Raudman, Yerf-Dog Venture into Busch Series Bakersfield, California (February 27, 2002) - Craig Raudman, the 2001 Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring champion, and Yerf-dog, his championship sponsor, announce that they will join...
Raudman, Yerf-Dog Venture into Busch Series
Bakersfield, California (February 27, 2002) - Craig Raudman, the 2001 Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring champion, and Yerf-dog, his championship sponsor, announce that they will join Robinson Racing for this Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the Sam's Town 300.
Raudman will pilot Robinson Racing's #49 Ford Taurus in Saturday's race, marking his first entry in one of NASCAR's national divisions.
Yerf-dog will provide primary sponsorship for the event, sharing space on the car with Robinson Racing associate sponsors Rent-A-Wreck and Blair.com.
"I am grateful and excited about the opportunity that Jay Robinson has given me," said Raudman. "It is awesome to have the opportunity to move up to one of NASCAR's top divisions, and I am happy to have my championship sponsor, Yerf-dog, with me. This is my first Busch race, and I'm looking to make a good showing. It's reassuring to know that I'll be surrounded by some long-time friends."
In addition to the Yerf-dog management who will attend Saturday's race, Raudman will be working with Robinson Racing crew chief Ron Drake, an old friend from Redding, Calif. where he grew up.
"It was amazing to learn that I'll have a chance to work with Ron," Raudman commented. "We grew up together, and we both kicked off our racing careers in Redding. I'm looking forward to catching up with an old friend."
Raudman won his 2001 Southwest Series championship under the Yerf-dog banner, culminating a successful nine-year association with former team owner, Dave Reed. Raudman won four races in his championship season, and dominated the competition in laps led, Bud Pole Awards won, and in the Gatorade Front Runner Award.