ustin Fontaine was first introduced to motorsports by chance when he attend the 2005 Bristol Motor Speedway NASCAR night race. From that point, Fontaine became an avid NASCAR fan although it would be until 2008 till he began his own racing career.
During that year, Fontaine made his Motorsports debut in quarter midgets in Salisbury, N.C. It was there he raced alongside some of the young stars of the NASCAR today, such as Harrison Burton. After two part-time season, Fontaine made the transition to MiniCup race cars, competing out at Newport Speedway.
In six starts, he won them all, which spurred the decision to make the leap to full body stock cars. Still competing at Newport, Fontaine began racing a 4-cylinder class collecting two victories along the way.
Finally, the decision was made together as a family for Fontaine to take the next leap in his racing endeavor and transition to NASCAR and compete in the Late Model division at Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway. In 2014, at the tender age of 19, he began his first full-time campaign in Motorsports, where he claimed Rookie of the Year and finished in the top-10 in points overall.
2015 was a banner year for Fontaine. Not only did he secure third in the overall championship standings, he earned his first win at the historic short track. Through 2016 and continuing to turn heads along the way, he was signed by Martin-McClure for a limited schedule in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. In four races, he finished a career-best 13th at Dominion Speedway in Virginia.
Later in 2016, Fontaine was picked up by AM Racing to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the historic Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. After a solid debut, the decision was made to remain with AM Racing for 2017, where he competed in the ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Despite being injured in the open race of the ARCA Racing Series season, Fontaine only missed five races before returning to the tour in June at Elko (Minn.) Speedway where he earned a solid 11th place finish. Overall, he picked up a career-best finish of ninth at the high-banks of Winchester (Ind.) Speedway and ended the year with a top-10 on the increasingly fast 1.5-mile track of Kentucky Speedway in the penultimate event of the season.
Fontaine finished 15th overall in the driver series standings despite not running in eight races. Throughout his rookie campaign, he tallied eight top-15 finishes along the way.
During the summer, the personable driver made two additional NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway respectively. He earned a career-best 15th at Pocono’s dynamic 2.5-mile triangle, while posting a respectable 17th place run at Chicago.
For the 2018 season, Fontaine and AM Racing through it’s partnership with Niece Motorsports will see the North Carolinian compete full-time in Trucks aboard the No. 45 Chevrolet Silverado.