DGR-Crosley is an American professional stock car racing team that currently competes in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, the ARCA Menards Series, and the ARCA Menards Series East.[1] The team was founded in early 2017 when racing team owners David Gilliland and Bo LeMastus came together to form a collaborative effort from their respective teams, David Gilliland Racing and Crosley Sports Group. DGR-Crosley fielded Toyotas in 2018 and 2019 before announcing its switch to Ford starting in 2020.[2]

DGR-Crosley
DGR-Crosley logo.jpg
Owner(s)David Gilliland
Bo LeMastus
BaseMooresville, North Carolina
SeriesNASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series
ARCA Menards Series
ARCA Menards Series East
Race driversGander RV & Outdoors Truck Series:
15. Tanner Gray (R)
ARCA Menards Series:
4. Hailie Deegan (R)
17. Taylor Gray
TBA. Tanner Gray
ARCA Menards Series East:
17. Taylor Gray, TBA
ARCA Menards Series West:
TBA. TBA
Late Models:
TBA. TBA
SponsorsGander RV & Outdoors Truck Series:
15. TBA
ARCA Menards Series:
4. Monster Energy, Ford Performance, iK9
17. TBA
TBA. TBA
ARCA Menards Series East:
17. TBA
ARCA Menards Series West:
TBA. TBA
Late Models:
TBA. TBA
ManufacturerFord
Opened2018
Career
DebutGander RV & Outdoors Truck Series:
2018 NextEra Energy Resources 250 (Daytona)
Latest raceGander RV & Outdoors Truck Series:
2019 Ford EcoBoost 200 (Homestead)
Races competedTotal: 76
Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 31
ARCA Menards Series: 7
ARCA Menards Series East: 31
ARCA Menards Series West: 2
Drivers' ChampionshipsTotal: 1
ARCA Menards Series East: 1
Race victoriesTotal: 8
Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: 1
ARCA Menards Series East: 7
Pole positionsTotal: 7
ARCA Menards Series: 2
ARCA Menards Series East: 5

Gander RV & Outdoors Truck SeriesEdit

Truck No. 5 historyEdit

In June 2019, DGR-Crosley formed the No. 5 team for a five-race schedule with Dylan Lupton starting at Chicagoland Speedway.[3]

Truck No. 7 historyEdit

DGR-Crosley debuted the 7 at the ISM Raceway for Tanner Gray he will race the truck at the season finale at Homestead.

Truck No. 15 historyEdit

DGR-Crosley began running the 15 part-time for Anthony Alfredo starting at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2019. Alfredo got his first career Top 10 in the truck at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Truck No. 17 historyEdit

On January 22, 2018, it was announced that David Gilliland Racing and Crosley Sports Group would merge into one team and join the Truck Series part-time. The team had purchased Red Horse Racing's assets. Chris Eggleston was announced as the driver beginning at Charlotte for a limited schedule. However, with the threat of rain before the Charlotte race, Eggleston moved to the primary 54 truck for the race and team co-owner Bo LeMastus shifted to the 17, which had no owner points. Qualifying was rained out, and LeMastus missed the race.[4]

On December 14, 2018, it was announced that Tyler Ankrum will compete full-time in the No. 17 competing for Rookie of the Year honors in 2019. He will miss the first three races due to age restrictions but run all the races after that.[5] On February 20, 2019, it was announced that Ryan Reed will drive the No. 17 Toyota at the Strat 200 at Las Vegas.[6] On July 11, 2019, Ankrum scored his first Truck Series win at Kentucky after Brett Moffitt ran out of fuel towards the final lap. This also marked DGR-Crosley's first Truck Series win.[7]

Truck No. 54 historyEdit

LeMastus made his Truck Series debut in the No. 54 at Daytona, getting caught up in a wreck. Various other drivers have run in this truck throughout the 2018 season, including Kyle Benjamin who finished second at Martinsville, Justin Marks at Las Vegas, and team co-owner David Gilliland.[8] Tyler Ankrum made his Truck Series Debut at Martinsville Speedway after winning the K&N East Championship for DGR.

The No. 54 was driven by Natalie Decker, Anthony Alfredo, David Gilliland, Kyle Strickler, and Raphaël Lessard in 2019. Decker finished 19th, Alfredo 22nd, Lessard 32nd, Gilliland 47th, and Strickler 63rd in the points standings.

