Defending NASCAR champion gets promoted to a full time gig in the Xfinity series Christian Petersen/Getty Images
AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 12: Alex Labbe, driver of the #90 Can-Am Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 12, 2016 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Alex Labbe won the NASCAR Pinty Series championship in Canada in 2017, and the 24-year-old is moving up to another NASCAR series for 2018.

Labbe will compete full time in the Xfinity Series in 2018 with DGM Racing, according to Le Journal de Montreal. The team is operated by Mario Gosselin, who is also Canadian.

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Labbe won five races last season during his championship run for Go Fas Racing.

He has three starts in the Xfinity Series during his career. According to NBC Sports, he will make his Xfinity Series debut at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 17.

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