Freedom Racing Enterprises, a new NASCAR organization, has been formed and will debut at the season opener on February 16th at Daytona International Speedway. The team will field the No. 76 Chevrolet with driver Spencer Boyd, who has 161 career starts in Trucks and secured his first win in 2019 at Talladega, Alabama. Boyd has spent the past five seasons with Young’s Motorsports.
Boyd expressed his excitement about the opportunity, stating, “This is a wildly proud moment for me. If you asked a wide-eyed 20-year-old me at Martinsville Speedway if I was going to start my own NASCAR team in the next decade, I might have laughed it off.” He also expressed gratitude to the people who have supported his career, saying, “I wouldn’t be here without a small group of very important people to my career, so I definitely want to thank them for believing in me through thick and thin.”
Jeff Hammond, a former Cup crew chief and Fox Sports analyst, will serve as the general manager for Freedom Racing Enterprises. With 50 years of experience in NASCAR, Hammond will provide valuable guidance to the new team. He expressed his motivation and confidence in the team, saying, “I’m motivated by the optimism and professionalism in the group of people that Spencer has assembled. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is undergoing many changes this offseason, so it is an ideal time to form a new team.”
Greg Ely, a veteran in the industry, will serve as Boyd’s crew chief for the inaugural season. Rick Bourgeois, who has worked closely with Ely for several years, will serve as the car chief. Freedom Racing Enterprises has acquired assets throughout 2023 in preparation for a full-season effort this year, with many of the trucks coming from GMS Racing after their final season of competition.
Boyd also acknowledged the support of his parents, saying, “My parents had no idea what they were getting into when they put me in a go-kart at five years old, but I hope my father Paul and my mother Bonnie will take a moment to realize all the sacrifices they made have led us here. This step in my career is one that allows me to build something that keeps the Boyd name in NASCAR competition for the long haul.