Adam Petty to make NASCAR touring series debut KAUKAUNA, Wis. (Aug. 7, 1998) On Tuesday, competitors in the RE/MAX Challenge Series, NASCAR Touring, will have two more well-known competitors challenging them at Wisconsin International...
Adam Petty to make NASCAR touring series debut
KAUKAUNA, Wis. (Aug. 7, 1998) On Tuesday, competitors in the RE/MAX Challenge Series, NASCAR Touring, will have two more well-known competitors challenging them at Wisconsin International Raceway in the Oneida Bingo and Casino 250.
Fourth generation driver Adam Petty, son of Kyle Petty, plans to make his first start in a NASCAR Touring Division event. Rich Bickle, a NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver who made his racing reputation in Wisconsin, will also make a guest appearance in the series.
The start will mark the first time a fourth-generation driver has ever started a NASCAR touring series race. Adam is following in the footsteps of Lee (his great-grandfather), Richard (his grandfather) and Kyle (his father). Lee and Richard have been named two of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers of all time.
"I competed in the NASCAR Winston Racing Series last year and really learned a lot," Adam Petty said. "This will be the first NASCAR Touring series race I've run, and I'm looking forward to racing with drivers like Steve Carlson and Eddie Hoffman. There are a lot of good drivers in the RE/MAX Challenge Series, and we'd really like to have a good showing and hopefully win. To put my name in the record books with the likes of Mark Martin, Rich Bickle and Dick Trickle, who also won this race, would be quite an accomplishment."
The fourth-generation Petty and the rest of the RE/MAX Challenge Series competitors have their work cut out from them. The Oneida Bingo and Casino 250 (formerly the famous Dixieland 250) is a challenging race made even more so by the appearance of Bickle.
Wisconsin native Bickle, who started his racing career in the upper Midwest before moving on to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and now NASCAR Winston Cup Series, won the race in 1989 and 1992. "I like going back home with great equipment, and we hope to give the RE/MAX Challenge Series competitors a tough battle," Bickle said. "Wisconsin International Raceway has always had great races, and out of the 130 tracks I've raced at perhaps two or three of the best races have been there. I'm excited about going back and hopefully winning again."
Drivers who successfully competed in the RE/MAX Challenge Series and moved on to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series include Bickle, Trickle, Martin, Rusty Wallace and Ted Musgrave, while drivers Tim Fedewa and Matt Kenseth have moved to the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division.
Source: NASCAR Online