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texdel
October 31, 2017 at 10:03:45 AM
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This message was edited on October 31, 2017 at 10:04:56 AM by texdel

Rudeen Racing to Run Two-Car Team in 2018;
Saldana and Malsam Named Drivers

The Washington state based, Rudeen Racing has expanded to a two-car team for the upcoming 2018 season. Veteran driver, Joey Saldana, will pilot the No.26 Rudeen Racing machine, alongside Tayler Malsam, in the Rudeen Racing No.26R entry.

“I’m very excited to have Joey on board with Rudeen Racing for the upcoming season,” explained Kevin Rudeen, owner. “A driver as talented as him can elevate our team on and off the track. I’m really looking forward to seeing what Joey and Tayler can do out on the road next year.”

Saldana and team are scheduled to compete in roughly 60 events over the course of the year, starting with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car series during their West Coast swing. Saldana is slated to compete primarily with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car series, in conjunction with several Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions events, as well as other venues throughout the season. Rob Hart, who has previously worked with Rudeen Racing, will kick off the season as the highly experienced crew chief for the No.26 car.

“I’m looking forward to running for Kevin Rudeen and the Rudeen Racing No.26 next season,” commented Joey Saldana. “I’ve known Kevin for over 12 years now. We talked about racing together back in 2005, and it just wasn’t meant to be at the time. He and I stayed in touch over the years, and I eventually got to drive for him during the Winter Heat Series in 2015. This is great opportunity to run the schedule we want to as a team, and get some solid wins along the way.”

Malsam is also slated to fulfill a 60-plus race schedule for the 2018 season. The former NASCAR driver, has been with Rudeen Racing since 2005, piloting the No.26 throughout the years, whenever time away from his pavement career allowed. Malsam will be aboard the Rudeen Racing No.26R car, which will pay tribute to the late son of owner Kevin Rudeen. The Rayce Rudeen Foundation will be a large part of the No.26R team over the course of the season. Malsam plans to run a more fluid schedule, but will compete in the Midwest and on the West Coast. The crew chief for the No.26R team will be named at a later date.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back on the road next year,” explained Malsam. “The goal is to compete for wins every time we show up, and continue to gain as much experience as possible, night in, and night out. It will be great to have a vet like Joey to bounce stuff off of throughout the season.”

Follow along with Rudeen Racing (@RudeenRacing) on social media for schedule updates, results, highlights, news and more. Also, be on the lookout for a new and improved RudeenRacing.com in the coming weeks.

Rudeen Racing would like to thank the following: Hager Realty, Kaeding Performance, Moto Transportation, Rayce Rudeen Foundation, XYZ Machining, BMRS Hose and Fittings, Fire-Down Graphics, Smith Titanium, Speedmart, Factory Kahne Shocks, Rod End Supply, Wilwood Brakes, JOES Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Vortex Wings, ODS Carbon, Kinsler Fuel Injection, Shell Shock Paint, and Aero Construction.




NWFAN
October 31, 2017 at 11:54:17 AM
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 saldana is a great fit and as is Kevins nephew...good luck to both teams in the 18' season.


Ascot was the greatest of all time..

West Capital wasn't half bad either..

Life is good...

larsonfan
October 31, 2017 at 03:18:29 PM
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Posted By: texdel on October 31 2017 at 10:03:45 AM

Rudeen Racing to Run Two-Car Team in 2018;
Saldana and Malsam Named Drivers

The Washington state based, Rudeen Racing has expanded to a two-car team for the upcoming 2018 season. Veteran driver, Joey Saldana, will pilot the No.26 Rudeen Racing machine, alongside Tayler Malsam, in the Rudeen Racing No.26R entry.

“I’m very excited to have Joey on board with Rudeen Racing for the upcoming season,” explained Kevin Rudeen, owner. “A driver as talented as him can elevate our team on and off the track. I’m really looking forward to seeing what Joey and Tayler can do out on the road next year.”

Saldana and team are scheduled to compete in roughly 60 events over the course of the year, starting with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car series during their West Coast swing. Saldana is slated to compete primarily with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car series, in conjunction with several Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions events, as well as other venues throughout the season. Rob Hart, who has previously worked with Rudeen Racing, will kick off the season as the highly experienced crew chief for the No.26 car.

