Madison, IL (July 17, 2001) - WP Motorsports, Inc. and Mike Swaim, Jr. will compete in the first of five (5) Busch Grand National Series races for the year, starting this weekend. Their first race is Saturday July 21, 2001 at Gateway International...
Madison, IL (July 17, 2001) - WP Motorsports, Inc. and Mike Swaim, Jr. will compete in the first of five (5) Busch Grand National Series races for the year, starting this weekend. Their first race is Saturday July 21, 2001 at Gateway International Raceway. The race will be televised live on TNT at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.
Mike will also compete in the Busch Series races at Michigan International Speedway on August 18th, Kansas Speedway on September 29th, Lowes Motor Speedway on October 6th and Homestead Speedway on November 10th.
"I'd like to thank WP Motorsports for this opportunity. This year we've gained a lot of experience as a team in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Driving in the Busch Series is an opportunity that all drivers dream of. It's definitely a big step in my career," states Swaim, Jr.
One of the biggest assets WP Motorsports has coming into this race is crew chief Keith Strunk. Keith has Busch Series experience, previously working with the #37 Brewco Motorsports team.
The team knows they are about to encounter territory very different from their normal surroundings. In anticipation, one thing the crew has been doing is diligently working on their pit stops. Other challenges they will face will be adapting to the Goodyear tires (the ARCA RE/MAX Series uses Hoosier tires) and the intense competition in the series.
WP Motorsports and Swaim, Jr. will still field the red and white Chevrolet Monte Carlo sponsored by Dynatek Telecommunications, but his car number will be #12, rather than the normal #22.
"Driving in the ARCA RE/MAX Series has been very exciting as a new team in the racing industry. As an owner I couldn't be prouder of the staff and crew involved with our race team," stated Steve Palac, President of WP Motorsports and Dynatek Telecommunications.
"Moving up to the Busch Series is an opportunity we feel, as a team, we're capable of competing in. Mike has the ability to drive in the Busch Series and like Mike stated our crew chief has been in the Busch Series before joining WP Motorsports, so he has the experience that we need to have our team ready for the race."
WP Motorsports looks forward to competing in more NASCAR Busch Series races next year. Depending on the success of WP Motorsports finding a dedicated sponsor will determine what lays ahead for them in 2002.
In a limited ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule, WP Motorsports and Swaim have compiled 4 top 5 finishes and 5 top 10 finishes. Mike is currently in 13th position in points in the ARCA RE/MAX Series.
WP Motorsports and Mike is also scheduled to compete in the ARCA RE/MAX Series races at Pocono Raceway on July 28th, Talladega Speedway on October 20th and Atlanta Motor Speedway on November 17th.
The 25-year-old, second generation driver Mike Swaim, Jr. was the 1997 Goody's Dash Series champion in only his third year in the series. He has raced in the ARCA RE/MAX Series on a limited basis since 1997, with a win coming at Atlanta in November 1998. His Busch Series debut and only series start to date came at Rockingham in 1999, substituting for the injured Andy Santerre.