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TriStar Motorsports parts ways with Malsam

September 26, 2012, Team Release,

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- After a 26-race relationship, TriStar Motorsports officials on Wednesday announced that they have agreed to part ways with Tayler Malsam. The decision ends a relationship that saw Malsam drive the No. 19 G-Oil Toyota to 13th in the Nationwide Series standings.

"All of us at TriStar Motorsports appreciate what Tayler has done for our race team this year," owner Mark Smith said. "Tayler did a great job for us and we wish him nothing but the best of luck as he explores future opportunities in this sport. I think it is really important for us as a team to set our sights on the future and take the appropriate steps in that direction."

2002 Truck Series champion and current TriStar driver, Mike Bliss, will pilot the No. 19 Toyota in Saturday's race at Dover. Jeff Green, the 2000 Nationwide Series champion, will fill in for Bliss in TriStar's No. 44 car. The team will make future announcements on its driver and sponsor lineup for the remainder of the season at a later date.

In his 26 starts this season for TriStar, Malsam scored his best finish of sixth in the season opener at Daytona. Malsam has completed 95.3 percent of the laps this season. The No. 19 car is 19th in owners' points.