Devon Rouse set to compete in NASCAR Camping Worlds Truck Series race

Devon Rouse is facing the biggest moment of his budding racing career.

Rouse, a Burlington native and the first openly gay NASCAR driver, is set to race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Clean Harbors 150 Saturday at Knoxville Raceway.

Rouse, who moved to Huntersville, North Carolina, from Burlington last winter, will be racing in the Richard Petty-owned No. 43, which brings plenty of pressure in and of itself.

And with Spry Complete Oral Care and Kleer on board as sponsors, this could be a major turning point in Rouse’s career.

Devon Rouse, a driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, takes a selfie with Brandy Anderson while meeting with fans during an event Thursday at Heartland Harley-Davidson in Burlington.

“This weekend is a trial run with this new sponsor. You’re going to be seeing a lot more of them, which is a really, really good thing,” Rouse said Thursday evening during a stop at Heartland Harley-Davidson in Burlington, where he signed autographs and greeted fans.

“This weekend is huge. I’m driving the infamous No. 43 owned by Richard Petty. This is a Petty GMS Truck ran through Reaume Brothers. There is a big history with the number on this truck. There are big shoes to fill, which is 100 percent OK. I’m ready for it. It’s also how this weekend goes is really going to determine my year and next year, especially with this sponsor.”

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