NCWTS: Austin Hill Takes the Next Step; Georgia Native to Run Part-Time Truck Schedule in 2016

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. – official team release — AHR photo —

Austin Hill is set to compete in at least half of the 23-race schedule for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season.

The 21-year-old driver, who finished third in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings last season, will kick-off his part-time schedule at Daytona Int’l Speedway for the Empire Racing Group. He will then move over to his own race team – Austin Hill Racing – for the remainder of his season.

“I’m very excited about this season and transitioning Austin Hill Racing into a Camping World Truck Series team,” said Hill.  “We are going to be doing it like we did the K&N Series with the guys that we used last year. We’re just trying to step up the ranks.  I feel like this move will be a good stepping stone for us as a team, and I want to go out there and prove that we belong in this series.”

Hill, a Winston, Ga., native, is set to enter the field at tracks including Atlanta Motor Speedway, Dover Int’l Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.

“My goal has always been to run up front and hopefully get a couple wins,” said Hill.  “To get one win this season in the Truck Series would be awesome with it being a top-three series in NASCAR.  I’m looking to at least get one win and a good Top-10 finish week-in and week-out as long as we don’t have any big problems. We have a good truck. Now, we just have to have the right setup under us to make it happen.”

Veteran crew chief Doug Chouinard, who previously partnered with Hill in the K&N Pro Series, will guide the rookie competitor in this next level of his career.

“Doug has been in the sport for a long time,” said Hill.  “He ran with Todd Bodine when he ran the No. 30 Toyota Tundra. He’s got a lot of knowledge and I’ve already learned a lot from him.”

Hill jumped into the NASCAR spotlight over the past two seasons when he earned four wins, one pole, 12 top-fives and 21 top-10s in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

Hill has competed in six Truck Series races over the past two years.  In just his first Truck Series start, Hill led 21 of the 200 laps at Martinsville in 2014.

CREDIT: Zerolight Communications

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