When fans discuss or read about NASCAR, it’s typically in the context of drivers or crew chiefs. For six races of the year, the TA Truck Service Challenge gives NASCAR hauler drivers the chance to be acknowledged for their skills behind the wheel, as well as their hard work and support in the garage.
Congratulations to Michael “Cowboy” Hutton who won the last event of the 2018 season at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sept. 27. Hutton drives the #51 NASCAR Xfinity series hauler for Jeremy Clements Racing.
After a thunderstorm cut their practice session short, Jeremy Clements and his team joined Hutton’s family at the Challenge course to show their support.
“I’m dedicating this win to my father. As a kid, I rode with him hauling cattle during summer vacations, and I cut my trucking teeth doing the same,” said Hutton. “Unfortunately, he could not be here today because he’s suffering from Alzheimer’s, but it was great having Jeremy Clements and several team members come over to support me after the storm passed by.”
Being a professional NASCAR hauler driver takes commitment; it demands long hours on and off the road, and many days spent away from one’s home and family. These drivers are responsible for more than just driving the truck itself, they’re responsible for everything inside the hauler. They also take care of certain tasks at the track like cooking meals for their team, restocking the trailer and more.
Whether they’re a first-time competitor or they have several wins under their belt, the Challenge allows these drivers to be celebrated for their supportive role in bringing the full NASCAR experience to life.
“Thanks to TA and Petro, Freightliner and Goodyear for sponsoring this competition,” Hutton said. “I’ve only been driving a NASCAR hauler for three years, and this is my first year in the Challenge competition. The hauler drivers love having our own unique knowledge and skills events. They give us an opportunity to show that we can drive a big rig with the best of them.”
TA Truck Service is proud to sponsor an event like the Challenge. Visit the official TA Truck Service Challenge website to keep up with individual scores and stay tuned for details on the 2019 schedule.