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Apr262007

TEAM NEWS: Young racing brothers take sibling rivalry all across Virginia

Photo by John Thawley (Lynchburg, VA) 26 April 2007- Burt and Brian Frisselle are going to be busy this weekend.

The two young brothers will be racing against each other Saturday night in NASCAR Late Model competition at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, and then again on Sunday afternoon in the Daytona Prototypes at Virginia International Raceway near Alton.

Burt and Brian have joined Stacy Compton's Turn One Racing team and are contesting the NASCAR Late Model Championship at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Virginia this season.

Along with their growing oval racing schedule, Burt and Brian are also sharing driving duties during the 2007 Rolex Sports Car Series season in the AIM Autosport Lexus-Riley, alternating rounds as they co-drive with full-time pilot Mark Wilkins in the Daytona Prototype Class.

The original plan for this weekend's Rolex race at Virginia International Raceway was for Brian to be racing in the Rolex event with Burt helping out as a spotter for him on the 3.27-mile VIR road course.

But then Burt got a last minute call from an old team owner, and now his weekend will be just as busy as Brian's. It also means the two young brothers will be racing on the same track at the same time with two different race cars, on two very different tracks, on the same weekend.

"I am going to be racing for Michael Shank Racing in the Daytona Prototypes this weekend," said Burt. "I raced with them in 2004 and they needed a driver this weekend so it was great that they gave me the call. Of course Brian is going to be racing in the AIM Daytona Prototype, so we are probably going to be racing against each other Sunday after we race each other on Saturday night. One of us is going to have bragging rights for a while!"

The brothers made their stock car debut last weekend in the CMC Supply 150 at Motor Mile Speedway, with Burt taking tenth place and Brian coming home in thirteenth.

"He qualified better than I did last weekend-one tenth of a second separated fifteen cars-but then I got by him in traffic," said Burt, the older of the two. "Thing is, right now he is back in the shop, working on fixing the damage he did to his car trying to get back by me. I told him not to pass me...but he had to try anyway!"

The two brothers first got a flavor for racing each other as youngsters, tearing around on snowmobiles during the long New Hampshire winters. It was only natural that the two young racers would end up in race cars, as their father was a highly successful road racer and team owner in the late 70's and early 80's. Sharing a race car isn't a new experience for Burt and Brian, who were co-drivers in the Daytona Prototype class when they raced for Synergy Racing in 2005 and 2006.

"It is just a blessing to be able to race with my brother as a teammate, and now to get the chance to race against him on-track is even more fun," said Brian. "We get along really well, and try to help each other when it comes to racing. There's no question we really want to beat everyone out there, but if we can't, the next most important thing is to beat each other!"

The two are fully dedicated to their oval aspirations, having moved to Lynchburg so they can work in the shop on a daily basis before helping to load up and go racing every weekend.

"It is certainly a big adjustment and there is so much to learn about this kind of racing," said Brian. "But it's been encouraging to be quick right out of the gate. Now we both just need to learn more about how to race these cars. It's one thing to be able to put together a fast lap, but to learn how to race in these close quarters and find an advantage that's our challenge right now. But it is a lot of fun and we are learning something every time we go out there."

The weekend schedule will see Burt and Brian likely qualify their Rolex Sports Cars on Saturday afternoon, take a private flight from the VIR track to near the Motor Mile, run two seventy-five lap races as part of the Twin 75's, and then head back to the Danville area late Saturday night to be ready to go in the two-hour and forty-five minute race at VIR in the Rolex Sports Car Series on Sunday afternoon. The Rolex event will be broadcast LIVE on Speed starting at 1:00 PM EST.

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