Daly set for Truck starts with Niece

Conor Daly is set for his first NASCAR starts of the year in a deal with Niece Motorsports for a limited schedule in the Craftsman Truck Series, the team announced Tuesday morning.

The 32-year-old driver from Noblesville, Indiana, will pilot the team’s No. 44 Chevrolet Silverado RST in three races this season, starting with his first attempt at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park on July 19. Daly has three truck starts to his name, turning in a best finish of 18th in last year’s run at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and also in his series debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2020. All three starts have been with Niece.

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Daly’s NASCAR campaign will also include races at Kansas Speedway in September and Homestead-Miami Speedway in October. The NTT IndyCar Series veteran has raced in some of motorsports’ most prestigious events, with starts in the Daytona 500, Rolex 24 and Indianapolis 500, and he’s eager for more stock-car action.

“I couldn’t be more excited to get back into a truck with Niece Motorsports,” Daly said in a team release. “Al Niece and Cody Efaw have always been great to me and supportive of my Indy 500 efforts, as well, over the years as we’ve (gotten) to know each other. We’ve been working on putting a program together for a while and I’m happy we could finally work out the details to go racing together once again.”

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The versatile driver also made a recent ARCA Menards Series start at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, turning in a top-10 finish in his series debut.

“Conor has been great to work with every time he’s stepped into one of our trucks,” said Cody Efaw, Niece Motorsports general manager. “It’s been fun to see his interest in NASCAR grow since he made that first start with our team in Las Vegas a few years ago. Now that we have him secured for multiple races this year, I think that will give him a chance to go out there and learn each week to get better for his upcoming starts.”

Power Plus will serve as Daly’s primary sponsor for his first Truck Series start this season. Additional partnership announcements will be made at a later date, according to the team.