January 2004 Truck Series News Archive


  • Starr could attempt Cup race at Texas again: A 15-race trial this season in NASCAR’s Busch Series will become a full-time effort in 2005 for Texans David Starr and Michael Holigan. Driver Starr and owner Holigan, the former home builder from Plano, laid the groundwork for their start-up team Wednesday during the Texas Tour 2004 Media Day at Texas Motor Speedway. Though committed to a part-time Busch schedule, including an appearance at the O’Reilly 300 on April 3 at TMS, Starr said his No. 1 goal is to win the Craftsman Truck Series championship. Starr plans to compete in 40 races between the Busch and Truck series but could add a 41st. He and his uncle Mike, who runs the Team Texas Driving School at TMS, have discussed entering the Samsung/RadioShack 500 Nextel Cup race April 4 at TMS [Starr attempted last year in the #75 and didn’t make the race](Fort Worth Star Telegram)(1-29-2004)
  • Testing at Texas: The first TMS test session for Truck Series teams fielded by Toyota Racing Development will be held Feb. 27-March 1, TMS assistant general manager Kenton Nelson said. All sessions are closed to the public.(Fort Worth Star Telegram)(1-29-2004)


  • Hogan to be Grand Marshall of DIS Truck Race: Professional wrestling superstar Hulk Hogan will serve as grand marshal and give the command “Drivers, start your engines” for the inaugural nighttime running of the Florida Dodge Dealers 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on Friday night, Feb. 13. Joining Hogan in the Florida Dodge Dealers 250 pre-race ceremonies will be his daughter Brooke Hogan, who will sing the national anthem. The Florida Dodge Dealers 250 will go green for the first time under the lights on Friday night, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. The season-opening race in the Crown Royal IROC Series will warm things up with a 40-lap event at 5 p.m. Tickets for the Florida Dodge Dealers 250 and the Crown Royal IROC Series are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(1-28-2004)
  • Team Racing gets a sponsor: Team Racing says Advance Auto Parts will be a sponsor for its #25 and #86 Chevys for drivers Phil Bonifield and Jamie Aube in the Craftsman Truck Series this season. The sponsorship is being run in conjunction with Red Line Synthetic Oil, says Bonifield, who is entering his ninth season as an owner and sixth as a driver. Financial terms were not disclosed.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)(1-25-2004)
  • Weaver to run for ROTY: Dallas resident Ken Weaver will chase NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year honors with a full arsenal. KW Racing was formed in 2002 after Weaver purchased the inventory — 19 Chevrolet Silverado trucks — that Coy Gibbs ran at Joe Gibbs Racing. “We’ve got a shop full of them,” said Weaver, 47, a self-described entrepreneur who competed in 13 ARCA/ReMax Series races last year. Weaver was ninth-fastest in NCTS testing at Daytona International Speedway last week, and first among Chevrolets, after touring the 2.5-mile trioval at 180.883 mph. Dallas-based PhoneCo, a telecommunications company, will sponsor Weaver’s #08 Chevy. “You’ve got to write it [ racing] off as a passion,” said Weaver, whose crew chief is Tommy Morgan, formerly of Roush Racing. “I’ve raced offshore boats, I’ve been a pilot for 35 years. But I have never had more passion for anything than racing.”(Fort Worth Star Telegram)(1-22-2004)
  • Edwards in a commercial: Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Superchipss Ford for Roush Racing spent a January morning filming a national commercial for NASCAR at Daytona International Speedway. Edwards starred in a 30-second spot for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, which also features his #99 Superchips Ford F-150. The commercial is scheduled to begin airing mid-season and will primarily be shown during NASCAR events on Fox, NBC, TNT, Fx and Speed Channel.(Roush Racing PR)(1-22-2004)
  • DW’s sponsor for the #17? UPDATE: hearing that NTN Bearings will be sponsoring the #17 Craftsman Truck in 2004 for driver David Reutimann and owner Darrell Waltrip.(1-13-2004)
    UPDATE: NTN Bearings was announced today as the sponsor the Darrell Waltrip’s #17 Toyota Tundra driven by David Reutimann. NTN Bearings and Darrell Waltrip Motorsports have inked a 3-year deal. Also hearing the team is close to signing a major associate sponsorship on the #17 truck as well as a 3-race sponsor for DW’s three races in the #11 Toyota Tundra.(1-22-2004)
  • New Crew Chief for the #62: Johnny Allen, a longtime crew chief in the NASCAR Busch Series, has joined Orleans Racing as the crew chief on Steve Park’s No. 62 Dodge in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, team officials announced Jan. 21. Allen, 35, has worked in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, NASCAR Busch Series and ARCA competition and served as car chief for Geoffrey Bodine in the 2002 Daytona 500 when Bodine finished third. Allen also was car chief when Jamie McMurray scored a dominating win in the February 2003 Busch Series race at Rockingham. This will be his first season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Allen worked with Phoenix Racing in the ARCA Series and the NASCAR Busch Series from 1993-1998 before joining Diamond Ridge’s Busch Series team for the 1999 season. He returned to Phoenix Racing in 2000. In addition to working with Bodine and McMurray, Allen has worked with NASCAR veterans Jeff Purvis, Randy LaJoie, Sterling Marlin, Joe Ruttman and Jimmy Spencer. Orleans Racing officials also announced Jan. 21 that Charlie Wilson remains as crew chief on Scott Lynch’s #08 Dodge in the NASCAR Grand National Division West Series. Wilson, a native of Bakersfield, Calif., returns for his second season with Orleans Racing and his fifth consecutive season in the West Series. With Wilson as crew chief in 2003, Lynch and the No. 08 Winston West team won the series championship on the strength of three victories. Wilson also will serve as crew chief for the #61 Dodge in a limited number of Craftsman Truck Series races this season. He served as crew chief for the #61 Dodge in two Truck Series events in 2003, helping Lynch to a 12th-place finish at Las Vegas and a 13th-place finish at Homestead.(Orleans Racing PR)(1-22-2004)
