GENE HAAS - 11/12/1953 - is founder, president, and sole stockholder of Haas Automation, one of the world's leading CNC machine tool manufacturers. He also founded a NASCAR team, Haas CNC Racing now known as Stewart-Haas Racing. In 2002, Gene Haas formed a new NASCAR race team, Haas CNC Racing. After purchasing the Concord, North Carolina-based Craftsman Truck Race facility from Hendrick Motorsports, Haas CNC Racing began work on its first entry in the Cup series as a single-car team. The first entry for the new team was September 30, 2002 with driver Jack Sprague who finished 35th after a crash. Sprague drove 18 races in 2003 and after a 14th place in the season opening Daytona 500 he would only post one other top 20 finish in the next 17 races. Sprague was let go and John Andretti took over for three races; he had a best finish of 19th before Jason Leffler would wheel the ride for the next 10 events. Leffer could only manage a single top 25 finish. Burton's best finish would be at Atlanta finishing on the lead lap in 13th. Burton drove the entire 2004 season posting three top 10 finishes in the underfunded team. Burton left the team at the end of 2004 saying he would "only drive for a quality team and only in the CUP series"; and in fact turned down a couple competitive rides in the Nationwide and Truck series. Due to that Burton virtually ended his career. "Out of sight; out of mind" seems to be the way it is in NASCAR, so when he refused to take a ride in any
series, people simply hired those willing to drive the lower series with hopes of moving back to the CUP series. Mike Bliss wheeled the car in 2005 and he posted a best finish of seventh at Bristol. He posted two Top 10's. Jeff Green was hired to drive the car in 2006-2007. During those two years, he posted five Top 10 finishes with a best finish of sixth. 2007 saw Johnny Sauter drive the car and post the teams best ever career finish when he came in fifth at Richmond. Scott Riggs would drive the car in the teams final season but only posted one Top 10 result. The team made 284 Cup starts and had one Top 5 finish. Haas also
fielded teams in the Xfinity Series from 2003-2006. They raced full time the 2004-2006 seasons. Jason Leffler ran in 2004; and posted the teams lone win (pictured at left). Leffler would visit victory lane at Nashville after starting second and leading 61 laps. Justin Labonte would wheel the Chevy in 2005; but was only able to post two Top 10 finishes. In 2006 Haas had Johnny Sauter drive and he posted two Top 5's with a best finish of fourth. He also posted nine Top 10's and finished eighth in the points. As mentioned above in 2007 Sauter moved to the Cup Series. In 2014 Haas hired Cole Custer to drive nine races in the NASCAR Truck series. He posted one win; two Top 5's and six Top 10's.
BILLY HAGAN - 3/22/1932 - 11/16/2007 - was a NASCAR driver/owner fielding cars for drivers such as Skip Manning, Terry Labonte, and Sterling Marlin. He made three starts in NASCAR's Cup division, finishing eighth in his first start, the inaugural Talladega 500 in a self-owned 1968 Mercury Cyclone. He did not field another car until 1975, finishing 19th once again at Talladega. In 1976, he fielded the #92 Stratagraph Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna for Skip Manning, and Manning won Rookie of the Year honors. In 1976 & 1977 Manning posted 12 Top 10 finishes, with a best at Talladega of third place. Hagan had a mix of drivers in 1978 with Manning driving 15 events, and upstart driver Terry Labonte running five races. Hagan liked what he saw in Labonte, and signed him to a full time contract starting in 1979; with Labonte also running for the Rookie of the Year honors. It was a tough chase for the Rookie title as he also had to compete against such
future stars as Harry Gant and Dale Earnhardt Sr. Earnhardt would edge out Labonte for the Rookie honors. Labonte would pair up with Hagan racing full time through 1986. During that time Labonte would win six races, but he always posted consistent finishes, and be in the hunt for the CUP Championship. He was crowned the champ in 1984, after finishes of fourth, third, and fifth the previous three years. Labonte and Hagan split in 1987 as Labonte left to go drive for Junior Johnson. Sterling Marlin became Hagans driver from 1987-1990. The duo went win-less but were always in contention for the win as they posted 19 top five finishes. In 1991 Marlin and Labonte swapped rides; with Marlin moving to drive for Johnson, and Labonte being reunited with Hagan. The duo didn't have their previous success, and Labonte went win-less, and only posted five Top 5 finishes. In 1994 Labonte left Hagan to drive for
Terry Labonte - 1984 Champ
owner Rick Hendrick. John Andretti took over the seat, but with little success. Hagan closed down before the season ended. As mentioned Hagan owned the car Labonte won the Cup Championship in 1984, and the pair also won the Southern 500 in 1980. Labonte was behind the wheel for all of Hagans victories. For his career as an owner, Hagan fielded cars for 547 races over 21 seasons. His drivers posted six wins and 101 Top 5's. Some info from Wikipedia
<<-- Sterling Marlin at left
RICK HENDRICK - 7/12/1949 - Is the current owner of the American NASCAR team, Hendrick Motorsports and founder of the Hendrick Automotive Group and Hendrick Marrow Program. He is also a retired race car driver himself, driving in only three NASCAR races throughout the course of his NASCAR career. He is the father of the late Ricky Hendrick, a former NASCAR driver. Hendrick opened a small used-car lot with Mike Leith, named Hendrick Automotive Group. Leith, an established new-car dealer, was convinced to name Hendrick the general sales manager of the company, at age 23. In 1976, he sold his assets to purchase a franchise in Bennettsville, South Carolina. After doing so, he became the youngest Chevrolet dealer in the United States. Hendrick's influence increased sales to make the once troubled location become the region's most profitable. The success of Bennettsville was a precursor to the Hendrick Automotive Group, which now has 80 franchises and 6,000 employees across ten different states. In 1984, he founded All-Star Racing (now Hendrick Motorsports). With five full-time employees and 5,000 square feet of work space, he fielded one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team. With Geoff Bodine the driver, his team managed to race in all 30 races to finish ninth in the final standings with three wins. In 1985 Bodine finished fifth
in the CUP points posting 10 top ten finishes. Hendrick expanded to a two car team in 1986 hiring Tim Richmond to join Bodine. Geoff had a good season winning twice, and finishing eighth in the points. But Richmond had a great year visiting victory lane seven times, and finished third in the CUP points.This would be Richmond's final full time season as he was diagnosed with AIDS, and would miss time taking treatments. Hendrick did field three full time teams in 1987 with Bodine, Benny Parsons, and Darrell Waltrip wheeling his potent race cars. Waltrip finished fourth in points. Richmond did recover from his illness by mid-season, and he posted two wins for Hendrick by seasons end. 1988 saw Ken Schrader replace Parson as Hendricks driver as Bodine and Waltrip remained. All three drivers won at least one races and the trio finished fifth, sixth and seventh in the points. Once again in 1989 the trio
all posted at least one win, with Waltrip grabbing the checkered flag six times. Waltrip wouldn't see such good times in 1990. He got injured in a crash and had to miss six races. Meanwhile Ricky Rudd would replace Bodine, and Rudd would win in his first year with Hendrick; claimimg Hendricks only win that season. Hendrick would pare his team back to just two cars in 1991 as Waltrip departed; while Rudd and Schrader remained. Schrader would claim two wins but finish ninth in the points. Rudd only won one time, but finished second in the points. 1992 would see Schrader and Rudd combine for only one win; but the most notable this was the first CUP start for Jeff Gordon. Gordon would go on to become a multi-time CUP Champion; all with Hendrick. 1993 saw the same duo of
Rudd and Schrader still with Hendrick, and Hendrick expanded back to a three car team with Gordon finning the third seat. Rudd claimed Hendrick's lone win that season. Terry Labonte took over the seat for Rudd in 1994 and grabbed three wins. Meanwhile Gordon would start to emerge as a formitable driver winning twice. Ken Schrader did not get a win, but did run well enough to finish post 18 top ten finishes and end up fourth in the points. The same trio of driver would remain at Hendrick through 1996, and during this time is when Hendrick and his drivers really started to flex their muscle. During this period the team posted 27 wins. In 1995 Gordon had seven wins, and
claimed the first CUP Championship for himself and Hendrick. 1996 saw more success for Hendrick drives as Terry Labonte would win twice and claim both he and Hendricks second CUP Championship (Labonte has won previously in 1984 with Billy Hagan) Gordon won a whopping ten races, but finished second to Labonte in the points chase. Schrader would depart Hendricks team and be replaced by Ricky Craven for the 1997 season. Gordon would turn the tables on Labonte this year. Labonte would
get one win, but Gordon would once again win ten times, and would get the CUP title. Gordon, CRaven and Labonte started off the 1998 season with high hopes having given the CUP title to Hendrick for consecutive seasons. CRaven would have a serious crash and receive a concussion abd miss half of the season.Labonte would once again claim a win for Hendrick; but Gordon would have a career season as he won 13 races and posted 26 top fives, and 28 top tens in the 33 week season. Needless to say he won the CUP Championship once again. Dallenbach would continue to fill in for Craven in 1999 joining Gordon, and Labonte full time. For the sicth consecutive year Labonte won at least one race driving for Hendrick; Jeff Gordon continued his
dominance winning seven times but DNF's relegated him to seventh in the points hunt. The 2000 season saw Labonte go winless, and Dallenbach the team and be replaced by Jerry Nadeau. Gordon would get three wins, and Nadeau would claim his lone career victory at Atlanta. The trio would stay under the Hendrick umbrella in 2001 with Gordon winning six times; the only wins for the teams. But on the bright side Gordon would claim 18 top fives, and once again claim the CUP title. Once again Hendrick would have his eye on another young driver, and he would supply a car for Jimmie JOhnson to make his first career CUP start. Hendrick added yet another team in 2002 to expand
to a four car operation.Johnson would join the three drivers from the previous year. Part way into the season Nadeau would crash and spin and hit drivers side first in the outside wall in a crash much like Ricky Cravens. Nadeau would also receive a concussion, and miss the est of the season. Joe Nemechek would fill in for the remainder of the year. Labonte would again go winless, and only post one top five finish. Gordon and Johnson would both win three times, and both would finish in the top five in points. In 2003 Labonte would return to the winners circle for Hendrick. Joe Nemechek would claim a win in 2003, and Gordon, and Johnson would again both win three times. Brian Vickers replaced Nemechek in 2004 teaming with Jordon, Johnson and Labonte. Hendrick also provided a car for up and coming driver Kyle Busch. Johnson would win eight times, but finish second in the points. Gordon would win
five times and finish third. Hendrick moved Busch into a full time ride in 2005, and cut Labonte back to part time as he was transioning into retirement. Busch showed he could be competitive as he won twice this season.Gordon and Johnson both won four times each, while Vickers got shut out and went winless. The same quartet returned in 2006, with Labonte also running ten races. Vickers would get a win for Hen drick, as would Busch. Gordon won twice, while Johnson picked up five wins and won the CUP title. This would be the first of five in a row for the Johnson/Hendrick duo. Vickers departed in 2007, and was replaced by Casey Mears. Mears would be yet another driver who would
