17-year-old made nine Truck Series starts with NTS Motorsports in 2014 Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live RELATED: Full entry list for Martinsville Red Horse Racing officials said Monday that NASCAR Next driver Gray Gaulding will drive the team's No. 7 Toyota in Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Martinsville Speedway . Representatives with the Tom DeLoach-owned Red Horse team confirmed the one-race deal for Gaulding on Monday morning, shortly after NTS Motorsports announced that the 17-year-old driver had left its organization. Krispy Kreme, a sponsor of Gaulding since his days racing in the developmental NASCAR K&N Pro Series, will back his Red Horse No. 7 Toyota Tundra entry in Saturday's Kroger 250 (2:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). Gaulding and Red Horse Racing are working on adding additional races for him in the Truck Series. "This is a awesome opportunity for myself and Krispy Kreme," Gaulding said in a team release provided by Red Horse Racing. "We have had a relationship with Toyota and Toyota Racing Development (TRD) for several years and when the opportunity came to partner with (team owner Tom) DeLoach and Red Horse Racing it was a dream come true. Walking into that facility just three days ago and seeing the teamwork, professionalism, and how everyone was working together I knew instantly this is where I needed to be to compete in the Camping World Truck Series. Red Horse Racing, Toyota, and Triad Engines really stepped up to make this happen so quickly for me." Butch Hylton will be the crew chief for the No. 7 entry. The veteran wrench has eight wins atop the pit box in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with two of those victories coming at Martinsville. He also has eight wins atop the pit box in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. "This all came about very quickly, but a lot of hard work by everyone here at Red Horse Racing and the support from Toyota and Triad Engines made it happen," DeLoach said in a release. "I've known Gray (Gaulding) for a long time and expect him to be strong at Martinsville (Speedway)." In addition, Gaulding will partner will Precision Performance Motorsports for the remaining NASCAR K&N Pro Series East slate. He is currently third in the point standings in that series. NTS, which will field entries at Martinsville for former series champ James Buescher and Daniel Hemric , first joined forces with Gaulding in 2014. Gaulding, the youngest winner in K&N Pro Series history, drove NTS trucks in nine Camping World Truck Series races last season scoring a fourth-place finish at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for his first top-five in a NASCAR national series. "I am very appreciative of Gray and everything that Gray Gaulding Racing did to help NTS Motorsports during their time with us," team owner Bob Newberry said in a release provided by the team. "I wish them nothing but good luck in the future." Red Horse will also field Toyotas for former Martinsville winner Timothy Peters and 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Ben Kennedy this weekend. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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Cousin of Jeff Gordon part of NASCAR Next class RELATED: Meet the new NASCAR Next class " More on NASCAR Next At age 17, James Bickford hasn't had to do much waiting for success in NASCAR's developmental ranks to come his way. But even his first taste of triumph in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West had an unintended test of his patience. A first-time win would be memorable enough on its own merit, but oh, what the Victory Lane photos could have been. Shortly after Bickford flashed under the checkered flag first last July at State Line Speedway in Post Falls, Idaho, he felt a trickle of blood from his nose just before the post-race ceremonies were about to start. WATCH: NASCAR Next class introduced "I don't know what it was from -- it was either yelling or I hit myself on something when I was getting out, but I had to wait inside the car," said Bickford, who also contended with the complicating matter of losing his voice. "People were like, 'What's going on?' I'm holding it and am just, 'I've got a bloody nose and I can't get out of the car right now.' We had to wait and everybody's standing around the car and they all have their cameras ready. That's a story a lot of people don't know. "It was definitely very exciting. It was unbelievable, definitely one of the biggest wins I've had in my career so far. It was definitely an eye-opening experience, for sure." Tuesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, after another holding pattern that he described as "nerve-wracking," Bickford made another major step forward in his racing career as one of the 12 members unveiled for the NASCAR Next youth initiative. Again, the wait -- which spanned months after his initial application for the program -- was a tough one to take, but a gratifying one in the end. "I knew everybody knew, but it was just waiting to see the e-mail whether I was in it or not," Bickford said of the long days that followed the committee's voting process. "When I got the e-mail, I was just so happy because this is just such a great opportunity to be a part of a program like this." Bickford has already been afforded the luxury of plenty of great opportunities, including his top-flight ride in the K&N Pro Series West with the Bob Bruncati-owned No. 6 Ford team. But he also has a connection to stock-car royalty, owing to family ties with his cousin, Jeff Gordon . Bickford's uncle is John Bickford, Gordon's stepfather and a guiding force behind the four-time NASCAR champion's racing career. While the younger Bickford says the bond with Gordon is a special one, he's also eager to make his name stand out on its own. "Definitely carve my own niche," James Bickford said. "It's an asset in terms of advice. He's been to some of the tracks that we race at, like Phoenix and Sonoma, so when we go to those tracks, he's definitely a huge help with advice and connections, with him being able to introduce me to people that are important to my success. It definitely helps a ton." Bickford is already balancing the rigors of his K&N racing schedule with online studies as a junior in high school, while delving into the realm of business ownership. His involvement as part of the NASCAR Next 2015-16 roster will only increase his obligations, but his visibility in the racing industry should take a similar spike. And while the racing schedule is still in the early stages, well into the heart of springtime, Bickford said it's not too early to start thinking about 2016. A handful of his NASCAR Next classmates -- Cole Custer , Austin Hill and John Hunter Nemechek among them -- have already embarked on part-time duty in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the first rung of the national series ladder. A similar career arc would suit Bickford just fine. "We're always searching," Bickford said. "Most likely, when we're putting efforts in, we're putting them toward next year. But if the opportunity arose, then I would be willing to step into a truck just like anybody else. Honestly, I'd be willing to race anything and everything. As long as I'm in a race car, I'm happy." "As long as I'm in a race car, I'm happy" -- James Bickford
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Family will focus on supporting families for domestic adoption RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today FORT WORTH, Texas -- NASCAR Nationwide Series driver James Buescher and his wife Kris announced at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday the launching of the Buescher Foundation to support domestic adoption. The former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion from Plano, Texas, and his wife adopted their son Stetson a little over a year ago and picked the first day of National Adoption Month to reveal the start of the first NASCAR driver foundation devoted to this cause. Kris Buescher said there are 100,000 children eligible for adoption in the United States and the average cost to adopt is $40,000. She said the foundation will provide grants, starting in the first quarter of next year, for people who are selected through the foundation's application process. "It's been a life-changing experience for us to become parents," James Buescher said. "Going through the adoption process we got to see firsthand what it entails and how difficult it can be, but also how rewarding it can be." According to Kris, there are 300,000 children in foster care in the United States and when they turn 18, they may not have homes to go to. That was a big reason why the Bueschers wanted to focus on domestic adoption for their foundation. In addition to financial support, the foundation will provide much-needed emotional support for families who are going through the adoption process. "It's a very, very tough thing to go through and if you don't have a good support system, it makes it even worse," Kris Buescher said. "So we just want to be there for those families." The Fraternal Order of Eagles presented a check for $50,000 on Saturday to the foundation. For more information on the Buescher Foundation, go to www.thebuescherfoundation.org. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
James Buescher wins the Fan Appreciation 200 Presented by New Holland at Iowa Speedway.