  • McMillin Homes Joins Clean Line, Whitt: McMillin Homes will serve as an associate sponsor on the #38 Cure Autism Now Ford of rookie driver Brandon Whitt on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2004. The 21-year-old driver from El Cajon, Calif., will be running for rookie of the year in the series, following a highly-successful seven-race test stint last season. “McMillin Homes has been good to me and to this race team,” said Whitt, who qualified sixth in his last outing – the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series finale at Homestead, Fla., in November. Whitt was 13th fastest in testing earlier this week at the 2.5-mile Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, site of the series’ season-opener next month. “We’re really excited to have McMillin Homes back with us this season,” Whitt continued. “They were with us last year when we were just looking to see what we could do, and they have been incredibly supportive. We had some great races last season, and we’re happy McMillin Homes can be with us as we build on that towards the future.” Jerry Pitts is a veteran crew chief who worked in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series with Bill Elliott, then moved to lead Eric Norris to the 2002 NASCAR Winston West championship. Marty Gaunt is general manager, coming to the team after a winning stint with Penske Racing. The Cure Autism Now Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and funding autism research and accelerating the pace of scientific progress toward effective treatments and a cure. The organization is the largest private funder of biological research in autism, providing more than $12 million in grants since its inception in 1995.(Williams Company PR)(1-21-2004)
  • Changes in the Truck TV Lineup? UPDATE: Hearing Speed Channel may make some changes to their Truck Series broadcast team for 2004, both in the booth and on pit road.(12-12-2003)
    UPDATE: been told that the Speed Channel on-air team for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will be:
    Rick Allen, Phil Parsons and either Michael or Darrell Waltrip in the booth. Ray Dunlap and Wendy Norris in the pits. Norris was formerly a producer for NASCAR Victory Lane and NASCAR This Morning.(1-15-2004)
  • Toyota Special: Speed Channel will premiere a new one-hour special on Monday night February 2nd at 11:00pm/et. Road to Daytona USA: Toyota Joins the Craftsman Trucks Series tells the story of Toyota’s design, construction and testing for its inaugural season of competition in the NASCAR series. The program will run four times before Speed’s season premiere Trucks telecast Friday night February 13th. The show will also re-air on: 2/4 at 1:00am/et; 2/8 at 5:30pm/et; and 2/12 at 10:00pm/et.(1-15-2004)
  • Marlin’s new ride: Steadman Marlin is preparing for what he hopes will be a full-time ride in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this season. Marlin will drive for a new team [#67] owned by Tom Eldredge of Wyoming. During last week’s tests at Daytona, Marlin was eighth-fastest at more than 181 mph. Marlin and wife Mandi are expecting their first child later this year.(Tennessean)(1-15-2004)
  • Eric Jones Resigns from Team EJP Racing: NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Eric Jones announced that he has departed Team EJP Racing to pursue other opportunities. Jones, a promising driver on the tour left the team today on a positive note and hopes that Team EJP Racing can continue their success in the future. Eric’s decision was brought about when he was notified two days before the NCTS Daytona test session last week that Geoffrey Bodine had brought sponsorship and would compete at Daytona. “Naturally, it was a disappointment for me, but Steve Prescott did what he felt he had to do to keep his team running,” stated Eric. “I couldn’t bring any funding to the team, so he had to make the driver change for Daytona,” Jones continued. We had discussions about running some other races, but ultimately, I think that leaving the team was the best decision for me. I wish Steve Prescott and Team EJP Racing the best of luck and appreciate the opportunity that they gave me this past season.” Jones is currently pursing other rides and interested parties can reach him via email at [email protected].(Eric Jones Racing PR via Catchfence)(1-15-2004)
  • Chris Douglas Aims For NASCAR Craftsman Truck Debut: Chris Douglas is currently working on a deal to drive in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at Memphis Motorsports Park. Douglas will also compete regularly at Music City Motorplex in Nashville in the NASCAR late model stock class.(Catchfence)(1-14-2004)
  • Sqaure-D Re-ups with Hamilton: Bobby Hamilton and sponsor Square D announce today the two are continuing their partnership for the 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season. Square D will remain the primary sponsor of the #4 Dodge with Hamilton as the driver. “It worked out really well last season and so we decided to do it once again,” Hamilton said. “I want to continue driving as long as I am competitive and with two wins this year, I see our team as one of the strongest in the circuit. Square D has been a great supporter of Bobby Hamilton and I’m one of their biggest fans too. Last season was an adjustment from Winston Cup to the Craftsman Truck Series,” Hamilton said. “We came out of the box strong and ended on a high note. I look for us to do that again, this time staying on top of it in the middle of the season. I had my sights set on the championship last year and I will do the same again in 2004. Dodge and Square D deserve it and I want to be the one to win it for them.”
    Chris Richardson, president and CEO of Schneider Electric’s North American Division, best known by its Square D brand, echoed Hamilton’s positive thoughts on the sponsorship. “I’m pleased to announce we are continuing our partnership with Bobby Hamilton and the NASCAR Truck Series in 2004,” said Richardson. “NASCAR has always been a very effective way to reach our target audiences, giving us prime exposure with a key audience and great hospitality opportunities. In addition, with Bobby as our driver we’ll be a real contender again this year for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Championship. The goal again this year is the championship.”
    Hamilton is the owner of three NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entries, including his own Square D Dodge, the #18 Dickies Dodge driven by Chad Chaffin and the #8 Dodge driven by Chase Montgomery. The former Winston Cup Series veteran has four wins to his credit.(BHR PR)(1-13-2004)
  • Mack to test for Roush: Former Indy Racing League driver George Mack, the second African-American driver ever to qualify for the Indianapolis 500, is expected to test with Roush Racing’s Craftsman Truck Series team. He could join truck series driver Bill Lester as only the second African-American driver currently in NASCAR’s top three divisions.(USA Today)(1-13-2004)
    UPDATE: Former Indy Racing League driver George Mack will test a Roush Racing truck soon as part of the team’s diversity program. Roush hired Sam Belnavis in the off-season to head the program and to represent Roush Racing as its NCTS owner representative. Mack could end up driving a Roush truck later in the season, making him the second African-American to join the series.(NASCAR.com)(1-13-2004)
  • Billy Ballew Motorsports needs people: Billy Ballew Motorsorts [#9 and #15] is looking for qualified fabricators for their NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series operation. Interested parties should contact Richie Waters at (704) 664-7015.(1-13-2003)
  • Notes from Day 3 of Daytona testing: #46 Morgan-Dollar Motorsports, headquartered in Oklahoma since its first series race in 1996, has moved its shops to Statesville, N.C. “The guys have done a really great job racing out of Oklahoma but we need to step up,” said driver Dennis Setzer, last year’s championship runnerup.