get his first or only win with Hendrick. Johnson won ten times as he won the CUP title, Gordon won six times and finished second, while Busch got one win and finished fifth. All in all another great season for Hendrick. 2008 saw Kyle Busch depart for Joe Gibbs racing and he was replaced by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Like so many of Hendricks other drivers he posted a win in his first year with his new team. His was the only win besides the seven posted by Johnson. Johnson once again won seven times in 2009, while Gordon won once and finished second behind Johnson in the points. Mark Martin would replace Mears in 2010, and the Martin,
Earnhardt, Gordon, Johnson quartet would remain together for two years. Johnson won six time in 2010; the only wins for Hendrick. 2011 would see Johnson streak of consecutive titles come to an end. He had a disappointing year only winning twice and finishing sixth in the points. Gordon got Hendricks only other three wins. When 2012 rolls around Mark Martin departed to drive a limited schedule for Michael Waltrip Racing. Hendrick replaced him with Kasey Kahne as his full time driver. For the first time since going to a four car team, Hendrick saw all of his drivers win a race in the same season. Earnhardt Jr won for the first time since 2008. Kahne won twice as did Gordon. Johnson posted five wins and finished third in the
points; Kahne finished fourth. 2013 saw Johnson keep his winning ways by claiming his sixth Cup title; while winning six times. Kahne won twice, but had a poor run in the Chase and finished 12th. Gordon had one victory while finishing sixth in points, while a win-less Earnhardt ended up fifth in the chase for the title. As 2014 kicked off Hendrick had the same four drivers as the previous season. His stable of drivers all had pretty good season. Gordon, Johnson and Earnhardt Jr all recorded four wins. Kahne also won once. Gordon would have 14 Top 5's and finish sixth in the points. 2015 would be Jeff Gordon's final season. He made it into the Chase based on consistent finishes and got in by points. Earnhardt Jr and Johnson posted wins and also advanced to the Chase. Gordon pulled off his first win of the season at Martinsville and it propelled him into the final Championship race at
Homestead. Kyle Busch would win the Championship and Gordon wound up third. 2015 also saw Chase Elliott make his first Cup start as he prepared to go full time Cup racing in 2016 replacing Gordon in the #24 car. So the Hendrick stable for 2016 consisted of Elliott, Kahne, Johnson and Earnhardt Jr. Midway through the season Earnhardt Jr had a couple crashes and was diagnosed with a concussion. He sat out the final 18 races of the season. Jeff Gordon was called out of retirement by Hendrick to wheel Earnhardt car for eight events while Alex Bowman ran the other 10. Johnson would be the only driver to post a win for Hendrick Motorsports in 2016, but he did it with style; winning five times and claiming his seventh Cup Championship. Also in 2016 Chase Elliott would post 10 Top 5 finishes; finishing second twice. He also claimed the Rookie of the Year
Honors. In 2017 Elliott again struggled to find victory lane as he finished second on six occasions; made it into the Chase but was eliminated right before the final race. Kasey Kahne pulled a surprise win at Indy, qualifying him for the chase; but he was eliminated after the first round. Jimmy Johnson won three times; and made the Chase - Like Elliott he was eliminated right before the final race. Finally this was Dale Earnhardt final season. He struggled; but showed signs of greatness at times - often running well before a mechanical failure or getting caught up in someone elses wreck eliminated him. He was only able to post one Top 5 finish and it came early in the season at Texas. After the final race at Homestead there was a touching moment as
he and Hendrick hugged and cried. As a gesture; Earnhardt gave Hendrick the helmet he wore in his final race; and Hendrick gave Earnhardt the car he had just driven in his final race. Hendrick released Kasey Kahne at the end of the 2017. He did agree to help Kahne get a full time ride; and worked a deal with Levine Family Racing to drive the #95 car in 2018. For 2018, Johnson is the only grizzled old veteran in the Hendrick stable. Elliott will remain at Hendrick in 2018; but will switch to the #9 his Father made famous. After serving as a test driver for the last couple years; Alex Bowman will be rewarded for his patience and get to take over the wheel of the #88 car. Finally Xfinity Series Champion William Byron will fill the seat of the #24. Byron is on the fast track in racing. In 2016 he ran his first races in NASCAR and almost won the
Truck series Championship. In 2017 Byron moved up to the Xfinity Series and went on to win the Championship there in convincing fashion. So 2018 will be another big step forward for the young driver. That's a lot of young raw talent in one place; so we'll see how it all melds together. To date Hendricks have won 249 times has 1029 Top 5's and has 16 Drivers' championships (12 Cup Series, and three Camping World Truck Series). A list of the major races he has won include: DAYTONA 500 (1986, '89, '97, '99, '05, '06, '13, '14); SOUTHERN 500 (1986, '89, '95, '96, '97, '98, '02, '03, '04, 07, '12); WORLD 600 (1988, '94, '98, '03, '04, '05, '07, '08, '09, '12, '14); BRICK YARD 400 (1994, '98, '01, '04, '06, '09, '12, '14, '17). In 1996 Hendrick was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer and got so ill he could not attend any races for several months.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dr's were not sure what his medical outcome would be. But a matching bone marrow donor was found, and he made a full recovery. In 1997, Hendrick began the Hendrick Marrow Program, a non-profit works with the Be The Match Foundation to support the National Marrow Donor Program. It raises funds to add volunteers to the "Be The Match" Registry, which helps to find a marrow match for patients. It also provides assistance to recipients with uninsured transplant costs. Since the beginning, it has raised millions of dollars, 100,000 potential donors to the organization and eased the financial burden of more the 5,000 patients with grants from the Hendrick Family Fund for Patient Assistance. Afterward, he and his wife, Linda, were honored in 1999 with the Be The Match Foundation's Leadership for the Life Award. The award recognizes
individuals who have made an extraordinary commitment to serve marrow transplant patients. Some of the past patients include U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, baseball great Rod Carew and former Postmaster General William J. Henderson. Hendrick also has a passion for The Hendrick Foundation for Children, a foundation that supports programs and services that benefit youngsters with illness, injury, disability or other hindrance, and was establish by his brother, John Hendrick. Governor Jim Hunt recognized Hendrick in 1996 with The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina's highest civilian honor. In the 1980s, Honda automobiles were in high demand and Honda executives allegedly solicited bribes from dealers for larger product disbursements. Hendrick admitted to giving
hundreds of thousands of dollars, BMW automobiles, and houses to American Honda Motor Company executives. In 1997, Hendrick pled guilty to mail fraud. Hendrick was sentenced in December 1997 to a $250,000 fine, 12 months home confinement (instead of prison, due to his leukemia), three years probation, and to have no involvement with Hendrick Automotive Group (which was run by Jim Perkins) or Hendrick Motorsports (run by his brother John) during his year of confinement. In December 2000, Hendrick received a full pardon from President Bill Clinton.
John Holman - 11/8/1918 - 1975
Ralph Moody - 9/10/1917 - 6-9-2004
Holman-Moody - was an auto racing team, race car manufacturer, and marine engine manufacturer. The team built virtually all of the factory Ford race cars of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. It owned race cars that competed in NASCAR, drag racing, ocean boat racing, rallys, and sports car racing. The team won NASCAR championships in 1968 and 1969 with driver David Pearson and also the 1967 Daytona 500 with Mario Andretti. Their trademark was "Competition Proven." John Holman was hired in 1952 by Clay Smith and Bill Stroppe to drive their parts truck to each leg of the 1952 Mexican Road Race and to stay ahead of the racing team. The team won the race, and they hired
Holman as a full-time mechanic and parts man after the race to work in their Long Beach, California shop. Holman worked for the team until 1956, when Ford Motor Company hired him to run their factory team shop at Charlotte, North Carolina. Ralph Moody won four NASCAR races in 1956. He raced the first third of 1957, until Ford and the other American automobile manufacturers pulled out of racing. They formed a partnership after the American Manufacturers' Association banned Ford's factory participation in stock car racing in June 1957. The move unemployed both men. They decided to pool their resources, and formed Holman-Moody. Moody immediately took out a loan against an airplane that he owned, and with Holman paid $12,000 to buy the shop and equipment that had been Ford's Charlotte-based racing operation. Holman-Moody was one of the first to sell "purpose-built" stock car chassis forracing. Holman-Moody Fords won their first two races in 1957. Holman-Moody entered two cars in the final two races
at the Daytona Beach Road Course in 1958. The cars were raced by Curtis Turner and Joe Weatherly. The cars finished first and third in one race, and second and fourth in the second. The team became more focused on building cars for other teams as the season went on as Ford slowly began increasing support for racing. From 1957-1964 Holman-Moody only fielded cars on a limited basis. The most starts any one driver had in the period was 17 starts,
with the exception of Fred Lorenzen had 25 starts in 1963. However they fielded cars for such stars as Lorenzen, Fireball Roberts, Junior Johnson, Marvin Panch, Cale Yarborough, Benny Parsons, Curtis Turner, Joe Weatherly, Speedy Thompson, and many others. Even though no drivers ran many events, Holman Moody still posted 44 wins during that period. Holman-Moody bought out Bill Stroppe in 1965 and the Long Beach facility. This would be the first time they fielded a car full time with Dick Hutcherson at the keyboard. He posted nine wins, and finished second in the points. 1966 saw Hutcherson win three more times, along with two additional wins by Lorenzen. 1967 Holman-Moody again used a handful of different drivers, but they posted four wins. 1968 saw David Pearson drive a full season for the team and visit victory lane an amazing 16 times. He also claimed the first CUP Championship for Holman
Moody Racing, and second for himself. 1969 saw Pearson again have a great season winning the Championship again on the strength of 11 wins. The team only fielded one car for 1970 and Pearson's name was over the door. He ran 18 events and won one. 1971 was for all practical purposes the final year of Holman Moody as they fielded cars for four drivers; among them, Bobby Allison who made the most starts (23); but posted nine wins. They built around 50 race cars a year until Moody sold his portion of the company after the 1972 season. Holman died in 1975 after suffering a heart attack while testing an inter-cooler. The team was owned by a trust for several years, until Lee Holman took over the operations in 1978. They would make one final start in 1973, as Bobby Unser drove forthem at Riverside CA; and post a fourth place finish.
For their partnership John Holman and Ralph Moody would supply cars for drivers that won 96 CUP wins. Though only fielding cars full time for three seasons, they won the Championship twice and finished second the other year. Major race wins include: World 600 (1962, 1963, 1965, 1971); Southern 500 (1964, 1971); Daytona 500 (1965, 1967). They continue to build and restore collector race cars and engines with the majority of the employees having worked for Holman-Moody since the 1960s. Holman-Moody had a lasting effect on all forms of auto racing. Their innovations include fuel cells, full-floater rear axle, on-board fire systems, quick change disk brakes, square tube frames, tube shocks. The 1966 Holman-Moody Ford Fairlane was the basis for NASCAR race cars until NASCAR redesigned their car as the Car of Tomorrow.
