Sprint and Petty Enterprises announce that Kyle Petty is the driver of the No. 45 Sprint Chevrolet for the remainder of the 2000 NASCAR Busch Series season. "We've worked very closely with Sprint to reach the right decision," said Petty.
Sprint and Petty Enterprises announce that Kyle Petty is the driver of the No. 45 Sprint Chevrolet for the remainder of the 2000 NASCAR Busch Series season.
"We've worked very closely with Sprint to reach the right decision," said Petty. "I've said it from the very beginning that this is a relationship. It's been Petty and Sprint, and it will continue to be Petty and Sprint. I want to drive the car, and they want me to drive the car."
Sprint and Petty Enterprises reached a mutual agreement that will allow Petty to drive the car for the remainder of the season, except for a possible scheduling conflict at Pikes Peak on July 22. No plans were announced beyond 2000.
"This is something we've been working toward for the past few weeks, and we are delighted that Kyle will drive the Sprint car this season. He is already a part of our family, and we are pleased to be able to continue that relationship," said Brian Dunmore, Sprint's Director of Corporate Sponsorships. "We are working with Petty Enterprises to find the best course of action beyond this season."
Petty also continues in his role as driver of Petty Enterprises' No. 44 Hot Wheels Pontiac in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. This weekend, Petty will run in Saturday's Winston Cup race at Daytona International Speedway and Sunday at The Milwaukee Mile for the Busch Series race.
Scott Hansen, a nine-year veteran in the American Speed Association Series, will qualify the No. 45 Sprint car while Petty completes his driving duties in Daytona. Petty plans to be on the track in Milwaukee for Sunday's Sears DieHard 250.
"I'm honored that Kyle asked me to qualify the car for him," said Scott Hansen, who is fifth on the ASA all-time career victory list with 24 wins, 98 top-five and 130 top-ten finishes. "It is extremely important to me to qualify well for Kyle and for Sprint. I'm going to give it everything I've got."
The Sprint Racing team was running full-time in the NASCAR Busch Series this season until the tragic death of Adam Petty in a practice run at New Hampshire International Speedway on May 12. Since that time, the team has only participated in the race at Dover Downs International Speedway on June 3. Kyle Petty and the No. 45 Sprint Chevy finished 26th.