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Gander Outdoors Truck Series News

Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that Todd Gilliland will return to the organization as the full-time driver of the No. 4 Tundra for the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) season. JBL, part of the HARMAN portfolio of legendary audio brands- and Mobil 1™, the world's leading synthetic motor oil brand, are also both returning as primary sponsors on Gilliland's Toyota.
 
Gilliland competed in 19 of 23 races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) for KBM in 2018, moving into a full-time role once he turned 18 on May 15. Despite missing four races early in the season due to age restrictions, he finished 10th in the championship standings after posting one pole, 208 laps led, four top-five and nine top-10 finishes. Overall in two part-time seasons competing for the organization, the NASCAR Next alum has tallied six top-five and 12 top-10 finishes across his 25 starts since making his Truck Series debut at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in June of 2017.
 
"I'm excited to be returning to the seat of the No. 4 Tundra at Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2019 and looking to build on the momentum that we had going at the end of 2018," Gilliland said. "Last year we definitely had some high points and low points, so my goal is to be more consistent throughout the season. After being so close a couple times last year, I'm confident that I'll be able to find victory lane this year and once that happens more wins will follow. I'm ready to reward everyone at JBL, Mobil 1, Toyota and TRD for their continued support."
 
"There was a lot of pressure on Todd last year early in the season after he had to miss four of the first six races due to age restrictions and then needed to get a win to become eligible for the playoffs," Kyle Busch said. "I think maybe he was pushing a little too hard to try and dig himself out of that hole. While it was unfortunate that he didn't make the playoffs, at the end of the year he did a much better job and if it wasn't for a few unfortunate endings he should've won two races. We're looking for him to continue the progress that he made at the end of last year and be a contender for the championship this season."
 
In addition to his Truck Series schedule in 2018, the North Carolina native made a handful of starts in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the ARCA Racing Series. Gilliland went to victory lane twice in just three starts in the K&N Pro Series East; the season-opening event at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway in February and again at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in April. In the ARCA Racing Series, he tallied one pole, two top-five and three top-10 finishes across four starts in 2018.
 
Gilliland captured back-to-back K&N Pro Series West championships in 2016 and 2017, collecting six wins each season. He also finished second in the 2017 K&N Pro Series East standings while collecting a series-high four wins. The 18-year-old has won a remarkable 39.2% (20 of 51) of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series races he has competed in combined between the East and West Series since he became the youngest winner in West Series history after going to victory lane in his debut as a 15-year-old in November of 2015. Gilliland is also the youngest driver ever to win an ARCA Racing Series race, winning his series debut in May of 2015 at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway, also at the age of 15.
 
The third-generation driveris the son of former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver David Gilliland and the grandson of 1997 NASCAR Winston West champion, Butch Gilliland.
 
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Race-winning crew chief, Phil Gould will join Niece Motorsports in 2019, serving as the crew chief for the No. 45 TrüNorth™ Chevrolet Silverado driven by Ross Chastain and Reid Wilson during the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) season.

 

Gould was most recently with Roush Fenway Racing, as crew chief for Ryan Reed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS).  In three seasons together, the pair made the Playoffs each year and earned a victory at Daytona International Speedway in 2017. 

 

“I’m excited for the opportunity to join Niece Motorsports,” said Gould.  “Niece Motorsports has really built a strong program in the last few years, and the Truck Series has some of the most exciting racing in NASCAR, so I’m really looking forward to what this season has in store.”

Prior to joining Niece Motorsports, Gould served as crew chief for Elliott Sadler while at Roush Fenway, and Brian Scott while at Richard Childress Racing.

Gould entered the NASCAR scene when he moved to North Carolina in 2000, spending his first year in motorsports as a mechanic in the NXS with driver Mike Stefanik.

In 2001, Gould moved to Evernham Motorsports, working on Bill Elliott’s No. 9 team as a mechanic and rear tire carrier.  Gould helped secure victories with the No. 9 team at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2001 and in the Brickyard 400 in 2002.

Gould joined Richard Childress Racing in 2003 as a mechanic on the No. 21 NXS Chevrolet.  He was a valued asset as the team captured the NXS Owner’s title with Kevin Harvick and Johnny Sauter.

In 2004, Gould became the car chief of the No. 2 NXS Chevrolet at RCR with Ron Hornaday and then with Clint Bowyer in 2005.

Starting in 2006, Gould served as the car chief of the No. 07 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Chevrolet at RCR working with Clint Bowyer and Casey Mears.