    The #59 Dodge, co-tested Monday by Steve Grissom and 2003 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series champion Mark McFarland, posted the day’s fastest single-truck speed of 182.964.
    Monday afternoon’s drafting practice saw #16-Jack Sprague lead the way with a lap speed of 187.625. #75-David Starr was next at 187.621, followed by #1-Ted Musgrave, #03-Geoffrey Bodine and #29-Frank Kimmel.(NASCAR PR)(1-13-2004)
  • Daytona Testing Speeds – Day 3 [non-drafting]:
    #59-Steve Grissom,Dodge 182.994
    #10-Terry Cook,Ford 182.760
    #99-Carl Edwards,Ford 182.382
    #4-Chad Chaffin,Dodge 181.594
    #67b-Steadman Marlin, Ford 181.583
    #1-Andy Houston,Dodge 181.528
    #8-Chase Montgomery,Dodge 181.426
    #50-Jon Wood,Ford 181.057
    #08-Ken Weaver,Chevy 180.883
    #6-Matt Crafton,Chevy 180.785
    #28-L.W.Miller,Chevy 180.278
    #62-Steve Park,Dodge 180.213
    #38-Brandon Whitt,Ford 180.144
    #16-Jack Sprague,Chevy 180.036
    #17-David Reutimann,Toyota 180.022
    #88-Tracy Hines,Chevy 179.723
    #46-Dennis Setzer,Chevy 179.641
    #02-Kelly Sutton,Chevy 179.598
    #24-Travis Kvapil,Toyota 179.236
    #29-Frank Kimmel,Ford 179.226
    #22-Bill Lester,Toyota 179.201
    #21-Hank Parker Jr,Toyota 179.033
    #07-Shane Sieg,Chevy 178.735
    #75-David Starr,Chevy 178.472
    #14a-Rick Crawford,Ford 178.366
    #13-Tina Gordon,Chevy 178.295
    #23-Shelby Howard,Toyota 178.264
    #03-Geoffrey Bodine,Chevy 178.151
    #16a-Loy Allen,Chevy 178.056
    #95-Wayne Edwards,Ford 178.049
    #12-Robert Huffman,Toyota 177.350
    #48-Loni Richardson,Dodge 176.866
    #42-Mike Skinner,Toyota 176.170
    #63-Stan Boyd,Ford 175.090
    #0-Loni Richardson,Chevy, no speed (PR)(1-12-2004)
    Test Speeds: Monday morning (no afteroon, some teams did drafting tests)
    Test Speeds: Cumulative – Day 1 and 2.(1-12-2004)
  • Kimmel to drive the #29 at Daytona and more UPDATE: Frank Kimmel will be piloting the #29 Ford for K-Automotive, owned by Bob & Kay Keselowski. They have lost their sponsor and driver [was Terry Cook] and their son, Brian [actually..been informed that it is Brad not Brian that will drive], will be behind the wheel in 2004. Since Brian [Brad] has no superspeedway experience, they have asked Kimmel to drive for them at Daytona. Kimmel plans to be participating in the test for trucks at Daytona on Monday, the 12th [Carl Edwards tested it on Sunday the 11th]. Kimmel will fly to Daytona from California, as he will be attending an awards ceremony in conjunction with being named 1st team by the American Automobile Writers and Broadcasters Association.(Frank Kimmel Site)(1-12-2004)
    UPDATE: Despite losing both his driver and sponsor after the 2003 season, owner Bob Keslowski still plans to run a complete Truck Series schedule this year. Keslowski’s team tested the #29 Ford for the first time Sunday, arriving a day later than the other teams participating in the scheduled three days of testing at Daytona International Speedway. One of the reasons for the late arrival is that five-time ARCA champion Frank Kimmel is scheduled to drive the truck on a part-time basis and Kimmel won’t arrive at the track until today. He’s in California accepting the ARCA Driver of the Year award. Kimmel and Keslowski’s son, Brad, will split time in the truck. Brad is not allowed to drive or practice at Daytona because he doesn’t have any superspeedway experience. Fellow Ford truck racer Carl Edwards took the #29 out for a two-lap spin in Sunday’s morning session. His lap of 176.997 mph was 21st fastest in the morning. The biggest obstacle for Keslowski, who owns the team with his brother, Ron, is finding a sponsor. Driver Terry Cook left after last season and took the sponsor with him. The only family-run team in the series is determined to run the entire season even without a sponsor. Bob Keslowski hopes to have Kimmel in the driver’s seat for about 15 races. Brad will drive in the other races. “Frank still wants to compete for the ARCA championship and there’s about 10 races where there’s a conflict,” Bob Keslowski said. “The key for us is to find a sponsorship because if we don’t, then it definitely breaks the bank. We’ve got some potential deals out there. A lot of them have to do with Frank.” Kimmel will open the season at Daytona. Brad, who has been racing Late Models in the Toledo, Ohio, area, will get his first shot at Martinsville.(Daytona Beach News Journal)
    Also, see the team site at www.teamkeselowski.com for a presentation and more info on the team.(1-12-2004)
  • Toyota Testing Notes: Four Toyota-powered teams and seven drivers participated in the Tundra’s first open test at Daytona International Speedway in preparation for the program’s debut at the Feb. 13 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season opening race. Toyota’s newest addition to its driver line up, Bill Lester of Bill Davis Racing, took to the track in his #22 Toyota Tundra to turn the trucks first official timed laps at the historic super speedway. In the first of three days of testing, David Reutimann was the fastest of the seven Toyota pilots in both the morning and afternoon sessions. The Darrell Waltrip Motorsports driver had a top speed of 176.672mph in the No. 17 Toyota Tundra, good for 13th overall. 1995 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Mike Skinner, driving the #42 Toyota Tundra for the new Bang Racing team, was the second quickest Toyota at 176.581 mph. The rest of the Toyota contingent included Lester, defending NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Travis Kvapil of Bang Racing, Robert Huffman and Hank Parker Jr. of Innovative Motorsports, and Shelby Howard of Bill Davis Racing.(Toyota Motorsports PR)(1-11-2004)
  • Cook to leave the #29? to Roush or ppc? UPDATE 5 testing but no announcement…yet: #29-Terry Cook says he’ll likely remain with K-Automotive Motorsports, there’s a much better chance both Cook and sponsor Power Stroke Diesel will move to either Roush Racing or ppc Racing. It is believed that Cook’s interest in ppc Racing revolves around the fact that he could eventually move to that organizations’s Busch Series team. Keith Barnwell, ppc Racing’s GM, had no comment when asked if the organization could move to the truck series next year.(Winston Cup Scene)(11-6-2003)
