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January 24th, 2017 - Austin Hubbard Plans Aggressive 2017 with New Team
1Seaford, Delaware (01/24/17) – With the 2017 season just about ready to roar to life, Austin Hubbard couldn’t be more excited about the opportunities that this season will present him. The Delaware racer will be joining forces with veteran car owner, Steve Nuttall for one of his most aggressive schedules in several years.

1“Steve [Nuttall] and my dad have been friends for a long time, and we’ve all kicked around the idea of joining efforts a few times since I began my racing career,” notes Hubbard. “All we’ve ever done is just really discuss the possibilities, but now it’s all become a reality. We are going to combine our teams for this year, and see if we can’t win some races and make some noise.”

Hubbard will bring a pair of XR-1 Rocket Chassis and Cornett Racing Engines to the table, while Nuttall will bring two more Rockets and his Pro Power Racing Engines.

“I haven’t been this excited about a racing season since 2007 or so,” says Nuttall, who owns Mid-Coastal Siding in Fruitland, Maryland. “Our shops are only 15 minutes apart, so this partnership makes perfect sense. I think the world of Mike [Hubbard], and I think Austin has a ton of talent. Working together as one team this year, I really think that the sky is the limit.”

Nuttall is a veteran car owner on the eastern seaboard and has fielded entries for drivers for over two decades. Drivers like Richard Jarvis Jr., Kenny Pettyjohn, and even Mississippi’s Anthony Rushing have piloted Nuttall’s familiar #11 over the years. His time as a car owner was put on hiatus in 2009, when the economy hit the skids. With things improving over the past few years, the Maryland businessman is eager to make another run at racing, but this time he realizes his approach has to be different.

“It used to be that you could just run part time and still be competitive, but today you have to race as much as possible if you want to be a contender,” states Nuttall. “With my wife’s support we are jumping in with both feet this time around. Between Austin’s team and my team, we’ll start the year with four cars and four engines. I like to think that can take us a long way.”

The team will pool all of their resources together with some nights the Hubbard Motorsports #11 entry taking to the track, while other nights it will be the Mid-Coastal Siding #11 in action.

Action for 2017 will begin during the annual Winter Nationals at East Bay Raceway Park (Gibsonton, Florida) on February 13-18, before shifting to Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Florida) on February 20-25 for the annual DIRTcar Nationals. From there the team has its sights set on ambitious 2017 slate.

“I’ve always wanted to race nationally, but I just didn’t have the crew needed to do it. With what we have in place now we are going to get to run races I’ve always wanted,” says Nuttall. “From making my first trip to Eldora Speedway as a car owner to competing in races like the USA Nationals and the Firecracker 100 this will be an exciting year. When not traveling to far away shows we’ll compete in World of Outlaws and Lucas Oil shows in the region as well as other special events close to home.”

Nuttall’s Mid-Coastal Siding isn’t the only new supporter joining Hubbard’s team this year. Austin is also excited to announce that Campbell’s Collision – based in Fruitland, Maryland – has come on board as a marketing partner for 2017.

As Hubbard prepares to leave for Speedweeks in less than three weeks, he is quick to express his gratitude for both his new marketing partners as well as all of his returning supporters.

“It’s really humbling to have so many awesome people behind me and my program. I’m probably as focused as I’ve ever been on a racing season. I want to give all of my marketing partners the positive results that they deserve. I can’t express enough gratitude to each and every one of them for their support.”

Austin Hubbard would like to thank their principal and associate sponsors including Trinity Logistics, Mid-Coastal Siding, Salisbury Door and Hardware, Campbell’s Collision Inc., R&J Poultry, Rocket Chassis, Keyser Manufacturing, Cornett Racing Engines, WAR Shocks, Kenny Pettyjohn Racing, Schaefer Oil, Team Peterson Fluid Systems, Performance Bodies, Ernie D's Enterprises, Jones Racing Products, Classic Ink, Hubbard Graphics, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.