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Wauters team to skip next two Truck Series races

August 16, 2012, , NASCAR.com

Wauters Motorsports will skip Saturday's Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway, as well as next weekend's event at Bristol Motor Speedway, as the organization evaluates its future on the circuit.

Paulie Harraka has driven the No. 5 truck in all 11 events this season, posting a top finish of 17th while failing to finish four times. The rookie driver, who has been tutored by veteran truck racer Ted Musgrave, stands 20th in points with the first-year team.

Although Harraka's future with the team is unclear, owner and crew chief Richie Wauters said he is committed to his driver's development. The 22-year-old Harraka is a recent Duke graduate and a product of NASCAR's Drive for Diversity initiative. He won three races in the K&N Pro Series ranks before stepping up to the sport's national level.

"Paulie has grown a tremendous amount as a race car driver this season, without question," Wauters said in a statement released by the team. "He has continually shown the work ethic and dedication to keep learning, and the halfway point in the season marks the perfect time to take a step back and analyze everything we've done together up to this point."

After taking the next two events off, the Wauters team will evaluate which of the remaining races to compete in. Following Michigan and Bristol, the Truck Series resumes with an Aug. 31 event at Atlanta Motor Speedway.