BUSCH: Ryan Hemphill to drive for Biagi Brothers Racing

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Ryan Hemphill to drive for Biagi Bros. Racing in NASCAR Busch Series in 2005 Team switches to Dodge (Thursday, December 16, 2004- Mooresville, NC) Biagi Bros. Racing announced today that Ryan Hemphill will drive the ...

Ryan Hemphill to drive for Biagi Bros. Racing in NASCAR Busch Series in 2005 Team switches to Dodge

(Thursday, December 16, 2004- Mooresville, NC) Biagi Bros. Racing announced today that Ryan Hemphill will drive the #4 GEICO Dodge during the 2005 NASCAR Busch Series season. Hemphill comes to Biagi Bros. in collaboration with Chip Ganassi Racing and their driver development program. In addition to naming Hemphill as the driver, Biagi Bros. Racing will also be changing manufacturers to Dodge.

Fred Biagi, team owner of the Biagi Bros. race team is excited about the additions to the team and being able to tap the talents of a young, rising star in the world of racing. "We couldn't be more excited about 2005," said Biagi. "We're investing in our team and in getting better, and we fully expect to be finishing close to the front every week and competing for wins. We feel great about getting Ryan behind the wheel."

"I can't wait to get started," said Hemphill. "I'm honored to drive for Fred and for GEICO and to compete against all of the great teams and drivers in the Busch series. I want to thank Fred and Chip for giving me this opportunity, and I'm going to do everything I can to win races."

A development driver for Ganassi Racing, Ryan Hemphill, 23, led 516 laps, won 6 poles and 6 races in only 14 starts in the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 2004. He was a winner at Kentucky Speedway twice, Lowe's Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Gateway Int'l Raceway and Pocono Raceway, and finished 4th at Toledo Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, 5th at Daytona in his first start and 7th at Pocono. He has also competed in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, ASA, NASCAR-sanctioned late models, Allison Legacy Series and go-karts.

Biagi Bros. Racing first competed in NASCAR events in 2002. The highlight of the 2004 season for Biagi was a July win at Daytona.

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