Loudon: Tayler Malsam preview

MALSAM AT LOUDON: Tayler Malsam will be making his 21st start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) when the green flag drops for the Heluva Good® 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon. Malsam has never before raced at...

MALSAM AT LOUDON: Tayler Malsam will be making his 21st start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) when the green flag drops for the Heluva Good® 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon. Malsam has never before raced at the 1.058-mile Loudon, N.H. venue.

MALSAM'S RIDE: Crew Chief Doug Wolcott and the No. 81 team are utilizing the same One Eighty Toyota Tundra they prepared for last weekend's event at Gateway (Madison, Ill.) International Raceway. This is the third time the team will run Randy Moss Motorsports chassis No.107. Malsam posted his best qualifying effort of the season in Iowa in this Toyota Tundra and also drove it to his best career finish of fifth last weekend. The team also utilized this truck in the event at Chicagoland Speedway.

WOLCOT'S WISDOM: "This will another tough race. With the rules the way they are, you have to set the truck up really free to be able to get it to turn through the center of the corners and to carry enough speed to pass on the straightaways. There will be a lot of emphasis on qualifying this week. It sure makes the day at New Hampshire Motor Speedway easier if you can start up front and have fewer trucks to deal with.

"I'll tell Tayler pretty much the same thing I always do this weekend. He needs to be patient and let the One Eighty Toyota Tundra and the track come to him. He's done a good job of adapting to these venues that are new to him, so we should be in good shape."

THE SEASON'S STATS: The No. 81 team has posted one top --five and nine top-10 finishes in 18 events this season. Malsam posted his best career finish last week at Gateway International Raceway when he took the checkered flag in the fifth spot. He currently holds down the 11th position in the driver points battle, sitting eight markers outside of 10th and 100 points out of the top five.

POINT AND CLICK: Fans can continue to vote for their favorite driver for the Most Popular Driver Award through the end of October. The results of the online balloting will be announced at the NCWTS awards banquet at the end of the season. Visit www.nascar.com for more details and to cast your vote for Tayler.

-credit: rmm

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Tayler Malsam