Schendel To Pilot EDGE ...
Schendel To Pilot EDGE #43 TexPar/Mathews Craftsman Truck At Homestead
- Edge Owner Johnny Sauter, Crew Chief Shear Pay It Forward For Fellow Wisconsin Native -
HOMESTEAD, FL (November 17, 2004) -- Fresh from competing in the Elite Division of the NASCAR All-Star Challenge last weekend, Tim Schendel will take the wheel of the #43 TexPar Energy/Mathews Solocam Chevrolet NASCAR Craftsman Truck this Friday in the Ford 200 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. This will be Schendel's second start in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and his first start for the Johnny Sauter co-owned Edge Performance Group team.
Schendel, a Sparta, Wisconsin, native, was tapped for the job by fellow Wisconsin natives Sauter and #43 crew chief Joe Shear. "Joe and I have known Tim for years, and I'm thrilled to be able to give Tim a shot at the final NASCAR Craftsman Truck series this season," said Sauter, who hails from Nacedah, Wisconsin. "Tim's a great driver with a lot of potential, and everyone will see it this weekend."
Schendel cannot wait to compete in the Ford 200. "To be able to work with Johnny Sauter, Joe Shear and drive the #43 Craftsman Truck is a dream come true," he said. "I have to thank my sponsors TexPar Energy and Mathews Solocam for enabling this to happen. I'm hoping that this drive will lead to more Craftsman Truck opportunities in 2005."
Tim Schendel, NASCAR Elite Division Series Pilot Turning Sights To Craftsman Truck
Tim, 25, has been in the racing world for more than a decade. Working beside his father, Ron Schendel, who fielded cars for local drivers in the Sparta-La Crosse area, Tim learned the fundamentals of what it takes to be a champion. He started running "enduro" events in 1997 at the age of 16, moving up into late model competition at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway at 18.
In 2000, at the age of 20, Tim was involved in the toughest and tightest Rookie-of-the-Year competition in history for the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Midwest Series. Not only did he claim the title, he finished a very respectable tenth in the final point's standings. 2001 treated Tim just as well, winning the Bud Pole award at Wisconsin International Speedway's tricky D-shaped oval in Kaukauna, WI, making fourth place in points and winning a coveted award, bestowed upon him by his racing peers, The Sportsmanship Award. There was more success in 2002, with two Bud Pole awards, a victory at the famed Pike's Peak International Raceway, 11 top-ten finishes, four top-five finishes and a sixth place overall standing in the points. In 2003, Tim posted one win and nine top-ten finishes, ending the season in fifth place. 2004 has been another very exciting year for Tim, as he finished fourth in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Midwest Series, posting eight top-five finishes and ten top-tens.
In addition to driving for his team, Iron Eagle Racing, Tim works full-time in the Iron Eagle shop, building and maintaining several racecars for himself and customers. This experience has given Tim the proficiency and understanding of the machines placed under him every weekend.
TexPar Energy, LLC
Since 1984, TexPar Energy has been developing innovative ways to supply low-cost energy and high quality petroleum product to industrial, commercial, institutional and service organizations. Based in Waukesha, Wisconsin, TexPar is engaged in the business of buying and selling petroleum based products, such as residual fuels and heating oils, for distribution throughout the United States and Canada to industrial, commercial and public sectors.
Mathews Solocam is the premier single cam hunting bow manufacturer in the United States. Since its inception in 1992, Mathews has been responsible for a multitude of innovations that have not only enhance performance by quantum leaps, but have also reduced complexity. Mathews' motto is "The essence of engineering is to make something function better while also making it simpler."
Edge Performance Group
The Edge Performance Group took shape in April 2004, fielding the #43 Chevrolet Silverado machine in NASCAR Craftsman Truck events. The team is owned by accomplished NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series pilot Johnny Sauter, legendary motorsports figure Cary Agajanian and renowned music and racing mogul Mike Curb. Although sporadically entered in the 2004 season, the #43, driven by Sauter, took second place in a very exciting race at Indianapolis Raceway Park on August 6, 2004.
The Ford 200
Practice for The Ford 200 Craftsman Truck Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway race begins Thursday, November 18 at 8:45 AM EST. Qualifying will take place at 1:00 PM EST the same day. Television coverage of the Ford 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race will be broadcast live on SPEED at 3:00 PM EST.