NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) team owner/driver, Mike Harmon, is heading up this NCWTS alliance for them along with his own NNS season. The driver roster for the #84 Fontaine/Novak NCWTS Team, which will operate out of Mooresville, N.C., will be shared between Fontaine, Harmon and on certain short tracks will be made available for other drivers who bring their own sponsorship to the table.
Robert Bruce of Fredricksburg, Virgina will kick off the Fontaine/Novak alliance this weekend as the driver of the NCWTS #84 Toyota at Martinsville. Randy Dean of Mike Harmon Racing, formerly of the MRD NCWTS team with driver Travis Kvapil, will be the crew chief for Bruce this weekend. Dean has actually been crew chief for Bruce during much of his 20 year Late Model run in Virginia, so the comfort and knowledge of working together will be a big plus for the race.
“We are planning to run multiple races this year. The plan right now is to run Martinsville to get approved for bigger tracks which hopefully will include Rockingham and the 2 Iowa races,” explained Bruce. ”My major sponsor this weekend is Virginia Dent, a high quality paintless dent repair service out of Richmond, Virginia. They have sponsored and supported my racing for the last 3 years and Mid Atlantic Towing, a local company has been a sponsor of mine during my Late Model career for the last 20 years.
“Back in October of ’08 I had some funding to run the (NASCAR) Camping World Trucks (Series) at Martinsville. We actually were rained out the whole day of practice,” continued Bruce. “I had 10 laps in the truck and was unable to qualify for that race. So this is very exciting for me and I’m very fortunate and blessed to have these supporters and sponsors. I feel blessed to have this opportunity. I’m very excited and grateful to Mike Hamon. He’s a true racer and I’m thankful to him for giving me this opportunity and the chance to fulfill my dreams of running in the Camping World Truck Series.
We at Catchfence wish him luck and hope we see much more of him in the future.