Roush Narrows Candidates

CONCORD, N.C. - Twenty-five men and women are one step closer to realizing their dream of becoming a NASCAR superstar as Roush Racing and Discovery Channel today announced the list of drivers who will compete in this year's Roush Racing gong show.

Jack Roush and his team of judges poured over 1,700 applications and narrowed it down to a list of 25 drivers from across the United States, Canada and New Zealand in search of the best drivers to take part in this exclusive competition. The winner will be awarded a fully sponsored ride in the 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

Roush Racing is teaming up with Discovery Channel to capture all of the excitement and drama of the competition on film with unprecedented access to the gong show. Candidates will compete on and off the track, testing their skills behind the wheel as well as their marketability and fan appeal. This high-energy 13-part series will debut on Discovery Channel this fall.

Following is a list of the drivers selected to compete in the first round at Martinsville Speedway, August 2-4:

Driver           Age  Hometown          Current Racing Circuit
Justin Allgaier 19 Springfield, IL ARCA; NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
Tim Andrews 22 Concord, NC Legends Pro Division; NASCAR Busch North Series
Chuck Barnes 23 Louisville, KY Sunoco Super Series Late Model Division
Sam Beam 25 Mooresville, NC USAC Focus Midgets
Jason Boyd 24 Orlando, FL Fascar Sun Belt Series
Jeffrey Choquette 19 Loxahatchee, FL Late Models
Johnny Clark 26 Hallowell, ME P.A.S.S. Tour
Erik Darnell 23 Beach Park, IL ARCA; AutoZone Elite
Sondi Eden 28 Crawfordsville,IN USAC Midgets
Nevin George 23 Matawan, NJ Modifieds
James Gue' 23 Athens, GA Grand Am Series
Jason Hogan 23 Cleveland, GA AutoZone Elite SE Series
Matthew Jaskol 21 Las Vegas, NV ASA Speed Trucks
Bud Kaeding 26 Indianapolis, IN USAC
Travis Kittleson 26 Mooresville, NC Sun Belt Series
Michael Lewis 26 Noblesville, IN USAC Sprints & Midgets
Scott Lynch 25 Las Vegas, NV NASCAR Grand National West Division
Matt McCall 24 Denver, NC UARA Late Models
Danny O'Quinn 20 Coeburn, VA ARCA; USAR Hooter's Pro Cup
Christi Passmore 23 Pryor, OK ARCA
Michael Pickens 22 Auckland, New Zea Midgets
Bubba Pollard 22 Senoia, GA ARCA; SAS Late Models
David Ragan 20 Kannapolis, NC ARCA
Peter Shepherd 19 Norval, Ontario CASCAR
Auggie Vidovich 24 Lakeside, CA AutoZone Elite Southwest

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