MDM Motorsports withdraws from NASCAR Truck Series to focus on ARCA, K&N
MDM Motorsports will focus on driver development next season and has withdrawn from the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series for the 2019 season.
The decision comes amidst the news that co-founder Mark McFarland had accepted a crew chief position within the Joe Gibbs Racing ARCA program. The team was also founded by Matthew Miller and Doug Fuller -- thus MDM.
The team won the ARCA Racing Series championship last season with driver Sheldon Creed and also fielded entries for Tyler Matthews and Chase Purdy in the Truck Series. For 2019, the team will just field one entry in both the K&N Pro Series and ARCA Racing Series.
The team is currently testing and seeking qualified and funded drivers for those positions. Creed is pursuing NASCAR opportunities.
"MDM Motorsports has amassed more than 30 wins over the last two racing season," Miller said. "We've had a great run with more than a dozen different drivers win for us across three series. However, with the growth of driver development programs across all series, we feel that it's time to scale back our operation and our driver development efforts."
MDM took its No. 99 truck up to a full-time entry with a rotation of drivers in 2017. Bubba Wallace scored the team's only victory at Michigan on August 12, 2017, although the win was pronounced encumbered a couple days later.
The team had a quiet 2018 season in Trucks, only running the Martinsville spring event with Matthews, the Eldora event with Creed, and the fall Martinsville and ISM event with Chase Purdy.
The 2019 ARCA Racing Series seasons and K&N Pro Series season will be the last before NASCAR restructures both divisions. NASCAR acquired the ARCA Racing Series back in May. It intends to reveal those plans by the summer.