Concord, N.C. (July 5, 2004) MRD Motorsports signed NASCAR driver Jay Sauter to run a series of seven selected NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races behind the wheel of the No.06 Chevrolet Silverado beginning this weekend at Kentucky Speedway in ...
Concord, N.C. (July 5, 2004) MRD Motorsports signed NASCAR driver Jay Sauter to run a series of seven selected NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races behind the wheel of the No.06 Chevrolet Silverado beginning this weekend at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky. The seven race package also includes the events held at Nashville, Tenn.; Bristol, Tenn.; Richmond, Va.; Fort Worth, Texas; Darlington, S.C. and season finale at Homestead-Miami, Fla.
Founded by Dave Malcolmson MRD Motorsports is located in Concord, N.C. Malcolmson makes his home in Largo, Fla., and previously owned teams in the Allison Legacy Series and also in the Goodies Dash series prior to making the move to the Truck Series.
Malcolmson began building his truck series team by hiring Bryan Berry as the crew chief. Malcolmson believes that the Homestead, Fla. native is a vital element to the success of his organization.
"I wanted Bryan to play a key role in the hiring of a driver," said Malcolmson. "I trust his judgement and it's important to me that we build this team together."
"I am extremely excited that Dave has given me the opportunity to run his truck program," said Berry. "He has been really good as an owner, that's for sure. Probably one of the best that have worked for, honestly."
As their search for a driver began both Malcolmson and Berry realized the highly competitiveness of the Truck Series this season and took into consideration the number of veteran drivers including former series champions Jack Sprague and Mike Skinner that have returned to the series.
"When we both agreed that a key element for looking for a driver was experience, that's when I got in contact with Jay," said Berry. "He came by the shop to discuss our program. When it was all said and done it made sense that Jay was the man for the job. Jay has a lot of the same ideas that we have and shares the same views, so I think this is really going to work out for all of us."
Sauter is no stranger to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series having compiled 86 starts, four wins, 27 top-fives, 50 top-10s, and a career best finish of fourth in the NCTS points championship over a four year span from 1996-1999. During his last season in the Truck Series while driving for Richard Childress Racing, he won two out of the last three races on the circuit and one of those wins was at Texas Motor Speedway, a track that he feels really comfortable with and is on his seven race schedule in 2004.
"The list of seven races is good for me," commented Sauter. "They are all places I have run well. MRD Motorsports have built three new Chevrolet trucks. I am looking forward to driving for them."
Malcolmson's intent is to use these seven races with Sauter as a springboard into next season. "With Jay's track record at these events we should have a good showing. We are using this schedule to lay the ground work to run a full season in 2005," said Malcolmson. "I feel that we have a good, solid package with Jay as the driver and Brian as the crew chief."