By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
After David Gilliland Racing merged with CROSLEY Sports Group, the new NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team has named a driver. 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Champion Chris Eggleston will pilot the team’s No. 17 Toyota Tundra in select races. DGR-CROSLEY will utilize trucks and equipment purchased from the defunct-Red Horse Racing. Eggleston’s first start is scheduled for Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Eggleston has six career Truck Series starts with a best finish of 11th in his debut at Martinsville Speedway. He also has 45 K&N West starts with nine victories, 30 top-fives, 35 top-10s, and five pole positions. Last season he finished runner-up in the points standings to his Bill McAnally Racing teammate, Todd Gilliland. Gilliland will also drive for his father’s team in select ARCA Racing Series events.
“Although DGR-Crosley will be new to the truck side of things from an ownership perspective,” Eggleston commented. “I feel very confident that we will be running up front, especially with the new trucks from Red Horse (previously known as Red Horse Racing) and support from TRD. It proves David (Gilliland) and his team are committed to their truck program and I’m really looking forward to be a part of it and help make it grow.”
DGR-CROSLEY will compete not only in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but also in ARCA and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Tyler Ankrum will run select K&N Pro Series East races for the team. DGR-CROSLEY will have support from Toyota Racing, TRD, and Kyle Busch Motorsports.
“We are excited to have Chris join our DGR-CROSLEY team and drive our truck for a few races,” the elder Gilliland said. “We’ve watched him race on the west coast, he is a West Series Champion after all and brings some experience to the table. As we navigate the first few races with a newly formed team, we are confident he will work hard and give us great feedback to learn and grow together.”
Now Eggleston and the entire DGR-CROSLEY team have time to prepare for their first start together.