For Immediate Release CHEVY TRUCKS CHALLENGE ENTRY LIST BOASTS RECORD NUMBER OF ENTRIES LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA., January 8, 1998 -- The entry list for the Chevy Trucks Challenge, a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event scheduled ...
For Immediate Release
CHEVY TRUCKS CHALLENGE ENTRY LIST BOASTS RECORD NUMBER OF ENTRIES
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA., January 8, 1998 -- The entry list for the Chevy Trucks Challenge, a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event scheduled Sunday, Jan. 18 at Walt Disney World Speedway, looks more like a Who's Who of the racing community. The driver roster, which is at 63 and expected to climb even higher during race week, features a wide array of talent from all forms of racing. A quick glance shows five former NASCAR champions, and four full-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers joining the fray for the $538,000 event. "It's a phenomenal entry list," said Dennis Huth, NASCAR's vice president of administration. "We're looking at a record number of entries." The inaugural Chevy Trucks Challenge attracted 61 drivers to WDWS, which is located near the entrance to the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. This quantity and quality were expected since 55 teams tested a total of 67 trucks in mid-December at the unique one-mile, three-turn course.
Among the drivers who have filed entries include NCTS champions Mike Skinner ('95), Ron Hornaday ('96) and Jack Sprague ('97), plus former NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division champs Chuck Bown and Joe Nemechek.
NASCAR Winston Cup regulars are also showing a strong interest. Included in that group are Brett Bodine, Bobby Hamilton, Nemechek and Skinner. Skinner earned Rookie of the Year honors in 1997. "For NASCAR Winston Cup drivers, it's a good chance to get back into shape in preparation for their opener in Daytona next month," said Huth.
Other entrants of interest include Tommy Archer, a longtime international road-racer; Tony Raines, from the ASA ranks; Bob Keselowski, a former ARCA standout who won his first NCTS event at Richmond, Va.; Ricky Johnson, who got his racing start on motorcycles; and Dominic Dobson, a veteran open wheel racer. "Dobson's commitment to run in the 1998 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series shows how this series has become a real melting pot of racing," said Huth. "We're getting drivers from different series; the top competitors in those series, I might add."
Not only is the NCTS drawing the top drivers, but it has the attention of top race teams and owners. Some of the team owners are household names such as Dale Earnhardt, Jack Roush, Richard Childress, Kenny Schrader and PacWest. "That list goes on and on," said Huth. "It helps show that the series is viable and come of age. It shows that we're committed to putting the best product on the race track."
Huth said NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers look forward to the Chevy Trucks Challenge, not only because of the fierce competition, but because of the hosting facility. "The surroundings, the ambiance of Walt Disney World, adds to the desire of making this race," said Huth.
Tickets for the Chevy Trucks Challenge at Walt Disney World Speedway are available at Ticketmaster by calling 407/839-3900 (Orlando) or 813/287-8844 (Tampa).