Pruett to drive truck at Chicago

CHICAGO, Ill. (Aug. 11, 2000) From go-karts to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, Scott Pruett has raced about everything with wheels. He'll add another line to his resume at the inaugural Sears Craftsman 175 at Chicago Motor Speedway Aug. 27. The ...

CHICAGO, Ill. (Aug. 11, 2000) From go-karts to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, Scott Pruett has raced about everything with wheels. He'll add another line to his resume at the inaugural Sears Craftsman 175 at Chicago Motor Speedway Aug. 27. The driver of the No. 32 Tide Ford in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series will enter a Ford F-150 pickup sponsored by the Sears Kenmore appliance brand at the first NASCAR race in Chicagoland in more than 40 years.

In a special one-race arrangement, Pruett's NASCAR Winston Cup team, PPI Motorsports, will join Billy Ballew Motorsports to field the No. 32 Kenmore/Tide Ford. Billy Ballew Motorsports will supply the race trucks, mechanics and pit crew.

The event marks the first time Pruett has raced in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and the first primary sponsorship for Kenmore, currently an associate sponsor on Pruett's Tide car.

While Pruett lacks experience in an NCTS truck, he goes to Chicago Motor Speedway as the only series competitor with experience on the track. Pruett raced in Chicago Motor Speedway's first-ever CART race in 1999.

Pruett is also scheduled to run in the NASCAR Winston Cup and NASCAR Busch Series events that weekend, both in Bristol. So he'll be racking up the frequent flyer miles. He'll also get help from PPI Motorsports teammate Anthony Lazzaro, who will qualify his truck for him on Saturday. Pruett will fly to Chicago following Saturday night's NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at Bristol, and start in the back of the field at Chicago as rules require.

"With three races in three days, this will be a big weekend for us," said Pruett. "Without having driven a Craftsman truck before, it's an even bigger challenge for me. But I'm excited about it. It's a chance to learn more and drive more, which is what I love, and to represent Kenmore at its hometown event in Chicago. That facility is really top-notch, and I know Billy Ballew Motorsports will provide a great truck and lots of support for the event. I'm looking forward to putting on a good show with Anthony and Kenmore all weekend long."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Scott Pruett , Anthony Lazzaro