STATESVILLE, N.C. – Niece Motorsports has confirmed that drivers Ross Chastain and Reid Wilson will share the No. 45 Chevrolet Silverado this year in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series.
The truck, which will carry sponsorship from TrüNorth, will be driven by Chastain during the season-opening race at Daytona Int’l Speedway on Feb. 15.
“We are thrilled to have Ross with us again this year, and to have Reid join the team,” said Niece Motorsports General Manager Cody Efaw. “As a team we really feel like we made a lot of progress in the caliber of our trucks last season, and we are excited to continue that momentum with two drivers who can really showcase their abilities. We’re excited to see what we can accomplish together this season.”
The paint scheme that Chastain will run at Daytona was designed by Paul Teutul Jr. of Paul Jr. Designs and star of American Chopper, in partnership with TrüNorth.
TrüNorth, a provider of commercial asset related warranty programs and services for dealers, fleets, owner-operators, and commercial finance companies, partnered with Teutul to build the first TrüNorth custom bike, which was unveiled in early November at the UTA Convention in Orlando.
Last season, Chastain made three starts with Niece Motorsports, at Bristol Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway, earning a best finish of 12th at Bristol Motor Speedway.
“I really enjoyed working with this Niece Motorsports team last season, and I’m excited to continue that this year,” said Chastain. “I know everyone at the shop has been working hard to prepare for this season, and I’m just fortunate to get to drive these trucks. I feel confident that we can have a successful year together.”
The 2018 season was a busy one for Chastain, who competed in all three of NASCAR’s major series. Chastain made 34 starts in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, 33 starts in the Xfinity Series and seven starts in the Truck Series last season. Last September, Chastain won his first NASCAR Xfinity Series event after leading 180 of 200 laps at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Wilson, who will split the No. 45 ride with Chastain, competed in three Truck Series events in 2018, with Wilson’s best finish of 16th coming at Martinsville Speedway.
“I can’t wait to get this season started,” said Wilson. “We really got our feet wet in the Truck Series last season, and I’m excited to continue that into this season. I can’t thank Al Niece and TrüNorth™ enough for this incredible opportunity.”
“I’m so proud of the effort of each and every employee at Niece Motorsports,” said Team Owner Al Niece. “To look at where we’ve come in such a short amount of time – it’s due to the hard work of everyone at our organization. I’m really looking forward to 2019, and having Ross, Reid and TrüNorth at our organization are huge pieces of the puzzle. I know that we can put together trucks that are capable of winning, and that’s certainly our goal this season.”