BUSCH: Chad Blount returns with Hirschfeld Motorsports

Blount Returns To Busch Series With New Team and New Telecom Sponsors Mooresville, North Carolina (May 26, 2004) - Chad Blount will make his return to the NASCAR Busch Series this weekend in a rather unique set of circumstances. He will...

Blount Returns To Busch Series With New Team and New Telecom Sponsors

Mooresville, North Carolina (May 26, 2004) - Chad Blount will make his return to the NASCAR Busch Series this weekend in a rather unique set of circumstances. He will pilot the #78 DODGE in the debut of the newly-formed Hirschfeld Motorsports entry. In a joint venture with Braun Racing, team owner Todd Hirschfeld looks forward to the team debut and the building of a long-term NASCAR program.

"I can't wait to get back behind the wheel this weekend," said Blount. "We had planned on running the ARCA race this week, but this great opportunity suddenly became available to me! It 's also exciting to have this new Busch ride is part of a partnership with my old team at Braun Racing. Todd Braun and I have had some great success in racing and I think we can produce some of the same with Hirschfeld Motorsports. I can't express my gratitude enough to all of the parties involved."

The team also welcomes aboard another important piece to this program - the sponsor support needed to compete at the NASCAR level. The #78 DODGE will be jointly sponsored by iDialDirect and IDT, two recognized telecommunications companies.

iDialDirect is one of the products offered by GlobalNet Corporation using internet-based Voice-Over-Internet-Protocol (VOIP), as well as traditional telecom technologies, to provide high-quality, low-cost retail and wholesale telecommunication services.

IDT is one of the nation's leading providers of wholesale and retail telecommunications services, including NET2Phone.

"This sport is highly driven by the sponsorship needed to compete," stated Hirschfeld, a former team liaison with Ray Evernham and Evernham Motorsports. "To come in as a new team and have the support of such respectable companies as iDialDirect and IDT is wonderful. We are taking this one race at a time and we want to show these companies how powerful a motorsports marketing program can be with our team. Ultimately, we want to make this into a multi-race program for both of these fine sponsors."

The #78 iDialDirect.com/IDT DODGE will be headed up by crew chief Todd Lohse, who earlier this season served the same capacity for David Stremme and his #32 TRIMSPA X32 DODGE. The learning curve between driver and crew chief should be short as Lohse and Blount actually worked together for a few races late last season when Chad drove the #66 Miller High Life DODGE.

Blount, a native of Walkerton, Indiana, will be making his 20th career start in the NASCAR Busch Series. He will also be making his 2nd Busch Series start at Lowe's and he has two other starts at the 1.5 mile track in the ARCA RE/MAX Series that netted a win and a 4th place finish.

Blount and his Hirschfeld Motorsports are entering the Lowe's Motor Speedway debuting their #78 iDialDirect.com/IDT DODGE in the running of the Carquest Auto Parts 300. The race will be televised live Saturday, May 29th at 12:30 p.m. eastern time on FOX and will broadcast nationally at that same time on radio stations affiliated with Motor Racing Network (MRN) and XM Satellite Radio Channel 144.

-Bbushu

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Chad Blount , Ray Evernham , David Stremme