Camping World Truck Series

NCWTS: Faith Motorsports To Make Series Debut at Martinsville

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When the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Martinsville Speedway this weekend for the Alpha Energy Solutions 250, there will be a new team on the block, Faith Motorsports.

Faith Motorsports is a Christian based race team that focuses on fostering a positive outreach in the racing community. Owner/driver Donnie Levister will pilot the team’s No. 62 Toyota Tundra. Levister, started as dirt track racer in South Carolina before taking his talents across state lines into Georgia and North Carolina. While racing dirt tracks, he met and started working with Shane Lamb. After a a few years working on race cars together, Lamb moved, but the bond between the two grew.

A few years after moving from South Carolina, Lamb called Levister up and insisted that he “wants to go racing again with you.” Levister, taken back a little bit, responded “well, what you want to run?” Lamb was straight forward and didn’t mix his words with “I want to run NASCAR.” “I laughed,” revealed Levister. “However, after a few lengthy discussions, we decided to take the leap, and that’s how we got to where we are today.”

From those phone conversations, Faith Motorsports was formed in 2014. Wanting to earn their stripes in the NASCAR world as a team, they started from the bottom and worked their way up the ranks, the “old fashion way,” exclaimed Levister.

“We got into the [NASCAR] Whelen Late Model series last year. That was a big curve! It wasn’t until the end of season that we finally figured how we wanted to run and ended up with some nice finishes,” Levister explained.

Following the conclusion of the 2015 season, Lamb and Levister decided that they wanted to move up to the next level in NASCAR’s ranks and made the decision to run the Camping World Truck Series. Then the fun really began.

Faith Motorsports will field a Toyota Tundra truck with engines coming from TRD. The team informed us that they got one of the first truck chassis Toyota manufactured that Levister noted has “some good history to it.”

The organization currently has only one truck, Olivia, but they are in the process of acquiring others.

When asked about the name of the the truck, Olivia, Levister explained the special meaning behind the trucks name. “The name of our first truck is Olivia, which is named after my daughter. Everything we do is based off our faith and family and with every truck we get, we will name it after one of our children.”

“We truly believe that our faith is what gets us where we are going in life and our family is a big part of that and that is two things that we try to concentrate on. We are very humbled and need to stay focused on that,” Levister added.

Levister noted that one of the biggest struggles for the season is sponsorship. As for their debut this weekend, the No. 62 will have Property Pro’s, a Kansas City based real estate management company, as their first primary sponsor. Shawn Magee Design (SMD), the official graphics partner of Faith Motorsports, will also serve as a primary sponsor during the 2016 season.

With their focus on their faith and family, Levister wants fans to become a part of the journey. “It’s a blessing to be able to do what we are doing. Good, bad finish, it doesn’t matter, we have a purpose we are there for – to spread the Gospel and uplift people that are normal, normal day people, people that are just like us!”

Faith Motorsports also wants to give back to the fans at the track. “The fans are here to see us and if they are going to take time out of their schedule and they want to meet us, I’ll stay until the sun comes up to meet our fans. We are overjoyed with the following we have received since we formed last year.” He added, “Richard Petty said it before, if there is one fan that he missed, he wouldn’t miss them twice.”

The organization announced on March 30 that Matt Carter, son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup owner Travis Cater, will be sitting above the pit box this year.

Carter, a former racer, was the 2004 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Rookie of the Year, as well as the ARCA Rookie of the Year in 2009. Carter made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Martinsville in 2003 finishing 17th.

“We’re a small team – Shane, me, our wives, our kids and some crew help from friends. We may be one of the smallest teams around to even think about going racing, but we are committed to try to make this work and we will make it work.”

Faith Motorsports is planning on entering at least 15-17 race, with the hopes to run the whole season. When asked what a successful 2016 will look like for Faith, Levister responded “if we can make it to the races and have a truck that is able to compete and be competitive, that would be a success for us.”

“When it’s our time to shine, we will!” exclaimed Levister. “We look for the positives in all situations. We can get where the big teams are, but we might have to work a little harder and it just might take us a little longer.”

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About Jacob Mullins

Jacob Mullins serves as the managing editor and senior NASCAR writer covering all three national touring series's. You can find him on on Twitter at @JMulls15. An intercollegiate athletic administrator by trade, Mullins can be found at the big tracks as well as the local short tracks in the Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Mullins enjoys social media, photography and graphic design. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mullins follows all forms of racing, Major League Baseball (Baltimore Orioles) and college football (Virginia Tech Hokies).

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