MC ANDERSON - 12/7/1936 - 5/6/1999 - M.C. Anderson was the quintessential self-made man. According to local legend, he started with half-ownership in a single dump truck, and from that, he developed a sprawling construction business. He brought a state-of-the-art engine building facility to Garden City, an expensive proposition even in the late 1970s and early '80s. He hired a succession of drivers, from Buddy Baker to Benny Parsons to Cale Yarborough, who ran with varying degrees of success. His team debuted on the Sprint CUP circuit in 1976 at the World 600 at Charlotte, N.C. with driver Sam Sommers at the wheel. Sommers would start 23rd and finish 24th. He had a season best finish of ninth at Atlanta after starting on the pole (pic). Three all the years Anderson had a race team; he always ran the same number and had the same blue and white colors (as these pics show) except for the two years Yarborough drove the car. 1977 saw Sommers run 22 races and post two top five finishes. He also had eight top tens and a pole. He finished 21st in points. Buddy Baker was tabbed to drive the car in 1978 and in 19 event Baker posted two top five finishes just getting beat out of the teams first win by two car lengths by Cale Yarborough at Talladega. Baker posted eight Top 10
finishes. In 1979 Benny Parsons drove the first full season for Anderson. He grabbed two wins. The first ever win for the organizations came in the Holly farms 400 in October at North Wilkesboro Speedway. Parson's started fifth but the event saw Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip lead the majority of the first 300 laps. On lap 309 Parson caught and passed Waltrip and Allison as they battled for the top spot. On lap 311 Waltrip moved Allison to grab the second spot; and Allison didn't like the way he got roughed up; so Allison put Waltrip into the wall and out of contention. Parson would lead the remainder of the race and edge out Allison by 1/2 a car length to grab the checkers. The second win came at the season's final race at Ontario CA. Yarborough won the pole with Allison starting
second and Parson's third. The top three starters battled for the lead all day along with Buddy Baker. The four combined to lead 167 of the 200 laps. The final restart happened just ten laps from the end with Yarborough leading, Parson was able to get the lead with four laps to go and hung on to win. Allison finished second with Yarborough third. Parsons finished fifth in the points chase. 1980 had Parsons win three more times with the biggest win coming in the world 600 at Charlotte. He also backed up his win from Ontario winning again in 1980. Anderson hired Cale Yarborough in
1981 wanting to run for the CUP Championship. Having won the Championship for 1977-1979 Yarborough was more interested in racing part time and not concerning himself with racing every week. Clearly two people wanting to go in two different directions. The shame was that Anderson easily had the equipment to claim the CUP Championship. Cale had opened a few car dealerships the previous year and was more concerned about selling cars than driving them. Yarborough competed in 18 races in the 1981 season in the #27 Valvoline Buick
driving for Anderson, winning his fourth Firecracker 400 and his fifth Coca-Cola 500 at Atlanta, finishing in the top-ten a total of six times. Yarborough competed in just 16 races in 1982, winning three, including his hometown Southern 500 for the fifth and final time. In mid-September, Anderson announced he was closing his operation at the end of the season. He made the decision after driver Cale Yarborough, winner of three races this season, would not agree to compete for the Grand National driving title in 1983. Anderson, owner of a large construction company bearing his name, released the three-time Cup champion following the season final Atlanta Journal 500. Yarborough had already said he would drive for Harry Ranier's Cup team the following year. At the end of the 1982 season Anderson agreed to sell part of his racing team to three-time National Hot Rod Association World Champion Raymond Beadle. Shortly after he pulled the plug on his racing dream, he learned Richard Petty was shopping for a ride and was interested in him. But having given his word on quitting, he wasn't going to go back, even after The King called personally. And thus the team shut down and Beadle took over.
TOMMY BALDWIN JR - 10/27/1966 - Baldwin is the son of former NASCAR Modified driver Tom Baldwin. He started as a crew chief in 1997 for owner Junie Donlavey. In 1998 he moved to Bill Davis as the crew chief for Ward Burton. Burton and Baldwin won four races together, including the 2002 Daytona 500, until his departure late that season. In 2003, Baldwin became the crew chief of the #7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid for Ultra Motorsports driven by Jimmy Spencer. He served as crew chief for several drivers and team through 2005. Baldwin announced on January 6, 2009 that he started his own Sprint Cup Series Team named Tommy Baldwin Racing and it will be running Toyota's. Scott Riggs was named to pilot the car for the 2009 season. Baldwin's cars for the Daytona 500 were mainly built and assembled by volunteer crew members who were laid off by other race teams affected by the economic crisis. On May 25, 2009, Sprint Cup Series driver Scott Riggs announced that he would leave Tommy Baldwin Racing following the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. TBR team owner Tommy Baldwin immediately announced that Mike Skinner, Patrick Carpentier and Brian Simo would be sharing driving duties in the No.36 Toyota for the remainder of the 2009 season. For much of the 2009 season, Tommy Baldwin Racing was a start and park operation, which was the reason Riggs left the team. In 2010 Tommy Baldwin Racing hired Mike Bliss to drive car #36. Wave Energy Drink returned as sponsor and the team also switched to Chevrolet. For 2011, Baldwin
retained Blaney for a full season in the 36. The team once again went to Daytona with an unsponsored vehicle, but earned sponsorship from Golden Corral at Daytona after the team made the race. Accell Construction, All Sport, and Big Red also supported the team throughout the season. Blaney led at Daytona and Talladega and nearly pulled off upset victories at both tracks before being involved in late race incidents just laps before the finish. After a 13th place finish at Richmond, the team moved into the Top 35 in owner's points for the first time in its three-year history. The #36 finished 33rd in owner's points, which guaranteed the team a starting spot in the 2012 Daytona 500. In January 2012, Baldwin sold the owner's points
from the #36 to Stewart-Haas Racing to allow the No. 10, driven by Danica Patrick, to be locked into the Daytona 500. In 2012 Baldwin was again mostly a start-n-park operation, but due to his reduced expense, and the decent pay-outs for the lower starting positions, he was able to make enough money to run a full racing schedule in 2013. His team also picked up some sponsorship, had several impressive runs, and for 2014 has expanded to a two car team. For 2014, Yeley was replaced by Reed Sorenson, and veteran crew chief Todd Parrott was brought in to improve the performance of the team. Golden Corral returned once again for the super speedways with their "Top 10 Kids Eat Free" promotion,
with Zing Zang, Flasr, Theme Park Connection, and the Delaware "Click It or Ticket" program sponsoring select races. The highlight of the season was when Sorenson qualified second at the July Daytona race after a rain-abbreviated qualifying session. Due to lack of consistent funding outside of restrictor plate races, the team's performance slumped significantly behind the No. 7 team, forced to use their Pro Motor Engines for multiple consecutive races and skipping practice sessions to save tires and part wear. Perhaps the team's most notable moment in 2014 came at the spring Richmond race. Sorenson blew a tire, which then unwound with the rubber cords striking various components inside the
wheel well, causing a small fire. However, the fire would eventually reach the fuel cell causing the car to burst into flames as Sorenson eased it onto pit road, he brought it to a stop, where crew members from GoFas Racing and Hendrick Motorsports rushed to quickly get Sorenson out of the car. Sorenson was uninjured. Sorenson finished the 2014 season in 34th in the final driver standings, with a best finish of 14th, while the 36 team finished 35th in the owner standings. In 2014, the No. 7 was driven by rookie Michael Annett, bringing his longtime sponsor Pilot Flying J up from the Nationwide Series. Part-time primary sponsors included longtime TBR sponsors Accell Construction for six races, Golden Corral at Loudon and Talladega in the fall, and new sponsor Allstate Peterbuilt. The No. 7 would also utilize an engine leasing program with ECR Engines.
Annett finished 33rd in the 2014 final point standings with a best finish of 16th at Talladega Superspeedway in the Spring, with the team also finishing 33rd in final owners points. Annett and Pilot Flying J did not return for 2015, moving to a new second entry at HScott Motorsports. After the season, TBR sold the owner's points and equipment of the No. 36 team to Jay Robinson Racing (reorganized as Premium Motorsports) due to lack of sponsorship, and contracted to one full-time team. Because of the move, Reed Sorenson was released, and sponsor Zing Zang retracted their planned five race sponsorship for 2015 (due to their desire to sponsor Sorenson). In 2015 it was announced that Alex Bowman
would depart BK Racing in order to join TBR. The team got off to a rough start after failing to make the Daytona 500 after wrecking in the Duel, the first time that any TBR entry had failed to make The Great American Race. Since then they have qualified for every race having a pretty decent season with some finishes in the top 20. Bowman was signed to drive for 2016, but parted ways with the team on January 21. A few hours later, Regan Smith joined the team full-time driving the No. 7 Chevy, replacing Bowman. Smith had a good start, finishing 8th in the Daytona 500, thus allowing a "Kids Eat Free" campaign to happen the next day as the car had Golden Corral sponsorship. Regan Smith, after a dismal 2016 season, rebounded at the second Pocono event when he finished 3rd after not pitting during the final 28 laps. It was his season-best
finishfor both him and Tommy Baldwin Racing, as well as the best finish for the team in the organizations history. Before the race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Tommy Baldwin announced on Facebook that Tommy Baldwin Racing would shut down after this season. Their charter was sold to Leavine Family Racing forcing Smith to qualify on speed. They did end up racing part time in 2017 in the Cup Series with various drivers. He fielded cars for 11 races using drivers: Joey Gase, Elliott Sadler, Justin Marks, JJ Yeley, and Hermie Sadler. Yeley was able to post the only finish inside the Top 30 as he finished 27th at Texas. For the organizations duration they ran in 403 Cup races. Posted two top five finishes and four top ten finishes in the Cup series. During the Xfinity series they ran 50 races and Ted Musgrave posted their only top five finish (third at Bristol 2003) and seven top ten results. Some info from Wikipedia
RAYMOND BEADLE - 12/16/1943 - 10/20/2014 - was an American drag racer and NASCAR auto racing team owner. Beadle was perhaps best known as the driver and owner of the "Blue Max" Funny Car. Beadle won three consecutive NHRA Funny Car championships from 1979 to 1981 and three IHRA Funny Car championships, 1975; 1976 and 1981. Beadle entered NASCAR Winston Cup as a team owner in 1983 by buying out the equipment of M.C. Anderson, continuing with Anderson's #27 number. He started with sponsorship from Old Milwaukee beer and driver Tim Richmond. Mixed success followed for Beadle's Blue Max Racing team. When Richmond moved to Hendrick Motorsports in 1986, Beadle picked up Rusty Wallace. In its penultimate year of operation, the team won the 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup title, with Wallace driving the #27 Kodiak Pontiac. Jimmy Makar was the chassis specialist during that 1989 championship. The 1989 championship year was reportedly marked with acrimony between Wallace and Beadle. However, Wallace remained under contract with the team for the 1990 season. For 1990, the Kodiak sponsorship moved to Hendrick Motorsports to sponsor the #25, and Beadle's team was sponsored by Miller Genuine Draft beer. The four-year sponsorship deal was specifically tied to Rusty Wallace, meaning it went where the 1989 champ went as well. By June 1990, Wallace had chosen to leave Beadle's team, and he landed at Penske Racing for 1991, bringing
the Miller beer sponsorship with him. Beadle's team suspended operations and left Winston Cup at the end of the 1990 season. His team's car number was always #27 and his car was usually a Pontiac. The team always showed stability having only two drivers as long as the organization existed. Tim Richmond 1983-1985 and Wallace 1986-1990. Along with the CUP championship in 1989, Beadle also owned the car when Wallace finished runner up in the Cup Championship in 1988. When an owner Beadle claimed 20 Cup series wins; two with Richmond, and 18 with Wallace. They had a season high six wins in both 1988 and 1989. They also won the World 600 togetherin 1990.
JACK BEEBE - 5/12/1925 - 10/8/2015 - was a NASCAR CUP series car owner. He is shown here on the left being interviewed along side driver Ron Bouchard. From 1978 to 1986 car owner Jack Beebe fielded a car in 211 Cup races resulting in 2 wins, 32 top fives, and 82 top tens. In his 9 years of car ownership he employed only 5 different drivers, but he ran only one car number, the #47. Satch Worley was his first driver, and although he only ran four events, he did post an impressive ninth place finish at Pocono in 1978. Geoff Bodine would be hired with the intentions of racing the full CUP season. However, Bodine’s stay in the car was the shortest of all drivers (only 3 races). He was giving Bodine his Winston Cup debut in his cars. It seems that Bodine expressed some negative comments about the Beebe organization and Bodine was let go after only 3 races, he wouldn’t return to a full time
Winston Cup ride for another 3 years. Harry Gant would be hired to finish out the season. The opportunity to race for Jack Beebe’s ride would be Gant’s first full season in Winston Cup. He would contend for Rookie of the Year honors, but the rookie competition was stiff that year with Terry Labonte and eventual Rookie of the Year winner Dale Earnhardt. Sticking with a similar pattern as Bodine and Gant, next would be rookie Ron Bouchard’s debut in Winston Cup competition. Unlike Bodine, Ron would keep the ride full time; and unlike Gant, Bouchard would claim the Rookie of the Year title. Bouchard would also claim a race win with an exciting finish at Talladega, slipping by
both Terry Labonte, and Darrell Waltrip between the tri-oval and start/finish line as the two battled for the win. The picture at the left is Bouchard on his way to Victory Lane. Bouchard drove for Beebe through 1985 posting 18 top five finishes. In 1986 Morgan Shepherd’s name was above the driver’s window net. He would race in what would become Jack Beebe’s final 12 races in Winston Cup competition. But of those 12 races, Morgan Shepherd would take the car to 6 top 10 finishes and one win. The win would come at the beginning of the 1986 season at
Atlanta and it would be Morgan’s second of four career victories to date, and Jack Beebe’s final victory as car owner. He was the last team owner not from the south to win a race until Furniture Row Racing in 2011. Beebe sold the team midway through 1986 to Cale Yarborough and became Cale Yarborough Racing.
