By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
Another piece of GMS Racing’s 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series line-up has been fallen into place. NASCAR Next alumni Dalton Sargeant will drive the No. 25 Chevrolet Silverado. Sargeant joins Niece Motorsports’ Justin Fontaine as part of the 2018 Truck Series Rookie Class.
Sargeant has six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts to date with two top-10 finishes. He also has 35 ARCA Racing Series starts. In ARCA competition, Sargeant has four victories, 20 top-fives, 30 top-10s, and one pole position. In his only full-time season, he finished runner-up in the Championship Points Standings to Austin Theriault.
“I’m really excited to be joining a championship-caliber team in GMS Racing for the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season,” said Sargeant. “Mike Beam and everyone at GMS Racing has put so much effort into this No. 25 team during the off-season and I can’t thank them enough for this opportunity. GMS Racing has put together an all-star team of people and equipment, plus had faith in me to drive and compete for wins. I’m looking forward to what we can accomplish in 2018. It’s always been a dream and a goal to compete at this level in NASCAR. I left a career and a life in Europe to compete against the best in NASCAR and today is that day. We have a full slate of things coming up as a team and I know we’re all really looking forward to getting on the track and beginning the season.”
On top of the pit box, Sargeant will have veteran crew chief Doug Randolph. Randolph most recently worked with Austin Cindric at Brad Keselowski Racing, leading him to a third-place points finish. As a crew chief in the Truck Series, he has seven victories, 51 top-fives, 88 top-10s, and seven pole positions in 139 races on top of the war wagon.
“I can’t thank Mike Beam and GMS Racing enough for the opportunity to lead this race team in 2018,” said Randolph. “I met Mike on my first job in racing as a mechanic for Junior Johnson’s team in 1982. We’ve worked together many times throughout our careers and have stayed friends along the way. He and Maury Gallagher have certainly given us all the resources we need to win races and championships. I’ve watched Dalton progress in his career for a while now. He’s been impressive and won in everything he’s driven, against tough competition for years. I’ve taken a lot of pride into developing drivers over the years, and the opportunity to work with Dalton at a race team like GMS Racing is something that I’m excited to be a part of.”
Sponsorship for Sargeant’s No. 25 Chevrolet Silverado will be announced later. Until then, Sargeant and Randolph will prepare for an upcoming open test at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as well as the season opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway February 16.