Spire Motorsports fields two full-time NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series teams with Rajah Caruth in the No. 71 Chevrolet Silverado and Chase Purdy in the No. 77 Chevrolet Silverado. Spire also fields a part-time entry with the No. 7 Chevrolet Silverado. Through our longstanding relationships in the sport, we put together driver, sponsor and crew combinations that are capable of winning races.
Drivers of the No. 7 Spire Motorsports truck include NASCAR Cup Series Champions and race winners that compete for the most prestigious organizations in all of motorsports.
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Birthday: June 11, 2002
Rajah Caruth, D.C. native, will pilot the No. 71 Chevrolet in the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series (NCTS). Caruth will run a full-time schedule with Spire Motorsports in the 2024 season, embarking on his second consecutive year in the series.
Caruth, who ran for GMS Racing in his full-time Truck Series debut in 2023, compiled 4 top 10s and a 16th place finish in overall point standings. Caruth also piloted 11 races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series(NXS) with Alpha Prime Racing, which included a 12th place finish at Martinsville Speedway. Caruth finished out his 2023 NXS season with Hendrick Motorsports at Phoenix Raceway, finishing 14th.
Rajah Caruth became the first driver from a majority iRacing background to be selected for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program. He is a product of the eNASCAR Ignite Series – a grassroots youth racing platform that identifies drivers without access to traditional racetracks around the world.
Hometown: Meridian, MS
Birthday: November 11, 1999
Chase Purdy began his NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series career in 2018 and logged 75 series starts prior to the 2024 season. Purdy is a Meridian, Miss., native and finished a career-best 11th in points in 2023 on the strength of two poles, three top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. Away from the track, Purdy is an avid outdoors enthusiast who enjoys hunting and fishing in his spare time.
NCTS COMPETITION MANAGER
Manion has been a staple atop the pit box since 2002 and boasts wins in all three of NASCAR’s elite touring series.
Some of his most recognizable accomplishments include back-to-back NASCAR Xfinity Series Championships with Martin Truex Jr., (’04 – ‘05) and NASCAR Cup Series wins including the Daytona 500, Brickyard 400 and Bank of America 500 with Jamie McMurray. He has collected NCWTS wins with Byron, Daniel Suarez, Kyle Busch, Tyler Ankrum and Zane Smith.
Greci came to Spire Motorsports in 2022 from Hattori Racing Enterprises and serves as general manager. Manion spent 2020-2021 at GMS Racing and brings a championship pedigree to the team’s crew chief position.
The potent duo combined to earn the team’s first NCWTS win in just its third series’ start when William Byron led three times for 94 laps to collect the checkered flag in the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200 at Martinsville Speedway.
Greci, a Granby, Conn., native with over five decades of experience, launched his NASCAR career in 1990 as Mike McLaughlin’s crew chief in the ARCA Menard’s Series East (formerly Busch North Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East). Since then, he has earned ARCA Menard’s Series East victories with McLaughlin, Mike Stefanik, Ryan Truex and Brett Moffitt.
Greci won consecutive championships with Truex in 2009 and 2010. From 2013-2016, he held the competition director’s role for Turner-Scott Motorsports and HSM with Justin Marks when the teams won four straight ARCA Menard’s Series East titles with drivers Dylan Kwasniewski, Ben Rhodes, William Byron and Justin Haley.
He transitioned to Hattori Racing Enterprises as general manager at the end of 2016 where he won four races and earned NCWTS championship honors in 2018 with Moffitt. From 2019-2021, Greci and Austin Hill combined to notch eight wins while clinching a spot in the NCWTS playoffs all three years.