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Family affair: Brandon McReynolds to attempt Nationwide Series debut

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Calling NASCAR a family sport is an understatement. From the Frances, to the many famous families that competed in the sport like the Pettys, Earnhardts and Wallaces, NASCAR has been a family sport.

This weekend another family of NASCAR will get its chance to begin its next generation of lineage when Brandon McReynolds (No. 42 Team 42 Racing Dodge), son of two-time Daytona 500 winning crew chief and FOX Television Analyst Larry McReynolds, will attempt to qualify for the 5-hour Energy 250.

"For someone like myself, who has made my living and spent my entire life in the sport of NASCAR and other forms of racing, I can't put into words what it means to have my son competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race this weekend at Gateway International Raceway," Larry McReynolds said. "I am so thankful that people like Eddie Smith are able to recognize all of Brandon's talent, and I'm thrilled to see his first start this weekend."

Brandon McReynolds first got behind the wheel at age eight in a Bandolero at Charlotte Motor Speedway. From there, he worked his way through the ranks of the Allison Legacy Series and the United Auto Racing Association
Series (UARA) before running in the ARCA/REMAX Series for Eddie Sharp Racing in 2010.

"We are very excited to have Brandon at the wheel for this race and we plan on this being the beginning of
a long relationship with him," said team owner Eddie Smith.