NTS Motorsports, which operates teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour, announced in a release Monday it is ending its relationship with driver Gray Gaulding and Gary Gaulding Racing.
NTS Motorsports, owned by Bob Newberry and located in Bakersfield, Calif., signed Gaulding, 17, in 2014. Gaulding competed in 17 K&N Pro Series East races from 2014-15 for NTS and nine Truck Series races last year for the season. His best truck finish was a fourth at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.
“I am very appreciative of Gray and everything that Gray Gaulding Racing did to help NTS Motorsports during their time with us,” Newberry said. “I wish them nothing but good luck in the future.”
Gaulding already has a new ride, joining Red Horse Racing in the NCWTS and NKNPSE. Gaulding will race in the Truck Series’ Kroger 250 Saturday at Martinsville Speedway in the No. 7 Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Toyota Tundra.
Gaulding has one career victory in the K&N Pro Series, a 2013 West race at Phoenix International Raceway.
NTS Motorsports has announced its full season NASCAR program, primarily in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series but also with entries in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Spears SRL Southwest Tour and ARCA.
NTS will have Daniel Hemric in its No. 14 Chevrolet Silverado for the full season, with Ryan McKinney as crew chief. Hemric, who will run for NCWTS rookie of the year, will also run three ARCA races.
James Buescher has also been confirmed to run selected races in the No. 31 Silverado. The 2012 series champion will have NTS competition director Chris Rice on board as crew chief.
A third truck, the No. 20 Chevrolet, will have 16-year-old Gray Gaulding on for eight races and Scott Lagasse Jr. for two (Daytona and Homestead) to bookend the season. Doug Howe will serve as crew chief.
Gaulding and Howe will partner for a full season in K&N; meanwhile in the West Coast-based SRL series, Blaine Rocha (No. 21) and 17-year-old Parker Stevens (No. 28) are the team’s two drivers.
NTS Motorsports has also added veteran team manager and West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame inductee Rick Carelli to serve as the team’s general manager.