MOORESVILLE, NC (Sept. 18, 2003) - The ill effects of Hurricane Isabel, which forced the cancellation of the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North race at Dover International Speedway on Friday Sept. 19 and washed out the qualifying for...
MOORESVILLE, NC (Sept. 18, 2003) - The ill effects of Hurricane Isabel, which forced the cancellation of the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North race at Dover International Speedway on Friday Sept. 19 and washed out the qualifying for every NASCAR series this coming weekend, will not stop Paul Wolfe from making his Busch Series debut there on Saturday, Sept. 20.
Wolfe is scheduled to make his first-ever appearance in the series driving the No. 6 Dodge sponsored by the Unilever Bestfoods brands LIPTON® and RAGÚ®. Tops Friendly Markets, who sponsors Wolfe's No. 9 Busch North car, will also be a sponsor for the race.
"We have been looking forward to Dover for awhile now, especially since it will be my first-ever race in the Busch Series," said Wolfe, a 26-year-old Milford, NY native. "I can't thank Unilever Bestfoods and Tops Markets enough for giving us this opportunity."
Known as the "Monster Mile," Dover is a challenging one-mile, high-banked oval. Since the weather has eliminated qualifying, Wolfe will start the race from the 33rd position based on car owner points. TNT will broadcast the 200-lap race live at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20.
Wolfe has been racing the last four years in the Busch North Series, where he has earned top-10 finishes in over 40 percent of his career starts. Wolfe won the Bud Pole and finished second in last September's BNS race at Dover. That qualifying performance at 24.315 seconds (148.057 miles per hour) was the fastest qualifying lap in BNS history.
"Unilever Bestfoods is excited about supporting Paul Wolfe at Dover," said Sandy Ghezzi, Senior Manager, Customer Marketing for Unilever Bestfoods North America. "Paul Wolfe is a tough competitor, and we're looking forward to supporting him at his Busch Series debut. This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase the RAGÚ and LIPTON brands with the brand-loyal NASCAR fans at the race track and on national television."
Unilever Bestfoods North America is headquartered in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and is a unit of Unilever, one of the world's largest consumer products companies, with annual sales of approximately $47 billion in 2002. In addition to foods, Unilever also produces and markets a wide range of home and personal care products. Unilever operates in 88 countries around the globe and employs approximately 258,000 people.
Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR), who also owns Wolfe's No. 9 BNS Tops Dodge, will operate the No. 6 RAGÚ and LIPTON. Dodge at Dover. TBR is co-owned by Tommy Baldwin and Eddie D'Hondt. Baldwin will serve as crew chief.