KENNY BERNSTEIN - 9/6/1944 - was an American drag racer and former NASCAR and Indy Car team owner. He has also been nicknamed "The King of Speed," because he was the first driver to break 300 miles per hour in the standing-start quarter mile. He called his race team "King Racing". In 1985 Bernstein got into NASCAR racing as an owner. He hired Joe Ruttman to drive the Quaker State Buick. The team showed immediate success posting five top five finishes it's first season; including second place finishes at Richmond and Martinsville. 1987 saw Morgan Shepherd behind the wheel, and the pair posted seven top five finishes. Once again his driver finished runner up as the team continued to be right on the cusp of getting their first win. Ricky Rudd would take over the driving duties for 1988 and 1989, and they would finally break through and grab their first win. Rudd would out run Rusty Wallace to get the win at the road course of Watkins Glen. In 1989 Rudd would again grab a win for Bernstein. This time on the road course at Sonoma, and once again just edging out Rusty Wallace. Rudd left Bernstein at the end of 1989 to drive for Rick Hendrick. Kenny picked up Brett Bodine who would carry his name over the drivers door for the next five seasons. For a third year in a row, Bernstein would see his driver visit victory lane. Bodine would lead a race high 146 laps
and beat Darrell Waltrip. This would be the final win for Bernstein's team, but they were always close to a win. Bodine once again posted a second place finish in 1991, and the duo just missed winning major events finishing second at the Southern 500 in 1993, and the Brickyard 400 in 1994. Bodine moved over to drive for Junior Johnson in 1995, so Hut Stricklin assumed driving duties. The team ran respectable, but at the end of the 1995 season Bernstein decided to shut down his NASCAR operation to concentrate more on drag racing. His entire career with CUP, Bernstein was sponsored by Quaker state, and his drivers drove the #26 car with almost identical paint schemes for all those years. The only noticeable change was that Bernstein started off racing Buicks and switched to Fords in 1992
RON DEVINE - ?/?/? - Ron started his career with a Fortune 500 computer manufacturer eventually becoming an award winning sales executive. Ron began building and operating Burger King Restaurants in the northern Virginia area in 1983; owning and operating 26 units at his peak. Ron has also been involved in commercial and residential real estate development for over 30 years, as well as a finance company for over 20 years. BK Racing is owned by a couple of investors who were formerly involved in the ownership of TRG Motorsports NASCAR Cup Series team, which closed after the 2011 season. Burger King franchise owner Ron Devine and tomato grower Wayne Press joined Thomas Uberall, former race director of the Red Bull Racing Team, to acquire the assets and race shop of the former Red Bull operation, which also closed after the 2011 season, for around $10 million. Like Front Row Motorsports owner Bob Jenkins principal owner; Devine's many Burger King franchises allow him to advertise the brand on the cars when there is no outside sponsor. The Burger King
partnership includes the branding of Dr Pepper, a soft drink served at Burger King restaurants. Dr Pepper has appeared as the primary sponsor of the team on various occasions (typically the 93 car), and expanded to a newly renumbered 23 car for 2014 (signifying the drink's 23 flavors). In May 2014, the team expanded to three cars. The team used engines from Triad Racing Technologies upon inception. In 2014, the team started an in-house engine program while using Triad engines on occasion. For 2016, the team purchased equipment from the recently closed Michael Waltrip Racing, and hired several former MWR employees, with increased manufacturer support from Toyota. What is now the 23 began as the 93, with David Reutimann driving in the 2012 Daytona 500. Travis Kvapil took over the No. 93 after
Daytona and the remainder of the 2012 season, with the exception of one race at Darlington where Reutimann returned to the 93. Kvapil had a best finish of eighth for the new team. It came at Talladega. BK Racing also fielded a second car in 2012 with Landon Cassill driving. He finished a season's best 18th on three separate occasions. 2013 saw David Reutimann replace Cassill; but with little improvement. Neither of the two teams posted a top ten finish this season with both having a season best finish if 16th. Kvapil's came at Bristol while Reutimann's came at Daytona. BK Racing brought in Alex Bowman to wheel the #23 car in 2014 to run for Rookie of the Year. He finished a season best 13th at Daytona in the July race. Meanwhile Ryan Truex and Cole Whitt were the primary drivers behind the wheel of the other two cars and neither of those guys
were having much luck either. Bowman's 13th place finish was the best any of the teams could produce that season. Driver changes were made across the board in 2015 looking for some major improvement. Now Jeb Burton was wheeling the #26 car; Matt DiBenedetto drove the #83 and JJ Yeley drove the #23. Yeley posted a seasons best 14th place finish; one of only two top 20 finishes for any of the three teams. SO after racing for four seasons; the team still only had the one career top ten finish way back in 2012 that Kvapil earned at Talladega. 2016 saw BK racing cut back to two teams, partly due to the new "Charter" system be started by NASCAR
and they didn't get enough Charters to assure three teams of a starting spot each week. DiBenedetto was kept on as one driver while David Ragan replaced Jeb Burton and Landon Cassill was released. With a two car operation BK Racing showed some improvement. They did add one additional top ten finish as DiBenedetto finished sixth at Bristol; and Ragan and DiBenedetto combined to produce four top 20 finishes. Not great; but a step in the right direction. It was announced that neither DiBenedetto nor Ragan would return to BK Racing for the 2017 season. The team used a mix matched series of drivers in their line up. Cory LaJoie ran the most races while Gray Gaulding wheeled the #83 to a best finish for the team with a ninth place finish at Talladega. As the start of the 2018 season BK Racing filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy to keep Union Bank & Trust from taking control of the team’s charter and selling it. In March a judge ordered a trustee to assume control of BK Racing; meaning Ron Devine has no financial or managerial control of the team. As the 2018 season kicked off the team continues to race with Gray Gaulding as the driver. On July 13 2018 the trustee in charge of BK Racing has asked the bankruptcy court to set an Aug. 21 hearing for the approval of the sale of the team and its charter. In a legal filing Friday, the trustee said a "handful" of bidders, not disclosed in the motion, could potentially serve as the stalking horse (the minimum bid for the team's assets and charter). If there are competitive bids, the trustee would then meet with the bidders Aug. 20 to determine the buyer to be approved by the court Aug. 21. More as it unfolds...
KYLE BUSCH - 5/2/1985 - Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) is an American professional stock car racing team that currently competes full time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and the NASCAR late model series. KBM was founded after Busch purchased the remaining assets of Xpress Motorsports from J.B. Scott (father of driver Brian Scott) in late 2009 as well as purchasing trucks from Roush Fenway Racing, which had closed its Truck team the previous year. As of 2016 Kyle Busch Motorsports has worked as a 'farm team' for Joe Gibbs Racing. Bringing in young talent and giving them a place to show what they can do. Usually if a driver performs well he ends up with a seat in the CUP series driving for the Gibbs team. KBM currently receives engines and technical support from Joe Gibbs Racing Rick Ren, the crew chief on Ron Hornaday Jr.'s 2009 championship team, would be signed as the team's competition director. Busch had competed in the truck series for the 2008 and 2009 seasons in the No. 51 for Billy Ballew Motorsports with Miccosukee Indian Gaming as his primary sponsor, and had split the ride with Brian Ickler the previous year. Busch brought Ickler to the KBM stable, and signed Tayler Malsam away from Randy Moss Motorsports after he finished second in series Rookie of the Year standings to former Cup and Busch/Nationwide driver Johnny Sauter. The team ambitiously planned to run three trucks in its debut season: Busch and Ickler would split the primary truck (No. 18), Malsam was to drive a second truck for KBM, the No. 56 ActivWater/Talking Rain Tundra, and a third was to be fielded for 2008 series champion Johnny Benson if sponsorship could be found. The Miccosukee
sponsorship was to carry over to Busch's primary truck as part of an agreement with Phoenix Racing. On February 7, however, the Miccosukee tribe's new leadership pulled out of NASCAR altogether, leaving Busch's team and Phoenix's Cup and Nationwide series teams without sponsorship. Benson would also be limited to a part-time schedule with KBM and Ballew, and Malsam's team ceased operations after only seven races. After operating out of the former Xpress shop for most of its first season, the team opened its new $10 million facility in Mooresville, North Carolina on October 14, 2010. In 2011, KBM made its first foray into the then-Nationwide Series (now Xfinity Series) in conjunction with NEMCO Motorsports. The team moved to full-time in 2013; with Parker Klingerman piloting it to
a ninth place finish in the points with a best finish of third that season. On November 16, 2013, Busch announced that the team will not race in the Nationwide Series in 2014 due to lack of funding and as of 2017 has not raced since. The Truck series ownership situation played out like this: The No. 18 truck (Kyle Busch's Sprint Cup Series number), the primary entry of KBM during their debut 2010 season, with Kyle Busch running a partial schedule and Brian Ickler running non-companion races. The team would lose its Miccosukee sponsorship prior to the season, replaced by Toyota, M&M's, Interstate Batteries, Dollar General, and Traxxas. In the first seven races of the season, Busch made five starts and won twice, while Ickler finished in the top ten both of his starts. KBM lost Ickler in May when he was signed by Roush Fenway Racing to drive its No. 6 and No.
16 Nationwide Series cars on a part-time basis as part of an extended tryout with the organization. Busch announced shortly thereafter that he would split the driving duties of the No. 18 with Johnny Benson for the remainder of the year. Kyle Busch won 8 races in 16 starts, and the No. 18 truck won the owners championship in its first full-time season. Both Ickler and Busch returned for 2011, with Kyle running 16 races and Ickler running 4. Kasey Kahne drove a single race for the No. 18 with sponsorship from Automotive Service Excellence, winning at Darlington. Josh Richards drove two races with Joy Mining Equipment. Kyle Busch scored 6 wins over the course of the season. In April 2011,
KBM signed 2007 Formula One World Champion Kimi Räikkönen to run a limited schedule in the Camping World Truck Series. Räikkönen and Busch planned three to five races beginning at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. The efforts were sponsored by Perky Jerky, and the team used the owners points of Billy Ballew Motorsports' 15 team. In his debut, Räikkönen started 31st but finished a solid 15th. The deal ended due to lack of sponsorship beyond the Charlotte race. Also in 2011, NASCAR Corona Series champion Germán Quiroga made his first Truck Series start in the No. 51 with Telcel as a sponsor at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the New England 175. Quiroga finished a solid
16th, but 3 laps down. He would run the truck again in the season finale at Homestead, finishing 26th. The number 51 was chosen as a tribute to both the late Bobby Hamilton and the film Days of Thunder. In July 2012, the team announced that Quiroga would return to the No. 51 truck for four races: Talladega, Texas, Phoenix, and Homestead; with sponsorship from Net10 Wireless. Denny Hamlin drove the truck at Martinsville Speedway on October 27, 2012
with sponsorship from Toyota and earned Kyle Busch Motorsports their first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win of the 2012 season. Meanwhile, veteran Jason Leffler was signed to be the primary driver of the No. 18 Toyota Tundra. The team secured sponsorship from Dollar General for 14 races. After nine starts and with a lone top-five finish to his credit, Leffler was released. Finishing the season in the truck were Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Brian Scott, Denny Hamlin, Drew Herring, Kyle Busch , and Kurt Busch. Kyle Busch had previously abstained from driving in the Truck Series per a request from JGR co-owner J.D. Gibbs, following an incident
the previous season. Scott scored the team's only other wins of the season at Phoenix. Kyle Busch didn't win a race for the first time in his Camping World Truck Series career. For 2013, Busch hired former Richard Childress Racing driver Joey Coulter to drive the No. 18. Coulter and Busch had a previous on-track altercation in 2011, leading to a physical encounter between Busch and team owner Richard Childress. Coulter struggled, with only five top tens and a 15th-place points finish. With Coulter moving to GMS Racing, the No. 18 team did not run in 2014 or 2015. Also in 2013
the No. 51 became a full-time team, with owner Kyle Busch running 11 races. 16-year-old driver Erik Jones ran 5 races, while Scott Bloomquist ran the Mudsummer Classic at Eldora. On November 8, 2013, Jones won the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway, the youngest winner of a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at 17 years, 5 months, and 9 days. Busch would go on to win the season finale Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway the next week. The No. 51 would win the 2013 Camping World Truck Series owner's title, barely edging the ThorSport Racing No. 88 team of driver's champion Matt Crafton. It was the second owner's championship for Kyle Busch
Motorsports. A third team truck driven by Joe Gibbs Racing development driver Darrell "Bubba" Wallace, Jr. ran the full season in the No. 54 Toyota with sponsorship from ToyotaCare and Camping World/Good Sam Club. Wallace won his first race at Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 200, and would finish 8th in points. In 2014, Wallace ran his second full-time season in the No. 54. In June, Wallace won the Drivin' for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park. Three weeks later, he battled Kyle Larson and Ron Hornaday, Jr. for the win at Eldora Speedway. Wallace, Jr. held off a hard charging Larson, who wrecked his car trying to catch him, and beat Hornaday by a 5.489-second margin to win the second annual Mudsummer Classic. Wallace switched to the No. 34 for the Kroger 200 at Martinsville in tribute to
Wendell Scott, and led the most laps en route to his second straight victory in the race. Wallace won his final race with KBM, the season finale at Homestead Miami Speedway, beating Larson again to earn his first non-short track victory. Wallace's four wins along with nine top fives and 14 top tens led to a third-place finish in points. Kyle Busch and Erik Jones split the No. 51 truck, with Busch at the controls for 10 races and Jones driving 12 races. Eric Phillips served as the crew chief. Busch won the season-opener at Daytona along with his next four starts in the No. 51 truck at Kansas, Charlotte, Dover, and Kentucky. Erik Jones won at Iowa, Las Vegas and Phoenix. The team won its second consecutive owner's championship, with 10 wins among the two drivers. Former ARCA Racing Series rookie of the year and Joe
Gibbs Racing development driver Justin Boston signed to run the full 2015 season in the No. 54. After nine races and while sitting 12th in the points standings, Boston left the team. Initial reports stated that Boston and KBM parted ways due to lack of performance and requests for internal changes by Boston not being met. A later report, however, stated that KBM released Boston due to sponsor Zloop breaching its agreement with the team. The company had initially signed on to be the primary sponsor, but only appeared in two races. KBM would later sue Boston and Zloop (owned by Boston's father) for $4.025 million in defaulted payments. Boston was replaced by Toyota development driver Christopher Bell at Kentucky, where he was involved in a crash. In his next start,
however, Bell battled with rookie Bobby Pierce at Eldora Speedway and won the race after a Green White Checkered finish. It was the second consecutive Eldora win for the No. 54 team. Bell also shared a ride with Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing Xfinity driver Daniel Suarez in the #51 vehicle. Busch drove the truck at Pocono, Michigan, and New Hampshire, winning at Pocono and Michigan. Bell scored a top five finish in his debut at Iowa Speedway Erik Jones was given a full time ride in the third team truck; and before the years end KBM would field a fourth team truck with William Byron at the wheel. When 2016 rolled around KBM had a stout line-up of drivers; but everyone was surprised by the rookie William Byron. With sponsorship from Liberty University Byron won in only his fourth start of the season and by the 13th start, had captured his fifth win of the season breaking Kurt Busch's old record for wins by a rookie Truck Series driver, with nearly half the season left to go. William would countine to win collecting a 6th win at New Hampshire in the first race of the chase for the championship. The team suffered an engine failure with ten laps to go at the last race of the Round of 6 at Phoenix after William Byron lead majority of the race costing him his shot at the Drivers Championship. However William won the season finale at Homestead and Kyle Busch Motorsports collected the Owner's Championship for Truck No. 9 in 2016. This is Kyle Busch Motorsport's fourth-consecutive and fifth all-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner championship. Christopher Bell ran the full season in the #4 machine posting a win and nine top five finishes. He ended up third in the points. The #18 truck's driving duties was once again shared among a few drivers; Kyle Busch drove four times; winning twice. Daniel Suarez drove 13 times posting one win, and the truck was also driven by Cody Coughlin, and Erik Jones among others. In 2017 Noah Gragson drove the full season wheeling the #18 machine while Christopher Bell drove the #4 full time. The #51 was split among several drivers Kyle Busch, Myatt Snider and Harrison Burton. Bell would win five times and claim the 2017 Truck Championship. Busch would claim three wins in seven starts. Gragson would also claim one win. As the 2017 season drew to a close KBM has garnered 65 wins and 159 top five finishes. It also has two drivers Championship and five Owners Championships. As 2018 dawns, Bell is moving to full time in the Xfinity Series, and it is expected races will again be split between Busch, Burton, Gragson and Snider. No other plans have been announced.
