VERNON HILLS, Ill., February 26, 2002 - After posting a strong qualifying time for last weekend's Subway 400, Kurt Busch and the No. 97 team suffered a bit of bad luck immediately following Saturday's final practice when a part failure was ...
VERNON HILLS, Ill., February 26, 2002 - After posting a strong qualifying time for last weekend's Subway 400, Kurt Busch and the No. 97 team suffered a bit of bad luck immediately following Saturday's final practice when a part failure was discovered in the engine. Due to the newly instituted "one-engine rule" by NASCAR, the team was forced to abandon its seventh-place starting position and begin at the back of the field. Despite this setback, the team's crew chief, Jimmy Fennig, was confident that they had a car capable enough to post a strong finish and be a top competitor in the race. Busch managed to gain a total of 31 track positions throughout the course of the race and cross the finish line in 12th position, helping earn Fennig this week's "IRWIN Rough to Finish Award."
"The team did an outstanding job this past weekend, especially given the circumstances we were faced with," Fennig said. "I knew that we had a great car. We just had to be patient and work our way through the field. This award is a credit to our whole team, not just one individual."
Each week throughout the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup season, IRWIN, makers of professional power tool accessories like MARATHON PLUS saw blades and SPEEDBOR flat bits, is partnering with Performance Racing Network to honor the crew chief who had the toughest day in the pits, but still managed to help his team to a strong finish.
"IRWIN is proud to honor the hard-working crew chiefs of NASCAR Winston Cup Racing with this award," said Chris Connington, Vice President, Marketing, IRWIN. "Much like our line of bits and blades optimize a power tool's performance, these professionals have had to perform in all types of conditions, with many surprises and under intense pressure. Through the course of the race the selected crew has been able to optimize their car's performance."
The IRWIN Rough to the Finish Award includes an assortment of tools for the crew chief and a $250 check donated to the Connie Parsons Memorial Fund in the racing team's name. The year-end winner of the crew chief points standings will win a $5,000 check donated to the Fund.
In addition to the crew chief award, IRWIN is also sponsoring the weekly nationally syndicated radio show, "Fast Talk with Benny Parsons", throughout the upcoming year.
"Working with Benny Parsons and the PRN family is a natural fit for the IRWIN bits and blades line," said Connington. "The NASCAR fan-base is a hands-on group of people that are driven to do it themselves, if they can. IRWIN bits and blades are engineered to last long and provide precise cuts that will help professionals and DIYers do their best work."