Xpress Team to Pit Earnhardt CHARLOTTE, N.C. - (Sept. 30, 1998) - Xpress Motorsports, the team which fielded the No. 61 IWX Motor Freight NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Chevrolet, and Doug Taylor Motorsports, which fields the ...
Xpress Team to Pit Earnhardt
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - (Sept. 30, 1998) - Xpress Motorsports, the team which fielded the No. 61 IWX Motor Freight NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Chevrolet, and Doug Taylor Motorsports, which fields the Channellock Chevrolet on NASCAR's Busch Series, Grand National Division, have joined together for this weekends All Pro Auto Parts Bumper to Bumper 300 Grand National Race here at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kerry Earnhardt, son of seven-time Winston Cup Champion Dale Earnhardt, will drive the second Channellock entry.
The Xpress Motorsports team will be handling car preparations, maintenance, and pit stops for the third-generation driver. The effort will use Xpress Motorsports equipment throughout the week.
"We saw this as a great opportunity for us," said Xpress Motorsports team manager/crew chief Dave Fuge. "We are going Busch Series racing next season and this will give our guys a chance to get some experience with the cars. We have a great team here and I know they will do a great job for Doug, Kerry and everyone connected to this team.
Doug Taylor Motorsports will be fielding the Channellock No. 40 for Kevin Lepage as it usually does at Grand National events. Earnhardt's car will carry the traditional Channellock colors and the number 04. Earnhardt has two Grand National division starts this season (23rd-place finish at Myrtle Beach, 26th-place finish at South Boston).
Xpress Motorsports has announced that the 1999 season will have it fielding a Busch Series, Grand National Division team for Winston Cup driver Derrike Cope on a limited (15 - 20 races) basis. The team also has plans to run a limited Winston Cup schedule (driver and races to be determined).
The All-Pro Bumper-to-Bumper 300 will be the first time Xpress Motorsports has competed in anything other than NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competition. Although, most of the team members have Grand National or Winston Cup experience.