RICHARD CHILDRESS - 9/21/1945 - Richard Childress was a full time CUP driver and had been involved with NASCAR long before most fans realize. Childress was an independent driver and fielded his own cars starting in 1969. Childress' career in NASCAR's top levels started auspiciously when a drivers' strike at Talladega Speedway left NASCAR Owner William France looking for replacement drivers. Childress started his first ever race as a replacement. He would start 26th and finished 23rd after falling out with a broken axle on lap 80. Childress began racing in the top level as an independent driver, using the number 96. He changed to number 3 in 1976 as a tribute to Junior Johnson's past as a driver. Although he never won as a driver, he proved to be average behind the wheel registering six top-5, seventy-six top-10 finishes, with a career-best of third in 1978. He raced full time from 1976-1980 posting three top five finishes with a best finish of third at
Nashville. He retired from driving in 1981 after Rod Osterlund sold his NASCAR team to J.D. Stacy, and Osterlund's driver, Dale Earnhardt, did not want to drive for Stacy. Childress, with recommendations from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, chose to retire and put Earnhardt behind the wheel of his #3 car, complete with Wrangler Jeans sponsorship. That first alliance lasted for the season. Ricky Rudd was hired in 1982 and drove for two years, giving Childress his first career victory in June 1983 at Riverside. Earnhardt returned for the 1984
season, and together with Childress formed one of the most potent combinations in NASCAR history. They won championships in 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, and 1994 with crew chiefs Kirk Shelmerdine and Andy Petree, and Goodwrench replacing Wrangler as the primary sponsor after 1987. In the late 1990s Earnhardt's performance began to slow down, and went through 1997 without a victory. The next year, he finally won the Daytona 500 after 20 starts. The year after that one, he was able to score wins at Talladega, as well as cause more controversy, after he spun Terry Labonte out to win a race at Bristol. In 2000, he looked like he was finally regaining his old form, winning twice and finishing
runner-up to Bobby Labonte in points, and his many fans hoped he was gearing up for his record-breaking 8th championship. However, this was not to be. He posted 67 wins with Earnhardt from 1984-2000; until Earnhardt's untimely death on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. Following Dale Earnhardt's death on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500, Childress changed the number of the car from 3 to 29, inverted the original paint scheme, and tabbed his 25-year-old Busch Series driver Kevin Harvick to drive it. Harvick originally was scheduled to drive the No. 30 car part-time before going full-time in 2002; but the death of the 7-time Winston Cup champion rushed Harvick into the spotlight. In
just his third Winston Cup start, Harvick beat Jeff Gordon by mere inches (.006 seconds) to win the Cracker Barrel 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, dedicating the win to Earnhardt. After posting another win at Chicagoland Speedway, Harvick won NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year honors. Childress fielded two other cars in 2001 as he started to expand his race team. Robby Gordon drove the #31 Cingular Wireless Chevy while Mike Skinner wheeled the Lowes
machine. The trio posted two wins, and seven top five finishes. 2002 saw the Skinner replaced by Jeff Green at RCR. Harvick won at Chicago; Green posted a season's best finish of second at New Hampshire and Gordon's best results was a third at Watkins Glen. The same trio returned to RCR in 2003 but after eleven races Steve Park come over from Dale Earnhardt Inc to take the seat of Jeff Green, while Green went to to fill Park's seat at DEI. Green's firing was largely connected to an altercation between him and teammate Kevin Harvick during the Richmond race in which Harvick wrecked Green while racing for a Top 10
position, igniting an already tumultuous relationship between the two drivers that went back to their competition in the Busch Series. Harvick once again won once; this time in the Brickyard 400. Robby Gordon found victory lane twice; both wins at the road courses of Watkins Glen and Sonoma. Park pitched in a best finish of fifth at Michigan. In 2004, Childress promoted 25-year-old Busch Series driver Johnny Sauter to the ride and released Park, hoping Sauter would rise to the occasion like Harvick had in 2001. Kevin Hamlin moved over from the 31 team to serve as Sauter's crew chief. Sauter had helped secure the 2003 Busch Series owner's championship in a partial schedule with RCR, while finishing 8th in driver points. Sauter failed to score a top ten, ranked at the bottom of the Raybestos Rookie standings, and was released just
13 races into the season. After that, Dave Blaney drove the car, only skipping Infineon Raceway when Jim Inglebright took the wheel. A couple of weeks after it was announced Blaney would be in the car for rest of the year, Jeff Burton became available after parting ways with Roush Racing's No. 99 car, leaving Blaney out in the cold. Burton was signed to a multi-year contract and drove the car for the rest of the year beginning at Michigan in August. When Robby Gordon left to start his own team, Burton moved to the 31. Hopes were high heading into 2005; but results turned out to be disappointing. Harvick scored the organizations only win and the threesome only scored a total of six top five finishes. For 2006 Clint Bowyer would replace Dave Blaney and this trio would be the three full time drivers for RCR through 2008. During that span RCR
would see Bowyer win on two occasions, Burton win four times and Harvick visit victory lane on seven occasions. In 2006 Harvick would finish fourth in points while in 2007 Burton would finish third. The dawn of the 2008 season saw the same three drivers once again; but RCR expanded to a fourth team and hired Casey Mears to pilot the vehicle. For the first time since 2004 the organization would go win-less. All but Mears posted at least one runner up finish.
After a dismal showing by Mears that team was shut down for 2010. Bowyer grabbed two wins that season (NH and Talladega) while Harvick posted three wins including the other Talladega race; Michigan and the July Daytona event. Harvick finished third in the points. Burton posted two second place finishes. RCR once again expanded to four team for 2011 adding Paul Menard to the fold. The car was re-numbered to 27, and MENARDS Home Improvement, owned by Paul's father John Menard, came on to sponsor the car in a multi-year agreement. Menard posted a win in the Brickyard 400; while Bowyer added another win at Talladega and Harvick would tack on four additional wins and once again finish third in points. Bowyer left RCR at the beginning of the 2012 season to go and drive for Michael Waltrip Racing. RCR once again decided to just run three cars with Burton, Harvick and Menard being their drivers for both 2013 and 2013. In 2012 Harvick provided the teams
only win (Phoenix) as the group only posted a total of eight top five finishes. 2013 wasn't much better with Harvick providing the only bright spots; having won four times and yet another third place finish in the points. At the end of 2013 Harvick announced he was leaving RCR to go to Stewart-Hass Racing. Ryan Newman was currently at Stewart-Haas and was brought to RCR to fill Harvick's seat. On December 11, 2013, Richard Childress announced that his eldest grandson Austin Dillon would drive full time for his team in 2014. He would also contend for Rookie of the Year honors. In addition, the car was renumbered back to
the #3, which had not been used since Dale Earnhardt's death, though RCR continued to pay for the rights to the number. New sponsor Dow Chemical and existing RCR sponsors General Mills, American Ethanol, Bass Pro Shops, and Realtree, came on to fund the return of the number 3. Austin had run the number in prior competition, including championship seasons in the Truck and Nationwide Series, as did his younger brother Ty. The transition back to 3 was met with mixed reactions, with some fans welcoming the move with open arms, and others turning their backs on RCR and even NASCAR as a whole, due to accusations of disrespect towards the late Earnhardt, and that the number 3 should
have been retired, -- despite the fact that Austin got the blessings to drive the number from Dale Earnhardt Jr, Kelly Earnhardt, Kerry Earnhardt, and the long time friend and pit crew member of Dale Sr, Chocolate Meyers. In addition to the return of the number 3, Austin was set to compete with what many deemed to be the strongest rookie class in the series' history, including talented youngster Kyle Larson and his runner-up for Nationwide Series ROTY Alex Bowman, Nationwide race-winner Justin Allgaier and Nationwide veteran Michael Annett, and former big team development drivers Parker Kligerman, Ryan Truex, and Cole Whitt. Larson and Dillon were viewed as the top contenders for the title. Dillon
opened up 2014 with a bang, winning the pole at the season opening Daytona 500, then finishing ninth in the race after avoiding serious damage in a lap 145 wreck involving 13 cars. Dillon finished fifth in the July race at Daytona posting his seasons only top five result. Larson posted eight top ten finishes including finishing second on two occasions and easily won the Rookie of the Year title. Menard and Newman each posted five top five finishes in 2014 with Newman posted the organizations best finish of second at the season ending race to Homestead. The season wasn't as bad as it sounds however as even without a win Newman had advanced to the Chase portion of the series, and had made it into the final race at Homestead with a shot to win the Championship. Newman had a chance to win late but was unable to get by leader Kevin Harvick who beat Newman to the finish line by 1/2 second winning the race and the Championship. 2015 and 2016 saw the same line up at RCR. The group seems to have
fallen on hard times; not having won a race since 2013 when Harvick was on the team. In 2015 and 2016 the organization didn't even manage to post a second place finish. As we approach 2017 we see Dillon, Newman and Menard with plans to return. Plan are to bring Ty Dillon up to run for Rookie of the Year in 2017 driving the #13 Chevy owned by Germain Racing with a lot of support from RCR. During the mid-1990's Childress began expanding his racing empire, fielding entries in the Xfinity Series and Craftsman Truck Series. The team won the 1995 Craftsman Truck Series championship with driver Mike Skinner in the series' first season. He also expanded to a two-car operation in the
Sprint Cup Series. With Harvick having won the Busch Series championship in 2001 and 2006, RCR became the first team in NASCAR history to win all three of NASCAR's National Championship Series. RCR won the 2011 Camping World Truck Series Championship and the 2013 Xfinity Series Championship, both with Childress' grandson Austin Dillon driving the #3. When Austin Dillon moved up to race in the Xfinity series; Ty Dillon took over the driving duties in the truck series. Ty posted one win in 2012 and added two more in 2013 while finishing second in the points. RCR
hasn't run in the Truck series since 2014 and in the career of the organization; ran 322 races and posted 31 wins, won the Championship twice had drivers finish in the top five in points ten times. RCR' first time in the Xfinity series saw Childress field cars for his son in law Mike Dillon in 2009. (Father of Austin and Ty Dillon). Like in the CUP series; the longer Childress was involved with the series; the bigger his team got and the more races they ran. 2010 saw Dillon run the full season and RCR added Kevin Harvick as a team mate who also ran the full season. Dillon posted two top ten finishes; while Harvick won three times and finished third in points. Harvick drove on full time car in 2001 while the second car's driving duties was split among several drivers. Harvick won on five occasions and won the Championship. Harvick was intended to again drive full time in the Xfinity series; but upon Earnhardt's death went to
run full time in Cup. Johnny Sauter ended up wheeling the only full time run for RCR in 2002 and posted one win. In 2004 Sauter and Harvick split the ride in one car while Ron Hornaday was hired to drive a second car for the full season. Hornaday visited victory lane once and finished third in points. In his part time role Harvick claimed three wins. The organization saw scenerio for 2005 as Hornaday again won once and finished fourth in points while Harvick drove part time and won twice. Clint Bowyer was brought on board for 2005 and he posted two wins and finished second in the season points. Harvick ran only 21 races and won on four occasions. 2006 saw Bowyer win once in the series 35 starts and finish third in points while Harvick only started 31 of the 35 races; yet won on nine occasions and won the points
championship. In 2007 RCR didn't have a full time driver running for the Championship; but Jeff Burton, Bowyer and Harvick ran between 14 and 22 races. Bowyer won twice; while Burton won on five occasions and Harvick capped the season winning six times. A total of 13 team wins. IN 2008 Bowyer ran full time in the Xfinity series going for the Championship. He managed to win one race; but combined with his other consistent finishes, it was enough to win the Championship. The years 2009-2011 RCR didn't field a full time team and chase the points championship. Choosing instead to run drivers in select races. During this time the team saw Bowyer win twice, Scott Wimmer also won once and Dale Earnhardt drove and won on one occasion. After
winning the Truck series Champion in 2011 Austin Dillon was ready to move up the ladder; so Childress went back to running a full time team in the Xfinity series; two in fact. Dillon would drive the #3 Chevy full time while Elliott Sadler would also wheel a full time ride. Dillon won twice and finished third in the points; while Sadler got the checkered flag four times and finished second in points. Harvick added two additional victories. At the end of 2012 Sadler left to drive for Roush Racing. Brian Scott was brought in to drive the car Sadler vacated. Scott posted three top fives; while even though he didn't win Dillon was able to claim the Xfinity Championship by three points over Sam Hornish. Once again the year after winning a Championship Dillon gets moved up the ladder as for 2014 we see Dillon moved up to
drive for RCR in the CUP series. Scott remained on to drive one full time car; while Ty Dillon drove a second full time car. This season a third car was added to the team and Brendan Gaughan was brought in to drive it. Dillon won once and finished fifth in points. Even though Gaughan won twice he finished the season eighth in points. Things remained the same for 2015; but the results were disappointing. The only win was picked up by Paul Menard who drove a part-time car. Ty Dillon did manage to finish third in the points. Brian Scott picked up a full time ride driving for Richard Petty Motorsports in the CUP series; so his seat was filled by Brandon Jones. All three cars managed to qualify for the new Chase format that NASCAR had switched to this season. Gaughan had a bad first three races and was eliminated early finishing 12th. Jones went on to finish 10th. Dillon advance almost to the end; being eliminated just before the Championship race at Homestead. Dillon ended up fifth in the season points. The team picked up their only win when Michael McDowell got the win at the Road Course in Elkhart Lake WI. In 2017 Richard Childress Racing saw some increased success. On the Cup side of things; Ryan Newman used fuel strategy to win the spring race at Phoenix; while Austin Dillon also employed the same strategy to win the 600 at Charlotte. The wins advanced both drivers into the Chase. That was about the highlights for the season. Overall Dillon was only able to post three Top 5's and finished 11th in points. Newman had seven Top 5's but was a disappointing 16th in points. Paul Menard had his best finishes at Daytona. He finished fifth in the Daytona 500 and third when the series returned in July, His only two Top 5 finishes all season. IN the Xfinity Series Childress fielded four teams. Daniel Hemric, Brendan Gaughan and Brandon Jones had full time rides; while the other car was split among various drivers. The most successful driver was Hemric who posted a second place finish along with seven Top 5's and finished fourth in the points. Gaughan had two Top 5 finishes and was 10th in points when Jones was 16th in points For 2018 Menard is leaving RCR and gong to drive the #21 Ford for the Wood Brothers. There is a rumor Brandon Jones may move up from Xfinity to Cup for Childress. Not verified at this time. To date as an owner, Childress has six CUP Championships, 107 wins, and won such major events as World 600 (1986, 1992, 1993, 2011, 2013 & 2017); Southern 500 (1987 & 1989); Brick yard 400 (1995, 2003, & 2011); Daytona (1998, & 2007). He also has four Xfinity series Championships and 78 wins. In the truck series RCR has two Championships and 31 wins.
MIKE CURB - 12/24/1944 - is an American musician, record company executive, and NASCAR car owner. The team was founded as Curb Racing 1984, running Pontiacs in NASCAR's premier series. He is also the founder of Curb Records; and sponsored Dale Earnhardt Sr. during his 1980 Winston Cup championship winning season. Seven-time Cup champion Richard Petty drove the car, with Petty bringing his STP sponsorship and the No. 43 with him from Petty Enterprises. Buddy Parrott was the crew chief. In his first season with Curb, Petty scored two wins, including the Firecracker 400 for his 200th and final career win. Petty finished tenth in the final championship standings. In 1986, the No. 43 Pontiac switched to No. 98 and reduced to part-time, and Ron Bouchard became Curb's new driver. Valvoline replaced STP as the sponsor, and Beam remained crew chief. Curb has used the #98 ever
since. He fielded cars part time from 1986 and 1987. In 1988 the No. 98 Buick returned to full-time as Sunoco became the team's new sponsor; and hired to new drivers to wheel his car. Ed Pimm qualified for two out of the first three races of the season, but was replaced by rookie Brad Noffsinger. Noffsinger finished 14th at his series debut in Atlanta in the spring, however it would be his best finish of the season. Noffsinger failed to qualify for 8 races, while the No. 98 failed to finish 7 additional times. Noffsinger finished 38th in points, Sunoco left the team, and the team shut down. He stepped away from NASCAR ownership until 2012 when he returned as a full time owner with driver
Michael McDowell. In 2012-2013 the team was mostly a start-n-park team. McDowell did post their lone top ten finish in the 2013 Daytona 500. For 2014, Curb paired with past NASCAR driver Phil Parson's to field a CUP ride for Josh wise. Wise ran all 36 races in the #98, but wasn't able to finish inside the top ten on a single occasion and posted a season best finish of 20th. For 2015 Wise ran the early part of the season before being released and several drivers shared the ride the remainder of 2015. NASCAR went to the new Charter System in 2016 and Curb's team did not get a Charter and the CUP team was closed down. In the Camping World Truck series Curb started racing full time in 2009. Johnny Sauter was hired to wheel the #13 and the truck ran up front much of the time. Sauter won six races from 2009-2012 and posted 38 Top 5
finishes. He was also second in the points in 2011 after ending up third in 2010. Austin Dillon edged out Sauter by just six points in the 2011 championship hunt. In 2013 the truck was renumber from the #13 to the #98. Sauter won three races in 2013 including the season opening race at Daytona. He also added win at at Martinsville and Talladega. However he couldn't put together a strong enough season to win the points as he finished in fourth. He had a win in 2014 and again finished fourth in the points. 2015 saw Sauter go win-less; but posted consistent finishes all season; well enough to once again finish fourth in points. Rookie Rico Abreu was brought on board from racing the midget and sprint car circuits to drive a stock car
for the first time. Abreu put his dirt track knowledge to good use posting a season best finish on the dirt at Eldora. He posted two top five finishes; and five top tens. He ran some races very strong; but rookie mistakes and crashes relegated him to a 13th place finish in the points. For 2017 Grant Enfinger would drive in the Truck Series for Curb. Although running just a majority of the schedule; Enfinger put the truck up front and in the hunt for the win. Even though he didn't pull off a win; Enfinger did manage to post nine top five finishes in only 20 starts. He had a best finish of third at Dover DE, and Ft Worth TX.