JACKSON BROTHERS RACING - 1985-1989 - Racing and race cars were always a passion of Richard's, and he and brother Leo Jackson Jr. built their first racer when Richard was 18. At the start of the 1985 Winston Cup Season, Richard and Leo Jr. acquired the U.S. Tobacco team and sponsorship, competing in Winston Cup with a two car team driven by brothers Phil and Benny Parsons. The brothers split the ride, each running 14 races. Phil posted three top ten finishes, while Benny would finish fifth at Michigan, and post six top ten finishes. The duo again split the ride in 1986 with Benny posting two top fives, and Phil adding one. Oddly every top five finish was a fifth place finish. In 1987 Benny Parsons would move to Rick Hendrick Motorsports, and after the 1988 season he would retire from Cup racing. Phil Parson remained with the Jackson's in 1987 and claim a fourth place finish at Martinsville. Parson would inch closer to victory lane in the season opening 1988 Daytona 500; and he would finally break through and claim the first win for himself and Richard and Leo at Talladega. In 1989 the Jackson's expanded to two teams hiring Harry Gant to join Phil Parsons. Phil would finish fifth at the Daytona 500, and in the summer race would finish third there. Meanwhile Gant would would post nine top five finishes, with him grabbing a win at Darlington. After 1989 the brother had a parting of ways, and the team split up; each forming their own Cup team. (see below)
LEO JACKSON - Leo Jackson had better luck after he and brother Richard parted ways at the end of 1989. The newly renamed Leo Jackson Motorsports still held onto the #33 and hired Harry Gant to drive his equipment. Gant would wheel the Skoal Bandit through 1994. Gant would win in 1990 just 13 races into the partnership at Pocono. 1991 was much better for Gant, as he finished 3rd in points and won four consecutive races late in the season, which began a "Life Begins at 51" campaign because Gant was the oldest winner in the history of the sport. Gant would post five wins that season, including the Southern 500. He followed that up with his final two career wins in 1992 and a fourth-place finish in points. In 1993 & 1994, he didn't win but had a pole each year as well as an eleventh-place finish in points in 1993. During his retirement year in 1994, LJM began grooming his replacement, and Robert Pressley, ran three races for the team in the #54 sponsored by Manheim Auctions. His best finish was 31st. He moved to the #33 full-time in 1995, where he posted a tenth-place at Bristol, and finished runner-up to Ricky Craven for Rookie of the Year. 1996 was a struggle for Pressley and the team, when Pressley was running decently before having to miss the first race at Dover Downs(he was replaced by Greg Sacks). Around this time, Jackson was contemplating retirement and began looking to sell the team. His buyer was his crew chief at the time, Andy Petree. For Jackson solo career as an owner his drivers posted eight wins in seven seasons. (See "Andy Petree" to see how this team continued)
RICHARD JACKSON - 3/31/1937 - 5/31/2010 - Jackson graduated in 1960 from Georgia Tech University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He paired with his brother Leo to form Jackson Brothers Racing, however in 1990, Richard Jackson splintered from the team to form his own operation, taking the equipment for the #55 with him. Two time champion Terry Labonte would drive the first season after the brothers split. In the 29 races, Labonte would post four top five finishes with a best finish of second in the Daytona 500 driving his Skoal Olds. Labonte would move to drive for Billy Hagan in 1991. Rick Mast would replace Labonte and they would once again have a great run in the Daytona 500, finishing fourth. However that would be the highlight of the season as it would be the only top five of the year. 1992 would prove even less productive as Mast would only post one top ten finish. 1993 the duo would only produce one top five finish. The 1994 season was highlighted when Jackson and driver Rick Mast won the pole position for the inaugural Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
They also come very close to winning as he finished third three times, and would finish second at Rockingham. 1995-1996 again were disappointing as Mast could only muster one top five finish those two seasons. Mast would depart to race for Butch Mock in 1998, and three drivers would drive Jackson's car that season. Morgan Shepherd drove 18 races, while Jerry Nadeau, and Lance Hooper drove five races each. Jackson's team would not qualify for four races. The season's lone bright spot was Morgan Shepherd's third place finish in Atlanta. Jackson would close down his team after that season. In 1995, Jackson was the recipient of the Bobby Isaac Memorial Award, given to Richard in recognition of his contributions to short track racing. He passed away in 2010 at the age of 74
JR Motorsports has been in exsistence since 2005; and at the time of this writing has not fielded a car in the CUP series. It is however, a formidable Xfinity series competitor and needed to be listed here especially since the team has been the proving grounds for many drivers that have had great NASCAR careers. More recently several young drivers that should have stellar careers have driven for JRM. JRM keeps growing and expanding and starting in 2015 fielded race vehicles in the Camping world Truck series. The team is based in Mooresville, North Carolina, co-owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., his sister Kelley Earnhardt Miller, and the owner of his Cup ride Rick Hendrick. JR Motorsports began in a shed on the property of Dale Earnhardt, Inc. in 1998 with just one employee, as the marketing division of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s race team. The original intent of the business was to help Earnhardt Jr. sell T-shirts and negotiate sponsorship deals. It wasn't until 2002 that Earnhardt Jr. turned the
business into a race team, when T.J. Majors drove in the street stock division at Concord Motorsport Park, in North Carolina. Upon Earnhardt Jr.'s signing with Hendrick Motorsports the Hendrick and JR Nationwide Series teams were merged. Today, the team operates out of a 66,000-square-foot race shop near Mooresville, North Carolina racing cars in the NASCAR Xfinity series. In 2006 JRM fielded one car and used drivers Robby Gordon, Martin Truex, Shane Huffman and Mark McFarland during the season. Right out of the box the team posted seven top ten finishes with the best being a second by Gordon at Watkins Glen and a fifth by McFarland at Memphis. 2007 saw Brad Keselowski run 14 events for JRM while Huffman ran an additional 18. Keselowski posted five top ten finishes while Huffman had four and a team best fifth at Nashville. Dale Earnhardt Jr even crawled behind
the wheel for one start. In 2008 Dale Jr started nine races and posted three top fives and seven top tens as he started a second team and used various drivers to fill the seat. Among those who raced the second car besides himself was Mark Martin, Jimmie Johnson, Ron Fellows and Martin Truex. Mark Martin would drive the #5 Delphi car to the teams first win. Fellows would win on the road course at Montreal giving JRM a win in it's team car. Brad Keselowski drove the main car full time and he posted the teams first win. Keselowski would grab a win driving the #88 Navy sponsored car at Nashville bypassing Clint Bowyer with six laps to go to grab the checkers. He would get a second win at Bristol. Once again passing Bowyer late in the race to get the win.
Keselowski would finish third in the season points while JRM would accumulate a total of three wins; 18 top fives and 37 top tens. Keselowski came back in 2009 as the teams full time drive in it's main car; while the second car ran the same program with Dale Jr and other sharing the car. Keselowski once again finished third in points even though he had four wins; 22 top fives and 28 top tens. As an organization JRM would post four wins, 26 top five and 37 top tens finishes. In 2010 was when Danica Patrick made her move to NASCAR and ran 13 races for JRM; the most of any other driver in the organization. Her best finish was a 19th at the season ending race Homestead. This was an off season for the team as they only posted seven top five and 21 top ten results. In 2010, JR Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing announced that the number would switch from No. 83 to No. 3 with Dale Earnhardt Jr. driving the car at Daytona in July with Wrangler sponsoring the car. This was a tribute to Dale Earnhardt, being inducted into
the NASCAR Hall of Fame in May. Earnhardt Jr. won the race in the No. 3 car. IN 2011 the car again swapped numbers and went from being the number 3 to the number 5. Aric Almirola was picked to drive the full time car in 2011 (the #88), while Patrick, Earnhardt, Fellows, Kahne, Johnson among others fielded the #5 car. Almirola moved up from the Truck Series to drive the car full-time in 2011 as a part of a 2-year deal. Almirola had seven top five finishes with a best of fourth on four occasions. He also posted 18 top tens finished and ended up fourth in season points. The sister car had eight top five finishes and 15 top tens with Johnson getting a second at Watkins Glen and Fellows getting a second at Elkhart Lake WI. Danica Patrick drove full time in 2012 to try to gain some much needed experience before moving up to the CUP series. Patrick won the pole for the
first race of the season at Daytona and posted four top ten finishes for the year. Earnhardt also picked up new coming Cole Whitt to drive a second full time car. Whitt had four top five results and added 14 top ten results. The car that the team drivers shared had six top five results and saw Regan Smith claim a win at Homestead. Smith lost his CUP ride at the end of 2012 and was brought in to drive one of JRM's full time cars as Patrick moved up to the CUP series. Smith would win twice and finish second in the points for the year. The team was starting to become a powerhouse in the Xfinity series as they became as competitive as the teams of Penske; Joe Gibbs and Kyle Busch. Chase Elliott reached the age where he could compete full time in the Xfinity series and he had signed a contract to drive for Hendrick Motorsports when he advanced to the CUP level. JRM put Elliott into the Xfinity car seat in 2014 joining Smith, to drive a fourth entry for JR Motorsports. The car was numbered 9, the longtime number of Chase's
father Bill Elliott. In a surprise move, NAPA Auto Parts, which recently left Michael Waltrip Racing and was rumored to depart from the sport, signed on to sponsor the full season. The JRM duo was tough to beat and together they had four wins and 52 top ten finishes. At the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300, Elliott passed teammate Kevin Harvick for his first Nationwide Series win. Elliott's second win came at the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway, where he led 52 laps. A late race caution and a slow pit stop would find Elliott restarting in 6th with just 2 laps to go. Elliott managed an outstanding feat of passing the 5 cars in front of him en route to his second win of the season. Elliott would win his third race of the season in the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway after holding off Trevor Bayne Elliott won the Championship and Smith was a close second. The shared team car won an additional five times and added 17 more top tens. 2015 saw a young Chris Buscher win the points Championship edging out Elliott who finishes second.
Smith finished fourth in the points as the JRM continued to show they had a strong stable of drivers. Elliott got one win in 2015 while Smith got two and the shared car got two additional wins. Elliott Sadler went from driving a Ford for Roush Racing in 2015 to wheel a Chevy for JRM in 2016. He was joined full time by Justin Allgaier. Elliott Sadler replaced Elliott in the car for 2016 with the car number changing to No. 1. Since NAPA followed Elliott to the Cup Series, Sadler brought his sponsor OneMain Financial with him. Sadler started the season with a fourth-place finish in the season opener at Daytona. This was the first year NASCAR had went to the Chase style format to determine it's Champion, and Sadler had a greatseason winning three times. Allgair didn't win but posted consistent finishes all year and also advanced to the Chase portion to be able to run for the Championship. Both drivers ran well in the play offs and when the green flag fell in the final race at Homestead; both drivers were still in
the hunt with a shot at claiming the crown. Sadler was leading with three laps to go but Daniel Suarez passed for the lead and went on to win the race and the Championship. Suarez had been the car to beat all day leading 133 of the 200 laps. When the final points shook out Sadler finished second in the points with Allgaier third. Cumulative results from 2014-2016 showed the organization had posted 19 wins, 108 top fives, and 223 top tens; not to mention the Championship in 2014; being runner up in 2014, 2015 and 2016 plus finishing third in points in 2016. It took until 2015 for JR Motorsports to branch out into the Truck series. It claimed the #00 to use as their number and in it's first year the team saw six different drivers field the truck. Cole Custer ran it the most and would become the full time driver in 2016.
