Aaron Fike To Pilot the #43 Ollie's Bargain Outlet Curb-Agajanian Dodge In
-21-Year-Old Open Wheel Star To Qualify For Pepsi 300; Ollie's Joins Curb Agajanian For 12 Races-
CORNELIUS, NC (April 6, 2004) - Open wheel ace and two-time National Midget Driver of the Year Aaron Fike looks forward to making his second appearance in the NASCAR Busch Series at this weekend's Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway. Aaron will drive the special silver #43 Ollie's Bargain Outlet Curb-Agajanian Dodge in an effort to capture the coveted Gibson Les Paul guitar trophy.
This is Aaron's second start in the #43 Curb-Agajanian Dodge. "I'm thrilled to continue driving the #43 in the Pepsi 300," he said. "With the team's winning experiences and the backing of a sponsor like Ollie's Bargain Outlets, we should be very competitive against what's sure to be a tough field."
Ollie's Bargain Outlet - The Perfect Team Partner
The #43 team has been recently bolstered with the addition of Ollie's Bargain Outlet, Inc. as primary sponsor of the 2004 Curb-Agajanian NASCAR Busch Series entry. This sponsorship agreement will extend to at least twelve (12) races with Aaron Fike at the wheel. To celebrate this agreement for the Pepsi 300, the #43's color has been changed from the traditional yellow to a bright silver hue.
"A multi-race sponsorship agreement with the Curb-Agajanian #43 NASCAR Busch Series team is an ideal situation for Ollie's," said Mark Butler, Chief Executive Officer, Ollie's Bargain Outlet. "Over the past several years, this race team has frequently outperformed its the elite teams with higher budgets competitors while spending maintaining a significantly lesslower budget. As Ollie's thrives on selling first-rate brand-name, top- quality products at deeply discounted close-out prices, so being associated with a race team that over- delivers is a perfect match for our brand."
Ollie's purchases By buying overproduced, overstocked and discontinued goods from manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers and offers a compelling value to its customers by selling these , Ollie's is able to sell its products at prices typically 40% to 50% below suggested retail prices. Headquartered in Harrisburg, PA, Headquartered in Harrisburg, PA, Ollie's Ollie's Bargain Outlet and has enjoyed tremendous growth and now has 30since grown to locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Dover, Delaware, with with total annual sales exceeding in excess of $100 105 million.
Aaron Fike, A Rising Racing Star
Although Aaron is a mere 21, his resume reads like a veteran race car driver's. Aaron has recently entered competition in full-bodied stock cars, having driven in the 2004 Rockingham 200 Busch Series race and in two 2003 ARCA events at Lowes Motor Speedway and South Boston Speedway. "I hope to gain a lot more stock car experience and success in 2004," he said. "I know I have a lot to learn, but I feel with my experience I should be able to get the hang of NASCAR competition fairly quickly."
Like many of today's top NASCAR Nextel Series drivers, including Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne, Aaron started his professional racing career in open wheel cars. He has met with considerable success, winning more than 20 feature races in United States Auto Club (USAC) Midgets, Sprint Cars, and the premier Silver Crown Series. In 2001, Aaron became the youngest driver ever to win in a Silver Crown Series race, breaking a record previously held by NASCAR Nextel Cup star Jeff Gordon. Aaron is also a two- time winner in the Indy Racing League's Infiniti Pro Series.
Accomplished racing team owner Mike Curb is pleased to have Aaron in the Ollie's #43. "We think Aaron can help us sustain the progress we've made as a team," said Mike. "We know it won't happen overnight, but this young man has won in everything he's driven, so I think we made the right choice."
For the 2004 season, in addition to driving in the NASCAR Busch Series races, Aaron is also running a full season of USAC Silver Crown sprint car competition.
Cary Agajanian and Motorsports Management International
Cary Agajanian, #43 co-owner, is also the managing director of Motorsports Management International (MMI), which represents many of NASCAR's most successful drivers and brightest stars. Aaron Fike follows a long line of MMI client Johnny Sauter,s who have used the is also on the client roster of Motorsports Management International and it is no secret that Cary Agajanian uses the #43 car to showcase histheir talents last year of the young drivers his company represents. Sauteran MMI client, pilots the #30 AOL Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and the #27 Kleenex Chevrolet in the Busch Series this season
"Last year Johnny Sauter was behind the wheel of the #43 and drove to a thrilling victory in the Funai 250 at Richmond International Raceway, which let the NASCAR world know that he was a force to be reckoned with," said Cary. "This year, Our our goal is to showcase Aaron to the NASCAR community by providing him a competitive car and first-class race team.that can run-up front"
Sauter was behind the wheel of the #43 Chevrolet and drove to a thrilling victory in the Funai 250 at Richmond International Raceway, which let the NASCAR world know that Sauter was a force to reckon with.
Schedule for the Pepsi 300
Practice for the Pepsi 300 begins at the Nashville Superspeedway on Friday morning, April 9. Qualifying is set for 4:30 PM EST on Friday, televised LIVE on SPEED. The race telecast will start at 3:30 PM EST Saturday, April 10, and can be seen LIVE on FX.