BUSCH: Dodge to sponsor races, pace cars

DARLINGTON, S.C. (Nov. 29, 2000) Dodge is not only getting back into NASCAR racing with race cars, but also with pace cars. Starting in 2001, the Carolina Dodge Dealers will sponsor the spring NASCAR Winston Cup Series event at Darlington...

DARLINGTON, S.C. (Nov. 29, 2000) Dodge is not only getting back into NASCAR racing with race cars, but also with pace cars.

Starting in 2001, the Carolina Dodge Dealers will sponsor the spring NASCAR Winston Cup Series event at Darlington Raceway. The three-year deal also calls for Dodge to be the "official car and truck" of the 1.366-mile asphalt oval.

A Dodge Intrepid will lead the field for the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 in March, and for all NASCAR Winston Cup and NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division events throughout the year.

Dodge has been out of NASCAR competition since 1983 and since announcing its return to the sport has escalated its marketing efforts as well. The partnership between track and manufacturer was seen as a return to days of old by Jim Hunter, the track's president.

"Both entities are traditional, yet we're both moving forward in the fast-paced world of NASCAR," he said. "We appreciate the history we have with Dodge and are eager to see what the future holds for us as renewed partners."

Buck Baker drove a Dodge in the 1964 Southern 500. His son, Buddy Baker, drove a Dodge to Victory Lane in the 1970 event. In '71, Buddy drove his

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Buddy Baker , Jim Hunter