Local Supporter, Joins Local Team With Eric Jones For Kansas Attack De Soto, Kansas - - Team Chick Motorsports and their new driver Eric Jones will make their 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut this weekend at Kansas Speedway. The...
Local Supporter, Joins Local Team With Eric Jones For Kansas Attack
De Soto, Kansas - - Team Chick Motorsports and their new driver Eric Jones will make their 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut this weekend at Kansas Speedway. The team would like nothing more than to kick off their season by scoring a top-ten finish at their hometown track. Although they know this will be difficult, it is not out of reach.
Wednesday, Team Chick solidified an agreement for primary sponsorship in the O'Reilly 250 at Kansas Speedway with SKC Electric (SKCE). SKCE is a full service electrical contractor that is based in Lenexa, KS, only a few miles from the Team Chick shop. This is an excellent illustration of how a value-driven company with exceptional employees can showcase their brand and gain opportunities to perform the same quality services for NASCAR fans and new customers who are brand loyal to NASCAR sponsors that they perform for their long time customers.
Team Chick has several associate sponsors including Standard Improvement Company, who does home remodeling in the Kansas City area, The Color Connection, who remodels hotels and motels nationwide, JRC, CPA, a CPA firm that is owned by Steve, Jr.'s wife, and Norma Dell Smith Duplexes, a real estate rental business in Kansas City. The team also receives support from Taylor Cable (based in Grandview, MO), KAR Products, Sherwin Williams Automotive Finishes, and Dayco Belts and Hoses.
The team will arrive at the 1.5 mile-oval having elected to switch manufacturers during the off-season and will be proudly displaying the Chevrolet "Bowtie" on their 2004 Silverados. "Chevrolet has made an obvious commitment to the development of the Silverado and to the technical support of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams. We are thrilled to be associated with them and are appreciative of the assistance we are able to get from them," Steve Chick, Jr., Team Owner and Crew Chief, explains. Team Chick will also be changing numbers, they had run the No. 11 for the past two seasons, but will replace it permanently with the No. 74 for future competition.
Several things have remained the same, though. The team is determined, driven, and continues to feel fortunate to have the power of Tri-Star Motors in their Chevrolets. "Tri-Star has been a part of this team since before we started and part of our decision to switch to Chevrolets was driven by the success they have enjoyed the last two years. Mark (Smith), Dennis, and the rest of the guys in the engine shop are some of the best people you will find in racing. We know that reliability and good power are two things we don't need to concern ourselves with. They always strive to deliver topnotch, championship quality engines to every one of their customers." Steve Chick, Sr., Team Owner and Shop Foreman shares confidently.
For the Granger, Iowa driver Kansas Speedway is a track that he'll never forget. Last season, behind the wheel of the No. 03 Chevrolet Silverado, Jones qualified a career best seventh while hustling to an impressive sixth place finish, also a career marker. The former ARCA RE/MAX Series driver would like nothing more to accelerate past that finish and reward his new team with a top-five finish.
"I'm really looking forward to this weekend," stated Jones. "Last year was incredible, but I'm ready to consistently run up front now. I feel all the pieces of the puzzle are in place at Team Chick, and I'm confident that we can unload and be competitive, hopefully have a solid top ten run in the No. 74 SKCE Silverado," continued the former winner of the CART/Skip Barber scholarship.
The owner of Team Chick Motorsports, Steve Chick, Jr. also has high hopes entering the tenth race of the 2004 NCTS season. "We're ready to go. I think this could be a big weekend for us, the truck is ready, the crew is pumped and we know Eric can get the job done. With a little luck, this could be a great weekend for Team Chick and our sponsor SKC Electric," he said.
The De Soto, Kansas based team heads into the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 with the support of well-known Kansas City company, SKC Electric, for this one event. "At this point we're rolling into Kansas with a powerful partnership. We're continuing to work around the clock to sign a sponsor for the balance of the 2004 Season," continued Chick, Jr. "Eric and I are aggressively pursuing our leads together. The pieces are in place, we have a great team, and we just need a little sponsorship to really light this thing off!" He also stated, "We strongly encourage any potential advertisers or sponsors to give us a call. We have a number of different innovative strategies that can significantly effect the bottom line with a very reasonable investment."
The team is actively seeking sponsorship for the remainder of the 2004 NCTS season, while looking ahead to 2005. Sponsorship inquires are encouraged to contact Steve, Jr. at Scjr@teamchickmotorsports.com or 913-583-1262.
Rolling into Kansas, Jones has 22 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts, Five NASCAR Busch Series starts, and has achieved $195,420 in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series career earnings.
The O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 is the tenth of 25 events on the 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule. Practice and qualifying are on the agenda this Friday, July 2nd with the race set to take the green flag. Saturday, July 3rd. The Speed Channel will air the event live beginning at 3:00 EST, with MRN handling the airwaves starting at 2:30 PM EST. The race (167 laps/250 miles) will also be available via XM radio channel 144 starting at 2:00 PM
For more information on Team Chick Motorsports, and their new driver please visit the newly redesigned website at www.teamchickmotorsports.com/ .