DENVER, N.C. (Nov. 24, 1999) Matt Kenseth will compete in 20 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division events in 2000 in Reiser Enterprises' No. 17 Visine Chevrolet, including the first seven races of the season, and Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate Jason Schuler will make his series debutApril 8 at Nashville Speedway USA, the team announced Wednesday.
The schedule of the Reiser Enterprises tandem was based on companion events, when the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and the NASCAR Busch Series compete at the same venue on the same weekend. Kenseth, who will compete full time in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series next season for Raybestos Rookie of the Year in the No. 17 DeWalt Tools Ford, will run the Visine Chevrolet on the companion weekends, except for the Aug. 25 Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Dates to highlight for Kenseth on the schedule are March 18 at Darlington Raceway and April 29 at California Speedway, as he returns to those events as the defending champion. Kenseth won four times in 1999.
In addition to his debut in Nashville, a date to highlight on Schuler's schedule will be July 2, when he competes at The Milwaukee Mile, approximately 60 miles from his hometown of Cambridge, Wis.
Schuler will also compete at two tracks he has competed on before. He finished eighth in RE/MAX Challenge Series, NASCAR Touring events at Pikes Peak International Raceway and Gateway International Raceway in 1999 and will return to those venues in 2000 in the NASCAR Busch Series.
Kenseth, the third-place finisher in the 1999 standings, will drive the Visine Chevrolet at the following tracks: Daytona International Speedway, Feb. 19; North Carolina Speedway, Feb. 26 and Oct. 21; Las Vegas Motor Speedway, March 4; Atlanta Motor Speedway, March 11; Darlington, March 18 and Sept. 2; Bristol, March 25; Texas Motor Speedway, April 1; Talladega Superspeedway, April 15; California, April 29; Richmond International Raceway, May 5 and Sept. 8; Lowe's Motor Speedway, May 27 and Oct. 7; Dover Downs International Speedway, June 3 and Sept. 23; Michigan Speedway, Aug. 19; Phoenix International Raceway, Nov. 4; and Homestead-Miami Speedway, Nov. 11.
Schuler, who finished third in the 1999 RE/MAX Challenge Series, will occupy the seat of the Visine Chevrolet at these events: Nashville, April 8; New Hampshire International Speedway, May 13; South Boston Speedway, June 10; Myrtle Beach Speedway, June 17; Watkins Glen International, June 25; Milwaukee, July 2; Nazareth Speedway, July 16; Pikes Peak, July 22; Gateway, July 29; Indianapolis Raceway Park, Aug. 4; Bristol, Aug. 25; and Memphis Motorsports Park, Oct. 29.