HAMPTON, Ga. – Officials from Young’s Motorsports confirmed today that NASCAR Next alumnus Austin Hill (@_AustinHill) will drive the team’s No. 02 Young’s Motorsports entry in this Saturday afternoon’s Active Pest Control 200 at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway.
Young’s Motorsports team principal Tyler Young also confirmed that Hill, a two-time winner in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will drive a limited schedule for the Mooresville, N.C.-based team this season, similar to a role he had in 2016.
“We’re happy to have Austin Hill apart of the Young’s Motorsports platform,” said Young. “Austin has the potential and the credentials to help elevate our team to the next level. He is a profound short track race with a niche for intermediate racing too.
“The addition of Austin doesn’t take away from the stuff we’re working on around the clock with our K&N Pro Series East team and the hopeful expansion of Young’s Motorsports in NASCAR. There’s a lot of good things going on that we’re proud of.”
Hill, the Winston, Ga. native driver returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway looking for similar success he had the 1.54-mile oval last year. After qualifying 23rd, the 22-year-old raced his way into the top-10 before settling for a noteworthy 12th place finish.
Fast forward 12 months later, Hill is determined to record his second top-10 finish of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career at his hometown track.
“I am really excited to kick off our 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway,” offered Hill. “As long back as I can remember, my family was going to Atlanta, first as fans, then to race in the Legends Series.
“I’m also really excited about teaming up with Tyler Young and Young’s Motorsports. None of this would be possible without our great partners, who make all of this possible, Alien Gear Holsters, Lawless Jerky, The Lone Survivor Foundation, KYSEK Ice Chests and Veterans Coffee Company.”
Young’s Motorsports returns to the track following a disappointing season-opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Feb. 24. After qualifying 23rd, Young was biding his time to get to the front when a 16-truck accident occurred on Lap 2 of event leaving the Midland, Texas native a victim of the “big one” leaving them with a dejecting 23rd place finish.
“We had a really good truck that’s pretty much junk now,” sounded Young. “I’m proud of the guys though. They didn’t get down. We all know what can happen with superspeedway racing. Now, we’re just focused on Atlanta and the races down the road. We’ll rebound. We always do.”
The Active Pest Control 200 (130 laps / 200.2 miles) is the second of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on the 2017 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Mar. 3 from 11:00 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. A second practice begins at 2:30 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. with a final practice session etched in from 4:30 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., Mar. 4 beginning at 10:40 a.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 4:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90).
No. 02 Young’s Motorsports Atlanta Motor Speedway Fast Facts:
Driver: Austin Hill (@_AustinHill)
Owner: Randy Young (Young’s Motorsports)
Team Manager: Tyler Young (@TylerYoung02).
Crew Chief: Andrew Abbott
Spotter: Mike Herman Jr.
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