TRACKING THE CHANGES: Truck Series Silly Season
From one season to the next, NASCAR is never short of changes as there are always drivers in new rides entering another year of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series racing.
Looking through the grid, the truck series has a lot up in the air as of right now as many drivers and teams have yet to confirm plans.
Here is what has been confirmed as of December 15, 2017.
Christopher Bell will move up to the NASCAR XFINITY Series with Joe Gibbs Racing in 2018 after winning the 2017 Truck Series Championship. Kyle Busch Motorsports has yet to announce their plans for next year concerning the No. 4.
Notably, they have Todd Gilliland and Harrison Burton in the stable, but both drivers cannot run a full schedule yet due to being under the age of 18. Myatt Snider, meanwhile, is 22-years-old and ran eight races for KBM in 2017 with a best finish of third at Talladega Superspeedway in October.
Speaking of KBM, while not formally announced yet, it has been spoke about by many industry members that Noah Gragson will be driving the No. 18 once again.
Matt Crafton will once again drive for ThorSport Racing, hopeful to win his third series championship.
Justin Fontaine is set to go full-time for the first time in the Truck Series, driving for Niece Motorsports. After making his series debut at Martinsville Speedway in 2016, he has since made two more starts, including a 15th-place finish at Pocono Raceway.
Kaz Grala will move up to the XFINITY Series with JGL Racing in 2018 after winning at Daytona and placing seventh in the year-end standings. GMS Racing has yet to announce any plans surrounding the No. 33.
Brad Keselowski Racing closed their doors at year-end after nine years in the series. Both of their drivers Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe will move over to Roush Fenway Racing in the XFINITY Series, set to split the schedule with Ty Majeski.
John Hunter Nemechek is set for a partial schedule with Chip Ganassi Racing in the XFINITY Series next year after spending the past five seasons in Truck competition, winning five races. No plans have been announced by Nemco Motorsports for the No. 8.
Johnny Sauter announced at the season finale that he will return to GMS Racing once again, hopeful of repeating the team’s 2016 crown.
Austin Wayne Self will run the full schedule in 2018 for Niece Motorsports. He has ran the majority of the schedule the past two seasons, mostly for AM Racing which is owned by his father Tim Self, with a career-best second at Daytona in February 2017.
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