BNS: ParksSchaefer Motorsports update

ParksSchaefer Motorsports seeks sponsorship for 2003 Busch North Series Season. ParksSchaefer Motorsports, which fields Chevrolets for fourth-year NASCAR Busch North Series driver Greg Schaefer, has announced that it is seeking sponsorship for...

ParksSchaefer Motorsports seeks sponsorship for 2003 Busch North Series Season.

ParksSchaefer Motorsports, which fields Chevrolets for fourth-year NASCAR Busch North Series driver Greg Schaefer, has announced that it is seeking sponsorship for the 2003 BNS season after learning that primary sponsor, Rite-Way Electric, will not return to the team in that capacity after the conclusion of the 2002 season.

"Rite-Way Electric, as of the end of the year, will no longer be the primary sponsor of the No. 99 car," said John Parks, co-owner of ParksSchaefer Motorsports and Vice President of Rite-Way Electric. "It may come back at some level, but it will not return to the primary sponsorship level. With the effects of the economy on the construction business, the company has to curtail the amount of dollars it can spend in this avenue."

Parks, who has been associated with Schaefer since 1998, said that the team will continue despite losing Rite-Way as primary sponsor.

"I'm still approaching the coming season with Greg as if we're going to be together and find a sponsor," he said. "If we don't, then maybe we have to look at running a limited schedule. We don't want to get out of racing. Greg's more than just the driver, we're personal friends, we've built up a strong relationship."

Part of the strong relationship they've had was building, together, a team that has improved steadily from Schaefer's rookie year in the series in 1999 to the current year, where Schaefer's enjoying his best season yet as a driver. Parks thinks that this should make for an attractive team for a sponsor to join.

Following two seasons of struggling on the track, the team came out strong in the 2001 season with Schaefer scoring his first top-five finish of his career at the Holland Speedway. In thirteen races last year, Schaefer recorded four more top-ten finishes. Returning to run a full schedule in 2002, Schaefer currently sits tenth in points with two top-five finishes - second at the Waterford Speedbowl, and third at the nationally-televised Little Trees 150 at Watkins Glen - six top-tens and no DNFs. Schaefer is a strong candidate for both the "Most Improved Driver" and the "Flowmaster Star of the Year" awards this year.

"I think we're a good contender now. We're tenth in points, and I think Greg's matured tremendously in the last year and a half as a driver," Parks said. "I think he has the respect of a lot of the drivers here. He fits into this series, and this team wants to be a part of the Busch North Series. We're looking for a little help. We want to keep the team together."

For more information on the team, visit its website at www.psmotorsports.com.

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