Gardiner, ME: Steve Prescott, owner of Team EJP Racing, has announced a change in his team's plans for the remainder of the 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) season. The team had entered the season with hopes of pursuing the entire...
Gardiner, ME: Steve Prescott, owner of Team EJP Racing, has announced a change in his team's plans for the remainder of the 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) season. The team had entered the season with hopes of pursuing the entire NCTS schedule, but sponsorship concerns have forced the team to cut back on those plans.
"We started the season planning on doing all the races," Prescott said. "We were excited to get hooked up with Geoffrey Bodine because he is one of the best in the business. We were able to create a relationship that helped each of us; we gave him a quality ride and he was able to bring some attention to the team in our pursuit of landing that major sponsor. Unfortunately, this is a dollars and cents business sometimes, and that sponsorship hasn't materialized."
Prescott reinforced that the team will continue to participate in selected NCTS events throughout the remainder of the season, and with proper funding, could return to the series on a full-time basis immediately.
"We have everything we need to run the series competitively," Prescott continued. "We have several new trucks built waiting to go, and we have a strong engine program. All we need is the proper funding. We are interested in talking to drivers that may have some funding available and want to get into competitive equipment. We want to talk to potential sponsors. We just need these final few pieces to fall into place and we can go run and win races."
Prescott also reiterated his gratitude to Bodine for his contributions to the team.
"I always respected Geoffrey as a driver before we ever worked together, and that respect has only been increased after working with him," Prescott said. "He is a total professional. While I am disappointed that our relationship cannot carry on as we originally hoped, I do hope that Geoffrey finds a competitive ride somewhere and wins races. The competitive fire is definitely still there."
Team EJP Racing now concentrates on preparing to tackle the next races on their schedule. There is a possibility that the team will indeed participate in the Dover race, and the Texas event is a certainty. Anything beyond Texas, at least for now, is dependant upon funding.
"We'll do as many races as we can this season, but it's all going to depend on getting sponsorship," Prescott said.
About Team EJP Racing: Team EJP Racing is owned by Steve Prescott, and based in Gardiner, Maine. The team made its debut with a three-race schedule with Prescott behind the wheel in 2000. Since then, Steve has concentrated on building a winner as an owner. The team has run a limited schedule in 2001, 2002, and 2003 with drivers Tom Carey, Barry Bodine, and Eric Jones. The team runs the 2004 Chevrolet Silverado body style and utilizes engines built by long-time NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch Series, Truck engine builder Mark Smith's Tri-Star Motorsports. Tri-Star Engines have powered the last two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champions.
About Team EJP: The Prescott Companies are the premier distributor of water, sewer, and drain pipeline materials in the Northeast and Midwest. Based in Gardiner, Maine, EJP has 25 locations in 9 states. With many pipe, sewer, and drain emergencies occurring outside of normal business hours, Team EJP has an on-call service department available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition, product and service information is available on the company's website, or by calling 1-800-EJP-24HR.