Difference Between Harvard, Dave's Medical School Rookie driver welcomes Cup entrants at Lowe's SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Charlotte's Lowe's Motor Speedway is better known for its numbers of Cup drivers in Busch races than any other...
Difference Between Harvard, Dave's Medical School
Rookie driver welcomes Cup entrants at Lowe's
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Charlotte's Lowe's Motor Speedway is better known for its numbers of Cup drivers in Busch races than any other speedway. Since the speedway first began running the events, Cup drivers have been encouraged to enter.
"I can understand that. It's all about selling tickets and big television ratings," said NASCAR Busch Series rookie driver T.J. Bell. He will drive the #36 Tucson Chevrolet in Saturday's 300-mile race at the 1.5-mile Lowe's Motor Speedway.
"If you expect me to say I'm not excited about a chance to run with names like Jeff Burton or Greg Biffle, you're going to be waiting a long time. It makes things tougher but it's supposed to be tough," Bell said.
Some Busch teams feel the addition of the Cup drivers takes away from the series regulars.
"First of all, it is better than it ever has been. For 30 teams, there is a 'safety-net' there with the qualifying procedure," he said, referring to the fact the top 30 teams in the current NASCAR Busch Series car owner standings are guaranteed a starting spot in Saturday's event.
"For a younger guy like me doing everything he can to be the best driver I can possibly be, it's a great situation," Bell said. "We're going to run as hard as we can for the best finish we can get, but it gives me an opportunity to learn from the best too.
"If you want to be a great surgeon, you go to Harvard or something, not Dave's Medical School & Grill. You want to learn from the best," Bell said. "Same thing for a race car driver; actually, for any type of sports. You only get better if you play against people who are better than you. The Busch Series gives me the best chance I've had my entire career to do exactly that."
Bell has made a quick name for himself in the Busch Series with consistent runs in his first four races. A native of Sparks, Nev., Bell comes to the Busch Series from the ARCA and Craftsman Truck Series. The 2004 ARCA Rookie of the year while finishing third in the national standings, Bell has 32 ARCA starts with 11 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes. He also has 13 career starts in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
He joined a team solidly in the top 30 of the NASCAR Busch Series standings. In its first full season as a race team, DCT Motorsports has placed itself among or ahead of many veteran established race teams, and has become more noticeable among racing veterans on a consistent basis.
John and Nancy McGill are the only full-time owners from Cleveland in the history of NASCAR's top three series. McGill owns and operates McGill Property Group, a major commercial real estate developer. DCT Motorsports was formed in 2003, running their first race in July of that year. Since then, the team has shown a consistent improvement.
DCT Motorsports (www.dctmotorsports.com) is talking with companies regarding sponsorship for some races this season as well as the full 2006 season and beyond. McGill has developed sponsorship packages that could incorporate a full season or blocks of races. Utilizing his own business and marketing acumen, he brings creative and fresh approaches not just to team sponsorship itself but areas such as hospitality, cross-promotions and business-to-business possibilities.