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Raphael Lessard Competing for GMS Racing Part Time in 2021

Raphael Lessard will compete for GMS Racing in 12 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in 2021, with the possibility of more, the team announced Nov. 25.

The news comes after Kyle Busch Motorsports signed John Hunter Nemechek to pilot the No. 4 truck.

Lessard took that truck to victory lane at Talladega Superspeedway last season. In total, he earned four top fives and seven top 10s in 2020.

“Finding myself with the best team of the 2020 season is unbelievable,” Lessard said in a release. “They won the championship! I can’t wait to show what we can do aboard such great machines. The team knows how to bring potential winners at every race, a key to a great season. Our team will be great, and I can’t wait to be back on track.”

Lessard is working to obtain funding needed to run all 22 races next year.

“We are very excited to have Raphael join GMS Racing for part of the 2021 season,” Mike Beam, president of GMS Racing, said. “I believe Raphael will be a great addition to our GMS stable and I look forward to seeing him wheel one of our Chevrolets.”

GMS has yet to reveal which truck number Lessard will drive. He’ll join the 2020 Truck champion Sheldon Creed, Tyler Ankrum, Zane Smith and Chase Purdy in the GMS stable.

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Joy joined Frontstretch in 2019 as a NASCAR DraftKings writer, expanding to news and iRacing coverage in 2020. She's currently an assistant editor and involved with photos, social media and news editing. A California native, Joy was raised as a motorsports fan and started watching NASCAR extensively in 2001. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Bakersfield in 2010.

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Even his ‘Dega win was tainted. If the yellow had come out a second or two later, Trevor Bayne or Chandler Smith would have won the race. Nobody in the truck series underwhelmed as much as RL this year. At GMS, he’ll be a far smaller fish in a deeper pond…less pressure.

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