Rezendes to Sub for Bliss at Bristol

Rezendes to sub for Bliss at Bristol MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 10, 1998) Jimmy Smith and Barry Dodson, owner and crew chief for Ultra Motorsports, respectively, have announced that Dave Rezendes will pilot the No. 2 Team ASE...

   Rezendes to sub for Bliss at Bristol
   
   MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 10, 1998)

Jimmy Smith and Barry Dodson, owner and crew chief for Ultra Motorsports, respectively, have announced that Dave Rezendes will pilot the No. 2 Team ASE Ford in the Loadhandler 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 20.

Mike Bliss, a regular competitor in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, suffers from a broken shoulder blade, resulting from an accident at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend. Bliss' doctors say his recovery period is four to six weeks. The series has this coming weekend off, as well as the weekend following Bristol.

"I just won't be ready in time to get back in the truck at Bristol," Bliss said. "With Bristol being really demanding on the driver, I knew we needed a replacement. I think Dave will do a great job for us, and keep this Team ASE Ford up front. But I'm hoping to be back in the driver's seat at Milwaukee."

Rezendes, who has posted two top-fives and four top-10s in his career at Bristol, looks forward to working with the Ultra Motorsports team.

"I hate it that Mike got hurt in Texas," Rezendes said. "Driving the No. 2 truck and driving for Barry Dodson is a great opportunity. I like Bristol and always wanted to win there. To get to work with Barry and all the guys on the No. 2, the chances are there for a win. It's just a real good deal. I'm going to do everything I can to get a flag for these guys. They are a great bunch of guys, good equipment, good owners, good sponsors. I'm really excited about this deal."

Dodson received many offers from drivers wanting the opportunity to race the No. 2 Ford at Bristol.

"I didn't make the decision alone," Dodson said. "Jimmy and Marlene Smith supported it, and I think even more so, the race team supported it. We know Dave has a lot of experience in the truck series with some victories to back that up. He does a very good job at Bristol and that's where we happen to be going.

"We feel like we needed to put a driver from the Craftsman Truck Series in our truck that has some respect. When you go against the likes of (Jack) Sprague, (Ron) Hornaday and those guys, Dave seemed like the guy to plug in right now. I think he'll do an excellent job."

Don't count on Bliss watching from the sidelines, however. The team has two entries set for Bristol -- the No. 1 Team ASE Ford with Bliss, and No. 2 Team ASE Ford with Rezendes. Depending on how Bliss feels, he may take some laps in the Loadhandler 200. Source: NASCAR Online

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