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McAnally-Hilgemann Racing will switch to Chevrolet and form an alliance with GMS Racing for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2022, the team announced Oct. 13.
MHR will operate out of a new shop prepared by GMS in Statesville, N.C.
“We are excited about this opportunity to be part of Chevrolet’s racing program in the Camping World Truck Series,” team co-owner Bill McAnally said in a team release. “We look forward to competing in Chevrolet Silverados as we contend for wins and championships in the series.”
“We are thrilled to form a new alliance with Bill McAnally and McAnally-Hilgemann Racing starting next season,” Mike Beam, GMS president, added. “Our team is always looking for new ways to grow and thrive, so forming an alliance with a high caliber team such as Bill’s makes great sense to us. I’m looking forward to seeing what we are able to accomplish next season and beyond.”
The switch to Chevrolet comes after three full-time seasons in the Truck Series with Toyota and driver Derek Kraus behind the wheel. Kraus has recorded five top fives and 19 top 10s in 48 starts with the team, with a best finish of second at Darlington Raceway in 2020.
According to the release, the team is working on a contract extension with Kraus for 2022. It previously announced an expansion to two trucks for next year, with Colby Howard driving the other, currently unnumbered truck.
Consistent with the changes in the Truck Series, Bill McAnally Racing will begin fielding Chevrolets in the ARCA Menards Series next season as well. Though it’s been with Toyota for many years now, BMR has fielded Chevrolets in the series earlier in its lifetime.
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