For the third time in less than a year, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Tayler Malsam is left stranded without a ride.
Reports are that Randy Moss Motorsports has shut down its #25 truck program, effective immediately. Malsam, of course, drove the #25 truck in the first three events this season.
The start of the 2011 season didn’t bode well for Malsam, as he failed to qualify for the first two races and blew an engine in the most recent event at Darlington.
Malsam drove for Moss’s team in 2009, before leaving RMM for the newly-created Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2010. Malsam drove the first seven events for KBR, nearly winning in Atlanta before a late caution hampered his efforts. Busch shut Malsam’s #56 team down after the event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Malsam sat 11th in the standings at that time.
Malsam also drove 11 Nationwide Series races for Braun Racing in 2010. He posted his best finish(11th) in his debut race at Nashville, and had four runs of 15th or better. However, accidents(often not of his own making) hampered his efforts. And when Steve Turner bought Braun’s team late in the year, Malsam, along with then-teammate Brian Scott, got the short end of the stick.
Now after just three races, he is apparently out of a ride again.
Malsam’s career stats don’t exactly jump out at you. In 39 starts in the Camping World Truck Series, Malsam has one top 5 and 11 top 10 finishes. He did challenge for some wins, particularly during his rookie season, but never found Victory Lane. His average finish is 16th.
Not great, but not too shabby either when you consider Malsam really only has one full year of competition under his belt, or that he’s been bounced around from team to team.
Malsam also carries sponsorship with him in One Eighty and Iron Horse Jeans, so whoever he ends up with will have a capable driver with loads of potential, as well as some solid sponsorship backing.
Hopefully Malsam will be able to land on his feet in either the Camping World Truck Series or the Nationwide Series. He certainly has what it takes; he just needs a solid ride.
And a team that won’t close up shop on him.