Gray Gaulding Switches Truck, K&N East Teams Ahead of Martinsvilleby Kyle Pokrefky March 23, 2015 0 comments
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STATESVILLE, N.C. — 17-year-old Gray Gaulding has moved race teams in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and K&N Pro Series East ahead of Saturday’s Truck race at Martinsville, moving respectively to Red Horse Racing and Precision Performance Motorsports.
Gaulding will compete full-time in the remainder of the K&N East season in a No. 12 Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Toyota provided by Precision and will attempt to make his first start in the Truck Series as a Red Horse driver in the team’s No. 7 Krispy Kreme Toyota Tundra in Saturday’s Kroger 250.
The NASCAR Next driver hailing from Colonial Heights, Va. is presently working towards adding more races to his Truck itinerary. Being under 18 years of age, Gaulding is only eligible to run on ovals that are 1.25-miles or less in length and on road courses.
In 2014, Gaulding competed in nine races in the Camping World Truck Series with a best finish of fourth coming at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. In the K&N Pro Series East, Gaulding ran the full schedule and finished third in the points standings with four top-fives and nine top-10s in 16 starts.
Gaulding competed for NTS Motorsports in both series last year and in this year’s K&N East opener at New Smyrna Speedway, where he finished third.
“This is a awesome opportunity for myself and Krispy Kreme,” Gaulding said. “We have had a relationship with Toyota and Toyota Racing Development (TRD) for several years and when the opportunity came to partner with Red Horse Racing it was a dream come true.
“Walking into that facility just three days ago and seeing the teamwork, professionalism, and how everyone was working together I knew instantly this is where I needed to be to compete in the Camping World Truck Series. Red Horse Racing, Toyota, and Triad Racing Technologies really stepped up to make this happen so quickly for me.”
When speaking about the acquisition of Gaulding from NTS, Red Horse owner Tom DeLoach noted that the deal with the young driver came together quickly.
“This all came about very quickly, but a lot of hard work by everyone here at Red Horse Racing and the support from Toyota and Triad Engines made it happen,” DeLoach said. “I’ve known Gray for a long time and expect him to be strong at Martinsville.”
Richard Gdovic, owner of Precision Performance Motorsports, also expressed his enthusiasm with the acquisition of Gaulding for his race team.
“The Precision Performance Motorsports team is very excited to be working with Gray Gaulding this season,” Gdovic said. “Gray is an exceptional driver and our goal is to provide him with the equipment and support so that he can contend for a championship in the K&N Series.
“We met Gray when he first entered the K&N series a few years ago and have been impressed with not only his performance on the race track, but also with his professionalism at such a young age. We are proud to be part of his ongoing development as a professional race car driver and exceptional sponsor representative.”
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