Aaron Fike and ...
Aaron Fike and #43 Ollie's Bargain Outlet Curb-Agajanian Dodge Pumped Up For Dover
- 21-Year-Old Open Wheel Star Ready for Stacker 200 After Tough Weekend at Richmond-
CORNELIUS, NC (September 22, 2004) -- Open wheel ace and two-time National Midget Driver of the Year Aaron Fike is ready to tackle the Monster Mile at the Stacker 200 Presented by YJ Stinger. The Dover International Speedway race will be Aaron's seventh NASCAR Busch Series start in the #43 Ollie's Bargain Outlet Curb-Agajanian Dodge. At the last race in Richmond, Virginia, Fike finished 43rd after spinning on another car's fluids and subsequently getting hit.
"We had a tough time at Richmond," said Fike. "I felt terrible because the Ollie's Bargain Outlet team is one of the hardest-working teams in all of racing and we were one of the fastest cars at the Richmond test three weeks before the race. We tried to test again at Dover last week and got rained out, but we know this bad luck won't hold. We've got a great car and we're ready for the Monster Mile."
Crew chief Joe Shear echoes Fike's sentiments, "It was really too bad what happened at Richmond, because what happened wasn't Aaron's fault. He took Richmond hard, but we know that the #43 Dodge and our Ollie's Bargain Outlet team can put on a strong show at Dover."
Aaron Fike, A Rising Racing Star
21 year old Fike's racing resume reads like a veteran's. Like many of today's top NASCAR Nextel Series drivers, including Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne, Fike started his professional racing career in open wheel cars. He has 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 became the youngest driver ever to win in a Silver Crown Series race, breaking a record previously held by NASCAR Nextel Cup star Jeff Gordon. Aaron is also a two-time winner in the Indy Racing League's Infiniti Pro Series.
Aaron has recently entered competition in full-bodied stock cars, having driven in six 2004 NASCAR Busch Series races and two 2003 ARCA events. Fike knows that he's still got a steep learning curve in stock car racing. "Every time I test, practice and race in the Busch Series, I learn something new," he said. "But I'm definitely getting more comfortable with the car, which is a lot heavier than my open wheel racers."
Accomplished racing team owner Mike Curb is pleased to have Aaron in the Ollie's #43. "Aaron is a great match for the Ollie's Bargain Outlet team," said Mike. "He's hard working and willing to do what it takes to succeed. We know victory won't happen overnight, but this young man has won in everything he's driven, so I think we made the right choice."
Cary Agajanian, #43 co-owner, also sees a bright future for Aaron Fike. "Aaron has the potential of being a great stock car driver," he said. "With more wheel time he'll gain the control necessary to go to the front."
Agajanian knows about spotting future stars. Besides co-owning the team, he's the managing director of Motorsports Management International (MMI), a company representing many of NASCAR's most successful drivers and brightest stars, including Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray.
Ollie's Bargain Outlet -- The Perfect Team Partner
Ollie's Bargain Outlet, Inc. is the primary sponsor of the 2004 #43 Curb-Agajanian NASCAR Busch Series entry. Ollie's purchases overproduced, overstocked and discontinued goods from manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers and offers a compelling value to its customers by selling these products at prices typically 40% to 50% below suggested retail prices. Headquartered in Harrisburg, PA, Ollie's Bargain Outlet has enjoyed tremendous growth and now has 33 locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Dover, Delaware, with annual sales in excess of $105 million.
"Ollie's has a huge store in Dover, Delaware and we're looking forward to being seen in one of our major markets," said Mark Butler, Chief Executive Officer, Ollie's Bargain Outlet. "Partnering with the Curb-Agajanian #43 NASCAR Busch Series team is an ideal situation for Ollie's. Over the past several years, this race team has frequently outperformed its competitors while maintaining a significantly lower budget. Ollie's thrives on selling brand-name, top-quality products at deeply discounted prices, so being associated with a race team that over-delivers is a perfect match for our brand."
SCHEDULE FOR THE STACKER 200 PRESENTED BY YJ STINGER
Practice for the Stacker 200 presented by YJ Stinger begins at Dover International Speedway on Friday, September 24. Qualifying is set for 1:00 PM EST on Friday, televised LIVE on SPEED. The race telecast will start at 1:00 PM EST Saturday, September 25, and can be seen LIVE on TNT.