BILL DAVIS - ?/?/? - Bill Davis Racing was a team that competed in the CUP series from 1993-2008. He fielded a full time ride for such drivers as Bobby Labonte, Ward Burton, Dave Blaney, Scott Wimmer, Hut Stricklin, Kenny Wallace. Labonte started off with the team in 1993 and 1994. The best finish the duo produced was a fifth place in 1994 at Michigan. 1995 saw Davis use a bevy of drivers with Burton running the majority of the races. The group produced four top five finishes that season with road racing ace Wally Dallenbach being brought on board to run at Watkins Glen. He almost pulled off the win, finishing second. Burton did manage to get the teams first visit to victory lane that season pulling off a
win at Rockingham by leading the last 60 laps; and beat a tough Rusty Wallace by two seconds. The team struggled from 1996 through 1998 posting only one top five finish (second at Charlotte). 1999 saw the team make great strides and Burton finished in the top five on six occasions. He was runner-up at Las Vegas, Darlington and Rockingham. Burton finished ninth in the points that season; the best for the team during it's existence. The success from 1999 saw Bill Davis Racing expand to a two car operation as Davis hired Dave Blaney to drive a second full time car. Blaney did a respectable job as he was moving from the dirt tracks and the World of Outlaws, and learning on NASCAR's asphalt. Burton posted a second win for the team during the spring Darlington race and had three additional top five finishes
and had ten top ten results. 2001 saw more of the same as Blaney posted six top ten finishes with a best of sixth at Texas. Burton once again found victory lane; this time he won the prestigious Southern 500 at Darlington. He also posted six more top fives and ten top tens. 2002 the season started out on a high note as Burton captured the crown jewel of the season and won the Daytona 500 right out of the box. He also tacked on another win at Loudon NH. That was pretty much the highlights of the season as Burton only had one additional top five finish and finished
the season 25th in points. Blaney was replaced in 2002 as the second car was raced Hut Stricklin driving 10 races while Kenny Wallace spent 22 races behind the keyboard. 2003 saw Wallace take the wheel for the full season as Burton's team mate. Neither were able to produce a top finish as Burton finished sixth at Watkins Glen. Davis cleaned house and got rid of both Burton and Wallace for 2004. Scott Wimmer became the lead driver for 2004 and the second car was driven by several drivers, but was only raced part time. Blaney was back for six races; Shane Hmiel drove five; and Johnny Benson and Tony Raines drove one each. Wimmer managed just one top five finish for Davis that season.
2005 saw Wimmer's production decrease as he had a best finish of only 11th at Homestead. In 2006 Wimmer was gone and Blaney was back as the top driver. Blaney posted a fourth place finish at Richmond, and only had one other top ten result. Blaney remained Davis' lead driver throughout the remainder of the teams existence. In 2007 Blaney had a third place finish at Talladega and also had four top tens. Davis fielded a second car several times that season with Jeremy Mayfield racing in 13 events. The best he finished was a lowly 22nd at Kansas. 2008 was the final year for Bill Davis Racing Davis ran just one car all season with Blaney at the controls. He posted two top ten finishes with both being ninth place finishes. All in all Bill Davis Racing was able to garner five wins, all with Ward Burton driving. The team also had 28 Top 5
and 104 top ten finishes. Bill Davis Racing also raced in the Xfinity and Truck series. In 12 seasons of the Xfinity series Davis' team was able to post 11 wins. Mark Martin won three times from 1988-2000. Davis then picked up a new unknown unhearlded rookie named Jeff Gordon. Gordon won for him three times in 1992 and finished third in the season points. From that point Bill Davis Racing concentrated solely on CUP racing and didn't field a Xfinity series car until 1998. From 1998-2001 the team wasn't able to break through and get a win. They got second on four occasions with drivers Dave Blaney, Ward Burton and Scott Wimmer. Wimmer finally broke through and got the next win in 2002 when he visited
the winners circle four times and finished third in points. Wimmer won again in 2003 to get the teams final win. Kenny Wallace drove the car full time in 2004 and had ten top ten finishes. Bill Davis racing switched from racing in the Xfinity series to racing trucks starting in 2004. Starting in 2005 Davis fielded three full time truck teams. They were driven by Johnny Benson, Bill Lester and Mike Skinner. The trio combined for 17 top five finishes that season and saw Skinner win twice and finish fifth in points. 2006 saw the same trio return and they upped their game. Benson would post five wins and 13 top fives; while Skinner added another win and eight top fives of his own. Benson finished second in the points that season. Lester was let go for 2007; while Benson and Skinner continued to add wins to the race teams totals. Benson would win four times and post 12 top fives; while Skinner added an additional five wins and 17 top fives. Benson would finish third in the points while Skinner would wind up second with Ron Hornaday being crowned Champ. Bill Davis Racing went out on top in 2008. This time they would not be denied as Benson won five times, posted fourteen top five finishes and beat out Ron Hornaday by seven points to won the Truck Series Championship. Skinner won once and added another five top five finishes and finishes sixth in points. All in all the Truck series team garnered 24 wins. posted 98 top five and 160 top ten finishes. It finished with the Championship in 2008 and was second in the points twice. Davis sold his team to Triad Racing Technologies, which shut down the teams racing entries and now produces engines and chassis for various Toyota NASCAR teams.
PETE DEPAOLO - 4/6/1898 - 11/26/1980 - He was also a successful NASCAR CUP owner from 1955 to 1957. Pete saw his first race in 1919, where he watched his uncle Ralph DePalma win as his riding mechanic. He drove in the 1922 Indianapolis 500 finishing 4th. DePaolo had his worst career injury at the Kansas City board track; his car rolled four times. He ended up spending three weeks in the hospital after losing two teeth and his face was severely cut up. He pulled out to a huge lead in the 1925 Indianapolis 500. DePaolo's strategy in the race was to run the left side tires in the oil slick on the middle the track for two laps then runs his right side tires in the oil slick for two laps. His fingers became badly blistered around the midpoint of the race, and car owner Fred Duesenberg pulled DePaolo out of the car in favor of Norm Batten. DePaolo had his hands repaired in the infield care center, and returned in the car after missing 21 laps. He had dropped to fifth. He raced his way to the win on his way to the series drivers championship. The race was the first Indianapolis 500 to average over 100 miles per hour (101.270 mph). Pete did not consider this to be his greatest win (since he was replaced for 21 laps). He began his
only team in 1927. He finished second in the 1927 Indianapolis 500, and added two wins on his way to the series drivers championship. Later in his life DePaolo also fielded cars for several future NASCAR Hall of Fame drivers and was Ford's manager of t's NASCAR racing program. Just some of the drivers DePaolo supplied race cars for were Fireball Roberts; Ralph Moody, Marvin Panch, Speedy Thompson, Paul Goldsmith, and Buck Baker who all won races in DePaolo's equipment. Speedy Thompson claimed the organizations first victory in 1955. It came at Memphis-Arkansas Speedway in LeHi Arkansas. The 1956 season saw 56 races on NASCAR season schedule. Moody and Roberts raced in in over 30 of these and both finished in the top eight in points. Roberts posted five wins, including one at Chicago's Soldier Field; (the same place where the Chicago Bears still play NFL games). This was the only CUP race ever ran there.
There were also three NASCAR Convertible series races also held at Soldier Field. Moody claimed four wins including victories at Spartanburg, SC and Charlotte NC. Other drivers that wheeled a DePaolo car in 1956 include Curtis Turner; Ralph Earnhardt; Bob Flock; Fonty Flock, Bill Amick, and Joe Weatherly among others. Amick, Weatherly and Earnhardt all ran three races or less; yet posted at least one second place finish; while Speedy Thompson finished third in the points chase. In 1957 DePaolo's teams won a total of ten races. Roberts again posted five wins, while Panch added three and Goldsmith and Moody both had one each. Even though Panch
only ran 18 of the 53 races during the 1957 season; he posted good finishes and wound up second in the points. DePaolo also fielded cars in the NASCAR Convertible Series. The same drivers raced in the Convertible series as in the CUP series. He fielded immaculate cars featuring team colors. See photo posted. It shows two gold and white cars with drivers with Marvin Panch on the left with Curtis Turner along side. The blue and white team cars were driven by Joe Weatherly and Fireball Roberts. Tim Flock would claim the win over Weatherly. Also see picture of Roberts wheeling his #22 Ford. All in all in the three years DePaolo fielded race cars in the NASCAR CUP series his drivers posted 178 starts; claimed 21 checkered flags and had 79 top five and 109 top ten finishes. Buck Baker would finish second in the 1955 points chase behind Tim Flock. Marvin Panch would also
finish second in points in 1957 (behind Champion Buck Baker). From the info I can find it seems DePaolo fielded some very stout cars in the NASCAR Convertible Division. As mentioned above, he supplied cars for several top name drivers of the time. In 1956 and 1957 Curtis Turner was at the wheel of a DePaolo car and he posted 62 starts with 28 wins. Joe Weatherly would drive 58 times for DePaolo and claim 8 wins over the same time span. Fireball Roberts only ran sporadically in the Convertible series; but he did post one win in five starts for DePaolo. Pete DePaolo died on November 26, 1980 at age 82.
DIGARD Racing - was formed by Mike DiProspero and Bill Gardner who were brothers-in-law. Shown in the photo at left DiProspero is on the left with Gardner on the right. At a time when motor sports was seen as a sport for southerners with participants that were not far removed from the rum runners/moonshiners, DiGard Racing entered the sport and put the wheels into motion that have helped turn NASCAR racing into a marketing platform that is virtually unrivaled in American sports. DiGard Racing fielded cars for such star drivers as Donnie Allison, Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip, Ricky Rudd and others. In addition to working with superstar drivers, the team also launched the careers of numerous other individuals in NASCAR, including team owner Robert Yates, former NASCAR Vice President of Research and Development Gary Nelson, NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton, and 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champion crew chief Jimmy
Fennig. The team was started in 1973 based in a garage near the Daytona speedway. The team fielded cars for Donnie Allison in 1973 and 1974 before replacing him with Darrell Waltrip in August 1975. Waltrip posted the team's first win in October 1975 at Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway. In 1976 the team negotiated with Stokely-Van Camp's and acquired Gatorade sponsorship, but after a 1976 season where they won just one race and fell out of over ten
races, the team opened a shop in Charlotte, NC and closed down the Daytona shop; with closer access to parts suppliers the team became a consistent winner in 1977. Waltrip posted six wins in 1977, four of them on super speedways. He posted six more wins in 1978, but this time four of his wins came on short tracks. Waltrip became disenchanted with team ownership and publicly stated he would join the Ranier Racing team then driven by Lennie Pond. To the surprise of the sport's followers, Waltrip signed a four-year contract with DiGard before the 1979 season. Waltrip nearly won the 1979 championship, coming in second and losing by 11 points to Richard Petty in the championship. Waltrip and DuGard
had led for most of the season that year, leading the championship with a wide lead until the last few races. The impact of the loss angered Waltrip and his contract situation with the team became an issue again. Crew chief Buddy Parrott was fired at the end of 1979 but then rehired in 1980. Waltrip and Parrott won four of the 1980 season's first sixteen races but was fired in June; Parrott finished the season with the Ranier team. Looking to get out, Waltrip set
up his own contract buyout out of his own pocket to leave DiGard, landing at Junior Johnson Racing. Waltrip would win 26 times driving for DiGard. The No. 88 Gatorade car was driven by Ricky Rudd for 1981, garnering three pole positions that season. Rudd posted fourteen top five finishes but failed to win. Bobby Allison, who had been recruited by the team years before, joined the team in 1982. Allison took the controls of the DiGard Racing ride and made an immediate impact. He started off the season with a dominant win in the season’s most prestigious event, the Daytona 500 and the Busch Clash. In addition, Allison also picked up the win in the Firecracker 400, being the first driver to sweep the Busch Clash, Daytona 500, and Firecracker 400 in a single
season. Allison ended the season with 8 wins, and finished second in the series championship standings. During this season Allison encountered the same money problems in the team that Waltrip had witnessed; he signed a new contract with DiGard; in large part thinking it would get him back payments the team had withheld during the season. For 1983, the Gatorade colors were to adorn a new Chevrolet Monte Carlo, but just before the season Miller High Life beer sponsorship joined the team and the car number was changed to #22.. Gatorade and the #88 then switched to
Cliff Stewart's Pontiac and driver Geoff Bodine. The following season the team created a new relationship with Miller Brewing Company, and Allison continued to pick up checkered flags at an astonishing rate. Gone were the familiar green and white Gatorade colors, and in was the red and white Miller look. The Miller sponsorship was the first in NASCAR history to be valued at over $1 million annually. Bobby Allison collected six more wins, but more importantly, claimed the 1983 NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship. He began driving Chevrolets in the first three races; in March the team was denied access to the nose
pieces for their Monte Carlos as the Junior Johnson team was given primary access to parts. The team switched back to the Buicks it had run the previous season. In all the #22 won six races in the 1983 season. But the team's finances continued to deteriorate. Insistent that the team look professional when they celebrated the series championship at the awards banquet in New York, team owners Bill and Jim Gardner had the team wear tuxedos, becoming the first team to do so. Allison won twice in 1984 but the team was inconsistent; it involved supplying engines to the Curb
Motorsports team driven by Richard Petty and the two teams were at loggerheads over provision of engines and payments; the team's deal with Curb ended after the 1984 Firecracker 400. The team entered a second car, for Greg Sacks, for the 1985 Firecracker 400; Sacks won the race, but the entry of two cars violated Allison's contract with the team. He left the team after the race and fielded cars out of his own race shop for the rest of the season. In 1985, DiGard had Bobby Allison battling for the Championship in the #22 Miller High Life car.
For the Firecracker 400 at Daytona, DiGard set up and raced what is called a Research & Development car (a one-off unsponsored car numbered 10 entered to a race primarily for team improvement) with Greg Sacks at the helm. Instead of simply doing its intended purpose— running a small amount of laps and collecting data about the track that DiGard could use for Allison's car— Sacks drove the car to an unexpected victory. It was later alleged that the car sneaked through inspection with an oversize engine, and thus the team cheated. NASCAR did not find anything wrong
with the #10 in post-race inspection, however, and Sacks' win stood. The impact of the R&D car's victory was significant. Reportedly angered that the team was focusing its attention elsewhere, Allison quit and Sacks was hired to race for the rest of the year, but did not capture another Top-5 finish in 1985. Allison went on to drive for Stavola Brothers Racing and took the Miller sponsorship with him following the season. The allegations of cheating —combined with reported money troubles — shook the team, and some say imploded it.
Bobby Allison left the team mid-season in 1985, engine builder Robert Yates left during the 1986 season, and the team ran a limited schedule and a myriad of drivers during their final seasons. The team's last NASCAR Winston Cup entry was in 1987 with Rodney Combs. The team's final three starts were with Combs early in the 1987 season, including entries without sponsorship. In 1988, businessman Bob Whitcomb bought the team's assets. This was this team that won the 1990 Daytona 500 with Derrike Cope. Cope found successes with this team. Sponsorship from Purolator Filters and the victory in the 1990 Daytona 500 helped build the team up. Cope would again win later that season at Dover. DiGard Racing won at every track on the schedule and the team also has dozens of wins in support series such as the NASCAR Nationwide Series and ARCA Series. DiGard Racing pushed the envelope looking for new ideas that would improve performance on the track. DiGard Racing perfected the use of power steering in NASCAR race cars, developed shock absorber technology that improved handling characteristics, and made a concerted effort to use aerodynamics to lessen drag while giving down force, thus increasing overall speed. While many teams were reluctant to try new technologies for the fear they would fail and hurt their performance on the speedway, DiGard Racing built a better mousetrap by taking the next logical step: Gardner fielded a second car with the expressed purpose of being a research and development vehicle. The R&D car proved to be a good investment as it won its first race out of the box in Daytona with Greg Sacks as mentioned above. Gardner himself was no stranger to innovative ideas as he was one of the first racing spotters, perched above the race track with radio contact with the driver to warn of accidents ahead. The Gatorade sponsorship was the first national sponsorship by a non-automotive, consumer brand in NASCAR history, and it opened the door for other non-traditional sponsors to follow. While Bill Gardner and the DiGard Racing team were seen as “outsiders” to the mainly southern participants while the team was active in competition, the legacy of the team is that of innovator and champion. The team's last NASCAR Winston Cup entry was in 1987 with Rodney Combs. For their time in CUP DiGard Racing won 43 events, including such major races as: World 600 (1978, 1979, 1984); Daytona 500 (1982); Southern 500 (1983).
