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King to defend Truck win at Daytona

February 16, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Surprising 2012 winner signs on for at least one race

Eddie Sharp Racing announced Saturday that John King Jr., the surprise winner of the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250, will defend his win in the No. 33.

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With Justin Lofton running a partial season and Cale Gale having moved to K&N to be a crew chief, ESR had a seat open.

"We are thrilled to welcome John King Jr. to our stable of drivers. He is a proven winner in this series and I am confident he will continue his success with the resources we have at Eddie Sharp Racing," team owner Eddie Sharp said.

King is equally as excited.

"I am very excited to join Eddie Sharp Racing, 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."

While the deal is only for the first race with sponsor Eastern Coal Council, both parties are hoping to extend the partnership.

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