Xpress Motorsports expands MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 18, 1998) Xpress Motorsports, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team, is growing almost daily. A new building and numerous employee additions are helping to strengthen the team for the 1998 ...
Xpress Motorsports expands
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 18, 1998)
Xpress Motorsports, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team, is growing almost daily. A new building and numerous employee additions are helping to strengthen the team for the 1998 season, which continues April 4 with the Florida Dodge Dealers 400 at the Metro-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex.
The team fields the No. 61 Chevrolet driven by Randy Tolsma, who won the Dodge California Truckstops event at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif., last fall.
"It's important at all levels of NASCAR racing to work in all areas to develop an advantage," said team manager and crew chief Dave Fuge, a 25-year veteran of racing. "The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is growing so strong and we need to be ahead of the curve. With our recent additions we have put ourselves in position be one of the series' top teams."
Xpress Motorsports recently added a second building to its facility. The 1,600-square-foot building, housing a new "spray bake" paint booth, is a body shop for the team's fleet of six trucks. The addition gives the team complete control of the fabrication and appearance of the trucks.
The team also recently started production of its own chassis design. The new Xpress Motorsports chassis will be used in testing and once the final development is complete, will be integrated into the fleet of race trucks.
Fuge, 42, has been a chassis builder his entire career. NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers Bill Elliott, Derrike Cope, Ernie Irvan, Hut Stricklin, Bobby Allison, and Bobby Hamilton have successfully used his chassis designs.
Xpress Motorsports has added the following new crewmembers:
Kim Fisher, a native of Shelburne, Vt., has joined the team as an assistant to the team manager and marketing coordinator. Formerly, Fisher worked for Evrywear Racing in Mooresville on the Honeywell Racing program.
John Bobbette has joined the team as transporter driver. Bobbette, a native of Toronto, Ont., formerly worked with Excel Motorsports and Team Amick Racing.
Ray Chappell is the most recent addition to the Xpress team. Chappell, a native of Dobson, N.C., will run the new body shop at Xpress Motorsports. Chappell worked previously at Mattei Motorsports.
"Steve Coulter (team owner) has given us all the pieces," said Fuge, who led the team to its first win in October. "We have everything here to be competitive every week in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. His commitment has been so strong and we are going to make sure we work hard to get a very positive return on that commitment."
Coulter founded and owns IWX Motor Freight; trucking firm based in Springfield, Mo., that has a fleet of 400 trucks. IWX serves 48 states. Annually the trucks log more than 98 million miles.
Courtesy of NASCAR Online