Wisconsin NASCAR driver Sam Mayer shows big improvement in

The contrast is striking, if somewhat predictable.

Sam Mayer joined the NASCAR Xfinity Series last season as soon as he turned 18 and became eligible. The Franklin native – who had won in the Camping World Truck Series and dominated in ARCA – was bound to show improvement.

The only question was when.

“Last year was certainly a reality check,” said Taylor Moyer, Mayer’s JR Motorsports crew chief. “I think of the talent in this series first and foremost and entering in the middle of a year when everybody else has got 15 races under their belt has got to be really tough.

“We already knew it, but we immediately saw that Sam had speed, natural speed. He has all the physical ability in the world. The trouble we were getting in was the lack of race craft and experienced knowledge, not racing that quality of a field for that long of a race.”

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