BUSCH: Chad Little to drive at Michigan

HICKORY, N.C. (August 15, 2000) - PPI Motorsports owner Cal Wells III announced that Chad Little will drive the team's Busch car - the No. 97 McDonald's Ford Taurus - in this weekend's (Aug. 19) NAPAonline.com 250 NASCAR Busch Series event at...

HICKORY, N.C. (August 15, 2000) - PPI Motorsports owner Cal Wells III announced that Chad Little will drive the team's Busch car - the No. 97 McDonald's Ford Taurus - in this weekend's (Aug. 19) NAPAonline.com 250 NASCAR Busch Series event at Michigan Speedway. Little's entry in the Busch race is an addition to his regular driving duties for Roush Racing in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

The No. 97 McDonald's Ford represents the third entry for PPI Motorsports this weekend at Michigan Speedway. PPI Motorsports will have a two-car Winston Cup effort for the weekend - the No. 32 Tide Ford driven by Scott Pruett, and the recently announced No. 96 Ronald McDonald House Charities Ford driven by Andy Houston.

Little, a former Busch series regular, is filling in for Pruett, who was originally scheduled to drive the McDonald's Busch car this weekend.

"Though the driving time would have been valuable for Scott, taking him out of the McDonald's Busch car for the weekend allows him to focus entirely on the Cup sessions with Andy," Wells said. "This is the best way to maximize the value of running two Cup cars at once.

"We are fortunate to have a quality athlete like Chad drive our McDonald's Busch car," Wells added. "He's an experienced driver, and we're excited to have this unique opportunity to work with him." Little, 37, of Spokane, Wash. competed in the Busch series full-time prior to his first full Winston Cup season in 1997. Little's Busch record includes six wins and 25 top fives. He finished second in the Busch series point standings in 1995, the same year he was named the series' most popular driver.

"I am looking forward to driving the McDonald's car for PPI Motorsports this weekend," said Little, a 1988 graduate from Spokane's Gonzaga School of Law. "This is a great opportunity for me and hopefully it will benefit McDonald's and the PPI Motorsports organization. It's going to be busy, but also exciting, to compete in both the Busch and Cup races this weekend."

This weekend's McDonald's Busch effort will be supported with personnel from PPI Motorsports and Stan Hover Motorsports, with Stan Hover serving as crew chief. Hover has fielded ARCA teams since 1996.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Andy Houston , Chad Little