Justin Boston (born September 12, 1989) is an American professional stock car racing driver. A former development driver for Joe Gibbs Racing, he most recently drove the No. 54 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Boston was the Rookie of the Year in the ARCA Racing Series driving for Venturini Motorsports in 2013.
|Born||September 12, 1989|
|Awards||2013 ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|2 races run over 1 year|
|Best finish||95th (2014)|
|First race||2014 VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 (Kentucky)|
|Last race||2014 Dover 200 (Dover)|
|NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career|
|10 races run over 2 years|
|Best finish||25th (2015)|
|First race||2014 UNOH 200 Presented by ZLOOP (Bristol)|
|Last race||2015 American Ethanol 200 (Iowa)|
|ARCA Racing Series|
|Best finish||3rd in 2013|
|Statistics current as of June 19, 2015.|
Early and personal lifeEdit
Born to parents Robert M. "Bob" and Caron, Boston is a native of Sparks, MD and Towson, MD, both suburbs of Baltimore. Boston is one of the few professional race car drivers from the state of Maryland. Boston's racing interests were sparked with a dirt bike birthday present at age five, and he would begin his career running motocross in the late 1990s. Boston would practice at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, but would often travel 8–14 hours to get to races in other states. By age 13, he had collected over 300 wins across the country. Boston quit motocross after an incident in which his bike hit him in the head, breaking his helmet and lacerating his face. He began his transition to stock car racing at age 16 after attending a race at Dover International Speedway, and proceeded to enroll at the Buck Baker Racing School in Charlotte, outclassing his fellow students. Boston began his stock car career in Legends Cars, then ran six races in the USAR Pro Cup Series in 2009, with four top 10 finishes. Supported by Turner Scott Motorsports, he proceeded to run in the UARA-STARS late-model series, making the commute from Maryland to Charlotte every weekend. Shortly after enrolling in Washington College, Boston made a full commitment to his racing career, moving to Charlotte. His support, however dried up and he spent 2010 and 2011 out of the sport.
Boston attended high school at the Boys' Latin School of Maryland. Boston's father Bob is the co-founder of Zloop Electronic Recycling, which had sponsored his race efforts from 2013 to 2015. In 2015, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
ARCA and NASCAR careerEdit
In July 2012, Boston signed with Venturini Motorsports to drive the full ARCA Racing Series season in 2013. Coming onto sponsor the team was electronic recycling company Zloop, founded in 2012 and based in Hickory, North Carolina. At the age of 23 years, Boston was one of the older rookies to enter ARCA competition, but was second quickest in December testing at Daytona out of 61 drivers, timing in at 48.871 seconds (184.158 mph). Boston ran the full 21-race schedule, scoring poles at both races at Salem Speedway to go along with 18 total top 10 qualifying efforts. Despite not winning a race, he finished the year with eight top 5s and an impressive 16 top 10s to earn 3rd place in the championship standings behind 10-time champion Frank Kimmel and Mason Mingus. Boston was selected as the 2013 SCOTT rookie of the year.
Boston and ZLOOP resigned with Venturini Motorsports for 2014. Boston scored poles in the first two races of the season, including his third consecutive pole at Salem Speedway. He scored his first victory at the MENARDS 200 at Toledo Speedway in May, after taking the lead from Grant Enfinger with 20 laps to go. It was the first victory at the 0.5 mile track for Venturini since Bill Venturini won in 1987. Boston took his second win of the season at Madison International Speedway in August, after taking the lead on a late race pit stop.
It was announced in August that Boston, Zloop, and Venturini would move up to the Camping World Truck Series starting at Bristol Motor Speedway. Team owner Billy Venturini himself would serve as Boston's crew chief. Boston qualified 27th and finished 30th after a crash. The team planned to run the final three races of the season in preparation for a full-time effort in 2015, but those plans were scrapped when sponsor Zloop shifted their focus to the next season.
In September, it was announced that Boston would make his Nationwide Series debut at Kentucky Speedway for Joe Gibbs Racing in their No. 20 Toyota Camry. Boston also ran the car the following weekend at Dover International Speedway, where his stock car interests originally began. Boston finished 9th in his debut at Kentucky, and followed it up with a 12th at Dover.
