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Cope Heads to Chicago with Help from Coinstar Derrike Cope and the ...

Cope Heads to Chicago with Help from Coinstar

Derrike Cope and the #94 NuHouse Properties race team head to Chicago for this weekend's Hills Brothers 300 Busch race with a little help from Coinstar, the company who makes self-service coin counting machines located at the front entrances of leading supermarkets nationwide.

Joe Bush piloted the #94 Chevrolet last at the Milwaukee Mile two weeks ago, finishing 29th after running out of gas with just several laps to go. Now Cope will join the team in hopes of putting together a strong run at Chicagoland this weekend. "We finished setting up this car very early in the morning. We worked on it all night long to get ready to go to Chicago, and we feel like we have a good car for the weekend," said crew chief Brian Bass. "Derrike is great on the faster speedways. He drives the car really deep into the corner, and is not afraid to push it to the edge. We are running his shocks, which his company produces, and we have some help from CRD for our engines, so we will just have to see how it all shakes out."

"We are trying to run as many races as we can. Coinstar has come on board for Chicago, and we are hoping they will see the value in joining us in more races later on. Our crew chief is experienced, the car looks good and the crew works very hard to be successful. We are definitely running Gateway and Pikes Peak later on, but the rest will depend on financial backing," said team owner Fred Bickford.

Cope is positive about this weekend as well. "I am looking forward to Chicago. I have not been in a car in a while, so I am excited about getting back behind the wheel again. We have not been to the track yet, so we have to get there and spend the first day adapting to the new track. NASCAR has given us all an extra day of practice, which really helps our team out since we did not have the funds to test there," said Cope.

Cope is also focusing on putting his own car on the track in the Winston Cup series later this year in the #37 Quest Motor Racing Pontiac. "We are hoping to run several races later this year. We are actively seeking sponsorship for a Cup deal in the second half of the season. We continue to talk to companies, and we are looking at trying to do five to ten races in the second half at some of the companion events like Darlington and Bristol. Right now we have a couple of cars, and if we can get some financial backing that will really help us reach our goal of running Winston Cup later this year," remarked Cope.

Coverage of Saturday's Hills Brothers 300 begins at 3:30 on NBC, with MRN carrying the race on radio. For more information on Coinstar, please visit their website at www.coinstar.com.


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