No. 88 team changes name and management

Changes afoot for No. 88 truck team SANDUSKY, Ohio - It's been nearly five weeks since the last time the No. 88 Menards/Enzyme Magic Chevrolet Silverado was in competition, but there have been plenty of changes around the team which fields the...

Changes afoot for No. 88 truck team

SANDUSKY, Ohio - It's been nearly five weeks since the last time the No. 88 Menards/Enzyme Magic Chevrolet Silverado was in competition, but there have been plenty of changes around the team which fields the truck. The team name has been changed and there's a successful new member of the management team.

Owned by Duke and Rhonda Thorson, the team has operated as SealMaster Racing since it was founded in 1996. Effective immediately, that name is being replaced with ThorSport.

"We've felt for some time that we needed to create a new identity," Duke Thorson said. "The SealMaster name is something that we need to reserve for our pavement maintenance products company.

"The race team and the pavement company aren't the same. As long as they had the same name, we never could make it clear that they were separate. By creating ThorSport, we can make that distinction more clear."

When ThorSport returns to action this week, it will do so with a new face in management. Dave Fuge Jr. has joined the group as a consultant. Fuge Jr. comes to ThorSport after a successful stint with Xpress Motorsports, the team which won the 2002 NASCAR Truck Series championship.

"We're delighted to have Dave Fuge Jr. join ThorSport," Thorson said. "He's a winner, a guy we think can help us improve ourselves on the race track immediately."

Matt Crafton, currently 15th in the series point standings, continues as the driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet. Jerry Cook remains as the crew chief.

The NASCAR truck circuit returns to action with the Hardee's 200 in Concord, N.C. Friday, May 16. The race will be telecast live on SpeedChannel and broadcast on the radio affiliates of the Motor Racing Network.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Crafton