What's Up With... Tayler Malsam?
PLEASE NOTE: ALL PICTURES USED ARE WITH PERMISSION OF TAYLER MALSAM AND WIKIPEDIA
By Dominic Aragon
Young NASCAR drivers seem to find a home in one of NASCAR’s three main series. As Dale Jarrett said, “The veterans will be the dominant breed of drivers.” That was about ten years ago. Today, you have guys like Reed Sorenson, Kyle Busch, and Carl Edwards, beating out guys like Bobby Labonte, Kenny Wallace, and Jason Keller, who are considered nowadays lucky to even finish on the lead lap.
In that young group, you can add an up-and-coming 21 year old driver named Tayler Malsam. Malsam has always had a passion for racing, as he started out at a very young age. “My uncle and grandpa were racers, and I looked up to them so much.”
Malsam made his first ARCA race in 2007, remembering that it was a rough day for him. “We blew a tire, and I had never been in stock cars. They are a lot different from Sprint Cars.”
By 2008, Malsam competed in two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, including the season finale. “I‘d never been to a race that big,” recalls Malsam. “Racing against Harvick and Busch was really cool.” By 2009, Malsam got his chance, as he raced fulltime for Randy Moss Motorsports, notching up 1 top-5 run, and 10 top-10 runs in 25 starts, finishing 12th overall in points. Malsams’ top-5 run in 2009 came at Gateway, where he finished 5th. “We lucked out [that race] because there were a lot of wrecks. During the year, we should have had more top-5’s, but we had some bad luck.”
In 2010, Malsam started out the Truck season with Kyle Busch Motorsports, running the first seven races. But, he accepted a Nationwide deal with Braun Racing, as he made his debut in the #10 Toyota at Nashville. In his debut, he finished 11th after starting 25th. “I was pumped [about our finish]. I didn‘t know how the cars would be. They are a lot different from the trucks. The closing laps were exciting.” As of Richmond, Malsam has made 11 races, with six runs in the top-20.
Although he has gotten some experience, there are no plans to run Sprint Cup, at least this year, anyway, stating that he is not ready to run a full cup race. However, look for Malsam to make a splash in the Nationwide Series in 2011, and possibly make his Sprint Cup debut soon.
Car: I don't really have one. Not into fast cars. Anything that gets me from point A to B.
Track: Any 1.5 mile track.
Junk food: Recess Pieces
NFL: Seattle Seahawks
NBA: Seattle Super Sonics
MLB: Seattle Mariners
Music: Anything but jazz.
First concert: Pepper
Malsam at Daytona
Malsam in Richmond (#10)