In 2021, Al Niece enters his fifth full time season as team owner of Niece Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS).
The 2020 season saw Niece Motorsports compete fulltime with three entries and a fourth truck in a partial schedule. In 76 starts, the team earned 3 top-five and 13 top-10 finishes.
In 2019, Niece Motorsports finished second in the driver and owner point standings in its first season in NASCAR’s version of the playoffs. Ross Chastain earned three wins in the No. 45 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet, with his first coming at Kansas Speedway in May.
After the win, Chastain changed his points declaration from the NASCAR XFINITY Series to the NGROTS. It took Chastain and the No. 45 team just four races to win a race and move into the top-20 in points to be eligible to compete in the playoffs.
Chastain led the most laps; over 100 more than the next closest competitor and earned the most stage wins; two more than the next closest competitor.
Niece Motorsports ran just a handful of races in 2016. In 2017, the team ran the full NGROTS season with TJ Bell as the primary driver.
In 2018, Niece Motorsports fielded two full time entries in the NGROTS with drivers Austin Wayne Self and Justin Fontaine, driving the Nos. 22 and 45 Chevrolet Silverados, respectively. In addition, the team fielded the No. 38 truck on a part time basis with drivers Max McLaughlin, Ross Chastain, TJ Bell and Landon Huffman.
In addition to Niece Motorsports, Niece is also the founder and president of Niece Equipment in Buda Texas. Niece Equipment, which Niece founded in 1978, celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2018. The company provides water and fuel/lube trucks that are engineered with quality and durability in mind. Capability ranges from 2,000-gallon water trucks to 12,000-gallon water towers. The fuel/lube trucks offered range from 600 to 4,000 gallons.
Niece was born in 1945 in LaPorte, Indiana to mother and father, Elbert and Delores. Niece is the oldest of three children.
In 1966, Niece graduated high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1967, Niece enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving for two years. During those two years, Niece deployed to Vietnam with the 3rd Marine Division, Lima Co. 3rd Marine Regiment. During his time in the Marine Corps, Niece earned the rank of Sergeant.
In 1978, Niece opened Niece Equipment in a two-office suite in a business park in Austin, Texas. In 1985, the company expanded to include a water truck manufacturing facility in Phoenix, Arizona.
In 1988, Niece Equipment expanded its manufacturing capabilities again, to include fuel and lube trucks at its Austin, Texas location.
In 2012, Niece Equipment purchased Klein Manufacturing in Fort Scott, Kansas. This expansion allowed Niece Equipment to produce specialized water equipment, fuel and lube trucks, along with custom-fabricated machinery for the quarry and mining industries.
Presently, Niece Equipment is comprised of three companies: Niece Equipment, Niemco and Niece Products of Kansas. Today, Niece Equipment has two manufacturing plants, one in Buda, Texas and another in Fort Scott, Kansas, with approximately 120 employees.
The current location is the sixth since that humble beginning. There were four locations north of Austin, one out east near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and now south in Buda.
In his free time, Niece enjoys clearing his land, traveling to the race track with his wife Luanna and spending time with his son and daughter, and six grandchildren.
Birthday: January 6
Hometown: Big Prairie, OH
Favorite Track: Eldora
In 2020, Phil Gould will once again serve as the crew chief of the No. 45 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet, this time with Ty Majeski behind the wheel.
Phil Gould joined Niece Motorsports in 2019, serving as the crew chief for Ross Chastain. Together the duo earned one pole, three wins and 10 top-five finishes. In addition, Chastain earned 19 top-10 finishes, while leading the most laps and earning the most stage wins in the series.
Prior to joining Niece Motorsports, Gould served as a crew chief at Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) for four seasons, working with drivers Elliott Sadler and Ryan Reed.
Gould worked with Reed for three seasons, securing a spot in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Playoff field in each of those three seasons from 2016-2018. Together the pair earned two top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in NXS competition during the 2018 season.
Gould earned his first win as a crew chief in 2017, in the season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway.
In 2016, Gould led Reed to one top-five and seven top-10 finishes, placing the No. 16 team in the inaugural NXS Chase for the Championship.
Gould joined RFR in 2015 as the crew chief for Elliott Sadler, earning four top-five and 17 top-10 finishes, ultimately finishing the year sixth in the NXS standings.
The Kendall Park, NJ-native actively worked on cars as a child, later becoming a Pro-Stock racer at the local short track.
Gould entered the NASCAR scene when he moved to North Carolina in 2000 and spent his first year in motorsports as a mechanic in the NXS with driver Mike Stefanik.
After one year, Gould moved to Evernham Motorsports in 2001. He worked on Bill Elliott’s No. 9 team as a mechanic and rear tire carrier. Gould helped secure victories with the No. 9 team at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2001 and in the Brickyard 400 in 2002.
Gould left Evernham Motorsports and started with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) in 2003 as a mechanic on the No. 21 NXS Chevrolet. He was a valued asset as the team captured the NXS Owner’s title with Kevin Harvick and Johnny Sauter.
In 2004, Gould became the car chief of the No. 2 NXS Chevrolet at RCR with Ron Hornaday and then with Clint Bowyer in 2005.
Starting in 2006, Gould served as the car chief of the No. 07 NASCAR Cup Series Chevrolet at RCR working with Clint Bowyer and Casey Mears.
Midway through the 2009 season, Gould transferred over to a new role as the car chief of the No. 29 MENCS Chevrolet with Kevin Harvick. Gould was a part of the team that earned back-to-back third-place finishes in the Chase for the Cup in 2010 and 2011.
In 2012, Gould shifted roles as the car chief of the No. 2 Chevrolet driven by Sadler. In that year, Gould and Sadler earned four wins and finished second in the NXS standings.
Gould spent the 2013 and 2014 NXS seasons as the crew chief for Brian Scott and the No. 2 team at RCR. In 2014, Gould guided the team to one pole award, three top-five and 13 top-10 finishes.
In his spare time, Gould enjoys going to the local race track with his two sons.
About Niece Motorsports:
Niece Motorsports is owned by United States Marine Corps Veteran Al Niece. In 2021, Niece Motorsports enters its sixth season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Niece also owns Niece Equipment, which has for over 40 years provided clients with reliable products at competitive prices. Niece Equipment’s reputation is built on service, integrity and dependability. The company provides water and fuel/lube trucks that are engineered with quality and durability in mind for the construction and mining industry. Follow the team on Facebook and Instagram @NieceMotorsports as well as Twitter @NieceMotorsport.