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Bell and Dotter Set to Impress in Loudon
Sep 14, 2006 - updated Sep 14th, 2006 11:48pm
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Mooresville, NC. --
(September 13, 2006)
Young racer T.J. Bell and veteran racer and team owner Bobby Dotter will head to New Hampshire International Speedway looking for some magic at the one-mile oval. Dotter’s Green Light Racing has had some very strong efforts this season with drivers like Chad McCumbee and Travis Kittleston behind the wheel, and driver Bell has finished second and fourth in the ARCA RE/MAX Series and just missed a victory at Michigan last month. The Bell-Dotter combination could be impressive in Saturday’s 200-lap NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race.
“We tested the #07 Chevy Silverado at Carraway and it was great. The truck was fast and our lap times were really good. I’m confident in our truck and Bobby’s leadership. This will be my first race at New Hampshire, but I understand it’s similar to Milwaukee,” said Bell, who has raced in Toyota Atlantics and ARCA RE/MAX Series competition at the Wisconsin one-mile track.
Chicago native Dotter has run well at Loudon, logging a second place finish in the Busch Series there, and agrees that the New England track is similar to the Milwaukee Mile – the track that Dotter considers his home track.
“Milwaukee is my hometrack and I set a record there back when I was competing in the Busch Series,” said Dotter. “Loudon is similar, so I’m sure TJ’s experience at Milwaukee will help him this weekend. We ran about 80 or 90 laps at Carraway to test and it went very well. We got a good feel for how we’ll be able to work together.”
Dotter has seen Bell progress from his first races in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2003, when he was ‘really a rookie’ into the strong competitor he is today.
“When he first came to the Truck Series, he was really a rookie. He’s run a lot of laps in ARCA and Busch since then and he’s developed into a contender,” said Dotter.
Bell plans to continue to grow his reputation as an aggressive, smart competitor that’s got the look and talent to keep a big sponsor happy in a full-time NASCAR racing effort.
“My goal for this season is to line myself up with a full-time, championship-caliber racing effort,” explains Bell. “We had a lot of fun in the first few races in ARCA this year– sitting second and third in points in the company of greats like Bobby Gerhart and Frank Kimmel was a lot of fun, and it reinforced what I know – that I can get it done given the right full-time situation.”
The New Hampshire 200 airs live on SPEED Channel beginning at 1:30 p.m. (EST). The green flag is scheduled to wave at 2:15 p.m. Tune in, and learn more about TJ Bell at www.tj-bell.com.
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