    UPDATE: Roush Racing has agreed to the contract proposal offered by Power Stroke Diesel and driver Terry Cook to field a Truck Series team for Cook next season.(Winston Cup Scene need sub to view), no idea if this will be the #50? a third Truck team? or what happens to the #29 team.(11-14-2003)
    UPDATE 2: Jack Roush intends to enter driver Greg Biffle in both Winston Cup and Busch Series championship races next season, with full sponsorships for both programs, Roush said Friday. Like Kevin Harvick in 2001 with Richard Childress, Biffle would run full seasons in both series, Roush said. Grainger, the industrial supply company, will continue to sponsor the Cup effort, with the sponsor for the Busch car not declared. Also, Roush said, the company will continue with the two Craftsman Truck teams for Jon Wood and Carl Edwards and will have a second Busch car, which would be run by up to four different drivers [The Pennzoil sponsorship]. The total effort for Roush Racing would be the five Cup teams, two in Busch and two in Trucks. Biffle, 2000 champion in Trucks, won the Busch championship in 2002 and was graduated to Cup this year, running second to Jamie McMurray in rookie points and winning the summer race at Daytona. Since mid-year, he has run part-time in Busch with Ed Evans’s #7 team. The second Busch team is interesting. Roush said he already has backing to run three of his Cup drivers part-time, those being Mark Martin, Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth, in about 20 races. Sponsorship may also be available to run one of the Truck jockeys in the remaining races, bringing the team up to full-year status. Roush also says the means may be available to do a third Truck team with a driver to be named.(Speed Channel)(11-16-2003)
    UPDATE 3: However, being told that Cook will go to ppc Racing with their new Truck Series team along with his sponsor, Power Stroke Diesel.(11-25-2003)
    UPDATE 4: hearing ppc Racing will announce the Terry Cook and Powerstroke Truck Series deal on January 10, 2004 in correlation with Daytona testing and that Fred Wanke will be the crew chief for the team.(12-18-2003)
    UPDATE 5: #10-Terry Cook isn’t “officially” employed for the 2004 season but that hasn’t kept him from NASCAR Preseason Thunder testing. Cook and veteran crew chief Fred Wanke brought a “downforce” truck to the test, posting a Sunday best of 177.658 (21st overall) in preparation for the Florida Dodge Dealers 250. Cook was impressed by the initial reaction in the garage area to the 2004 body styles in which all four manufacturers’trucks share the same dimensions from the windshield post back. Previously, the width of the greenhouse and length of the truck bed varied among Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford, among a variety of differing measurements. “It’s the first time I’ve been down here to test that the teams haven’t been screaming about bodies,”said Cook, whose performances at Daytona International Speedway are among the best on the series. In four races, the Sylvania, Ohio driver has finished as high as fourth and never worse than ninth with an average of 6.25. “The cream always rises to the top,” said Cook, who hopes to announce his 2004 plans before returning to Daytona on Feb. 10. “This is a championship team that’s won championships in other series. Hopefully, we’ll be part of that cream.”(NASCAR PR)(1-11-2004)
  • McFarland to run at Martinsville/RIR: NASCAR’ s weekly racing National Champion Mark McFarland will compete in three Busch races for #6 Tommy Baldwin at Richmond, Charlotte and Dover. He will also compete in four Craftsman truck races for Dean Motorsports in both Martinsville races, as well as Richmond and Dover. They are currently working on Sponsorship to race in more Truck races that will be announced at a later date.(Racecap)(1-11-2004)
  • Day 1 of testing at Daytona: The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competitors kicked off a three-day test session Saturday in preparation for the Florida Dodge Dealers 250, which will be held under the lights for the first time in event history on Friday night, Feb. 13. Fastest on the day: #99-Carl Edwards, the 2003 Raybestos Rookie of the Year, was the fastest after the first day of testing with a lap of 181.218mph. Rounding out the top five on the speed chart were Edwards’ Roush Racing teammate #50-Jon Wood (180.292), #8-Chase Montgomery (180.166), #4-Bobby Hamilton (180.054) and #18-Chad Chaffin (179.451).
    Here comes Toyota: Toyota, making its debut in the Craftsman Truck Series in 2004, had its fleet of seven Tundras testing with drivers Shelby Howard and Bill Lester (Bill Davis Racing), Robert Huffman and Hank Parker Jr. (Innovative Motorsports), Travis Kvapil and Mike Skinner (Bang Racing) and David Reutimann (Darrell Waltrip Motorsports). Reutimann had the best Toyota lap of the test session at 176.672. “It was a great day,” Skinner said. “We get a tiny bit better every time we get on the race track with our new Tundra. Obviously on the average, I think we’re a second slow. A second wouldn’t make us the fastest by any means but it would at least make us competitive. Right now, I don’t think we’re competitive but Toyota is new coming into this. The Tundra is coming. It’s just going to be a little bit of time.”(DIS PR)(1-10-2004)
  • Chris Wimmer to Drive #63 MB Motorsports Ford Truck in 2004: Chris Wimmer, a veteran ASA driver from Wausau, Wisconsin, has signed to drive for MB Motorsports in 2004. Chris comes from a racing family following the career path of his late uncle Larry Detjens and older brother Scott Wimmer, driver of Bill Davis’s #22 Nextel Cup car. Chris will assist the team at Daytona and Atlanta as he patiently waits for his NASCAR debut at Martinsville, Virginia on April 17th.
    “This is an awesome opportunity to drive the MB Motorsports #63 Truck,” commented Chris Wimmer. “This team has been in the Truck Series a long time and know how to help a rookie driver succeed. It will be tough watching someone else drive the first two races, but we’ll be ready to go at Martinsville.”