Midway through the 2009 season, Gould transferred over to a new role as the car chief of the No. 29 MENCS Chevrolet with Kevin Harvick.  Gould was a part of the team that earned back-to-back third-place finishes in the Chase for the MENCS Cup in 2010 and 2011.

“Phil brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table – we are fortunate to have him on board at Niece Motorsports,” said General Manager Cody Efaw.  “I was a car chief for Phil in 2016, so I can attest to his team-first mentality and strong work ethic.  I think Phil will be a great fit with Ross and Reid this season.”

Last season, Chastain made three starts with Niece Motorsports, at Bristol Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway, earning a best finish of 12th at Bristol Motor Speedway.

In September, Chastain broke into the Winner’s Circle in the NXS, after putting on a dominating performance at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, winning each stage of the race and leading 180 of 200 laps.

Wilson, who will split the No. 45 ride with Chastain, competed in three NGOTS events in 2018; at Martinsville Speedway, Iowa Speedway, and Homestead-Miami Speedway, with Wilson’s best finish of 16th coming at Martinsville Speedway.

Prior to moving into the NGOTS, Wilson competed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, where he had a 50 percent top-10 rate.  In 2018, he was named No. 46 in MotorsportsAnalytics.com’s ranking of the top 75 NASCAR Cup Series prospects.  “Reid hasn’t competed regularly in a NASCAR ladder division, but when he does appear, he’s proven formidable,” stated David Smith, president of Motorsports Analytics.

The No. 45 Chevrolet driven by Chastain in the season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway will feature a special TrüNorth™/Paul Jr. Designs paint scheme.  TrüNorth™ is the leading provider of commercial asset related warranty programs and services for dealers, fleets, owner-operators, and commercial finance companies,

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

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NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) winner Ross Chastain will pilot the No. 45 TrüNorth™ Chevrolet Silverado for Niece Motorsports during the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway.

Chastain and Reid Wilson will share the No. 45 TrüNorth™ Chevrolet Silverado during the 2019 NGOTS season.

“We are thrilled to have Ross with us again this year, and to have Reid join the team,” said Niece Motorsports General Manager, Cody Efaw.  “As a team we really feel like we made a lot of progress in the caliber of our trucks last season, and we are excited to continue that momentum with two drivers who can really showcase their abilities.  We’re excited to see what we can accomplish together this season.”

The paint scheme that Chastain will run at Daytona was designed by Paul Teutul, Jr. of Paul Jr. Designs and star of “American Chopper”, in partnership with TrüNorth™.  Paul Jr. will be in attendance at the NGOTS event at Daytona International Speedway in February as the TrüNorth™/Paul Jr. Designs No. 45 takes to the track.

TrüNorth™, the leading provider of commercial asset related warranty programs and services for dealers, fleets, owner-operators, and commercial finance companies, partnered with Paul Jr. to build the first TrüNorth™ custom bike, which was unveiled in early November at the UTA Convention in Orlando.  That bike build will appear in the second episode of the new season of “American Chopper” on Discovery Channel in February.

“I’ve worked with some great folks to build amazing bikes over the years, but the TrüNorth™ bike is one of my favorites,” said Paul Jr.  “I love the ongoing relationship we’ve built with TrüNorth™.  Being a part of TrüNorth’s™ NASCAR racing program is a terrific way to engage with our common audiences and share the work we’re doing together.”

Additionally, Paul Jr. will build a second TrüNorth™ custom bike for the launch of a new brand from TrüNorth™.  This bike will be unveiled at Daytona in conjunction with the NGOTS race.

“Paul Jr. is not only great at what he does - his creativity goes way beyond expectation, he is also wonderful with people, not just fans, but everyone,” said TrüNorth™ CMO Barry Wilson.  “We have a common audience, and these folks love NASCAR, so it’s a perfect match to have Paul as part of our racing program.  We believe Cody [Efaw] and the Niece team will put our brand up front.”

Last season, Chastain made three starts with Niece Motorsports, at Bristol Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway, earning a best finish of 12th at Bristol Motor Speedway.

“I really enjoyed working with this Niece Motorsports team last season, and I’m excited to continue that this year,” said Chastain.  “I know everyone at the shop has been working hard to prepare for this season, and I’m just fortunate to get to drive these trucks.  I feel confident that we can have a successful year together.”

The 2018 season was a busy one for Chastain, who competed in all three of NASCAR’s major series.  Chastain made 34 starts in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, 33 starts in the NXS, and seven starts in the NGOTS last season.

