World of Outlaws driver David Gravel lands part-time Truck ride at GMS

Photo Courtesy of: Jason Johnson Racing

By Sarah Handy, Staff Writer

GMS Racing announced on Friday that World of Outlaws driver David Gravel will run six NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series races in 2020.

The team based out of Statesville, North Carolina stated that Gravel will sport Axalta colors on his No. 24 Chevrolet at Eldora Speedway and will compete in five other Truck races that will be announced at a later date.

27-year old Gravel has 51 career World of Outlaw feature wins, in addition to being the 2019 Knoxville National Champion.

Speaking of the Knoxville Nationals, Gravel was the first driver since 1992 to collect a perfect 500 score there.

The Watertown, Connecticut native is a two-time Williams Grove National Open winner, a two-time Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup winner and he went on to lock himself into the 2019 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals A-Main as well.

“Excited for this opportunity to run in NASCAR is an understatement,” Gravel said in a team press release. “I can’t thank Jeff (Gordon) and Mike (Beam, President of GMS Racing) enough for believing in me and putting me in this position to race Eldora and some select asphalt races. It’s going to be a challenge, but I am ready for it.”

“I’ve been following David’s career for a while and have tremendous respect for his talent behind the wheel,” Gordon said in a press release. “I had a chance to meet David at the Chili Bowl in 2019 which led to the Axalta Coatings sponsorship opportunity at the Knoxville Nationals in a sprint car.”

“Once I saw his performance at that race, I knew he deserved a chance to pursue his dream of racing in NASCAR. It has been fun to see that come to fruition with GMS, who is leading the way in bringing new talent into the Truck Series and NASCAR.”

Over five years GMS Racing has amassed 27 wins, 103 top-five’s, 204 top-10’s 13 pole awards and one Championship which came during the 2016 season.

Zane Smith and Tyler Ankrum were added to the GMS Racing lineup for the 2020 Truck Series season with Brett Moffitt returning this season as well.

“We have been blessed here at GMS Racing to be able to put talented drivers like David (Gravel) in our Chevrolet’s,” said Mike Beam (President of GMS Racing).”When Jeff (Gordon) reached out and proposed the opportunity to put Gravel in our truck, it was truly an honor. Gravel has made his name on dirt tracks around the country and we hope we can be a small footprint in building his career in NASCAR.”

Additional sponsorship for Gravel will be announced at a later date.

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