Holly, Mich. (May 23, 2001) - Stan Boyd, driver of the Bar's Leaks/Splatt Chevrolet in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, is looking forward to his next NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event, the O'Reilly Auto Parts 400 at the Texas Motor ...
Holly, Mich. (May 23, 2001) - Stan Boyd, driver of the Bar's Leaks/Splatt Chevrolet in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, is looking forward to his next NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event, the O'Reilly Auto Parts 400 at the Texas Motor Speedway.
In past years, Boyd and his Engineered Victories, Inc. (EVI) racing team had concentrated on slower, shorter tracks on which he has been successful throughout his career. However, in 2001, Boyd and EVI have re-evaluated their program and chosen to take on some of the series' fastest venues.
"It doesn't get any faster than Texas Motor Speedway," Boyd said. "The Winston Cup Series reaches speeds over 190 mph at Texas, and even with the trucks, which are about as aerodynamic as a brick, we will hit 185 mph."
"We made the decision to race at places like Texas for several reasons," Boyd continued. "One, with the people at Bar's Leaks behind us, we needed to run the higher profile events. Texas will have one of the biggest audiences of the season, both in person and on television. We want to get the Bar's Leaks and Splatt names in front of every one of those people. Second, the race is sponsored by O'Reilly Auto Parts, and we want to use this racing program as a way to create cross promotions and to increase distribution of Bar's products. And third, as a race driver, I like to go fast!"
Boyd has proven himself a champion in all of his competitive efforts, going back to his high school wrestling days. He also showed his competitive spirit on the football field, which earned him a scholarship to Ferris State University. He has also won numerous races and championships on the speedways of the Midwest, including wins in the ICEMAN and Main Event Series. Boyd feels he has yet to show to NASCAR Truck Series competitors his full potential, but it is now only a matter of time.
"I have never accepted defeat in anything I have ever done," he said. "But breaking into this series has been harder than anything I have ever done. But at the same time, it isn't impossible. I am very hard headed and persistent, and I am not going to give up until we conquer this thing. With the continued support from Bar's Products, I have no doubt we can build this team into one of the most competitive and successful teams in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series."
Robert Mermuys, president of Bar's Products, agrees with Boyd's self assessment.
"We have been talking to Stan about this sponsorship program for a few years now," Mermuys said. "Well, until now, the timing just wasn't right. But Stan never gave up, and we noticed that. He never took no for an answer, and we see the same thing in him on the speedway. He is tenacious, and he wants to win. We are honored to be with Stan and EVI as they take on the NASCAR Truck Series in 2001, and we are looking at what we can do together in the future. We think NASCAR racing is a terrific way to increase awareness of our products and increase their distribution. We look forward to a long and successful relationship with Stan and NASCAR racing."
Boyd made his 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut in the Ram Tough 200 by Pepsi at Gateway International Raceway, across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. The Bar's Leaks/Splatt Chevy retired after 73 laps with engine failure. Boyd earned $7,890 for his efforts.
"We were not entirely happy with our performance at Gateway," he said. "We made the field comfortably, and we ran good up until the engine went sour. Of course, you are never totally satisfied unless you win, and even then sometimes you cannot be totally happy. But in racing, these things happen. Even the top teams in the series have had their problems this year, and they bounce back and run even better the next race. We can do it too, and we look forward to doing it at Texas."
The O'Reilly Auto Parts 400 is scheduled for June 8 and will be televised on ESPN2 and broadcast nationwide on MRN Radio. The green flag is scheduled to drop on the 36-truck field just after 8 p.m. EDT.
Bar's Products, a division of Fre-Bar, Inc., manufactures and distributes a full line of underhood chemical and car cleaning products, including its well-known Bar's Leaks® line that provides stop-leak solutions for hydraulic, power steering, engine oil, transmission, radiator and cooling systems. The company also produces Splatt®, a line of car cleaning products, and will introduce two new product lines later this year. For more information on Bar's Products, call (800) 521-7475 or visit the company online at www.barsproducts.com.