When the NASCAR Cup and Tenting World Truck Collection hit the dust at Bristol Motor Speedway for the primary time in late March, Mike Marlar will get an opportunity to run each. On Monday night, MBM Motorsports and Hill Motorsports introduced Marlar will respectively run the Cup and Truck Bristol races for them. Marlar will drive the #56 Chevrolet Silverado for Hill within the Saturday Truck occasion, adopted by making his premier sequence début the following day in MBM’s #66.
“That is going to be attention-grabbing and I’m actually trying ahead to the problem,” Marlar mentioned in a launch from MBM. “That is one thing that may not have been potential with out the assistance of (MBM proprietor) Carl Lengthy and Rocky and Tom Smith from Smithbuilt Properties. That is such a cool alternative for me being a dust racer from Jap Tennessee having the ability to compete within the prime sequence of NASCAR at Bristol.”
The 2018 World of Outlaws Late Mannequin Collection champion, Marlar made his NASCAR début within the 2019 Truck occasion at Eldora Speedway—then the one dust monitor in NASCAR—for Reaume Brothers Racing. He completed the race in fourth for what stays RBR’s greatest end and lone prime 5 to this point.
Later within the yr, he joined MBM for the Xfinity Collection race at Richmond, although his day ended with a crash on the opening lap. Whereas the race didn’t go as hoped, he continued dabbling in pavement racing akin to Tremendous Late Fashions.
In any other case, his specialty remained on dust. In 2020, he completed twentieth within the Lucas Oil Late Mannequin Filth Collection standings with a win at Florence Speedway. After 9 races into the 2021 season, he sits eighth in factors with two top-five finishes and 4 prime tens.
Whereas MBM is primarily a Toyota and Ford crew whereas Hill fields Chevrolets, the latter’s proprietor Timmy Hill races for MBM within the Xfinity and Cup Collection. On the Cup degree, Hill’s greatest end for the crew is twenty-ninth on the Daytona street course after the primary 5 races. Whereas Hill has served because the crew’s main Cup driver since they started racing within the sequence in 2017, different drivers have often made begins for them as nicely, akin to Garrett Smithley trying the Daytona 500 within the #13.
“I’m excited to have Mike in our automobile once more, he’s a champion dust driver being paired with (crew chief) Clinton Cram, I might be one in every of many individuals excited to observe this duo go to work,” Lengthy mentioned. “We like being underrated and hope to shock lots of people.”
MBM’s Xfinity facet operates the #13, #61, and #66. MBM’s press launch additionally mentions “rookie driver” Matt Jaskol as a part of the lineup, although specifics akin to a schedule and automobile quantity weren’t given. Jaskol is a kart racer who has hung out within the Pink Bull Junior Staff, received the 2005 ASA Velocity Truck Problem championship, and was a solid member on the tv present Castaways.
Based in 2019, Hill Motorsports’ #56 is principally shared by Hill and his youthful brother Tyler; the previous scored a ninth-place end on the Daytona RC in February. Gus Dean drove the #56 within the opener on Daytona’s oval. It’s not instantly recognized if Marlar can even run the Truck Collection’ different dust occasion at Knoxville Raceway in July.
“It is a very distinctive alternative to tie our truck program with Hill Motorsports together with MBM Motorsports with the Xfinity and Cup packages collectively,” Hill commented. “I’m trying ahead to our first occasion with LiftKits4less.com with Mike Marlar in our #56 truck at Bristol! Mike has impressed me in so some ways and I’m trying ahead to seeing him deal with this new race monitor! My favourite tracks are developing throughout this early summer time stretch and we’re going to have some thrilling finishes with LiftKits4Less.com on board!”
Marlar is the third confirmed Cup newcomer for the Meals Metropolis Filth Race on 28 March, becoming a member of Chris Windom and Shane Golobic. In addition to Cup drivers like Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. with little expertise on the floor, dust ringers for the Pinty’s Filth Truck Race on 27 March embrace Cup rookie Chase Briscoe and NASCAR débutant Jessica Friesen.