MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Reid Wilson has joined All Out Motorsports and will make his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start of the season during Friday night’s JAG Metals 350 at Texas Motor Speedway.
OEM2 Powered By TruNorth, a longtime supporter of Wilson in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, will back the No. 7 Toyota Tundra.
Veteran Doug George, a two-time Truck Series winner with Kyle Busch at Billy Ballew Motorsports who has worked with series champions Ron Hornaday Jr, Johnny Sauter and Travis Kvapil, will serve as Wilson’s crew chief. Car chief Jamie Smith has been a part of Wilson’s crew since his time in Pro Cup.
The 21st race of the Truck Series season will mark the first race on a 1.5-mile track for Wilson, who has both driven and served as a spotter during the season. His best finish to-date this year was a 16th-place run at Martinsville Speedway in April while driving for Young’s Motorsports.
“I’ve known Korbin for the past three or four years, and they knew that I had done a little spotting in the past, so they asked me to come to Texas with the No. 7 team in the spring and it started a really good working relationship between us, I feel like,” Wilson recalled. “The right circumstances came together for us to do this deal and I’m really grateful for Korbin, his mom and dad and everyone at All Out Motorsports for giving me the opportunity to race this weekend. I think it’s going to be a fun time.”
Wilson, 22, is eager to get back to the race track and excited for the opportunity he has with a new team.
“New situations are a lot of fun; I’m looking forward to the challenge this deal provides me and just ready to get behind the wheel again,” he said. “I haven’t gotten to race nearly as much as I’d like to this season and it’s been tough to not have things moving as fast as I’d like. We’re back now, though, and that’s a big step in the right direction.”
While Friday will mark Wilson’s first intermediate-track start, he feels that his spotting experience has helped him to learn some of the tools he’ll need to be successful.
“Seat time is a big thing in the Truck Series and I don’t have that, but I have soaked in what the drivers I’m spotting for need to be fast and I’m learning from that as much as I can,” explained Wilson. “I’ve studied a lot of footage as well, doing everything that I can to be as prepared as I can. The big thing for me is going to be learning the air and how these trucks draft at a place like that, because I haven’t physically experienced that yet in my career.
“I’ve put a lot of work into thinking that all through, though, and I feel like I’ll be ready.”
All Out Motorsports was formed this season by longtime Truck Series competitor Korbin Forrister’s parents, Ken and Karen Forrister. The team has made 10 starts, scoring a best finish of 13th at both Kentucky Speedway in July and Las Vegas Motor Speedway in September.
In becoming just the team’s second driver, Wilson hopes he can help the Forristers to grow their program.
“I feel like this team has a lot of potential. I see ways that we can all grow together and I really like the chemistry that they’ve built over there already,” he noted. “I get along very well with their guys and I view this as an opportunity for me to grow myself and add some additional experience to my resume.
“I’m not disappointed with my time at Young’s Motorsports at all, and I’m grateful to Tyler and his team for helping me to start my Truck Series career. They’ve had some incredible growth this year and I’m glad to have been a part of it,” Wilson continued. “This move was just one that I felt was something I couldn’t pass up. I’m ready for the next chapter.”
Wilson also has a goal he’d like to hit during Friday night’s race and believes the team will be able to do so.
“I believe we can run top five,” he stated. “Yes, it’s the team’s first year, but from what I’ve seen, observed and worked on … their equipment is really good. I feel like it’s almost a diamond-in-the-rough, sleeper team kind of situation. People might not believe we can do it, but I think we’ll be strong.
“We’ll take this deal one moment at a time, but I’m looking forward to hopefully surprising some folks.”