Brian Rose to Drive ...
Brian Rose to Drive #51 Chevrolet in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Memphis 200
Bowling Green, Ky. - Bowling Green, Kentucky's Brian Rose has signed with Ware Racing Enterprises to drive the #51 Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series' remaining 15 races in 2001, beginning with the Memphis 200 on June 23 at the Memphis Motorsports Park.
Joining the #51 team as primary sponsor for the remainder of the season is Sunclear Energy, Inc., a Nevada corporation with worldwide interests in the development and operation of oil and gas properties.
The Memphis 200 will be the first start for the 21-year-old Rose in the Craftsman Truck Series, which many call NASCAR's most competitive series. Rose was voted the fans' "Most Popular Driver" at the prestigious Nashville Speedway, USA following last year's season in NASCAR's Late Model Stock Car division.
"I'm excited about entering the Craftsman Truck Series, especially with a team as experienced and professional as Ware Racing," said Rose. "I've been working with the team since early this year and I've tested with them a number of times, so I know we'll come out at full speed."
Sunclear Energy, Inc. President and CEO Hugh Sackett is confident that the competitiveness of the Truck Series, the fan appeal and talent of Brian Rose, and the winning tradition of Ware Racing will combine to build name recognition for the company. "We've associated with a group that has a tremendous amount of potential," said Sackett. "Brian Rose has the ability to run up front and Ware Racing is the team to get him there. Joining this team is definitely the right move."
Rick Ware, owner of the Thomasville, NC-based Ware Racing Enterprises, is confident of Rose's chances for success. "Brian has what it takes to be a winner in this series," said Ware. "I first noticed him last winter when he was testing with another team in Las Vegas, and he wasn't driving like most rookies. He settles in, quickly finds his line, and gets after it like a veteran. After talking to him, I knew he was a perfect fit for our team."
"A top ten finish at Memphis wouldn't surprise me at all, even though it would be unusual for someone in their first truck race to finish that well," added Ware. "I really like the way he's driving, though, and he'll only keep getting better as the season goes on. With Sunclear Energy on board now, we have the pieces in place for those consistent top ten and top five finishes. And I expect to visit the winner's circle before the year's over."
Ware also knows that Rose has a large group of fans that follow his racing each week on his website (www.RacingRose.com) as well as at the track. "Brian was voted 'Most Popular Driver' by the fans at Nashville, and has over 18,000 members in his fan club," said Ware. "That's amazing for someone who hasn't been driving any longer than he has. He's great with the fans, makes a lot of public appearances, and spends a lot of time before and after races signing autographs. When you spend a little time with him, you can see why he's so popular with the fans."
This is only Rose's third year as a full-time driver, starting his career in the NASCAR Late Model Stock Car division at Nashville Speedway, USA, where he learned to race against some of the best drivers in the country. Nashville Speedway, USA has produced such well-know drivers as Darrell Waltrip, Sterling Marlin, Jeff Green, Michael Waltrip, Bobby Hamilton, and Casey Atwood, and is considered one of the best tracks for gaining the experience needed to compete in NASCAR's premier divisions.
The June 23 Memphis 200 will be broadcast live on ESPN. The race is scheduled to begin at noon Central Time.