Cunningham Adds Third Entry

STATHAM, Ga. - Cunningham Motorsports has added another entry to its ARCA RE/MAX Series stable for this Sunday's Carolina 500 at Rockingham Speedway. What started as a two-car team has grown to a three-car effort.

Cunningham Motorsports, which fields Dodges for rookies' Tayler Malsam and Michael Phelps, announced today that they have selected rookie Nick Tucker to pilot the no. 59 Dodge Motorsports Dodge Charger for the Carolina 500.

Tucker who resides in Kannapolis, North Carolina, is originally from Bremerton, Washington. Tucker is also an aero test driver for Gillette Evernham Motorsports. He has seven starts in the ARCA REMAX Series with a top-10 finish and has competed in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with five starts.

"I'm really excited about the opportunity to drive for Dodge Motorsports and Cunningham Motorsports for this event," said Tucker. "Making this step up to a professional and proven organization will allow me to be competitive and showcase my talents. We had a good test at Rockingham and were fast. I know that this opportunity will go a long way in developing my skills. I would like to thank DCI, Comp-Cal, Allsquare and Mannhardt Farms for their support in this event."

Team owner Kerry Scherer is equally excited.

"Our organization is really excited to have Nick Tucker as a part of team for this event," said Scherer. "Nick had a very productive test at Rockingham. The combination of both driving and engineering expertise should allow him to be competitive. We are proud to have Nick and the sponsors on board the No. 59 at Rockingham."

Renowned NASCAR/ARCA Crew Chief Barry Owen will head-up the effort.

"I'm really looking forward to going back to Rockingham," said Owen, who crew chiefed Mike Swaim to victory lane at Atlanta in 1998. "Going with a three-car effort, our drivers will be able to share and receive information from each other. This could be a really good weekend for the whole team."

Malsam is coming off a solid 14th place run at Kansas Speedway where he finished on the lead lap. Malsam then flew back to his home state of Washington where he won the main event in the 360 cu. in. sprint car division at Skagit Speedway in Burlington, Washington Saturday night.

The Carolina 500 from Rockingham Speedway is LIVE on SPEED at Noon (ET) May 4.

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