USAR driver Pistone to run at Martinsville

Chase Pistone Plans Transition from Pro Cup to Truck Series 22-Year-Old Enters Martinsville With ...

Chase Pistone Plans Transition from Pro Cup to Truck Series
22-Year-Old Enters Martinsville With #07 Metrolina Expo Truck

CONCORD, NC (October 11, 2005) -- Chase Pistone is shifting gears in his racing career. The 22-year-old North Carolina racer is getting ready to make the step in his racing career from the USAR Pro Cup Series to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He will drive the #07 Metrolina Expo entry for Greenlight Racing in the October 22nd event at Martinsville Speedway (VA).

Pistone doesn't plan to stop there either.

"We're going to Martinsville with Bobby Dotter's #07 truck. From there, if we have a good showing, hopefully NASCAR will let us go to Phoenix and from there maybe they will let us go to Homestead too to close out the year," explained Pistone. "We're taking it race by race, but that's our plan for right now. Our goal is to have those three Truck races under our belt by the end of the year."

Pistone started out the year making a serious statement in Pro Cup racing. He qualified on the pole position for his first ever series start at USA International Speedway and led the Rookie of the Year standings through a major portion of the 2005 season. However, a late rash of engine failures put him behind. As a result, Pistone lost a chance at the RoY title and decided to re-evaluate his racing plans.

"Most of it was because of the motor problems. We started out really well, but we lost our crew chief. I pretty much was the crew chief for four or five races. Then we got another crew chief in there. It was a tough deal from the start. Hopefully now we can move forward and put all our effort behind the Truck program with this team."

From April through early June, Pistone had a streak of four straight top-10 Pro Cup finishes. However, in the last seven races that he competed in, he only finished in the top 10 on one occasion. In the meantime, Pistone turned a side gig of competing in a Legends car at Lowe's Motor Speedway into a championship during the Summer Shootout Series at the track.

Pistone still isn't sure what his status in Pro Cup is. He's not quite ready to throw in the towel yet, but he's not planning on anything definite to close out the season either.

"In Pro Cup, I don't think that we are going to run anymore races. We might go to Lakeland and Motor Mile. If we do the Pro Cup races, we may work something out and use the same cars or we might do it ourselves. We just don't know right now. Our main goal is definitely the Truck Series."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Dotter