WHELEN ENGINEERING CO. TO SPONSOR 2005 NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, BUSCH NORTH SERIES OPENER AT LEE USA SPEEDWAY, MAY 15 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 4, 2005) -- Whelen Engineering Co. Inc. of Chester, Conn. has signed as title sponsor for...
WHELEN ENGINEERING CO. TO SPONSOR 2005 NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, BUSCH NORTH SERIES OPENER AT LEE USA SPEEDWAY, MAY 15
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 4, 2005) -- Whelen Engineering Co. Inc. of Chester, Conn. has signed as title sponsor for the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series season opener at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, N.H. on Sunday afternoon, May 15. The Whelen 150 marks Whelen's first event sponsorship in the Busch North Series, and extends the firm's wide commitment to NASCAR racing.
Whelen, engineers for the emergency warning industry, began their NASCAR racing involvement with Connecticut car owner Ted Marsh and driver Ted Christopher. Other drivers to enjoy Whelen support in various NASCAR divisions have included Geoffrey Bodine, Dennis Demers, and three-time Busch North Series champion Andy Santerre. Last fall Whelen assumed series sponsorship of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, and this spring extended their backing to the new NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.
Busch North driver and team owner Matt Kobyluck, whose Uncasville, Conn. home is near Whelen's corporate headquarters, welcomed the company's stepped-up presence with the Busch North Series. "Getting a company like Whelen involved, which already has a strong presence in NASCAR, definitely helps the series and gives them more benefit from their commitment to the sport," Kobyluck noted, adding "It's a win-win situation for all parties."
Speaking of the venue for the Whelen 150, Kobyluck characterized Lee USA Speedway as "a finesse track where you've always got to be on the edge, but you've always got to be under control too." He emphasized that "you've got to pay attention because things happen in a hurry there." Andy Santerre has kicked off each of his three championship seasons with a win at the Lee USA opener.
The Whelen 150 marks the tenth straight season the Busch North Series has started its schedule at Red and Judy MacDonald's popular 3/8 mile oval, located near Portsmouth and the seacoast resort area and half an hour east of Manchester, N.H. Portland, Maine and the northern half of the Boston metropolitan area are within an hour of the track. The Whelen 150 is scheduled as a one-day event on Sunday, May 15, with Busch North Series practice and Busch Pole Qualifying and Lee USA's regular NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series classes preceding the main event.