Fifteen-year-old racer Gray Gaulding has been added to the driver stable of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team NTS Motorsports, according to an announcement from the race team over the weekend. He'll drive a No. 20 Chevrolet for NTS in eight of the series' 22 races in 2014, beginning with the race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on March 29. He'll also drive for NTS Motorsports full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
"Signing with a competitive and successful team like NTS Motorsports is a tremendous opportunity for me," Gaulding said. "With our new sponsorship from Gemini Southern and continued support from Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and TruMooo Chocolate Mile, I am eager to return to the NKNPSE to build upon our success in 2013 and go after the championship. I look forward to achieving my goal of competing in the NCWTS and capturing the 'Youngest Race Winner' title in that series as well."
Gaulding already holds the distinctions of being the youngest-ever winner and the youngest-ever pole sitter in K&N Pro Series East competition. In that series, he also has to his credit five top-fives and 11 top-10 finishes.
"Gray Gaulding makes a great addition to NTS Motorsports as a driver and teammate to Brennan Newberry in both the NKNPSE and NCWTS," NTS Motorsports owner Bob Newberry said. "I am proud to debut the No. 20 Chevrolet truck with a phenomenal driver like Gray, and I look forward to watching him as he continues to impress the NASCAR community with his drive and talent far behind his age."
Gaulding's Truck Series schedule will be completely made up of short tracks, as he does not meet NASCAR's minimum age requirement of 18 to compete at the national level on tracks larger than a mile. John King, the 2012 Truck Series race winner at Daytona, will drive the No. 20 in this year's race at Daytona, scheduled for Feb. 21. Drivers for the remaining 13 races have not been announced.
Meanwhile, Brennan Newberry is scheduled to drive the other NTS Motorsports truck, the No. 24, in 12 races. His first truck race of the season will be the season opener at Daytona. And like Gaulding, Newberry will also race in the K&N Pro Series East.
"Brennan Newberry's return to the NKNPSE marks a great opportunity for him to compete for the regional series championship, while continuing to build and strengthen our NCWTS program," Bob Newberry said.