In September, Chastain broke into the Winner’s Circle in the NXS, after putting on a dominating performance at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, winning each stage of the race and leading 180 of 200 laps.

Wilson, who will split the No. 45 ride with Chastain, competed in three NGOTS events in 2018; at Martinsville Speedway, Iowa Speedway, and Homestead-Miami Speedway, with Wilson’s best finish of 16th coming at Martinsville Speedway.

“I can’t wait to get this season started,” said Wilson.  “We really got our feet wet in the Truck Series last season, and I’m excited to continue that into this season.  I can’t thank Al Niece and TrüNorth™ enough for this incredible opportunity.”

Prior to moving into the NGOTS, Wilson competed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, where he had a 50 percent top-10 rate.  In 2018, he was named No. 46 in MotorsportsAnalytics.com’s ranking of the top 75 NASCAR Cup Series prospects.  “Reid hasn’t competed regularly in a NASCAR ladder division, but when he does appear, he’s proven formidable,” stated David Smith, president of Motorsports Analytics.

“I’m so proud of the effort of each and every employee at Niece Motorsports,” said Team Owner Al Niece.  “To look at where we’ve come in such a short amount of time – it’s due to the hard work of everyone at our organization.  I’m really looking forward to 2019, and having Ross, Reid and TrüNorth™ at our organization are huge pieces of the puzzle.  I know that we can put together trucks that are capable of winning, and that’s certainly our goal this season.”

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

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Young’s Motorsports has signed Tyler Dippel to its lineup for the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) season. Dippel will pilot the team’s No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado, joining teammates Spencer Boyd and Gus Dean.

 

With this news, Young’s Motorsports expands its fleet to three full-time Chevrolet Silverados, following the previous season's two team effort. It will be the first full-time season for Dippel in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series. The Wallkill, N.Y.,-native will contend for the 2019 Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.

 

“I am really excited to join Young’s Motorsports,” Dippel said. “It is an organization that keeps growing and building on its foundation.  Young’s Motorsports brings fast Chevrolet Silverados to the track each week, and I’m beyond excited to climb behind the wheel for the team.

 

“I think it is going to be a good year. Our primary goal is to run well - week in and week out. I believe aiming for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Playoffs is a realistic goal for our No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado team. That is what we will shoot for first, and we can make it happen because of the great group of guys I have on the team.”

 

A dirt racer by trade, Dippel made his NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series debut on July 18, 2018 at the Eldora Speedway, the high-banked, half-mile oval located in Rossburg, Ohio. Dippel collected four top-15 finishes across five starts in 2018 – with 782 of 784 laps completed.

 

Dippel has capitalized on his three NASCAR K&N Pro Series East seasons, where he collected two victories (Mobile International Speedway, Langley Speedway), nine top-five finishes, and 21 top-10 finishes. In addition to his successful NASCAR K&N Pro Series East campaign, Dippel was named to the 2016-2017 NASCAR Next class.

 

The 18-year-old has eight starts in the ARCA Racing Series with two top-five finishes, and three top-ten finishes.

 

“I am working with Chad Kendrick, who is a well-known and established crew chief,” Dippel said. “From spending time at the shop, everyone seems to gel well together. Everyone gets along together, and everyone's spirits are high which will result in a good start to the season.”

 

While this marks crew chief Chad Kendrick's first season with Dippel, it will mark his third season atop the pit box for the organization, returning to the No. 02 team. He has previously manned the helm for drivers Ryan Blaney, Austin Dillon, Daniel Hemric, Brad Keselowski, and Joey Logano. As a NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series crew chief, Kendrick is credited with six victories.

 

Young’s Motorsports team principal Tyler Young believes Dippel’s ascension to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series is proof of his talent.

 

“We are really looking forward to having Tyler Dippel this year,” Young said. “He has really done a good job in the past, and has taken care of his equipment with proven consistency on track.

 

“Tyler has risen through the ranks the right way with his progression. With a racing career starting at seven-years-old, he has been around the sport a long time. His NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series experience will help when we get to Daytona (International Speedway), and, obviously, the following weekend at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. I expect him to fire-off and be really fast right off the bat.”

 

The partnership kicks off with the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Friday, February 15. The NextEra Energy Resources 250 will be broadcast live on FS1 on Friday at 7:30 p.m. (ET).

