By AMANDA VINCENT
Canadian race car driver Dominique Van Wieringen plans to make her NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut Friday night, driving a No. 02 Ford in the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. She’ll be in the truck as a result of a deal between Young’s Motorsports, a regular competitor in the Truck Series, and Rette Jones Racing, the team for which Van Wieringen races in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
“I’m very humbled by this opportunity to make my Truck Series debut at Phoenix,” Van Wieringen said. “We’ve been working hard on this project since the checkered flag flew at Dover in October, and I’m excited to go to Phoenix and see what we can do.”
A race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway last month was the season-finale for the K&N Pro Series East. She completed the 2016 season in that series with three-straight top-five finishes, a first for a female in the series. She also posted five top-10s in 14 races this year.
“We wouldn’t be going to Phoenix if we didn’t think Dominique could do a good job,” team owner Mark Rette said. “Our goal is to just get her some laps, earn some respect and see the checkered flag. Dominique proved she is a phenomenal short-track racer in K&N this year, and with Phoenix having that short track mentality, I think her adjustment to the trucks will be quick, and she’ll find her groove easy.”
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