NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Pit Note # 4
Randy Moss Motorsports Talks of Team Progress - In an evening press conference, Randy Moss Motorsports principals talked about the team's progress early in the season. About the development of the team, points leader Mike Skinner noted.
"These guys have been handed one hell of a deck of cards," said Skinner. "They didn't have a Toyota truck until the last week of January. We didn't put a deal together until the last week of January. Everybody at Randy Moss Motorsports has worked day and night. They slept a little and worked a lot. We took two trucks to Daytona and were pretty competitive, so we were excited. We were blessed with a victory a couple of weeks ago at Kansas, and we're running pretty good here. It's all good right now. Our expectations are to run up front. We had to change manufacturers and don't have a full-time sponsor. We have been better than I expected. With Randy, there are a lot of parallels in what we do. Both are mentally demanding. Winning is still winning and a team sport."
The team's second driver, Tayler Malsam is learning from having an experienced teammate such as Skinner.
"I think we are running pretty well for me being a rookie," said Malsam. "Moss Motorsports put one of the best trucks under me, and the Toyota horsepower definitely helps a lot. I couldn't ask for a better team to be with."
Co-team owner David Dollar is a veteran of the series also.
"Mike is a wealth of knowledge and a very strong veteran," said Dollar, "and any time he can help Tayler is even better. We had to switch to Toyota. Accomplishing what we have in such a short time is fantastic."
For Moss, the venture into team ownership has been rewarding.
"I think a lot of people don't really realize that the one thing we have in common is we stick together like a family," said Moss. "We have a young guy like Tayler and a veteran in Mike. A lot of people see the chemistry, but they don't' really see what goes on behind closed doors. We are a family, and we try to run the day-to-day operation like a family. The things we have accomplished, we hadn't really expected, but we're hoping we would. To get our first win so early in the season will hopefully open up the door for the rest of the season."
Grand Marshal and Honorary Starter Chosen for N.C. Education Lottery 200 - Mike Calvert, of Cornelius, N.C., was named as the grand marshal for the N.C. Education Lottery 200 and Wesley Wright of Newburgh, Ind., will be the honorary starter. The grand marshal and honorary starter were chosen through a contest at the N.C. Education Lottery display at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday. Charlotte Motor Speedway VIP Lou Ann Russell, the deputy executive director of marketing and advertising for the N.C. Education Lottery, will join them at driver introductions. Billy Mauldin will give the invocation, and Cardinal Crossing will sing the national anthem. The nation's colors will be presented by the Air Force ROTC Detachment 592 from UNCC.