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Team: TriStar Motorsports-19-NXS
Age / DOB:  (50) / 4/5/1965
Ht / Wt:  6'1 / 190

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Mike Bliss finished 20th in Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Bristol (VA) Motor Speedway.
He started the No. 19 TriStar Motorsports Toyota 25th on the grid for the Drive To Stop Diabetes 300. He completed 295 laps of the 300 lap race. He is currently 22nd in the 2015 XFINITY Series championship standings. Apr 19 - 4:24 PM

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After wrapping up his 350th NASCAR XFINITY Series start at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway, Mike Bliss is ready for a change of pace this weekend as the series rolls in to "Thunder Valley".

Bliss has competed in 65 short-track events throughout his XFINITY Series career. In those events he has earned seven top-five and 19 top-10 finishes. At Bristol Motor Speedway alone, Bliss has accrued two top-five and four top-10 finishes. Crew Chief Paul Clapprood will unload chassis No.121 for the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300. This chassis was last used last weekend in Texas where he finished 24th.-TriStar Motorsports NC
Apr 15 - 8:51 PM

Mike Bliss has had a yeoman-like performance in the No. 32 this year. He has not been overly strong with no top-30 finishes, but most of his results were in the low- to mid-30s range.

It is taking a while for the team to become fantasy relevant and that will probably not happen on one of the unrestricted speedways. Save the No. 32 for restrictor-plate tracks and road courses.
Apr 15 - 7:41 PM

Mike Bliss finishes 24th in Friday night's NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

He started the No. 19 Dealer Associates Toyota Camry 23rd on the grid for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300. He completed 197 of the 200 lap race. Bliss moved up two spots to 21st in the 2015 XFINITY Series championship standings.
Apr 11 - 2:43 PM

The similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks have produced one high and one low finish for Mike Bliss. He qualified the No. 32 Frank Stoddard Ford 27th at Atlanta and finished 31st, but failed to make the show at Vegas.

Most of Bliss’ attempts on this track type last year ended early for a variety of technical reasons. With only one 2015 race under his belt, it is too soon to draw any conclusions and he should be left in the garage for now.
Apr 10 - 9:29 AM

Over the past 20-years Mike Bliss has racked up 725 starts across NASCAR's three premier series'. Earning one Championship, 15 wins, 91 top-five, 192 top-10 finishes, the driver coined "the Hammer" has seen it all.

This weekend's event, the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, will turn another milestone for Bliss. The NASCAR XFINITY Series event will mark start number 350 for Bliss in the series. He has 19 previous starts; 40 overall, at the 1.5-mile speedway. Earning two pole awards, two top-five and seven top-10 career finishes at Texas; Bliss knows a thing or two about the superspeedway. Double Duty Once Again: In addition to driving the No. 19 for TriStar Motorsports, Bliss will drive the No. 32 Ford Fusion for Go Green Racing.-TriStar Motorsports
Apr 7 - 7:40 PM

Mike Bliss is another driver who has been an occasionally strong contender this year. He failed to qualify at Vegas, but finished in the low- to mid-30s in three of the four races he made.

With his DNQ and one 40th-place finish at Vegas and Auto Club, his record appears to be a little more erratic than fantasy owners would prefer. The good news is that his other three races ended in a narrow band of results from 31st through 34th. He should be watched closely in the next few races to determine if a trend will develop that could make him predictable.
Apr 1 - 10:37 AM

If Mike Bliss qualifies for the STP 500 this week he will have to count that as a minor success after failing to make his last three attempts at Martinsville.

Racing the lightly-funded No. 19 in 2012 and 2013, Bliss missed three consecutive shows and has not been back. The No. 32 is higher in owner points than that team was at the time, however. Bliss’ last Martinsville start came in 2010 with Tommy Baldwin Racing. He sustained crash damage, finished three laps off the pace, but still managed to score a top-25.
Mar 25 - 11:36 AM

Mike Bliss finishes 26th in Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Auto Club Speedway.

He started the No. 19 TriStar Motorsports Toyota 30th on the grid for the Drive4Clots.com 300. He completed 146 laps of the 150 lap race. He is currently 23rd in the 2015 XFINITY Series championship standings.
Mar 21 - 8:35 PM

Mike Bliss is two for three in regard to qualifying this season. He missed the show at Las Vegas, but started at Atlanta and Phoenix.

Bliss finished in the low 30s in both races for which he qualified and can be used as a utility driver if a fantasy owner needs a bargain. It is unlikely that he will finish in the 20s any time soon, however.
Mar 18 - 10:48 AM

With one top-10 and 12 top-20 finishes in his 15 starts at the 2-mile track in Fontana, California, Mike Bliss and the No. 19 team are ready to build on last week's momentum.

Out of the 205 starts Bliss has made at one to two mile tracks, he has earned two wins, 20 top-five, 47 top-10 finishes and has started from the pole twice. Double Duty: In addition to driving the No. 19 for TriStar Motorsports, Bliss will drive the No. 32 Ford Fusion for Go Green Racing.-TriStar Motorsports NC
Mar 17 - 9:04 PM

Mike Bliss finishes 20th in Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.

He started the No. 19 Holiday Inn Club Vacations Toyota 20th on the grid for the Axalta 200. He completed 197 laps of the 200 lap race. He moved up six spots to 25th in the 2015 XFINITY Series championship standings.
Mar 14 - 9:43 PM

Mike Bliss could be a little rusty this week at Phoenix. His last three starts on this track all ended before the 40-lap mark.

The No. 32 of Frank Stoddard shows every sign of attempting to go the distance. The last time Bliss was behind the wheel on this track, he finished 24th in the spring 2012 Subway Fresh Fit 500.
Mar 11 - 7:53 PM

This weekend will mark Mike Bliss' 348th Career XFINITY Series start, which has stretched across 16-years.

In addition to driving the No. 19 for TriStar Motorsports, Bliss will drive the No. 32 Ford Fusion for Go Green Racing in the Sprint Cup Series. After an unfortunate XFINITY Series result in Las Vegas, he is ready to head to the desert to one of his favorite tracks on the NASCAR circuit. With four top-10 and nine top-15 finishes at Phoenix International Raceway, Bliss and the No. 19 team are geared-up for the AXALTA Faster Tougher Brighter 200.-TriStar Motorsports NC
Mar 10 - 8:17 PM

Mike Bliss has two priorities at Las Vegas this week. First he wants to make the show and primarily he hopes to be around when the checkers wave.

Bliss has been entered in five races at this track. He failed to qualify in 2000 and 2007, did not get a chance to qualify in 2013 and retired with crash damage in 2010. In the single race in which he was running at the end, he finished 16th and on the lead lap in 2005 racing for Gene Haas.
Mar 6 - 3:39 PM