Custer posted a win in 2015 at Gateway International Speedway in St Louis. Kasey Kahne also won in the trucks that season. In 2016 Cole Custer didn't win but should of won at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville Ontario. Custer had the truck to beat all day and had a big lead in the waning laps. A late race yellow bunched up the field and when the green flew it still looked like Custer would win. This was the first year that NASCAR had changed the way the Championship was decided. 2016 was the first year the Chase format was used like had been used in the Cup series for several years. A win by Custer would lock him into the Chase. On the final lap; and final corner; John Hunter Nemechek run into Custer trying to make the pass. Custer got out into the dirt and Nemechek got by to get the win. Custer finished second and finished tenth in the points. In 2017 JR Motorsports had another great season in the Xfinity series. The team fielded four full time teams with Elliott
William Byron - 2017 Xfinity Champ
Sadler and Justin Allgaier returning from the previous season; while Michael Annett was added to the lineup along with Rookie William Byron who had ran one season in the Truck season and now moved up to the Xfinity series. Allgaier would give the organization it's first win of the year. Meanwhile Byron and Sadler would post many Top 5 finishes. Byron gave his team their second win visiting victory lane at Iowa, and also the following week at Daytona. Two weeks later he would grab his third win; coming at Indianapolis. Sadler, Byron, and Allgaier made up three of the four teams in the hunt for the Championship at Homestead. Cole Custer was the class of the field in the season's final race; but he wasn't in contention for the Championship. Meanwhile Byron ran a
solid race and claimed the Title. Sadler would finish in the Xfinity points for the fourth time; while Allgaier would be third. For 2018 Byron is taking him Championship trophy and moving on to the Cup Series to drive for Rick Hendrick. Sadler, Allgaier, and Annett will return in 2018 while Tyler Reddick will take over the seat Byron vacated. It is anticipated that upon Dale Earnhardt Jr's retirement he will stay in NASCAR and be a Cup owner and field full time Cup teams. Currently it appears he will be moving into the broadcast booth instead.
Jodi & TAD GESCHICKTER (JTG) - - JTG Daugherty Racing (formerly ST Motorsports and JTG Racing) is an American professional stock car racing team that currently competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The team is owned by former advertising executive Tad Geschickter and his wife Jodi, along with current ESPN analyst Brad Daugherty. Jodi is currently the only female Cup Series team owner. The team formerly had alliances with Wood Brothers Racing, then Michael Waltrip Racing, and currently has a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing. JTG started fielding cars in the NASCAR Xfinity series in 1995; with Jeff Fuller in the cockpit. He posted one Top 5 that season; but gave the team their first win the following season by claiming the checkers at Bristol where Fuller won the pole and led 145 of 250 laps. Several quality drivers raced JTG's cars from 1997-2003.
Drivers Mike Dillon, Phil Parsons, and Robert Pressley and Stacy Compton were all competitive in JTG race cars; but none managed to find victory lane. In 2004 JTG expanded to a two car operation with Compton and Pressley as their lead drivers. In 2006 JTG added a Truck Series team to their operation and hired Marcus Ambrose to drive. He would drive 22 races with a best finish of second that season. Ambrose moved up to race in the Xfinity series full time in 2007 with a best finish of fourth that year. The following year Ambrose was able to give the team their second win by winning beating out Kyle Busch to win the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen. JTG Daugherty had attempted to make their Cup Series debut in the third race of 2007 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with Ken Schrader behind the wheel, a second car to the Wood Brothers' No. 21, but the team failed to qualify for the race. Jon Wood attempted to
qualify the No. 47 in the season's 29th race at Kansas Speedway but also failed to qualify into the field. With the new ownership at JTG Daugherty Racing in 2008, the team attempted to qualify for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard with Marcos Ambrose at the wheel and he qualified into the race in 24th position. Ambrose finished in the 22nd position. He finished 3rd in the No. 21 Ford Fusion of Wood Brothers Racing at the Centurion Boats at the Glen at Watkins Glen International. On October 1, JTG Daugherty signed a deal to enter into a technical alliance with Michael Waltrip Racing for the remainder of 2008 and the 2009 Sprint Cup season. At the end of the 2008 season; JTG added owner Brad Daugherty to the
organization. Daugherty; a American retired basketball player played college basketball at the University of North Carolina and professionally with the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA from 1986-1994. During this technical alliance in 2008 and 2009, the No. 47 ran a Toyota Camry as the third car on the Michael Waltrip Racing team. For the rest of the 2008 season, the 47 switched to Toyota and leased the owner point's for MWR's No. 00 entry. Ambrose ran four races for the rest of the season and had a best finish of eighteenth. The 47 became a full-time entry in 2009, running with sponsorship mostly from Little Debbie and the Clorox Company. He had seven top-ten finishes, including a second at Watkins Glen, and finished eighteenth in points. The alliance continued for 2010, with
Marcos Ambrose Xfinity Win
Ambrose again running as the third car for MWR. For 2011, however, Ambrose left JTG Daugherty Racing in the Sprint Cup Series to drive for Richard Petty Motorsports although he drove for JTG in a one race deal for Watkins Glen in the Nationwide Series. He was replaced by former series champion Bobby Labonte. Labonte proved a good replacement by scoring 4th in the Daytona 500 and pushing Trevor Bayne to the lead on the final lap. However, the 500 remained their sole high point, and they struggled throughout the season to a 29th-place points finish. As a result, crew chief Frankie Kerr was moved to the shop foreman position, and JTG hired former Richard Childress Racing crew chief Todd Berrier as their new crew chief and general manager. To improve the team's performance beyond MWR, JTG moved back into the Geischeckter's old
race shop it shared with the Wood Brothers. However, the team had very few good runs in 2012. For 2013, Labonte and JTG would have a best finish of 15th at Daytona before he was replaced at Kentucky by A. J. Allmendinger. Allmendinger would score a top 10 at Watkins Glen. On August 29, 2013, Sporting News reported that Allmendinger will be the full-time driver for JTG Daugherty Racing in 2014. The team will also be switching to Chevrolet and form a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing. Allmendinger started 2014 slowly, but got hot with back to back top-10 finishes in May. He also raced his way into the Sprint All-Star Race. Allmendinger had the strongest car at Sonoma in June but was involved in an incident that left him a disappointing 37th. However he got redemption at Watkins Glen by winning the race, beating fellow road course ace Marcos Ambrose for the team's first Sprint Cup win. The win was also the first Chase birth for JTG. Ironically, Ambrose himself had nearly scored the team's first win in 2010. Allmendinger qualified for the Chase, the first Chase birth for JTG Daugherty, and finished 13th in the points standings. Both Allmendinger and all of the team's sponsors returned in 2015. Allmendinger and the #47 started 2015 off with four straight Top 20s, including a pair of Top 10s. Allmendinger also swept both road course poles, at Sonoma and Watkins Glen. However the team only scored one more Top 10, at Pocono in August, and Allmendinger finished 22nd in points. Allmendinger and Kroger inked a multi-year contract extension following the 2015 season. After starting the 2016 season slowly, the #47 picked up momentum with an 8th place finish at California in the spring. One week later at Martinsville, Allmendinger finished runner-up to Kyle Busch. The team missed the Chase,
but closed the season strong picking up six more Top-10's and a top-5 at Watkins Glen. Allmendinger finished 19th in points. In November 2016, the team announced plans to expand to two cars for the 2017 season. On November 29, Roush Fenway Racing leased their No. 16 charter to JTG, while also loaning driver Chris Buescher to the team; as JTG expanded to a two car team with Buescher piloting the #37 machine. For 2017, Allmendinger started the season off on a high note with a third place finish at the season opening Daytona 500. That was the highlight of the year however as it would be the only Top 5 he posted. Meanwhile Buescher had a best finish of sixth (twice) coming at Kansas and Michigan. As 2018 kicks off the team has the lone win garnered by Allmendinger and Buescher will be back with the team. JTG is entering into a deal to get technical alliance from Rick Hendrick Motorsports for 2018. JTG also has 12 top five and 43 top ten finishes.
JUNIOR JOHNSON - 6/28/1931 - is one of the early superstars of NASCAR in the 1950s and 1960s. (see his drivers Bio under the "Drivers Bio" tab elsewhere on the web site. He won 50 NASCAR races in his career before retiring in 1966. Johnson was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina, the fourth of seven children of Lora Belle Money and Robert Glenn Johnson, Sr. His father, a lifelong bootlegger, spent nearly 20 of his 63 years in prison, as their house was frequently raided by revenue agents. Junior spent one year in prison in Ohio (1957) for having an illegal still. He was never caught in his many years of transporting bootleg liquor at high speed. His still was a small moonshine operation was hardly a major business, leading some to believe the timing of the raid was payback for Junior having outwitted the law for all those years. When the gavel came down, Junior was staring at a two-year sentence in the federal prison in Chillicothe, Ohio. Fortunately, Junior was released from Chillicothe in 1958 after serving less than 12 months of his sentence. Junior is credited with inventing is the “Bootleg Turn,” where a driver slams on his brakes, twirls his car 180 degrees and blasts off past his stunned pursuers in the opposite direction. When Junior encountered nighttime police roadblocks, he employed flashing lights and sirens that tricked officers into letting him pass. By his 20th birthday, Junior was a legend among moonshiners. In the 1970s and 1980s, he became a NASCAR racing team owner; he fielded cars for such of the legendary drivers in NASCAR history, including Darel Dieringer,
LeeRoy Yarbrough, Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip, Neil Bonnett, Terry Labonte, Geoffrey Bodine, Sterling Marlin, Jimmy Spencer and Bill Elliott. In 1974 Johnson started fielding cars for Cale Yarborough. Cale had four wins that season, and finished second in points. He posted three more wins in 1975. 1976-1978 would see a remarkable run by the duo. All three years Yarborough would win the CUP title, and win nine races in 1976 & 1977, and ten in 1978. Cale would win four races in 1979, and an addition six in 1980. That year he once again finished second in points. Darrell Waltrip would take over the seat for Johnson in 1981. Waltrip had a great season winning 12 races, and once again claiming the CUP title for Johnson. Darrell would duplicate the feat in 1982 with 12 more wins, and another title. Waltrip won six times in
Lee Roy Yarbrough
1983, and almost won a third CUP title; finishing second in points. In 1984 Johnson added a second car to his team, and hired Neil Bonnett to drive. Waltrip won seven times, and finished fifth in the points. Bonnett posted 14 top tens, and finished eighth in points. Waltrip's win count dropped down to three in 1985, but he still managed to win the Championship title. Bonnett would win twice and finish fourth in the points. 1986 saw Waltrip again win
three times, but this season he would again finish second in the points chase; while teammate Bonnett would claim another win for Johnson. 1987 saw major changes within the Johnson organization. Waltrip would be lured away to Rick Hendrick Motorsports to wheel the famous "Tide Ride". Bonnett would also depart to RahMoc Enterprises to wheel the Valvoline Pontiac. Johnson also pared his team down to just one car, and hired Terry Labonte to drive his mount. Labonte won once and finished third in the points. 1988 saw Labonte win once, and finish fourth in the points. 1989 would be the final year to drive for Johnson and would win twice, but poor finishes would relegate Labonte to a tenth place finish in the points. 1990 would see Geoff Bodine brought into the
fold as Labonte went to drive for Richard Jackson. Bodine would win three time in 1990 and finish third in the points.The following season would see him only win once, and finish a disappointing 14th in the points. Sterling Marlin also drove for Johnson in 1991 and although he didn't win a race, he finished seventh in the points. Bill Elliott would join Johnson as Bodine departed. Many believed with the tremendous success of Johnson, and the driving talents of Elliott; the duo would be a huge success in the 1992 season. People were correct as Elliott would
claim five wins, but just get edged out of the Championship by Alan Kulwicki by five points. Sterling Marlin had a disappointing year and didn't visit victory lane, but he did finish in the top ten in points. Marlin would leave Johnson to drive for Stavola Brothers racing in 1993. Hut Stricklin would join Elliott for the 1993 season. Neither team would have any success and they only posted a combined seven top five finished. Stricklin's poor showing produced another driver swap for Johnson as he dropped Stricklin and replaced him with Jimmy Spencer in 1994. The duo posted three wins this season with Spencer winning twice. Elliott won once and it would be Johnson's final win as an owner. The win came at Darlington in the Southern 500.
