Posted By Pete Pistone
Veteran Mike Bliss has a full-time Nationwide Series deal for the coming season after signing a contract with TriStar Motorsports.
Bliss will team with Eric McClure in a two-car Chevrolet effort and run the entire season pending sponsorship.
"It's a deal that came together because we all know each other and have worked together in other settings over the years," said Bliss, who spent last season driving on the Nationwide Series as well as making selected Camping World Truck Series and Sprint Cup Series starts. "It's an example of never burning your bridges and keeping contacts open in this business."
Bliss will pilot the No. 19 Impala with McClure sporting Hefty sponsorship in a No. 14 Chevrolet.
The team is hard at work preparing for the season-opener at Daytona in two weeks as well as building cars for beyond "Speedweeks."
"Phoenix and Las Vegas come pretty quick after we leave Daytona so the team is working as hard as possible to get these cars built so we can get out there and compete after the opener," said Bliss. "It's hard for an organization like this one that doesn't have a ton of money but the commitment is there and hopefully we can have success on the race track and generate interest from sponsors."
Bliss has made more than 200 starts in the Nationwide Series and is a two-time winner, taking the checkered flag at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2004 and 2009.