Hill to make NCWTS debut with RBR
Ricky Benton Racing (RBR) Enterprises announced today that Austin Hill will be behind the wheel of its No. 92 BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/Goodyear FleetHQ/A&D Welding/Wynn's Ford F-150 in this weekend's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway.
Hill, a two-time winner in 2014 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, will be making his first NCWTS attempt.
"Austin is a remarkable talent," said RBR owner Ricky Benton. "He has proven his meddle with the season he had in the K&N Series this year.
"We have a great Ford Racing F-150 to load up and take to Martinsville and I am confident we can put together a good run and a good finish."
Despite being a newbie to the series, Hill believes that he and the team can put together a good effort at Martinsville.
"It means the world to me to be able to drive a truck at Martinsville with RBR," said Hill. "I really appreciate all the hard work everyone has put in to make this happen.
"The biggest difference I've faced so far in my career going from a bias-ply tire to a radial tire and the trucks are a little more top heavy but other than that the K&N car helped me prepare for the truck a lot."
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Hill follows Corey LaJoie in the seat of the No. 92. LaJoie had an RBR season best 10th place finish in the team's last effort at Bristol in August, but is focusing on the Nationwide Series for the remainder of 2014.
Knowing that RBR needed a driver to finish its season, racing veterans Phil Parson and Mike Herman reached out to Benton to make a pitch for putting Hill behind the wheel of the No. 92.
"Those guys have been around this sport a long time and their recommendations go a long way," said Benton. "Couple that with the fact that we are talking about a three-time winner in the K&N Series in the last 17 races and I'm excited about our chances at Martinsville."
Knowing the reputation that Martinsville has as a tough track, especially for your young drivers, Hill has realistic expectations for the Kroger 200.
"I'm mainly wanting to finish all the laps and get a good understanding about the trucks as we try to move forward in my career," said Hill. "Keeping the truck clean and drive a smart race will help me and hopefully we can come how with a pretty good finish."
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