Bill Elliott & Geoff Bodine (same paint job)
1995 would be Johnson last year as a car owner. Both of his drivers from 1994 departed, and be brought in Brett Bodine to drive his Lowes Ford. Elton Sawyer also drove part time for Johnson. Bodine was only able to post two top ten finishes, and finishes 20th in points. Junior’s four-decade string of success finally ran out. Suddenly, the victories were few and far between. He sold his team to Bret Bodine and retired to his farm in Hamptonville at the age of 65. A couple of years later, Sports Illustrated named him the greatest driver of NASCAR’s first half-century. For his career as a car owner he had 107 wins. His drivers also claimed six CUP Championships. 11 times his drivers were
first or second in points. They won such major races as: SOUTHERN 500 (1974, '78, '94); DAYTONA 500 (1977); WORLD 600 (1985); He is nicknamed "The Last American Hero" and his autobiography is of the same name. In turn, the article was made into a 1973 movie based on Johnson's career as a driver and moonshiner. The movie was entitled The Last American Hero. Jeff Bridges starred as the somewhat fictionalized version of Johnson, and Johnson himself served as technical advisor
Hut Stricklin & Jimmy Spencer (same paint job)
for the film. The movie was critically acclaimed and featured the Jim Croce hit song, "I Got A Name". On December 26, 1986, President Ronald Reagan granted Johnson a presidential pardon for his 1956 moon-shining conviction. In response to the pardon, which restored his right to vote, Johnson said, "I could not have imagined anything better. In May 2007, Johnson teamed with Piedmont Distillers of Madison, North Carolina, to introduce the company's second moonshine product, called Midnight Moon. Johnson became part owner of Piedmont Distillers, the only legal distiller in North Carolina. Midnight Moon
and the company's other product, Catdaddy, are available in 48 states. Midnight Moon follows the Johnson family’s generations-old tradition of making moonshine. Every batch is born in an authentic, copper still and is handcrafted, in very small batches. The 'shine is an 80-proof, legal version of his famous family recipe. Junior describes his moonshine as "Smoother than vodka. Better than whiskey. Best shine ever." In 2009, Junior was announced as one of five inaugural inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, along with Petty and Earnhardt, and Bill France Jr. and Sr.
Each in his own way laid an important part of NASCAR’s rock-solid foundation, but only Junior could claim he did so as a driver, owner and business visionary.
<< -- Elton Sawyer at left
Brad Keselowski Racing is an American professional stock car racing team that currently competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Started in 2007, it is owned and operated by Sprint Cup Series and Xfinity Series champion Brad Keselowski. As of the start of 2017, the team currently fields the No. 2 Gogo Ford F-150 part-time for Austin Theriault and Austin Cindric, the No. 19 California Clean Power/Draw-Tite Ford F-150 full-time for Daniel Hemric, and the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 full-time for Tyler Reddick. The team started in 2008 making four attempts in the Camping world Truck series. Keselowski drove one race finishing in sixth at Phoenix while Robb Brent wheeled the #19 on three occasions with a best finish of 21st. Keselowski entered the team in eight NCWTS races in 2009, driving the Keselowski family's familiar No. 29. BKR brought Mikey Kile in for six races, J. R. Fitzpatrick in for one race, and Keselowski made one start at Bristol. Kile posted the teams best finish coming
home eleventh at both Gateway (St Louis) and Milwaukee. In 2010, the team competed in five NCWTS events, with Keselowski scoring a season-best finish of second at Gateway Motorsports Park. In 2011, BKR fielded the No. 29 Ram for development driver Parker Kligerman. The team intended to run 15 races before Team Penske committed to sponsoring the team for the full season. Kligerman scored a four top fives including two second place results coming on back to back races at Texas and Kentucky; and finished 11th in points. Also in 2011, team owner Keselowski also drove a second truck, the No. 19, for six races. In 2012, Cequent Group and Cooper Standard sponsored the No. 29 team. Due to a lack of performance, Kligerman was released from the No. 29 and Ryan Blaney was brought in to fill out the remaining schedule.
Blaney immediately made a splash, winning at Iowa Speedway in his third start, earning the team its first victory. Along with the win the team posted seven top five and 16 top ten results. Blaney returned to the No. 29 full-time in 2013, capturing the pole at Kentucky Speedway and the win at Pocono Raceway. He finished sixth in the season ending points chase. Blaney won once again in 2014 posted two poles, and had 17 top ten finishes. He ended up second in the points getting beat out by Matt Crafton by just 21 points. 2014 also saw the team race a second truck in the series. Tyler Reddick was brought on to drive the majority of the races (16) when Keselowski
drove three; Joey Logano drove two and Alex Tagliani drove on a road course. Keselowski was able to capture a win for the tean at Bristol. In 2015, the No. 19 was driven full-time by Tyler Reddick, with Reddick winning two races (Daytona and Dover) before ultimately finishing second in the standings in all 23 races Reddick had a worst finish of
19th; and that was the only race he finished outside the top 15. He posted 14 top fives and 19 top tens. He was edged out by 15 points by eventual Champion Erik Jones who posted three wins; 11 top five and 20 top ten results. The 329 was shared by a variety of drivers in 2015 including Keselowski, Logano, Ryan Blaney, among others, The second team posted two win. Blaney got the victory at Bristol, while Logano claimed the checkers at .
Martinsville. In 2016, Daniel Hemric joined the team, driving the No. 19 California Clean Power/Draw-Tite Ford in a full time ride, while Reddick moved into the No. 29 for a full-time effort sponsored by Cooper Standard. Austin Cindric and Austin Theriault drove a third entry for the organization in five races. Reddick picked up one victory in 2016 getting a
win at Las Vegas. He crashed out of three races finishing 25th or worse in those. That shoved him down to a disappointing ninth place finish in points. Hemric had a more consistent season and even though he didn't get a win; he did post 11 top five finishes and 17 top tens. He was able to end the season sixth in points. As 2017 dawns Hemric will be moving to Richard Childress Racing to drive in the XFinity Series and Cindric will drive full time for
Keselowski. Reddick announced he would not be returning to the organization for 2017. Keselowski added Chad Briscoe to his stable. Both drivers ran the full season and were very competitive as they posted Top 10 finishes on a regular basis. Cindric had eight Top 10 finishes in the first 14 races; before breaking through to claim his first win on
the road course of Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Ontario. The win would automatically qualify him for the Chase; which he ran well in; making it all the way to the final race at Homestead with a chance to win the Championship. Cindric ran well in the season final race; finishing fifth in the event; and third in the points. Meanwhile new team mate Chase Briscoe had his share of great runs. He kicked off the season finishing third at Daytona; and followed that up with three second place finishes before winning the season finale' at Homestead. For the season Briscoe had one win; eight Top 5; and 16 Top 10's in the years 23 events; finishing sixth in the points. Cindric would have the lone win and add 10 Top 5's and 14 Top 10's. Near the end of the 2017 season, Keselowski would shut down
his race team. Si it was nice to see his drivers go out on a high note. For the teams career they claimed 11 wins; and also have 107 Top 5's and 174 Top 10's over the ten season it was in existence.
<<-- Chase Briscoe Homestead win
CARL KIEKHAEFER - 6/4/1906 - 10/5/1983 - In 1927 Keikhaefer briefly worked as a draftsman by Evinrude Motors before being fired for "...frequent, disquieting and brazenly insubordinate arguments concerning design and product development...". He was a young engineer right out of college when he received his first of his over 200 patents. He purchased an outboard motor manufacturing company in Cedarburg, Wisconsin in 1939, intending to make magnetic separators for the area's dairy industry. The company had 300 defective motors, which he rebuilt and sold to catalog company Montgomery Ward. Orders kept coming for the motors, and Kiekhaefer Corporation was born. Kiekhafer's company would eventually end up being know as Mercury Marine. Kiekhaefer decided to use car racing to promote his now profitable boat motor company. He entered 1954 Chrysler New Yorker club coupes in the AAA Milwaukee Mile and won all three races entered. Tony Bettenhausen and Frank Mundy drove. He then purchased large and powerful Chrysler 300s to use in NASCAR for the 1955 season.
Kiekhaefer was a millionaire, so he could afford the expensive cars unlike the other teams. He bought the best equipment, and had a team, as well as transporters, unheard of in NASCAR at the time. He brought his car with no driver to the first race at the Daytona Beach Road Course. Retired former champion Tim Flock had retired after the 1954 season, but was convinced to return by Kiekhaefer for $40,000. Carl fielded cars for six different drivers in 1955. four of them ran a total of six races. Fonty Flock ran 20 races for Kiekhaefer, while Tim Flock ran 38 of the 45 races that season. Fonty would win two races, while Tim would visit victory lane 18 times and post 32 top ten finishes. He would go on to win the CUP Championship title, while his team mate Buck Baker would finish second. Kiekhaefer and Flock had a falling out early in the 1956 season. Buck Baker was number one driver for the team.
