Josh Williams – a mainstay underdog driver in the NASCAR Xfinity Series — will make the move over to BJ McLeod Motorsports ahead of the 2022 season, piloting the team’s No. 78 entry.
Bring on 2022.
— Josh Williams (@Josh6williams) December 8, 2021
“I am really looking forward to driving for BJ in 2022,” Williams said. “He is a racer just like me and that makes this a dangerous combination. Seeing what BJ and Jessica have built over the years is a huge accomplishment. From watching BJ race super late models when I was 8 years old to driving for him in NASCAR is a cool story that a lot of people don’t know. Just two guys from Florida making a name at the highest level of motorsports.”
The 28-year-old moves to the three-car team after spending the last five seasons driving for DGM Racing, in which time he netted eight top-10 finishes in 125 Xfinity Series starts. Williams announced his departure from the Mario Gosselin-owned operation on November 15.
“There were a lot of tears in Phoenix that’s for sure,” Williams said. “I can’t thank the entire Gosselin Family enough for believing in me and helping me reach my goals. The future would not be possible without DGM Racing. DGM Racing was more than a race team; we were a family. We made a lifetime of memories and friendships.”
Danny Johnson – who worked with Williams throughout his tenure in the ARCA Menards Series — will call the shots for the No. 78 in 2022.
“I feel if we do our jobs across the board, we are going to have a very successful season,” Williams stated. “Luck is something that needs to be on our side, but I believe we are going to have the speed to put ourselves in playoff position at the end of 2022.
“Go out and over perform week in and week out. Don’t tear stuff up, be there at the end of day and string together strong finishes. That’s the name of the game.”
Williams will join Stefan Parsons as the team’s full-time drivers next season, with a third car scheduled to be split among multiple drivers, including Nick Sanchez, a standout in the ARCA Menards Series.
“Josh brings so much knowledge with him into any program,” BJ McLeod said. “The fact he is more than just a racer and can contribute great feedback and help our programs. Collectively, we can take the next step upward from a competition standpoint. Having Josh’s veteran leadership in the shop will step up the whole program, and Jessica and I are glad he has chosen here to call home for the next chapter.”
As for sponsorship, all of Williams’ partners are expected to join him at BJ McLeod Motorsports, with the exception of WORKPRO Tools, who signed on as a sponsor of DGM Racing in 2020.