Ricky Craven Signs with Midwest Transport for 2000

Craven Signs With MidWest Transit For Another Year HARRISBURG, N.C. -- Ricky Craven signed a one-year contract extension Thursday to drive the MidWest Transit Chevrolet in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series in 2000. "We see Ricky as a smart, ...

Craven Signs With MidWest Transit For Another Year

HARRISBURG, N.C. -- Ricky Craven signed a one-year contract extension Thursday to drive the MidWest Transit Chevrolet in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series in 2000.

"We see Ricky as a smart, talented driver who represents MidWest Transit with class -- both on and off the track," said Hal Hicks, president of the company. "We believe the talent and marketability he possesses will only enhance our ability to sign a primary sponsor in the very near future."

MidWest Transit is headquartered in Mt. Carmel, Ill., and operates a large fleet of trucks throughout the United States. The firm is co-owned by Hicks and Michael Witters. The team's race shop is located at 4909 Stough Rd., Harrisburg.

Craven, 33, of Newburgh, Maine, was NASCAR Winston Cup Series rookie of the year in 1995. His first race in the No. 50 MidWest Transit Chevrolet was the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 3, and the team has qualified for and shown steady improvement in the seven races it has entered since. The team plans to run the full schedule in 2000.

"I've fully enjoyed the races we've run and I'm excited about our future together," said Craven in a nationwide teleconference with members of the motorsports media. "Mike and Hal have been very good to me and the team.

"As short-term goals, we must address our immediate needs and build a stronger, faster team. As long-term goals, we need to establish ourselves early next season as a consistent team with a chance to win wherever we run."

The team obtains engines and cars from Hendrick Motorsports, which fields cars for defending Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon as well as Terry Labonte and Wally Dallenbach.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Wally Dallenbach Sr. , Jeff Gordon , Terry Labonte , Ricky Craven
Teams Hendrick Motorsports