Gray Gaulding will attempt first Cup race at Martinsville

Gray Gaulding hopes to make his Sprint Cup debut at Martinsville Speedway.

Gray Gaulding will attempt first Cup race at Martinsville
Gray Gaulding, Roush Fenway Racing Ford
Gray Gaulding, Roush Fenway Racing Ford
Gray Gaulding, Roush Fenway Racing Ford
Gray Gaulding leads Tyler Reddick and Matt Crafton
Gray Gaulding
Gray Gaulding

The 18-year-old Colonial Heights, Va. native will attempt to qualify the No. 30 Feed the Children Chevy with The Motorsports Group in next weekend’s Goody’s 500.

“It’s exciting bringing a new partner into the series and to be making my NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at a track like Martinsville where we’ve had a really good history in the past is honestly unfathomable” said Gaulding. “I’m excited to partner with Feed the Children and use NASCAR as a platform to deliver our message and work to create a world where no child goes to bed hungry.

“A lot has happened in a short period of time but I’ve never been as excited to debut this beautiful Feed the Children car next week at Martinsville Speedway.”

Gaulding, a former NASCAR Next racer, made his K&N Pro Series East debut in 2013. That same season, he won the KNPSW finale at Phoenix. Gaulding finished seventh in the East standings as a rookie. In 2014, Gaulding finished third in the KNPSE standings running nine races in the Camping World Truck Series. His best truck result was fourth at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

Gaulding ran a limited four-race truck schedule in 2015. He had an impressive average qualifying effort of 8.8, completed 99.9 percent of all laps raced and posted one top-10 finish at Loudon. This season, Gaulding finished ninth in the ARCA season opener at Daytona. He made his Xfinity Series debut with Roush Fenway Racing at Bristol in August, then returned to action at his home track of Richmond three races later. Gaulding finished 13th in both events. 

“We are pleased to sponsor Gray Gaulding, the youngest NASCAR driver in the Martinsville field and one of the most promising and fierce competitors among the many legendary NASCAR drivers who have made NASCAR one of the most exciting sports in America,” said the Hon. J.C. Watts, Jr., president and CEO of Feed the Children. “He’s not only bold in his approach, he’s also blazing new trails, and we at Feed the Children strive to do the same. Gray knows firsthand the value of family, especially the NASCAR family who has joined us in our work as we have brought disaster relief to those whose lives and livelihoods have been severely affected by Hurricane Matthew and all the subsequent flooding.

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