Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick will drive the No. 17 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford F-150 for David Gilliland Racing (DGR) for the March 27 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Dirt Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
The Bristol Truck Series race is Harvick’s first NCWTS start since Aug. 1, 2015. The veteran driver started seventh and finished second at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. The Dirt Race at Bristol will mark Harvick’s 124th career series start.
“I tell all of the drivers we represent at KHI Management that nothing beats seat time, and that goes for me as well,” Harvick said. “I can learn and have some fun, all at the same time. Road-course racing and dirt-track racing is a challenge, and I’m always up for a challenge.”
Joining the lineup for the DGR No. 17 F-150 is Cup Series driver Ryan Preece. Preece will pilot the No. 17 machine for two consecutive races this season – June 18 at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway and June 26 at Pocono. Hunt Brothers Pizza will be the primary partner on the No. 17 at Nashville. The Connecticut native driver will pilot a Morton Buildings livery at Pocono.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to run Nashville and Pocono and partner with Hunt Brothers Pizza and Morton Buildings,” said Preece, a standout on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour who is now in his third year competing in the NASCAR Cup Series. “DGR has done an awesome job building its program from the short tracks to the national level. I said it at the beginning of the season, I’m going to be in the seat as much as I can be. Cup, Truck, Modifieds – whatever has four wheels and an engine that will give me the opportunity to chase after trophies.”
The No. 17 DGR entry will have several drivers this season. After Harvick’s Bristol start, DGR driver Taylor Gray will make his first career NCWTS start at Richmond (Va.) Raceway on April 17.