DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In an 11th-hour agreement, Max Tullman has teamed up with MBM Motorsports for Saturday’s NASCAR Racing Experience 300 at Daytona Int’l Speedway.
Tullman will drive the No. 13 Zoomi/Myota Toyota Supra for MBM Motorsports. Veteran Motorsports crew chief Doug Richert, who led Dale Earnhardt to his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) championship in 1980, will call the shots for Tullman in the 120-lap event.
“I’m very thankful and appreciative for this opportunity to join MBM this weekend at Daytona,” said Tullman, who made three NASCAR Xfinity Series starts in 2018 with his family-owned Tullman Walker Racing.
“We are still working hard on our firm plans for 2019 – but Carl reached out and together we were able to put some support together to see if we can earn a good finish on Saturday,” Tullman said.
Tullman returns to Daytona a year after making his ARCA Menards Series debut driving for Mason Mitchell Motorsports, which saw the sports car veteran qualify fourth, lead 10 laps and finish sixth.
For Tullman, a native of Chester Springs, Pa., he’s hoping that his prior experience in ARCA and the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series on a restrictor plate track will pay dividends in the first Xfinity Series race of the year.
In addition to Daytona, Tullman scored a sixth-place finish for MMM at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway last April – before delivering a career-best ninth-place effort at Talladega in the Truck Series last October for Young’s Motorsports.
“I learned a lot about drafting and restrictor plate racing last year,” said Tullman. “Between Mason Mitchell Motorsports, Young’s Motorsports, my crew chief Doug Richert and my mentor Todd Bodine – I was able to really gather a lot of knowledge. All of their support plus the in-race experience helped me a ton.
“I have a good crew behind me and Carl (Long) is taking three other Xfinity Series cars to Daytona this weekend, so I’m hoping I can work with my teammates in some capacity. Hopefully, we’ll be able to earn a solid finish to start off my 2019 season and see what develops from there.”