Key Motorsports Discontinues Full-Time Truck Series Schedule, To Run Selected 2009 Races MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (Monday, April 20, 2009) -- Curtis Key, owner of Key Motorsports, has announced today he has cancelled his team's full-time ...
Key Motorsports Discontinues Full-Time Truck Series Schedule, To Run Selected 2009 Races
MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (Monday, April 20, 2009) -- Curtis Key, owner of Key Motorsports, has announced today he has cancelled his team's full-time championship effort in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and will pursue only a limited schedule with Mike Bliss behind the wheel for the remainder of the 2009 season.
Key cites lack of sponsorship and his desire to focus on the team's first full-time NASCAR Nationwide Series entry as his reasons for discontinuing the full-time truck program.
The No. 40 Key Motorsports Chevy Silverado will not appear on the entry list for this weekend's race at Kansas Speedway, despite Key's original intention to field a full-time NCWTS entry. The No. 40 will next hit the track for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Mike Bliss has piloted the Key Motorsports Chevy in the first four Truck Series races of the season, scoring a season-best finish of 8th and securing an 18th place standing in the 2009 NCWTS owner points. Bliss will continue to drive the No. 40 in the remaining races Key Motorsports runs this season.
While the team's schedule for the remainder of the season has not yet been determined, Key plans to run his team for the Charlotte race, as well as seven upcoming races in which he has sponsorship commitments with Westerman Companies and Oakland Metal Buildings.
"It was a difficult decision to no longer pursue a full-time schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, especially considering how well we've performed so far this year," says owner Curtis Key. "However, the economy continues to affect our sport, and it is my goal to focus on the Nationwide Series program we are building. I see great potential in our Nationwide program, which I believe is the future of Key Motorsports."
The team's Nationwide Series schedule continues this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway with driver Scott Wimmer behind the wheel of the No. 40 StopRepairBills.com Chevy, while the NCWTS program will resume on May 15th at Lowe's Motor Speedway.