Justin Boston (full-time), Matt Tifft (6 races) to run for KBM in 2015 NASCAR Trucks season

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Before capturing another NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner’s title in last night’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kyle Busch Motorsports finalized its 2015 driver roster.

Justin Boston (pictured) will make the jump from ARCA to the Truck Series as KBM’s second full-time pilot alongside Erik Jones. In addition to finishing fifth in ARCA points this past year, Boston also made a pair of NASCAR Nationwide/XFINITY Series starts for Joe Gibbs Racing (ninth at Kentucky, 12th at Dover) and one Truck Series start (30th at Bristol).

Additionally, Matt Tifft has scored a six-race deal with KBM that will see him share driving duties with Busch and JGR Nationwide driver Daniel Suarez.

Tifft had a varied schedule in 2014, competing in ARCA (five Top-5s and seven Top-10s in 10 starts), the Truck Series, and both the East and West divisions of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. He ran three of the final four Truck Series events this year with a top finish of eighth at Martinsville.

“Adding these two talented young drivers to the driver lineup at KBM next season gives us the opportunity to compete for the Rookie of the Year honors with Justin, a driver’s championship with Erik, and the owner’s championship sharing a truck between Matt, myself and Daniel,” Busch said in a statement.

“Justin was able to pick up a couple ARCA wins this season and had solid runs in his starts for JGR in the Nationwide Series. Matt knocked on the door of victory a couple times in the ARCA Series while running a part-time schedule and had a nice run in his Truck Series debut at Martinsville last month. We’re looking forward to seeing both of them behind the wheel of our Tundras next year.”

With KBM set for 2015, that leads to the question of what will happen to Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., who won last night’s Ford Ecoboost 200. Now that his time with KBM is over, Wallace heads into – as of now – an uncertain future.

“I wish things were finalized,” Wallace said following his latest win. “We’re continuing to work hard to find out future plans for me. I’m going to go play some golf down here in Miami, enjoy this win, enjoy the off-season. But as far as plans, we’re continuing to work hard.

“You never know, we could be in the XFINITY Series, get some Truck races. You never know, we’re working hard with [Joe Gibbs], everybody at JGR, they’ve been giving me a great opportunity ever since ’09…Hopefully, this helps some way, but we’ll stay on it and come up with something soon, I hope.”

In his own post-race comments, Busch said he expects to see Wallace run at least part-time in the XFINITY Series in 2015, but didn’t know for how many races.

Rinus VeeKay to drive for Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020

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Ed Carpenter Racing has signed 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay to drive the full 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, the team announced Wednesday.

VeeKay will drive the No. 21 Chevrolet previously occupied by Spencer Pigot.

“I’m so happy!” the 19-year-old driver from the Netherlands said in a press release. “It’s a dream come true and something we have worked extremely hard for over the last couple of years. To step up from USF2000 to the NTT IndyCar Series in three years is really special.”

In his maiden Indy Lights season this year, VeeKay collected six race victories and seven pole potions. VeeKay previously won the 2018 Indy Pro 2000 championship, and finished second in the 2017 USF2000 standings.

VeeKay’s success in the ladder series caught the attention of Carpenter, who gave VeeKay the opportunity to first test for the team at Portland International Raceway in August.

“I have been following Rinus’s path through the Road to Indy, especially the past two years,” Carpenter said. “It was clear to me that he deserves to be in an Indy car. After his first day in a car at Portland this past season, that feeling became even more apparent. His pace, feedback and demeanor inside the car was very impressive for such a young driver.”

As a driver, Carpenter will be VeeKay’s teammate during the five oval races in 2020, once again returning to the team’s No. 20 entry. An announcement on which driver will pilot the No. 20 on the road and street circuits will be made at a later time.

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