 

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Spencer Boyd Racing and 1A Auto Inc. are proud to announce 1A Auto’s sponsorship of NASCAR driver, Spencer Boyd, for the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Series.  1A Auto will make its debut on the Young’s Motorsports’ No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado at the NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona on February 15, 2019.

“This is an exciting partnership that started with me researching how to change a sensor on my personal car,” states Boyd. “I found 1A Auto’s videos to be super helpful so I figured I’d start a conversation with their team and here we are.  With the fleet of Silverados that Young’s Motorsports is preparing this season, I know we’ll represent the quality 1A Auto expects by running well this year.”

President of 1A Auto, Michael Green, commented on the partnership, “We know the connection between NASCAR fans and sponsors of the sport is very strong.  When we got to know Spencer a little better, saw the work he has put in to get where he is today and how well aligned our values are, we knew he was a great fit.  Our goal since my brother and I started this company has been to empower people to perform their own auto repairs with quality parts.  We could think of no better platform than the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Series to continue to spread that message.”

The partnership will include Spencer in multiple how-to videos at 1A Auto’s research and development center, where parts are tested for quality with the company’s fleet of test vehicles.  In addition to the videos and superior quality of parts, 1A Auto offers free same-day shipping and expert customer support right here in the USA.

On the heels of his first full-time season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, the 23 year old driver announced earlier this month that he will pilot the No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado for Young’s Motorsports.  Having run limited schedules in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Series in the past, Boyd is eligible and will compete for Sunoco Rookie of the Year in 2019. 

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GMS Racing announced today that 2018 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) champion driver Brett Moffitt will join the organization for the 2019 season. The 26-year-old Grimes, Iowa native will be defending his championship title in GMS’ No. 24 Chevrolet, alongside veteran crew chief Jerry Baxter.

 

The addition of Moffitt will complete GMS’ driver lineup for the 2019 season:

·         Moffitt will drive the No. 24 Chevrolet Silverado with crew chief Jerry Baxter in the NGOTS

·         Rookie Sheldon Creed will drive the No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado with crew chief Doug Randolph in the NGOTS

·         John Hunter Nemechek will drive the No. 23 Chevrolet Camaro with crew chief Chad Norris in the NASCAR

          Xfinity Series

·         Sam Mayer will drive the No. 21 Chevrolet in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and limited races in the

         ARCA Racing Series and the NGOTS

·         Halmar Friesen Racing also renewed its technical alliance with GMS Racing to field the No. 52 Chevrolet

         Silverado for Stewart Friesen

 

Moffitt won the 2018 NGOTS championship with his sixth victory of the season at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway. In his first full season competing in the NGOTS, he earned six wins, 13 top-five finishes and led 269 laps. In 2017, Moffitt competed in seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, one Xfinity event and five Truck Series races. He has seven career wins in the Truck Series and was the 2015 Monster Energy Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year.

 

“I’m excited to be given the chance to defend my 2018 championship,” Moffitt said. “I have to thank the Gallagher family and everyone at GMS for this opportunity. I can’t wait to start working with Jerry and the guys to kick off the season at Daytona in a few weeks.”

 

“Brett will be an excellent addition to the GMS organization,” said Mike Beam, team president. “Last year he showed the racing world the amount of talent and determination he has, especially while facing some adversity throughout the season. We look forward to helping him win his second championship and ours as well.

 

“We have a strong driver lineup in every series we’ll compete in this year. Maury Gallagher has given us the tools and personnel we need to compete for several championships.”

 

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GMS Racing announced today the team will part ways with driver Johnny Sauter effective immediately. Sauter has been with GMS since the 2016 season when he claimed the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series championship.

 

'We cannot thank Johnny enough for his contributions to the growth and success of GMS Racing,” said Mike Beam, team president. “He won the first championship for us and added a lot of trophies to our shop. We wish him all the best for his future endeavors, both in and out of racing.”

 

Future plans regarding the driver of the No. 21 team will be forthcoming.

 

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Two-time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards winner Gus Dean (@GusDean) will join Young’s Motorsports full-time for the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) season, the Mooresville, N.C.-based team announced this morning at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte.

Dean, a native of Bluffton, S.C., will compete for Rookie of the Year honors in the No. 12 Chevrolet Silverado. 2018 ARCA Racing Series championship crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz will lead the team’s efforts this season.

LG Air Conditioning Technologies will join Dean in his leap to one of NASCAR’s national platforms. LG will support Dean in a primary role for a minimum of eight races, while serving as an associate partner for the entire 23-race schedule.

