NASCAR Truck Series

Five drivers switch to NASCAR Truck points

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Jordan Anderson, Bayley Currey, Kaz Grala, Timmy Hill, and B.J. McLeod have declared for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points, Fox Sports’ Bob Pockrass reported Tuesday. All but Grala had been collecting Xfinity Series points for the first three months of the season, with Grala doing so in the Cup Series.

All of the aforementioned drivers minus Grala are on the entry list for Friday’s Truck race at Darlington Raceway. The event is Triple Truck Challenge round, which only drivers who have declared for Truck points may enter. Teams with Truck points-earning drivers also receive a larger sum in prize money and other benefits in the standings.

Anderson’s Xfinity Rookie of the Year campaign was quickly ruined by misfortune when he was locked out of the grid right from the beginning. Despite having a solid maiden run in his new #31 Jordan Anderson Racing car in practice for the season opener at Daytona, a lack of owner points prevented him from making the race when qualifying was rained out and the grid was set by standings; Anderson had attempted to purchase points during the offseason and after the rainout, but could not find any sellers. With qualifying not set to return until later this month at Circuit of the Americas and grids regularly reaching the maximum forty cars allowed, Anderson has been unable to run a single race so far.

In the meantime, JAR has continued fielding the #3 truck on a full-time basis for Anderson and other drivers. Anderson, who regularly raced in the Trucks from 2015 to 2020, tied the team’s best finish to date when he finished second in a photo finish at Daytona. Bobby Reuse, J.R. Heffner, and Howie DiSavino III have also run races for JAR with Roger Reuse also expected to enter some rounds. The #3 is currently thirty-second in owner points.

Currey’s switch seems like a curious decision as he is already running the full Xfinity schedule for Mike Harmon Racing; he is twenty-ninth in points with a best finish of seventh at Phoenix. However, it may suggest an increased Truck schedule as he replaced Brett Moffittwho had a points swap of his own from Truck to Xfinity—last weekend at Kansas in Niece Motorsports‘ #45, where he finished twelfth. Erik Darnell is in the #45 for Darlington, which places Currey in the multi-driver #44. Currey is still expected to continue driving for MHR.

“I have put a lot of thought into this over the past couple of weeks and discussed it with the Bossman a few times,” wrote Currey on social media. “After knowing Mike was fully behind me, I have decided to switch over to truck points. This will allow me to run some Camping World Truck races, that I otherwise wouldn’t have been allowed to run. Huge thanks to Mike Harmon Racing for allowing me to take advantage of this opportunity and letting me continue to be a part of the best little team in NASCAR.”

Credit: Timmy Hill

Grala only has one Truck start in 2021 when he finished eighth on the Daytona Road Course in the #02 for Young’s Motorsports; the truck is usually driven by rookie Kris Wright, but Wright had opted to run that weekend’s Xfinity event. The former Daytona Truck race winner is mainly running the Cup superspeedway races for Kaulig Racing, finishing sixth in his most recent start at Talladega; he also notched a top ten in his Cup début at the Daytona RC as an interim driver in 2020.

Although Hill has run every Xfinity race so far in 2021, and was twenty-first in points at the time of the switch, the benefits of having a Truck-declared racer will give his family operation Hill Motorsports a boost. The team primarily fields the #56 for Hill and younger brother Tyler, with the elder sibling finishing ninth at the Daytona RC. Hill also has six Cup starts for MBM Motorsports in 2021, and would have continued his plan to run the full schedule had sponsorship problems related to the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series not arisen.

Much of McLeod’s 2021 schedule is concentrated on the Cup Series as Live Fast Motorsports, which he co-owns, goes through their inaugural season. Despite declaring for Xfinity points (where McLeod also runs a team on his own), he has yet to make a start in that series. On the other hand, he finished twenty-sixth in his lone Truck start of the year so far at Las Vegas for Reaume Brothers Racing. He will rejoin RBR for Darlington.

In other Truck points swaps, Niece’s #44 purchased RBR’s #34 points and vice versa.

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