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Timothy Peters will pilot Niece Motorsports’ No. 44 Chevrolet Silverado for the first three races of the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, the team announced Thursday, Jan. 31.
Peters will carry sponsorship backing from the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation for the season-opening NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 15.
Additional sponsorship backing for the events at Atlanta Motor Speedway (Feb. 23) and Las Vegas Motor Speedway (March 1) will be announced at a later date.
“I’m really excited for the opportunity to race the first three races for Niece Motorsports,” Peters said in a team release. “Al Niece, Cody Efaw and everyone within Niece Motorsports have been working very hard towards the 2019 season, and I’m looking forward to showing what we can accomplish and build in these first three races.”
No stranger to the Truck Series, Peters has tallied 243 starts across 14 seasons, much of which came for Red Horse Racing.
The 38-year-old made five starts last season driving for Ricky Benton Racing and GMS Racing. Among those five starts, the Danville, Va., native netted his 11th career victory at Talladega Superspeedway driving the No. 25 for GMS.
In addition to his victory, Peters scored two top fives and four top 10s last season.
In 2018, Niece Motorsports expanded to two full-time teams, fielding trucks for Justin Fontaine and Austin Wayne Self. The team also fielded a third part-time team for drivers Ross Chastain, Landon Huffman, TJ Bell and Max McLaughlin. In 2019, Peters will be joined by teammates Reid Wilson and Chastain, who will share the No. 45 ride for the full season.
“Timothy is a proven winner and we are thrilled to have him on board to start this season,” said Niece Motorsports general manager Cody Efaw. “He has a ton of experience in these trucks and obviously a tremendous amount of talent. As a team we are excited about what Timothy brings to the table and look forward to running up front with him behind the wheel.”
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