Slim Jim to leave Team 34 in 1999 RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 10, 1998) Slim Jim Meat Snacks has decided not to renew its sponsorship agreement with Team 34 Racing for 1999 on the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division. "Our decision...
Slim Jim to leave Team 34 in 1999
RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 10, 1998) Slim Jim Meat Snacks has decided not to renew its sponsorship agreement with Team 34 Racing for 1999 on the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division.
"Our decision is not related to expected team performance for the rest of the year as we feel that the Slim Jim team and driver Todd Bodine will be very competitive," said George Stewart, senior marketing manager for Slim Jim. "The important issue for us is strong on-track performance combined with long term driver continuity. We are in the final stages of concluding our future Busch Series plans and will have an announcement in the very near future."
"We want to thank Slim Jim for supporting us this year and wish them well with their future racing endeavors," said Frank Cicci, co-owner of Team 34 Racing. "Our No. 30 team will continue to compete in the NASCAR Busch Series and is available for sponsorship. We intend to see Todd Bodine and the Slim Jim car running at the front and will be giving 100 percent effort to put the car in the winner's circle."
The No. 30 team competed through the first 18 races with Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate Mike Cope as its driver. Cope qualified for 17 races and scored two top-10 finishes. He was released following the Myrtle Beach 250 at Myrtle Beach Speedway and replaced by Bodine, who became available when he was released by the ISM Racing NASCAR Winston Cup Series team.
Since rejoining Team 34, for whom he raced for as recently as 1997 in the NASCAR Busch Series, Bodine has scored one top-five finish in three starts.
Source: NASCAR Online