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Austin Hill Returning to NASCAR Truck Series Full-Time in 2021; Will Run Partial Schedule in NASCAR Xfinity Series

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS – JULY 24: Austin Hill, driver of the #16 United Rentals Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Kansas 200 at Kansas Speedway on July 24, 2020 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Prior to the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 at Martinsville Speedway, Austin Hill announced that he would return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series full-time in 2021, marking his third full campaign with Hattori Racing Enterprises and with crew chief Scott Zipadelli.

“I can’t imagine a better scenario than to be with this team and everybody at HRE,” Hill said. “I keep saying it, but I truly believe this is the best team in the series and I’m proud to race with this group and can’t wait to continue what we’ve built over the last two seasons. It’s even better to have partners like United Rentals and everyone at Toyota and Toyota Racing Development for supporting our program like they do. We’re glad to have next year laid out, but we have two more races to try and win a championship.”

The Winston, Georgia-native will bring sponsorship from United Rentals once again in 2021, as the company’s familiar blue and white colors will once again adorn the No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota Tundra for multiple races next season.

“Austin Hill and HRE are great partners,” said Rob Halsey, director, customer & marketing strategy for United Rentals. “We all agree that a focus on safety and data, with the right partners, makes all the difference whether on the track or on the jobsite. United Rentals is excited to see Austin close out a strong 2020 and return in 2021 to build on that success.”

In his 44 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts to date – the most of any driver at Hattori Racing Enterprises — Hill has visited victory lane six times, while collecting 11 top-fives and 17 top-10s.

“We’re glad to keep the team together next season with Austin and United Rentals,” team owner Shige Hattori said. “He has done a great job with Scott and the entire team the last two years, and hopefully we can close out this season with a championship and start strong at Daytona next year.”

Alongside his full-time schedule in the NASCAR Truck Series next season, Hill confirmed that he would continue to run a partial schedule in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

 

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