Mason Diaz to drive in final two XFINITY races of the season

Fresh off his runner-up result at Kern County Raceway Park in the ARCA Menards Series West, Mason Diaz will pilot the No. 26 Toyota for Sam Hunt Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the final two races of the season at Martinsville Speedway and Phoenix Raceway, the team announced Oct. 26.

“This is a great opportunity to run for a fantastic new team,” Diaz said in a release. “I’m really looking forward to the challenges I face without having any practice or qualifying. These are longer races than what I typically run but I think it will be an absolute blast to work with everyone at Sam Hunt Racing. I’m extremely thankful to everyone who has made this opportunity possible and hopefully we can come away with two good finishes to end the year.”

Diaz has one prior start at Martinsville, where he finished 23rd (after qualifying ninth) in 2017 for Brandonbilt Motorsports.

In his four career Xfinity starts, Diaz’s best career finish came at Richmond Raceway in 2017, finishing 19th.

For Martinsville and Phoenix, the No. 26 will be sponsored by Prince William Marina, FloCoating Powdercoat, Solid Rock Carriers, TSS Services, The Sign Shop, Graphix Unlimited, Barrett Capital and Accent Imaging.