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Clean Line Motorsports heads for the heartland Two-race Craftsman Truck Series swing includes Kansas, Kentucky events BAKERSFIELD, California (July 1, 2003) - A week after racing at the closest track to their race shop, Brandon Whitt and his...

Clean Line Motorsports heads for the heartland
Two-race Craftsman Truck Series swing includes Kansas, Kentucky events

BAKERSFIELD, California (July 1, 2003) - A week after racing at the closest track to their race shop, Brandon Whitt and his Clean Line Motorsports teammates are making the trek across the country to compete in two races hundreds of miles from home.

As the nation prepares to celebrate another Fourth of July holiday, the race team will be getting ready for its second-ever NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway. At 250 miles, the event will be the longest of Brandon's young career and will be his first in the Craftsman Truck Series on a 1.5 mile high-speed oval. The No. 38 Chevrolet Silverado will proudly bear the logos of McMillin Homes, Moen Faucets, Berryman Products, and Simpson GS3 for both Midwest events.

Team owner Dan Whitt admits that the California-based team will be tested in the next two weeks, thanks to the new environment of the Craftsman Truck Series. "We will be dealing with new officials, new procedures, and a whole different set of circumstances to what we are used to," he explains. "It's a different level in the Truck Series, but with the direction and experience of [crew chief] Jerry Pitts we feel we're up to the task.

"We've been preparing for the past two months so that we will be ready for these two races. We've been working on our pit stops and getting ourselves ready. Everyone will give their best effort and I have complete confidence in my driver and my team."

The two-race swing is part of an ongoing acclimation process for Brandon, giving him the opportunity to become more familiar with the heavier trucks and bigger and faster racetracks. They will also test his endurance in hot weather over longer race distances. Put all that together with the extremely competitive drivers that populate the Craftsman Truck Series and the result is an intensely challenging experience - one that young Brandon relishes.

"This is something that a lot of people have worked hard to get to," Brandon says. "Ever since I ran the Winston West at Fontana I've been looking forward to getting back on a speedway, and I had a blast when I ran the Truck at Mesa Marin. The opportunity to do not one but two of these races in a row is so unbelievable. I'm excited to be a part of it."

The O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 will get underway at 1:00PM Central Time and will be broadcast live on SPEED Channel. Check your local listings for broadcast times and re-air dates.

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Series NASCAR Truck
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