Mesa Marin: Craftsman Motorsports - Andy Petree spotlight

Andy Petree aims for victory lane as a driver in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Craftsman spokesman slated to run four races in 2003. BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Andy Petree has found victory lane as a NASCAR crew chief and as a NASCAR team owner.

Andy Petree aims for victory lane as a driver in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
Craftsman spokesman slated to run four races in 2003.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Andy Petree has found victory lane as a NASCAR crew chief and as a NASCAR team owner. Now, he wants to become a winning NASCAR driver.

This weekend at Bakersfield's Mesa Marin Raceway, Petree hopes to complete the trifecta by wheeling his No. 33 Monaco Coaches Chevrolet into the winner's circle and capturing his first victory as a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver.

The race marks Petree's first of the 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season. He currently has three other scheduled for the Andy Petree Racing (APR) team, including events at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway April 12 and October 18 and at Indianapolis Raceway Park August 4.

"Driving in the Craftsman Truck Series is really special to me because I have had such a great relationship with Craftsman through the years," Petree said. "In fact, when I formed APR in 1996, Craftsman was the very first sponsor that I signed. Craftsman has stuck with APR through thick and thin, and I am happy to represent America's No. 1 tool brand in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

In 2002, Petree made his debut in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at Martinsville. He qualified third before crashing out of the event. He finished 12th in his second outing at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Then for the team's third race, Petree turned the wheel over to Tony Stewart, who put the No. 33 truck in victory lane at Richmond International Raceway.

Stewart's victory was Petree's first win as an owner in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, but Petree is no stranger to victory lane. Petree has 25 Winston Cup victories to his credit as a crew chief, including back-to-back championships in 1993 and 1994 with the late Dale Earnhardt. Petree also has two victories as a Winston Cup owner.

"Do I think we can win again in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this season?" Petree said. "Yes. I wouldn't enter a race if I didn't think that I could win it.

"In fact, I would love nothing more than to drive that truck into victory lane myself. I have four chances on the schedule, and I think everyone out there knows that I want to win."

More races could be added during the season, but for now, APR is focused on the four short tracks currently on the schedule and going to victory lane once again.

Craftsman, the Official Tools of NASCAR, has sponsored the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series since it began in 1995. According to a 2001 EquiTrend survey, Craftsman is rated the No. 1 brand in the nation for overall quality. Sears sells more than 1,800 Craftsman hand tools, all made in America and guaranteed forever. Sears offers Craftsman tools, merchandise and related services nationwide through its Full-line stores, Sears Hardware stores, Sears Dealer stores and Orchard Supply Hardware stores, as well as through specialty catalogs and online at www.sears.com.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Tony Stewart , Andy Petree