Mike Bliss‘s journey at TriStar Motorsports has enabled him to run full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series since 2011. With limited sponsorship throughout his time at the organization, Bliss has finished inside the top 15 in points with TriStar Motorsports over the past four years.
But in a world where the economy means so much, the team opted to re-sign Eric McClure for the remainder of the season starting at Iowa. McClure, who brings sponsorship money from Hefty, puts the 50-year-old veteran out of a ride. Now, he’s been forced to the sidelines and must search for funding to run a handful of races for the multi-car team.
“I’m still with them, of course,” Bliss said. “We might have some races. We might run another entry for some of the bigger races. As of right now, I am still employed by them. I’m kind of helping out with the other drivers.
“They put Eric McClure with our team and changed the number to the one he was running. He came over from another team and stepped in with the team I was driving for.”
In eight starts this year, Bliss has a best finish of 20th (twice) and was 23rd in the championship standings before he was released from his full schedule. The Oregon native has raced in the Sprint Cup Series this year with Go FAS Racing, making his seventh start of the year in the No. 32 car at Dover.