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Austin Hill to return to Hattori Racing Enterprises No. 16 next season

Hattori Racing Enterprises announced Friday that Austin Hill will return to the No. 16 Toyota next season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Hill is in his second season with the Shige Hattori-owned team. The move was revealed on FOX Sports’ pre-race show before Friday night’s penultimate race of the season, the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 (8 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Martinsville Speedway.

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“I can’t imagine a better scenario than to be with this team and everybody at HRE,” Hill said in a news release provided by the team. “I keep saying it, but I truly believe this is the best team in the series and I’m proud to race with this group and can’t wait to continue what we’ve built over the last two seasons. It’s even better to have partners like United Rentals and everyone at Toyota and Toyota Racing Development for supporting our program like they do. We’re glad to have next year laid out, but we have two more races to try and win a championship.”

The organization indicated in the release that crew chief Scott Zipadelli would be back and that United Rentals would return as a primary sponsor for multiple races in 2021. The company has sponsored Hill’s efforts since 2017 and was a primary sponsor for 13 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series events this season.

Hill has two wins this year and remains in the hunt for the series championship. The 26-year-old Georgia native has six career victories in the Truck Series, all coming in HRE’s No. 16. Hill also told FOX Sports that he’d continue with a partial schedule in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition next year.

His 44 starts with the Hattori team make Hill the organization’s longest-tenured driver.

“We’re glad to keep the team together next season with Austin and United Rentals,” Hattori said. “He has done a great job with Scott and the entire team the last two years, and hopefully we can close out this season with a championship and start strong at Daytona (International Speedway) next year.”