LG Air Conditioning Technologies is a leading player in the global air conditioning market with innovative commercial and residential air conditioners and building management solutions. With a robust lineup of ducted and duct-free products, LG enables contractors to develop the solution that’s perfectly suited for any project.

The partnership kicks off with the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Friday, February 15.

“LG Air Conditioning Technologies is excited to sponsor Gus Dean and the Young’s Motorsports team during the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series with Baker Distributing,” said Kevin McNamara, senior vice president and general manager, Air Conditioning Technologies, LG Electronics USA. “We wish the team the best of luck and look forward to a successful racing season.”

Longtime Dean supporter and Jacksonville, Fla.-based, Baker Distributing will continue their support and promote LG Air Conditioning Technologies’ introduction to the NASCAR industry.

“We are very happy to continue our longstanding relationship with Gus Dean – while helping facilitate and successfully bring LG Air Conditioning Technologies to NASCAR,” Baker Distributing president Matt Roth said.

“Gus is a talented race car driver and will continue to be a remarkable ambassador for Baker while establishing a new and winning relationship with LG Air Conditioning Technologies. It’s going to be a great season.”

“This is an unbelievable opportunity,” Dean said. “I’m psyched and very honored to represent LG Air Conditioning Technologies and Young’s Motorsports in my move to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Without them and the longtime support of Baker Distributing – my dream to be a full-time NASCAR driver would not be possible.

“I’m looking forward to the challenges this season will bring, but I feel confident that my relationship with Jeff (Stankiewicz), the support of Tyler (Young), Randy (Young) and the entire Young’s Motorsports team, we will have a successful season.”

Dean, 24, joins Young’s Motorsports on the heels of two full-time seasons in ARCA Racing Series competition competing for Win-Tron Racing. During the 2017-2018 seasons, the South Carolinian earned one win, two poles, 12 top-five and 24 top-10 finishes.

Additionally, he earned his first career ARCA Racing Series victory in his second series’ start in a nail-biting finish at the Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in 2016 competing for Mason Mitchell Motorsports.

Young’s Motorsports team principal Tyler Young says the addition of Dean is destined to strengthen the team’s program in 2019.

“I have known Gus Dean for a long time,” sounded Young. “We were fellow competitors in the CARS Pro Cup division and I know his passion to succeed is something that fits well within our organization.

"As a team, we are very excited for Gus to climb behind-the-wheel of the No. 12 LG Air Conditioning Technologies Chevrolet Silverado.

“He has two full seasons of ARCA Racing Series competition under his belt and has done a very good job. We believe he will do very well in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series for Young’s Motorsports.”

In addition to competing in the season-opening Truck Series race, Dean will pull triple-duty during Speedweeks 2019 competing in the ARCA Racing Series season-opener at Daytona on February 9 with Win-Tron Racing aboard the No. 32 CAB Installers Chevrolet SS and running select nights during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway in the No. 56 BakerDist.com Super Late Model for Dean Racing.

For more on Gus Dean, please visit his GusDean.com or like him on Facebook. Dean tweets too. Follow him on Twitter @GusDean.

To learn more about LG Air Conditioning Technologies, please visit lghvac.com.

For more on Baker Distributing Company, please visit bakerdist.com.

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Hattori Racing Enterprises (HRE) team owner Shige Hattori announced today that the organization is pleased to welcome Austin Hill to drive the No. 16 Toyota Tundra in 2019. Hill, a native of Winston, Georgia, joins HRE’s team, led by crew chief Scott Zipadelli, to compete for the organization’s second consecutive NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series (NGOTS) championship.

As a graduate of the 2014 and 2015 NASCAR Next classes, Hill has accumulated 51 NGOTS starts over five seasons, and completed his first full-time year of competition in 2018. The 24-year old brings a wealth of success in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE), where he captured five victories in 39 career starts with his family-owned team. In 2018, Hill notched a career-best fifth place result at Texas Motor Speedway and earned six top-10 finishes.

Hill will pilot the No. 16 Chiba Toyopet Toyota Tundra for the season opener at Daytona International Speedway and will be joined in his championship quest with sponsorship from United Rentals for multiple races.

“I’m thrilled to join HRE this season,” Hill said. “Shige has built a great team and what they accomplished last season has me extremely optimistic heading to Daytona. I’ve had the pleasure to work with great teams in the past, including my family’s team in the K&N Series, but this is an opportunity of a lifetime at HRE. Scott and the team proved what they’re capable of last season, and I can’t wait to get to work and see what we can accomplish this season.”

