Gaulding, Newberry team up at NTS Motorsports
February 07, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Both drivers to compete part-time in Truck Series, full-time in K&N Pro Series East
NTS Motorsports announced Friday morning that NASCAR Next driver Gray Gaulding will take the wheel for eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races this season.
The Colonial Heights, Va., native -- who turns 16 Monday -- will get his first experience in NASCAR national series competition in the No. 20 Chevrolet. Gaulding will be allowed to compete on oval tracks measuring one mile or shorter, plus road courses, until he turns 18 years old.
The team also announced that Brennan Newberry, who finished 19th in the standings after competing in all but one Truck Series race last season, will embark on a 12-race truck schedule in the team's No. 24 Chevrolet this year. He'll pair with Gaulding in a two-car effort from NTS full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
Former Daytona truck race winner John King will drive the No. 20 in the season-opening NextEra EnergyResources 250. The drivers for the remaining races for both trucks will be announced at a later date. Four-time series champion Ron Hornaday Jr., who competed full-time for NTS Motorsports last season, was not mentioned in the team's plans.
Gaulding finished seventh in the K&N Pro Series East standings last season, recording eight top-10s in 14 races and snaring his first pole position in April at Richmond International Raceway, setting a series youth record. He closed the season by prevailing in the K&N Pro Series West finale at Phoenix International Raceway in November, bumping past race-long dominator Cole Custer in the final lap to become the series' youngest winner at 15 years, 8 months and 30 days.
Newberry won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the season-opener last year at Daytona, but collected just one top-10 finish -- a 10th at Pocono Raceway. He missed the series' event at Chicagoland Speedway with a stomach ailment; former series champ Austin Dillon filled in and drove the No. 24 to its best finish of the season, seventh place.