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Austin Hill staying with Hattori Racing Enterprises in 2020

NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Sugarlands Shine 250 - Qualifying

TALLADEGA, ALABAMA - OCTOBER 12: Austin Hill, driver of the #16 United Rentals Toyota, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Sugarlands Shine 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 12, 2019 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

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Austin Hill will remain with Hattori Racing Enterprises in 2020 to compete in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series, the team announced Tuesday.

Hill’s second season with the team in the No. 16 Toyota will feature an increased presence by United Rentals as the primary partner for multiple races, as well as returning partner Weins Canada with support from Toyota Racing Development.

Hill, 25, is one of the six remaining drivers in the playoffs ahead of Friday’s elimination race at ISM Raceway. He is fourth in the standings, 11 points above the cutoff to advance to the championship race.

“It’s awesome to be coming back in 2020,” Hill said in a press release. “We have plenty left to accomplish this season, and that’s our number one focus, but it’s great to have things in place for next year to where we can move right into 2020. A year ago, I never thought I’d have a real chance to be at a place like HRE, but (team owner) Shige (Hattori), Mike Greci, (crew chief) Scott (Zipadelli) and all these guys have been awesome to work with. This team is in a great position because of a lot of committed partners like United Rentals and TRD. They do so much for us, and we wouldn’t be where we’re at without them. We’ve put together a good year so far, and I know we can do even more next season.”

Hill has three wins this season through 21 races, including the season-opener at Daytona, Michigan and Las Vegas.
“Austin has done a good job this year, and we’re looking forward to improving even more next season,” Hattori said a press release. “It’s great for the team and Austin to have the support from our sponsors like United Rentals, Weins Canada Group, our Toyota Dealer partners in Japan, and TRD. We’re glad to have Austin back for next season, but we want to finish this season strong with another championship.”

Additional sponsorship details will be announced at a later date.