BNS: Demonte Motorsports news 2005-05-17

Demonte Motorsports Announces New Sponsor, Rookie Of The Year Title Run in Busch North (Commack, N.Y.) - Demonte Motorsports, based on Long Island, is proud to announce the signing of Long Island Business Solutions as primary sponsor for the ...

Demonte Motorsports Announces New Sponsor, Rookie Of The Year Title Run in Busch North

(Commack, N.Y.) - Demonte Motorsports, based on Long Island, is proud to announce the signing of Long Island Business Solutions as primary sponsor for the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series team for three races during the 2005 campaign, in which the team, led by driver Anthony Demonte, will vie for the coveted Sunoco Rookie Of The Year award.

Jason Kreth, team manager and crew chief for the team, said that Long Island Business Solutions approached the team for a trial sponsorship, and he's confident that they'll like what they see when the No. 38 Chevrolet takes to the track in Saturday's season opener at Lee (N.H.) USA Speedway.

"We've put a lot of effort into our marketing and press materials, and it's paying off," Kreth said. "There's always the possibility of Long Island Business Solutions expanding their sponsorship with us, and we have other companies interested in joining our team as well."

Kreth said that the team hasn't just been hard at work on marketing itself, as it's brought on a number of new crew members and plans an aggressive testing schedule as it tackles the full fourteen-race Busch North Series schedule for the first time after making two attempts last year and five the year before. They're working in a 10,000 square-foot shop that will soon be capable of turning out entire cars.

"We have two Hess-chassis cars, but we've just built a new chassis jig so we'll be able to build new cars ourselves in-house," Kreth said. "We've also got a new transporter so we can carry a backup car and all the spares we need to the track, so that should help as well. We plan on doing everything the right way, spending the money necessary to be prepared, be competitive and represent our sponsors the right way."

In addition to the full Busch North schedule, the team is expected to run up to three NASCAR Busch Series races, including the series' return to Watkins Glen International.

Demonte, 36, is a New York City policeman with 15 years on the force. His background is in road racing, having started in SCCA in 1990. He also ran in the Speed GT World Challenge, posting top-five finishes. He switched to NASCAR in 1997 with a Late Model at Riverhead Raceway, and also ran a Pro Stock at Thompson International Speedway. At the end of the 2002 season, he bought two Busch North cars from standout driver Tracy Gordon. Gordon was then hired to drive for the team in 2003 to help them learn the tracks and cars and get them up to speed. Demonte made his series debut at Watkins Glen in August 2003, qualifying an impressive fifteenth. 2004 saw him race at Lime Rock Park, and he was ready to race at Wall Township Speedway when that race was rained out and cancelled.

After a long off-season, the team is looking forward to tackling the 2005 season. "I can't wait to see the tracks we've never seen before to start learning the cars, making mistakes and learning from them," Kreth said. "The one thing we need the most is track time. We've got good people, and everyone's putting in the effort required to make it at this level. We know there are some heavy hitters in this series, and some super drivers, but we want to compete against the best and we've got realistic expectations knowing that we are still a rookie team. But once we get past the learning curve, I think we're going to be pretty good."

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