BUSCH: Markle to drive at Dover II

Rich Markle will take on a new position this weekend as the ...

Rich Markle will take on a new position this weekend as the #94 team joins the Busch Series at Dover. Team owner Fred Bickford will place Markle into the driver's seat for this Saturday's MBNA.com 200 at Dover Downs International Speedway on a trial basis, moving him from his current role as crew chief. Markle has driven in a variety of series, most recently in the ARCA RE/MAX Series where he has a best finish of 8th and three top-15's in six series starts in 2001.

"This is a trial period for us as car owner and driver. I was impressed with Rick as a crew chief and his ability to communicate with the entire team. He seemed to fit right in as a leader in our team and I am confident that will carry over into his role as a driver," said team owner Fred Bickford. "We are looking forward to a competitive run at Dover."

Markle is focused on helping the team take a step forward this weekend. "Our main concern is in logging track time and being consistent all weekend. The main goal is to accomplish some consistency this weekend to set a tone for the rest of the year, and to get this team to jell and move in the right direction," said Markle.

Markle's father, Del, will assist as interim crew chief of the team at Dover. Del Markle has owned teams from road racing circuits all the way to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Irv Hoerr, a road-racing standout, piloted Del's Winston Cup car in the 90's. Now Del owns his son Rick's ARCA RE/MAX team that is racing a limited schedule in 2001.

The #94 Chevrolet will also carry a "Proud to be an American" logo and flag on the hood of the car in Saturday's race in honor of the victims of last week's tragedy, and to show the team's pride in our great nation. Daryl Stone, owner of Classic Sign and Design in Charlotte is providing the decal to the team. The green flag drops on the MBNA.com 200 Saturday at 1:00 p.m.


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