USAR: Hickory: Andy Houston enters July 27th race

Andy Houston to drive the Carolina Team Concept ProCup car. The Houston name is synonymous with Hickory Motor Speedway. On July 27th Andy Houston will return to the track that the Houston family has called home for more than thirty years to...

Andy Houston to drive the Carolina Team Concept ProCup car.

The Houston name is synonymous with Hickory Motor Speedway. On July 27th Andy Houston will return to the track that the Houston family has called home for more than thirty years to drive the Carolina Motorsports Tech Centers USAR ProCup car at the Naturally Fresh Foods 250. Andy started racing right out of high school in the Limited Late Model division at Hickory Motor Speedway. Andy won Rookie of the Year in 1991, Track Champion in 1994 and is 5th on the All Time Winners list at Hickory. This success quickly moved Andy into touring series arena competiting in the Goddies Dash Series in 1996. In 1997, Andy and family joined with Addington Racing to start a Craftsman Truck Team running four races. 1998, 1999 and 2000 the team ran the full schedule finishing 12th, 8th and 3rd in the national points - winning at New Hampshire, Homestead and Portland. Andy drove PPI's #96 Ford 17 times in Winston Cup competition during the 2001 season.

"This is an excellent opportunity for the team, Andy's resume speaks for it's self. These young technicians are excited to work with Andy. The team put their car on the pole at Kil-Kare and realized their first top ten finish. Coming home to Hickory with Andy in the car has the focus level above normal. Once they start to smell success they just work harder. Andy spent Wednesday afternoon working with the team getting the car ready, quickly the team realized they could win Hickory if they do their homework." States Mark Davis

"It will be great to see a driver of Andy's caliber returning to the site of so many of his early victories. As a previous track champion, no one knows their way around the track better and it will be a real teat for all of his fans to get a chance to see Andy in action at Hickory again!" Adds Sherry Clifton, General Manager at Hickory Motor Speedway.

The Carolina Motorsports Tech Center in Conover, North Carolina will be hosting its first annual Open House July 26, 2002 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM. You are invited to stop by meet Andy Houston, take a look at their facility and check out the state-of-the-art labs. Meet the instructors and talk with students currently enrolled in classes. The Tech Center offers eleven Core Classes consisting of Fabrication, Assembly, Motorsports Welding, Chassis Dynamics, Team Operations, Graphics, Carolina Team Concept, just to name a few. Several one week classes such at Metal Shaping and Track Tech are also offered as well as one day seminars like Chassis R&D or Short Track Aero Dynamics. These one day seminars are taught be special guest instructors currently working in the Motorsports industry outside of the Carolina Motorsports Tech Center facility. Bennett's Smokehouse and Saloon Catering will be serving up their famous barbecue along with other specialities. The John Boy and Billy Big Show Grill will be there cooking and serving up Buffalo Nickel Burgers. There will be show cars, a souvenir trailer and many other items of interest. You will find the Carolina Motorsports Tech Center 1232 FedEx Drive SW just behind the Ramada Inn off I-40 and Fairgrove Church Road (exit 128) in Conover North Carolina.

Hope to see you there!

For more information call (828)695-8445, Fax: (828)695-8435 or check us out on the web at www.carolinateamconcept.com.

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Drivers Andy Houston