Courtney To Attempt NASCAR’s Eldora Dirt Derby

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Tyler Courtney will attempt to make his NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series debut during the Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway. (Richard Bales photo)

INDIANAPOLIS – Clauson Marshall Racing has partnered with Niece Motorsports to field an entry for USAC champion Tyler Courtney in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway.

The race is tentatively scheduled for July 30 pending any changes due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m very excited and grateful for this opportunity,” said Courtney. “I want to thank everyone from Clauson Marshall Racing and Niece Motorsports for making this possible. Eldora is one of my favorite race tracks, and I’ve been lucky enough to have some success there in open wheel cars. I’m a little nervous but up for the challenge of racing a truck around Eldora Speedway, and hopefully, making the dirt world and my fans proud.”

Courtney is currently scheduled to compete for Clauson Marshall Racing in the USAC National Midget Series and part-time with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions. The 26-year-old Indianapolis native has dominated multiple USAC series since 2017, winning more than 40 features and earning two national championships.

“We are very honored to be able to take our company and our brand to new and exciting venues in the motorsports world,” said Clauson Marshall Racing co-owner Tim Clauson. “Our 2020 goal was to be at all of the big dirt events with Clauson Marshall Racing no matter the series, the venue, or the vehicle. We are really excited to enter into this partnership with Niece Motorsports for the 2020 Eldora Dirt Derby. Even more exciting is we get to do it with one of our own, Tyler Courtney.

“We are extremely humbled to be able to provide one of our drivers with an opportunity to show their ability and talent both on and off the track on a big stage. Tyler’s performance over the last three years with Clauson Marshall Racing made him the obvious choice to enter into this venture with. Honestly, with his win total, two USAC National Championships and his penchant for winning at Eldora, I am surprised he hasn’t gotten a call before now.”

Niece Motorsports is owned by United States Marine Corps Veteran Al Niece. Niece Motorsports is entering its fifth season in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series.

“We are excited to have Tyler join the team at Eldora,” said team owner Al Niece.  “He has quite a resume in dirt racing, and certainly a lot of success at Eldora. Obviously, these trucks are a little different animal, but we are confident that Tyler’s skillset will translate well.  I’m excited to see him contend for a win. We’re all eager to get back to racing and hope that all of our fans are healthy and well.”

Clauson Marshall Racing co-owner, Richard Marshall echoed Clauson’s excitement.

“The truck race at Eldora has become the ultimate meeting of NASCAR and grassroots racing,” said Marshall. “The exposure and excitement around the event makes this the perfect new challenge for our company and prime exposure for our sponsors. We are excited to give Sunshine this opportunity and do it with a quality organization like Niece Motorsports. Most of all, we are ready to get back racing.”

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