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Joe Valento is a 18-year-old racer from Scandia MN. Joe started racing at the age of 8 years old where he competed in the Quarter Midget Association (QMA) series starting in 2013 and then added the USAC Quarter Midget Series in 2016. From the very beginning, the focus was not on winning local championships but to visit a variety of different tracks across the country and compete against the best drivers in the country during this developmental time in Joe’s racing career. 

In 2019 Joe drove for KBR Performance and finished his season with 4 top 5 finishes, 4th in championship points, and was the Midwest Truck Series Rookie of the Year. In 2020 Joe returned to the Midwest Truck Series with KBR Performance and also competed in select Pro-Late Model and Super Late Model races.  He finished the season with 2 wins, 5 top 5s and 9 top 10s in 9 starts and he finished 3rd in Championship points in the Midwest Truck Series.  

In 2021 Joe signed with David Gilliland Racing to compete in the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour for the full season.

AGE: 18

RESIDES: Scandia, MN


  • Solid Rock CARS Tour




  • 2 wins, 6 top fives and 9 top tens in 9 starts
  • 3rd in Championship Points-Midwest Truck Series
  • Competed in the World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna Beach Speedway
  • 8th place finish Pro-Late Model Hickory Motor


  • First year racing in the Midwest Truck Series
  • 2 Fast Qualifier Award
  • 3 -1st Place Wins in Heat Races
  • 4 top 5 finishes in 9 starts
  • 7 top 10 finishes in 9 starts
  • Midwest Truck Series Rookie of the Year
  • Fourth place finish in Points


  • Micro-Sprints at the top tracks throughout the country
  • INEX Legend Cars with Tim Brockhouse and Great North Legends
  • Signed with Race Face Brand Development
  • Testing for the Midwest Truck Series
  • Career Consulting with Ranier Racing Development


  • 2017 Vegas Winter Nationals 3 Race Wins
    3 Pole Awards
  • Winter Nationals Championship 4th in Heavy
    Animal, 3rd Heavy World Formula
  • Signed with Justin Posey Development for the
    2017 Season


  • Ran 3 cars on the National USAC .25 Midget Series
  • USAC Fall Nationals Champion, Senior Animal
  • Multiple USAC Heat and A-Main wins
  • Multiple USAC Pole Awards and Track Fast Times


  • Elko Speedway 2nd in Senior Honda & 3rd in
    Senior Animal
  • Cedar Lake Indoor Championships Light 160
    and Light World Formula
  • 30 feature wins at Cedar Lake
  • 13 feature wins at Little Elko Speedway



  • Cedar Lake Speedway Light 160 Dirt
  • Elko Speedway Championship Senior Honda
    3rd Place
  • Elko Speedway Championship Senior Animal
    3rd Place
  • Added a second car


  • First year in a .25 Midget
  • First, win on the dirt
  • First Pavement win and Fast Time Novice Class




David Gilliland Racing (DGR) is a multi-vehicle race team that competes nationally in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (CWTS) and ARCA Menards Series (AMS). Founded by retired NASCAR Cup Series race-winning driver David Gilliland in 2017, DGR competed in the NASCAR K&N East Series (now ARCA Menards Series East) and the CARS Late Model tour. In it’s inaugural K&N East Series season, DGR earned eight top-10 finishes and four pole awards. 

In 2018, DGR went on to win it’s first drivers and owners championships after winning seven total races in the NASCAR K&N East Series. DGR broke through in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2019 with it’s first team victory at Kentucky Speedway.

DGR won two ARCA Menards Series events in 2019, as well as one CARS Tour race. 

In total, the organization has earned 18 total wins and more than 60 top-five finishes across multiple series.