Baker entered 44 events, with 14 wins, 12 poles, and 35 Top-10 finishes on his way to the team's second consecutive championship. Speedy Thompson also drove for the team, entering 39 events, with 8 wins, 7 poles, and 28 Top-10 finishes on his way to third place in the points. Herb Thomas would finish second in the points. Kiekhaefer had nine drivers race for him in the 56 event season, taking first, second, third, and ninth in the final series points. The drivers combined for 30 wins, 25 poles, and 92 Top-10 finishes in their 126 races. Four drivers combined for 16 straight team wins between March 25 and June 3. Kiekhaefer quit NASCAR in January 1957 after battling Bill France, over accusations of cheating by the other competitors (though no rules
infractions were found under NASCAR's close scrutiny), NASCAR changed the rules to Kiekhaefer's disadvantage, and he did not want a backlash to affect Mercury sales after fans booed the team. While not the first "superteam" in NASCAR history, the Mercury Marine team was legendary. Even though he only fielded cars for two season, he had some impressive stats. His drivers won the CUP Championship both years, and also had a driver finish second both years. His driver posted 190 starts, and grabbed 52 wins (an impressive 27%.) while posting 166 top fives, (61%) and 139 top tens. (73%). Kiekhaefer was an innovator. Some of the things he is noted for are: His team was the first to use dry paper air filters, which are now standard equipment in today's cars. First to do scientific testing of the oil in his race car motors to see what was affecting the performance of his motors via contamination. First professional team. The cars were
professionally painted and detailed. Team members wore uniforms. At a time when most drivers drove their cars to the track, Kiekhaefer used the Mercury Marine box or "van" style trucks with the race cars sticking out the back due to their length. Multiple photos support this. The floors of the trucks had jacks built into them to support the cars on their frames so they would not ride on their wheel and axle bearings during transport to and from races. Had the first major national sponsor to NASCAR (excluding automotive-related companies). Set a record lap of 140 mph at the Daytona Beach Road Course.
<<-- Speedy Thompson at left
NORD KRAUSKOPF - 1/26/1922 - 8/3/1986 - was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race car owner whose career spanned from 1966 to 1977. He was the owner of K&K Insurance and a part of the business since its foundation in 1952. This was a position that he kept in the corporate world while having a second career in the motor sports industry as a car owner. This dual role lasted until the 1970s when he left the NASCAR circuit to focus on running his insurance company. His team would field mostly Dodge Chargers and Dodge Daytona's to the Cup Series races. Krauskopf also become one of the first millionaires in NASCAR history by collecting a grand total of $1,225,994 in his 12-year career ($4,722,870.9 in today's money). The constant changes of NASCAR in the 1970s would render Krauskopf's team uncompetitive. As a result, he would constantly be at odds with NASCAR officials. Krauskopf would enter the CUP series in 1966. He fielded cars for Earl Balmer, and Gordon Johnson for a total of ten races. Both drivers posted a top ten, with Balmer having a best finish of fifth. Carl had four different drivers drive his cars in 1967 for a total of 23 races. Charlie Glotzbach posted three top five finishes, as did Bobby Isaac. Isaac finished second at Charlotte. In 1968 Krauskopf fielded his first full time
team with driver Bobby Isaac. He would run 49 races, post three wins, and finish runner up in the points chase. In 1969 Isaac was dominate winning 17 of the 50 races he entered; however he could only manage a sixth place finish in the points. 1970 saw Isaac post an additional win, and he would go on to win the first CUP Championship for himself and Krauskopf. This would be the final time Krauskopf would field a full time car for a single driver until 1975. In 1971 only ran 25 races, but posted four wins. Dave Marcis also ran one race, and he posted a top ten finish. In 1972 Krauskopf would field a car for seven races for Buddy baker, and for Isaac in 24 races. Both would get one win; Isaac at Rockingham, and Baker at College Station TX. Baker would be the only driver for Krauskopf in 1973, and he would two wins and finish sixth in points. Krauskopf would use four drivers in 1974, but they would only start seven races combined. Baker would would post a third place finish at
Atlanta and Darlington, while the other three drivers did not even crack the top ten. Dave Marcis would run a full schedule in 1975 and post one win, but 16 top five finishes. He would finish second to Richard Petty in the title hunt. 1976 would be the final year Krauskopf would field a team in NASCAR. He once again fielded a team full time for Marcis; also eleven races for Neil Bonnett, and one for Gordon Johncock. Marcis would win three more events with the last one coming at Atlanta. For his career Krauskopf's drivers would claim 43 wins, and 171 top fives in 345 starts (almost 50%). Buddy Baker won the World 600 for Krauskopf in 1973.
<<-- Dave Marcis at left
ELMO LANGLEY - 8/21/1928 - 11/21-1996 - was a NASCAR driver and owner. Langley primarily used the number "64" on his race cars during his NASCAR career. Langley came in to NASCAR as a Driver/Owner in 1954. From 1954-1964 Langley was an owner/driver, but only raced a few races per year (the most being seven in 1958). In 1966 He ran 32 events and posted three top five finishes. In 1966 he partnered with Henry Woodfield and created Langley-Woodfield Racing. That same year Langley ran in 45 races and won the only two races of his long career. His victories came at Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds in Spartanburg SC where he won by four laps. And at Old Dominion Speedway in Manassas VA where he won by seven laps. He again ran full time in 1967 and 1968 and finished in the top ten in points both years. After the second race of the 1969 season, Langley and Woodfield split and Langley continued to run team on his own returning to the driver/owner role.
That season he ran 49 races had 27 top ten finishes, and finished fifth in the CUP points. In 1970 Langley ran well, and finished sixth in points. 1971 saw him cut back his racing schedule to only 39 of 48 races, but his eight top five finishes propelled him to a fifth place finish in points again. 1972-1974 saw Langley run fewer races each season, but finished well in the points standings. In 1972 and 1973 he finished in the top ten. His final full season as an owner/driver was in 1975 where he finished eighth in points. He continued to race just a hand full of races through 1979. Tommy Gale became the primary driver in 1976, but he would also field cars in just a few races for
drivers like Dick Brooks, Skip Manning, Henley Gray and others through the 1978 season. Gale would post a seventh place finish at Talladega in 1979; the first only top ten finish since 1979. In 1980 Langley concentrated all his efforts on one car; the one Gale drove. Gale ran 25 or more events through 1983 and that season he would finish tenth at Rockingham. It would be the last top ten finish for as Langley owned race car. In 1985 Clark Dwyer took over the controls but with little success. In 1986 Langley had eleven different drivers wheel his machines, but none ran more than five races. 1987 would be his final year as owner as he had drivers start 28 events total. On April 15, 1988, Langley was named as the crew chief for Cale Yarborough and Dale Jarrett with his duties in effect after
that year's First Union 400 where he attended as an observer. Elmo's very last race was the Battle of the NASCAR Legends race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1991. The race featured such drivers as Cale Yarborough, Junior Johnson, Pete Hamilton, and Donnie Allison. The winner was Langley, beating Yarborough to the line by about 3 feet on the last lap. From April 1989, through November 1996, Langley served as the official pace car driver for all Sprint Cup events. On November 21, 1996, Langley was in Suzuka, Japan to drive the pace car in the Suzuka Thunder Special 100 Exhibition race which was held on November 24, when during a test drive, he began to experience chest pains. He was subsequently taken to the Suzuka General Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival from a heart attack. During his long career Langley was your typical 'independent' driver. always fielding his own cars, and on a shoe string budget. Many believe if he would of had as good of equipment as the other drivers in his era he could have been a formidable opponent.
Bob Leavine - ?/?/? - Founded as Leavine Fenton Racing by Bob Leavine and Lance Fenton in early 2011, the team planned to compete on a limited basis in the Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series, with David Starr competing in the former for six events and Fenton driving in the latter for three. Based in Tyler, Texas but with its race shop in Concord, North Carolina, the team made its debut in the Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway in April of that year; Starr qualified for the race, his first in Sprint Cup competition, and finished 38th following an accident. Following competing in the Sprint Showdown and Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the team announced that Fenton's share in the team had been acquired by Leavine and his wife, Sharon; the team was renamed as Leavine Family Racing. After failing to qualify at Kentucky Speedway, the team next raced at Bristol Motor Speedway in August, scoring its best finish and Starr's career best in the series, 27th; LFR and Starr would fail to qualify for events at Chicagoland Speedway, Kansas Speedway and in the fall at Texas Motor Speedway over the remainder of the year, only making one further race, at Atlanta Motor Speedway where they posted a 29th-place finish. The organization race shop was badly damaged by fire in May of 2011. Four race cars were destroyed in the fire at the LFR shop along with a 3,000 square-foot room full of parts and equipment. No one was injured in the blaze, and the team’s primary cars were located in another
part of the race shop, allowing McDowell to continue to race. The team worked out of an unoccupied shop space at Team Penske while its shop was being restored. The team moved back into it's rebuilt race shop approximately two months after the fire. In an effort to prevent future incidents, the single-car NASCAR Sprint Cup Series organization has announced a partnership with Monitronics Security, one of the nation’s largest home security alarm monitoring companies. Monitronics will outfit the refurbished Leavine facility with a new, state-of-the-art security and fire monitoring system. In addition, Monitronics was an associate sponsor on LFR driver Michael McDowell’s No. 95 Ford Fusion in races at
Chicago, Charlotte and Texas later that year. Starr left Leavine Family Racing following the 2011 season; for 2012, Leavine hired Scott Speed to drive the team's No. 95 Fords in the Sprint Cup Series, with Wally Rogers as crew chief; a 15-race schedule in NASCAR's premier series was planned for the season. The team qualified for races with Speed at
Richmond International Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway with Speed, starting and parking, before finishing 25th at Sonoma Raceway. In August 2012 LFR announced that it had re-signed Speed for the 2013 Sprint Cup Series season, intending to run 28 events on the 36 race schedule. The team had its best finish at the 2013 Aaron's 499 with a ninth-place finish, however they started and parked most other events. Speed left the team after the Atlanta race, citing his frustration with the team's starting and parking and hinting that the plan had been to run more full races. He was replaced on an interim basis by Reed Sorenson. In October 2013, Leavine Family Racing announced that Michael McDowell would drive the team's No. 95 Ford Fusion Cup Series entry in 2014. They
ran 20 of the 36 races. On January 28, 2014, Leavine announced that KLOVE, Thrivent Financial, and several other sponsors would sponsor all 20 scheduled races in the 2014 Sprint Cup season. The sponsorship meant the team would be able to run full races, and enabled it to form an alliance with Team Penske. At the 2014 Coke Zero 400, McDowell and Leavine Family Racing finished their career-best with a 7th-place finish in the rain-shortened event. The team's
performance was much improved with the Penske alliance, and additional sponsorship allowed the team to run seven of the final eight events, and 22 in total. The team finished 43rd in owners points. McDowell returned in 2015, as did K-LOVE and Thrivent. The team once again planned to run at least 20 races, and maintained its Penske alliance. McDowell was able to make the Daytona 500, a race he had failed to qualify for in 2014. The team posted four DNQs in 2015, three of which were due to rain-outs and an increase in full-time entries. In early summer, the team made the news in unfortunate fashion after part of their shop burned down. This forced
them to take refuge on the Team Penske campus, inside their former sports car shop, until their own facility was repaired enough for them to return. The team ultimately slipped slightly to 44th in owner points, but did finish ahead of the No. 62, a team that attempted all 36 races. In January 2016, longtime NASCAR team owner Joe Falk became an investor in LFR and the team switched to Chevrolet. Falk brought a charter granted to him, to the #95 team, guaranteeing the 95 its first full season of racing. The team formed an alliance with Richard Childress Racing. The No. 95 will attempt all 36 races, with McDowell returning to run 31 events with sponsorship from K-Love and Thrivent,
and Ty Dillon driving in seven races. In a few races both drivers were entered driving a team car #59. McDowell posted two tenth place finishes in 2016 and ten top 20 results. McDowell returned to LFR in 2017 with Thrivent Financial as the sponsor. Thrivent Financial is a Christian based financial advisory group. You can see the logo contains both a heart and a cross. He had a solid season posting 15 finishes inside the Top 20. He also gave the team their best ever finish (and first Top 5), by placing fourth in the Coke 400 at Daytona. As 2018 dawns McDowell is leaving the team to go drive for BK Racing. He will be replaced by Kasey Kahne.
