Published on June 1st, 2010 | by Michael J Smith0
Malsam Leaves KBM; No. 56 To Shut Down
Kyle Busch Motorsports announced that Tayler Malsam, the driver of its No. 56 Camping World Truck Series Toyota will leave the team to drive the No. 10 Nationwide Series Toyota for Braun Racing. As a result, the No. 56 will not participate in the remaining truck series races.
Kyle Busch said:
Braun offered [Malsam] a chance to move up to the Nationwide Series and we have no reason to hold him back. He’s a driver, like Brian [Ickler], who absorbed a lot of knowledge from myself, Rick Ren (competition director) and the rest of the guys at KBM. We support him all the way.
This news isn’t all too suprising considering that KBM has been having trouble since it started. It lost its primary sponsor for the No. 18 truck when Miccosukee Resort and Gaming pulled its sponsorship when the tribe got a new leader. Plans for a third truck were scrapped due to a lack of sponsorship funds. And, contractors have filed or will file liens because they say they are owed collectively around $1 million for the construction of Busch’s race headquarters.
Meanwhile, Malsam is the second KBM drive to take another job. Ickler, who was piloting the No. 18 truck for races Busch could not make, signed on to run some Nationwide races for Roush Fenway Racing. Johnny Benson will fill in for Ickler in the No. 18.