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Bobby Dotter Looks to Bring Phoenix Success to ...

Bobby Dotter Looks to Bring Phoenix Success to #94 Team

Craftsman Truck Series competitor Bobby Dotter will join the #94 team this weekend for the Outback Steakhouse 200 at Phoenix in hopes of bringing his past success at the track to the crew. Dotter has competed in two races at Phoenix International Raceway in the Winston West Series, finishing 2nd in the 2000 event to Kevin Richards.

"Phoenix is a great track for me. I really like running the flat one-mile tracks. I have raced several times there, and had pretty good success every time. We finished second there in a Winston West race in 2000. We were bumper to bumper with the leader, but we could not get around him at the end," said Dotter. Dotter went on to win 4 races last year in the Winston West Series, finishing second in the season point's standings to champion Brendan Gaughan.

Dotter has 204 career starts in the NASCAR Busch Series. He made two starts in the series in 2000 at Nashville and Milwaukee. He holds one career win in the series, a victory at New River Valley Speedway, and four poles. This year he has competed full-time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, where he currently stands 15th in points. "I'm running the full Truck Series this year, so Phoenix is the only race that I can do in the Busch Series for the remainder of this year. I am very interested in the Busch Series, but the Truck Series is where I am at right now and I really enjoy running there," said Dotter.

Dotter and #94 crew will look for a strong finish this weekend as they head to Phoenix International Raceway. The track is known for being a difficult one to set a car up for. "The track is tough because it has two different ends. You can never be perfect in both ends, so one end you just have to live with, and just work on being really good through the other end to make up for it," remarked Dotter. "I think we have a shot at the top-20 for sure. If we can get the car set up well, we could have a good day there."

"I am looking forward to working with Bobby. I believe we have a good starting point setup wise and hopefully can fine tune during practice. Bobby has quite a bit of experience at Phoenix and will have a bunch of laps this weekend before he even gets into the Busch car. I know the trucks handle a little different but the lap time is always valuable. I'm excited!" said Fred Bickford, owner of the #94 team.

The team is searching for sponsorship to support its 2002 Busch Series efforts.


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Drivers Bobby Dotter , Kevin Richards