Martins Motorsports, fielded by team owner and NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Tommy Joe Martins, left the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series early in the season, but the team is making its return this weekend at Iowa Speedway with a new number and driver.
“It’s been a weird year,” said Martins in a press release. “So much has changed for our team in just one year. The Truck series has shifted dramatically. But I think we’ve found a good direction for Martins Motorsports. We’re at home in the Truck series. We want to be a platform for guys to take their first step in NASCAR – just like I did.”
Matt Mills will take control of the No. 42 Thompson Electric Chevrolet at Iowa this weekend. The 20-year-old driver from Virginia will make his fourth start of the season after running three races for Faith Motorsports. He scored a season best finish at Kansas Speedway and Dover International Speedway where he came home in the 17th position. Mills also ran two XFINITY Series races earlier in the year.
“We know we’ve got a chance to go out and compete for top-15’s consistently with Matt driving our trucks.” Martins said. “The relationship he’s formed with our crew chief Kevin Eagle is also going to give us a big head start on unloading fast. We want to give Matt as many opportunities as we can.”
The plan as of now is for Mills to run Iowa along with several other races later in the year. It was previously announced that dirt ringer J.R. Heffner would run for the team at Eldora Speedway. It’s unknown if that plan is still in action.