UPDATE 3: June 3, 2021 10:20 PM ET:
Cram Racing Enterprises has officially released a statement on the departure of Chris Hacker from the organization.
— Cram Racing Enterprises (@CramRacing) June 4, 2021
UPDATE 2: June 3, 2021 6:35 PM ET:
According to a social media post on Thursday Evening, Chris Hacker Motorsports and Cram Enterprises have decided to part ways, effective immediately. Hacker cites the inability to come to an agreement regarding future events as the reasoning for his departure, but is looking for future opportunities in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
— Chris Hacker (@chrishacker_) June 3, 2021
UPDATE: June 2, 2021 12:39 AM ET:
Kimberly Cram of Cram Racing Enterprises issued a statement on Tuesday night regarding the previous announcement from Chris Hacker that he would be making his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Nashville Superspeedway in the No. 41 Cram Enterprises truck.
Cram says that although Hacker made the announcement on Twitter, that there is nothing officially to announce as of yet for the No. 41 truck at Nashville.
Cram Racing Enterprises has been made aware that a statement was made prematurely by one of our development drivers. An official announcement from CRE re: the #41 truck at Nashville will be made at the proper time.
We apologize for any confusion. @Toby_Christie @marcuslemonis
— Kimberly Cram (@Kimberly_Cram) June 2, 2021
ORIGINAL STORY June 1, 2021 at 10:47 PM ET
If you tuned into Saturday’s General Tire 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, you may have noticed Chris Hacker making his series debut in the No. 94 Cram Enterprises Toyota Camry. While the young driver wasn’t necessarily fighting Joe GIbbs Racing and Venturini Motorsports for the victory, his 10th-place finish was monumental for both the organization and the 21-year-old driver.
Later this month, Hacker will take the next step in his journey to the top-echelon of NASCAR, when the Noblesville, Indiana-native makes his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in the Rackley Roofing 200 at Nashville Superspeedway, piloting the No. 41 Chevrolet Silverado for Cram Enterprises.
Despite his best efforts, Hacker’s No. 41 Chevrolet Silverado is currently set to be unsponsored for his only scheduled NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start this season, but instead will have an interesting – and possibly productive — addition to it.
“So far, this is my only [NASCAR Camping World Truck Series] race, and as much I know, it may be my last NASCAR race,” Hacker told TobyChristie.com. “I have not been able to find any partnerships in my racing career, yet, and our personal funds will be completely out after this Truck Series race. So sposnorship is crucial for my career to be able to continue.”
“As our last shot in finding potential partners, we’re putting ‘Sponsor Me’ on all of the sponsorship locations on the truck, hoping a company would see it on television,” Hacker continued. “I know it’s a ‘shoot for the stars’ situation, but it’s our last option at this point.”
While Hacker hasn’t had a company commit to serving as a sponsor for his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series efforts, it definitely isn’t for a lack of trying. Just last week, Hacker made a Tweet about Red Bull joining his racing efforts… and it. took. off.
— Chris Hacker (@chrishacker_) May 26, 2021
“My ultimate goal is to come out of the race in one piece, no matter where I finish,” Hacker said. “Obviously the higher the position the better, but I’m more focused on gaining the experience and becoming a better driver. There’s not too many people who are able to have the opportunity to compete in these levels, and I can’t explain how blessed I am to be able to. I’m not too sure yet if I’m going to be able to make it big time yet, but if somehow I’m not able too, I’ll sure have one heck of a story to tell in the future.”
While it’s likely going to be the hardest weekend of Hacker’s young racing career, the 21-year-old will have the added benefit of practice and qualifying sessions on his side, as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series contests the inaugural Rackley Roofing 200 at Nashville Superspeedway.