Phoenix, AZ (March 17, 2000) - One of the most improved teams in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) has added a full-time sponsor for the 2000 season. SealMaster Racing, which fields the No. 88 Chevrolet Silverado for driver Terry Cook,...
Phoenix, AZ (March 17, 2000) - One of the most improved teams in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) has added a full-time sponsor for the 2000 season. SealMaster Racing, which fields the No. 88 Chevrolet Silverado for driver Terry Cook, has created a marketing partnership with PickupTruck.com, team owner Duke Thorson announced earlier this week. The team's new colors will be unveiled in the Chevy Trucks 150 at the Phoenix International Raceway, Saturday, March 18, 2000.
"This is a great day for our race team," Thorson said."We welcome PickupTruck.com to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Every member of our race team is excited about this affiliation. We look forward to representing PickupTruck.com."
PickupTruck.com is the online community for the pickup truck enthusiast. The site, launched in February, 1995, was a college project by Mike Levine, then a student at the University of Arizona. A pickup truck enthusiast, Levine made use of the Internet to create a place where all pickup truck enthusiasts could gather. PickupTruck.Com (www.pickuptruck.com) is the premier online community for pickup truck enthusiasts.
PickupTruck.com provides everything "Pickup" to the online community, including information, news, dialog and products. The site includes information about all types of pickup trucks, coverage of major truck shows, discussion groups, and e-commerce capabilities.
"PickupTruck.com exists to reach all pickup truck owners and enthusiasts," Levine said. "Sponsoring this NASCAR race truck brings our entire community closer to this very exciting part of the pickup truck world. We're thrilled to be teaming up with one of the best, most dynamic drivers on the circuit."
By affiliating with SealMaster Racing, PickupTruck.com joins one of the top teams in the NCTS. After two races in the 2000 season, SMR and driver Cook are fourth in the NCTS point standings a single point out of third and only 47 markers off the lead. The team opened the season with an impressive fourth-place finish in the Craftsman 250 in Daytona Beach, Fla. February 18. That was followed by an eighth-place performance in the Florida Dodge Dealers 400 in Homestead, Fla. February 26th in a brand new truck that had never seen a race track prior to the Homestead event.
"We're off to a great start this season," Cook said. "With the support of PickupTruck.com, our team will have the ability to continue to compete inside the top 10 every race. I can't remember ever being this excited. It's no secret that at this level, in order to be competitive every week, you have to have strong backing from a sponsor."
The 32-year-old Cook and SealMaster Racing have one victory and two Bud Pole Awards in 72 NCTS starts. Cook finished 15th in the NCTS driver point standings in 1999. The team has competed in the NCTS since 1996.
The NCTS features a nationally televised 24-race schedule that concludes October 28 in Fontana, Calif. The next event is the Chevy Trucks 150 at the Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway, Saturday, March 18th, and is scheduled to take the green flag at 3:00PM EST. The event will be televised live by ESPN and broadcast by MRN.