Markham to substitute for Trickle at Pikes Peak PIKES PEAK, Colo. (June 10, 1998) Curtis Markham will drive the No. 64 Schneider National Chevrolet this weekend in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division LYCOS.COM 250...
Markham to substitute for Trickle at Pikes Peak PIKES PEAK, Colo. (June 10, 1998)
Curtis Markham will drive the No. 64 Schneider National Chevrolet this weekend in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division LYCOS.COM 250 at Pikes Peak International Speedway, team-owner Dennis Shoemaker announced today. Dick Trickle, who is the regular driver, will be in the Heilig-Meyers Ford in the Miller Lite 400 at Michigan Speedway.
"Curtis has always done a superb job for this team when we have called on him in the past, and it is just a matter of time that you see him back in this series full time," Shoemaker said. "We're fourth in owners points, and we want to pick the best driver available when Dick is with Winston Cup. Curtis is definitely the best talent available this week. He can put this car in the top 10 here."
This will be the first time this year that Trickle will be forced to miss a NASCAR Busch Series race in the No. 64 Schneider National Chevrolet due to a conflict with the NASCAR Winston Cup schedule. Earlier this year at Nazareth, Markham practiced and qualified the Schneider National Chevrolet on May 16 while Trickle was in Charlotte for the Winston Open, but Trickle started the race in the rear of the field the next day.
Markham, who competed in the NASCAR Busch Series full-time in 1995 and 1996 for Hensley Racing's No. 63 LYSOL car, has 68 career starts with one Bud Pole (1995 at South Boston Speedway). The Virginia native finished 11th in the 1996 NASCAR Busch Series points standings, and his career-best finish is fifth, accomplished three times. This is not the first time Markham has raced for the Shoemaker Racing team. He finished 12th last year in New Hampshire while Trickle was at a NASCAR Winston Cup race.
"I am looking to get with a team that wants to run up front every week and win races," Markham said. "I'm not just satisfied with getting in the race. This is definitely a team sport, and the driver and the crew need to communicate in order to have success in this series. Dennis Shoemaker has a great team assembled, and his team always puts out top-notch cars that run up front on a weekly basis. This is a great opportunity to drive the No. 64 Schneider National Chevrolet and I can't wait to run on Sunday."
After racing on a limited basis in 1997 in the NASCAR Busch Series, Markham is currently working on race day as a spotter for driver Hermie Sadler. Markham has had several offers from teams to get back behind the wheel full time, but he is just waiting for the right opportunity to come along.
Since Pikes Peak is a new track on the NASCAR Busch Series schedule, NASCAR has an open practice scheduled for the cars on Thursday. This will be beneficial to Markham and the Schneider National race team since they do not work together on a daily basis.
"I'm real excited about going to a new track and since this is the first race at the speedway, it puts all the teams on a level playing field," Markham said. "The extra day of practice will give us the time to get the car set-up to my liking and get ready for the race."
Source: NASCAR Online