JUNIE DONLAVEY - 4/8/1924 - 6/19/2014 - is a former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car owner with a team based in Richmond, VA. Rarely fielding a car without his familiar #90, he began fielding his team in 1950. He drove for his team at first, but soon gave way to other drivers. Donlavey earned a reputation as working well with young drivers over his tenure, as Ken Schrader and Jody Ridley won NASCAR Rookie of the Year honors while driving for Donlavey. Donlavey made his debut as an owner in 1950 at Martinsville Speedway, where Runt Harris drove Donlavey's Oldsmobile to a nineteenth place finish. Donlavey's next race as an owner came in 1952 Southern 500, fielding the #53 Hudson Hornet for Joe Weatherly. He started 38th and finished 16th. He did not field a car again until 1957, when Emanuel Zervakis drove Donlavey's #90 Ford at Raleigh Speedway. Zervakis returned to run Donlavey's Chevys the next season, but did not a finish a race all season. Donlavey only ran one race in 1959, at the Capital City 200. Harris had a fifth place finish in that race. Throughout the 1960's Donlavey only started a few races per year with little success. Donlavey fielded his first full time team
in 1971 with Bill Dennis at the wheel. 1972-1974 Donlavey only fielded a team part time. In 1973, Donlavey secured his first full-time sponsor, signing Truxmore Industries. In 1975 he would start fielding a car full time, and Dick Brooks would be behind the wheel. He would post a second place finish at Dover, and six top fives for the year. In 1976, Brooks had eighteen top-ten finishes and finished tenth in points again. The next season, Brooks finished sixth in points, and yet again just missed winning a race; finishing second at Bristol. Brooks began 1978 by finishing fifth in two out of the first three races of the season, but despite an eighth-place points finish, Brooks departed the team. In 1979, Donlavey signed Ricky Rudd to drive the #90. Competing in 28 races; Rudd
had 17 top-ten finishes and finished 9th in points. Rudd left at the end of the season, Jody Ridley signed to drive the 90 for the full 1980 season. He had 18 top-ten finishes, finished seventh in points, and was named Rookie of the Year. The next season, he finished fifth in points and WON the Mason-Dixon 500, the only points win Donlavey would have during his career. Even with the win Donlavey lost the Truxmore sponsorship, so J.D. Stacy sponsored the car in 1982, but after he failed to post a top-five, Ridley left the team. Brooks returned to the team, where he posted two top-fives and finished 14th in points with sponsorship from Chameleon Sunglasses. After just one top-five in 1984, Brooks departed
departed the team for the final time. The next season, Donlavey signed rookie driver Ken Schrader to pilot the #90, with new sponsorship from Ultra Seal. Schrader had three top-tens and finished sixteenth in points. Schrader would also win the rookie of the year title, becoming the second driver to win that honor behind the wheel of a Donlavey car. In 1986, Red Baron Frozen Pizza, signed as primary sponsor, and in 1987, Schrader won one of two qualifying races for the Daytona 500, as well as picking up
a pole at Darlington Raceway, finishing tenth in championship points. At the end of the season, Schrader left, and was replaced by Benny Parsons with Bull's Eye Barbecue Sauce. Running what turned out to be his last season, Parsons competed in 27 starts and grabbed an eighth-place finish at Phoenix. After the season, Bull's Eye left the team, and Donlavey signed rookie Chad Little to his ride. However, Little struggled and was released after the Coca-Cola 600. Donlavey cut back to part-time schedule for the rest of the season. In 1990, Donlavey signed True Cure as sponsor, and at the advice of Schrader, signed Ernie Irvan as driver. Unfortunately, True Cure did not meet their financial
expectations, and Donlavey cancelled the contract. Donlavey granted permission for Irvan to seek other opportunities, and Irvan signed with Morgan-McClure Motorsports. Donlavey did not field a full team again until 1993, with Bobby Hillin as driver. With sponsorship from Heilig-Meyers, Hillin posted a best finish was eleventh and hefinished twenty-seventh in points. Hillin ran just three races in 1994, before he was replaced by Mike Wallace. Wallace made 22 starts and had a fifth-place finish at the season-ending Hooters 500. He returned in 1995 but dropped to 34th in points. After making ten starts in 1996, Wallace was released in favor of Dick
Trickle, whose best finish that season was a thirteenth at Michigan. Trickle signed the next season. He posted two top-fives. In 1998, he, along with Heling-Meyers and crew chief Tommy Baldwin, Jr., left the team at the end of the year. After the loss of personnel in 1998, Donlavey announced that for 1999, he would field the #90 Big Daddy's BBQ Sauce Ford Taurus driven by rookie Mike Harmon. Big Daddy did not been pay its sponsorship checks on time, and Harmon was replaced by Mike Wallace before the Daytona 500. The team ran the 500 with sponsorship from Accu-turn and Kodiak (a one-race deal after Kodiak's regular team missed the
race). Donlavey's team never fielded a full time team again. In 2002 a Donlavey car would make it's final CUP start. His cars would start 14 events with five different drivers. Jason Hedlesky would make the team's final start, finishing last. In 2003, Kirk Shelmerdine drove Donlavey's car at the Daytona 500 twin 125's, but missed the field. Donlavey hoped to revive his team in 2004 by announcing Kevin Ray would drive a limited schedule that season with sponsorship from Boudreaux's Butt Paste. Late in the year A.J. Henriksen, began running races for Donlavey, but did not make a race. In 2006 he sold his race assets, and retired from racing. In over 45 years in NASCAR's top series Donlavey fielded entries for 863 events. During this entire time he fielded a car enblazened with #90 on the side. His drivers did post
60 top five finishes. He gave so many young guys a chance like Bill Dennis, Ken Schrader, Ernie Irvan, Harry Gant, and Tiny Lund, just to name a few, and also gave Dick Trickle his best years in Winston Cup. He didn't race for the wins, but for the people and friendships that he made. As a result, his cars weren't always fast, and he got burned on a few sponsorship deals. But, he has said many times if he had to do it all over again, he wouldn't change a single thing that happened to him! He died in Richmond, Virginia on June 9, 2014. Donlavey was honored shortly after his death by the Sprint Cup Garage at Richmond International Raceway being named the Wesley C. Donlavey Garage. At the September 2014 Cup race in Richmond, team owner Joe Falk changed the number of his Circle Sport car from 33 to number 90 and used a retro paint scheme similar to Donlavey's Truxmore-sponsored cars
(second photo above). The deck lid contained the names of the 67 drivers who raced for Donlavey (photo directly above). Falk considered Donlavey a mentor. Check out that list of drivers on the deck lid which includes many Cup Champions Hall of Fame inductees. I tried to leave it large so you could read the names. Among the more notable names are: Joe Weatherly, Tiny Lund, Speedy Thompson, LeeRoy Yarbrough, Dick Brooks, Fred Lorenzen, David Pearson, Harry Gant, Bud Moore, Buck Baker, Buddy Baker, Jody Ridley, Dick Trickle, Ricky Rudd, Ken Schrader, Benny Parsons, and many others
DALE EARNHARDT INC - competited in the CUP series from 1996 to 2008, Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (DEI) operated as a NASCAR-related organization in Mooresville, North Carolina, United States. The company was founded by Dale Earnhardt and his wife, Teresa Earnhardt. Despite his ownership of the DEI racing team, Earnhardt never drove for his team in the Winston Cup Series; instead he raced for his long-time mentor and backer Richard Childress at RCR. In 1996, DEI debuted in the Winston Cup at the Charlotte Motor Speedway with the #14 Racing for Kids Chevrolet driven by Robby Gordon. Jeff Green drove the car in another two races that year. In 1997, sponsored by Burger King, Steve Park, a Busch Series standout, drove the car in five races. In 1998, the team switched the car number from #14 to #1 in an agreement with Richard Jackson, another car owner. DEI received sponsorship from Pennzoil and Park and made a bid for NASCAR Rookie of the Year honors. In the third race of the year, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Park failed to qualify. The following week, he broke his leg in an accident while testing at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Two weeks later, the team hired Darrell Waltrip, a champion on three occasions. He drove the car while Park recovered from his injuries and twice, finished in the top ten. Park returned at the Brickyard 400. In 1999, Park finished five times in the top ten and ranked fourteenth in points earned. In 2000, Park won his first of two Bud Pole awards; won his first race at Watkins Glen International Raceway, his home
track and ranked eleventh in points earned. In 2001, in the first race after Earnhardt's death, Park beat Bobby Labonte in a photo finish at North Carolina Speedway. Park's career encountered difficulties at a Busch Series race at Darlington Speedway. During a caution flag period, his steering wheel became disconnected from the steering column. Park received serious injuries, and Kenny Wallace drove the car while Park recuperated. Park gradually recovered from his injuries and returned, ironically, at the spring Darlington race in 2002. In mid 2003, he was relieved of driving duties and was replaced by Jeff Green. Both Green and Pennzoil left DEI when the 2003 season finished and the
team moved to a part-time status. Meanwhile Dale Earnhardt Jr had been racing in the Xfinity series. Earnhardt Jr. won championships in both 1998 and 1999. In 2000, Earnhardt Jr. moved to the Sprint Cup on a full-time basis. That year, Earnhardt Jr. won two poles and three races (including the The Winston), but finished runner-up to Matt Kenseth in the competition for NASCAR Rookie of the Year. On July 7, 2001, Earnhardt Jr. won the Pepsi 400 at Daytona, the first restrictor plate race at Daytona after Earnhardt, Sr.'s death. By this time DEI was a multi-car operation with Michael Waltrip drive a second car, and Steve Park a third. Waltrip had won the race that Dale Sr was killed in with Earnhardt Jr finishing second. Waltrip had just moved to DEI wheeling the #15 in 2001 with NAPA Sponsorship. Between 2002 to 2005, Waltrip won a further three
times (twice at Daytona and once at Talladega) then, announcing he would no longer drive for DEI, he took NAPA with him to found his own team, Michael Waltrip Racing. For the 2006 NASCAR, the #15 team moved to a part-time status. Paul Menard, DEI's Busch Series driver drove and sponsorship was provided by Menards Home Improvement stores. Menard finished seventh at the Atlanta Motor Speedway and moved to full-time in the 2007 season. On July 25, 2007, the #01 car was added to DEI as part of the company's merger with Ginn Racing. Regan Smith drove the #01 full-time in 2008. Smith became the first rookie to finish every race he entered during the 2008 season and was named "Rookie of the Year" at the season's end. As far as Dale Earnhardt Jr, on February 15, 2004, 6 years after
his father's win, Earnhardt Jr. won the 2004 Daytona 500. He won a further five races that season. Though he failed to qualify for the Chase Cup in 2005, he did race in 2006 when he finished fifth. On May 10, 2007, Earnhardt Jr. announced that he would not return to DEI for the 2008 season; then on June 13, 2007, officially announced his move to Hendrick Motorsports. In 2006 Martin Truex and Paul Menard joined DEI full time. Truex won for DEI at Dover in 2007. Truex stayed with Earnhardt Ganassi through 2009, before moving over to drive for Michael Waltrip's team. When Earnhardt Jr left DEI in 2008, Menard also departed DEI and moved to Yates racing. Also at the end of the 2008 season DEI would merge with Chip Ganassi to form Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing (see next owner below). DEI also raced in the Xfinity series and in the Truck series. DEI was first formed in
1984 by Dale Earnhardt Sr to field cars for himself to race. DEI only ran select races from 1984-1994. Even though Earnhardt only ran a hand full of races per year; he ran up front. During that 11 year period Earnhardt won 16 times in 110 starts. Earnhardt started fielding a full time Xfinity effort in 1995 with Jeff Green driving the #3 Chevy. Green finished fifth in the points the first year the team ran full time. Also in 1995 DEI started fielding vehicles in the Truck series with Ron Hornaday running for the title. Hornaday won six times, but finished third in the points behind inaugural year champ Mike Skinner. Green returned for 1996 in the Xfinity series, and improved one spot to
finish fourth in the points; but still wasn't able to find victory lane. Hornaday however won four times in the #16 NAPA Chevy truck and claim DEI's first ever Championship. Hornaday would claim seven wins in 1997; but could must only a third place finish in the points. Steve Park was brought in to replace Green in 1997 driving the AC Delco Chevy in the Xfinity series. Park won on three occasions; but could manage only a third place finish in points also. 1998 would be the year of dual Championships. Dale Earnhardt Jr drove the Xfinity series car replacing Park, won seven times and claimed the points Championship. Hornaday visited victory lane six times on route to his Truck Series Championship. 1999 saw Dale Earnhardt Jr again win the series Championship while Hornaday placed seventh in the Truck series. This would
be the final year DEI fielded a race truck. Hornaday moved up to the Xfinity series in 2000 and posted two wins that season. He managed to finish fifth in the points chase. After Dale Earnhardt Sr's untimely death in the season opening Daytona 500; the Xfinity Series team didn't compete in 2001. In 2002 and 2003 the Xfinity program only raced in select races. It wasn't until 2004 that DEI once again ran full time. They put Martin Truex into the #8 car; he won six races and claimed the Championship. The team expanded to two full time cars in 2005 with Truex again driving one car and Paul Menard was brought on board to drive the #11 team car. Menard was able to finish sixth in the points; while Truex won six times and once again claimed the Championship. In 2006 Truex moved up to the CUP Series so DEI contracted back to only being a single full time team. Menard won at
Milwaukee WI and finished sixth in the points chase. DEI's Xfinity team posted 57 wins and claimed four series Championships. The truck series would garner 25 wins in only 126 starts and won the Championship twice.
EARNHARDT GANASSI RACING - Originally this team started out as Team SABCO. It was formed in 1989 by Felix Sabates, a Cuban immigrant who was a self-made millionaire in products such as Teddy Ruxpin. It is owned by businessmen Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates. Since 2001, the team has also fielded teams in the NASCAR Cup Series after Ganassi bought a majority stake in Sabates' Team SABCO Racing, and the team changed names to Chip Ganassi Racing. (See 'Felix Sabates' for info when Sabates owned the team, and before Ganassi acquired majority ownership). On November 12, 2008 Chip Ganassi along with Teresa Earnhardt, widow of Dale Earnhardt, the seven-time NASCAR champion and namesake of their own NASCAR team,
announced that the two teams would merge in time for the 2009 season and run under the name of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. The team fielded Chevrolets in all series for three drivers – the #1 Bass Pro Shops car driven by Jamie McMurray and the #8 car of Aric Almirola from the DEI stable and the #42 car Juan Pablo Montoya from Target Ganassi's stable. In 2009 the season kicked off with two full time race teams. The drivers were Martin Truex, and Juan Pablo Montoya. Truex would only post one top five finish this season, and at the end of the year would leave to drive for Michael Waltrip racing. Truex was replaced by
Jamie McMurray, who was let go after Roush Fenway Racing downsized to four cars and who had previously driven for the Ganassi organization from 2002 until 2005, winning his first Cup race with the team as a substitute driver in 2002. The McMurray/Montoya duo raced for Earnhardt Ganassi through the 2013 season. McMurray won the 2010 Daytona 500 for EGR in his first race in the #1 car. McMurray returned to the winner's circle by winning the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis, the first time that he had won multiple races in a season since joining the Cup Series full-time in 2003. Two races later Montoya would win for Earnhardt Ganassi at Watkins Glen, and McMurray got his third win of the season with a victory at the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte during the Chase, the second
time he has won that race (the first was his first career victory in the then-UAW GM Quality 500 in 2002). McMurray and the Ganassi team struggled in 2011 and 2012, and later switched to Hendrick engines looking to improve performance. After more struggles in the first half of 2013, McMurray finally broke back into victory lane at the fall Talladega race, his first victory in three seasons. Teresa Earnhardt had little influence in day-to-day operations of EGR since the merger. In 2014, the team resumed use of the Chip Ganassi Racing name. (See Chip Ganassi below).
