Derrike Cope Eel Rivier Racing Split

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 25, 1999) - Eel River Racing and driver Derrike Cope have mutually agreed to end their business relationship effective Wednesday morning, announced car owner Jack Birmingham. "This decision is made in the best interests...

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 25, 1999) - Eel River Racing and driver Derrike Cope have mutually agreed to end their business relationship effective Wednesday morning, announced car owner Jack Birmingham.

"This decision is made in the best interests of both Derrike Cope and Eel River racing," Birmingham said. "We were both in need of a change and this is an opportunity for both parties to start out fresh. We met with Derrike and he shared our view on the situation. Eel River racing would like to thank Derrike for all the hard work he has given us and wish him good luck in the future. I believe Derrike still has a lot of good driving ahead of him."

Eel River Racing is currently considering drivers to fill the empty seat of the No. 30 Pontiac for this weekend's Goody's 500 in Bristol, Tenn. The team will announce its decision soon.

"We are excited about the future ahead of Eel River Racing," Birmingham said. "We are just embarking on our plan for the year 2000 a little sooner than expected."

Birmingham's No. 30 Pontiac has a rotating sponsorship with four Sara Lee companies this season. The companies are Jimmy Dean, Bryan, State Fair Brand Corn Dogs and Rudy's Farm.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Derrike Cope