BONDY LONG - a former NASCAR Sprint cup Series race car owner whose career spanned from 1963 to 1968. Maynard Bondy Long II was the step-son of Lammot DuPont Jr; a member of one of the world's richest families. DuPont married Long's Mother Mary in 1950 six years after Long's Father was killed in actionin World War II. The company the DuPont family now built is best known in NASCAR circles as Jeff Gordon's long time sponsor. Long had spent his youth in Camden where kids would go bare foot from spring to fall and lived the lifestyle of kids in a small southern town. But when Long's Mother remarried; they moved to a huge house outside Wilmington and suddenly was going to a private school, and wore a coat and tie and shoes!!. He had
left his friends and was mostly isolated in a new strange home. When he turned 16 he got his drivers license and packed up up his car. Against his Mothers objections he went back to Camden living with several uncles and aunts in that area. He had always loved tinkering and that soon led to he racing around in the Carolinas. Then, in February 1963, Longs life took an abrupt left turn. He was drag racing in Bunnell, Fla., north of Daytona Beach, and was invited by a friend of a friend to visit Daytona International Speedway during Daytona 500 week. Long and his group got garage passes. He had never seen an oval-track race and, flipping through a race program, was surprised at
the prize money NASCAR events awarded. He called his mother in Wilmington and told her that "She had to see this", he said. He told her, "These people actually win a lot of money if they win races". She said, "Well, I might have to check into that". Long said, "You need to come down here to the track". Two days later, to Longs surprise, she did. With an escort Bill France Sr. She called down to the track and asked, Who's in charge?
Somebody told her it was Bill France. She said, Well, can I talk to him? Evidently, she talked to him and made arrangements to fly down and for him to pick her up at the airport. Bill France picked her up at the airport and drove her around the track a few times and told her what was going on. Then Long heard his name over the garage loudspeaker, telling him to come to the garage office. There she was with Bill France. She said, I think you're right there is something to this.
a great thing". Bill France, the founder of NASCAR, was a busy man in those days, and its reasonable to conclude that he didn't return every telephone call asking questions about NASCAR. And he certainly didn't drive to the Daytona Beach airport regularly to pick up people he didn't even know. But someone carrying the Du Pont name? That was a different story. Soon, Long was looking around for a stock car to buy. He settled on a Plymouth from Petty
Enterprises. He hired a few mechanics and started his racing team in 1963 in a shop on the family's Camden property. At 23 years old, he was suddenly a team owner, a racing mechanic and an engine builder. He learned quickly. It was not a good year for Plymouths they typically were 10 miles per hour behind Fords at the circuits big tracks, and Long soon switched to Ford. Long started his ownership career in his 20s, and received factory support from Ford Motor Company. He has employed notable drivers like Larry Frank, Bobby Isaac, James Hylton, Ned Jarrett, and Marvin Panch. The little team out of Camden SC would turn heads on NASCAR premier circuit. Isaac would run about half of the races in the 1963 season, posting three top five finishes. In 1965
1965 Ned Jarrett was hired to drive for Long, and the duo make a strong combination. Jarrett would drive the full season and post 14 wins; and finish second on seven other occasions. He finished second in the series points. 1965 saw Jarrett post 13 more victories, and 12 runner up finishes, and win the Cup series Championship. Ned Jarrett and his car were featured on the first ever cover of Stock Car Racing magazine. Long cut way back on his racing in 1966 and only field cars for eleven races, with Jarrett running nine of them and finish third three times. Dick Hutcherson, and Mario Andretti also each drove one. 1967 saw Hutcherson do a majority of the driving as he would drive in 31 races, and visit victory lane twice. Hutcherson would finish third in the points chase. 1968 would be Long's final year as a car owner. He fielded cars for such talented drivers as Bobby Allison, Bud Moore, and AJ Foyt; but these drivers combined only ran a total of 16 races. In 206 races that Long fielded cars, they saw the winners circle on 29 occasions, along with 30 second place finishes. They also posted 114 Top 5 finishes, and 134 Top 10 finishes.
BANJO MATTHEWS - 2/14/1932 - 10/2/1996 - was a native of Akron, Ohio, had a high degree of success behind the wheel of Modified race cars, winning hundreds of races during his career, but his primary claim to fame is the cars he built for others to drive. His shop, Banjo's Performance Center near Asheville, NC, is perhaps the second-most famous building in town, running a close second to the prestigious Biltmore House. After moving to Miami from Ohio, he ran his first race at age 15 in a Ford Roadster at Pompano Beach Speedway in 1947, and won, After five years of racing and working on cars, Matthews decided he wanted to race for a living, and moved to
Asheville, NC in 1952. He raced both dirt and asphalt, building a reputation as one of the best modified drivers around, and he was ready when NASCAR went to the superspeedways in the early 1960's. Banjo raced 50 times on the Grand National circuit, with a second at Atlanta being his closest encounter with victory lane. In 1963, he left the driving to others, joining the Ford factory team building cars for Parnelli Jones, A. J. Foyt, Donnie Allison, Pete Hamilton and Bobby Isaac. When the factories pulled out, Banjo opened his own shop, and the legend began. He made a deal with John Holman of Holman-Moody, and built kit-type Fords in 1971. Matthews built the body and framework, and H-M put in the motors. After that, he built cars for Chevrolet. Cars owned by Matthews won nine races and 14 poles in 160 starts, including three Firecracker 400's at Daytona. But he decided to turn all of his energies to
building cars for others to own, and that is when he really made a name for himself. Cars built by Matthews won 262 of 362 NASCAR Winston Cup races from 1974-1985, including all 30 races in 1978, and four consecutive Winston Cup championships (1975-78). Craftsmanship was Matthews' hallmark. He treated each car like a bottle of fine wine. "When I was driving I couldn't stand to get outrun by somebody with better equipment," he said in 1980. "That's the way I feel about my business. I believe in and admire craftsmanship. Banjo built and raced his own cars from 1957-1962. He never posted a win and his best finish came in his fifth career race - he finished third at North Wilkesboro. When he retired from driving in 1963 he hired such notable drivers as Speedy Thompson, Fireball Roberts, Junior Johnson, Cale Yarborough,
Bobby Isaac and Donnie Allison to wheel his race cars. Fireball Roberts got Matthews his first win as a car owner by claiming the trophy in the Fire Cracker 400. Junior Johnson would win twice in 1964 driving a Matthews machine while Donnie Allison would visit victory lane once in 1969 and and additional three times in 1970. His biggest win came when Allison claimed the World 600 trophy at Charlotte in 1970. It was Banjo Matthews who gave Donnie his big break in 1968. Donnie said Banjo was the best thing that ever happened to him and Banjo was the smartest man he had ever been around in Winston Cup. He enjoyed the best season of his career in 1970 while driving for Matthews. Allison never competed in more than 21 races in a single season, won the World 600 at Charlotte, the Firecracker 400 at Daytona and the Southwestern 400 at Bristol that year and in 19 starts, Allison had 10 top five
finishes. Also of not NASCAR went to Matthews and asked him to build specially prepared cars for their IROC Series. All the cars were identically-prepared, evenly matched stock cars of the same make and model, set up by a single team of technicians (historically, NASCAR veterans Dick Trickle, Dave Marcis and Jim Sauter) so driver talent would determine who would win. Banjo Matthews had a sign in his race shop: "Banjo's, where money buys speed - How fast do you want to go?!" In the months before he died of heart and respiratory disease in 1996, he was honored by being awarded the Buddy Shuman Award, the Smokey Yunick Award for lifetime mechanical achievement, and has been inducted into the NMPA Hall of Fame at Darlington. Matthews' son, Jody, 31, (who accepted the hall of fame award in his father's absence) continues to operate the business, building cars and suspension parts. "My dad was real emotional about the hall of fame and I'm just so happy
that he got to enjoy the honor before he passed away," says Jody. "He never was a trophy-chaser, but he appreciated recognition by his peers. At right is one of the IROC cars built by Matthews. In 1977, Penske and IROC commissioned legendary NASCAR driver/builder Banjo Matthews to build new Camaros from the ground up. The new machines were complete tube frame race cars covered predominantly with fiberglass panels, powered by a re-worked, Traco-built 350-cid Chevy mill good for 450hp. The bodywork, T-10 4-speed gearbox, race suspension, Hurst-Airheart 4-wheel disc brakes and steering box came straight from GM’s parts bin. Fifteen IROC 2nd-Gen Camaros were built, racing the series until 1980.
