John King, winner of last year's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway while driving an entry for Red Horse Racing, will defend his Daytona win in the Nextera Energy 250 Friday night from behind the wheel of a No. 33 Chevrolet for Eddie Sharp Racing.
"I am very excited to join Eddie Sharp Racing," King said. "They have great equipment, and more importantly, a great team, which I believe are the keys to success in this sport. We really wanted to defend my Daytona win from last year, so I am very excited to have the opportunity to drive such a great truck. I can't wait to get to Daytona."
King's future with the team beyond Daytona is uncertain, though. Friday's race is the only race for which King definitely has a deal with ESR. But if additional sponsorship is found, King could possibly compete in other truck races this season with Eddie Sharp Racing.
"We're working hard on it (finding sponsorship), so we'll see what happens beyond Daytona," King said. "Nonetheless, I'm hopeful we can put it together to run all season with ESR."
Whatever the length of King's relationship with the team, he'll have a teammate in Justin Lofton, driver of the No. 6 Chevrolet. Lofton is a longtime ESR driver, competing in both the ARCA Racing Series and the Camping World Truck Series for the organization.
The Nextera Energy 250 is scheduled to take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m. ET Friday. The race can be seen live on SPEED Channel, with prerace coverage getting underway at 7 p.m. ET.