Matt Mills – North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Race Recap

Race: North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (134 laps / 201 miles) | Race 11 of 23
Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway
Location: Concord, North Carolina
Date & Time: Friday, May 24th | 8:30 PM ET


No. 42 J.F. Electric / Utilitra Chevrolet Silverado RST
Driver: Matt Mills | Crew Chief: Jon Leonard


Start: 15th
Stage 1: 18th
Stage 2: 18th
Finish: 4th
Driver Points: 24th
Owner Points: 27th

– Key Takeaway: Matt Mills and the No. 42 team put forth a great effort in Charlotte that resulted in them earning their best finish of the season. Mills started the race from 15th, and quietly finished in 18th position at the conclusion of stage one and two. The team came alive late in the going of stage three, and following a late-race pitstop, Mills rocketed into the top-five. Where he initially crossed the line fifth, a disqualification was made through tech inspection. Mills would later be classified in the fourth position, which is his best-career finish in the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series.

– Matt Mills’ Post-Race Thoughts: “We should have been having those runs all year long, but it’s been a little bit of a learning curve with a new team and being in a competitive situation each and every week. It’s taken a little bit longer than we had liked to get a top-five run like this, but at this moment, it feels like a win, so that’s good.”

Interviewer: First top-five of the season, you know what the Niece trucks are capable of. Did that give you confidence going into tonight?

“Yeah, I mean for sure. They had a good history last year, but I needed confidence for myself. I just needed to go out and do it myself and get some runs that we could build off of. I felt like at Darlington, we were able to have a top-10 truck and actually go out there and showcase what we can do. Now we can run top-five, so we’ll keep grinding on it and take this as baby steps. We’ve just got to keep growing and going at it.”

About Niece Motorsports: 

Niece Motorsports is owned by United States Marine Corps Veteran Al Niece. In 2024, Niece Motorsports enters its ninth season in the NASCAR Craftsman 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 X @NieceMotorsport.

About J.F. Electric:

J.F. Electric is an electrical contractor that provides engineering expertise, backed by construction and installation know-how in a diverse range of service offerings, from utilities and commercial projects, to industrial and telecommunications customers. When having a long family history in an industry, a company not only builds on its knowledge and experience, it takes pride in cultivating a solid understanding of client needs, all the while nurturing strong relationships with its employees. Evolving through five generations of the Fowler family, J.F. Electric has matured into a well-managed and thoughtfully diversified electrical contractor which is poised to continue its growth and expansion into the future.

About Utilitra:

Utilitra is a woman-owned firm specializing in utility and technology solutions with a diverse team of specialized professionals. Utilitra is committed to solving their client’s unique challenges, whether one expert or a team of experts is needed. By adapting to the needs of their respective industries, Utilitra has built a range of services for their utility and technology partners.