Victory Circle Chassis to sponsor NASCAR Elite Division Rookie-of-the-Year Awards. Drivers will compete for $20,000 in posted awards DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 4, 2003) -- Victory Circle, a chassis design and fabrication company located in ...
Victory Circle Chassis to sponsor NASCAR Elite Division Rookie-of-the-Year Awards.
Drivers will compete for $20,000 in posted awards
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 4, 2003) -- Victory Circle, a chassis design and fabrication company located in Bakersfield, Calif., will sponsor the 2003 rookie-of-the-year awards for the NASCAR Elite Division. With this new sponsorship, first-year drivers in four NASCAR series are now eligible for $20,000 in post-season awards.
"The Elite Division is an important part in the training of future NASCAR stars," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's director of series marketing. "The ability to support rookie drivers in this division is critical to their success, and we're extremely pleased that Victory Circle has recognized this and provided their support."
The Elite Division consists of four NASCAR-sanctioned series: the Featherlite Southwest Series, International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series, Kodak Southeast Series and the Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series. Rookie drivers in these four series will share a $20,000 year-end point fund.
Craig Raudman, the 2001 Featherlite Southwest Series champion, has not only used Victory Circle chassis in his racing efforts, he is a former owner of the company and continues to work at Victory Circle's 38,000 square-foot facility.
"This is a way for us to give back to the series and to NASCAR for everything over the years," Raudman said. "The exposure will allow Victory Circle Chassis to grow into new markets. The Elite Division is so competitive no matter where you race, the association we have really means something."
Victory Circle was founded in 1991. Ron Hornaday Jr., a two-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion, was an early developer of Victory Circle's products and took over the business in 1992. As his Craftsman Truck career was gaining momentum, Hornaday sold the company to Raudman in 1995. Raudman moved the operation to Bakersfield and continued to modernize production. In 2000, Raudman sold the business to Les Denherder, a Bakersfield businessman and Featherlite Southwest Series team owner, who moved the company into its current state of the art facility and showroom.