YORK, S.C. (Jan. 13, 2000) The No. 25 Lance Snacks Racing team hopes to be twice as good as the competition this season, announcing a tag team set-up in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division for the year 2000. First there's Kenny ...
YORK, S.C. (Jan. 13, 2000) The No. 25 Lance Snacks Racing team hopes to be twice as good as the competition this season, announcing a tag team set-up in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division for the year 2000. First there's Kenny Wallace, a NASCAR Winston Cup Series regular who has eight career NASCAR Busch Series victories to his credit. In 18 starts with Team Rensi Motorsports after joining the team early last season, Wallace compiled two top-5 and eight top-10 finishes, including a best of fourth in the Autolite 200 at Richmond International Raceway in September.
Wallace will be the team's primary driver and will compete in companion NASCAR Busch Series events with the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Then there's Andy Santerre, who signed with Team Rensi Motorsports late last year to drive a limited schedule in 2000. The former Raybestos Rookie of the Year, who earned his first career NASCAR Busch Series victory last July at Pikes Peak International Raceway, is scheduled to run at least 10 races in the No. 25 Lance Snacks Chevrolet.
Also joining the cause is veteran crew chief David Ifft. Ifft and Wallace have previously worked together on several occasions, including Wallace's Raybestos Rookie of the Year campaign in the NASCAR Busch Series in 1989. Wallace's last trip to victory lane in the NASCAR Busch Series was in 1996 at Richmond, but he fully expects to be back there with the Lance Snacks team this season. "I think our chances for that are very, very good," Wallace said. "In the races we did last year with this team, I think we did a very good job and could have won a couple of times. With David and me back together, and with Lance behind us, you can't help but feel good about our chances for winning."
Even though Santerre is running a limited schedule, he also believes he can get a taste of victory in the Lance Snacks Chevy. Santerre broke his leg in the season opener in 1999 at Daytona and missed four months of the season. He then drove his No. 47 Chevrolet to victory in only his third race back from the injury at Pikes Peak International Raceway.
"With this team, it's certainly possible," said Santerre, who will also drive in a limited number of NASCAR Busch North Series races this season. "The Rensis have given me a wonderful opportunity, and I think this team is one of the best around. I'm going to be returning to some of the race tracks that I've had a lot of success on in my first two years down here, so I think my chances are very good. I can't wait to get started."
Team owners Ed and Sam Rensi have brought an unbridled enthusiasm for racing to the NASCAR Busch Series table and have assembled a team with high aspirations for the 2000 season.
"They're taking it one step at a time, taking their time and getting their feet wet, learning the business," Ifft said of the Rensis. "They're getting with the right people, the right drivers and everything. I think they're definitely doing things the right way."
Lance, Inc., a salty snacks and cookie manufacturer that produces over 200 different snack items on a daily basis from bakeries in Charlotte, N.C., and Burlington, Iowa, is the proud sponsor of the No. 25 Chevrolet.
"Ed and Sam Rensi have diverse and extensive business backgrounds in marketing, sales and new business start up which is a natural fit for our variety of brands and market segments," said Henry Pully, Director of Consumer Marketing for Lance, Inc. "We're extremely excited about working with Kenny Wallace and Andy Santerre, too. These are the types of people we want representing our brands, products and company."
Wallace will be on hand during Friday's 2000 Busch Preview at the Charlotte Merchandise Mart to meet the fans and sign autographs. The No. 25 Lance Snacks Chevrolet will also be unveiled at the Busch Preview, which runs from 1-9 p.m.