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Yellow Transportation to honor its driving champions with special paint scheme. Who: Jimmy Spencer and the ...

Yellow Transportation to honor its driving champions with special paint scheme.

Who: Jimmy Spencer and the #1 Yellow Racing team. With three wins and two Bud Pole Awards in the 2001, Team Yellow became one of the premier teams in the NASCAR Busch Series.

What: Special paint scheme to honor the 15 Yellow drivers who qualified for the American Trucking Association's annual National Truck Driving Championship (Aug. 13-17) in Milwaukee, Wis. The 15 national qualifiers earned their ticket to Milwaukee by winning their respective state championships.

Where: Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.

When: Sat., Aug. 17, 2002.  The Cabela's 250 begins at 1 p.m (EDT) and .
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When it comes to Yellow drivers, Spencer is a fan

Veteran racer excited about special tribute to 15 champion drivers

Jimmy Spencer, a man known for his ability to drive, readily admits one facet of driving he could never do: steer an 18-wheeler on a cross-country trip.

"My shipment would probably never get there," he said with a laugh. I'm "much more suited for cars that go in circles."

For that reason, the driver of the #1 Yellow race car in the NASCAR Busch Series holds the 15 Yellow state championship-winning drivers in high regard. They are, after all, the best of the best, and they will showcase their talents at the American Trucking Association's annual National Truck Driving Championship on Aug. 13-17 in Milwaukee, Wis.

"Those guys, now they're drivers," said Spencer, who will be attending on Wednesday, the second day of competition. "I could never do what they do. I think I could drive the equipment, but I couldn't do it for a long period of time like they do. To know these guys won their respective state championships, there's a lot to be said for that."

Yellow agrees. So as a show of support, appreciation and pride, the #1 Yellow Chevrolet Spencer will drive in the Cabela's 250 at Michigan International Speedway (Aug. 17, 1 p.m. EDT on TNT) will feature the names of all 15 drivers -- Dave Murphy, Ivan Bloxham, Neil Nogues, J.R. Patton, Mike Watson, Pete Angrick, Adam Hyatt, Rick Herbert, Chet Radwan, Jim Wilcox, Jim March, Henry Bounds, Mark Hassemer, Charlie Brown and Don Welsted. The American Flag will serve as a backdrop for the esteemed list on the car's deck lid, with the words "Saluting Yellow Driving Champions" across the top.

"It's pretty special to be recognized like this," said Wilcox, who is working his 19th year at Yellow's Farmington, N.M., service center. "I'm really looking forward to meeting Jimmy, because really, I don't see a whole lot of difference between us. He gives everything he's got to excel in his line of work, and I give everything I've got to excel in mine. He does everything he can to get to the Winner's Circle, and I can assure you I'm doing everything I can to get to the Winner's Circle. You can't succeed in any of this without commitment."

Wilcox has plenty of that to go around. Aside from driving his normal routes, he practices daily against self-imposed challenges that involve maneuvering his twin-trailer equipment in and around barricades, much like the ones he'll see in Milwaukee. Radwan, a 19-year veteran out of the Chicago service center, carries the same approach, knowing experience alone won't be the deciding factor against the country's top drivers. He is a 13-time state champion and two-time national champion in his category, but he is still looking for his first National Grand Champion title.

"It's such a challenge to get there, and it's just so unpredictable," Radwan said. "It's the greatest thing I've ever been a part of. The first year I competed, I was in awe of competing against these champions. But I soon found out that we were competing against the course, not each other. You become friends with these great drivers from all over the country, and you realize that it's such a memorable time just having fun with everyone else. They always say you come as a champion and leave as a champion. That's really what it is."

Last year, Yellow driver Ray Simon of St. Cloud, Minn., won the National Grand Champion title for the third time, making him the only driver in NTDC history to accomplish such a feat. Yellow's 2002 qualifiers will be gunning for that same title by competing in one of eight classes: Straight Truck, 3-Axle, 4-Axle, 5-Axle, 5-Axle Sleeper Berth, Tank, Flatbed and Twin-Trailers. The ninth class, Auto Transporters, will not have a Yellow driver competing.

"I know how good Yellow drivers are," Spencer said. "I think there's a good chance the new champion will come from this group of 15, and I'm proud to have their names on my Yellow Racing car."


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