    “We are very pleased to have Chris Wimmer join our team,” stated owner & crew chief, Mike Mittler. “Chris is one of the young talented drivers we have been watching for a year or two. We plan to run Daytona and Atlanta with a veteran driver, but Chris will be working with us to be ready for his first NASCAR race at Martinsville. It will be an exciting 2004.”
    MB Motorsports is actively seeking primary marketing partners to share the value of the exciting 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season – call 800/467/2464. MB Motorsports will participate in the NASCAR Daytona Test on Saturday, Sunday, & Monday, January 10 -12. Veteran driver Stan Boyd will drive the #63 Ford Truck and assist in fine-tuning the new F-150 Ford body style.(MB Motorsports PR)(1-9-2003)
  • Day 2 of testing at Daytona: Fastest on the day: Bobby Hamilton’s #4 Dodge was the fastest after the second day of testing with a lap of 180.774. Following Hamilton, rounding out the top speeds were #99-Carl Edwards (180.647), #25-Phil Bonifield (180.556), #18-Chad Chaffin (180.350) and #59-Steve Grissom (180.281).
    Daytona Mystic: Dodge driver Chad Chaffin of Smyrna, Tenn., said he’s excited about driving at Daytona International Speedway: “Twenty years ago, maybe 30 years ago, (Daytona) was the only race that was really on TV. Everybody grows up dreaming about racing at Daytona, so it’s great to be here. There’s a lot of mystic involved with the place.”
    #25-Phil Bonifield had the fastest speed Sunday morning, turning a lap of 180.556mph in a Chevrolet. But apparently, the truck didn’t have the minimum rear spoiler angle. NASCAR doesn’t require the teams to go through technical inspection during testing, so a team can use just about any setup it wants. Hamilton decided to sit out the morning test, but he was quickest of the day in the afternoon with a lap of 180.774 in the #4 Dodge. That speed is second-fastest of the week, trailing only Carl Edwards’ lap at 181.218 who ran his fast lap on Saturday.
    . Testing open: All the test sessions during Preseason Thunder is free and open to the public with access to the Oldfield Grandstand through the lobby of DAYTONA USA.(DIS PR/NASCAR.com)(1-11-2004)
  • Daytona Testing Speeds – Day 2 [32 listed]:
    #4-Bobby Hamilton, Dodge, 49.786 seconds, 180.774 mph
    #99-Carl Edwards, Ford, 49.821, 180.647
    #25-Jamie Aube/Phil Bonifeld, Chevrolet, 49.846, 180.556
    #18-Chad Chaffin, Dodge, 49.903, 180.350
    #59-Steve Grissom, Dodge, 49.922, 180.281
    #8-Chase Montgomery, Dodge, 49.962, 180.137
    #50-Jon Wood, Ford, 49.998, 180.007
    #16-Jack Sprague, Chevrolet, 50.101, 179.637
    #62-Steve Park, Dodge, 50.233, 179.165
    #67b-Steadman Marlin, Ford, 50.251, 179.101
    #6-Matt Crafton, Chevrolet, 50.339, 178.788
    #2-Andy Houston, Dodge, 50.370, 178.678
    #28-L.W. Miller, Chevrolet, 50.416, 178.515
    #75-David Starr, Chevrolet, 50.445, 178.412
    #13-Tina Gordon, Chevrolet, 50.446, 178.409
    #88-Tracy Hines, Chevrolet, 50.504, 178.204
    #1-Ted Musgrave, Dodge, 50.370, 177.999
    #02-Kelly Sutton, Chevrolet, 50.578, 177.943
    #38-Brandon Whitt, Ford, 50.595, 177.883
    #08-Ken Weaver, Chevrolet, 50.634, 177.715
    #10-Terry Cook, Ford, 50.659, 177.658
    #42-Mike Skinner, Toyota, 50.705, 177.497
    #22-Bill Lester, Toyota, 50.723, 177.434
    #17-David Reutimann, Toyota, 50.862, 176.949
    #07-Shane Sieg, Chevrolet, 50.881, 176.883
    #24-Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 50.881, 176.883
    #46-Dennis Setzer, Chevrolet, 50.922, 176.741
    #14a-Rick Crawford, Ford, 51.173, 175.874
    #03-Geoffrey Bodine, Chevrolet, 51.269, 175.545
    #95-Wayne Edwards, Ford, 51.338, 175.309
    #12-Robert Huffman, Toyota, 51.411, 175.060
    #23-Shelby Howard, Toyota, 51.424, 175.016
    #21-Hank Parker Jr., Toyota, 51.621, 174.348
    #48-Loni Richardson, Dodge, 52.274, 172.170
    Test Speeds: Sunday morning
    Test Speeds: Sunday afternoon(1-11-2004)
  • Daytona Testing Speeds – Day 1 [32 listed]:
    #99-Carl Edwards, Ford, 49.664 seconds, 181.218mph
    #50-Jon Wood, Ford, 49.919, 180.292
    #8-Chase Montgomery, Dodge, 49.954, 180.166
    #4-Bobby Hamilton, Dodge, 49.985, 180.054
    #18-Chad Chaffin, Dodge, 50.153, 179.451
    #59-Steve Grissom, Dodge, 50.272, 179.026
    #46-Dennis Setzer, Chevy, 50.326, 178.834
    #62-Steve Park, Dodge, 50.388, 178.614
    #6-Matt Crafton, Chevy, 50.420, 178.501
    #75-David Starr, Chevy, 50.608, 177.837
    #1-Ted Musgrave, Dodge, 50.667, 177.630
    #13-Tina Gordon, Chevy, 50.692, 177.543
    #16-Jack Sprague, Chevy, 50.759, 177.308
    #67b-Steadman Marlin, Ford, 50.852, 176.984
    #08-Ken Weaver, Chevy, 50.907, 176.793
    #14b-Rick Crawford, Ford, 50.926, 176.692
    #17-David Reutimann, Toyota, 50.942, 176.672
    #42-Mike Skinner, Toyota, 50.968, 176.581
    #22-Bill Lester, Toyota, 50.993, 176.495
    #38-Brandon Whitt, Ford, 51.001, 176.467
    #07-Shane Sieg, Chevy, 51.034, 176.353
    #03-Geoff Bodine, Chevy, 51.104, 176.111
    #02-Kelly Sutton, Chevy, 51.161, 175.915
    #24-Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 51.236, 175.658
    #25-Jamie Aube, Chevy, 51.439, 174.965
    #23-Shelby Howard, Toyota, 51.466, 174.873
    #10-Terry Cook, Ford, 51.485, 174.808
    #12-Robert Huffman, Toyota, 51.498, 174.764
    #21-Hank Parker Jr., Toyota, 51.692, 174.108
    #63-Stan Boyd, Ford, 52.610, 171.070
    #0-Loni Richardson, Chevy, no speed
    #88-Tracy Hines, Chevy, no speed
    Links at NASCAR.com:

    Test Speeds: Saturday morning
    Test Speeds: Saturday afternoon.(1-10-2004)

  • Park to the Truck Series? UPDATE 4 New Part owner – Official: hearing Steve Park is under consideration for the #62 Truck Series ride that Brendan Guaghan is suppposedly leaving to take the #77 ride. Supposedly Park was up for the 2nd Bill Davis Racing Truck Series rise that will go to Bill Lester.(12-17-2003)
