Story By: COURTNEY MCGARRY / YOUNG’S MOTORSPORTS – MOORESVILLE, NC – Young’s Motorsports has signed Tyler Dippel to its lineup for the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) season. Dippel will pilot the team’s No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado, joining teammates Spencer Boyd and Gus Dean.
With this news, Young’s Motorsports expands its fleet to three full-time Chevrolet Silverados, following the previous season’s two team effort. It will be the first full-time season for Dippel in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series. The Wallkill, N.Y.,-native will contend for the 2019 Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.
“I am really excited to join Young’s Motorsports,” Dippel said. “It is an organization that keeps growing and building on its foundation. Young’s Motorsports brings fast Chevrolet Silverados to the track each week, and I’m beyond excited to climb behind the wheel for the team.
“I think it is going to be a good year. Our primary goal is to run well – week in and week out. I believe aiming for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Playoffs is a realistic goal for our No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado team. That is what we will shoot for first, and we can make it happen because of the great group of guys I have on the team.”
A dirt racer by trade, Dippel made his NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series debut on July 18, 2018 at the Eldora Speedway, the high-banked, half-mile oval located in Rossburg, Ohio. Dippel collected four top-15 finishes across five starts in 2018 – with 782 of 784 laps completed.
Dippel has capitalized on his three NASCAR K&N Pro Series East seasons, where he collected two victories (Mobile International Speedway, Langley Speedway), nine top-five finishes, and 21 top-10 finishes. In addition to his successful NASCAR K&N Pro Series East campaign, Dippel was named to the 2016-2017 NASCAR Next class.
The 18-year-old has eight starts in the ARCA Racing Series with two top-five finishes, and three top-ten finishes.
“I am working with Chad Kendrick, who is a well-known and established crew chief,” Dippel said. “From spending time at the shop, everyone seems to gel well together. Everyone gets along together, and everyone’s spirits are high which will result in a good start to the season.”
While this marks crew chief Chad Kendrick’s first season with Dippel, it will mark his third season atop the pit box for the organization, returning to the No. 02 team. He has previously manned the helm for drivers Ryan Blaney, Austin Dillon, Daniel Hemric, Brad Keselowski, and Joey Logano. As a NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series crew chief, Kendrick is credited with six victories.
Young’s Motorsports team principal Tyler Young believes Dippel’s ascension to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series is proof of his talent.
“We are really looking forward to having Tyler Dippel this year,” Young said. “He has really done a good job in the past, and has taken care of his equipment with proven consistency on track.
“Tyler has risen through the ranks the right way with his progression. With a racing career starting at seven-years-old, he has been around the sport a long time. His NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series experience will help when we get to Daytona (International Speedway), and, obviously, the following weekend at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. I expect him to fire-off and be really fast right off the bat.”
The partnership kicks off with the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Friday, February 15. The NextEra Energy Resources 250 will be broadcast live on FS1 on Friday at 7:30 p.m. (ET).