Xpress Motorsports Announces Limited Schedule for No. 19 Team MOORESVILLE, NC -- Xpress Motorsports team owner Dave Fuge announced today that the No. 19 Silverado driven by Regan Smith will run a limited schedule the remainder of the 2005...
Xpress Motorsports Announces Limited Schedule for No. 19 Team
MOORESVILLE, NC -- Xpress Motorsports team owner Dave Fuge announced today that the No. 19 Silverado driven by Regan Smith will run a limited schedule the remainder of the 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season. The decision to reduce the number of events is due to unfulfilled sponsorship commitments.
"This is a tough decision to make," said Fuge. "Regan has proved himself as a driver and is certainly deserving of an opportunity to compete at the level of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. We were able to bring exceptional crew people on board and felt like we were going to be serious contenders for the Rookie of the Year title with Regan.
"Unfortunately, sponsorship commitments promised by the original owner of the team did not materialize as promised. This late in the year, it is very difficult to find companies who have uncommitted budget to put together a program for the remainder of this season. We are by no means going to give up our efforts to put together a full-time program but for the time being, we will go on a race-by-race basis."
The team will not make an attempt to qualify for the upcoming Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway.
"As I said, this is a difficult position to be in," concluded Fuge. "The hardest thing is the people. Fortunately because we had gotten such good people on board, they have all been able to find other jobs so their lives and families didn't suffer as a result of our decision.
"We are hoping to find a good company to partner with for the remaining 2005 races and beyond. It makes good business sense in today' racing environment to have a two-truck team. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is getting more competitive by the race. The advantages of two trucks are countless in winning races and championships. We are confident we will find the right marketing partner to move back to a full-time two-truck program.
Xpress Motorsports also fields the No. 16 Chevy Trucks Silverado driven by three-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion, Jack Sprague.