Raphael Lessard
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The 19-year-old prospect makes the jump from Kyle Busch Motorsports to GMS Racing in 2021. Lessard is fresh off a season of one win and seven Top-10 finishes with his prior race team. Lessard will partner with crew chief Chad Walter in his first season racing with GMS. He'll pilot the team's No. 24 Chevy Silverado and look to improve on his 2020 performance. Lessard has just 28 starts of experience racing in this division of NASCAR, so he's still learning on the job. However, the experience of Walter which is a decade of acting crew chief and well over 200 races, will help ease the growing pains a bit. There is some nice upside with this team, but a lot of pieces to the puzzle will need to fall into place for full potential to be realized. Read Past Outlooks
Done for season with GMS
Gander Outdoors Truck
May 3, 2021
GMS Racing announced Monday that Lessard will no longer compete in the No. 24 truck for the team during the remainder of the 2021 season, citing "unforeseen circumstances."
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GMS Racing plans to announce a replacement for Lessard in the No. 24 entry at a later date. As Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports notes, Lessard recently had a sponsorship agreement fall through, which may have played a factor in the team's decision to deactivate him. Lessard currently sits 12th in the Camping World Truck Series standings.
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
The Canadian is transitioning from part-time to full-time racing in the truck series this season. Lessard takes over the No. 4 Toyota Tundra that Todd Gilliland piloted last season. The 18-year-old prospect made five starts last season between a couple different teams, but mainly for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Lessard earned a pair of Top 10's in those five events and registered a pedestrian 11.2 average finish. He also impressed with three Top-10 finishes in three starts in the ARCA Series last year. Lessard is a young, raw talent, and he lacks a lot of seat time that other young drivers bring to this division of NASCAR. He'll have top flight equipment and support, and that's half the battle to a successful rookie campaign.
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Third on Bristol Dirt
Gander Outdoors Truck
March 29, 2021
Lessard finished third in the Pinty's Dirt Truck Race Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway Monday afternoon.
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Leads Bristol Dirt Truck Practice
Gander Outdoors Truck
March 26, 2021
Lessard was fastest in opening practice for the Pinty's Truck Race on Dirt Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 92.860 mph.
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Crew Chief Named
Gander Outdoors Truck
January 8, 2021
As the beginning of the season draws near, GMS Racing is excited to announce its crew chief lineup for the 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Chad Walter shifts to the No. 24 Silverado to crew chief for Lessard, GMS Racing PR reports.
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Signs with GMS Racing
Gander Outdoors Truck
November 25, 2020
Raphael Lessard Racing announced that the young Quebec driver will race in select races in the 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He will drive a Silverado prepared by the dominant GMS Racing organization, GMS Racing PR reports.
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First-Career Win at Talladega
Gander Outdoors Truck
October 3, 2020
Lessard won the Chevy Silverado 250 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway Saturday afternoon.
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