Rookie and Veteran Line-up Come Together to Compete at New Hampshire Motor Speedway MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 23, 2010) - Spraker Racing once again will field two Chevrolets in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPS East) New England 125 at...
Rookie and Veteran Line-up Come Together to Compete at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 23, 2010) - Spraker Racing once again will field two Chevrolets in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPS East) New England 125 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). Rookie Andrew Smith will pilot the No. 37 Spraker Racing Enterprises - Smith Associates Chevrolet, and NASCAR veteran Steve Park will once again compete with Spraker Racing in the No. 8 National Parts Peddler Chevrolet.
Coming off a hard-fought 26th-place finish at Martinsville Speedway, Smith will make his fifth NKNPS East start of the season in the New England 125. The Pooler, Ga., native will turn his first laps on a one-mile racetrack during his debut at the New England track. He also looks forward to having a veteran teammate to lean on for advice on tackling "The Magic Mile."
"My approach going into the mile-track is the same as the shorter tracks," explained Smith. "We've been really good on the bigger tracks as far as legends and late models, so I am excited about it. I think it will be a lot of fun."
"It was a lot of fun having Steve as a teammate in Martinsville," continued the 22-year-old. "He knows a lot. He's been there and done that. He is a cool guy and fun to hang out with. We had a lot of fun."
The East Northport, N.Y., native, Steve Park, will return to what he considers his home track this weekend. Since his first start in 1990 in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Park has made 45 starts in NASCAR-sanctioned events at NHMS, accumulating 5 wins, 16 top-five and 24 top-10 finishes, 3 poles and 433 laps led. In 2009, Park competed in both NKNPS East races at the Loudon, N.H., racetrack, finishing in the top-10 in both.
"New Hampshire is like my home track," the 43-year-old first time dad reflected. "Growing up in the Northeast and racing modifieds, I got the opportunity to race in the early 90s. It gave us guys in the Northeast an opportunity to showcase talent on a big track in front of some of the 'Cup guys that we inspired to be. I truly believe that without the opportunities to race at New Hampshire, I wouldn't have had the career that I have had."
Park will return to the Spraker Racing team with a new sponsor this weekend. The National Parts Peddler (NPP) will decorate the hood of Parks' Chevrolet, supporting the popular New England driver. The NPP is a national trade publication that focuses on race cars, parts and services. The 75-page monthly newspaper highlights areas for race car news, advertisers and classifieds. The NPP also puts on a yearly trade show in Syracuse, N.Y., where manufacturers and other motorsports companies can exhibit to the public. The 31st annual NPP trade show will be held November 19-21, 2010 at the Syracuse N.Y. State Fair Grounds.
NPP has been very active in motorsports over the years, sponsoring drivers, races and even series awards. NPP Owner Corky Stockham talks about his involvement this weekend, "I always love to support Jeff Spraker's motorsports efforts; we've been friends for 30 years or so." He continued, "Big time exposure is always good for anybody - whether you have been around one day or 40 years. It is always good to be visible. You get noticed when you are with the cream of the crop. In the Northeast, Steve Park is pretty popular."
David Ifft will return as Smith's crew chief. Ifft brings 40 plus years of experience as a crew chief in NASCAR, including 27 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins. Also bringing years of crew chief experience is Tim Weiss, as he will serve as crew chief for Park. Adding up the experience of both crew chiefs and owner Jeff Spraker, the team will have over 100 collective years of experience calling the shots at NHMS.
On-track activity begins today with practice at 11:30 am and qualifying at 3:15 pm EST. The New England 125 will start at 5 pm EST on Friday, June 25.
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