|THOMASVILLE, N.C. – When the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) resumes action next weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, the series will have a new team attempt to make the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series 250.|
Hill Motorsports owned by veteran race car driver Timmy Hill plans to be one of the 32-competitors in the 250-lap race at the 0.526-mile paperclip oval. Hill Motorsports plans to run a limited Truck Series schedule throughout 2019 split with Hill and brother Tyler Hill who recently made his first Xfinity Series start of the year last weekend at ISM (Ariz.) Raceway.
“I’m excited and nervous at the same time,” said Timmy Hill. “We’re looking forward to going to Martinsville and have a successful showing. This is a big undertaking for us, but we’ve acquired some good equipment and I hope we’re able to make the most of the opportunity.”
“We bought two trucks from MDM Motorsports and we’ve been putting those together through the winter and those have been coming together pretty well like we’ve hoped. I’ll be sharing the ride with my brother Tyler. We’re roughly looking at 10 races, we’re still trying to finalize the schedule, but we’re going to dive in and try to make it successful.”
Hill Motorsports will utilize the No. 56 number during competition, which Timmy Hill says has significance and brings a larger family dynamic into the realm.
“The No. 56 has a lot of meaning to me and to our family,” Hill mentioned. “It’s important to us because it’s the number my dad used when he ran his own team in the 1990s. Our team is based in Thomasville, North Carolina and I’ve been fortunate enough to have the support of my dad, but also from owners that I’ve driven for Carl Long and Rick Ware who have been more than accommodating to help us with this journey.”
While Timmy Hill will make his second NGOTS start of the season at Martinsville, Tyler Hill is slated to drive the team’s Chevrolet Silverado at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in May.
Timmy Hill says taking on the ownership role in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series is a huge responsibility, but a title he embraces and is looking forward to the challenges and benefits it brings.
“I’ll be the driver and owner, which is pretty neat,” added Hill. “You don’t really see that much in NASCAR anymore. I’m excited to bring that aspect back. I know Jordan (Anderson) does and he has made great strides in building his program from the ground up.”
As for Martinsville, the plan is simple.
“A good day at Martinsville is to hope it doesn’t rain,” Hill chuckled. “We want to make the race, we have to make the race on speed. It’s a quality program, we should be able to do that. I know we can have a quality program. If we can finish inside the top-15, it will be a good day and give us something to build off of.”
Looking ahead and putting the resources together long-term, Hill eventually eyes Victory Lane and believes they can get there in time.
“In the bigger picture is to try and put something competitive and that can run in the top-10 and ultimately at some point in time compete for wins,” he said. “That’s something in my driving career that I’ve always been striving for. I have an opportunity now in the Truck Series with the Ilmor motor and that gives us an opportunity to jump on it and have a shot at running better.”
Morristown, Tenn.-based Southern Freight Services will support Hill in his 26th career Truck Series race.
In 25 previous Truck Series starts, Hill earned a career-best sixth at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway driving for Rick Ware Racing in 2013.
Transitioning from Late Models, Tyler Hill made four ARCA Menards Series starts in 2018 earning a career-best seventh at Kansas Speedway, while also producing four top-14 finishes. In two Xfinity Series starts between 2018 and 2019, the 25-year-old finished a respectable 20th at Phoenix.
For more on Timmy Hill, please visit his Facebook page. Hill is also active on Twitter. You can follow and Tweet with him @TimmyHillRacer or Instagram @TimmyHillRacer.
For more on Tyler Hill, you can follow and Tweet with him @Tyler_Hill_.
The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series 250 (250 laps | 131.5 miles) is the fourth of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Mar. 22 from 1:05 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. A second and final practice will roll from 3:05 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., Mar. 23, beginning at 10:40 a.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 2:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).
Lehigh Valley, Pa. — Start your engines!
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the top minor league affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, and reigning Atlantic Division Champions of the American Hockey League, are excited to announce that the team will once again be hitting the asphalt, but this time the team will be the primary sponsor of two rides at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., this weekend.
On Sunday, July 29, in the marque event — the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race — the Phantoms will sponsor the No. 66 Toyota Camry driven by Timmy Hill. Prior to that on Saturday, July 28, during the Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race, the Phantoms will be the main sponsor of the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Josh Reaume.
Hill, a 25-year-old driver out of Port Tobacco, Maryland, will be tasked with piloting the Phantoms MENCS No. 66 and has been driving professionally for the past six years. This will be Hill’s fifth start at the tricky triangle in NASCAR’s premier series. Timmy is the son of former NASCAR driver Jerry Hill.
“It’s very exciting to have the Lehigh Valley Phantoms join us for the Pocono race weekend,” stated Hill. “I am a huge sports fan and having our two sports teams collaborating together is really neat! Pocono is a unique race track because of its triangular shape, but I have always felt that Pocono fits my driving style. This Sunday I really look forward to driving the sharp looking Lehigh Valley Phantoms car around the track!”
The uniqueness to the Pocono track’s 3 corners is something Josh Reaume can relate to – unlike most NASCAR drivers; Reaume was born in California to Canadian parents, raised in Africa, and has raced around the globe – before now calling North Carolina home. The 27-year-old No. 33 NCWTS driver is a five-year pro who will look to put his truck in victory lane. Reaume will be making his first official start on the two-and-a-half mile speedway in the Poconos this Saturday.
“Pocono is always a fun race to watch. I am thrilled to have the Phantoms sponsorship as a local connection in my first race at Pocono Raceway,” explained Reaume. “The variation of strategies can make this race interesting. With my parents being from Canada, I am proud to be racing for all the hockey fans and Phantoms fans this weekend.”
The Phantoms, who recently announced their 2018-19 regular-season schedule — that opens up on October 6, 2018, inside of PPL Center in Allentown — are coming off an extremely successful 2017-18 campaign that saw the team win its fifth regular-season Division Title and reach the Eastern Conference Finals in the postseason for the first time since the franchise’s Calder-Cup-Winning Year of 2005.
“We are excited for this opportunity to again blend two great sports together,” said Jim Brooks, Co-Owner of the Phantoms. “Not only will we get to again showcase the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to the national motor sports audience, but also a chance to expose NASCAR fans around the world to the great sport of ice hockey. This year we will be a part of the entire race weekend at Pocono with the addition of the NCWTS sponsorship and we wish both Timmy and Josh the best of luck this weekend.”
“We made our NASCAR debut last year at Pocono and had a great experience, with fantastic interest and support from Phan Nation,” added Rob Brooks, Co-Owner of the Phantoms. “Both paint schemes will be Orange, so as we did in the AHL playoffs, we are encouraging all fans to wear Orange in support of the two teams this weekend.”
In addition to the Phantoms primary sponsorship, both Phantoms racers will be promoting several other great local brands during the weekend. Coming along for the ride will be local sponsors Wegmans, Rich Mar Florist, Service Electric Cable TV, Spectra, Yocco’s Hot Dogs and Lehigh Valley Grand Prix. The car and truck will also proudly feature the logos of both the Philadelphia Flyers and American Hockey League.
Phantoms Fans and Race Fans wanting to watch the two events can find both on national television on the following dates, times and stations:
- NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Gander Outdoors 150 – Saturday, July 28, at 1:00 p.m. – FS1
- Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Gander Outdoors 400 – Sunday, July 29, at 2:30 p.m. – NBCSN