BUSCH: Beating around the Busch, chapter 14

Beating Around the Busch: Chapter Fourteen, Nashville Superspeedway By: Thomas Chemris Kudos to Paul Menard, who debuted in the series for Andy Petree Racing. Staring forty-third, and running his way up to the twelfth position. "Starting from...

Beating Around the Busch: Chapter Fourteen, Nashville Superspeedway
By: Thomas Chemris

Kudos to Paul Menard, who debuted in the series for Andy Petree Racing. Staring forty-third, and running his way up to the twelfth position.

"Starting from the back we all knew that we needed to get through as much traffic as we could in the early going. I didn't think we would get as many as we did that early, but the car was really good. said Menard. Menard who has competed in ARCA, as well as several of the NASCAR touring series joins APR for an 18 race developmental program.

Mike Wallace and Todd Bodine pulled double duty for the weekend between Nashville and Pocono. According to the NASCAR rules, Bodine was to be regulated to the rear of the field as Mike McLaughlin was on hand to practice the Nashville car when Bodine was in Pennsylvania, however series director Brian DeHart made an exception due to the cancellation of final practice due to inclimate whether.

Bodine, who's Herzog/Jackson team has been leading in the series points while struggling with sponsorship announced Monster.com will adorn the car for three events.

"We welcome Monster's sponsorship and look forward to working with them in this new marketing partnership," said team co-owner Randy Herzog.

Geoff Smith, President of Roush Racing responding to rumors that Stanton Barrett is on the outs in the number 60 OdoBan Ford flatly denied the rumors. "Roush Racing has not contemplated nor is it considering the replacement of Stanton Barrett as driver of the No. 60 OdoBan Taurus. The sponsor OdoBan is not considering nor has it requested a change of driver in the program. We are pleased with the outstanding progress Stanton has made in his first full season in the NASCAR Busch Series." Said Smith.

Series veteran Jason Keller tops the seven million dollar mark in career NBS earnings. Finishing fourteenth at Nashville, Jason Keller earned $23,400. Enough to put him over the milestone mark, and make him the top earner in the series history.

"Being the first person to reach $7 million says a lot about the people and the teams that I have aligned myself with," Keller said. "You could be the best driver in the world, but unless you are with a great team you are not going to be successful. When I think back to my first NASCAR Busch Series race, it's hard to believe that I am now the top money winner."

Craftsman truck series driver Robert Presley announced that he will return to the Busch series in 2004 driving a second car for owners Tad Geschickter and Steve Plattenberger of ST Motorsports, who currently field the No 59 Johnsonville Kingsford Chevrolet with driver Stacy Compton. Presley drove for the owners in 1997 and 1998. During his stint with various teams in the series Presley has 10 wins and six poles in 205 career starts in the NASCAR Busch Series, with a career high of third in the 1991 championship point standings.

The team plans to announce sponsorship at the July event in Daytona.

Winn Dixie Supermarkets have announced that it will become the title sponsor of the July Busch race at the Daytona International Speedway. "We are pleased and excited that Winn-Dixie and PepsiCo have teamed together as sponsors of one of the most exciting nighttime NASCAR Busch Series races of the season," said Speedway President Robin Braig. "Winn-Dixie joins Daytona International Speedway's team of strong corporate sponsors and we look forward to working with them and PepsiCo on future growth opportunities."

Driver-turned-sports analyst, Wally Dallenbach, will be returning to driver's seat as he is slated to run a car fielded by Reiser enterprises next week at Kentucky Speedway. Speculation is that Dallenbach is on the verge of inking a deal similar to that of last year where the driver/broadcaster reported from in the field for four events during the last half of the season.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Wally Dallenbach Sr. , Todd Bodine , Jason Keller , Mike Wallace , Mike McLaughlin , Andy Petree , Stanton Barrett , Paul Menard