Contact: T. Coons fax: 704 556-0470 704 552-6933 September 1, 1997


Jeff Fuller will return to his racing roots when he defends his 1996 Sunoco 300 title at Thompson International Speedway, Thompson, CT, this Sunday. Fuller will pilot the #60 Ocean Spray/Sunoco Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the NASCAR Busch Grand National North race as part of the Sunoco 500 weekend activities at Thompson's .625 mile oval. The former Auburn, MA resident won last year's event from the pole. "We're delighted to have Jeff in the #60 Ocean Spray/Sunoco Chevrolet Monte Carlo this weekend," said team owner Tom Pease. "This car has won twice before, so I know Jeff can return to victory lane at Thompson." Fuller, the 1995 Penrose Rookie of the Year, is currently campaigning his third season in the NASCAR Busch Grand National South series. "I'm delighted to be running at Thompson," said Fuller. "This is like home to me. Even after I went south to run in the BGN series, I've managed to come back to Thompson for the Sunoco 300. Last year Don Hoening (Track Owner) switched the Sunoco 300 from a Modified race to a BGNN race. That's all right with me. I love this track so much, it doesn't matter what kind of race it is, I'll try to be here." Jeremy Pease, Tom's son, is the crew chief for the family owned team. Besides his crew chief responsibilities, Jeremy is also the engine builder. This year the #60 Ocean Spray has already won at both Loudon, NH and Beech Ridge, ME. The 24-year-old Pease is the youngest crew chief on the BGNN circuit. This year's running of the Sunoco 300 will mark its 23rd year. As always, lots of fan-friendly activities will be included. Call 1-860- 923-9591 for more details and ticket information.