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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - In an effort to maintain their commitment to developing young talent to take up through the ranks of NASCAR, NTS Motorsports is excited to announce the signing of 19-year-old Dallas Montes.
Montes will compete full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
NTS Motorsports made quite a splash in the racing world recently when they announced a partnership with Joe Denette Motorsports that will include three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams competing full-time under the NTS banner, with four-time series champion Ron Hornaday and Brennan Newberry behind the wheel of the No. 9 and No. 14 trucks, respectively. A third truck will be driven by a soon-to-be announced driver lineup. That lineup will include NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran Kevin Harvick at both Martinsville events.
"We are growing by leaps and bounds and the signing of Dallas is just another step in what NTS is trying to accomplish," said NTS Motortsports owner Bob Newberry."We are going to provide him with great people and equipment and let him go out and compete for wins."
The signing comes on the heals of a breakout season for the Bakersfield, Calif., driver. Montes finished second in points in the Coors Light Open Late Model Series at Madera (Calif.) Speedway, scoring his first late model victory. He made three starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, where he qualified second and finished second in his series debut in Albuquerque N.M. He followed that with an eighth-place finish at Roseville, Calif., and an eleventh at Phoenix.
"In 2012, my goal was to get into Victory Lane and make some starts in the K&N series and show I can drive at that level," said Montes. "I was able to do that and then this deal fell into place. This is by far the best opportunity of my racing career and I can't wait to get back to Phoenix. In my three starts I drove for three different teams. So I am really looking forward to working with one team."
While the plan is to compete for Sunoco Rookie of the Year in the K&N West, the door is open for more racing under the NTS banner. If funding is found, Montes would like to make an ARCA start or two.
"That is one of the benefits of being on this team," said Montes. "The possibilities are endless as long as it makes sense for myself and NTS. From a marketing side it should help to find sponsors with a team like this behind you. Even though we are not running the same series, just the fact that I drive for the same team as Ron Hornaday and Kevin Harvick is very exciting."
While NTS purchased the 70,000 square-foot shop that formerly housed Kevin Harvick Inc. in Kernersville N.C., the K&N West team will continue to operate out of Bakersfield. NTS houses both the K&N West team and a Spears SRL Southwest Tour team out of the Bakersfield location. Montes will continue to receive support from long-time sponsors the Bakersfield Jam, Lynch Oil and Trinity Safety Company.
For more information on Montes, visit dallasmontesracing.com or his Facebook fan page. For more up-to-date information follow him on twitter @dallasm29.