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After becoming one of the pre-eminent teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, GMS Racing is taking a big step up in 2022 with a move to full-time Cup Series racing. And their first foray to Cup has created an opportunity for a driver who has been seeking a new ride over the past year.

On Sunday, GMS Racing announced that the team has signed Ty Dillon as the driver of the No. 94 Chevrolet, which will enter the Cup Series as a new full-time entry in 2022. Dillon, the younger brother of Austin Dillon and the grandson of Richard Childress, will return to being a full-time Cup driver after losing his ride following the 2020 season due to the shutdown of Germain Racing.

Dillon has spent the 2021 season racing part-time across the Cup and Xfinity Series, splitting time between Gaunt Brothers Racing in Cup and Joe Gibbs Racing, Our Motorsports, and Jordan Anderson Racing in Xfinity.

"It's such an honor to be able to drive for GMS Racing as they take the step into the NASCAR Cup Series for the first time, and that they have chosen me as their driver for the future," Dillon said in a team statement. "It's been a challenging year off from racing full-time but I'm so excited to return. I don't think that there is going to be another driver that is more hungry than I am next year to get back out there and prove what I am capable of in the Cup Series. I am excited for our future and am ready to get to work."

Dillon has 166 Cup starts already to his credit, and drove full-time for Germain Racing from 2017 until the team folded at the end of the 2020 season. Dillon has two-top 5s and six-top 10s in his Cup career, with a best finish of third at Talladega in 2020.

Originally formed in 2011, GMS Racing has grown into one of the powerhouse teams of the Truck Series, winning 39 races in its history, as well as two championships with drivers Johnny Sauter (2016) and Sheldon Creed (2020). GMS has also won championships in the ARCA Menards Series and ARCA East, and fielded a car in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, winning one race with Spencer Gallagher at Talladega in 2018.

GMS Racing currently has two trucks remaining in the Truck Series playoffs, with Creed above and Zane Smith below the Championship 4 cutoff line with two races left in the season.