GREENWOOD, Mo. — Clinton Boyles will not return to RMS Racing next season.
Boyles confirmed his release from the Dave and Matt Estep-owned operation through a social media statement on Friday afternoon. He served as a teammate to Thomas Meseraull this year.
His last race for the team was the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series event at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway on Nov. 17, where he finished 13th in the feature.
No details regarding the reason for Boyles’ departure are known at this time.
“First off, I want to say I am so thankful for the opportunity RMS Racing provided me,” Boyles wrote. “Even more than the racing, I’m thankful for the friendships I made. I was given a unique opportunity to go in and help be a part of building RMS Racing into a winning team. I felt like we made huge gains throughout the year in the shop and on the track, and truly turned the program into a contending team.
“I can’t thank Joe, Tadd and their families enough for taking me in like one of their own and making Cedar Lake, Ind., feel like home,” Boyles continued. “Thank you to Lacey and John for all the hours of help on wash day and in the shop. Lastly, thank you to the entire crew for all their efforts all year long to give me chances to win races.
“I’m already looking forward to what’s to come in 2021.”
Boyles started 13 of 28 features this year with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series, with one top-five and six top-10 finishes. The highlight came during the Indiana Midget Week finale in June at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, where Boyles came home fourth in the RMS No. 98.
The 24-year-old also earned one top-five and two top-10 finishes in six POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League feature starts this season.
Boyles confirmed he is seeking an opportunity for the 35th Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals in January in Tulsa, Okla. He’s a former recipient of the Rich Vogler Hard Charger Award, given annually to the driver who advances the most positions through the “alphabet soup” mains on Chili Bowl Saturday.
“Nothing better than some last-minute Chili Bowl ride searching,” wrote Boyles.