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2014 Charlotte: Tayler Malsam NASCAR Truck Race Recap
Posted by: newsla on May 17, 2014 - 02:17 PM
2014 Charlotte: Tayler Malsam NASCAR Truck Race Recap

The No. 32 Outerwall Chevrolet of Tayler Malsam had its night cut short when two competitors made contact and sent the Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) truck into the inside retaining wall where it suffered severe damage, putting an end to an already frustrating weekend. Malsam and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) got off to a bumpy start as heavy rain forced all track activity to a one-day show at the 1.5-mile track. With just two hours of practice time to prepare for the 134-lap race, Malsam and his TSM team ranked 17th fastest on the speed charts and qualified 19th for the start of the North Carolina Education Lottery 200. As the green flag dropped in NASCAR's backyard, Malsam quickly reported to crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. that he was battling an extremely tight truck.


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During the first caution, Hillman called the No. 32 truck down pit road for four tires, fuel and wedge and air-pressure adjustments. Despite two strong attempts in the pits to loosen up the No. 32 Outerwall Chevy, Malsam still found himself battling a tight truck and a constant-changing track. Hillman called Malsam back down pit road during the fourth caution to give it another shot, adding four new tires and fuel, along with another round of adjustments. Before Malsam could even get acquainted with the new adjustments, two competitors made contact directly ahead and sent the No. 32 truck into the inside retaining wall at a high speed. Malsam suffered severe damage to the rear of his Outerwall Chevy, but his TSM team worked diligently and quickly to make essential repairs. After being evaluated and released by Charlotte Motor Speedway medical staff, Malsam climbed back into the No. 32 Outerwall Chevrolet, making just three laps under caution before being relegated to a 25th-place finish.

The No. 32 TSM truck now sits ninth in the NCWTS Owner Point Standings.

Tayler Malsam on Racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway:
"I don't really know what happened out there. It's unfortunate that our night had to end this way, but that's just part of racing; you have your good nights and your bad ones. Mike Hillman Jr. did a good job making the calls tonight but no matter what changes were made, we were still fighting the racetrack. I really wanted to bring this Outerwall Chevy home with another top-five finish tonight. I think last weekend in Kansas set the bar pretty high for us, so I don't plan to back down. I know my Turner Scott Motorsports teammate Ben Rhodes will do a good job in the No. 32 at Dover and hopefully get our team a great finish. I have a couple Sprint Car races to do out West and then I'll be more ready than ever to get back behind the wheel of this truck at Texas in a few weeks."

Final Practice
Position: 17
Fastest Lap: 30.368 sec.
Laps: 36
Position: 19
Fastest Lap Time: 30.209

Position: 25
Completed/Total: 95/134
Led: 0

What's Next - The NCWTS has a one-week break before heading to Dover International Speedway for an afternoon of action-packed Truck racing. Live coverage of the Lucas Oil 200 begins Friday, May 30 at 5:00 p.m. EDT on FOX Sports 1.

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