DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Story by Race Chaser Online Mid-Atlantic Correspondent Marshall Gabell – Sarah Glenn/Getty Images North America photo –
2014 NASCAR NEXT inductee Austin Hill will continue his climb through the racing ranks, after an exclusive announcement to Race Chaser Online Thursday evening that he will be competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway for Empire Racing.
Hill, who will also compete in this weekend’s ARCA Racing Series event at the World Center of Racing, will make his third career Truck Series start (he ran two events during the 2014 season) with backing from the Sean Corr-led team.
“Next Friday, Austin Hill will be running one of trucks down here at Daytona,” team co-owner Corr explained on the Stock Car Steel/SRI Motorsports Show.
Corr also revealed that the team has plans following Speedweeks as well.
“I don’t know if I can release the name, but I do know we have a driver running the truck for us at the Atlanta race, after Daytona.”
Corr, racing as a teammate to Hill in the ARCA event this weekend, is ecstatic to be able to work alongside the young gun and help him advance to the next level in motorsports.
“It is really great,” Corr said about working with Hill. “I don’t think we could have picked a nicer kid, he is just so polite. Some of these drivers just need to work on their people skills. But Austin is just so polite, that is the difference – and he is nice and can run the fastest laps (laughter). Our crew really likes to work with Austin.”
And despite it being his debut on the high banks, Corr thinks Hill, who has three NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victories, has a legitimate shot to win in the ARCA race on Saturday evening.
“Absolutely,” Corr responded when being asked if he thought his team could pull out the win. “Patrick (Staropoli, running a third Empire car on Saturday) and Austin are just really smooth drivers. Between both of them, they are really great out on the racetrack. It great to have a batch of cars that perform as well as they do.”
Along with racing for Empire in the ARCA event this weekend, Hill will also compete at New Smyrna Speedway in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East on Sunday evening – the series he will run full-time in during the 2015 season.