BNS: Mike Gallo teams up with Jim Burgess

Mike Gallo Teams Up With Jim Burgess To Form New NASCAR Busch North Team Sanford, Maine's Mike Gallo is forming a new team to race on the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series in the 2004 season. The new team, called JBR racing, is...

Mike Gallo Teams Up With Jim Burgess To Form New NASCAR Busch North Team

Sanford, Maine's Mike Gallo is forming a new team to race on the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series in the 2004 season. The new team, called JBR racing, is owned by Jim Burgess and will race Ford Tauruses bearing the number 88 out of Gallo's shop.

Gallo has parted with his previous team, Elaine and Fred Skaff's Woodworks Racing operation. Skaff will resume the driving duties in that car.

"We're leaving on awesome terms, and I can't thank them enough for the four years I drove for them," Gallo said. "They're great people, and I'm going to miss running for Fred, Elaine, and Robin. But it's going to be great having our own race team right in my own backyard."

The new team is already taking shape in the form of two cars, including the car that sat on the pole for the New Hampshire 125 at New Hampshire International Speedway this past September. Surrounding those cars is a stock of new parts ready to go. Two new engines from Cosworth are on their way as well.

Heading up the crew will be Todd Graffam, who brings years of experience to the new team. He will be joined by three-time NASCAR Busch Series champion-winning crew chief Steve Bird, and a full complement of crew members already hard at work preparing for the team's first appearance. Dan Benoint follows Gallo from the Woodworks team to JBR Racing. He has been associated with Gallo since 1990, when Gallo started racing in the Hobby Stock division at Lee USA Speedway.

The team is gearing up to run a limited schedule of the Busch North Series' superspeedway dates, as well as additional races to be determined.

"We'll be ready for New Hampshire International Speedway and Dover," Gallo said. "We'll be testing for both of those tracks in the spring and I just know we're going to be fast at both tracks. Hopefully we'll pick up right where we left off last year, contending for poles and wins.

"We know we have a fast car that won the pole at Loudon, and the second car should be just as good," he continued. "We're going to have great horsepower, too, so I feel confident that, even with a brand new team, we'll be able to run with the best in Busch North at their fastest tracks."

Gallo summed up his optimism with what is taking shape at JBR Racing.

"I can't wait to go racing. We've got enough good parts now that we can run for years. The two cars are excellent pieces, and we're going to put big horsepower engines in them. We've got brand new brakes ready to go in them, new Ford nine-inch rear ends, four or five sets of headers, and we've got Steve Bird. Show up at a track with that guy and you know you're going to be fast. I'm confident that this new team is going to run well."

-ajc-

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