All-Pro National Football League wide receiver Randy Moss will debut his Randy Moss Motorsports NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team in the "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" at Kentucky Speedway July 19.

The New England Patriots stand out purchased 50 percent of long-time series team Morgan-Dollar Motorsports, which will carry the new team name. The team, which currently ranks 17th in the NCTS owner standings after charting one top-five and three top-10 finishes through 12 events this season, will continue to field a Chevrolet Silverado with a host of drivers including up-and-coming star Landon Cassill and 2007 NCTS Rookie-of-the-Year Willie Allen, who is slated to compete in the "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers."

"I've been a fan of NASCAR and became one mostly by just watching the guys race around the track and noticing the energy they bring. I'm a country boy and I think they love NASCAR back in West Virginia. One of these days I would love to put a nice track back in my state of West Virginia, that is sort of a long-term goal for me, but I do want to do that because I got turned on to NASCAR being a country boy. I can honestly say my roots brought me here.

"I'm really excited to be teamed up with David Dollar and to have my own team to go out and feel what the drivers feel. It's really a dream come true because for maybe the last five or six years I have been really interested in joining NASCAR, but really didn't know what steps to take.

"I've done my research and I am a true believer in the theory that you have to crawl before you walk. I wanted to start out at the bottom, in the truck series. We looked at a lot of different options and we've decided to align with David Dollar's team rather than build an operation from scratch.

"He has an existing team with a state-of-the-art shop, all the parts and pieces it takes to do this and do it well, and some of the best people in the Craftsman Truck Series garage area. The team has contended for championships in the past and has won a lot of races.

"We really believe that we'll come out of the gate competitive with a chance to win. I think David has seen the passion I have to be an owner and I think that my passion for just being a winner is hopefully the team can feed off," Moss said.

Dollar and Moss will use the remaining 13 NCTS races of the season to fine-tune their organization for future seasons.

"Short term, we are going to continue running the operation with a host of drivers like we have been doing and continue working with young talent like Landon, Willie and maybe a few others. We may even throw in a Sprint Cup Series driver or two before the season is out and really work on preparation for next year.

"Next year is really going to be big for us because our goals are to come out with a veteran driver and run for the NCTS championship. We'll probably continue the driver development program because that has been pretty special to us. We are getting that thing figured out in terms of teaching these guys how to race," Dollar said.

Moss will enter his 11th NFL season this August and was a 1988 first-round draft pick from Marshall University. He ranked second in 2007 regular-season receiving yards with 1,493 and led the league in regular-season touchdown receptions with 23. The Patriots finished the regular season a perfect 16-0 and ended the campaign 18-1 following their 17-14 Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants.

The 31-year-old from Rand, W.Va., previously supported local dirt track race programs and is a Goodwill Ambassador for the Urban Youth Racing School. He also furthers his youth advocacy efforts with American Youth Football

The fourth of five event weekends on the 2008 Kentucky Speedway schedule opens Friday, July 18 at 4:30 p.m., with ARCA RE/MAX Series qualifying for that night's "Kentucky 150." NCTS final practice will follow at 6:30 p.m., and the "Kentucky 150" field will take the green flag at 8:00 p.m.

Gates open at 2:00 p.m., July 19. NCTS "Built Ford Tough Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" qualifying will begin at 3:30 p.m., the Blood Sweat & Tears 40th Anniversary Tour makes its stop on the Turn 1 Concourse at 5:30 p.m., and the "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" begins at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets for the ARCA RE/MAX Series "Kentucky 150" and the NCTS "Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers" can be reserved by calling 888-652-RACE (7223) and online through the tickets pages of this Web site. Tickets also are available through any Meijer store and the Kentucky Speedway ticket offices at 400 Buttermilk, Suite 100 in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., next to the Montgomery Inn or the Sparta, Ky., Fan Center located off Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35.

Story by Mike Schmaltz

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