Dalton Sargeant joins GMS Racing for 2018 Truck Series run

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

Former NASCAR Next member Dalton Sargeant is set to join one of the sport’s national series full-time in 2018.

GMS Racing announced Friday that Sargeant, 19, will compete for team on the full 2018 Camping World Truck Series tour, competing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in the No. 25 Chevrolet.

“I’m really excited to be joining a championship-caliber team in GMS Racing for the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season,” Sargeant said in a team release. “Mike Beam and everyone at GMS Racing has put so much effort into this No. 25 team during the off-season and I can’t thank them enough for this opportunity.

“I’m looking forward to what we can accomplish in 2018. It’s always been a dream and a goal to compete at this level in NASCAR. I left a career and a life in Europe to compete against the best in NASCAR and today is that day.”

Sargeant arrives at GMS after a handful of season spent in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and the ARCA Racing Series. The Boca Raton, Florida native finished second in the 2017 ARCA championship after a season that included three wins and 18 top 10s. He also has one NASCAR-sanctioned victory, coming in a 2015 K&N Pro Series West race at Kern County Raceway Park.

The young prospect has six-career Truck Series starts, with two top 10s that include a career-best result of ninth at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2015.

Handling crew chief duties for the rookie will be veteran signal caller Doug Randolph.

In 17 years of competition, Randolph has worked with a host of talented drivers including Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champions Brad Keselowski and Bobby Labonte, Daytona 500 winner Sterling Marlin, current Stewart-Haas Racing ace Clint Bowyer and the father-son duo of Dave and Ryan Blaney.

Randolph has earned 11 wins, 75 top fives and 149 top 10s in his tenure.

“I can’t thank Mike Beam and GMS Racing enough for the opportunity to lead this race team in 2018,” Randolph said. “I met Mike on my first job in racing as a mechanic for Junior Johnson’s team in 1982. We’ve worked together many times throughout our careers and have stayed friends along the way. He and Maury Gallagher have certainly given us all the resources we need to win races and championships.

“I’ve watched Dalton progress in his career for a while now. He’s been impressive and won in everything he’s driven, against tough competition for years. I’ve taken a lot of pride into developing drivers over the years, and the opportunity to work with Dalton at a race team like GMS Racing is something that I’m excited to be a part of.”

Sargeant will join 2016 champion Johnny Sauter on the full-time Truck Series roster at GMS. They also field one full-time XFINITY Series entry for Spencer Gallagher.

Additional information about the No. 25 team – including sponsorship details – will be unveiled at a later date.

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