Venturini Motorsports announced on Wednesday, February 11th that they have formed a technical alliance with Kyle Busch Motorsports for rookie Matt Tifft to run the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season opener at Daytona.
“As a driver it’s an honor and privilege to race at Daytona,” Tifft commented. “Daytona has played such a huge role in NASCAR over the years. I’m excited for this opportunity and looking forward to my first laps around the iconic track.”
The Ohio native made three Truck Series starts last year, with a career high eighth place finish coming in his debut at Martinsville Speedway. In addition, he has made 12 ARCA starts in the past two seasons, scoring six top-fives and eight top-10s.
“Last year we had a few good runs but it was mostly about gaining experience and getting comfortable in the truck. This will be my first restrictor plate race so I need to be smart with my strategy and adapt to the style of racing,” the 18-year-old added.
The University of North Carolina freshman will drive the No. 25 Venturini Motorsports prepared Toyota Tundra, carrying a special paint scheme in recognition of Federated Auto Parts’ 30th Anniversary.
“When the chance to sponsor Matt at Daytona came our way, we jumped at the opportunity,” J.R. Bishop, Director of Motorsports and Event Marketing for Federated, said. “Matt has been a great ambassador for Federated since he raced the Federated ARCA car last year and we are pleased to continue our relationship with him in 2015.”
It was announced earlier in the off-season that Tifft will run a six-race schedule for Kyle Busch Motorsports, sharing the No. 51 truck with Kyle Busch and Daniel Saurez as KBM chases after their third straight owner’s championship.