BUSCH: Milwaukee Mario Gosselin to Race for Andy Petree

MARIO GOSSELIN TO RUN BUSCH SERIES RACE AT MILWAUKEE IN OAKWOOD HOMES CHEVROLET EAST FLAT ROCK, N.C. --- Mario Gosselin, 27, of Lake Wales, Fla., will attempt to qualify for the NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division race Sunday, July 4,...

MARIO GOSSELIN TO RUN BUSCH SERIES RACE AT MILWAUKEE IN OAKWOOD HOMES CHEVROLET

EAST FLAT ROCK, N.C. --- Mario Gosselin, 27, of Lake Wales, Fla., will attempt to qualify for the NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division race Sunday, July 4, 1999 at The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis. Oakwood Homes will sponsor Gosselin in the No. 15 Andy Petree Racing Chevrolet for this one-race deal. This will be Gosselin's second start in the NASCAR Busch Series. He made his debut at Myrtle Beach Speedway in 1998 where he started 16th and finished 20th in his own car. The Oakwood Homes team had a set schedule to run 15 races with driver Ken Schrader, but they also had agreed to run one additional race with Andy Petree Racing. Petree planned to run the Busch Series event at his hometown in Hickory, N.C., but the race was taken off the Busch Series schedule. In turn, the Oakwood Homes team decided Milwaukee presented the perfect opportunity to try out a young, new talent. They felt Mario Gosselin was a perfect choice. "He is from the same area as Sammy Johns, (crew chief of the No. 33 Chevrolet in the Winston Cup Series)," said Andy Petree. "Sammy has known him for a couple of years and told us to keep our eye on him. At Charlotte, when he got the pole for the ARCA race in his own equipment and went on to win the event in his first ARCA start, we were very impressed." "It is a great opportunity for me to be able to run a Busch Series race with Andy Petree Racing," said Mario Gosselin. "My focus for this weekend is to get a good solid run, and hopefully be there at the end, as close to the front as possible. We tested a new car Tuesday at Greenville Pickens Speedway and had an opportunity to shake it down. The car feels really good and I feel comfortable with everything." Gosselin, who got his start racing late models in Florida, has two starts at Milwaukee. He won a Late Model race there in 1997 and competed in a Hooter's Pro Cup event, but engine trouble prevented him from finishing the race. Gosselin was the Hooter's Cup Series champion in 1995 and the Hooter's Pro Cup Series champion in 1997. He finished second in points last year, just 17 points behind first. He is currently third in Hooter's Pro Cup points.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Ken Schrader , Andy Petree , Mario Gosselin