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GMS Racing signs 19-year-old Dalton Sargeant for Truck ride

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GMS Racing has signed 19-year-old Dalton Sargeant to drive for the team this season and compete for rookie of the year honors in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Sargeant will drive the No. 25 Chevrolet Silverado.

He was the rookie of the year in 2016 in ARCA and placed second in the points in that series last season. He also has competed in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West races. Sargeant has six career Truck starts, placing a career-best 10th at Bristol Motor Speedway in his series debut in 2015.

“I’m really excited to be joining a championship-caliber team in GMS Racing for the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season,” said Sargeant in a team release. “Mike Beam and everyone at GMS Racing has put so much effort into this No. 25 team during the offseason and I can’t thank them enough for this opportunity. GMS Racing has put together an all-star team of people and equipment, plus had faith in me to drive and compete for wins. I’m looking forward to what we can accomplish in 2018.

“It’s always been a dream and a goal to compete at this level in NASCAR. I left a career and a life in Europe to compete against the best in NASCAR and today is that day. We have a full slate of things coming up as a team and I know we’re all really looking forward to getting on the track and beginning the season.”

Doug Randolph will be Sargeant’s crew chief.

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NASCAR Next Class for 2017-18 chosen

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Nine drivers have been selected to the 2017-18 NASCAR Next Class.

The latest class includes three series champions and the 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-America Series Rookie of the Year.

Alumni of the program, which is in its seventh year, include Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson and Daniel Suarez.

The selection process includes input from industry executives, NASCAR Cup Drivers Council and media members. Drivers must be between the ages of 15-25 and show potential on and off the track to reach the Cup Series.

Of the nine selected, Harrison Burton, Ty Majeski and Todd Gilliland were also members of the 2016-17 class.

The 2017-18 class includes:

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Harrison Burton – In his second year competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, the 16-year-old from Huntersville, North Carolina, has earned wins at Bristol Motor Speedway and Virginia’s South Boston Speedway. The son of former NASCAR Cup Series driver and current NBC Sports analyst Jeff Burton also took home the pole award at Bristol for the second consecutive year.

Hailie Deegan – The 15-year-old Temecula, California, native has made a name for herself in the Lucas Oil Off Road Series. Last year the daughter of FMX legend Brian Deegan became the first female to reach the podium in the series’ history, was the 2016 Modified Kart champion in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and was named the Lucas Oil Off Road Driver of the Year.

Todd Gilliland – The son of former NASCAR Cup Series driver David Gilliland has made quite a name for himself in the sport’s history books. The 16-year-old from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, has 12 wins in 30 K&N Pro Series starts and became the youngest champion in NASCAR national or touring series history last year when he took home the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship.

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Chase Cabre – In his rookie season competing for Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, the 20-year-old Tampa, Florida, native captured his first two pole awards in the twin features at South Boston Speedway and also earned his best career finish (fourth) at the Virginia short track.

Riley HerbstThe 18-year-old Las Vegas, Nevada, driver is coming off a successful rookie season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. In 14 starts last year, he compiled seven top-five and 10 top-10 finishes.

Cayden LapcevichOnly the third Canadian-born driver to be chosen for the program, the 17-year-old from Grimsby, Ontario, won three times in 2016 en route to becoming the youngest NASCAR Pinty’s Series champion, and briefly held the title as the youngest NASCAR champion before being dethroned by Gilliland. Lapcevich is the first driver in Pinty’s Series history to earn both the Josten Rookie of the Year honor and the series title in the same year. 

Ty Majeski – A Roush Fenway development driver and one of the country’s top Super Late Model drivers, the 22-year-old Seymour, Wisconsin native kicked off his 2016 winning the Super Late Model championship at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway. He continued his NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season with a third-place finish in the national standings on the strength of 14 wins and 21 top-fives in 26 starts. He will make his Xfinity Series debut June 24 at Iowa Speedway.

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Chase Purdy – The 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Rookie of the Year made a splash last year when he took home both the rookie of the year and track championship at South Carolina’s Greenville Pickens Speedway in NASCAR’s weekly series. The 17-year-old from Meridian, Mississippi, is chasing another rookie title this year, competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

Zane SmithSmith, 17, from Huntington Beach, California, broke onto the national scene in 2015 when he won the Super Late Model championship at New Smyrna’s World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. He capped the season with a runner-up finish to Cup Series driver Chase Elliott in the Snowball Derby. 

NASCAR Next’s Spencer Davis to drive seven ARCA races for Venturini Motorsports

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NASCAR Next driver Spencer Davis has signed to drive seven races in the ARCA Racing Series this season for Venturini Motorsports, it was announced Friday.

Davis, 18, is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class. He will make his ARCA debut May 5 at Talladega in Venturini Motorsports’ No. 15 Toyota.

Davis also will drive the team’s No. 25 Toyota at Pocono Raceway, Michigan International Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Lucas Oil Raceway, Kentucky Speedway and the season-ending race at Kansas Speedway.

During last month’s ARCA open test at Daytona, Davis was the second fastest (189.092 mph) of the 63 drivers entered.

His crew chief will be Dave Leiner. Davis also will compete in 20 Super Late Model races this season.

Davis has competed part-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series since 2015. In 18 starts, he has one win, eight top-five and 11 top-10 finishes and one pole.

Davis is a native of Dawsonville, Georgia, home of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott and son Chase.

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Harrison Burton wins super late model event at SpeedFest 2017

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Harrison Burton, the son of NBC Sports analyst Jeff Burton, was victorious Sunday in SpeedFest 2017, a super late model race held at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Georgia.

The 200-lap event marked the beginning of the 2017 season for the Champion Racing Association Powered by JEGS.

Burton, a member of the NASCAR NEXT program, beat pole-sitter Erik Jones for the win. Jones, competing for Furniture Row Racing this season in the Cup Series, sat on the pole.

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The 16-year-old driver narrowly lost the race last year.

Other NASCAR drivers in the race included Xfinity driver Brandon Jones and Spencer Gallagher.

This year Burton will drive in six Camping World Truck Series races for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

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NASCAR Next’s Alon Day named Israel’s Athlete of the Year

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Israel named NASCAR Whelen Euro Series driver Alon Day its Athlete of the Year this week, marking the first time a driver has been recognized with the award.

Day, 25, was given the award by Israel’s Ministry of Culture and Sports. The winner of the award is determined by an online vote (49 percent) and a committee (51 percent).

Day, a native of Ashdod, Israel, and a member of the current NASCAR Next class, has competed in NASCAR’s Euro Series for the last two seasons. He’s recorded three wins and two poles in each season.

“(This award) rewards my hard work and this is the biggest lesson I have learned. Hard work pays off,” Day told Motorsport.com.

Day made his debuts in both the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series in 2016. He made two starts in each, driving for Carl Long in Xfinity starts at Mid-Ohio and Road America and competing for Carlos Contreras in the Truck Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Day’s best result was 13th in the rain-soaked Xfinity race at Mid-Ohio.