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posted October 21, 2000 12:11 PM UIN: 16262997

Wooster,OH--- Multi-titled track champion and former Renegade STARS Racing Series Rookie of the Year Jim Gentry announced his return to dirt Late Model racing beginning in 2001. Gentry, a dirt Late Model star who had racked up 21 Season Championship, Mid-Season Championship and Season Points titles at a variety of Ohio race tracks during his initial 33 year racing career, retired after the 1998 season to concentrate his time, energies and resources in launching the dirt Late Model career of his son, J.R. Gentry, 20.

J.R. Gentry’s dirt Late Model career took off during his rookie season in 1999 in which the talented young standout earned Rookie of the Year honors at both Wayne County Speedway and Lakeville Speedway. The second generation racers also won his career first feature win in 1999, a season ending invitational at Lakeville Speedway. During 2000 the young Gentry won two more features at Lakeville Speedway and finished second in second in points at Lakeville Speedway and fifth on points at Wayne County Speedway. Gentry’s father, Jim Gentry, served as team manager and crew chief during his son’s first two seasons as a Late Model racer.

For seasoned veteran Jim Gentry his return in 2001 comes as a shock and surprise to those involved in the sport but is welcomed nonetheless. Gentry will run a second car as part of a two car team for the Gentry Racing Team, based out of Wooster,Ohio. The team recently ordered two new GDI Race Cars for 2001. The team utilizes Malcuit Racing Engines. Gentry will use the number #X14.

Gentry, who spent much of the 1980s running the STARS circuit, earning STARS Rookie of the Year honors in 1987 and who scored his career first STARS feature that same year, will primarily concentrate on racing at Wayne County Speedway and Lakeville Speedway in 2001 with occasional road trips to other venues. He is also planning on competing in selected STARS, MACS and Hav-A-Tampa events. Gentry spent considerable time in the 1980s traveling with STARS and finishing in the top ten in points. In 1988 he earned the STARS Hard Charger Award.

“Since I got out there has been a lot of fans that have come up to me and they’re behind me 100%,” stated Gentry. “Since the word got out about me possibly coming back they’ve been wearing my T-Shirts since the end of the season. It makes you feel good to know they’re behind you. They didn’t want me to retire and I guess maybe I didn’t want to either. I wanted J.R. to have a chance and I think now he’ll be alright.”

Gentry, one of the more popular dirt Late Model stars to come out of Ohio, and who has won nearly 200 features during the first 33 years of his career, has been approached by potential sponsors and his former crew has indicated they are ready to return. Gentry doesn’t see many obstacles to his return, except, perhaps, for one.

“I don’t see anything hard about returning to racing,” commented Gentry. “Just the money! Cause I know it’s just like breathing. It’s going to be like I never left it. And J.R. wants me to come back. He wants me to race with him so that’s what I want to do.”

Gentry is currently in the process of ordering additional parts and equipment and the team has implemented an aggressive marketing and publicity campaign in hopes of securing additional sponsorship for the 2001 season.

For additional information contact the Gentry Racing Team at: (330) 262-9915.

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