Spire Motorsports announced today that Austin Hill will drive the #7 Chevrolet Silverado in the July 22 CRC Brakleen 150 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series (NCTS) race at Pocono Raceway where ARCO Design/Build will be the title sponsor of the crew.
Hill, a native of Winston, Georgia, is a veteran of 121 NCTS starts dating back to 2014 where he earned three poles, eight wins, 27 top fives and 54 top 10s. The 29-year-old driver made two starts for Spire Motorsports in 2022, including last year’s annual NCTS visit to the Long Pond, Penn., race course at the unique 2.5-mile layout.
The team is led by championship-winning industry veterans Mike Greci and Kevin “Bono” Manion.
“I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel of the #7 ARCO Design/Build Silverado at Pocono Raceway,” said Hill. “Last year, with the rain from practice and qualifying, we had to start at the back, but the Spire Motorsports team brought a fast truck, and we were able to finish in the top five. I had success and a chance to win in the CRAFTSMAN Truck Series at Pocono in the past, so I’m confident we’ll have a chance to fight for victory.
Hill and Greci will look to tap into their shared history from their three-year journey at Hattori Racing Enterprises where Hill led the No.16 team and Greci served as general manager. Hill earned an NCWTS playoff berth for all three years (2019-21), finishing as high as fifth in 2019.
Hill, the full-time driver of Richard Childress Racing’s No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, is a three-time race winner in 2023 and currently sits second in points, just 33 markers from first. place.
Meanwhile, Spire Motorsports has made five NCTS starts in 2023 with four different drivers including Corey LaJoie (Daytona/Darlington), Jonathan Davenport (Bristol) Kyle Larson (North Wilkesboro) and most recently Marco Andretti (Mid-Ohio) . Larson earned the organization’s second NCTS win in dominant fashion in the Tyson 250 in NASCAR’s celebrated comeback in Wilkes County, North Carolina.
“Spire Motorsports is thrilled to have a driver of Austin’s caliber behind the wheel this weekend at Pocono Raceway,” Greci said. “It’s no secret that Austin and I have a history together, so I know firsthand what kind of talent he is. His Xfintiy Series results this season speak for themselves. I’m confident that every time Austin is in our truck, we are fully capable of racing ahead and winning races.
The CRC Brakleen 150 from Pocono Raceway will be televised live on FS1 on Saturday, July 22 starting at noon Eastern Daylight Time. Race 15 of 23 on the 2023 NCTS program will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.
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