Tyler Matthews is set to make his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this weekend in the no. 99 Popeyes Chevrolet when the series heads to Martinsville Speedway for the Alpha Energy Solutions 250.
Matthews, 21, from Richlands, North Carolina will be competing for MDM Motorsports thanks to the support of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, who will serve as his primary sponsor on Saturday, and BB&T Scott & Stringfellow. Saturday’s race will be the first for the 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series North Carolina state champion.
“We have such awesome sponsors on the Truck for Martinsville,” Matthews said. “Popeyes, BB&T Scott & Stringfellow and Twin County Motorsports have all come on board to make this weekend possible. It’s a dream come true and this opportunity would not have happened without my parents and help from John Vick.”
Matthews has won track championships at Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, North Carolina in 2016 and at Carteret County Speedway in 2017. He has competed at Martinsville Speedway before, making the field for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Late Model race back in 2016 and attempting again in 2017. This weekend, he’s hoping to have success again at Martinsville with MDM Motorsports.
“I’m really excited to get the opportunity to make my first Camping World Truck Series start at Martinsville,” Matthews explained. “I feel really good about our chances of having a strong run this weekend. The guys at MDM Motorsports have prepared me an awesome truck. We tested last week and the truck had good speed in it and I think, if we can keep our nose clean and race a smart race, then we should have a really good weekend.”
Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250 will be Matthews’ first career start in any NASCAR touring series, regional or national.
MDM Motorsports has become a successful racing operation. Last year, Harrison Burton raced for MDM Motorsports in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, clinching the series championship in the final race of the season at Dover International Speedway. In the Truck Series, Darrell (Bubba) Wallace, Jr. won with the team at Michigan International Speedway in August of 2017.