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Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that Christian Eckes will return to the organization in 2019 with an expanded NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) schedule. Eckes will drive the No. 51 Tundra in seven NGOTS races this season including the season-opening event at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, where he will be sponsored by SiriusXM - the world's largest radio company, and the season finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.
Eckes posted three top-10 finishes across four NGOTS starts driving KBM's fourth entry, the No. 46 Tundra, in 2018. He had an impressive run at Gateway, where he qualified second, led 34 laps and won Stage 2 before being taken out in a mid-race accident while running inside the top five.
"I'm very thankful and excited to be back with Kyle Busch Motorsports and Toyota Racing for seven races in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series this year," Eckes said. "With the experience I gained last year, the hard work I've put in with the Toyota Racing Development training staff in the off season and now having Rudy (Fugle, crew chief) and his team to learn from, I'll be fully prepared to take advantage of each and every opportunity I'm given this season. I know we are going to be able to contend for the win at every track we go to, starting off at Daytona in the SiriusXM Tundra."
"Christian progressed nicely last year collecting some wins in the ARCA Racing Series and also did a nice job with the limited opportunities he had driving for our fourth team last year," owner Kyle Busch said. "At Gateway he showed that he's capable of running up front and leading laps. With being a full-time driver in the ARCA Series this year, getting more seat time there and also having more races on his schedule with us, we feel that his progression will continue and he'll be a guy that can compete for wins in the Truck Series."
The Middletown, N.Y., native collected his first career ARCA Racing Series victory at Salem (Ind.) Speedway last April after leading 72 laps of the 200-lap event, including the final 52 circuits and was also victorious in August on the dirt track at Illinois State Fairground in Springfield and at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. in October. In addition to his three wins, he recorded two poles, 420 laps led, six top-five and eight top-10 finishes across 13 ARCA Racing Series starts in 2018. Overall in 27 career ARCA Series starts, Eckes has posted three wins, two poles, 694 laps led, 10 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 8.3.
The talented teenager put his name on the motorsports map when he won the prestigious Snowball Derby Super Late Model race at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., in December of 2016. The then 15-year-old battled side-by-side with John Hunter Nemechek for the final two laps before narrowly edging him to the finish line. The Snowball Derby win was part of a three-race winning streak in Late Models to close out the 2016 season after the teenager was victorious in the Myrtle Beach 400 Late Model Stock event at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway and the Thanksgiving Classic All-Star Super Late Model race at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C.
The 18-year-old driver's 2019 NGOTS schedule will also include events at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill. June 22, Pocono (Pa.) Raceway July 27, Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway Sept. 13 and Martinsville (Va.) Speedway Oct. 26. Sponsor announcements for the remainder of Eckes' seven-race schedule are forthcoming.

Officials from AM Racing (@AMRacingNASCAR) announced today the reboot of their NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) team with driver Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) for the full season beginning with the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Fri., Feb. 15, 2019.

As part of their restructure, AM Racing has moved its assets from Statesville, N.C. to Mooresville, N.C., where the team will be managed by longtime industry veteran Kevin Cywinski in a collaborative effort with Win-Tron Racing.

The team has purchased several trucks from GMS Racing to prepare for the upcoming 23-race schedule and has also signed a technical alliance with the organization.

“We are very optimistic about the upcoming season,” said AM Racing team principal Tim Self. “We have made a significant number of changes during the offseason including moving locations, purchasing new equipment and acquiring innovative personnel.

“We feel very confident in the direction of the race team and look forward to producing results on the track that will justify our restructuring and give our marketing partners the exposure and satisfaction they are looking for.”

Guiding Self for his fourth season on the NGOTS tour will be Eddie Troconis who joins AM Racing after serving as crew chief at ThorSport Racing for the past three seasons. Troconis brings a wealth of knowledge and winning pedigree to AM Racing. His traits has the family-owned organization hopeful it will propel them into the Truck Series Playoffs.

“I’m super excited in my new position at AM Racing and to be able to lead the team for the 2019 season,” said Troconis. “Kevin (Cywinski) and I have put together a great team with a combination of skills, knowledge and experience.

