McAnally-Hilgemann Racing will transition from fielding Toyotas in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series, to fielding Chevrolet affiliated entries in both series beginning next season, the organization announced on Wednesday.
The single truck operation – which is set to become a two-truck operation at the beginning of next season, with the team’s addition of Colby Howard — will return to team co-owner Bill McAnally’s roots in 2022, as Bill McAnally Racing initially fielded Chevrolets in the ARCA Menards Series until 2008, when the team aligned with Toyota Racing Development.
“Chevrolet is looking forward to working with McAnally-Hilgemann Racing as one of our truck series teams for 2022,” said Dayne Pierantoni, GM Racing Program Manager for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. “Bill McAnally has demonstrated his commitment to fielding championship-caliber teams over the years and his record speaks for itself. With Bill’s commitment to working in conjunction with our existing partners under the Chevrolet banner, we are expecting great results from his organization.”
In addition to the organization’s manufacturer change for next season, the team has formed an alliance with GMS Racing, which will see McAnally-Hilgemann Racing utilize one of the championship-winning organization’s buildings in Statesville, North Carolina for their operations.
“We are excited about this opportunity to be part of Chevrolet’s racing program in the Camping World Truck Series,” McAnally said. “We look forward to competing in Chevrolet Silverados as we contend for wins and championships in the series.”
Since the team was founded in 2014, GMS Racing has captured a pair of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series titles, as well as four championships across the divisions of the ARCA Menards Series (one national title, two East Series titles, and one Sioux Chief Showdown title), while also collecting victories in the Xfinity Series. In 2022, the team will also compete full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series.
“We are thrilled to form a new alliance with Bill McAnally and McAnally-Hilgemann Racing starting next season,” said Mike Beam, President of GMS Racing. “Our team is always looking for new ways to grow and thrive, so forming an alliance with a high caliber team such as Bill’s makes great sense to us. I’m looking forward to seeing what we are able to accomplish next season and beyond.”
According to McAnally, working with a championship-caliber organization such as GMS Racing will be a great benefit to McAnally-Hilgemann Racing.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to work with a team the caliber of GMS Racing as we prepare to partner with Chevrolet next season,” McAnally said. “We’re anxious to move ahead and we’re confident that our alliance with GMS will be beneficial to both teams.”
In September, McAnally-Hilgemann Racing announced that Colby Howard would be joining the team next season, as the team works to expand to a two-truck effort for next season. At this time, the team says they’re still working on the details of a new agreement with Derek Kraus. An update on that and other plans for next year will be announced at a later date.
Bill McAnally Racing’s program in the ARCA Menards Series West will remain open but will do so with the support of Chevrolet, instead of Toyota. Over the years the team has accumulated 10 championships in the series and will look to extend their record further this November at Phoenix Raceway, with Jesse Love and Cole Moore.