Niece Motorsports getting set for 2018 NCWTS season

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

For Niece Motorsports, their 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series plans are becoming set in stone.

On Tuesday, the organization announced that Justin Fontaine would be joining Austin Wayne Self as the organization’s second full-time driver for the 2018 season.

Fontaine, a native of Asheville, N.C, will pilot the No. 45 Chevrolet Silverado. He ran one race with Niece in 2017 at Chicagoland Speedway, where he finished 17th. 2018 will be his first full-time season in Truck competition.

“This is an exciting time in my career and I believe I’m ready for this next challenge with Niece Motorsports,” said Fontaine. “I know I have a lot to learn, but with the leadership of Niece Motorsports and the support of my management team at AM Racing, I believe I can transition well and produce some good results in my rookie season.”

Marketing partners and crew chief for Fontaine will be announced at a later date.

While fielding two full-time entries, Niece Motorsports announced on Wednesday that they would be forming a technical alliance with GMS Racing. Niece Motorsports will also move their shop onto the property of GMS in Statesville, N.C.

“I’m really proud of how far this team has come in the last year,” said team owner Al Niece.  “I’m proud of this team’s growth and everything we’ve accomplished this year.  I’m thrilled to begin working with GMS this offseason and into next year.  This really gives us the chance to improve our program, by aligning with a team that has a proven track record.  It’s going to be our job next year to go out there and perform at a high level.”

Cody Efaw, crew chief of the No. 45 in 2017, will move to a general manager position for the organization.

“This season was a growing year for this team,” said Efaw.  “We accomplished a lot and put together more competitive trucks as the season progressed.  The opportunity to align with GMS was a no-brainer.  This alliance will give Niece Motorsports the chance to continue to grow this program.  GMS has been the class of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and we are looking forward to having access to their equipment and insight.  We have assembled a very strong team and this alliance will only make our program stronger.”

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