BUSCH: Regionally Sponsored Cars on Home Turf at TMS

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (March 21, 2000) NASCAR Busch Series drivers Tony Roper, Todd Bodine, and Jimmie Johnson are set to drive on behalf of three Southwest-based companies in the April 1 Albertson's 300 presented by Pop Secret at Texas Motor ...

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (March 21, 2000) NASCAR Busch Series drivers Tony Roper, Todd Bodine, and Jimmie Johnson are set to drive on behalf of three Southwest-based companies in the April 1 Albertson's 300 presented by Pop Secret at Texas Motor Speedway.

Roper, 34, signed on as the driver of the #50 Dr Pepper Chevrolet Monte Carlo after previous driver, Mark Green, moved to another team. Roper begins his second full season in the Busch Series, after finishing fourth in the 1999 Rookie of the Year standings with three top-10 finishes, including a career- best eighth at South Boston last June.

"Working with the people at Dr Pepper has been very pleasant," said Roper. "I can already tell that they are going to be a great sponsor to drive for."

The Dr Pepper Bottling Company, located in Plano, Texas, has sponsored the #50 car for the past three seasons. Dr Pepper is the leading non-cola soft drink bottling company in North America.

Team ownership of the Dr Pepper car includes: former National Basketball Association star Julius Erving, former National Football League star Joe Washington, and businessmen Fields Jackson Jr., and Asa Murray.

Just five hours north of the Dr Pepper plant is the home of Bartlesville-based Phillips 66 Petroleum Company in Oklahoma. Bodine, 36, began driving the #66 Phillips Monte Carlo in 1999, when the team finished fourth in the Busch Series standings. During the 1999 season, Bodine had 10 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes. Throughout his Busch career, he has registered 10 wins with a second-place finish in points in 1997.

"2000 will be the year for me and the #66 car to win the Busch Series," said Bodine. "Right now we are third in the points standings, but first among Busch Series regulars."

The #66 car, owned by Jeff Welliver and Frank Cicci, has been a long-time Busch Series fixture.

While ALLTEL is Johnson's primary race sponsor, Irving, Texas-based

Nokia is the associate sponsor of his #92 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Although he ran three Busch Series races in 1998 and five in 1999, Johnson, 24, will still be eligible for Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors.

"This will be my first year driving at Texas Motor Speedway," said Johnson. "I look forward to driving in Texas, especially because my associate sponsor, Nokia, has their corporate headquarters here."

Nokia, which has its global headquarters in Finland, opened the doors to its corporate headquarters of the Americas in Texas in July 1992.

Nokia is the leading mobile phone supplier and a leading supplier of mobile, broadband, and IP networks of the world.

Owners of the #92 ALLTEL and Nokia car are Bill, Randy, and Stan Herzog.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Todd Bodine , Jimmie Johnson , Mark Green