Editorial

NASCAR Softball league
by Pete McCole

May 20, 2003

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One day every week, some of the best teams from the world of motorsports come together to compete for a chance at glory. The competition is fierce, the action is exciting, and thereís a lot on the line.

But this isnít about the high banks of Daytona or the bullring at Bristol.

This is about softball, and itís bragging rights on the line.

The Race City Resumes Totally Raciní Softball League has kicked off their fifth season, bringing together teams from the NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series from the Charlotte area for some friendly competition off the track.

Bob Hubner, owner of Race City Resumes, Inc., a job placement agency that specializes in the auto racing industry, founded the league. He first came up with the idea after attending one of his brother Rickís softball games while vacationing in Florida. Every player on the competing teams played for the company they worked for, so Hubner thought a league made up of NASCAR teams would be a perfect fit.

And he was right.

The league has become a big hit, no pun intended. Each year has seen new teams join up, allowing many employees who work back at the race shops a chance to meet each other, since most of the teams are made up of players who donít get to go to the track every week.

This yearís roster of teams was so big the league was divided in two divisions of nine teams each Ė Division A and Division B.

Ultra Motorsports, who field Jimmy Spencerís #7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid in the Winston Cup Series, are the defending 2002 champions. Joining them in Division A are the two-time champions Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Intimidators, as well as teams representing BACE Motorsports, Chip Ganassi Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Robert Yates Racing, Robert Yates Engines, Roush Racing (Winston Cup) and Carolina Camera, a team featuring NASCAR media members.

Division B includes players from Braun Racing, Jasper Motorsports, JR Motorsports, Championship Tire and Wheel/Sirius Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, MB2 Motorsports, Roush Racing (Busch & Truck) and Speed Channel. Race City Resumes also fields a team in Division B, made up of players from teams that donít have enough players to form their own team. Teams play every Tuesday in Huntersville.

The league has also picked up a few sponsors, including Hooters Restaurants, Post-it by 3M, Tiger Rear Ends and Jayskiís Silly Season website, and are always looking for new sponsors.

There is no charge to see the games and the public is welcome to attend, you can see the schedule for their upcoming games, as well as scores and highlights at www.racecityresumes.com/softball/

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