BUSCH: Chicagoland: Brent Sherman preview

SHERMAN READY TO CAPITALIZE ON HOMETOWN ADVANTAGE July 5, 2005 - JOLIET, Ill. - Many NASCAR drivers look forward to racing close to home, citing a certain "home-track advantage." For most competitors this sentiment applies to races in Charlotte,...

SHERMAN READY TO CAPITALIZE ON HOMETOWN ADVANTAGE

July 5, 2005 - JOLIET, Ill. - Many NASCAR drivers look forward to racing close to home, citing a certain "home-track advantage." For most competitors this sentiment applies to races in Charlotte, N.C., but for NASCAR Busch Series rookie Brent Sherman, Saturday's USG Durock 300 at Chicagoland Speedway is as close to home for the Wauconda, Ill., resident as the series schedule permits.

In addition to being close to home, this weekend's event will be Sherman's first race in the Consort for Men No. 15 ppc Racing Ford. After running 11 races in the No. 58 car earlier this year, Sherman moved to ppc Racing, where he plans to run 10 events during the remainder of the 2005 season.

"I want to be a competitive driver each and every week, and I know it's possible with this organization," Sherman said. "We didn't finalize the deal until about a week and a half ago, but I'm ready to make my debut in the No. 15 Consort Ford."

"I'm grateful the team was able to get a car prepared for this weekend's race on such short notice," he added.

While Sherman's Ford Taurus may sport a yellow rookie strip across the rear bumper, he's no stranger to the 1.5-mile facility. In the three ARCA Series events he's run at Chicagoland, Sherman collected an eighth-place finish in his first attempt in 2002, and finished fourth in both 2003 and 2004.

"There's something about racing in front of my hometown crowd that pushes me to run even better at this track," Sherman said. "I've finished well here in the past, so this should be a great place to get started with my new team."

Besides his friends and family, Sherman will also have many representatives from sponsors Consort and Serta on hand for Saturday's race.

"Consort and Serta are both headquartered in the Chicago area, so this is a big race for all of us," Sherman said. "I'm pleased to have Consort on board with me this year. It's great to have the support of a local company and I hope to put on a good show for them this weekend."

Sherman will also be making appearances throughout the Chicagoland area this week, where he'll be available for photographs and autographs.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Brent Sherman