WWS: Whitt debuts at Fontana

Winston West debut highlights Whitt double-duty weekend. Brandon Whitt, Clean Line Motorsports to tackle two races on same day at Fontana and Stockton. BAKERSFIELD, California (April 21, 2003) - It's a good thing that the Easter holiday is a ...

Winston West debut highlights Whitt double-duty weekend.
Brandon Whitt, Clean Line Motorsports to tackle two races on same day at Fontana and Stockton.

BAKERSFIELD, California (April 21, 2003) - It's a good thing that the Easter holiday is a traditional off-weekend for NASCAR competitors, because Brandon Whitt needed the break to gear up for one of the most demanding, yet exciting weekends of his racing career.

The young third-generation racer and his Clean Line Motorsports team are preparing to do something they have never done before - compete in two NASCAR-sanctioned events at two different tracks in two different cities on the same day.

The big day will be Saturday, April 26th, when Brandon will make his NASCAR Winston West debut in the No. 28 Clean Line Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo at the Pontiac Wide Track Grand Prix 200 in Fontana, Calif. His California Speedway start will be Brandon's first on a superspeedway and his first taste of the Winston West car formula, which is virtually identical to NASCAR's Busch Series specifications. The good news for Brandon and the team is that they will be guided at the track by Jerry Pitts, the crew chief that won both the 2002 Winston West championship and last year's Winston West event at the track.

"We all feel a lot more comfortable going to Fontana with Jerry," says Clean Line team owner Dan Whitt. "Jerry has a good handle on the track and understands the aero package. He can give Brandon a stable and balanced setup that will let Brandon get the most out of the new car."

"I'm very excited to race in the Winston West Series," says Brandon. "It's a new car and my first time at a big track like Fontana, but with Jerry helping me and calling the shots I feel very positive about how things will go. It will be a great experience for me."

Following the action at Fontana, Brandon and the team will wing their way north to Stockton 99 Speedway in Stockton, Calif., where they will resume their chase for the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series championship in the Budweiser 125 presented by Havoline. Brandon's last appearance at Stockton 99 Speedway came in an SRL Wild West Late Model Shootout event in March, where the young driver finished third. Since SRL shares the same Late Model formula with the NASCAR Southwest Series, Brandon feels that his SRL track time will help him at the rough-and-tumble bullring when he takes the green flag Saturday night in the No. 28 Moen Faucets/Victory Circle/Simpson Race Products Pontiac Grand Prix.

"Stockton is always a challenge," Brandon continues. "I really enjoy racing there, but track position is very important. It will be a long day, but we'll do the best we can and have a great time doing it."

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