Everyone at the shop has a great attitude with good chemistry and that’s important.

“Austin (Wayne Self) is a great kid with a great attitude. He is at the shop working every day and that’s important to me. I believe he has the talent to drive a truck and run in the top-five and fight for wins. We have some things to work on, but I have been working with a lot of young drivers and I feel like I have a special way of communicating with them and hope that will translate with Austin too.

“I’m looking forward to a great year and I’m so glad to be back home in North Carolina!”

Self, 22 says the changes within his program have him excited to take the green flag at Daytona in less than two weeks.  

“I can’t wait to work with Eddie and the guys on our AM Racing team,” sounded Self. “Our team has made a significant investment and I’m eager to see the results. I feel like with my experience and the leadership that Eddie brings to the table – we should find ourselves near the front a lot more in 2019.”

Announcements pertaining to marketing partners for Self’s No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado this season are forthcoming.

In 63 NGOTS starts, Self earned a career-best finish of second at Daytona International Speedway in 2017 – with one top-five and four top-10 efforts to his resume. He finished a career-high 12th in the championship standings in 2018.

The NextEra Energy Resources 250 from Daytona International Speedway is the first of 23 races on the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series schedule. The season-opening race is set for Fri., Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. ET with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio NASCAR Channel 90.

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DGR-Crosley announced today that team co-owner David Gilliland will drive the team's No. 17 entry in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season opener at Daytona (Fl.) International Speedway. Gilliland's Toyota Tundra will carry sponsorship from Fred's, a general merchandise retailer with over 600 locations nationwide. 
Fred's first partnered with DGR-Crosley last season, sponsoring them in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and Truck Series. The relationship will continue into the 2019 season beginning at Daytona with Gilliland behind the wheel as he fills in for 17-year-old Tyler Ankrum.
"We are excited to continue our relationship with David and Bo [LeMastus] at DGR-Crosley this year," said, Milton Peters. "They showed tremendous speed and efforts last year, and we are proud to be back this season. David is a veteran behind the wheel and has seen a lot of success at restrictor plate tracks. It made perfect sense for us to partner with him at Daytona."
The NextEra 250 at Daytona will mark Gilliland's third truck series start at the two-and-a-half-mile track. During his most recent start in 2018, he collected the Pole and led for 30 laps before being caught up in an accident with five laps remaining. Overall this will mark Gilliland's 24th career start at the famed Daytona International Speedway where he has collected one top-five and four top-10 finishes. He has also qualified on the Pole three times. 
"It means a lot that Fred's is coming back on board with our team this season," said Gilliland. "As a team owner these relationships are super important, and we've really enjoyed working with Milton and the team at Fred's. We also excited to welcome Valvoline, CONAIR and Maxell to DGR-Crosley for this race. There's a lot of exciting things going on - I'm looking forward to building these partnership both as a driver and owner."
Gilliland will be filling the seat for 17-year-old Tyler Ankrum in Daytona, who will be forced to miss the first three races of the season due to NASCAR's age restrictions. 
"Daytona is a special race track, there's nothing like it," Gilliland remarked. "It's even more special that I get to drive a DGR-Crosley prepared Tundra that our guys have been working so hard on. I think we legitimately have a shot to go down there, open some eyes and show how competitive we are going to be this season." 
The NextEra 250 will be broadcast live on FS1 on Friday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m., ET.
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Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that Brandon Jones will return to the organization for five races in the No. 51 Tundra during the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) season. Jones will make his first NGOTS start of 2019 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway May 3 and will also compete at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City May 10, Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway June 28, Kentucky Speedway July 11 and Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway November 8. Chigo Home Appliances will be the primary sponsor of Jones' first four truck races; announcement of the primary sponsor of the November Phoenix race will be made separately.
