Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) owner Eddie Sharp announced Tuesday the relationship between the No. 46 Toyota crew and driver Craig Goess has been dissolved, effective immediately. Goess, who had driven for Sharp since 2008, recorded one top-10 this season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). Sharp's No. 46 is currently in the top-25 in owner points following last weekend's event at Texas Motor Speedway.
"It's really an unfortunate circumstance for all of us at Eddie Sharp Racing and for the Goess family. We've had a long standing relationship together, but we will respect everyone's decision and move forward from here," Sharp commented. "Craig and his parents have become like family to me, so it's that much more difficult to see them go in a different direction."
Expectations of the team and driver duo at the beginning of the year ran high following a championship contending season in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards in 2010. The entire team moved up to the NCWTS together, and had hoped for similar results. However, the group had not gelled the way everyone was hoping, which is what contributed to the separation according to Sharp.
The team intends on moving forward with business and operations as scheduled and anticipates competing in the next scheduled NCWTS race at Kentucky on July 7th.
"We have a championship caliber crew chief in Trip Bruce, and an outstanding team at our shop preparing really fast trucks, and we're anxious to continue racing the full schedule this season. We're not going anywhere, we just need to find the correct driver for our organization and finish the year strong," Sharp concluded.
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