Wednesday, October 31, 2007

And now your Phillip McGilton update

McGilton to drive in NCTS for Bill Davis Racing in '08.

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Bill Davis Racing announced Monday that Phillip McGilton will complete the BDR NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series trio in 2008, with teammates Mike Skinner and Johnny Benson.

"Phillip has shown us his talent on and off the racetrack," said Mark Chambers, BDR's truck team manager. "He tested for us a few weeks ago at Caraway Speedway [Asheboro, N.C.] and ran incredibly well. He has shown his abilities in the ARCA RE/MAX Series over the last few years, and we are just very excited about the opportunities that he is bringing to the table."

The 29-year-old McGilton is a native of Marion, Ill., and has been around racing for a while. McGilton ran in the AMA Motorcross Series before competing on a limited basis last year in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. The 2007 season marked McGilton's first full season of ARCA competition. The season was highlighted by a ninth-place finish at Daytona International Speedway and a sixth-place finish in the championship standings.

"I am very excited about this opportunity," McGilton said. "I tested a few weeks ago at Caraway Speedway with the BDR folks, and things went great. I was a little nervous at first, but the truck was not much different from a car on the short track, so I felt that I adapted rather quickly. This is a great accomplishment for me to land with such a great team, and I can't wait to get the ball rolling."

McGilton will make his NCTS debut aboard the No. 22 Toyota Tundra at the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. He will then run the complete NCTS schedule in 2008.

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