-- Another team loses sponsor and has to shut it's doors. Loss of sponsor forces MK Racing to withdraw from the 2002 Busch series. The team, the #98 Ford, finished fifth in the 2001 point standings.

Driver Elton Sawyer knew that his sponsor, Starter, was leaving at the end of the season. Starter, an athletic sportswear company, announced their decision in October. Team owner, Michael Kranefuss, stated that if no sponsor could be found, he would be forced to close the team operations.

There have been no comments from Kranefuss or Sawyer; no one answers the phones at the team's operations in Mooresville, SC and no phone calls or Emails have been returned.