BUSCH: Sparta: Larry Gunselman/DF2 Motorsports preview

Gunselman and Waterloo join DF2 Motorsports for Kentucky. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series regular Larry Gunselman will pilot the ...

Gunselman and Waterloo join DF2 Motorsports for Kentucky.

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series regular Larry Gunselman will pilot the #94 Fred Bickford/Danny Bost-owned DF2 Motorsports Chevy with sponsorship from Waterloo Tool Storage in this Saturday's Kroger 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Gunselman will be attempting to start his third Busch Series race of the 2002 season after making two starts with the #84 Brian Weber and Associates team earlier in the year. He finished 16th in his first career Busch Series start in April of this year at Talladega.

Gunselman has competed in three Craftsman Truck Series races this year with the #63 MB Motorsports team. He joined the team at the start of the 2001 season, where he competed in 19 races and scored a season-best finish of 16th at Kansas Speedway.

"I think the world of Mike (Mittler, MB Racing owner) and the entire team. Mike decided he wanted to try something different for the upcoming Memphis race, so he is trying out another driver in his truck. There are no hard feelings between the two of us at all, we are just both taking a step back and trying something new," said Gunselman. "I am bringing Waterloo with me this weekend, and I am weighing all my options. I have been talking to some Busch Series teams about some more races this season with Waterloo and myself and I am interested in talking to more teams. That does not mean that I will not run more races with MB Racing. This is just a one-time deal this weekend to see how things go and how well everyone works together."

Prior to his foray into the Craftsman Truck Series, Gunselman competed in the Winston West Series. He completed two full seasons in 1996 and 1997, finishing 3rd and 4th respectively in the points chase. That led him to be one of only three Winston West drivers to be invited to compete in the NASCAR Suzuka Thunder Special 100 races in Suzuka, Japan, competing against 25 of the best drivers from NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch, Craftsman Truck and Winston West Series.

Gunselman finished 22nd in last year's Craftsman Truck Series race at Kentucky. Now, he is focused on a good run at Kentucky.

"I am looking at this weekend's race as an opportunity with a new team and a new experience. I want to build on my future in the Busch Series and with Waterloo," said Gunselman. "My job is to represent Waterloo and get them the most exposure for the money and support they are providing. We may go this way and stay in Busch since the exposure and television deal are better than in the Truck Series. If all goes well, we may end up doing more races with Fred and Danny. We will have to wait and see what happens. I am just really excited about this weekend."

Bickford looks forward to this weekend as well. "I think we have a good shot at a decent run this weekend. Larry is a good driver and we have been putting together some good equipment. Luck has not been on our side very much lately, but hopefully that will change for us this weekend. Maybe Larry and Waterloo will be the shot in the arm we really need."

Gunselman and the #94 Waterloo/DF2 Motorsports team join forces for the Kroger 300 Presented by Oreo at Kentucky Speedway this Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. EDT. The event will be broadcast live on FX and MRN Radio.


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Drivers Larry Gunselman , Brian Weber