HOSS ELLINGTON - 5/12/1935 - 5/31/2014 - a retired NASCAR driver and team owner. He made 31 starts as a driver between 1968 and 1970 in the NASCAR Cup series, finishing in the top 10 four times, all in 1969. Ellington was out of CUP racing in 1971, but in 1972 he would return for the next 17 years to field cars for such all star drivers as Fred Lorenzen, Cale Yarborough, AJ Foyt, Bobby Isaac, Donnie Allison, David Pearson, Dale Jarrett, and many others. He never ran a team full time, preferring instead to pick his races, and field cars that were competitive with a chance to win. In 1968, Ellington made his NASCAR Grand National debut at the 1968 Dixie 500 racing event that took place in Atlanta Motor Speedway while driving his self-owned #61 Mercury; he finished in 31st. In 1969, he made his first start of the season at Rockingham, scoring his first career top ten with a tenth place finish. He
competed in 15 races, finishing in the top ten four times, including two career-best 7th place finishes. In 1970, he made three more starts, at Charlotte, Darlington, and Rockingham, with a best finish of 13th that year. He then retired as a driver after the 1970 American 500 race in order to focus on being a team owner. In 1972, Ellington began fielding cars as an owner for Fred Lorenzen. In Lorenzen's first start with the team, at Darlington, he finished 29th due to an engine failure. Lorenzen would later gather two top 5s and 3 top 10's. Later in the season, Ellington had Cale Yarborough ran three races in the Ellington car, earning two top 10s, and John Sears ran one race for the team, finishing 5th. Between the three drivers, the team competed in 11 races, scoring 3 top 5s and 6 top 10 finishes. In 1973, Ellington hired Ramo Stott, Charlie Glotzbach, and Gordon Johncock to drive for him, and the team again ran 11 races, with Johncock finishing fourth at the Firecracker 400 at Daytona.
1974 was much better for the team, with A. J. Foyt, Charlie Glotzbach, Bobby Isaac, and Sam McQuagg splitting up 15 races. Foyt and Glotzbach both scored a single top 5, Isaac finished in the top 10 three times with the team, and McQuagg scored two top tens. The team scored 2 top 5s and 7 top 10s in 15 races. 1975 was when Donnie Allison made his first start with the team. He ran two races with Ellington, finishing third at Talladega in his first race with the team. A.J. Foyt ran seven races with Ellington, scoring an additional top five finish. In 1976, Allison scored Ellington's first win as a team owner at Lowes Motor Speedway in the #1 car, a second team, as A.J. Foyt drove the familiar 28 in that race. Foyt also scored the first pole for the team in that year. For 1977, Allison was hired as the sole driver for the team, with the main car renumbered #1. Allison repaid Ellington with three
pole positions, as well as two wins and 10 top 10s in 17 starts. He finished 24th in points despite running a partial schedule. 1978 was another successful year, with Allison winning at Atlanta. The Atlanta win would be his last career win. Allison did not win at all in 1979, but he became a part of NASCAR history when he and Cale Yarborough crashed while racing for the lead on the last lap of the Daytona 500, when, after the wreck, Allison, Yarborough, and Allison's brother Bobby got into a fistfight in the grass infield in front of what was then the largest televised audience for a NASCAR race. Donnie Allison only drove 3 races for the team in 1980 before he left to join Kennie Childers's team. David Pearson ran 9 races that year, winning once. It was the last win for both Pearson in his
career and also Ellington's team. It would come at Darlington in the CRC Chemicals 500. In 1981, Buddy Baker drove 15 races, scoring nine top ten finishes and Pearson drove one race, finishing 8th. 1982 saw four different drivers behind the wheel for Ellington's mounts. Buddy Baker would finish fifth in the World 600 and post another top ten finish. In 1983 and 1984, Lake Speed drove for the team. He ran 18 races in 1983 and 17 in 1984. Overall during Speed's time with Ellington, he scored 4 top 5s and 12 top 10s. Pearson returned for 8 races in 1985, along with three other drivers; but none of them was able to post a finish better than tenth. In 1986, Sterling
Marlin ran a partial schedule for Ellington scoring two top 5s and four top 10s, including the Firecracker 400 where he led 6 laps and almost won, coming in second. In 1987, Brett Bodine and Ron Bouchard shared the car, with Bouchard scoring the only top 10 for the team all year. The team's last season was in 1988, when Dale Jarrett drove 8 races for Ellington, with a best finish of 11th. The team shut down after attempting to qualify for the 1989 Daytona 500 in an unsponsored Buick with driver, Doug Heveron. Unfortunately, a blown engine on lap 1 of the Gatorade
125 Qualifying race forced the team to miss the race. For his career as an owner he fielded cars for 264 events and won five times. Four of those with Donnie Allison and the other with Pearson. His cars also posted 52 top five and 92 top ten finishes. Ellington died on May 31, 2014 in Wilmington, NC after a long battle with liver cancer. He was 79 years old.
RAY EVERNHAM - 8/26/1957 - Evernham started as a modified racer in the North east. He crashed at Flemington in the middle of the 1993 season. He damaged his brain stem, which left depth perception impairment ending his driving career. Evernham started working for NASCAR driver Alan Kulwicki at the end of 1991. Evernham moved to Rick Hendrick Motorsports and was the crew chief for Jeff Gordon after he moved up into Sprint Cup from the final race of the 1992 season to 1999. Gordon and Evernham won 47 Cup races, 3 Cup championships (1995, 1997, and 1998) and were the dominant team in NASCAR Cup competition at the time. Evernham left Hendrick Motorsports and Gordon/Evernham Motorsports in 1999 to form his own team, Evernham Motorsports, which in 2000 announced Bill Elliott would drive for him. The team ran in 2000 out of Elliott's race shop. The team would also be the cornerstone for Dodge's return to Winston Cup racing in 2001. Before the 2001 Winston Cup season, a Dodge had not raced in the series since Phil Good at the Pocono Raceway in June 1985. Evernham led Dodge's return to NASCAR by fielding two full-time cars in the 2001 season. Bill Elliott was named to drive the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge on March 10, 2000. The driver of the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge was announced to be Casey Atwood. The two teams had the backing of nearly 3,000 Dodge Dealers and the Chrysler Group’s performance brand Dodge. The duo would have success in their initial season, as Elliott won at
Homestead, breaking a 7 year win-less streak. 2003 would see Elliott in victory lane again in 2003 at Rockingham, and the following week he would be leading at Homestead when he had a flat tire with 1/2 lap to go. Rockingham would be Elliott's final career win. On August 6, 2007, it was announced that George N. Gillett, Jr. had purchased a majority share in the team, and that the name had been changed to Gillett Evernham Motorsports. In 2002, Jeremy Mayfield was added to Evernham's program, taking over the #19 Dodge from Atwood. In 2002, Evernham found
success with his new program by witnessing Mayfield win the Winston Open, as well as Bill Elliott winning back to back in the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono and The Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In 2003, Elliott ran strong with several 2nd place finishes and won the next to last race at North Carolina Motor Speedway at Rockingham and nearly won the season finale at Homestead, cutting a tire while leading on the last lap, surrendering the lead and win to Bobby Labonte in Elliott's last full time race. In 2004, Kasey Kahne took over the 9 car with Elliott running part time in a third car, number 91 and Mayfield in the 19. 2005 saw both Kahne and Mayfield claim one win, and in 2006 Kahne broke
out and had a six win season with Evernham. Meanwhile after 21 races Mayfield was fired for "lack of performance" and for comments detrimental to the team. In August 2006 Elliott Sadler was announced as the new driver of the 19 car. Court documents reveal that Mayfield blames Evernham's personal life, included a claim that a "close personal relationship" had developed between the then-married Evernham and development driver Erin Crocker, and "sub-par" equipment as the reasons he has not won a race in 2006. Evernham admitted that he had an ongoing relationship with Crocker. Furthermore, he said about Crocker, "The proper thing to do and something her and I would like to do is move her to another race team." Evernham and Crocker eventually were married at a private ceremony in Las Vegas on August 26, 2009. They had a baby
girl named Cate Susan Evernham that was born on July 26, 2014. In August 2007, it was announced that George N. Gillett, Jr. had purchased a majority share in the team, and that the name had been changed to Gillett Evernham Motorsports. The transaction was similar to the creation of Roush Fenway Racing. In 2009, GEM then completed a merger with Petty Enterprises and brought the team's famous #43 car into the fold. Owner George N. Gillett, Jr. told reporters that the team would change names to reflect the merger, with Richard Petty Motorsports or Gillett-Petty Motorsports being two of the potential names. The team finally decided on the former name on January 19, 2009. Late in the 2009 season, RPM announced that it was to merge with Yates Racing. In late 2010, Evernham sold his remaining share in the operation.
BOB JENKINS - 11/4/1947 - Front Row Motorsports is an American professional stock car racing team that currently competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The team began running part-time in 2004 as Means-Jenkins Motorsports under a partnership with Jimmy Means and restaurant entrepreneur Bob Jenkins, with Jenkins becoming the full team owner in 2005. Front Row has become known as one of the more prominent small-budget teams in the Cup Series, operating with around 60 employees on a fraction of the budget of larger teams, and with equipment often coming second-hand from other Ford teams such as Roush-Fenway Racing. The team has struggled on most intermediate tracks, however since 2011, the team has become noted for its performance at superspeedways and to a lesser extent short tracks, which rely less on aerodynamic performance. This reputation has grown since the signing of noted restrictor plate racer David Ragan in 2012, who won the team's first race at Talladega the next year with the help of another skilled plate racer David Gilliland. The team has received equipment from Roush Fenway Racing since 2010, and began a technical alliance with Roush in 2016. The team also began receiving technical support from Ford starting in 2016, after receiving limited data from Ford since 2010. Robert "Bob" Jenkins, the full owner of the team since 2005, resides in Dandridge, Tennessee, and is known for
his involvement with in the Yum! Brands family of restaurants. Jenkins currently owns around 150 franchises, including many Taco Bell, Long John Silver's, and A&W locations. The Yum! Brands, most notably Taco Bell and Long John Silver's, as well as MDS often appear on the Front Row cars when the team does not have an outside sponsor, with funds coming from Jenkins himself. In 2005 when Jenkins took full ownership of the team they raced part time using
a variety of drivers; and through 2008 the team only raced in selected events they thought they might run well in. Over that spans they used such drivers as Bobby Hamilton Jr, Hermie Sadler, Tony Raines, Kevin LePage, Mike Skinner, and John Andretti among others. In 2009 Front Row Motorsports decided it was time to hire a full time driver and run the full season. John Andretti was tabbed to be that driver and he posted three finishes inside the Top 20. In 2010 FRM expanded to a three car operation with Kevin Conway, David Gilliland and Travis Kvapil. None of the drivers were able to post a top ten finish; while Conway posted a team best finish of 14th at Daytona in July. Gilliland and Kvapil were brought back to drive in 2011 and Conway was released. Gilliland gave
Front Row their first top five finish when he finished third in the Daytona 500. Slowly but surely the team was improving and making gains against the 'big boys'. David Ragan came in to replace Kvapil in 2012 and the two worked well as a team. Ragan posted a fourth place finish that season as both of the drivers results continued to improve. In
2013 magic happened. Gilliland and Ragan had always been regarded as good restrictor plate racers; and the two managed to pull off the upset at Talladega. The duo had run well all day and stayed up front with the leaders. On the final lap with Gilliland pushing Ragan, the pair hooked up together and blew past the cars in front of them passing leader Carl Edwards going into turn number three. Gilliland stuck behind Ragan across the finish line to give Front Row Motorsports their first ever win. The win was a big assets for the small underfunded team. It got them notoriety; put them on NASCAR's winners Circle
program which gave them extra funds to race on and after showing they could run up front and win; other teams were more willing to work with them to improve their race program. FRM fielded the same two drivers again in 2014 but without the success of the previous year. In fact the two teams only combined for one top ten finish; Ragan finished tenth at Martinsville. In 2015 FRM Ragan was replaced by Cole Whitt. FRM also brought in new driver Brett Moffitt
to race much of the season in a third car. None of the drivers managed to post a top ten finish and it seemed the team had taken a big step backwards. 2015 Xfinity Champion Chris Buescher was brought in to run for Rookie of the Year honors. He assumed the driving duties of the #34 car. Landon Cassill was also brought in to drive the second team car. Cassill had a rough season posting a best finish of 11th at Talladega and posted six top 21 finishes. Buescher posted eight top 21 finishes; including two top fives and a win. At Pocono the race rained out on Sunday and had to be pushed back until Monday. The weather was only marginally
better Monday but at least it was dry and the cars could race. Just past half way Joey Logano and Chase Elliott tangled and it put both out of the race. It should be noted that at this time Buescher was a lap down and got the "Lucky Dog" to get back on the lead lap. The green hankie flew on lap 110 and there was a fierce battle. Many of the cars had pitted on lap 100 and were marginal on fuel. Teams started peeling off to get tires and fuel; but Buescher's team chose to stay out. On lap 133 the yellow flew because a thick fog bank rolled into the track, Buescher limped around the track, hoping he wouldn't run out of gas, as the fog hung around. It got so thick the control tower couldn't see the back straight so they had to red flag the event. After waiting for over an hour for the fog to life, NASCAR finally gave up and called the race official declaring Buescher the winner. Buescher became the first driver since Joey Logano to win a race while running for Rookie of the Year. Buescher will be going to JTG Daugherty Racing for the 2017 season. With Bueschers departure David Ragan was brought in to replace him. Ragan would post three top ten finishes in 2017; all at restrictor plate tracks. After 13 season of racing Front Row has made 814 starts with two wins and six Top 5 finishes.
RAY FOX - 5/28/1916 - 6/15/2014 - a retired American engine builder, NASCAR car owner and NASCAR engine inspector. Fox is pictured at left with driver David Pearson. Ray Fox built Fireball Roberts' engine for the 1955 race on the Daytona Beach Road Course. He started building the engine at 8:00 pm the night before the race and got done at 4:00 am. Roberts car qualified fourth and led every lap of the 160 lap event. NASCAR disqualified the car 24 hours after the event, for the sanctioning body found the pushrods to be 30/1000 of an inch too short. Mechanic Red Vogt had ground the push rods even, which was an illegal modification. Flock was awarded the victory. It was the last NASCAR race to be taken away from the winner. Subsequent rules violations have resulted in fines and point loses. Carl Kiekhaefer hired Fox and Herb Thomas
in 1956. Fox said "He hired us because we were the only ones who could outrun his cars." Kiekhaefer's cars won 22 of the first 26 races, with drivers Thomas, Buck Baker, Tim Flock, and Speedy Thompson. Fox was named the Mechanic of the Year. Fox began owning his own car starting in 1962. Drivers to race in Fox's car include Buck Baker, Buddy Baker, Darel Dieringer, Junior Johnson, Fred Lorenzen, Fireball Roberts, Cale Yarborough, and LeeRoy Yarbrough. 1962 saw Junior Johnson drive for Fox and it proved successful for the duo. In race #52 of the 53 race season, Johnson would find victory lane at
Charlotte. 1963 proved even more successful as Johnson won a race early in the season, and that propelled him to a seven win season. 1964 saw Johnson win yet again, even though he only started 11 races, while Buck Baker won twice driving Fox's car in his 22 starts. Baker posted 11 top five finishes. Fox only fielded a car for eight events in 1965 but it did produce one top five finish. Little known driver Earl Balmer won a race for Fox in 1966; albeit one of the Daytona twin 125 mile qualifying races. Back at that time the Twin 125's counted as official wins. Buddy Baker on a race for Fox in 1967, and also claimed Fox's final CUP win in 1968 grabbing the checkers in the World 600. Fox continued to field cars through 1974. Jim Vandiver posted the best finish in the final years as he finished second at Talladega. As an owner Fox compiled 14 wins, including the Southern 500, and World 600. As a side note; in 1965
LeeRoy Yarbrough drove a Fox-prepared Dodge Coronet race car(shown at right) to a new closed-course world speed record at 181.818 mph. He set the record on the second lap and he was increasing speed on the third lap when the car began smoking. NASCAR black flagged the car and Yarbrough slowed down. When he arrived in the pits, the pit crew found a bolt in the tire. The bolt easily could have caused a flat tire, which could have been deadly at high speed.