    UPDATE: Truckseries.com is reporting that Steve Park will named the new driver of the #62 Dodge and Tyler Walker will run 15 races in the #61 Dodge for Orleans Racing.(12-30-2003)
    UPDATE 2: Now that Brendan Gaughan has officially moved to Penske Racing, his seat with Orleans Racing in the Craftsman Truck Series has opened. The Las Vegas-based team won a series-leading six times, finished fourth in the points and had three poles. Gaughan said the team, which is owned by his father, Michael, will make some announcements soon regarding the future of the team. Steve Park, who lost his Nextel Cup ride with Richard Childress Racing, has been in the rumor mill as the driver of the #62. “We have a driver, we have a partner … we have a huge sponsor coming, one of the biggest in the history of the Craftsman Truck Series,” Gaughan said Tuesday.(NASCAR.com)(1-7-2004)
    UPDATE 3: Steve Park will drive the full 2004 Craftsman Truck Series season in Orleans Racing’s #62 Dodge, NASCAR.com reports. The Web site says Brendan Gaughan, son of team owner Michael Gaughan, revealed plans for Park’s run Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway. Gaughan, who scored six victories with the team last year and finished fourth in the championship, has been named driver of Penske-Jasper Racing’s No. 77 Dodge in the Nextel Cup Series. Park, 36, had two victories in 181 career Winston Cup starts.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)(1-8-2004)
    UPDATE 4: NASCAR veteran Steve Park has joined Orleans Racing as the full-time driver of the #62 Dodge in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, team officials announced Jan. 9. Park replaces Brendan Gaughan, who will drive full time in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series for Penske-Jasper Racing. “The success of this team is dependent upon the success of each individual from mechanics to drivers,” said team owner Michael Gaughan. “We have assembled a talented group over the years, and we think Steve is a perfect fit for this championship-level team. He has proven he can win races, and we expect he will win races for us this year.” Park, a native of East Northport, N.Y., most recently competed for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. In 2003, he earned three top-10 finishes, one top-five finish and two pole positions. In his seven-year career in NASCAR’s premier series, Park started 181 races, earning two wins (Watkins Glen 2000; Rockingham 2001) and four poles. He also scored 12 top-five and 35 top-10 finishes. “It is my privilege to drive for Orleans Racing and Dodge,” Park said. “I enjoy the Craftsman Truck Series. It is one of the most competitive forms of racing. This team is certainly one of the most competitive in the sport, and I look forward to challenging for the championship this year.” Park, 36, has three starts in the Craftsman Truck Series. He earned the pole at Watkins Glen in 1996 and competed at Indianapolis Raceway Park that year and Phoenix the following year. He will test Jan. 10-12 at Daytona International Speedway and will make his racing debut with the team Feb. 13 in the Florida Dodge Dealers 250 at Daytona.
    Orleans Racing also will run a limited schedule with the #61 Dodge in the Craftsman Truck Series. A driver announcement will be made in the near future. The team will continue to field the #08 Dodge in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series with reigning series champion Scott Lynch behind the wheel.
    Team founder Gaughan, who also is the chairman of the board for Coast Resorts in Las Vegas, remains the primary owner of the Las Vegas-based team but has restructured much of the management. “We also are pleased to announce new additions which will make the team even stronger as they race for the championship,” Gaughan said. “Agnes Ferretti is now the managing general partner for Orleans Racing. She has a great deal of experience and enthusiasm. As I spend more time focusing on Coast Casinos, Agnes will take an active role in running the team. David Pepper is the new team manager. He brings extensive motorsports experience and will manage the day-to-day operations of the team. The only missing component is a crew chief, and we are actively searching for someone who will reach the standard set in the past.” Born in the Philippines, Ferretti becomes the first minority female owner in NASCAR’s 55-year existence. Pepper joins Orleans Racing after five years as director of marking for Bobby Hamilton Racing. He also has experience in the NASCAR Busch Series handling public relations for Brewco Motorsports. A native of Owensboro, Ky., Pepper is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and recently relocated to Las Vegas.(Orleans Racing PR)(1-9-2004)
  • Geoffrey Bodine in the #03 Truck for Daytona and five other races AND: Steve Prescott, owner of Team EJP Racing, has announced 1986 Daytona 500 winner Geoffrey Bodine as the new driver of the team’s #03 Chevy Silverado to open the 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season. Bodine, a winner of 18 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series races in addition to hundreds of short track wins in his storied career, brings a level of experience to the team that Prescott believes will be invaluable, especially for the upcoming Daytona Speedweeks.
    Bodine is not a stranger to NCTS competition. He fielded a team in the series from 1995 through 1997, and has 15 career starts in the division. As a driver, he has scored one Bud Pole Award, six top-5 finishes, and 8 top-10 finishes. He has scored three runner-up finishes in the NCTS, all coming in the series first year, 1995. His last appearance in a Truck came in March 2003 at Darlington. As a team owner, Bodine has three NCTS victories (with driver Dave Rezendes, at Homestead, I-70, and Sears Point, all in 1997).
