Andy Petree withdraws No. 33 for Las Vegas race

Citing a potential sponsorship situation, Andy Petree Racing will not field the No. 33 car in this weekend's NASCAR Winston Cup stock car racing event at Las Vegas, Nev., after all. "A couple of things came up early this week that we weren't ...

Citing a potential sponsorship situation, Andy Petree Racing will not field the No. 33 car in this weekend's NASCAR Winston Cup stock car racing event at Las Vegas, Nev., after all.

"A couple of things came up early this week that we weren't anticipating on the sponsorship side and because of new needs we have with the crew and team, we just figure we'll do better working in the shop this week," Petree said.

"There are things we need to do now to put us in a better situation for the future. Running Las Vegas this weekend is the thing to do if we look at it short term; taking this time to prepare for the future is the thing to do if we look at it long-term."

Petree said a sponsor for the No. 33 has not been signed and the team is still seeking sponsorship but that recent events led him to believe it best to prepare for future races instead of competing in this one.

"We're still looking, but we're seeing some movement we haven't seen before," Petree said. "Nothing is tougher on a racer than having a race and not being there. But this is just the smart thing to do."

The No. 55 Schneider Electric Chevrolet with driver Bobby Hamilton will, of course, compete in this weekend's 400-mile event.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Andy Petree