Dalton Sargeant, one of the 12 members of the current NASCAR Next class, will make his NASCAR national series debut next Wednesday in the Camping World Truck Series at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Sargeant, 17, will start for Wauters Motorsports in its No. 5 Galt Toyota in the UNOH 200. The native of Boca Raton, Fla., currently runs full time in the K&N Pro Series East for HScott Motorsports. But in three races in the K&N Pro Series West Series, Sargeant has one win, in the season opener at Bakersfield.
“To say I’m excited to make the next step in my racing career is a big understatement, especially when you have veteran leadership behind you with (owner) Richie Wauters and great equipment from Toyota Racing Development,” Sargeant said in a team release. “This is something our great partners at GALT and Wauters Motorsports have been working on for a long time so it’s great to see it come to fruition, and hopefully we’ll have more events to announce in the future.”
Wednesday’s race will not be Sargeant’s first race at Bristol. He finished 26th in the KNPSE’s April 18 race at the short track after a Lap 61 crash.
Sargeant’s crew chief will be Bobby Gill. This will be Wauters Motorsports first CWTS start since the 2014 race at Gateway with John Wes Townley.
“We are extremely excited about Dalton making his first Camping World Truck Series start,” Wauters said. “We’ve had the privilege to work with Dalton over the last year in the super late model car and seen his natural talent. We tested a few weeks ago and he picked up driving the truck like he had done it before.”