It’s that hilarious time of year again! No, not the time when you stand in line at your favorite retail location to snag the latest and greatest stuff for the holiday season. This is the time of the year, when NASCAR gets silly, and not the funny silly. With the NASCAR season ending only a few short weeks ago, the moving and shaking to determine what drivers will move and where they will drive in 2021 is in full swing. So, let’s take a look at the driver shuffle for 2021, starting with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series!
Sheldon Creed Returning to GMS Racing in 2021
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Announced on October 23rd, Sheldon Creed will return to GMS Racing in 2021 to defend his newly won 2020 Camping World Truck Series championship. 2021 will mark Creed’s third full time attack on the Camping World Truck Series, as he looks to repeat his success from 2020. Creed finished the season with five wins, nine top fives and 13 top tens, his first win coming at Kentucky Speedway.
John Hunter Nemechek Returns to the Truck Series in 2021 with Kyle Busch Motorsports
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After a year driving in the NASCAR Cup Series for Front Row Motorsports, John Hunter Nemechek will return to the Camping World Truck Series in 2021. Nemechek will drive No. 4 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports next season, as the six-time Truck Series winner returns to attempt to claim the championship. In response to his move back to Truck Series, Nemechek stated, “Kyle and Samantha with the support of Toyota have built an organization that has won races and championships on a consistent basis and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to carry on the winning tradition by getting back to victory lane in the Camping World Truck Series next year.”
Austin Hill, Hattori Racing Enterprises Back Together Again in 2021
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Austin Hill will once again drive the No. 16 Toyota Tundra for Hattori Racing Enterprises in 2021, his third consecutive season driving for the team. Hill, who has spent four full seasons in the Truck Series, will be backed by sponsor United Rentals again next season. “I keep saying it, but I truly believe this is the best team in the series and I’m proud to race with this group and can’t wait to continue what we’ve built over the last two seasons. It’s even better to have partners like United Rentals and everyone at Toyota and Toyota Racing Development for supporting our program like they do. We’re glad to have next year laid out, but we have two more races to try and win a championship,” stated Hill about re-signing with HRE.
Ryan Truex to Drive Full-Time for Niece Motorsports in 2021
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After a season that saw Ryan Truex compete part time for Niece Motorsports in 2020, Truex will return to the team in 2021 but in a full time ride. Truex will drive the No. 40 Chevrolet Silverado with sponsorship from Marquis Spas. The younger brother of NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. stated, “Last season was really a learning year for me with this team. I feel like we learned a ton every week. We adjusted to working with no track time prior to racing, and I feel like we made our equipment better throughout the course of the year. I am excited about the continuity we will be able to build, competing week in and week out. I’m thankful to Marquis Spas for their support this season and as we move into next season.”
GMS Signs Raphael Lessard to Part Time Schedule, Full Time Being Considered
GMS Racing will have another young talent on their team for the 2021 Camping World Truck Series season, as Raphael Lessard has been signed for a partial season. While the current agreement is for twelve truck series events, Lessard is hoping to secure funding for a full season. Lessard spent the last season with Kyle Busch Motorsports where he would score his first career truck series victory.
Hailie Deegan, DGR-Crosley Partner For Full Season in 2021
ARCA-Menards Series driver Hailie Deegan will shift her focus to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2021, as she will pilot the No. 17 Ford F-150 for the team. Her next step as a Ford Performance Development Driver will turn to the Truck Series after a highly successful 2020 season in the ARCA-Menards Series. After a second place at the opening round in Daytona Deegan finished with an impressive four top five finishes, as well as 17 top ten finishes in 20 races last season.
Zane Smith Returns to GMS Racing in 2021
2020 Championship 4 contender Zane Smith will return to the GMS Racing team in 2021 for another attempt at capturing the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship. An impressive rookie season, which saw him capture two wins, four top fives and 10 top tens and a second place finish in the final Camping World Truck Series standings earns the Huntington Beach, CA native another full time shot at the championship.
Brett Moffitt Will Not Return to Truck Series in 2021
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Former Camping World Truck Series Champion Brett Moffitt will not return to the team in 2021, as he has signed on to join the Our Motorsports team in the NASCAR Xfinity Series next season. The 2018 champion Moffitt spent the last two seasons with the GMS Racing team, where he finished third twice in the final Truck Series standings.
Chase Purdy to Join GMS Racing in 2021
NASCAR Next Alumni Chase Purdy will move to the GMS Racing squad for a full season in the Camping World Truck Series. Purdy, who contested seven truck series races in 2020, will replace the departing Brett Moffitt. “I am very excited to be back full-time racing again, especially with a strong organization like GMS Racing. I’m ready to get to work with this team and start preparing for 2021. I am already counting down the days until we leave for Daytona,” stated Purdy regarding his move to a full-time Truck Series ride.
Tyler Ankrum Returns to GMS Racing in 2021
Tyler Ankrum, who spent the 2020 season competing full time for GMS Racing, will return to the team in 2021 for another full season. Ankrum finished the season with three top five finishes and ten top ten finishes, his most impressive season in the Truck Series to date. In response to returning to GMS for 2021, Ankrum said, “This has been a learning year for our team, but I know we’ve got what it takes to go out and compete for wins. We still have a lot to prove and we’re in the perfect spot to do that for the rest of the season and next year as well.”
Carson Hocevar to Join Niece Motorsports Full-Time in 2021
After a successful debut in the series during the 2020 season, Carson Hocevar will return to Niece Motorsports for a full-time campaign in 2021. With less than ten starts to his name in the Camping World Truck Series, Hocevar will get a full season to see if he has what it takes to compete with the best in the series. With a career best finish of 12th at Dover International Speedway in only in his second start, the groundwork has been laid for a successful career for Hocevar.
To this date (November 25th) the previous driver announcements are the only driver/team combinations that have been confirmed for the 2021 Camping World Truck Series season. Stay tuned, as we will release another article in December updating the moves before the season opener at Daytona in February!
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