Jones made five NGOTS starts for KBM in 2018, recording three top-five and four top-10 finishes, finishing outside the top 10 just once since joining the Toyota Racing camp. Overall since making his Truck Series debut in August of 2013, Jones has recorded three runner-up, 10 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes across 40 starts. The Georgia native - who will once again compete for the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) championship with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) - has registered two poles, three top-five and 34 top-10 finishes across 104 career Xfinity Series starts. Additionally, the 22-year-old driver has collected five career ARCA Racing Series victories, including last year at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series win (Iowa Speedway, 2014).
"I'm really looking forward to being back with Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2019 and having another shot at victory lane for KBM in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series," Jones said. "We came close last year with four top-10 finishes in our five races, and I think we're poised to have an even better run this year. I'm excited by the possibilities that come with working with Rudy Fugle and the No. 51 team. Rudy is proven winner on the track with over 20 wins and four championships; I'm sure I'll learn a lot from him and I think there will be valuable cross over benefits that I can take to our efforts in the No. 19 Xfinity Series Toyota Supra at Joe Gibbs Racing. The Toyota Tundras built by KBM are the class of the field and I'm honored and proud to have Kyle's support and the opportunity to climb behind the wheel of his great Toyota equipment while representing Chigo Home Appliances along with other great Menards vendor partners."
"Chigo Home Appliances and Soleus Air Conditioning are so excited to work with Brandon Jones and Kyle Busch Motorsports again," said Tyler Scott, Senior Vice President Sale and Marketing for Chigo Home Appliances. "Brandon does his best racing when he's in Chigo sponsored equipment, so we are confident that he is sure to get his first win and take Chigo and KBM to victory lane in 2019!" 
"Having Brandon back gives us another experienced driver in the lineup for the 51 team as we pursue an Owner's Championship this year," owner-driver Kyle Busch said. "He had solid runs in his four races for us last year and his feedback will be valuable to not only Rudy (Fugle, crew chief) and the other young drivers to help make the 51 team better, but he'll also be a veteran teammate for Todd (Gilliland) and Harrison (Burton) to lean on the weeks he is racing for us. He's been so close to winning several times in the Truck Series and we feel like it's just a matter of time before he breaks through and gets to victory lane."
hen Ricky Benton Racing (RBR) Enterprises kicks off its 10th year of NASCAR Gandor Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) competition in the NextEra Energy 250 later this month, 2017 ARCA champion Austin Theriault will be behind the wheel of the Black’s Tire and Auto Service/Highland Construction Ford F-150.
“(Team owner) Ricky (Benton) and I started talking about teaming up late last year,” said Theriault. “I was looking for a place an organization where I could find a home and come in and help the organization. RBR really fit where I wanted to be in my career. I love succeeding in situations where you might be considered the underdog. Ricky has done some great things and helped a lot of drivers in the truck series; I think we can build on that this year.”
In addition to Daytona, the team currently plans to run NGOTS races at Martinsville, Charlotte and Bristol. Long-time RBR crew chief Mike Hester returns to the pit box in 2019 to lead the team’s efforts.
“Austin has had a lot of success in his career and came highly recommended (from former team owner Ken Schrader),” said Benton. “He has spent a lot of time at the shop working with (crew chief) Mike (Hester) and the team to get the Daytona truck ready to race and has fit in with what we are doing well. I am looking forward to getting to the track.”
“The draft is the great equalizer as we go up against some of the bigger multi-truck teams,” said Theriault. “With the way the trucks race now, I think a lot of the things I learned in ARCA are going to be invaluable; pair that with this team’s track record at Daytona and I think we have a great shot at a good finish.”.
Celebrating 90 years
The No. 92 Black’s Tire and Auto Service/Highland Construction Ford F-150 will be noticeably different from previous years when it hits the track at Daytona. To celebrate the 90th anniversary of sponsor Black’s Tire, this year’s F-150 will be sporting a predominately black paint scheme, a large departure from the white scheme RBR has used in the NGOTS over the past nine seasons.

Race fans rejoice! NASCAR has announced an innovative, compelling Triple Truck Challenge and Iowa Speedway will prove pivotal in determining the Triple Truck Challenge Champion with an opportunity at $500,000 for eligible drivers.


