The 21-year-old driver, who finished third in the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship standings, will kick-off his part-time Truck Series schedule at Daytona International Speedway in the ARCO Design/Build Ford F-150 for Empire Racing Group. He will then move over to his own race team – Austin Hill Racing – for the remainder of his season.
“I’m very excited about this season and transitioning Austin Hill Racing into a Camping World Truck Series team,” said Hill. “We are going to be doing it like we did the K&N Series with the guys that we used last year. We’re just trying to step up the ranks. I feel like this move will be a good stepping stone for us as a team, and I want to go out there and prove that we belong in this series.”
Hill, a Winston, Ga. native, is set to enter the field at tracks including Atlanta, Dover, Kentucky, Bristol, Texas.
“My goal has always been to run up front and hopefully get a couple of wins,” said Hill. “To get one win this season in the Truck Series would be awesome, with it being a top-three series in NASCAR. I’m looking to at least get one win and a good Top-10 finish week-in and week-out as long as we don’t have any big problems. We have a good truck. Now, we just have to have the right setup under us to make it happen.”
Veteran crew chief Doug Chouinard, who previously partnered with Hill in the K&N Pro Series, will guide the rookie competitor in this next level of his career.
“Doug has been in the sport for a long time,” said Hill. “He ran with Todd Bodine when he ran the No. 30 Toyota Tundra. He’s got a lot of knowledge and I’ve already learned a lot from him.”
Hill has competed in six NCWTS races over the past two years. In his first start, Hill led 21 of 200 laps at Martinsville in 2014.