BUSCH: Curtis Markham to sub for Jeff Purvis at Watkins Glen

NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division driver Jeff Purvis will call on former series regular Curtis Markham for a little help this weekend at Watkins Glen International. Markham, a road course veteran and Special Projects Manager for...

NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division driver Jeff Purvis will call on former series regular Curtis Markham for a little help this weekend at Watkins Glen International. Markham, a road course veteran and Special Projects Manager for Joe Gibbs Racing's NASCAR Busch Series operation, will pilot the No. 4 Porter Cable Pontiac in Sunday's Lysol 200. Purvis will return to the seat next week at The Milwaukee Mile.

With Purvis' limited road course experience, the team made the decision to summon Markham to pilot the car on the tricky 11-turn course.

"This is a big race for Porter-Cable and I believe Curtis can give the car a great run on Sunday," Purvis said. "I know I will be in the pits cheering him on."

Markham will be making his first start of the season and is looking forward to the opportunity.

"I am excited to have the chance to help Jeff and the team out this weekend," Markham said. "I'm a full-time team member with Joe Gibbs Racing and anything I can do to help the team and Porter-Cable out, I will gladly do."

Steve deSouza, vice president of NASCAR Busch Series operations for Joe Gibbs Racing, emphasized the fact Purvis will return to the seat next week.

"Jeff is clearly our driver, we remain behind him 100 percent," deSouza said. "We are going to focus more time in the next year at preparing Jeff to race on road courses. Next year when we come to Watkins Glen I believe we will be locked into a points race battle and we will have Jeff ready for battle on the road course."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Purvis
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing