Young’s Motorsports continues growth with three-truck program at Iowa Speedway


Tyler Young, driver of the No. 20 CNR Electric | Young's Building Systems Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series JAG Metals 350 Driving Hurricane Harvey Relief at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo Credit: Sarah Crabill | Getty Images)

Fresh off an impressive top-10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series performance by Tyler Young last Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway, Young’s Motorsports hopes to continue to elevate their team’s presence this weekend at Iowa Speedway in Saturday night’s M&M’s 200.

It’s an important weekend for Young’s Motorsports. For the first time in the company’s history, they will field three race-ready trucks for the traditional June short track stop on the Truck Series schedule.


Austin Hill will continue his full-time foray in the team’s flagship No. 02 Chevrolet, while Tanner Thorson returns to the team’s No. 20 Chevrolet and newcomer Reid Wilson will attempt his second career Truck Series start in the No. 12 Chevrolet.


GoShare will continue their inaugural season in Truck Series competition and support Thorson who returns to the truck for the first time since Dover (Del.) International Speedway in May.


Wilson will once again have support from OEM2 Powered by TrüNorth™, with additional support from Harrison Truck Centers and MDA Camp.


It’s a tough task for Young’s Motorsports to prepare three equally competitive trucks for the ninth race of the season, but team principal and Young’s Motorsports part-time driver Young says he’s confident in his team’s abilities.


“I am extremely excited that we are able to expand Young’s Motorsports to three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams,” said Tyler Young. “It all has happened what seems like very quickly, but with the recent success the team has been having, it allows us to expand and provide a place for these young up and coming guys a place to develop their skills.


“I am really looking forward to seeing it all come to fruition this weekend at Iowa.”


Tyler Young (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Young’s Motorsports is one of several teams that has benefited with the new optional NT1 spec engine approved for competition this season. A cost-cutting measure such as an engine has allowed the opportunity for Young to begin to expand his operation while building a long-term foundation for the future.


“I’ve always been about cutting costs and the NT1 engine has been super beneficial to our team,” added Young. “Sure, there’s an added expense on the frontline – but we’ve been able to compensate for that and look ahead long term.


“It’s reducing our costs significantly which is allowing us to concentrate on other areas of the race team, such as the aerodynamics of our trucks. In the end, teams like Young’s Motorsports should benefit in the long run.”


Being a driver himself, stepping out of the seat full-time has been an adjustment for the likable Young, but he says as he continues to set a path for his family-owned team – he believes in the end, it will circle back where he’s back in the seat often.


“As long as we’re growing and expanding, I’m happy,” he said. “I miss racing every week. There’s nothing harder being a race car driver that not being able to sit behind the wheel of a Young’s Motorsports truck every week. However, I know the opportunities we’ve been presented this year and what we’re aiming for long-term.


“I’m willing to make the concession now – if it means our team will continue to be on the track five or even 10 years down the road. That opportunity for me to compete for a championship will come again when the timing is right.”


Tanner Thorson (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan | Getty Images)

As for Saturday, Young is more than fine sitting back as a team official watching three trucks roar around one of the sport’s most demanding short tracks – knowing that each truck has a talented driver behind the wheel and the capabilities of finishing inside the top-10.

“We don’t take a truck to the track that we don’t feel has a chance to be competitive, Iowa is no exception,” added Young. “Tanner and Reid are still growing. They’ve been successful in everything they’ve been a part of before coming to Trucks, but they are quick learners, and both showed immense promise in their debuts earlier this year.


“Austin (Hill) is a great (team) leader,” explained Young. “He is a driver who is always focused and striving to make not only himself better – but the team better. That includes being someone that the other drivers can lean on.


“He’s never been to Iowa before in truck, but his experience and short track craft are going to make him a great asset to Tanner and Reid this weekend. I’ll also spend a lot of time between each trailer making sure the teams are running smoothly up until the race.


“I can’t predict what’s going to happen on Saturday, but I know that once that green flag waves, I’m going to take a lap and reflect on one our greatest accomplishment yet at Young’s Motorsports.


“And I’ll also know, it’s just the beginning.”


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