BUSCH: New Jersey's Jesel Valvetrain to start team

New Jersey's Jesel Valvetrain to start BGN team By Thomas Chemris Lakewood, New Jersey During the last ten years, Jesel Innovative Valvetrain has quietly began to dominate the high performance engine parts market in the world of NASCAR. So...

New Jersey's Jesel Valvetrain to start BGN team

By Thomas Chemris

Lakewood, New Jersey

During the last ten years, Jesel Innovative Valvetrain has quietly began to dominate the high performance engine parts market in the world of NASCAR.

So much so, in fact, co-founders Dan and Wayne Jesel determined it would be in the best interest of the company to establish a North Carolina base.

Wayne moved to the Charlotte area to be close to the major race shops, and Dan stayed in New Jersey to continue to grow the company.

During 2000, the company was heavily involved in the development to the new Dodge engine program.

The brothers were determined to go beyond manufacturing, and were on line to start the final Dodge Cup team, with driver Chad Little and sponsor John Deer. However; the deal was put on hold, just when Chip Ganassi announced that his two teams would be running the new Dodge.

Remaining focused on becoming car owners; Wayne has been working with several teams developing motors for the Busch Grand National cars and The Craftsman trucks. Two of the teams they have worked with include Michael Walltrip and Buckshot Jones under the banner Gasoline Alley Engines.

Jesel and Gasoline Alley Engines recently sponsored the #00 Buckshot Jones Team in Milwaukee.

"It is a way for us to do more Research and Development for the Motor Program", notes Wayne Jesel.

The goal is to have a full time BGN team up and running for the 2001 season.

"We are closing in on the sponsors right now, we are working on buying Jimmy Spencer's Busch shop. We are trying to buy that building and all the equipment to set up and run a two car team."

Jesel would not commit on the drivers, and has not announced if the project would bring Dodge into the Busch Grand National Series.

NASCAR Director Of operations Kevin Triplett would welcome Dodge to the series. "A team could run a Dodge right now", noted Triplett.

Jesel's relationship with Dodge remains strong; but it is with understanding that they really want their Cup program in full swing before offering official support to the other series.

Either way, the Jesel organization will be fielding cars in the series, bringing with the New Jersey NASCAR connection closer to home.

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Series Automotive , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jimmy Spencer , Buckshot Jones , Chad Little , Chip Ganassi