Indy IRP: Scotty Sands to make debut

Scotty Sands Looks To IRP For 2004 NCTS Debut Clermont, Indiana - - As the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series officially starts their second half of the 2004 season, NCTS rookie Scotty Sands prepares to make his season debut at the ever tricky, yet...

Scotty Sands Looks To IRP For 2004 NCTS Debut

Clermont, Indiana - - As the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series officially starts their second half of the 2004 season, NCTS rookie Scotty Sands prepares to make his season debut at the ever tricky, yet popular Indianapolis Raceway Park. Just a few miles, from the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IRP has been known to showcase some of the best racing on the tour, Friday night should be no different.

Sands, a former late model competitor hopes to make his second start at IRP this weekend. Rewinding back to 1999, he qualified a disappointing 34th but managed to gain seat time in his series debut, crossing the line 27th completing 184 of the scheduled 201 markers.

This time around, SBS Motorsports will unload with a new number, new sponsor, with hopes for impressive results.

Carrying the coveted No. 97, the rookie team has netted primary sponsorship from Eiklor Flames. Eiklor Flames is the home of the number one gas logs in the country.

In addition, the team has picked up associate sponsorship from Fred's Allsafe Fireplaces, and Roadway Trucking.

"I'm very excited about this weekend," said the driver Scotty Sands. "We have a great group of sponsors, and we want to do everything in our power to assure they get the publicity they want and deserve. We would not be here this weekend if it wasn't for them, and we won't ever forget it."

SBS Motorsports is owned by Scott Eiklor, led by crew chief Jimmy Eldin, and overseen by general manager Bobby Sands, a former racecar driver and father of current driver Scotty Sands.

Before moving to NASCAR, the Henryville Indiana native hailed from the ARCA RE/MAX Series. In 43 starts, Sands scored two top-ten finishes, while also turning half of those starts into top-twenty finishes.

However, this second generation driver knows the "bar is raised" in NASCAR, and he feels, he more prepared that ever, and it's time for his team to shine. "The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series continues to be one of the most competitive sports of auto racing, thus we have to arrive at the track on top of our game with minimal mistakes and make the field on time since we don't have any provisonals. There is no reason I don't think my team can do that," he added.

Following IRP, the Indiana based team looks to compete at Memphis Motorsports Parkway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, and Martinsville Speedway. "At this point, we feel our program is competitive on the short tracks, we haven't locked our schedule down 100%, but these are races we want to make our presence known."

IRP, 0.686 mile oval is known to host a huge number of pre-race entries, this year is no different. "I didn't realize there were so many entries, but we're up to the challenge, and I think we can prove everyone that even though we may be a bit under funded, we have what it takes," Sands explained.

The Power Stoke Diesel 200 is the 14th of 25 events on the 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck series schedule. Practice and qualifying are on the agenda this Friday, August 6th with the 200-lap/137.2 mile race set to take the green flag that night. Speed channel will air the event live beginning at 7:00PM EST, with MRN handling the airwaves starting at 7:00 PM EST. The race will also be available via XM radio channel 144 starting at 7:00pm EST

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