BUSCH: Darlington II: Aaron Fike preview


#43 Aaron Fike Ready To Take on "The Lady In Black" in the BI-LO 200

- First Time For Ollie's Bargain Outlet Team and 21-Year-Old Open Wheel/Busch Series In Darlington -

CORNELIUS, NC (November 10, 2004) -- After a string of bad luck in the last few Busch Series events, Aaron Fike and the #43 Ollie's Bargain Outlet Curb-Agajanian Dodge team have regrouped and are ready to take on the famous "Lady In Black" in the BI-LO 200 at Darlington, SC this weekend. This is Aaron's twelfth Busch Series start and his first Busch race on the 1.366-mile egg shaped oval.

"Darlington is a tough track, but it reminds me of some of the tracks I've run in USAC Midgets and Silver Crown, especially the old IRP," said Aaron, who is a two-time USAC Midget champion. "I look forward to getting out there this weekend and using some of my open-wheel skills as well as some stock car experience I've gained this season to qualify and race the #43 up front."

Cary Agajanian, co-owner of the #43, believes in Aaron's talent and promise for the future. Cary has extensive experience in this arena, as he is managing director of Motorsports Management International (MMI), a company representing many of NASCAR's most successful drivers and brightest stars, including Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray. "This has been a learning season for Aaron and he's done very well for his first season of serious stock car competition, running some very fast times in practice sessions at Kansas, Charlotte and Phoenix," he said. "I know that as he gains experience in the Busch Series for the remainder of this season and next season, he'll soon be quite a competitor."

Aaron Fike -- An Open Wheel Star Transitioning to the Busch Series

A two-time National Midget Driver of the Year, Aaron's racing resume reads like a veteran's. Like NASCAR Nextel Cup stars Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne, Fike started his professional racing career in open wheel cars. He met with considerable success, winning more than 20 feature races in United States Auto Club (USAC) Midgets, Sprint Cars, and the premier Silver Crown Series. In 2001, Aaron broke Jeff Gordon's record and became the youngest driver ever to win in a Silver Crown Series race. Aaron is gaining much-needed experienced in full-bodied stock car competition, driven in eleven 2004 NASCAR Busch Series races and two 2003 ARCA events. His best finish was a 17th place in September's Busch Series race at Dover International Speedway.


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Drivers Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Jamie McMurray , Kasey Kahne , Aaron Fike