    Plans call for Team EJP Racing to enter Bodine in at least the first six races of the 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season. The team is prepared to make a run at the series championship, but is awaiting word on sponsorship before making that commitment. Prescott also addressed the situation with the team’s driver during the 2003 season, Eric Jones.
    “We really like Eric, and we want him to have every opportunity to be a success in this sport,” said Prescott. “But we needed to make a decision based upon what was best in the long run for this race team. We are still working on some sponsorship programs with Eric, and if they come to fruition, we think we can run up front and be competitive with him. But at the same time, if a better opportunity presents itself to him, we certainly don’t want to hold him back from a full-time ride.” Bodine has recently returned from a six-day trip to the Middle East to visit with coalition troops. He visited Iraq, Kuwait, and Qatar while overseas, and made the trip with several other NASCAR personalities.(Team EJP PR)(1-7-2004)
    AND Bodine’s deal with EJP Racing is initially set for the first six races of the season, beginning at Daytona on Feb. 14. If the team can secure a primary sponsor it will continue to compete for the remainder of the 25-race season. “This is a great team with good equipment,” Bodine said. “We should be very competitive and maybe we can get a win or two in these first races and get a sponsor lined up for them.” Bodine has had a close association with Prescott for some time. Bodine’s son Barry drove for the team in 2002 and Geoffrey did some testing for the team at Homestead, Fla., last year. “I’ve known Steve Prescott’s father for quite a while,” he said. “We have a history together and I’ve spent the winter trying to help them. They don’t have a sponsor, and with me driving, hopefully that will generate some interest.”(in part from the Elmira Star Gazette)(1-9-2004)
  • Clanton eyes truck ride: Joey Clanton, a Busch Series rookie last year who split with his team in midseason, said he’s “pretty close” to announcing a deal to drive a Chevy in NASCAR’s Craftsman Truck Series. Clanton, a Georgia Tech grad and former ASA champion, said he wants to find a team that will allow him to use his racing experience and engineering training to help tune the truck for each race. “I’m looking for a situation where I have more say-so in what’s going on,” Clanton said, adding that he’s also looking for an opportunity to run some Busch Series races.(AJC)(1-8-2004)
  • Andy Petree Racing News: Andy Petree Racing (APR) and Monaco Coach Corporation announced plans for primary sponsorship in 2004. “This marks the fourth consecutive year that we have the opportunity of working with such a committed company, we have really enjoyed this relationship and look forward to winning again for Monaco Coach Corporation in 2004. We got involved with Monaco Coach Corporation over four years ago and haven’t looked back. Their sales and marketing department really understand the benefits of being involved in NASCAR and that helps us focus on the performance side of our operation. I can’t say enough good things about the group of people that run Monaco Coach Corporation.” said Steve Barkdoll, General Manager of APR.
    Monaco will sponsor driver Paul Menard in the season opening ARCA event in Daytona, FL on February 7, 2004. The focus will then shift to the Craftsman Truck Series in Martinsville, VA on April 17, and Indianapolis Raceway Park, IN Aug. 6. Plans also include a Monaco Coach Corporation entry into the Craftsman Truck Series race at Richmond, VA on September 9, as APR attempts to defend their two-year consecutive win streak.(APR PR)(1-7-2004)
  • Maryland legal firm sponsoring three Cup, Three Busch and four Truck Series teams: Starting a unique sports marketing initiative in 2004, one of the country’s fastest-growing legal firms will become the most active car sponsor in NASCAR racing. Jenkins, Jenkins & Jenkins, P.A., a top personal injury firm based in La Plata, will sponsor three NASCAR Nextel Cup teams, three NASCAR Busch Grand National teams, and four NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams this season. These associate sponsorships make the firm the first legal firm to be involved in motorsports sponsorship on a full-time basis, and make it one of the very few companies of any type to sponsor teams in all three divisions. Their involvement with 10 teams will be greater than any car sponsor in the sport.
    Jenkins, Jenkins & Jenkins not only handles personal injury claims but also is well known for its contract and business representation, as well as a vast criminal and real estate practice.
    BAM Racing, which fields the #49 Dodge of driver Ken Schrader, will be sponsored by Jenkins, Jenkins & Jenkins the entire 2004 season. The logo will also appear on the #02 Score Motorsports NASCAR Nextel Cup entry of driver Hermie Sadler in selected events, while also appearing on Sadler’s NASCAR Busch Series entry. In addition, the #0 NetZero car of driver Ward Burton will carry the firm’s logo in the four NASCAR Nextel Cup races at Dover, Del., and Richmond, Va., while the #00 Haas/CNC Busch entry of driver Jason Leffler will carry the Jenkins colors throughout the season. The #77 Moy Racing-owned Busch Grand National entry of driver Donnie Neuenberger will be sponsored the entire year, as will the Bobby Hamilton-owned #4 and #18 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entries; the #38 Cure Autism Now Ford Truck of driver Brandon Whitt; and the #21 Innovative Motorsports Toyota Truck of driver Hank Parker, Jr.(Williams Company PR)(1-7-2004)
  • Montgomery joins Hamilton UPDATE: Chase Montgomery will run the full NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule next year, driving for Bobby Hamilton Racing. Montgomery’s father, Ray, will finance the operation while the team seeks a sponsor. ”We will run the truck out of our shop but I’ll be driving for Hamilton Racing,” Montgomery said. ”I’ll be the third driver on the team.” #4-Hamilton will return to the truck series for his second full-time season, and also continue to field a truck for #18-Chad Chaffin. ”I think Chase is a good driver with a lot of talent and potential,” Hamilton said. ”He and his dad wanted to put this deal together, and I’m glad to work with them.” Bill Lester drove Hamilton’s third truck last season, but when Dodge Motorsports ended its backing, Hamilton was forced to park it. Lester, NASCAR’s only African-American driver, so far has not landed another ride in any division. Montgomery, who made a name for himself in the ARCA Series, had hoped to move up to the Busch Series. He ran 15 Busch races last season, but said the uncertainty that surrounded the team ”was very tough. I never knew for sure when I’d be racing, and it was hard just to sit at home. ”The great thing about the truck deal is that we’ll be running every race. That’s good for me as the driver and good for the entire team. I’m tremendously excited about it.” Montgomery has run only one prior truck race, last summer at Nashville Superspeedway. The season opens Feb. 13 at Daytona. ”I want to get in as much testing and practice as possible before the season opens,” he said. ”I need to get as much experience as possible as quickly as I can. One advantage I have is working with Bobby, because nobody knows more about truck racing than he does. I’ll have a great teacher.”(Tenneseean)(12-18-2003)
