Kyle Strickler has impressed numerous observers in the dirt racing world after recently moving into the Dirt Late Model ranks. The longtime star in Dirt Modifieds, who has won some of the biggest events that form of racing has to offer, has been driving a Longhorn Chassis for David and Eric Wells throughout much of 2019. The 35-year-old Pennsylvania native rose to prominence earlier this season when he led much of the first half of the prestigious Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway back in June.
Strickler has taken to Late Model racing quickly as evidenced by that Eldora run as well as a win in the Iron-Man Late Model Series on the often treacherous high banks of the Tazewell(TN) Speedway. That, in turn, has garnered the driver a great deal of attention in the racing world and that attention has led to a significant opportunity.
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Next week Strickler will make his second start in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. He will pilot a machine for DGR-Crosley Motorsports in the Eldora Dirt Derby at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH. The No. 54 Toyota Tundra has been driven by multiple drivers during the 2019 season including Natalie Decker, Anthony Alfredo and David Gilliland.
Gilliland operates the team and Strickler is excited to be reunited with someone he has worked with in the past.
“I’m really excited for the opportunity to work with David [Gilliland] and the guys at DGR-Crosley,” Strickler said in a press release from DGR-Crosley. “I feel like things are coming full circle. My first job in NASCAR was working in a fab shop for a team that David was racing for. He won that year in Kentucky, and that win helped propel him into the Cup Series. So, to say it’s cool that I now have a shot at winning for David is an understatement.”
Strickler drove in the NGOTS event last year at Eldora in his only previous start in that form of racing. A mishap in that race led to a disappointing 31st place finish. Strickler will be paired with DGR-Crosley teammate Tyler Ankrum in the Eldora Dirt Derby which will be contested on August 1st and broadcast by FS1.
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