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Gray Gaulding to Announce XFINITY Series Plans for 2016

Though former Camping World Truck Series driver Gray Gaulding has not made a NASCAR-sanctioned start so far in 2016 there’s plenty to be excited for in terms of his future career. Gaulding will announce his plans to run select XFINITY Series races this season “next week,” saying he is excited to finally make the decision public.

“[I’m] really looking forward to it,” Gaulding told Frontstretch Friday at Martinsville. “I have some good tracks I’m going to go to and be able to run that I’ve ran before. I’m looking forward to announcing my team.”

A native of Virginia, Gaulding is a winner in the K&N Pro Series West Series and has 13 CWTS starts to his record, earning a best of fourth at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in 2014. Making 38 starts in the K&N Pro Series East from 2013 to ’15, Gaulding had three runner-up results.

Never touching an XFINITY Series machine, Gaulding is excited to meet the next challenge as the 18-year-old teenager looks to accelerate his climb up the stock car racing ladder.

“We’ve been working with them for a little bit,” he explained in terms of the upcoming partnership announcement. “I’ll be excited to let everybody know and get to work. Hopefully, we can go out, run well and hopefully win a race.”

In the meantime, Gaulding will spend the race weekend supporting his friend Shane Lee as he attempts his Truck Series debut for Bobby Dotter.

“We’ve been kind of close for a couple years, our families are really close,” Gaulding said. “I’m a little younger than he is but I’ve had more experience on the NASCAR side. Hopefully, he can get a good run in this weekend.”

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