NASCAR Truck Series

Bubba Wallace, Myatt Snider enter Bristol dirt Trucks

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The NASCAR Camping World Truck SeriesPinty’s Dirt Truck Race at Bristol Motor Speedway continues to grow in entrants. On Thursday, Bubba Wallace and Myatt Snider announced they will run the 27 March race, respectively the #11 Toyota Tundra for Spencer Davis Motorsports and #33 Chevrolet Silverado for Reaume Brothers Racing. It will be both drivers’ first races in the series since 2019.

Wallace is currently in his fourth full-time season of Cup Series racing and first with the newly-formed 23XI Racing. After five races, he sits nineteenth in points with a best finish of sixteenth last Sunday at Phoenix. He returned to the Toyota camp in 2021 after spending the last three years as a Chevrolet driver with Richard Petty Motorsports, reuniting him with the manufacturer for whom he began his career.

He competed in the Truck Series from 2013 to 2014 for Kyle Busch Motorsports, scoring five wins and a best points finish of third in the latter. The first victory, at Martinsville in 2013, made him the first black driver to win in NASCAR’s national series since Wendell Scott in 1963. While dirt racing was never his forte, he triumphed at Eldora Speedway—then the only dirt track in the national series—in 2014 when he led a race-high 97 of 150 laps and held off dirt ace Kyle Larson for the win. A six-time Truck race winner, his last start in the series was a twentieth at Texas in 2019 as a substitute driver for the suspended Austin Wayne Self.

Credit: Spencer Davis Motorsports

His #11 truck will a partnership between SDM and fellow Toyota team Hattori Racing Enterprises. Founded in 2020, SDM has exclusively fielded the #11 for owner/driver Spencer Davis. Although Davis had planned to run the full 2021 schedule, he failed to qualify for the opener at Daytona and did not enter the next two races. The truck will make its season début on Saturday at Atlanta. Columbia Sportswear, which first entered NASCAR as a sponsor for RPM before following Wallace to 23XI, will be the #11’s primary sponsor.

The Truck race will serve as additional seat time for Wallace ahead of the Cup Series’ Food City Dirt Race the following day. Larson, Ryan Newman, Kevin Harvick, Chase Briscoe, and fellow Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. will also come down from the Cup Series to participate, while Mike Marlar and Stewart Friesen are Cup newcomers who are doing double duty as well.

On the other hand, Snider throws his hat into the ring for the fun of it as his primary division Xfinity Series does not race on dirt. The Xfinity sophomore is seventh in the standings and won his first career national series race at Homestead in late February.

The Richard Childress Racing driver will pilot a Chevy for the first time in the Truck Series. After making sporadic starts in the series in 2016 and 2017, the latter for KBM, he ran the full 2018 season for ThorSport Racing and finished ninth in points with eight top tens and a runner-up finish at Talladega. Snider finished twentieth in his lone Eldora start in 2018.

Credit: Ryan Daley/Myatt Snider

His most recent Truck start came at Gateway in 2019 for ThorSport, finishing tenth. Like Wallace, Snider was a replacement filling in for a suspended driver as he took over for Johnny Sauter.

Louisiana Hot Sauce and TaxSlayer, both sponsors of his RCR Xfinity car, will join his Truck effort.

Reaume Brothers Racing fields two full-time trucks, the #33 and #34, for multiple drivers. Jason White and Jesse Iwuji drove the #33 across the first three races of the season, with the former scoring the truck’s best finish of twentieth in the opener at Daytona; Akinori Ogata will race in Saturday’s Atlanta event.

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