Ray Ciccarelli: ‘Working hard on growing our team’

Photo By: Nigel Kinrade Photography / NKP

By Sarah Handy, Staff Writer

Ray Ciccarelli and his own CMI Motorsports team will return to the NASCAR Truck Series for the 2020 season.

CMI Motorsports announced on Friday afternoon that Ciccarelli will be back behind the wheel of the No. 49 Chevrolet for the first five Truck Series races this year.

Ciccarelli Moving and Installations LLC will serve as the primary sponsor on the No. 49 for the season opener at Daytona next month.

“We are working hard on our growing our team in hopes to run a younger driver full-time as I have only five to six races I really care to do. I’m getting to old to keep trying to run with all these young kids,” Ciccarelli told Kickin’ The Tires.

The 50-year old made his Truck Series debut back in the Eldora Dirt Derby during the 2017 season where he drove the No. 10 for Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing. He went on to finish 22nd in his series debut with that being his best finish of the season in six starts.

Following the 2017 season, Ciccarelli would only make three starts during the 2018 season. His best finish during that time was 25th in the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

A Maryland native, Ciccarelli told Kickin’ The Tires it’s been a dream of his to own and run a NASCAR Truck Series team since he was a little kid, saying in part “With the support from my wife it has come true.”

Indeed, that dream became a reality for Ciccarelli last season when he acquired Premium Motorsports No. 49 owners points.

CMI Motorsports went on to make their series debut in the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway last February and Ciccarelli confirmed to us that they are most certainly a small operation.

“We only have two full-time employees, and a bunch of great help at the race track from friends.”

With that said, Ciccarelli went on to make nine starts in 2019 where he earned a career and season best finish of 9th at Michigan last August.

As a new season approaches, and Daytona is right around the corner Ciccarelli is ready to improve off last year.

“The guys have worked really hard getting trucks ready over the winter to make our trucks better, especially our Daytona truck which it’s everyone’s dream to run,” he said. “We just bought another IImor and I’m really excited to go back and try and improve off last year, which I feel as a new team we had good results.”

Ciccarelli told us he has tentative plans to run two trucks at some of the tracks including Las Vegas, Atlanta and Homestead-Miami.

“Having a second motor will now give us an opportunity to run two trucks at some tracks”, stated Ciccarelli. “I already have a driver signed to run Las Vegas and Atlanta. We are really excited to have him on board and we will make an announcement soon. I believe he has a ton of hidden talent that will show case in our trucks.”

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