GMS Racing announced Thursday (June 17) it is planning to compete in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2022.
The announcement did not include details on how many races it would enter or who would drive for the team.
GMS, owned by Maury Gallagher, currently races full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with multiple entries. It began competing in the Truck Series in 2013 and also fielded NASCAR Xfinity Series cars from 2016-19.
A Chevrolet-backed team, GMS has won 61 races across the ARCA Menards Series, Truck Series and Xfinity Series. GMS also claimed the 2016 and 2020 Camping World Trucks championships, the 2015 ARCA Menards Series championship and the ARCA East championship in 2019 and 2020.
“GMS is always looking forward and I believe this is the next step for the team in that process,” Gallagher said in a press release. “We have the goal to be a championship caliber team in any series in which we compete, and I am excited to watch the team grow in the coming years.”
The team’s announcement comes ahead of the introduction of the Next Gen car in 2022, a huge move by the sport in order to cut costs over time for teams to compete at NASCAR’s highest level.
Another team from NASCAR’s lower series, Kaulig Racing, has announced plans to compete full-time in Cup in 2022.
“GMS has always risen to the occasion and proven that we are a team capable of competing at every level of this sport,” said Mike Beam, president of GMS Racing, in the press release. “We have been preparing to make this step and with the addition of the Next Gen car in 2020, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to make the move.”
Gallagher owns Allegiant Air, which was announced as an official partner of NASCAR in 2016.
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