ARCA Menards SeriesEdit

Car No. 4 historyEdit

On December 17, 2019, DGR-Crosley announced Hailie Deegan as the driver of the No. 4 Ford Fusion for the 2020 ARCA Menards Series season.[9]

Car No. 54 historyEdit

In 2018, Noah Gragson was named as the first driver of the No. 54 and drove the entry in the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona, finishing in 7th place.[10] Gragson, Todd Gilliland and Bo LeMastus all made starts in the car during 2018.

ARCA Menards Series EastEdit

Car No. 1 historyEdit

Derek Kraus debuted the car at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in late 2018, finishing second. He returned for the season finale at Dover International Speedway.

Car No. 15 historyEdit

Tanner Gray will run the No. 15 car full-time in 2019, Gray got his first career win at South Boston Speedway.

Car No. 17 historyEdit

The No. 17 debuted at the beginning of 2018 with Tyler Ankrum, who finishied in fifth place at New Smyrna Speedway.[11] Ankrum won four races in 2018; victories came at South Boston Speedway, Thompson Speedway, Iowa Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Ankrum clinched the championship with one race remaining ahead of Tyler Dippel.

In 2019, DGR-Crosley will run the No. 17 part-time for various drivers including Ty Gibbs and Riley Herbst. On September 21, Gibbs scored his first career win at the Apple Barrel 125 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.[12]

Car No. 20 historyEdit

Cup regular Erik Jones drove the car at Watkins Glen in 2018.

Car No. 54 historyEdit

Todd Gilliland ran the No. 54 at the 2018 New Smyrna 175, scoring DGR-Crosley's first victory with a last lap pass on Harrison Burton.[13] Noah Gragson ran the following race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Tyler Dippel then joined the team, winning the following race at Langley Speedway. He parted ways with the team after the season's penultimate race; Todd Gilliland endcapped the season in the car.

In 2019, Legends car driver Drew Dollar will run the car full-time.

Car No. 98 historyEdit

Todd Gilliland ran this car in 2018 at Bristol Motor Speedway,leading the most laps and winning the race. Noah Gragson ran the 98 at Watkins Glen.

Natalie Decker ran the 98 in 2019 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

ARCA Series WestEdit

Car No. 15 historyEdit

The No. 15 will be run in select events for Tanner Gray. After skipping the first race, Gray has finished runner-up in all 3 starts.

Car No. 20 historyEdit

The No. 20 debuted at the 2018 Carneros 200 at Sonoma Raceway driven by NASCAR Cup Series driver Erik Jones with sponsorship from Dewalt.[14]

Car No. 54 historyEdit

The No. 54 debuted at the 2018 Carneros 200 at Sonoma Raceway driven by NASCAR Cup Series driver Daniel Suárez with sponsorship from Arris.[14]

Late model racingEdit

DGR-Crosley has named Taylor Gray and Drew Dollar as late model drivers for the teams in 2019.[15][16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "David Gilliland Racing merges with CROSLEY Sports Group to form Truck team". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  2. ^ "DGR-Crosley, Ford Performance announce partnership". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. December 11, 2019. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  3. ^ McFadin, Daniel (June 13, 2019). "Dylan Lupton joins DGR-Crosley for six Truck Series races". NBC Sports. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  4. ^ "Newly formed DGR-Crosley names K&N West Champ Eggleston as first driver". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  5. ^ "K&N East champion Tyler Ankrum joins DGR-Crosley Truck Series team". NASCAR.com. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Ryan Reed returns to NASCAR competition with DGR-Crosley at Las Vegas". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. February 20, 2019. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  7. ^ "Tyler Ankrum lands first Gander Trucks triumph at Kentucky". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. July 11, 2019. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  8. ^ "02/16/2018 race: NextEra Energy Resources 250 (Truck) - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  9. ^ McFadin, Daniel (December 17, 2019). "Hailie Deegan looking forward to being a 'focus' of attention at Ford". NBC Sports. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  10. ^ "Driver Noah Gragson 2018 ARCA Racing Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  11. ^ "02/11/2018 race: New Smyrna 175 (KNPSE) - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  12. ^ Segal, Davey (September 21, 2019). "Ty Gibbs Earns First Career K&N Pro Series Victory at New Hampshire". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  13. ^ Albert, Zach (2018-02-12). "Todd Gilliland, Harrison Burton dazzle in K&N East opener". NASCAR.com. Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  14. ^ a b "K&N West Entry List at Sonoma Features Monster Energy Series Drivers | MRN". MRN - Motor Racing Network. 2018-06-18. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  15. ^ Krall, Charles. "Tanner Gray to Transition from Drag Racing to Oval Racing with DGR-Crosley". arcaracing.com. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Drew Dollar joins DGR-Crosley's 2019 driver lineup". Catchfence. Retrieved 26 November 2018.

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