BARNEY VISSER – 4/21/1949 - Furniture Row Racing is an American professional stock car racing team that currently competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The team is owned and sponsored by Furniture Row, a U.S. furniture store chain, and is based in Furniture Row's home city of Denver, Colorado; it is the only NASCAR team headquartered west of the Mississippi. The team was also the first single car team ever to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup, which it did in 2013 with Kurt Busch, again in 2015 and 2016 with Martin Truex. The team made its NASCAR debut in the Busch Series at Nashville Superspeedway in 2005 with Jerry Robertson driving, starting 24th and finishing 33rd. Robertson ran ten races with the team in 2005, his best finish being a 22nd at California Speedway. The team made two Sprint Cup appearances as well, with Kenny Wallace debuting the team at Dover International Speedway. Wallace was scheduled to drive the first five races in 2006 and Robertson filling out the rest of the schedule. At the 2006 Daytona 500, Wallace failed to put the No. 78 Furniture Row car in the field. Wallace qualified for the next two races, at California Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, finishing 41st and 38th. However, the performance of the team was not good enough to
make the Top 35 in points, and the team ran with various drivers for the rest of the year, Jimmy Spencer (both Pocono races) and Travis Kvapil (at road courses) also drove the car. The team also teamed up with PPI Motorsports to share equipment and resources throughout the season. Wallace was hired to continue to be the full-time driver in 2007. Wallace had two sixth-place starts this season but was released in August 2007. After Scott Wimmer and Sterling Marlin failed to qualify in the car in the following weeks, Joe Nemechek was named permanent driver. FRR completed a 3-year contract with Nemechek (2008–2010) towards the end of the season. In early 2008, Wallace returned to Furniture Row to drive in the Daytona 500 in a car that was supposed to serve as a safety net for Nemechek in case his team didn't
make the field. Instead, Nemechek locked himself into the field with a third place qualifying run, and Wallace secured a spot in the race in the Gatorade Duels. At the spring Talladega race, Nemechek gave the team their first pole. In the fall race at that track, Nemechek gave FRR its then-best finish ever of 11th. For 2009 the team announced it would cut back to a part-time schedule due to money constraints. Joe Nemechek was to remain as the driver but the team
bought out the rest of his contract after he refused to run a partial schedule. Regan Smith ran 18 races in the No. 78 car in 2009. The team resumed full-time duties in 2010. The team aligned with Richard Childress Racing and earned Top 35 status for the first five races of 2010 by purchasing the owner points from RCR's No. 07 car. Childress was listed as the official owner of the No. 78. On November 15, 2010, the Furniture Row Racing transporter and motorcoach were destroyed in an accident on Interstate 25 about forty miles from the team's
Denver headquarters. Richard Childress Racing provided the team a fully equipped transporter for Furniture Row's use at Homestead. At the 2011 Daytona 500, Smith gave Furniture Row its first top ten, with a seventh-place finish. On May 7, 2011, Smith gave Furniture Row its first top five finish, and first victory, at Darlington Raceway in the Southern 500, holding off Carl Edwards. In 2012, the team struggled mightily, and Pete Rondeau was replaces as crew chief by
former RCR crew chief Todd Berrier before Indy. The addition of Berrier resulted in the first back to back top-10 finishes (both 9th places) for FRR and Smith. Despite Berrier bringing Smith two top ten finishes and one top-five finish, manager Joe Garone announced that Smith would be replaced by Kurt Busch beginning at the 2012 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte. In the 2013 season, Busch improved the status of Furniture Row as a team, with the car becoming more competitive and running in contention more frequently than not. In the first 26 races, Busch recorded 8 top five and 13 top ten finishes, and one pole position (at Darlington in May). These were statistics easily comparable to drivers who were running with the powerhouse teams. The team also had low points, such as a scary wreck in the May race at Talladega that saw Busch
flip over and land on top of Ryan Newman in turn 3 with six laps to go. A number of poor finishes, and errors like crashes at New Hampshire and Martinsville, plus a dead battery while leading under a red flag at the Coca-Cola 600, kept the team hovering on the Chase bubble. A streak of top ten finishes by Busch in August, combined with a second-place finish at Richmond, secured the team a Chase berth entry. This marked Busch's eighth season making the Chase. This also made Furniture Row Racing the first ever single car team to race into the Chase. In August 2013, it was
announced that Busch would not be returning to FRR for 2014, as he had signed with Gene Haas to drive with Stewart-Haas Racing starting at the 2014 Daytona 500. The team also announced that they had extended their alliance with RCR. For close to two months, speculation over who would replace Busch at Furniture Row had suggested Juan Pablo Montoya to be the most likely candidate, as Montoya is being replaced in the No. 42 at Chip Ganassi Racing by Kyle Larson, with other potential candidates being Jeff Burton and Bobby Labonte. However, Montoya eventually announced that he would join Team Penske in the Indy Car Series. In early October, after Michael Waltrip Racing announced that their
#56 team was being cut to a part-time team due to the loss of NAPA Auto Parts as a sponsor in the fallout from the 'Spin-gate' scandal at Richmond, it was reported that Furniture Row was in talks with Martin Truex Jr. to sign him on as driver. The announcement also added that FRR had hired all of the crewmen from Truex's MWR team as well, making for a smoother transition, as Busch had lost several shots at winning races simply because of slow pit stops that plagued the team throughout the season. Truex had a bad year in 2014, scoring only 5 top tens, leading only 1 lap and finished 24th in the standings. To add insult to injury, Truex's girlfriend Sherry Pollex was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Following that year where Truex failed to gel as much as everybody hoped, the team released crew chief
Todd Berrier from duty and hired rookie crew chief Cole Pearn. Truex's performance dramatically improved during the 2015 season, largely due to the new driver-crew chief relationship between Truex and Cole Pearn. During the Daytona 500, Truex led one lap and finished 8th. Truex earned nine top tens throughout the first 10 races, finishing second at Las Vegas. He led the most laps at Kansas and appeared on his way to a win, when a poor pit stop shuffled him to a ninth place finish. After leading the most laps for four consecutive races, Truex and Furniture Row finally broke into
victory lane, finishing winning the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 at Pocono Raceway in June getting Furniture Row Racing its 1st Sprint Cup Series victory since the Southern 500 in 2011 and breaking a 69 race winless streak for Truex. The win locked Truex and the team into the Chase for the Sprint Cup for 2015 and put him second in the standings. The next week, Truex would finish 3rd in a rain shortened race at Michigan International Speedway becoming the first driver since Richard Petty in 1969 to score 14 top 10s in the first 15 races of the season. Truex would not visit victory lane for the rest of the year but did score a total of 22 top 10s, including 8 top 5s, and finished 4th in the championship standings after racing his way to the championship 4 at Homestead. On September 27, 2015, it was confirmed that Truex had re-signed
with Furniture Row for 2016 and beyond. The team also announced a switch to Toyota in 2016, receiving a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing and engines from Toyota Racing Development. Truex would win his second race with Furniture Row on May 29, 2016 after leading a record breaking 392 of 400 laps of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. Truex was able to score his first multi-win season as he won the Southern 500 at Darlington and then scored off a victory at Chicagoland passing leader Ryan Blaney with 4 laps to go. Truex scored his fourth win of the season two races later at Dover, However for the 78, the car lost the engine at Talladega, cutting the car from the chase. On August 7, 2016, it was announced that Erik Jones had signed a deal with Furniture Row Racing to drive in their new No. 77 car sponsored by 5-hour Energy for the 2017 season. It marked the return of the No. 77 for the first time since Charlotte fall in 2014, then operated by Randy Humphrey Racing. Erik Jones has a contract with Joe Gibbs Racing; and since Furniture Row and Joe Gibbs Racing share a technical alliance; Furniture Row will provide a place for Jones to race so he can move on up to the CUP series. Jones is expected to be one of several candidates to run for Rookie of the Year. This will be the first time that Furniture Row has been more than a single car team. As the 2016 season ends; Furniture Row has raced in the CUP series for 12 season. They have won six races (five in the past two season); had 31 top five and 71 top ten finishes. The best finish in the Championship was fourth by Truex in 2015. On August 7, 2016, it was announced that Erik Jones had signed a deal with Furniture Row Racing to drive in their new No. 77 car sponsored by 5-hour Energy for the 2017 season. It marked the return of the No. 77 for the first time since Charlotte fall in 2014, then operated by Randy Humphrey Racing. Both the cars had good seasons. Jones had several good finishes as he had three Top 3 finishes with a second at Bristol. He won Rookie of the Year for 2017; and it appeared that expanding to a two car team helped Martin Truex step up his game. Truex had a great season; posting an impressive eight wins (all on 1 1/2 mile tracks) and he went on to claim the 2017 Cup Series Championship. As expected Jones will be moving to drive for Joe Gibbs in 2018; taking the car vacated by Matt Kenseth. I am expecting that as Furniture Row contracts back to a single car tea, their performance will decrease. Time will tell
CHIP GANASSI - 5/24/1958 - CHIP GANASSI RACING with FELIX SABATES or simply Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR), is an automotive racing organization with teams competing in the IndyCar Series, NASCAR Monster Energy Cup and Xfinity Series', the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and the FIA World Endurance Championship. In 1989, Chip Ganassi, who had driven in the IndyCar World Series but had his career cut short due to a career-ending crash at Michigan in 1984, joined Pat Patrick as co-owner for Emerson Fittipaldi's Marlboro IndyCar team. Patrick had announced he was going to retire at the end of the year, and the team would go completely to Ganassi. The team won the Indy 500 and the IndyCar Championship. In 2001, Ganassi bought a 80% stake in Sabates' Team SABCO NASCAR team, marking his entry into that championship series, while later moving his CART team to the rival Indy Racing League (now Verizon IndyCar Series) and competing in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. Longtime Ganassi sponsor Target joined the NASCAR team as a primary sponsor in 2002 with Jimmy Spencer driving in the car. Sterling Marlin was his team mate with Coors Light on the hood. After winning two races in 2001;
Marlin again won two events in 2002. Spencer again went win-less while Jamie McMurray ran only six races and won once. 2003 saw McMurray replace Spencer full time; and Casey Mears was brought on to add a third team. The three teams didn't fare was as none of the drivers won, and as a group they only posted five Top 5's (all by McMurray). The same three drivers would remain with Ganassi Racing in 2004 and 2005; but results were just as bad. No wins in either year. By
2007 Ganassi had cleaned house. Gone were all three drivers; and the drivers taking their place were Reed Sorenson, David Stremme and Juan Pablo Montoya. Montoya won at the road course at Sonoma giving Ganassi his first win since 2002. The Ganassi Organization dropped back to a two car team in 2008. Stremme was released, while the third car ran selected races with various drivers. Once again the teams did not visit victory lane. From 2009 – 2013 the Ganassi race team partnered with Teresa Earnhardt to form Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. (See above "Earnhardt Ganassi Racing") During that period the owners only posted five total wins. Three by
McMurray and two by Montoya. In 2014 Ganassi and Sabates split with Earnhardt and went back out on their own. Jamie McMurray has been a mainstay for many years, and in 2014 they added the new racing phenom Kyle Larson to their stable. Although neither driver posted a win, the rookie Larson finished second on three occasions; posted eight Top 5 finishes, and 17 Top 10s, while McMurray finished in the Top 5 seven times. McMurray showed signs of momentum at the end of the season and the duo looked to be top campaigners when the 2015 season opened. But it was not to be, as the pair only was able to post six Top 5 finishes between them. The following year showed some improvement as Larson was able to pick up his first career Cup win. It would be the
Juan Pablo Montoya
first time that the team had won since 2007. Larson also finished ninth in the points. McMurray didn't get a win, but was more competitive than the previous season. 2014 proved to be a break-out year from Larson. After finishing second so many time in the previous two season; he claimed four checkered flags and easily qualified for the Chase. He also had 15 Top 5 finishes. He had ran so well, most people thought the Championship would come down to him and Martin Truex. But crashes or motor failures the latter part of the Chase would doom him and he would finish eighth in points. McMurray had a horrible season only posting three Top 5 finishes and finishing 23rd in points. For 2018, both drivers look to be returning to the team. Ganassi also fielded cars in the Xfinity series from 2001 to now. His results have been disappointing as only Marlin
has been able to post a Top 5 finish in the points. Besides his NASCAR involvement; Ganassi has been a power player in the Indy Car and Grand Am series. Since Chip had been injured and couldn't drive any more; he moved into an ownership role. Ganassi officially took over the remaining assets of the Pat Patrick's race team (including the 1989 Penske chassis), and renamed it Chip Ganassi Racing. He signed former Formula One driver Eddie Cheever and raced full-time in the Indy Car World series with Target as primary sponsor. In 1992 Ganassi expanded to a two-car effort for the Indy 500, adding Arie Luyendyk for the Indy-only entry.
