DASH: Competitors naming their cars

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (January 27, 2004) --The DASH Series competitors have been quick to embrace theidea of naming their cars. Beginning with the Series' first event of 2004, the cars will have a new appearance. Replacing the standard number on the...

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (January 27, 2004) --The DASH Series competitors have been quick to embrace theidea of naming their cars.

Beginning with the Series' first event of 2004, the cars will have a new appearance. Replacing the standard number on the door will be a car name. The number will still appear in a 14" circle in front of the rear tire and on the roof. The entire door area will be emblazoned with a name and colorful graphics.

The first driver to submit his car name was series' veteran Ned Combs. Combs is a two-time winner in DASH Series competition and has been racing in the series since its inception in 1975.

The name selected by Combs is "NITRO."

And, it seems fitting to refer to the driver as Nitro Ned.

"It's great to be going back to Daytona. The new owners are trying to make the series a better one with new ideas and bringing us into the public eye. What a better place to kick the new IPOWERacing series off than during Speedweeks in February, says Combs.

With each name comes a story.

Gary Lambert, a former crew chief for fellow Hickory Motor Speedway competitor Dennis Setzer and also NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Champion Dexter Canipe called Ned "Nitro" in 1996 at Summerville Speedway.

On the final lap, Ned passed three cars on the back stretch. David Hutto nudged him for the win and Ned ended up spinning as Hutto claimed the victory. Lambert said Ned looked like he hit a nitrous button to pass those three cars in such a short distance. Phil Parsons also called Ned "Nitro" during the inaugural Kentucky race where he battled Jake Hobgood and Robert Huffman, settling for a third place finish.

As you follow the 2004 season, you will be sure to hear more of the stories behind names like, Topeka Tornado, MAXX SPEED, BLADE, Bandit, Magnum44, and many others.

The IPOWERacing Season kicks off at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 8th. You can watch the race live on SPEED.

IPOWERacing is also making preparations fora weekly magazine show called, "Winning Edge." Airtimes and network will be announced soon.

Log on to www.ipoweracing.com for all the latest news and information on IPOWERacing.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Dennis Setzer , Phil Parsons , Robert Huffman