Stafford Springs, CT — After a 2011 season that saw Joe Nogiec and the #00 Adopt a Pet team post a career best 9 top-10 finishes as well as a career best finish of 11th in the points standings, Nogiec and his team will look to continue that forward trend in the 2012 season at Stafford Motor Speedway. Nogiec will have a new car with which to carry on his momentum from the 2011 season. Nogiec and his team have purchased the #38 car from Gary Bienkowski that was driven to 5 wins and a second place finish in the 2011 standings by George Nocera, Jr, and they are looking forward the 2012 season after what Nogiec says was a trying 2011 season.
"We had an opportunity to buy the 38 car, so we jumped on it and hopefully we can get something going for next year," said Nogiec. "Last year was an abomination for us, we've definitely had better years than we had last year. It was a tough year, I was ready to hang it up after the season was over. We were so close to finishing in the top-10, but we had an awful last race and Carla [Botticello] got by us for that spot. But we had a lot of great support from guys like Norm Sears and Shawn Thibeault in our division as well as drivers from other divisions, and we appreciated everyone's support throughout the season. With this new car, it seems like we have a new life and we're looking forward to coming to the track. We're putting the same equipment back into the car that was taken out of it before we bought it, so we're feeling good about the 2012 season. We have Adopt A Pet coming back on board with us as a sponsor and I'd like to give them a special thanks for their support, and I'd also like to thank the guys at Civali's Auto Service for their support."
With the new car seeming to be half of the success equation for Nogiec and the #00 team, Nogiec knows the second half of success will be to improve his driving style on track.