By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer
After completing his first full season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Spencer Boyd will move to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in 2019. The Creve Coeur, Missouri native will drive the Young’s Motorsports No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado full-time.
The organization, which will be entering it’s sixth full-time season, has two top-five and 18 top-10 finishes, and expanded to two full-time trucks last season. Austin Hill and Scott Lagasse, Jr. earned the team’s best finish, fifth, at Texas Motor Speedway and Daytona International Speedway, respectively. Young’s Motorsports earned 10 top-10 finishes in 2018.
“This is an amazing opportunity for me with a team that is committed to running up front,” said Boyd. “I learned a ton in my first full-time season in the Xfinity Series last year and the Young’s have given me the opportunity to build on that this year. For me and my career, it’s about continuing to gain experience and performing better, so that’s what we’re going to do in 2019.”
Boyd has 47 combined starts between both the Xfinity Series and Truck Series. His best career finish, 13th, came at Talladega Superspeedway for Copp Motorsports in the 2017 Truck Series Playoffs. In six Truck Series starts, Boyd has four top-20 finishes.
“We really admire Spencer for what he’s done in our sport.” said team principal Tyler Young. “He is rising through the ranks on pure grit so to add his talent to our program is a great fit. With his experience and popularity, we are looking to the 2019 season to be the one that puts Young’s Motorsports on the playoff contender map.
“My family and our partners are proud to have grown the team to run two trucks full-time last year and giving the No. 20 guys a driver like Spencer to work with every week will certainly continue to improve our program.”
Returning as crew chief for the No. 20 will be Andrew Abbott. He has been with the team since 2016, leading Lagasse to the organization’s first top-five finish. Abbot has also worked with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regulars Austin Dillon, Bubba Wallace, and Daniel Hemric.
“I’m looking forward to working with Spencer,” mentioned Abbott. “He is known for giving great feedback, taking care of his equipment, and getting the most of out of a race car. He will be an important part of our team going forward as we build on our past success.”