Chuck Bown to Compete in 29th Annual Oxford 250 July 4, 2002 (Beverly, MA) - 1990 NASCAR Busch Grand National Champion, Chuck Bown, has entered in the 29th Annual Oxford 250 on July 14th. Bown will be competing in the "83 meanz Smoke-Free" Grand...
Chuck Bown to Compete in 29th Annual Oxford 250
July 4, 2002 (Beverly, MA) - 1990 NASCAR Busch Grand National Champion, Chuck Bown, has entered in the 29th Annual Oxford 250 on July 14th. Bown will be competing in the "83 meanz Smoke-Free" Grand Prix, which will be prepared and crewed by GGM Motorsports of Beverly, Massachusetts.
1982 marked Bown's first Oxford 250 start. Since this time, he has moved on to win the 1990 NASCAR Busch Grand National Championship, to NASCAR Winston Cup competition, and to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. The list of team owners that Bown has competed for includes Jack Roush, Bobby Allison, and Cale Yarborough. Also to his credit, is the 1976 NASCAR Winston West Championship. In his 11 previous Oxford 250 starts, Bown has scored two wins, three top five's and five top ten finishes.
Team owner Gary Modugno usually drives the car. He has turned over his seat to one of his favorite drivers for this event. "We are certainly bucking today's trends", says Modugno. "Usually you have a young driver with a seasoned crew chief. I'm 25 and my crew chief, Gregg, is 20. My driver certainly knows his way around racecars on and off the track.
We'll know soon if this combination featuring a seasoned driver with a young crew works!"
Aside from a strong racing program, the team has put together another worth while effort for Oxford 250 weekend. "83 Meanz Smoke Free" is a national campaign being launched this fall aimed at keeping teens smoke-free. Oxford 250 weekend was chosen as the perfect place to let people preview what is in store.
"We needed an ICON or Logo..something cool. Teens are not going to wear products that say, "Don't do this or that" or that promote adult organizations that impose rules on them." explains Marshall Hurley RRT, a respiratory therapist and part time racer. "This effort is targeting 15-25 year olds. From now on, when you see the number 83, it meanz smoke-free. Our job is to design products that teens and young adults in their early 20s want to wear and use; things that are cool featuring the Be 83 logo!"
Another feature of the effort is a lecture series for high school parents. On behalf of the Be 83 campaign Marshall will be touring the country making sure that parents understand tobacco's attraction to teenagers. The more knowledge on the subject a parent acquires, the better chance they have at empowering their own children to protect themselves and stay smoke-free.