Brevak Racing inks two-race sponsor By Dave Rodman PHOENIX, Ariz. (April 19, 1998) Brevak Racing, one of the four-year-old NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series' inaugural organizations, Sunday announced its first major corporate primary sponsorship...
Brevak Racing inks two-race sponsor By Dave Rodman
PHOENIX, Ariz. (April 19, 1998) Brevak Racing, one of the four-year-old NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series' inaugural organizations, Sunday announced its first major corporate primary sponsorship when AlliedSignal's Bendix Brakes unveiled the No. 31 Bendix Ford that will be driven by Tony Roper in the two races following Sunday's Chevy Trucks 150 at Phoenix International Raceway.
Roper, 33, a Midwest short-track specialist from Fair Grove, Mo., will use a blue-and-white Ford at the April 25 Craftsman 200 by NAPA Auto Parts at Portland Speedway and the May 9 NAPACARD 200 at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash. The program may continue after that.
"Brevak Racing has been around for 30 years, this is Tony's 11th year racing and it's NASCAR's 50th Anniversary year," said Bob Brevak, who owns the team with wife Shelly. "With the experience everyone has this is really exciting for everyone involved, we're looking forward to it and expecting great things out of it."
"They want to get their really good customers up there in the Northwest excited about NASCAR truck racing. Tony's a heckuva short-track driver and we're expecting great things to happen up there."
The team plans to display its truck for Bendix clients at the Freightliner plant in Portland and at Paccar, the Peterbilt and Kenworth truck plant in Seattle, Wash., before the race at Monroe.
"We have really managed to have a good-running truck, with limited support, so we're really excited to have. We are proud to be involved with AlliedSignal and we're pleased that they've decided to come on board with us.
"I believe that we're a team that with some good financial support from an excellent sponsor like Bendix we can immediately put ourselves up front. It's an honor to have such a huge corporation involved with our team."
The two-race deal comes at an ideal time for Roper, who is the son of legendry Midwest racer Dean Roper. Tony Roper cut his teeth on short tracks in the NASCAR Winston Racing Series and American Speed Association.
"I'm from the short track racing side of this business so going to the short tracks is always exciting for me because I'm more familiar with it," said Roper, whose best finish in 29 series starts has been a pair of ninths. "This is a dream come true and hopefully down the road it'll turn into something big for us."
"We are proud to sponsor the Brevak Racing team at these two events," said Craig Stark, account executive for AlliedSignal. "This is actually AlliedSignal's Bendix heavy-duty air brakes that is conducting this program. After two races we'll evaluate the situation and go from there."
"To have a company with the stature of AlliedSignal come on board with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and Brevak Racing adds another notch to the series," said Dennis Huth, NASCAR vice president for administration. "This really shows where the series is at. It's one of NASCAR's 'big three' in our 50th Anniversary year."
Source: NASCAR Online