“I’m looking forward to running for Kevin Rudeen and the Rudeen Racing No.26 next season,” commented Joey Saldana. “I’ve known Kevin for over 12 years now. We talked about racing together back in 2005, and it just wasn’t meant to be at the time. He and I stayed in touch over the years, and I eventually got to drive for him during the Winter Heat Series in 2015. This is great opportunity to run the schedule we want to as a team, and get some solid wins along the way.”

Malsam is also slated to fulfill a 60-plus race schedule for the 2018 season. The former NASCAR driver, has been with Rudeen Racing since 2005, piloting the No.26 throughout the years, whenever time away from his pavement career allowed. Malsam will be aboard the Rudeen Racing No.26R car, which will pay tribute to the late son of owner Kevin Rudeen. The Rayce Rudeen Foundation will be a large part of the No.26R team over the course of the season. Malsam plans to run a more fluid schedule, but will compete in the Midwest and on the West Coast. The crew chief for the No.26R team will be named at a later date.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back on the road next year,” explained Malsam. “The goal is to compete for wins every time we show up, and continue to gain as much experience as possible, night in, and night out. It will be great to have a vet like Joey to bounce stuff off of throughout the season.”

Follow along with Rudeen Racing (@RudeenRacing) on social media for schedule updates, results, highlights, news and more. Also, be on the lookout for a new and improved RudeenRacing.com in the coming weeks.

Rudeen Racing would like to thank the following: Hager Realty, Kaeding Performance, Moto Transportation, Rayce Rudeen Foundation, XYZ Machining, BMRS Hose and Fittings, Fire-Down Graphics, Smith Titanium, Speedmart, Factory Kahne Shocks, Rod End Supply, Wilwood Brakes, JOES Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Vortex Wings, ODS Carbon, Kinsler Fuel Injection, Shell Shock Paint, and Aero Construction.



Kinda bittersweet for me. I'm a big fan of the IRP 71, and I was looking forward to (hoping) the team and Joey woud make a run at full 2018 All Star schedule and championship.



sprintcarfanatic
October 31, 2017 at 04:13:32 PM
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Only if K. Jacobs, K. Huntley, R. Hood, R. Hodges, F. Kerr, K. Kauffman come back too !!!!!



GTigers55
October 31, 2017 at 04:56:56 PM
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I don't know what Blaney is planning on doing next season but if him and Zemco don't stay together for next year maybe he could go to 71 and run All Stars?



TheSprintFun
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October 31, 2017 at 05:57:57 PM
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I would be shocked to see the 71 do any sort of full time anything. That car is a passion project, not a full time ride IMO. 



sprintman11
October 31, 2017 at 07:38:32 PM
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I’m glad to see Joey getting this tide! He is far from done winning races!!  Does anyone know what chassis/engine combo this team runs?



Limowreck
October 31, 2017 at 10:55:51 PM
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Posted By: sprintman11 on October 31 2017 at 07:38:32 PM

I’m glad to see Joey getting this tide! He is far from done winning races!!  Does anyone know what chassis/engine combo this team runs?



I believe they run KPC chassis and Shark Racing engines (for their 360 anyways, not sure about the 410)



Dhowe11164
November 01, 2017 at 11:20:17 AM
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Posted By: Limowreck on October 31 2017 at 10:55:51 PM

I believe they run KPC chassis and Shark Racing engines (for their 360 anyways, not sure about the 410)



They have a Rider 360 and I believe it's a maxim, but could be KPC. I think their 410 stuff has been Shaver in the past, but who knows now. 



Nickules
November 02, 2017 at 01:05:09 PM
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Posted By: TheSprintFun on October 31 2017 at 05:57:57 PM

I would be shocked to see the 71 do any sort of full time anything. That car is a passion project, not a full time ride IMO. 



This. Bernie does it out of passion but he has IRP to run and doubt he has time to commit to running full schedule.  Now if someone showed up with full crew, money backing, etc. then maybe teaming up might be in the cards, but Bernie loves and has a passion for working on the car too, so not sure he'd be down with that.  Who knows.  Maybe we see KTJ running more winged shows in it next year too.   





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