Beating Around The Busch: Chapter Twenty-two, Bristol
By: Thomas Chemris
Another one bites the dust, so to speak. PPC Racing announced that sponsor of Jason Keller and the fifty-seven team will be loosing their sponsor Albertson's at the end of the season. For those who are keeping score, that's Nesquick, Albertson's, and Dr pepper who will be leaving the series, and several top team, including both PPC cars, Jackson Herzog, and Chance two all looking for financial support for the 2004 season.
"Albertson's has been a great sponsor, but with the way the economy is, it just one of those deals, noted Keller.
New Jersey's Martin Truex Jr debuted at Bristol taking the wheel of the Chance 2 Chevrolet. Truex started thirteenth, and finished sixth Team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr has indicated if a sponsor could be found, he would like to put Truex in the car for a full season run. Truex sported a tribute car to Dale Jr's grandfather Robert Gee
Robert Gee is not only legendary for helping many drivers get their start in stock car racing, but also as one of the greatest fabricators. Gee worked with NASCAR legends such as; Bobby Isaacs, Dale Earnhardt and Darrell Waltrip.
Johnny Sauter pulled triple duty at Bristol. He stepped in the number 9 truck originally fielded for Christian Fittipaldi, but a manufactures conflict opened the ride up for the Wisconsin native. Sauter finished twenty-fifth in the truck event, nineteenth in the Busch series, and twenty-fifth in the Cup event driving for Morgan McClure. Sauter, who drives for two different teams, is currently eighth in the championship point's battle.
One of Sauter Busch owners, Richard Childress are currently holds the lead in the series owner's championship. If successful, Childress will become the first owner since 1963 that a team scores the owners title with more than one driver.
"We're still 12 races away and a lot can happen. You can lose the lead in just one race. It's that easy in this business. We've had some misfortunes this season, with a wreck in Talladega and losing a couple of engines. Things like that have really kept us from having a bigger lead at this point in the season. But the intentions of everyone involved with the Payday program are to keep digging and win the championship." Said Childress.
Winn Dixie and Pepsi Co have announced a conjoint sponsorship of next weekends Darlington race.