NEW SMYRNA, Fla. – Young’s Motorsports announced Tuesday that Reid Wilson will return to the team for select NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races this season, beginning with Sunday night’s Jet Tools 150 at New Smyrna Speedway.
Wilson scored a career-best sixth place finish with the team in just his second series start, coming at Greenville-Pickens Speedway last March.
“Man, I’m so pumped about my relationship with TrüNorth and returning to Young’s Motorsports this season,” said Wilson, who finished last season with two top-10 finishes. “We took a leap of faith on working with each other last year and the partnership has worked out great. Together, we have a great team with one goal in mind, winning.”
“I’m anxious to get to New Smyrna this weekend and get our No. 66 TrüNorth Warranty Programs/MDA Summer Camp car on the track. We had a solid effort there in 2016, but we’ve achieved so much more since then. I think we can go to New Smyrna now and easily contend for a top-10 finish right away.”
TrüNorth Warranty Programs, the most comprehensive warranty protection for North American truckers, will continue their support for Wilson in 2017.
“Truckers love racing and we’re proud to have Reid represent our brand on and off the track,” said Kirk Eskridge, CEO of TrüNorth.
Wilson, who is a member of the Muscular Dystrophy Association Muscle Team, will continue to show his support for MDA Summer Camps by hosting groups from the MDA — including staff, parents and children — at each of his races throughout the season.
He has been a member of the MDA Muscle Team, a group of professional athletes, since age 10 and also serves as a MDA Camp counselor. The MDA kids will meet with Reid and other drivers for autographs, dinner and be up close to the race cars, with an opportunity for photographs.
With an array of prior racing experience — including Legends cars, limited sportsmans and Pro Cup races in addition to his K&N East appearances — Wilson believes his Young’s Motorsports team, led by Andrew Abbott, has the potential to contend for wins this season, given the right circumstances.
“Andrew is always motivated to win,” added Wilson. “He has a lot of faith in what I’m telling him about the race car and the changes he makes improves our performance. We know we’re capable of running in the top-10 and with some luck, we could have had some top-five finishes, maybe a win sooner than later.”
Young’s Motorsports team principal Tyler Young says his team is anxious to work with Wilson again this season.
“Reid had a lot of speed last year, but circumstances kept us from a few good finishes,” Young said. “We’re glad to have him back. Hopefully, we can go to New Smyrna and have a good showing this weekend that will propel us for the rest of the races later this season.”
In addition to New Smyrna, Young’s Motorsports will field an K&N East entry for Wilson at Bristol Motor Speedway, Memphis International Raceway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the season-finale at Dover International Speedway.
Young’s Motorsports and Wilson are also working to expand their horizon and compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season. The team is already a mainstay in the Truck garage, fielding the No. 02 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet full-time.
“Ultimately, that’s our goal,” said Wilson. “If everything comes together like we hope, we’ll put a race on the schedule with Tyler later in the year that makes sense for me and TrüNorth to have the best finish possible.”
CREDIT: Young’s Motorsports