BUSCH: Rezendes to Drive No. 50

Rezendes to drive Dr. Pepper Ford Shawn A. Akers LEXINGTON, N.C. (July 22, 1998) Dave Rezendes will attempt to make his second start of the season in the No. 50 Dr. Pepper Ford this Saturday in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National ...

Rezendes to drive Dr. Pepper Ford Shawn A. Akers LEXINGTON, N.C. (July 22, 1998) Dave Rezendes will attempt to make his second start of the season in the No. 50 Dr. Pepper Ford this Saturday in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division Lycos.com 300 presented by Valleydale Meats at South Boston Speedway. Rezendes was named to drive the Dr. Pepper Ford in another one-race deal by Washington Erving Motorsports Wednesday. Rezendes drove the car in the June 28 Lysol 200 at Watkins Glen International, where he qualified 23rd and finished a respectable 14th. "We were very pleased and happy with his performance there," said Asa Murray, one of the team's owners and the interim president of race operations for the team, whose ownership group includes former NBA star Julius Erving and NFL great Joe Washington. Murray said that while Washington Erving Motorsports was focused mainly on getting its NASCAR Busch Series program headed in the right direction, the team is also still working on getting its NASCAR Winston Cup program started. The team had announced last year that it had planned to participate in the series in 1998, but the program has yet to come to fruition. "Nothing has really changed there," Murray said of the NASCAR Winston Cup team. "We've got some promising things going on, but right now our efforts are to get our Busch team to the point where we're competitive every week." The NASCAR Busch Series team has been looking for a regular driver since releasing Jimmy Foster from his duties last week, prior to the Kenwood Home & Car Audio 300 at the California Speedway. Foster, who had driven in 10 NASCAR Busch Series races prior to this season, suffered a broken foot early in the season at Texas Motor Speedway, and the injury kept him out of action for more than two months. "Right now, we're looking at a couple of people to drive for us," Murray said. "We haven't made any decisions yet, and we can't really commit to when we're going to do that. "It was really a tough thing to do (letting Foster go). He's a fine young man and he's got a good future in racing. We've been through a lot of things this season and we've had a few hard knocks. We've learned a lot about racing this year and we think we'll be able to get over those bumps and have a good season the rest of the year." Mike Wallace drove the No. 50 Dr. Pepper Ford to a 21st-place finish in the Kenwood Home & Car Audio 300 last Sunday. Source: NASCAR Online

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Drivers Mike Wallace