Jimmy Vasser - 1996 Indy Car Champion
Later Ganassi debuted rookie Robby Gordon in selected events. For 1993, Luyendyk replaced Cheever full-time. Luyendyk and won the pole position for the Indy 500 and finished second to Fittipaldi, Ganassi's former driver in his partnership with Patrick. For 1994, Michael Andretti joined the team, immediately after returning from his failed transition to Formula One in 1993. He scored Ganassi's first Indy Car victory at Surfers Paradise. Target continued to sponsor Ganassi's operation through the decade, and by the mid part of the decade, the team had risen to the top of the series. Perhaps the most impressive was Juan Pablo Montoya winning the championship in his rookie season in 1999. They won four consecutive series championships, with Jimmy Vasser (1996), Alex Zanardi (1997–1998), and
Montoya in 1999, becoming the first car owner to win four consecutive CART championships. In 1996 Zanadri would get three wins; while team mate Jimmy Vasser won four times. Zanardi had a better season winning five times in 1997 and topped that with seven wins in 1998. Zanadri moved elsewhere to race in 1998; and Juan Pablo Montoya would take his place. He had a great season winning on seven occasions. The team ran from 1992 to 2002 before moving into the Indy Racing League full-time. They had run one IRL entry for former motocross racer Jeff Ward in 2002, in which Ward won one race at Texas in one of the closest finishes in IRL history. In 2003 Ganassi hired driver Scott Dixon and he won three races and the Championship. 2004 and 2005 were down years as the team only managed to win one time. Dan Weldon joined
Alex Zanardi - 1997 & 1998 Indy Car Champion
Juan Pablo Montoya - 2000 & 2015 Indy 500 Winner
Dixon in 2006 and each driver won twice and finished in the Top 4 in the points. 2007 the duo returned and while Weldon grabbed two wins; Dixon would visit the winners circle four times. In 2008 Dixon would give Ganassi another Indy car championship while winning on six occasions including the Indy 500. The following season Dixon won five times; while his new team mate Dario Franchiti would also win on five occasions. Franchiti would win the Championship while Dixon finished second. Both drivers would win three times in 2010 and Franchiti would defend his Championship; giving Ganassi his eighth Indy Car Championship. Franchiti would make it a three-pete winning the Championship once again in 2011. The following year would be a down season; but Franchiti would manage to get a win in the Indy 500 for the Ganassi Team. Dixon would win four times in 2014 and hand Ganassi yet another Indy Car Championship. 2015-2017
were kind of lean years as his stable of four drivers only combined for a total of six wins. But on the strength of consistent finishes, Dixon won the Championship again in 2015. With all this success in the Indy Car series; Ganassi Racing branched out into competiting in the Grand Am Sports Car Series. Initially, CGR fielded the 01 Lexus-Riley car driven by Scott Pruett and Max Papis. Their second team car, the 02, was driven by Jimmy Morales and Luis Diaz. CGR won the 2006 24 Hours of Daytona with Ganassi IRL drivers Dan Wheldon and Scott Dixon along with NASCAR driver Casey Mears. In 2007, Ganassi won the race again, this time with Pruett, former Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya, and Salvador Duran, making him the first owner to win it in back to back years since Al Holbert in 1986–87. In 2008 Chip Ganassi Racing won a third Daytona 24 in a row. Also in 2008, Chip Ganassi
Scott Dixon - 2003, 2008, 2013 & 2015 Indy Series Champ and 2008 Indy 500 Winner
Dario Franchitti - 2007, 2009, 2010 & 2011 Indy Series Champ and 2007, 2010 & 2012 Indy 500 Champ
Racing won their 3rd Grand-Am Championship, with drivers Scott Pruett, and Memo Rojas. It was Pruett's 8th Road Racing Championship. Also participating was Memo Rojas, the first Mexican to win a major Road Racing title in North America. For the 2010 Grand Am season the team switched from Lexus-Riley to BMW-Riley. Rojas and Pruett won 9 out of 12 races and eventually won the Grand-Am championship. Ganassi's Grand-Am Series team started 2011 in the best possible fashion, earning a one-two finish in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race. Ganassi's two cars ran towards the front of the field for the majority of the race, and driver Scott Pruett, having started third, defeated Scott Dixon by a margin of victory of over two seconds in a one-lap sprint to the finish after a late caution period. The victory made Ganassi the first racing team owner to win the four of the most important races in
North American auto racing, the Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400, and 24 Hours of Daytona, within the same 12-month span. Chip Ganassi Racing would field a Riley-Ford Daytona Prototype in the inaugural season of the merged United Sports Car Championship for Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, winning three races. In 2015, Rojas was replaced by ex-BMW works driver Joey Hand, and the team fielded an "all-star car" at Daytona consisting of the teams IndyCar and NASCAR drivers. For 2016, the team would move to the GTLM class with the brand new Ford GT. Long time Ganassi driver Pruett would no longer have a place on the team, as Hand would partner with Dirk Müller (another
ex-BMW works driver), while Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook were hired to drive the second GT. The #66 Ford of Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT with drivers Sébastien Bourdais, Joey Hand and Dirk Müller took the victory in LM GTE Pro category; then in the season the same trio of drivers won the 24 hours of Le Mans giving Ganassi his first Le Mans victory. The win came exactly 50 years on from Ford’s 1-2-3 victory at Le Mans in 1966. In January of 2017 the same trio of drivers in Ganassi machines kicked off the year winning their class
at the Rolex 24 hours of Daytona. Ganassi would also win their class Championship that season. As 2018 kicks off Ganassi's career as an owner includes a long list of accomplishments. They include: fielding cars for 1063 NASCAR Cup Series starts with 11 wins. 340 Xfinity Series starts with 14 wins. Four indy 500 wins (2000, 2008 ,2010, & 2012); seven Indy Car Series Championship (2003, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, & 2015); six Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona wins (2006, 2770, 2008, 2011, & 2015); five Grand Am Championships (2004, 2008, 2010, 2011, & 2012); He is approaching 200 wins as a car owner.
JOE GIBBS - 11/25/1940 - is a former American football coach, NASCAR Championship team owner, and two time NHRA team owner. He was the 20th and 26th head coach in the history of the Washington Redskins (1981–1992, 2004–2007). During his first stint in the National Football League, he coached the Redskins for 12 seasons and led them to eight playoff appearances, four NFC Championship titles, and three Super Bowl titles. He is well known for his long hours and work ethic in the NFL, and those same values carried over to his NASCAR teams helping there success. After retiring at the end of the 1992 season, he switched focus to his NASCAR team, Joe Gibbs Racing, which has won three championships under his ownership. The first driver for his team was Dale Jarrett (1992–1994), with the sponsor Interstate Batteries. In 1993 Jarrett won the first race for Gibbs by pulling off a win at the prestigious Daytona 500. Jarrett also went on to finish fourth in the CUP points. Jarrett won again for Gibbs in 1994 before leaving to drive for Yates racing. Bobby Labonte then assume the seat, and claimed three wins in 1994. Labonte's first win for Gibbs would come in the Coke 600. Labonte would drive nine season for Gibbs, and would post at least one win for Gibbs in every one of those years. He would have 21 wins, and claim the Cup Championship in 2000. Among them would be wins in the Southern 500 and at Indianapolis. In 1999 Gibbs expanded to a two car team; hiring Tony Stewart to wheel his second car. Stewart would finish fourth in the points
while Labonte finished second. Stewart would finish second in the points again in 2001 and grabbed three wins. Labonte added two more wins for the Gibbs team. In 2002 Stewart crossed the finish line first three more times, and also the CUP Championship (the second for Gibbs). This marked four years in a row a Gibbs driver had finished in the top two in the points chase. Labonte and Stewart both claimed two wins each in 2003, but could muster no better than 8th and 7th respectively in the points. 2004 and 2005 saw Labonte go win less, while Stewart won twice in 2004, five times in 2005, and claimed yet another CUP title for Gibbs. In 2006 Labonte would depart Gibbs to race for
Petty Enterprises. He would be replaced by Denny Hamlin. Hamlin would win twice his initial season, an finish third in the points. Stewart started the season strong, but a series of problems and DNF's right at the cut off to be in the Chase left him outside the Chase. He did rebound during the ten race Chase segment, winning three times, five for the season. Hamlin and Stewart combined for four wins in 2007; and the next season saw Gibbs expand to a three car team, adding driver Kyle Busch. The trio won ten times in 2008, with Busch claiming eight of those. In 2009 Stewart decided to become an owner driver, and teamed with Gene Haas to form Stewart-Hass racing. While driving for Gibbs, Stewart would post 33 wins, on every sort of track on the NASCAR circuit. Although Stewart never won at Indianapolis while driving in the Indy
Car Series; he did post wins there twice driving for Gibbs. Joey Logano was brought on board as Stewart's replacement. Busch and Hamlin won four races each, with Logano adding another. 2010 again saw a Gibbs driver finish second in the points as Hamlin won eight races, but came up just short in the points chase. Kyle Busch also made the Chase finishing eighth and added three wins. 2011 again saw Busch and Hamlin make the Chase, but neither finished better than ninth. Busch did claim four wins, while Hamlin added another. Busch only ran 35 of the 36 races because of an incident in the NASCAR truck series where he intentionally wrecked title contended under a yellow flag. Busch was suspended for one CUP race. 2012 once again saw all three Gibbs drivers claim wins as Logano and Busch both won once while Hamlin visited victory lane five times. In 2013 Gibbs racing again saw a driver swap. Joey Logano was let go
to make room for Matt Kenseth. Logano ended up with Penske Racing, while Kenseth left Jack Roush racing, the only owner he had ever driven for. Logano would grab his first career Cup win while with Gibbs, and add one other win before departing. Gibbs racing made a strong showing in 2013. Hamlin would have a serious wreck; breaking a bone in his back, and miss four races. Hamlin decided to tough it out and return to the race car as soon as possible, but it was clear he was far from 100%. He did appear to return to full form as the season came to a close, and he won the season ending race at Homestead. Busch had a successful season as he made the Chase and and had a best career finish (so far) of fourth. Kenseth had an outstanding first season with Gibbs. They clicked from the start, and Kenseth posted seven wins,
and just got beat out for the CUP title by Jimmie Johnson. Gibbs teams continued to be a power house as 2014 opened up; but strong runs didn't convert to victories. Busch and Hamlin won only once each; and after a good initial season with Gibbs; Kenseth went win less. The trio did post 29 top five finished and Hamlin finished third in the points. As in 2013 we saw another long time Roush driver move to race for Gibbs. Carl Edwards would follow team mate Kenseth to Gibbs looking to improve his finishes and he won the Coke 600 at Charlotte and the
Southern 500 at Darlington. 2015 also saw Joe Gibbs worst fears realized. He had always had a standing policy that he didn't want his CUP drivers driving in other events because it was possible they might get injured and miss the CUP events. Kyle Busch raced in all three of the NASCAR national touring series and had convinced Gibbs to let him race. In the season opening Xfinity race at Daytona Busch crashed head first into the inside wall and was found to have a massive compound fracture of his left leg, a fracture in his right foot and an injury to his finger. He would miss eight races with his injury. It was thought Busch was out of the hunt to meet the qualifications to compete in the 2015 Chase. Current NASCAR rules required a driver to compete in all CUP races; win and then finish in the top 30 in points; or get in via most points without a win. It
was obvious Busch would have to win and dig out of a large hole since he had zero points when he returned after missing the opening eleven races. This meant he only had 15 races to get a win and get inside the top 30 in points. He won in his fifth race back as the road course in Sonoma. He then won three of the next four races including the Brickyard 400. My the time the cut off race came around at Richmond, Busch was 27th in points and had a cushion so big he was guaranteed a spot in the chase. He advanced out of each round of the Chase into the next and was able to run for the Championship at Homestead. He pulled off the win by 1.5 second over
Kevin Harvick to win the Championship. All four Gibbs drivers would qualify for the Chase; with Kenseth finishing 15; Hamlin 9th and Edwards fifth. During the season the team racked up 14 wins. Busch and Kenseth got two each while Edwards and Hamlin added another two each. All four drivers returned in 2016 and once again all visited victory lane and all four made the Chase. Busch won on four occasions, while Edwards and Hamlin posted wins three times and Kenseth won twice. Hamlin won the season opening Daytona 500 while Kyle Busch once again won the Brickyard 400. As the Chase narrowed down to
the final eight; all four Gibbs drivers were still in the hunt. But bad luck by Kenseth and Hamlin in the final round eliminated them and they finished fifth and sixth respectively. Both Busch and Edwards put up stiff competition early during the Homestead race; but an accident 47 laps into the race eliminated Edwards. As the race wore on Busch couldn't seem to find the handle on his car and finished the race in sixth place; third in the points. Going into 2017, the Gibbs team had a stellar stable of drivers with Hamlin, Busch, Kenseth and Edwards all returning; and all their drivers look to be a title contender for several years to come. But in a surprising move Carl Edwards met with Joe Gibbs and his
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sponsors in private; Shortly there after Edwards announced he was retiring from racing. Many questions ensued as to why; at the peak of his career Edwards was stepping away; but his explanation was that he had accomplished most all that he had desired in racing, and it was time to step away and spend time with his family. In a quickly arranged agreement 2016 Xfinity Champion Daniel Suarez would be brought up to the Cup Series to fill Edwards seat. The move worked out smoothly as Suarez had driven the previous season for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Xfinity Series; and even had the same sponsor as Edwards. In 2018, Suarez as he had a season best finish of third; and posted 12 Top 10 finishes. He finished runner up for Rookie of the Year and was Rookie of the Race on several occasions. Meanwhile Gibbs other three drivers all posted wins. Kyle Busch would win on five occasions while finishing second
in the Championship. Denny Hamlin would win twice,and Matt Kenseth would claim a win in the next to last race of the season. Mid-season it was announced that Kenseth contract with Gibbs would not be renewed. It was assumed that a team would want to pick up such a veteran driver. But as the season wound down no offers came. Kenseth said if he found a ride that was good; and if this was his last races; he was OK with that. SO it was a popular win as Kenseth got the win at Phoenix. Kenseth will be replaces by Erik Jones in 2018 as he joins the three other veteran Joe Gibbs drivers. To date Gibbs drivers have 148 wins. They have won such prestigious events as: Daytona 500 (1993, & 2016); Coke 600 (1995, & 2015); Brick Yard 400 (2000, 2005, 2007, 2015, & 2016); Southern 500 (2000, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015 & 2017)
ARCHIE ST. HILAIRE - ?/?/? - Go FAS Racing is an American professional stock car racing team that currently competes in the NASCAR Cup Series. First founded as FAS Lane Racing by long-time crew chief Frank Stoddard, it came into its current form after merging with Archie St. Hilaire's Go Green Racing in 2014. Then changing it's name to Go FAS Racing. FAS represents Stoddard's initials (Francis Allen Stoddard). It is headquartered in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, but operates from a shop in Mooresville, NC. The teams first race came in 2012 in the Southern 500, with Scott Speed at the wheel running the #79. 2013 saw GoFas concentrate mostly on their Xfinity Series team; only racing once in the Cup Series. In 2014, St. Hilaire closed down his Xfinity Series operation to concentrate on his Cup efforts. The team fielded the No. 32 Ford Fusion full-time for a variety of drivers in 2014. A young Kyle Fowler would make his first Cup start driving the #32 Corvette Parts Fordat Martinsville. Terry Labonte ran the 2014 Daytona 500, and the other super speedway events in his final season, with Said running the road courses, and Kvapil running the balance of the schedule. Blake Koch was later placed in the #32 for the Sprint
Showdown, the Coca-Cola 600 and Dover. K&N Pro Series East driver Eddie MacDonald was hired to run the No. 32 at Loudon. J.J. Yeley also ran a number of races in the 32. Joey Gase made his debut with the team at Chicagoland. With Terry Labonte, Go FAS Racing had its best team finish, 11th at the rain shortened 2014 Coke Zero 400. The same year, Terry announced his retirement from NASCAR. His last race was the 2014 GEICO 500 at Talladega, where the sides of the 32 were painted similar to the Kellogg's Corn Flakes car he drove to the 1996 championship season, while the roof was painted to replicate the car Labonte debuted in the series in 1978. The 32 originally had the right side painted in the Piedmont Airlines colors he used in his 1984
championship season, but NASCAR would not allow it on the grounds that the left and right sides must be identical. For the 2015 season, Terry's brother and 2000 Champion Bobby Labonte ran the four super speedway events, also with C&J Energy Services, and Boris Said returned for the two road courses driving the Genesee Beer car. In all ten different drivers wheeled the #32 car in 2015; with Labonte posted a team best 23rd place finish (Talladega). When 2016 rolled around the team followed the same format as in previous season; having a variety of different drivers to fill the seat. Bobby Labonte once again gave the team their best finish of the season - a 19th a Talladega; the teams first ever top 20 finish. Jeffery Earnhardt was picked to run most of the races that
season; driving the Can-AM sponsored car on 19 occasions. 2016 was also the first season where NASCAR issued Charters to the teams, and GoFas finished in the bottom three of the teams with Charters. Rules stipulate that any team that finishes in the bottom three among charter teams for three consecutive years can lose its charter to NASCAR. Therefore it was decided to lease it's Charter to the Wood Brothers Race Team as they had decided to race full time in 2017 with young Ryan Blaney as their driver. Blaney parked the Wood Brothers car in Victory lane at Pocono and thus greatly increased the average finish position of the GoFas Charter. That win also locked Blaney into the Chase portion of the season and gave Blaney the shot to win the NASCAR Championship. IF Blaney won the Championship that could
mean a one million dollar pay-day for GoFas. For a team with about a budget of about $5 million, adding $1 million could increase the budget by 20 percent. “That’s all funds that we’ll use to race in the future and make us a better team,’’ said St. Hilaire. "The better Blaney does in the playoffs, the more valuable the charter becomes." Meanwhile; since GoFas leased their Charter to the Wood Brothers, that left their team without a Charter. They leased one from Richard Petty Racing and instead of using a multitude of drivers; they decided to only use on driver to run all the races in 2017. They settled on Matt DiBenedetto who made several good runs in the #32
machine posting the teams first ever top 10 finish (9th) in the season opening Daytona 500. He improved on that with an 8th place finish at Indianapolis. Early reports show GoFas doing the same in 2018 as they did in 2017; with a one car team with DiBenedetto at the controls.