NASCAR's top division, although he'll be a long-shot odds to win the honor. Black made three starts with this team last season and averaged a 37.3 finish across those handful of starts. A lot of the team's details are sketchy at this point, including crew chief and some of the sponsorship, however, RWR does have a charter for this team and they are guaranteed to start the full season. As far as Black and this team's chances go, well it is about as shoestring as an operation gets in NASCAR's top division.
After years of competition in the Camping World Truck Series, SS Green Light Racing will make their first full-time foray into the Xfinity Series in 2016. They bring with them young driver Black for this first campaign. The 24-year-old Floridian raced the full truck series schedule for SS GLR in 2015 and finished a respectable 11th in the final driver standings. Jason Miller is expected to be the team’s crew chief, and he’ll face an uphill battle trying to get the team established and get Black more experience. We don’t expect to see the No. 07 Chevrolet among the Top-20 finishers very much in the coming year.
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Returning to SS Green Light Racing
XFINITY Series
January 26, 2019
SS Greenlight Racing announced that Black Jr. will once again pilot the No. 07 Chevrolet Camaro for Bobby Dotter in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, SS Greenlight Racing PR reports.
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Moving to Cup Full-Time Next Season
NASCAR Cup
November 22, 2017
Black Jr. is making the next jump of his racing career in 2018, as he will compete full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with Rick Ware Racing, frontstretch.com reports.
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Fast Xfinity Happy Hour
XFINITY Series
June 29, 2017
Black Jr. was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway Thursday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 182.035 mph.
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Xfinity Series
January 14, 2016
Black Jr. is thrilled to be taking the next step in his racing career, as the driver will compete in the full season of the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series in the No. 07 ScubaLife Chevy, Ray Black Jr. PR reports.
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