Roush Racing announces candidates

ROUSH RACING ANNOUNCES 25 CANDIDATES IN LINE TO BECOME NEXT PREMIER NASCAR DRIVER Discovery Channel Takes Viewers Along for High-Energy Ride in Original Series CONCORD, N.C. - Twenty-five men and women are one step closer to realizing their ...

ROUSH RACING ANNOUNCES 25 CANDIDATES IN LINE TO BECOME NEXT PREMIER NASCAR DRIVER

Discovery Channel Takes Viewers Along for High-Energy Ride in Original Series

CONCORD, N.C. - Twenty-five men and women are one step closer to realizing their dream of becoming a NASCAR superstar as Roush Racing and Discovery Channel today announce the list of drivers who will compete in this year's Roush Racing gong show.

Jack Roush and his team of judges poured over 1,700 applications and narrowed it down to a list of 25 drivers from across the United States, Canada and New Zealand in search of the best drivers to take part in this exclusive competition. The winner will be awarded a fully sponsored ride in the 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

Roush Racing is teaming up with Discovery Channel to capture all of the excitement and drama of the competition on film with unprecedented access to the gong show. Candidates will compete on and off the track, testing their skills behind the wheel as well as their marketability and fan appeal. This high-energy 13-part series will debut on Discovery Channel this fall.

Following is a list of the drivers selected to compete in the first round at Martinsville Speedway, August 2-4:

<pre> Name Age Hometown Current Racing Circuit Justin Allgaier 19 Springfield, Ill. ARCA; NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Tim Andrews 22 Concord, N.C. Legends Pro division; NASCAR Busch North Series Chuck Barnes 23 Louisville, Ky. Sunoco Super Series Late Model division Sam Beam 25 Mooresville, N.C. USAC Focus Midgets Jason Boyd 24 Orlando, Fla. Fascar Sun Belt series Jeffrey Choquette 19 Loxahatchee, Fla. Late models Johnny Clark 26 Hallowell, Maine P.A.S.S. tour Erik Darnell 23 Beach Park, Ill. ARCA; Autozone Elite Sondi Eden 28 Crawfordsville, Ind. USAC midgets Nevin George 23 Matawan, N.J. modifieds James Gué 23 Athens, Ga Grand Am series Jason Hogan 23 Cleveland, Ga. Autozone Elite SE series Matthew Jaskol 21 Las Vegas, Nev. ASA Speed Trucks Bud Kaeding 26 Indianapolis, Ind. USAC Travis Kittleson 26 Mooresville, N.C. Sunbelt Series Michael Lewis 26 Noblesville, Ind. USAC sprints & midgets Scott Lynch 25 Las Vegas, Nev. NASCAR Grand National West division Matt McCall 24 Denver, N.C. UARA late models Danny O'Quinn 20 Coeburn, Va. ARCA; USAR Hooter's Pro Cup Christi Passmore 23 Pryor, Ok. ARCA Michael Pickens 22 Auckland, New Zealand midgets Bubba Pollard 22 Senoia, Ga. SAS late models; ARCA David Ragan 20 Kannapolis, N.C. ARCA Peter Shepherd 19 Norval, Ontario CASCAR Auggie Vidovich 24 Lakeside, Calif. Autozone Elite Southwest

Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Industries that operates 10 motor sports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards; three in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth and Edwards; two in the Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Ricky Craven and Todd Kluever.

Discovery Channel is the United States' largest cable television network, serving 90.2 million households across the nation with the finest in informative entertainment. Discovery Networks, U.S., a unit of Discovery Communications, Inc., operates and manages Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery HD Theater, Discovery Kids Channel, Discovery Times Channel, The Science Channel, Discovery Home Channel, Military Channel, Discovery en Español, FitTV, Discovery Kids en Español and Discovery Travel & Living (Viajar y Vivir). The unit also distributes BBC AMERICA.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Ricky Craven , James Gue , Michael Lewis , Bud Kaeding , Carl Edwards , Nevin George , Scott Lynch , Auggie Vidovich , Jack Roush , Christi Passmore , David Ragan , Todd Kluever , Michael Pickens , Justin Allgaier , Erik Darnell , Danny O'Quinn , Matt McCall , Peter Shepherd , Travis Kittleson , Tim Andrews