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ASHLEY ASKS…… Tyler Dippel

In the most recent NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series race, Tyler Dippel put together a solid-run en route to placing 10th for his first career top-10 finish.

The Young’s Motorsports driver recently spoke with POPULAR SPEED about his season to date, as well as outlook moving forward.

POPULAR SPEED: How would you rate your season to date?

Rusty Jarrett | NKP

TYLER DIPPEL: I think it’s going pretty good. We need to get our stuff a little bit better, but everyone is starting to work together really good. I think we’re making positive gains on the trucks, and I’m getting better at the bigger trucks. We just need to keep working on it, and it’s getting better and better each week.

PS: What did it mean for you to score your first career truck top-10 at Texas?

DIPPEL: It’s a big confidence builder to get up there and run with those guys, and I think it’s only going to keep getting better from there. I think that was really good for us.

PS: What do you feel that you and Young’s Motorsports could do even better?

DIPPEL: We just need to work on the trucks, and then just experience for me. It’s going to be a whole team thing. I think we’re going to grow and get better as the season goes on.

PS: What are your thoughts as we look towards Dover?

DIPPEL: I’m excited for Dover as it’s a place that I’ve ran at with the K&N Series, and it’s always cool to go to a track that you’ve been to before, unlike seeing most of these places for the first time like I have been. Plus, I think it’s a really fun race track so I’m looking forward to it.

PS: Beyond Dover, what track are you most looking forward to?

Rusty Jarrett | NKP

DIPPEL: Probably Eldora, because I’m a dirt racer so that’s probably what I have circled on the calendar.

PS: What track do you wish was on the truck series schedule?

DIPPEL: I’d probably have to say a place like Memphis would be pretty cool that we raced at in the K&N Series.

PS: We’ve seen drivers trying different series and cars. Is there anything on your bucket list for one day?

DIPPEL: I’d like to drive everything, pretty much. Nothing stands out in particular, as I kind of want to try everything that I can get my hands on.

PS: Based on your racing experience to date, what would be your advice to the next wave of drivers coming up?

DIPPEL: Just get in a racecar as much as you can, and work hard, and never give up.

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TRACKING THE CHANGES: Gander Outdoor Truck Series Silly Season Part 2

From one season to the next, NASCAR is never short of changes as there are always drivers in new rides entering another year of NASCAR competition. The Truck Series is also seeing a change of their own, with the new identity as it will be known as the Gander Outdoor Truck Series, rather than the Camping World Truck Series. 

Earlier this month, POPULAR SPEED released the first edition of Tracking the Changes for the Truck Series Silly Season, detailing the moves for several different drivers across the grid. Since then, there’s been more announcements made. So let’s review where things stand as of January 28, 2019.

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Although Ross Chastain lost his opportunity in the NASCAR XFINITY Series with Chip Ganassi Racing, he will be behind the wheel in 2019. He will be sharing the Niece Motorsports entry with Reid Wilson, with Phil Gould calling the shots on the pit box.

Chastain became a hot topic for Silly Season after visiting victory lane in NASCAR’s second-tier division for Chip Ganassi Racing, and was initially announced to drive the team’s entry full-time in 2019. However, it was announced  that CGR will be shutting down their team due to a lack of funding. The news came following sponsor DC Solar’s offices were raided by the FBI. 

SEE ALSO: Tracking the Changes – XFINITY Series Edition

Meanwhile, Wilson made three starts in the truck series last season, scoring a best finish of 16th at Martinsville Speedway.

Russel LaBounty | NKP

Young’s Motorsports continues expanding their program, announcing that Tyler Dippel will be driving for them full-time in 2019. He placed second in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings last year, on top of making five truck series starts with a season-best 13th at Eldora Speedway.

Recall, that will give Young’s Motorsports three trucks full-time in 2019 as they already announced Spencer Boyd and Gus Dean as part of their team.

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To nobody’s surprise, Todd Gilliland will return to Kyle Busch Motorsports to chase after the championship. Gilliland had a successful rookie campaign in 2018, scoring four top-five’s and 19 top-10’s. 

Gillliland will have a strong teammate in Harrison Burton, who takes over the No. 18 ride full-time that was driven by Noah Gragson, as Gragson moves up to the XFINITY Series with JR Motorsports. 

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JJL Motorsports will continue their venture in the truck series, with Jesse Little set to run up to 15 races depending on sponsorship. The team will have a slightly new look, though, in the form of a new crew chief and new personnel. JR Norris has joined the team as crew chief of the team’s No. 97 Ford F150’s this year. Jamie Smith and Josh Frankos also join the team in a truck chief and Lead Mechanic role and will work side-by-side with Norris.

Little was known as the man with the small team that could after scoring six top-10’s in nine races last year. 

EMAIL ASHLEY AT ashley.mccubbin@popularspeed.com

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