Ed Berrier Must Make Races in Rookie Chase

LAS VEGAS (Mar. 2, 2000) One of the most important things a NASCAR Winston Cup Series rookie-of-the-year candidate must do is make the first four races of the season to accumulate owners points, one factor in deciding provisional starting...

LAS VEGAS (Mar. 2, 2000) One of the most important things a NASCAR Winston Cup Series rookie-of-the-year candidate must do is make the first four races of the season to accumulate owners points, one factor in deciding provisional starting positions. Hills Bros Coffee Racing driver Ed Berrier is one of four rookies to make the first two races of the season.

Berrier is fourth in the rookie-of-the-year standings behind Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth and Stacy Compton, the other three drivers to make the first two races of the season.

The team's success is generating quite a bit of excitement at Donlavey Racing's shop in Richmond, Va., and Berrier himself is exhibiting tempered excitement.

"The key for the Hills Bros Racing right now is to show patience and keep making races," Berrier said.

Of course, the attention of the Hills Bros Coffee Racing Team is focused on Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where Berrier will participate in first-round qualifying on Thursday at 7 p.m. for Sunday's Carsdirect.com 400.

Berrier has never competed in a Winston Cup car at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but he did finish 10th in the 1998 Sam's Town Las Vegas 300 after starting 41st.

Team owner Junie Donlavey has experienced similar success at the West Coast track as Dick Trickle finished 16th in Donlavey's car in the 1998 NASCAR Winston Cup Series event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Donlavey, who is in his 51st year in NASCAR, said he has not seen his garage this excited for quite a few years. "Between our new sponsor in Hills Bros Coffee and Ed's success in the first two races, we have some momentum to build on. We've proved we can make races, and now we have to prove we can compete every race."

With 51 years of tricks up his sleeve, you can be sure Donlavey's team will remain competitive for years to come.

-nascar.com-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Dick Trickle , Stacy Compton , Ed Berrier