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Seven Drivers Will Try to Make Their NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Debut at Martinsville

March 25th, 2014 at 9:34 PM
By Mark Eddinger

Youth will overrun the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Seven drivers will attempt to start their first Truck Series race in Saturday's Kroger 250.

'Martinsville Speedway skyboxes' photo (c) 2011, Casey Hayes - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Cole Custer, 16, will attempt to qualify in a No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet. Custer's father is an executive at Stewart-Haas Racing and Gene Haas is listed as the owner of the truck. Custer is a two-time winner in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and also won the season-opening K&N Pro Series West race this season at Phoenix.

Gray Gaulding, 16, will drive the No. 20 Gemini Southern Chevrolet for NTS Motorsports. Gaulding has 11 top 10's in 18 career K&N Pro Series East races and also has one win in four West Series starts.

Ben Rhodes, 17, will drive the No. 32 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet for Turner Scott Motorsports. Rhodes is coming off his first career K&N Pro Series East win on Saturday in only his 11th start. He has won three of the four pole positions this season in the East Series.

Josh Williams, 19, will attempt to qualify the No. 66 Southwest Florida Cable Construction Ford for owner Chris Baluch. Williams has made 50 career starts in the ARCA Racing Series with 17 top 10's. Ten of those top 10's came last season when Williams finished fifth in the ARCA points.

Also trying to make their first career Truck Series starts are Ray Black Jr in the SS Green Light Racing No. 07 Chevrolet, Raymond Terczak Jr in the No. 56 self-owned Chevrolet, and Ted Minor in the No. 12 Chevrolet owned by Joseph Cefalia.

In addition there are 10 other drivers entered that have six or less career starts in the Camping World Truck Series. Chase Pistone and Alex Guenette have one start, Tyler Reddick and John Hunter Nemechek have two starts, Brandon Jones and Spencer Gallagher have three starts, Mason Mingus has four starts, Erik Jones has five starts, and Jimmy Weller III and Ben Kennedy have six starts.

It will be a very inexperienced field battling to make the Kroger 250 and then vying for impressive runs in the race. There are 39 trucks on the entry list to make the 36 truck field. The Kroger 250 can be seen 2:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 Saturday from Martinsville Speedway. It will be the second race of the season for the Truck Series after a long layoff after Daytona.

Tags: Ben Rhodes, Camping World Truck Series, Cole Custer, Gray Gaulding, Josh Williams, martinsville speedway, Motorsports, NASCAR, Ray Black Jr, Raymond Terczak Jr, Ted Minor

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