By DANIEL MCFADIN
World of Outlaws driver and Knoxville Nationals winner David Gravel will race a part-time Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series schedule in 2020, GMS Racing announced Friday.
Gravel, 27, has 51 World of Outlaw feature wins and won the 2019 Knoxville Nationals with sponsorship from Axalta secured with the help of NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon.
Gravel will compete in six Truck Series races, including the July 30 Eldora Dirt Derby, where he’ll drive the No. 24 truck sponsored by Axalta.
He will also compete in the ARCA Menards Series season opener at Daytona with GMS Racing’s alliance team, KBR Development.
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“Excited for this opportunity to run in NASCAR is an understatement,” Gravel said in a press release. “I can’t thank Jeff (Gordon) and Mike (Beam, president of GMS Racing) enough for believing in me and putting me in this position to race Eldora and some select asphalt races. It’s going to be a challenge, but I am ready for it.”
A native of Watertown, Connecticut, Gravel is a two-time Williams Grove National Open winner and a two-time Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup winner. He first met Gordon at the 2019 Chili Bowl Nationals.
“I’ve been following David’s career for a while and have tremendous respect for his talent behind the wheel,” Gordon said in a press release. “I had a chance to meet David at the Chili Bowl in 2019 which led to the Axalta Coatings sponsorship opportunity at the Knoxville Nationals in a sprint car.
“Once I saw his performance at that race I knew he deserved a chance to pursue his dream of racing in NASCAR. It has been fun to see that come to fruition with GMS, who is leading the way in bringing new talent into the Truck Series and NASCAR.”
Sponsorship for Gravel’s five other Truck Series races has been secured and will be announced later.