The Triple Truck Challenge, or The Trip, is open to any driver who has elected to race for NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship driver points. The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Iowa 200, on June 15, will be the second of three shootout-style races on consecutive yet varying track configurations (Texas Motor Speedway, Iowa Speedway and Gateway Motorsports Park).


"This new format is tailor-made for Iowa Speedway and it is sure to add a new level of intrigue to Wide Opening Weekend," said Iowa Speedway President David Hyatt. “As the pivotal race in The Trip, our fans are going to see some of the best racing the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series has to offer.


“Whoever wins at Texas will have to win at our place in order to qualify for the big money. I guarantee every driver will be do their best to prevent that from happening so they can get a piece of that pie. This may shape up to be the most competitive truck race ever at Iowa Speedway.”


The Trip will showcase a mix of savvy veterans and young up-and-coming drivers aspiring to prove their mettle in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. The Iowa 200 – like winning The Preakness in horse racing – is a must-win for a driver to be crowned the Triple Truck Challenge Champion and to qualify for a shot at $500,000 at Gateway Motorsports Park in June.


The winner of each of the three races will receive an extra $50,000 which is a substantial bonus for a full-time NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver. If the winner at Texas Motor Speedway follows that up with a trip to Casey’s General Store’s Victory Lane at Iowa Speedway; he / she will win a $100,000 bonus and becomes the only driver qualified for the $500,000 payout.


The Triple Truck Challenge is open to any driver who has elected to race for NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship driver points. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers are ineligible.


Iowa Speedway is committed to maximizing the value of the investment made by fans and is offering 2019 tickets at the same low prices seen in 2018. For the third consecutive year, ticket prices have remained the same; Single-race tickets start at just $20 and event weekend ticket packages, offering as much as a 10 percent discount, begin at $32.


Single-race and event weekend tickets can be purchased in one of three convenient ways. Fans can purchase tickets, access additional information and ask questions by visiting, calling 866-787-8946, or dropping by the Ticket Office in Newton, Iowa Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CST.



NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) winner and veteran Timothy Peters will join Niece Motorsports, piloting the No. 44 Chevrolet Silverado for the first three races of the 2019 season.

Peters, who is an 11-time winner in the NGOTS will drive the No. 44 Friends of Jaclyn Foundation Chevrolet in the season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway, followed by races at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I’m really excited for the opportunity to race the first three races for Niece Motorsports,” said Peters.  “Al Niece, Cody Efaw and everyone within Niece Motorsports have been working very hard towards the 2019 season, and I’m looking forward to showing what we can accomplish and build in these first three races.  Also, it is an honor to represent the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation at Daytona.  We hope to bring awareness to children that have been diagnosed with brain tumors and other pediatric cancers.  Thanks to everyone that made this opportunity possible. Daytona here we come!”

Peters has 10 NGOTS starts at Daytona International Speedway, visiting Victory Lane at the esteemed track in 2010.  Additionally, Peters won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2013.

In 2018, Peters made five starts, earning one win, two top-five and four top-10 finishes.  The veteran racer is no stranger to superspeedway success – he led the final lap in last season’s event at Talladega Superspeedway to capture his 11th NGOTS victory.

“Timothy is a proven winner and we are thrilled to have him on board to start this season,” said General Manager Cody Efaw.  “He has a ton of experience in these trucks and obviously a tremendous amount of talent.  As a team we are excited about what Timothy brings to the table and look forward to running up front with him behind the wheel.”

The No. 44 Chevrolet will carry the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation colors at Daytona International Speedway.  The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children battling pediatric brain tumors and other childhood cancers and to raise awareness through their Adopt-A-Child, Safe on the Sidelines and Guardian Angel Programs.  For more information visit

The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season will kick off at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, February 15, 2019.

