After five seasons working together, driver Ron Silk and the Ed Partridge-owned TS Haulers Racing Team are parting ways after the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season finale next weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT). Partridge announced the team’s decision on Thursday afternoon.
Silk and Partridge combined to win six races during their tenure together. A three-win season in 2011 led to the duo winning their first NWMT championship, but the driver-owner combination has struggled to compete for wins and championships since that time.
According to Partridge, that is why his team decided that it is time to make a change.
“It’s just become an issue where the crew chief (Tom Grasso) and the driver can’t really get together with what we want to do here,” said Partridge. “So we are going to change out the driver and give it a shot.”
Silk, 31, agreed with Partridge and said there are no hard feelings between the two parties as a result of the split.
“When you’re dealing with the same people over and over and things aren’t going the way you want there’s always a little bit of resentment,” said Silk. “But all of our relationships are good. We’ll always be friendly and get along. It’s just time for everybody, me included, to do something new.
“I’m just very grateful for my five years that I got to race with them. (Partridge) did a lot for my career.”
Silk said he doesn’t yet know exactly what his future holds, but he is “working on some things.” He said he has a lot of goals left that he’d still like to achieve during his racing career.
“I definitely want to keep going,” he said. “It’s going to be a matter of seeing what’s available and making something work.”
Partridge also said he doesn’t yet know exactly who will be driving his white and blue TS Haulers No. 6 car for next season, but he did say he’s already had discussions with a few drivers.
“I’m talking to two or three different guys,” said Partridge. “I can’t really mention their names because they are driving for somebody. They’re on two different series. One is in an indoor dirt car.”
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