    AND Catchfence.com has been informed that Chase Montgomery will be the driver, and the team will run the No. 8 Dodge in a third truck effort for Bobby Hamilton Racing. The team did tell us at this time the team does not have any plans to put Montgomery in a Busch car in 2004, but they may compete in a few ARCA RE/MAX Series events if schedules allow.(Catchfence)(12-18-2003)
    UPDATE: Bobby Hamilton has worked a deal with fellow Mt. Juliet, Tenn. native Chase Montgomery to drive the #8 Dodge Ram next season. The team, which will run the full NCTS season, will be a teammate to #4-Hamilton and #18-Chad Chaffin. Randy Seals, who has been crew chief in the BHR organization for the last two years, has been named as Montgomery’s crew chief. The team will prepare for next season by participating in several test sessions before the Daytona race in February.(BHR PR)(1-7-2004)
  • Green Light Racing news: Atlanta’s, Shane Sieg will hit the tracks in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series testing at Daytona International Speedway on January 10 – 12, 2004. This rookie appeared in 2003 at the last of the season with impressive finishes in his Chevy at Loudon, MIS, Las Vegas, Texas and Homestead. Sieg will take the field at Daytona on February 13th and again at Atlanta on March 13th. Sieg will be part of the Green Light Racing Team under the direction of Bobby Dotter. Sieg will run a new #08-Chevy for these races. The 2003 truck will be presented as promotion for this talented rookie by Wally Harper and Racing Finishes and Promotion Vehicles in Tucker, GA. The new 2004 truck will once, again, carry the spectacular custom paints of Auto Air Colors with design by Mickey Harris and Racing Finishes.(Green Light Racing PR)(1-6-2004)
  • Toyota Tests at Talladega: hearing that 5 Toyota Tundra teams completed testing at Talladega over the weekend. The #17 Toyota driven by #17-David Reutimann led the way on both days. It was also Reutimann’s first-ever laps around the 2.66 mile superspeedway. Both Larry McReynolds [#24 and #42] trucks and Bill Davis Racing [#22 and #23] trucks were there in addition to the Darrell Waltrip Motorsports Tundra.”(1-5-2004)
  • Bill Davis Racing announces Truck Series drivers: The 2004 racing season is upon us and there are several changes not only for NASCAR, but for Bill Davis Racing as well. In 2004, NASCAR hands over the guard to NEXTEL after longtime supporter Winston bowed out after supporting the series for over 30 years, while Bill Davis Racing has expanded its operation to include two Craftsman Truck Series teams.
    Shelby Howard, an Indiana native, will compete in the #23 Toyota truck with Dave Fuge Jr., as his crew chief. Howard began racing at age nine in a sprint car that was owned by his father. He competed in several different series from age 10-15 and in 2000 became the youngest driver to win a feature, breaking the record previously held by NASCAR Champion Jeff Gordon. He ran five ARCA races in 2001 and quickly made the transition to heavier stock cars, scoring two top five finishes in those five races. In 2002, Howard ran the full schedule in ARCA and finished fifth in the final standings and then in 2003 became the youngest driver to win a race in the series. He finished the season with three wins, 10 top-five and 12 top-10 finishes and a career-high third in the standings.
    Bill Lester will drive the #22 Toyota truck for Bill Davis Racing’s second entry in the Craftsman Truck Series with the experience of Jeff Hensley as his crew chief. Lester comes to the team with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from University of California, Berkeley. He worked with Hewlett-Packard Company while competing on the weekends in several divisions around the California area. He quit his job in the mid-80’s to race full-time in the SCCA series. He raced in the 24 Hours of Daytona four times and later made his way into the NASCAR community when he competed in a Busch race at Watkins Glen in 1999. He sporadically raced in the truck series until getting a full-time ride in 2002 with Bobby Hamilton Racing. He raced two full seasons, scoring his first pole in 2003 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.(Bill Davis Racing PR)(1-5-2004)
  • Parker leaves Yates? UPDATE: hearing that former #88 Crew Chief, Shawn Parker have parted ways. Mike Ford was named a few weeks ago as Jarrett’s new crew cheif. No word on Parker’s plans.(12-15-2003)
    UPDATE: Crew chief Shawn Parker will attend the Truck Series test session at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 10-12 with Ultra Motorsports [#’s 1 and 2]. Parker is listed as the chief mechanic for driver Ted Musgrave on Ultra’s #1 truck. Former #1 Truck crew chief, Gene Nead, was promoted to crew chief on Ultra Motorsports’ #7 Nextel Cup Dodge driven by Jimmy Spencer. Nead replaced Tommy Baldwin Jr., who went to Evernham Motorsports to work with rookie Kasey Kahne.(NASCAR.com)(1-3-2003)
  • Tina Gordon has a 2004 ride: Ohio-based #88/#98 ThorSport Racing, formerly Sealmaster Racing, intends on running two full-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams in 2004. Tina Gordon will drive a ThorSport Racing Chevy with sponsor support from Microtel, 3M, Sticks ‘n’ Stuff along with a women’s apparel company. Gordon will team up with veteran Crew Chief Jerry Cook. All of Gordon’s 11 truck series starts were in 2003, with a career-high finish of 13th at Nashville Superspeedway.(Tina Gordon Racing Site)(1-2-2004)
  • Hines in the 2nd ThorSport Racing truck? Tracy Hines has emerged as front-runner for the second ThorSport Racing truck seat with sponsor Menards. Hines has four Truck Series starts in 2003; IRP, Texas, Martinsville and Phoenix with his best qualifying effort (fourth) and 11th place finish in the Fall event at Texas Motor Speedway.(Truckseries.com)(1-2-2004)
  • BANG Racing looking – Promotions Specialist Wanted: Responsibilities include: Scheduling and marketing of a NASACR show truck program. Must have experience in logistics associated with such appearances as well as sales, marketing and computer skills. Resumes to [email protected].(1-1-2004)


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