Xpress Motorsports Announces Limited Schedule for No.
MOORESVILLE, NC – Xpress Motorsports team owner Dave Fuge announced
today that the No. 19 Silverado driven by Regan Smith will run a limited
schedule the remainder of the 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season.
The decision to reduce the number of events is due to unfulfilled sponsorship
“This is a tough decision to make,” said Fuge. “Regan
has proved himself as a driver and is certainly deserving of an opportunity
to compete at the level of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. We were
able to bring exceptional crew people on board and felt like we were
going to be serious contenders for the Rookie of the Year title with
“Unfortunately, sponsorship commitments promised by the original
owner of the team did not materialize as promised. This late in the
year, it is very difficult to find companies who have uncommitted budget
to put together a program for the remainder of this season. We are
by no means going to give up our efforts to put together a full-time
program but for the time being, we will go on a race-by-race basis.”
The team will not make an attempt to qualify for the upcoming Kroger
250 at Martinsville Speedway.
“As I said, this is a difficult position to be in,” concluded
Fuge. “The hardest thing is the people. Fortunately because we
had gotten such good people on board, they have all been able to find
other jobs so their lives and families didn’t suffer as a result
of our decision.
“We are hoping to find a good company to partner with for the
remaining 2005 races and beyond. It makes good business sense in today’ racing
environment to have a two-truck team. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
is getting more competitive by the race. The advantages of two trucks
are countless in winning races and championships. We are confident
we will find the right marketing partner to move back to a full-time
Xpress Motorsports also fields the No. 16 Chevy Trucks Silverado
driven by three-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion, Jack Sprague.