The 2018 Stadium Super Trucks season resumes this Friday and Saturday with the series’ inaugural visit to Road America, as well as its first-ever companion weekend with the NACAR Xfinity Series. A full field of 12 drivers will take to the track in their high-flying trucks, with the respective returns of Aaron Bambach and Marty Nolan and debut of Tommy Dawson responsible for the expanded grid.
But this weekend’s biggest driver news is contained within the United Fiber & Data team, as three high-profile names step into the seats of Arie Luyendyk Jr., Bill Hynes, and defending SST champion Paul “The Dude” Morris for the event. Here are the three drivers whose entry has our full attention in Elkhart Lake:
The second this news came out, you knew it was going to be huge. Biffle, who has been out of NASCAR since 2016, joins the ranks of champion racers who have sampled SST by joining the grid at Road America. Regardless of how he runs, it’ll just be great for folks to see The Biff back behind the wheel in a competitive series. The 19-time NASCAR Cup Series race winner last took a checkered flag in 2013, and has 55 victories and two titles in NASCAR’s three national levels.
This one was a little less out of left field, as Mears made his SST debut last December in Lake Elsinore. That doesn’t make it any less exciting to welcome Mears back, though, as the son of legendary off-road racer Roger (who himself raced stadium trucks in his career) is a natural fit. He’ll be looking to improve on a top-five result during that debut weekend at a track where he’s raced before; last year, competing in the Xfinity event, he finished ninth while driving for Biagi-DenBeste Racing
Just like Mears, Andretti made his first SST start in last year’s finale, joining such other all-star entries as Ryan Villopoto, Sara Price, and Burt Jenner. The longtime SCCA Trans-Am racer managed a heat victory in the event, and will look to claim a win in yet another series for a family whose name has earned wins in everything from Formula 1 to the Daytona 500 and of course the Indianapolis 500. While he didn’t win at Road America in his Trans-Am career, he did take a 2016 TA2 victory at Belle Isle, another SST host.