In November 2014, it was announced that Boston and Zloop had signed with Kyle Busch Motorsports to run the full 2015 Camping World Truck Series season in the 54 Toyota Tundra in a two-year contract, replacing Darrell Wallace Jr. Shannon Rursch was named crew chief for the effort. After nine races and while sitting 12th in the points standings, Boston and KBM parted ways, replaced by Christopher Bell and other drivers. Initial reports stated that Boston and KBM parted ways due to lack of performance and requests for internal changes by Boston not being met. Later reports, however, stated that KBM released Boston due to sponsor Zloop breaching its agreement with the team. The company had initially signed on to be the primary sponsor, but only appeared in two races. It was revealed in August that Zloop failed to make payments to KBM, leading the team to sue the company and Boston for $4.025 million. In 2016, bankruptcy proceedings revealed that Zloop and Boston's father spent more money on Boston's racing career than any other expenditure for the company.
Motorsports career resultsEdit
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
|NASCAR Nationwide Series results|
|2014||Joe Gibbs Racing||20||Toyota||DAY||PHO||LVS||BRI||CAL||TEX||DAR||RCH||TAL||IOW||CLT||DOV||MCH||ROA||KEN||DAY||NHA||CHI||IND||IOW||GLN||MOH||BRI||ATL||RCH||CHI||KEN
Camping World Truck SeriesEdit
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results|
|2015||Kyle Busch Motorsports||54||Toyota||DAY
* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points
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- Pockrass, Bob (August 26, 2015). "Kyle Busch Motorsports suing former driver Boston, company Zloop". Statesville, North Carolina: ESPN. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
- Utter, Jim (August 26, 2015). "Kyle Busch Motorsports sues former driver Justin Boston". motorsport.com. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
- "Justin Boston Prepared for "Special Moment" in ARCA's 50th at Daytona". jbossracing.com. Daytona Beach, Florida: Justin Boston, RACERSITES. February 13, 2013. Archived from the original on 24 September 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
- Seelman, Jacob (February 8, 2014). "ZLOOP Computer & Electronic Recycling Centers Has Justin Boston 'Going Green' at Daytona". jbossracing.com. Justin Boston, RACERSITES, Speed77 Radio, Race Chaser Online. Archived from the original on 24 September 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
- "Venturini Motorsports re-signs Justin Boston for 2014 ARCA Campaign; ZLOOP® Returns as Primary Sponsor". venturinimotorsports.com. Concord, North Carolina: Venturini Motorsports. November 21, 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
- Automobile Racing Club of America (May 18, 2014). "Justin Boston takes ARCA race in Toledo, Enfinger second". motorsport.com. motorsport.com. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
- Automobile Racing Club of America (August 25, 2014). "Justin Boston takes control at Madison in Herr's Live Life With Flavor ARCA 200". motorsport.com. motorsport.com. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
- Knight, Chris (August 2, 2014). "Venturini Motorsports Promotes Justin Boston To Limited Truck Schedule". catchfence.com. Catchfence. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
- Official Release (August 14, 2014). "Boston, Venturini Motorsports To Make NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Debut At Bristol Motor Speedway". SpeedwayMedia.com. Concord, North Carolina: SpeedwayMedia.com. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
- Knight, Chris (October 31, 2014). "Justin Boston's Concentration Shifts Towards 2015". Catchfence.com. Catchfence.com. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
- Estrada, Chris (September 16, 2014). "NASCAR: Corey Lajoie to make Cup debut; ARCA's Boston to drive 2 N'Wide races for Gibbs". NBC Sports Motorsports Talk. NBC Sports. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
- DeGroot, Nick (November 14, 2014). "Justin Boston to compete full-time for KBM in 2015". Motorsport.com. Miami: motorsport.com. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
- "KBM sets crew chiefs, truck numbers for 2015 lineup". nascar.com. NASCAR. December 11, 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
- Knight, Chris (July 8, 2015). "Justin Boston Says "It Just Didn't Work Out" With Kyle Busch Motorsports". Catchfence.com. Catchfence.com. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
- Chapman, Joey (July 8, 2015). "Boston Departs from KBM; Bell in for Kentucky". popularspeed.com. Popular Speed. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
- Hanson, Blake (July 21, 2016). "Hickory CEO used company funds to further son's racing career, trustee says". WSOC-TV. Hickory, North Carolina. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
- Stech, Katy (February 12, 2016). "Bankrupt Recycling Firm Paid for CEO's Son's Racing Career". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
- Justin Boston driver statistics at Racing-Reference