Car owner Petree to run truck at IRP

Winston Cup team owner Andy Petree for the second time this season will pilot a Chevrolet truck in the Power Stoke two fifty at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Petree who has been a team owner in Winston Cup since 1996 fields the NO. Twenty-six ...

Winston Cup team owner Andy Petree for the second time this season will pilot a Chevrolet truck in the Power Stoke two fifty at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Petree who has been a team owner in Winston Cup since 1996 fields the NO. Twenty-six Discover cars driven by Todd Bodine.

"First of all, I like driving race cars. I like everything about this sport, and driving is a part I really like," Petree said. "Secondly, we can take some of what we see from the Truck and from testing a car at IRP and translate some of that to our regular Winston Cup cars. Not everything will translate over, of course, but some things will."

"Anything you can learn makes you better. And if you are having a little bit of fun along the way, it's just that much better," Petree said.

Petree ran in the spring race at Martinsville Va., starting third. The team ran well prior to an on track incident that regulated him to the garage finishing thirty first.

The team tested at IRP last week prior to announcing the entry. "Whether or not we ran wasn't dependent upon (Tuesday's) test but I wanted to have tested before we formally announced we were running the race," said Petree. "We took a Winston Cup car up there and learned some things, got me some time behind the wheel, and I think we're going to have a good run in the race next week. Darrell Waltrip tested some with us, and that has to help."

Although not fielding a full time effort, Petree also took the opportunity to announce that the organization will field a Truck for Tony Stewart for the upcoming September race in Richmond.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Todd Bodine , Andy Petree