John Deere Continues Chad Little NASCAR Winston Cup Sponsorship
21 August 1997
MOLINE, IL - John Deere will remain as the sponsor of the No. 97 Winston Cup team and driver Chad Little for 1998 and beyond. The multi-year agreement was struck between Deere and Company and Roush Racing, which recently acquired interest in the team owned by Mark Rypien Motorsports. Roush Racing has taken over operation of the team, which will remain based in Mooresville, NC, and plans to continue campaigning the Pontiac Grand Prix for the rest of the 1997 season. Deere and Company joined the NASCAR sponsorship ranks with Mark Rypien Motorsports' 1996 Busch Series Grand National Division team. The combination moved to Winston Cup competition in 1997.