MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 8, 1999) NASCAR Winston Cup Series regular Joe Nemechek announced Wednesday a three-year sponsorship agreement with Oklahoma City-based Dobson Cellular Systems for his NEMCO Motorsports NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division program. Nemechek will pilot the No. 87 Cellular One Chevrolet in 14 events in the 2000 season beginning with the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway.
"We're looking to start the millenium in a good way, so we're really happy to have Dobson Cellular Systems on board with sponsorship from Cellular One," Nemechek said. "Dobson Cellular is a growing company and I think our racing program will fit well within Dobson's marketing objectives."
Dobson, a telecommunications provider, operates in 12 states under the licensed trade name of Cellular One. The agreement with Nemechek marks the company's first venture in NASCAR sponsorship.
"We are extremely pleased to be part of such a great team," Dobson President Ed Evans said. "Joe Nemechek is an outstanding credit to professional racing. Fans can expect to see the Cellular One car in victory lane throughout the upcoming season."
A full view of the No. 87 Cellular One Chevrolet. The Cellular One Chevrolet will carry a black, red and silver color scheme with associate sponsor support from Nortel Networks, Nokia and Precision Gear. In addition to Daytona, the team's schedule will include premiere events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, California Speedway and Lowe's Motor Speedway. The only changes of venue for the NEMCO Motorsports team will be the addition of Michigan Speedway, as well as the two events at Dover Downs International Speedway. Nemechek has not seen those tracks in a NASCAR Busch Series car since 1993 and '94, respectively.
The 2000 season will mark Nemechek's seventh year with a limited NASCAR Busch Series schedule, and 11th overall. Since beginning the series full-time in 1990, he has logged eight wins, 50 top-5s, 82 top-10s and 10 Bud Poles in 175 starts. Major achievements include 1990 Rookie-of-the-Year honors, 1992 and '93 Most Popular Driver awards and the 1992 championship.
The man often known as "Front Row Joe" also secured his first career NASCAR Winston Cup Series win this season, taking the Dura Lube/Kmart 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway in September.