Lysol backs second Akins/Sutton team By Dave Rodman
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Nov. 15, 1998) Reckitt & Colman Inc., maker of LYSOL cleaners and disinfectants, announced Sunday at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex that it has signed a deal to become the primary sponsor of a NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division team operated by Akins/Sutton Motorsports.
NASCAR Busch Series veteran Elton Sawyer, who expects to make his landmark 300th NBS start in 1999, will drive the No. 98 Lysol Ford Taurus as a teammate to Glenn Allen's No. 38 Barbasol Ford.
The LYSOL brand has been a part of the NASCAR Busch Series through its primary sponsorship of Hensley Racing since 1994 and its title sponsorship of the LYSOL 200 at Watkins Glen International since 1995. Next season LYSOL will make its 150th start as a primary NASCAR Busch Series sponsor.
Sawyer, a native of Chesapeake, Va., has been with Akins/Sutton Motorsports since 1994 -- save for a brief stint when he left in 1996 to attempt to run the NASCAR Winston Cup Series before returning to the fold later that season -- and finished in the top-10 in points for the second consecutive season. The points that Sawyer and Akins/Sutton accumulated in 1998 will follow Sawyer to the LYSOL Racing team. He leads all active regular NASCAR Busch Series drivers in starts with 288, a mark that stands third on the all-time chart behind legends Tommy Houston (417) and Dale Jarrett (323).
"Akins/Sutton Motorsports has a proven track record and has improved its performance every year," said Gary Sanguinetti, director of customer strategy, Reckitt & Colman Inc. "I have no doubt that the team will again improve its performance in 1999. The LYSOL brand is a leader in its category and Elton is a leader in the NASCAR Busch Series. It's a natural fit. We are anticipating an exciting year filled with multiple trips to victory lane and a run for the championship."
"Akins/Sutton Motorsports is extremely excited to operate a two-car team for the first time in 1999," said Brad Akins, co-owner of Akins/Sutton Motorsports. "We have two great teams and each will compete for the top-five in points. Elton Sawyer is one of the best drivers on the circuit, and his best years are yet to come."
"Bob and I are very excited about going into 1999 with a multi-car team. Putting Elton and Glenn together next year, we feel like we've put together a duo that'll be complimentary to each other and second to none."
"We're having the best year we've had so far, and I think next year can be better," veteran race mechanic Sutton said. "We've looked at having two cars in years past, but we weren't too sure about doing it then. But when we decided to do it, we asked Elton who he'd like as a teammate and he pointed out Glenn Allen."
"I'm very excited about 1999," Sawyer said. "I never thought I'd make it to 200 (starts), much less 300. Glenn Allen is a great racer, and together we can take Akins/Sutton Motorsports to the next level. We have a great opportunity ... and we ought to be much stronger next year. "Since the LYSOL brand makers have been in racing for five years now, I know they are as committed to the sport as I am. With the LYSOL brand's commitment and the strong Akins/Sutton Motorsports crew, the LYSOL Racing team is going to really turn some heads in 1999. We plan to battle for the championship in our new colors. I've had several solid runs and know I can be competitive in the right situation."
Source: NASCAR Online