Friday, January 30, 2009

Skinner, Bliss, Compton Ink NCTS Rides

A pair of former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champions and one longtime veteran have new deals for 2009.

Randy Moss Motorsports confirmed today that they will field a two-truck team this season for rookie Tayler Malsam and former series champion Mike Skinner. Malsam will run for Raybestos Rookie Of The Year honors in the team’s #81 Toyota, with Skinner at the wheel of the #46 Tundra.

"We are very pleased to have both Tayler and Mike come on board for the 2009 season," said Moss. "Tayler has shown a lot of promise in his performance on the track in 2008, and we look forward to helping him to continue to grow as a driver in 2009. Mike will be able to help mentor Tayler, while going for his second championship at the same time. It's the perfect combination."

Announcements regarding crewchiefs and sponsorship will be made in the near future, though Skinner is beleived to have brought technical support from Toyota Racing Development to the deal.

Key Motorsports will run former Camping World Truck Series champion Mike Bliss in its No. 40 Chevrolet for at least six races this season, beginning with the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona.

Bliss will also run California in February, Atlanta and Martinsville in March, and the May races at Lowes and Dover. He and the team are still discussing whether he will continue as driver for the rest of the season. Westerman Companies recently signed a six-race sponsorship with the team, beginning at Martinsville.

In other Truck Series news, veteran Stacy Compton will drive the Wyler Racing No. 60 Toyota this season. Compton ran most of last season with Bobby Hamilton Racing-Virginia, before the team parked his Dodge due to lack of sponsorship.

Wyler Racing began the 2008 campaign with driver Terry Cook, before releasing him in favor of former series champion Jack Sprague. The team had said that it hoped to combine Sprague with a younger driver in a two-truck effort this season, but there is no word today regarding Sprague's status.

No sponsor for Compton's truck was announced.

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