Gaulding Set to Make Truck Series Debut
By: MRN Staff on February 7, 2014 | 2:06 P.M. EST
Gray Gaulding, 15 years old and one of NASCAR's rising stars, will make his Camping World Truck Series debut this season in the No. 20 NTS Motorsports Chevrolet. (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)
Gray Gaulding has joined forces with NTS Motorsports for the 2014 NASCAR season, announcing plans to debut in the Camping World Truck Series and return to the K&N Pro Series East. He will compete with Brennan Newberry as a new teammate in both series.
"(Team owner) Bob Newberry is giving me a great shot and all the guys have taken this transition extremely well," said the 15-year-old Gaulding, whose Truck Series debut will come March 29 in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway.
Gaulding's first outing for NTS Motorsports in the K&N Series will be at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida on Feb. 16 behind the wheel of the No. 20 Chevrolet, with sponsorship from Krispy Kreme. He's also signed to drive in eight Camping World Truck Series events, with Gemini Southern Merchant Bank supporting that effort.
Gaulding's experience includes time in Bandolero, Legend and Super Late Model competition. In 2013, he ran a full season in K&N East with eight top-10 finishes in his 14 starts. He also won a pole. The Colonial Heights, Va., native was named to the "NASCAR Next" list in June 2013 as one of the sport's most promising young drivers.
Dwayne Gaulding, Gray's father, has moved into the role of vice president of operations at NTS Motorsports.
"The people we at NTS Motorsports have put in place are what will make this team successful," he said. "As a preacher once stated, it's not the building that makes up the church. It's the people."
NTS Motorsports will compete full-time in the Camping World Truck Series with two entries this season. Brennan Newberry is confirmed for 12 races with the remaining 10 to be filled by a yet-to-be-announced driver. With Gaulding not starting in the Truck Series until March, John King - a former race winner at Daytona International Speedway - will pilot the No. 20 Silverado in the season opener on Feb. 21.
Plans for the 13 other Truck Series races in which Gaulding will not drive will be revealed at a later date. Gaulding and Newberry will both run the full K&N Pro Series schedule.