Coming off the first championship in the organization’s history, Hattori is pleased to return in 2019 with the addition of Hill and United Rentals.

“We’re proud of what all of our team members did last season, and I’m looking forward to having Austin drive our trucks and work with United Rentals and all of our partners,” Hattori said. “Austin had a great career in the K&N Pro Series and did well in his first full-time truck series season last year. I’m looking forward to what we can do together this season.”

Zipadelli shares Hattori’s eagerness to start the season and continue the team’s success with Hill behind the wheel.

“I’m really looking forward to racing with Austin and continuing our team’s success,” Zipadelli said. “Austin is a great kid and has a lot of potential. He has a great track record in the K&N Series and put together a strong year last season with Young’s Motorsports. I think he’ll transition well into our program and fit right in with our group.”

Additional sponsorship information will be announced at a later date.

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Young’s Motorsports announced today Spencer Boyd has joined the team as the pilot of the No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado. Boyd, who is entering his fourth season of NASCAR competition, will compete full-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in 2019. 

“This is an amazing opportunity for me with a team that is committed to running up front,” said the twenty-three-year-old St. Louis native.  “I learned a ton in my first full-time season in the Xfinity Series last year and the Young’s have given me the opportunity to build on that this year. For me and my career, it’s about continuing to gain experience and performing better, so that’s what we’re going to do in 2019.”

“We really admire Spencer for what he’s done in our sport. He is rising through the ranks on pure grit so to add his talent to our program is a great fit.  With his experience and popularity, we are looking to the 2019 season to be the one that puts Young’s Motorsports on the playoff contender map,” said team principal Tyler Young. “My family and our partners are proud to have grown the team to run two trucks full-time last year and giving the No. 20 guys a driver like Spencer to work with every week will certainly continue to improve our program.”

The No. 20 truck became the team's second full-time entry in 2018, recording a top-5 and three top-10 finishes with ten different drivers in the seat, including four series rookie debuts and four veteran pilot appearances. Andrew Abbott will return as crew chief. 

“I’m looking forward to working with Spencer,” mentioned Abbott.  “He is known for giving great feedback, taking care of his equipment, and getting the most of out of a race car.  He will be an important part of our team going forward as we build on our past success.”

Partnership lineup announcement forthcoming. 

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DGR-Crosley announced today that Tyler Ankrum will drive the team's No. 17 Toyota Tundra next season in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Due to age restrictions, Ankrum will miss the first three races of the season before turning 18 on March 6. He will make his 2019 debut at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and is slated to run the remainder of the season as a contender for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. 
 
The 17-year-old San Bernardino, Calif. native made his Truck Series debut earlier this year with DGR-Crosley at Martinsville Speedway where he earned an 18th-place finish. Additionally, Ankrum raced at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz. where he consistently ran inside the top-five and scored a career-best sixth-place finish. In his two Truck Series starts, Ankrum completed every lap and averaged a 12th-place finish.
 
In 2018, Ankrum competed full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East where he was crowned as the Champion in his rookie season. He became only the sixth driver in the series history to win a Championship and Rookie of Year honors in the same year. During the 14-race season, Ankrum captured four wins, nine top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. 
 
"I'm really happy that Tyler is continuing his career with us at DGR-Crosley," said team co-owner David Gilliland. "We started working with him when he was racing Late Model Stock cars a few years ago, and obviously he had a phenomenal season with us this year in the K&N East with four wins and a Championship. It's really special to watch him grow and develop as a driver. Tyler has proven that he knows how to win, and we're excited to take the next step with him."
 
Ankrum, who has found a home in DGR-Crosley, is looking forward to continuing the relationship going forward. 
 
"Honestly, this is a dream come true," said Ankrum. "It's crazy to think that something I've been a fan of for so long, I'm now going to be a part of it. It's even more special that I get to stay at DGR-Crosley and progress within their organization. Everyone on our team collaborates really well together, and there's not a single person there that I don't enjoy being around and learning from. Being surrounded by a group of people that I'm comfortable with will help in the transition and learning curve of moving up to the Truck Series. I'm really thankful for this opportunity, thankful to David for believing in me and especially grateful for all those that have supported me throughout my entire career."
 
Ankrum and the No. 17 team will have two returning partners in Modern Meat Co. and May's Brands. Additionally, Fred's and Vivo will jump on board to sponsor Ankrum in select races throughout the 2019 season. 
 
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