New race team will focus on up-and-coming drivers

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Ranier Racing with MDM will debut this year and focus on running up-and-coming drivers in select NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, K&N Pro Series East and ARCA races, the team announced Wednesday night.

The team is a partnership between Lorin Ranier, son of former NASCAR owner Harry Ranier, and MDM-Hillman Racing.

“This is a great opportunity to bring the Ranier Racing legacy into the modern era,” said Ranier, whose father’s operation won 24 Sprint Cup races. “Over the last several months, we’ve worked hard to assemble some of the freshest driving talent and accomplished competition personnel in stock car racing. It’s exciting to see it all come together and we’re eager to get the season started.”

The team did not announce any drivers, but noted that former driver Mark McFarland will lead the competition department. McFarland spent the past two years at HScott Motorsports and guided Ben Rhodes to the 2014 K&N Pro Series East title. Mardy Lindley will be a crew chief. He led Dylan Kwasniewski to the 2013 K&N Pro Series East crown. Doug Howe, a crew chief in the Truck and K&N Series, also joins the team.