Beating Around The Busch, Chapter Twenty-eight, Rockingham
By: Thomas Chemris

Jason Keller to stay with PPC. When PPC racing announced in August the primary sponsor of the number fifty seven Albertson Ford would not return to the series in 2004, the future for long time series veteran remained uncertain. Team owner Keith Barnwell announced the team will field two teams in 2004, and Keller will remain a part of the organization.

Crew chief Robert "Bootie" Baker, who, after leaving his Cup job with the Jasper Engineering team has been working on the Busch side of side things, helping out Aston Lewis, Barker, announced this weekend that he will stay in the Busch series, accepting a position through 2004 as crew chief for Jason Leffler in the number 00 Haas automotive entry.

Former Petty Enterprises driver Carlos Contreras will rerun to the Busch series at Homestead Miami driving the number forty-eight Innovative Motorsports entry.

Craftsman Truck series driver, Jon Wood will make his Busch debut at Miami driving a third entry for PPC racing. Wood currently competes for the Roush Racing stable.

Another Truck series driver heading to Busch is David Star. Star will drive fifteen events in 2004 for Holigan Racing. The effort will be part of a reality television series produced by Spike TV. Holigan Racing LP is a newly formed motorsports team created by Hooligan, a former NASCAR Winston Cup team sponsor. Spike TV, the first network for men, is available in 86 million homes and is a division of MTV networks.

Hendrick Motorsports announced that Kyle Busch would attempt his first Winston Cup event at Homestead Miami. Busch, who has competed in selected ARCA and Busch events for the Hendrick stable will compete full time in the Busch series in 2004.