BNS: Andy Santerre returns to Busch North series

Harrisburg, NC - Andy Santerre Motorsports, and Andy Santerre, in conjunction with Marsh Racing and owner, Ted Marsh, have announced plans to compete in four NASCAR Busch North Series events - three at New Hampshire International Speedway and...

Harrisburg, NC - Andy Santerre Motorsports, and Andy Santerre, in conjunction with Marsh Racing and owner, Ted Marsh, have announced plans to compete in four NASCAR Busch North Series events - three at New Hampshire International Speedway and one at Watkins Glen International Speedway - during the 2000 season. Team sponsors include, Wynn Oil Company, Whelen, Team ASE Certified Mechanics, and Team EJP. Associate sponsors include Lance Snacks and Team Rensi Motorsports.

Andy Santerre, current part-time driver of the #25 Lance Snacks Chevrolet owned by Team Rensi Motorsports on the NASCAR Busch Series, spent all winter building a 2000 Monte Carlo with the intent of obtaining sponsorship and racing a limited schedule with the Busch North Series.

"I started my NASCAR career in the Busch North," Santerre explained. "I want to continue racing there. I believe the talent in the North will help me hone my competitive edge and the additional four races will give me extra seat time as I work toward being more competitive in the Busch Series."

Santerre achieved a high level of success while racing full-time on the Busch North Series from 1993 until 1997. Santerre was named "Rookie of the Year" in 1993, "Most Popular Driver" in 1994, earned the Bud Pole Championship in 1996, and finished, a career-high, 2nd in the championship point standings in 1996. Santerre moved on to the Busch Series in 1998 where he earned the "Rookie of the Year" honors and has one win and one Bud Pole to date on his Busch Series resume.

- more - Santerre had discussions with Connecticut native, Ted Marsh in the latter part of 1999 about his plans for the Busch North Series.

"Ted and I talked at a Busch race late in the 1999 season." Santerre recalled. "He had just signed Steve Park to race a limited Busch schedule, but he and the team also wanted to stay involved with the Busch North Series. Since Steve's Winston Cup schedule didn't permit his racing, we talked about working together and things fell into place from there."

Marsh Racing, lead by veteran crew chief and owner, Ted Marsh, has fielded competitive entries in both the Busch Series and Busch North Series for the last few years and has worked with such driving talent as Steve Park and Ted Christopher. In 2000, Marsh Racing will prepare and field Santerre's own car for the four Busch North Series events.

Sponsorship for the endeavor includes two former Busch North sponsors of Andy Santerre - Wynn Oil Company and Team EJP. Wynn Oil Company was formerly an associate sponsor on the #44 in 1995 and 1996. EJP was an associate sponsor in 1995 and 1997, but stepped up to co-primary in 1996.

Whelen Engineering, current sponsor of Marsh Racing, will also be a sponsor on the #44 entry as will ASE Certified Mechanics, both are new sponsors to Andy Santerre Motorsports. Santerre's Busch Series sponsor, Lance Snacks, will also be on the car as will Team Rensi Motorsports.

"Andy is a class act. He is a fine young man and a talented racecar driver," stated Ron Weiner, president of ASE. "We are looking forward to being an associate sponsor on his Busch North car for the four races he will run."

Santerre is excited about his limited race schedule and for good reason, "The last few years that I raced the Busch North, I found myself battling Marsh Racing and their #13 Monte Carlo in a lot of the events. They beat me sometimes and other times I beat them. We both achieved a lot of success as separate entities. I am really excited about our joining forces and knowledge." Santerre ends, "I think we will be a great team!"

Santerre plans to enter three New Hampshire events in May, July and September. He also plans to enter the Watkins Glen event in August. He will race these four races in between his 10-race schedule with Team Rensi Motorsports and Lance Snacks on the Busch Series.

Santerre is one of the Busch North's stand out drivers with 97 starts, eight career wins, 13 career poles, 39 top five and 63 top ten finishes.

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