Martins Motorsports has ceased operations for its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team, owner and driver Tommy Joe Martins has revealed.
As recently as last week, Martins had anticipated the organization fielding trucks for multiple drivers over the course of the 2018 season. However, the deals that the team had previously negotiated fell through. At that point, it became clear that without that funding in place, continuing to prepare the trucks to race wasn't going to yield results worthy of the expense it would entail.
"We had been trying to sell rides going into this year (2018)." Martins said. "I had two handshake agreements on that and they both backed out on me."
Additionally, Martins talked about his 2018 plans, which focus primarily on a part time NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule running for BJ McLeod. Martins earned his best finish in NASCAR national touring series race, 11th, last year at Iowa Speedway driving for McLeod's Xfinity team. He cited this deal as a factor in the decision to suspend the truck program.
"All of the truck stuff we're going to sell. We're gonna hold on to some pit equipment, some shop equipment, some of the universal stuff like springs and shocks, just in case we get the urge to put together a car or something."
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