STATESVILLE, N.C. – Niece Motorsports development driver Max McLaughlin will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut on July 18 at Eldora Speedway, piloting the No. 38 Chevrolet Silverado.
“Dirt tracks have always been home for me,” said McLaughlin. “I’m incredibly excited to make my Truck Series debut at Eldora. The Truck will definitely be a different animal at Eldora, but I can’t wait for the challenge. Eldora is truly a special place, so it means the world of me to start my Truck Series career there.”
McLaughlin finished ninth in the Super DIRTcar Series points last year and won the 2017 Most Popular Driver Award. McLaughlin set fast time five times and broke four track records in his sophomore season on tour. He also picked up wins at both Fulton and Brewerton Speedways as well as a Triple 30 feature at Super DIRT Week.
McLaughlin is the son of Mike McLaughlin, who was not only a fan favorite in NASCAR, but a talented racer in his own right. “Magic Shoes” won the 1988 NASCAR Modified National title and was elected into the DIRT Hall of Fame in 2013 for his skills as a dirt racer growing up in upstate New York.
In addition to his partial Truck Series schedule this year, McLaughlin continues to run full-time in big-block modifieds for Heinke Baldwin Racing team owner Al Heinke.
Niece Motorsports General Manager Cody Efaw will serve as McLaughlin’s crew chief for the event.
“I grew up going to Eldora with my family – this place means the world to me,” said Efaw. “I’ve seen what Max can do on dirt, and I think we have a great chance at winning. The whole organization is excited to have Max on board, especially considering his expertise on dirt.”
The remainder of McLaughlin’s race schedule will be announced at a later date.