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Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today the crew chief lineup for its three full-time NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) teams in 2019. Ryan "Rudy" Fugle will call the shots for Kyle Busch and other drivers yet to be announced in the No. 51 Tundra, Mike Hillman Jr., will guide Harrison Burton's efforts in the No. 18 Tundra and Marcus Richmond will once again lead the No. 4 Tundra team with Todd Gilliland behind the wheel.
Fugle has guided his team four Owner's Championships (2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017) as a crew chief at KBM, including combined Owner's/Driver's Championships with Erik Jones in 2015 and Christopher Bell in 2017. The New York native's drivers have combined for 22 wins, 20 poles, 57 top-five and 71 top-10 finishes across his 114 races calling the shots for the organization. Under his tutelage last season, Noah Gragson collected one win, a series-leading six poles, eight top-five and 17 top-10 finishes en route to a second-place finish in the NGOTS championship standings.
Hillman Jr., is also a two-time NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series champion crew chief. He helped Toyota capture its first-ever NASCAR national series championship when he guided Todd Bodine to the Truck Series title in 2006. Overall in his 11-plus seasons atop the pit box, the New York native's NGOTS drivers have collected 22 wins and 19 poles. Burton has produced one pole, four top-five and seven top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 6.3 in nine starts with Hillman Jr. calling the shots.
Richmond has collected 10 wins, 17 poles, 61 top-five and 129 top-10 finishes across 265 races in his 13 seasons as a crew chief in the Truck Series. The North Carolina native's 10 victories have come with six different drivers (Ty Dillon, Noah Gragson, Kevin Harvick, Timothy Peters, Johnny Sauter and Dennis Setzer) behind the wheel. Last year, Richmond's team collected three poles, 305 laps led, five top-five and nine top-10 finishes with three different drivers. Gilliland competed in 19 events last year, posting one pole, 208 laps led, four top-five and nine top-10 finishes.
Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that owner-driver Kyle Busch will pilot the No. 51 Toyota Tundra in five NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) events in 2019. Busch's Toyota will carry primary sponsorship from Textron Aviation Inc., the leader in general and business aviation that provides its customers with the most versatile and comprehensive product portfolio in the world. KBM will promote Textron Aviation's Cessna and Beechcraft brands.
Busch enters the 2019 season with 51 Truck Series victories, tying for the most in series history and with 194 all-time combined NASCAR national series wins he ranks second to NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty (200). The Las Vegas native has been victorious in a remarkable 35.2 percent (51/145) of his Truck Series starts since debuting in NASCAR's third division in 2001 and has finished first or second 53.1 percent (77/145) of the time. With his win last year at Las Vegas, he now has a victory at every active track that he's competed at in the NGOTS.
'Rowdy' collected two wins and four top-five finishes across five Truck Series starts in 2018 and has taken Textron Aviation's brands to victory lane four times in 10 starts since the partnership began in 2017.
"I'm thankful to Textron Aviation and the Cessna and Beechcraft brands for coming aboard the No. 51 Tundra for five races again this season," Busch said. "We've been able to celebrate with them in victory lane twice in each of the first two seasons of the sponsorship so we'll see if we can top that number this year and if so, we'll be starting it off with a historic one.
"The Truck Series is always a lot of fun for me as a driver. And as an owner, it gives me the opportunity to work alongside the young drivers that we have at KBM to get a better understanding of what they are experiencing. From year to year rule changes affect the handling of the trucks. By continuing to be an active driver in the Truck Series I'm able to provide better feedback to our young drivers not only on the weekends I'm racing, but on the weekends when I'm coaching from atop the pit box as well."
Busch will make his 2019 Truck Series debut Saturday, Feb. 23 at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway and will also race at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway March 1, Martinsville (Va.) Speedway March 23, Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth March 29 and finish out his NGOTS schedule May 17 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
Announcements for the rest of the driver lineup that will share driving duties behind the wheel of the No. 51 Tundra with Busch are forthcoming.
On Point Motorsports officials announce that driver Brennan Poole has joined the organization for the 2019 season. Poole will pilot the teams No. 30 Toyota Tundra in a full schedule as the duo take aim at a run for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Championship.
