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Niece Motorsports is an American professional stock car racing team that currently competes in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. The team is owned by Al Niece. The team currently fields the No. 44 Chevrolet Silverado full-time for Timothy Peters and Angela Ruch, and the No. 45 Silverado full-time for Ross Chastain. The team currently has a technical alliance with GMS Racing.

Niece Motorsports
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Owner(s)Al Niece
BaseStatesville, North Carolina
SeriesNASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series
Race driversTruck Series:
44. Timothy Peters, Reid Wilson, Angela Ruch
45. Ross Chastain, Kyle Benjamin, Reid Wilson
SponsorsTruck Series:
44. Promatic, The Ruch Life
45. TruNorth Global
ManufacturerChevrolet
Opened2016
Career
Debut2016 Striping Technology 350 (Texas)
Latest race2019 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (Charlotte)
Races competed49
Drivers' Championships0
Race victories1
Pole positions0

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Xfinity SeriesEdit

Car No. 17 historyEdit

In 2018, the team attempted to make their NASCAR Xfinity Series debut with Victor Gonzalez Jr. driving at Watkins Glen.

Gander Outdoors Truck SeriesEdit

Truck No. 22 historyEdit

On October 30, 2017, it was announced that Austin Wayne Self moved to Niece Motorsports to drive the No. 22 truck full time in 2018.[1]

Truck No. 38 historyEdit

In 2017, the No. 38 truck ran two races with T. J. Bell as a start-and-park team. In 2018 the No. 38 truck planned to run at least four races with Max McLaughlin as the driver, starting at Eldora. McLaughlin qualified the race and finished 12th in his NASCAR debut. T.J. Bell returned to the No. 38 at Las Vegas in September.

Truck No. 44 historyEdit

On January 31, 2019, Timothy Peters announced that he would join Niece for the first three events of the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series schedule.[2] After two top-tens in his first two events, Peters said that there is the possibility to run more races with the team.[3]

Truck No. 45 historyEdit

Niece Motorsports made their debut in 2016 with Casey Smith driving for two races.

The team returned in 2017, at first planning on running only part time but were able to run the full schedule with various drivers, with T. J. Bell driving most of the races.

In 2018, it was announced that Justin Fontaine would drive the No. 45 truck full-time.[4] Fontaine started the season with a top 10 finish at Daytona and Las Vegas.

On January 18, 2019, it was announced that Ross Chastain and Reid Wilson would split driving duties for the upcoming season.[5] Chastain started off the year with two of the best results in team history, a third at Daytona and a sixth at Atlanta.[3] In April, Kyle Benjamin joined the team for a seven-race schedule starting at Texas in June.[6] On May 10, 2019 Ross Chastain delivered his first truck win and the team’s first win at Kansas after Stewart Friesen's underfueled truck ran out of gas with three laps remaining. [7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Austin Wayne Self to join Niece Motorsports in 2018". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  2. ^ DeGroot, Nick. "Timothy Peters joins Niece Motorsports for three Truck races". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b Massie, Michael. "Ross Chastain, Timothy Peters Continue Niece Motorsports' Strong Start". Fontstretch. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Justin Fontaine to run Trucks full-time with Niece Motorsports in 2018". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  5. ^ Brooks, Amanda. "Ross Chastain and Reid Wilson to drive for Niece Motorsports in 2019". Jayski's Silly Season Site. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  6. ^ Nolen, Bryan (April 29, 2019). "Kyle Benjamin, Niece Motorsports Team for 7 Races". Frontstretch. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  7. ^ https://m.nascar.com/video/franchise/final-laps/ross-chastain-scores-first-career-gander-trucks-win-at-kansas/

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