Moore to get back on track at Daytona Shawn A. Akers SPARTANBURG, S.C. (May 19, 1998) Starting with the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 4, Bud Moore Engineering will field a Ford Taurus for five NASCAR Winston Cup Series ...
Moore to get back on track at Daytona Shawn A. Akers
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (May 19, 1998) Starting with the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 4, Bud Moore Engineering will field a Ford Taurus for five NASCAR Winston Cup Series races over the rest of the 1998 season, team representative Greg Moore said on Tuesday.
Moore would not say who the driver or the sponsor will be for the No. 15 Ford, only that a "major announcement" will be made at a press conference at Charlotte Motor Speedway regarding those two areas on Sunday at approximately 3 p.m. EDT.
"We've got a deal worked out, and we're all pretty excited about it," Moore said. "We're going to do a limited schedule to try and get prepared for the 1999 season. We're not sure who the driver is going to be at this point. It could be Tim (Steele) or it could be another young driver, but we'll have to wait and see on that."
Steele, the three-time ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series champion, has been sidelined since a hard crash at Atlanta Motor Speedway last fall while practicing for the season-ending NAPA 500. He suffered a concussion and other injuries and, due to the lingering effects of the crash, which included dizziness, doctors advised Steele not to drive.
On Tuesday, however, Moore said that Steele has almost fully recovered and is showing no physical effects from the injuries anymore.
"Right now he's fine, and I'm sure he'd be out there right now if he could be," Moore said. "He's got no complaints whatsoever. He's just about there, and we hope that he'll be ready to go by the time Daytona rolls around. If not, we've got a backup plan until we feel he is ready.
"We felt like we've done the right thing by keeping him out of the car for this long. We didn't want to do anything at all to jeopardize what we think is going to be a bright Winston Cup career. We wanted to make sure everything was right before he returned."
Bud Moore, the legendary car owner, has not fielded a car in a race since the end of the 1996 season. The team attempted to qualify a car for last year's Pepsi 400 at Daytona, but failed to make the race.
Greg Moore said the team hopes to be able to test during an open test session at Daytona on June 8, 9 and 10. If they don't test at Daytona, he said they'll definitely test at Talladega Superspeedway in preparation for the Pepsi 400.
Greg Moore said the team has six new Tauruses it has built during its absence from the race track. One of them, he said, is painted and ready to be displayed for the announcement Sunday at Charlotte.
"We're ready to roll, and we can't wait for Daytona to get here," Greg said. "It's been an awful long wait, but it's going to be well worth it we think."
Source: NASCAR Online