“I am extremely excited about driving for On Point Motorsports this season,” stated Poole. “From the very first moment I set foot in the On Point Motorsports facility, I continue to be so impressed with what the team has put together for the 2019 season. We have a great opportunity to surprise a lot of people and we are ready to go racing.”
Poole, one of racing’s top young talents, is coming off two successful campaigns in the NASCAR XFINITY Series where he competed in the Championship Playoffs finishing eighth and sixth in both the 2016 and 2017 seasons respectively. Unfortunate circumstances sidelined him for the majority of the 2018 season and he looks to rebound with a strong showing in 2019 with the No. 30 Toyota Tundra.
On Point Motorsports is a fairly new team in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series but one that is deep with NASCAR experienced personnel. The team made five starts in the NGOTS in 2018 with strong performances with drivers Scott Lagasse, Jr., Jeb Burton and Austin Theriault. The organization also fields a part-time effort in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards with the No. 29 Toyota Camry.
“We have put a tremendous amount of sweat and tears into the development of On Point Motorsports and the results show when a driver of the caliber of Brennan Poole is excited about being a part of this,” stated Steven Lane, manager of On Point Motorsports. “We have worked very hard as an organization to build this program and we are very excited to welcome a driver with the talents of Brennan to our team. We definitely have some exciting times ahead for all of us.”
Poole has 83 career starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series to his credit earning eight Top-5 and 36 Top-10 finishes, a pole, and three previous starts in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. The Texas native also has 35 career starts in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards highlighted by six wins. The driver known as “The Bull” looks to utilize all of this experience to his advantage as he makes a Championship run with On Point Motorsports.
“I can’t wait to get down to Daytona to start off this season,” said Poole. “Everyone here at On Point is moving in the right direction and we have high expectations for the 2019 season. I feel confident in the program the team has put together and we have some exciting announcements coming up as we head into the beginning of the season.”
This dynamic duo of driver and team will kick things off with the season opening NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series event at Daytona International Speedway. The running of the NextEra Energy Resources 250 will be on Friday, February 15 and will be broadcast live on FS1 at 7:30 p.m. (ET). 
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On the heels of a successful 2018 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) season which saw JJL Motorsports and Jesse Little deliver six top-10 finishes in nine races, the family-owned team is ready to deliver more in 2019.  
The landscape, however, will be a little different for Little who will have a new crew chief and new personnel for their Truck Series schedule this season.
With the departure of Matt Noyce, JR Norris has joined the team as crew chief of the team's No. 97 Ford F150's this year. Jamie Smith and Josh Frankos also join the team in a truck chief and lead mechanic role and will work side-by-side with Norris.
The team also plans to increase their schedule in 2019 by competing in 12 to 15 races depending on sponsorship. The team will make their season debut in the second race of the year at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway on Sat., Feb. 23, 2019.
"We've had some changes during the off-season, but we believe we haven't missed a beat," said JJL Motorsports team principal Jason Little. "Even with the personnel changes since Homestead, the guys have been working hard in the race shop getting us prepared for the new season.
"Like last year, we expect a competitive season with strong finishes and hopefully a win or two by Homestead. "We're also aggressively continuing our sponsorship search efforts in hopes we'll be able to at least double our presence from 2018.  
We may be a small team, but we have big things to offer both on and off the track."
While searching for additional funding to enhance their schedule this year, JJL Motorsports is proud to have the returning support of Wings Over North Georgia Air Show, Grindstaff Rub. Co, Skuttle Tight, PFC Brakes and Penske Shocks who will adorn the No. 97 Ford throughout the 2019 NGOTS season.
"I'm looking forward to getting back on track," said driver Jesse Little. "It's been a busy off season, but our team continues to put the effort and devotion into putting the strongest product on the race track.
I'm eager to build my relationship with JR and our new crew members. I'm also thankful to have the support of Wings Over North Georgia Air Show, Grindstaff Rub. Co, Skuttle Tight, PFC Brakes and Penske Shocks and hope we can continue to go out there and bring them finishes they can be proud of."  
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