LARRY MCCLURE - ?/?/1944 -as known as Morgan-McClure Motorsports; was an American auto racing team that competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full-time until 2007 and it had been in operation for 27 years, starting in 1982. Morgan-McClure Motorsports was owned by business partners Larry McClure and Tim Morgan. It began in 1983 when the two purchased a race car from G.C. Spencer. The car debuted at Talladega Superspeedway and was piloted by Connie Saylor. Mark Martin took over the driving duties later that year, and had one top-10 finish. In 1984, the team signed Folgers as a sponsor and began racing as car #4. Tommy Ellis ran twenty races that year for the team, with Lennie Pond and Joe Ruttman running the rest of the schedule. Ruttman drove sixteen races for them next season, notching one top-5 and four top-10 finishes. In 1986, MMM got Eastman Kodak sponsorship and signed Rick Wilson to handle the driving chores. Wilson got the team its first pole position at Bristol Motor Speedway in 1988, its first full
season on the circuit. When Wilson announced he was leaving the team in 1989, the team was eighth in points. For the 1990 season, the team hired Phil Parsons, but after three races, Parsons was released in favor of Ernie Irvan. In his first race with the team, Irvan started 30th, and finished third. Two races later, Irvan won his first pole position at Bristol Motor Speedway. The team switched from Oldsmobile to Chevrolet in order to get more manufacturer support. Their first race after the switch was at Bristol, and Irvan picked up first career victory, as well as the first victory for MMM. The next season, Irvan won the Daytona 500 and The Bud at the
Ernie Irvan - Daytona 500 Win
Glen. When the checkered flag fell at the end of the season, the team was fifth in points. The next season, Irvan won three races over a two month stretch, at Sears Point International Raceway, the Pepsi 400 at the Daytona International Speedway, and at Talladega Superspeedway. In 1993, Irvan won the pole twice, as well as a victory at Talladega. When Davey Allison died in an aircraft accident, Robert Yates asked Irvan to take his place. Irvan wanted out of his contract with MMM, and it ensued into an ugly lawsuit. Irvan was able to get out, but there were hurt feelings on both sides. The team finished out the season with drivers Jeff Purvis, Joe Nemechek, and Jimmy Hensley the remainder of the season. For the 1994 season, the team hired Sterling Marlin to drive. In his first race in the team, Marlin won the Daytona 500, beating out, ironically, Irvan. Marlin won the
500 the next year as well, in addition to two more races at Darlington Speedway and Talladega. In 1996, Marlin won two races, at Talladega and the Pepsi 400 at Daytona. After the team went winless with Marlin in 1997, finishing 25th in points, the team and driver decided to part ways. MMM hired two-time race winner Bobby Hamilton. Hamilton led 378 out of 500 laps and won from the pole at Martinsville Speedway and finished 10th in the final points standings. Soon, the team was not able repeat its success eventually finishing 30th in the points standings in 2000. Hamilton left for Andy Petree Racing in 2001. He was replaced by Robby Gordon, but Gordon struggled in the ride and was released after just five races. Mike Skinner and Kevin Lepage shared
Bobby Hamilton Sr.
the driving duties for two years without much success. In 2003, MMM switched to Pontiac. They lost their Kodak sponsorship in 2004, but MMM remained open, switching back to Chevrolet as Pontiac had withdrew from the Cup Series at the end of 2003. Jimmy Spencer drove the car most of that year, and team co-owner Jerry McClure's son Eric drove another team car to finish 26th at Talladega Superspeedway. For 2005, the team signed Lucas Oil as a sponsor, and hired Mike Wallace to drive. Wallace was replaced by John Andretti, P. J. Jones, and Todd Bodine for some of the races in 2005. In 2006, Scott Wimmer was announced as the 2006 driver with new sponsorship from the Utah-based AERO Exhaust. Wimmer had an average start of 35th and average of finish 29th, with no wins, only one top five. On October 3, 2006 Larry McClure announced
that the team and Wimmer parted ways. They hired Todd Bodine to drive the next two races, Charlotte and Atlanta, until they could find a permanent replacement. The last three races the team hired veteran Ward Burton, who at the time had not driven in Sprint Cup in several years. On December 12, 2006 MMM announced they signed Burton to take full-time seat in 2007 with sponsorship from State Water Heaters. Burton was released before the last race of the 2007 season. Morgan-McClure Motorsports shut down weeks shy of the 2008 Daytona 500 due to financial problems. Since 2009, legal problems have prevented Morgan-McClure from actively competing. Larry McClure was charged with federal income tax fraud for not reporting $269,000 for cars used in the ARCA series.
McClure spent eighteen months in jail after pleading guilty to five counts of filing a false income-tax return, obstructing the investigation and lying to Internal Revenue Service investigators. McClure, of southwestern Virginia, also was fined $40,000, ordered to reimburse $25,000 for the IRS investigation and to pay nearly $60,000 to Eastman-Kodak (a former sponsor of the Morgan-McClure team) for filing a false invoice. During operation of MMM they tallied 14 wins. Daytona and Talladega was definitely their strong tracks and they captured nine of their wins there. Three times they won the Daytona 500 (twice with Marlin, and once with Irvin) and Marlin won the July race at Daytona twice. Irvin and Marlin both won twice at Talladega.
HARRY MELLING - 6/13/1945 - 5/29/1999 - was the team owner of Melling Racing that fielded a NASCAR team that ran from 1981 to 2003. The team was most notable for fielding cars for Bill Elliott in the 1980s where he won the 1985 Winston Million and where he won the 1988 championship. Owner Harry Melling first became involved in NASCAR when his company Melling Tool sponsored Benny Parsons in 1979. Melling Tool continued their sponsorship of Parsons in 1980 and 1981 as he drover for owner MC Anderson. Meanwhile Parsons had his eye on Bill Elliott. Parsons had noticed Elliotts smooth driving style, and how he was able to get the most out of his equipment driving for his father (George Elliott) independant and under-funded team. Parson spoke to Melling about giving Elliott a shot in a ride to see hopw he might perform in quality equipment. The Melling team began in 1982 with driver Bill Elliott after buying out George Elliott's part of the team and by sponsoring Elliott's #9 Ford that season. The team ran 21 races that season and had nine top-tens and won the pole for the Champion Spark Plug 400. In 1983, Elliott won his first race at the season-ending race at Riverside International Raceway and finished third in points. The following season, Coors became the team's new sponsor and Melling Racing responded with three wins with Elliott and another third-place points finish. 1985 marked a career-high eleven wins for Elliott and Melling, as well over $2 million in earnings, but a string of four finishes outside of the top-ten late
in the season caused them to finish second in the series standings. Elliott won the Daytona 500, Winston 500 Where Elliott lost 2 laps, made it up under green and won the race, and the Southern 500. Elliott became one of two drivers to win the Winston Million. (Earning the nickname "Million Dollar Bill") The team slipped to sixth in points and had only two wins the following year, but started off 1987 with a win at the Daytona 500, on top of five additional wins that season. Melling Racing won the championship in 1988 with Elliott after getting six wins and 22 top-ten
Bill Elliott - Melling T-Bird
finishes. The team was unable to defend its championship in 1989 after Elliott was injured early in the season and Jody Ridley served as a substitute driver, although Elliott was still able win three times. In 1990, Elliott had only one victory but still moved to fourth in points. After the sponsorship changed to Coors Light for the 1991 season, Elliott and Melling only won at Daytona and fell to eleventh in points, causing him and Coors to part ways with Melling at the end of the year. Without sponsorship, Melling ran Phil Parsons for the first two races in the 1992 season and had a top-ten finish at the Daytona 500. After that, the team ran a part-time schedule with Dorsey Schroeder, Dave Mader III, and Bill Schmitt driving, before Chad Little finished the season. The team continued running a very part-time schedule with Little and Greg Sacks driving at the beginning of the season, along with P. J. Jones in the second half of the season. After Joe Ruttman drove at
Daytona, Rich Bickle drove for ten races and had only one top-20 finish, causing him to be replaced by Parsons later on. The team finally got a new sponsor in Spam when Lake Speed signed with the team in 1995. He had two top-ten finishes and finished 23rd in points running a full-time schedule. After only one top-ten in 1996, Spam left the team. Due to a lack of sponsorship, the team skipped races, and ran a total of 26 events with Speed driving 25 and Jeff Davis running at Sears Point. Melling was able to return full-time in 1998 when Cartoon Network became the team's new sponsor. While practicing at Sears Point, Speed was involved a wreck and had to be replaced by Butch Gilliland that weekend while he recuperated. After returning for a final race at New Hampshire, Speed
Bill Elliott - Coors Car - 11 wins 1985
Bill Elliott - Won Southern 500 & Winston Million
retired from driving and was replaced immediately by rookie Jerry Nadeau, who had a best finish of 15th at Watkins Glen International. Nadeau returned for the 1999 season, with Turner Broadcasting taking a larger role in its sponsorship duties, advertising TBS, Dinner and a Movie, WCW, and the Atlanta Braves in addition to their Cartoon Network sponsorship. Midway through the season, Harry Melling died due to a heart attack, and his son Mark took over ownership of the team. At Watkins Glen that season, Nadeau gave Melling Racing its first top-five since 1991 with a fifth-place finish, but left after the following week to replace Ernie Irvan at MB2 Motorsports. For the rest of the season, Bickle, Steve Grissom, and Stacy Compton all shared the ride. Compton was hired as the driver for 2000 with Kodiak/Tobacco replacing Cartoon and Turner as the sponsor. In his rookie season, Compton was unable to finish higher than 16th, had
to miss the goracing.com 500 due to injuries, and was replaced by Bobby Hillin, Jr. for that race. In 2001, Melling yielded the #9 to Evernham Motorsports, who was fielding entries for Bill Elliott. In exchange, Melling Racing switched to the #92 and ran Dodge Intrepids with support from Evernham. Stacy Compton ran 34 races for Melling in 2001, but could only post one top ten finish. After finishing 33rd in points at the end of the season, Compton left Melling. 2002 saw Melling only run two races; and at the end of the 2002 season, Melling closed for good and sold its shop to Arnold Motorsports. Major accomplishments of Melling Racing include winning the 1988 CUP Championship; being the first driver to win three of the four major events in the history of NASCAR,
and win an additional one million dollar bonus from RJ Reynolds tobacco company. They also won 34 races including the :Daytona 500 (1987, 1987); Southern 500 (1985, 1988). The Melling team got all their race wins with Elliott at the wheel.
<<-- Jerry Nadeau at left
BUD MOORE - 5/25/1925 -11/27/2017 - a retired NASCAR car owner. He was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He was one of ten children, including six brothers and three sisters. After attending Jenkins and Cleveland Junior High, he started going to Spartanburg High School. After receiving his driver's license at the age of 14, he and friends Joe Eubanks and Cotton Owens raced their cars in the streets. He met his wife, Betty Clark, while in high school. The two dated until Moore departed for the military and got engaged prior to his service. On June 2, 1943, a day after graduating high school and a week after his 18th birthday, Moore was drafted into the United States military. Although he expressed interest in joining the Navy as Eubanks, Owens, and Moore's brother Charles were also in the branch, he did not have a college education (which was required for those entering the Navy) and a naval officer attempted to place him in the Marine Corps. Unhappy with this, Moore instead joined the Army as a machine gunner. On June 6, Moore's division landed on Utah Beach, where they faced German resistance and other obstacles; at one point, as he waded through the water, Moore stepped in a shell hole and fell in, causing him to go underwater before recovering. After clearing the beach, Moore joined General George S. Patton at Périers, Manche. After leaving France, Moore's group crossed the Siegfried Line and reached the Rhine before
being withdrawn to Verdun, where they stayed for three weeks without supplies. As it turned out, the Germans had built their infantry along the Siegfried Line and had launched the Battle of the Bulge, which forced Moore's division to fight their way back to the line and losing approximately 12,000 men in the process. On one mission during the battle, Moore and a German-speaking Jeep driver entered a German-occupied town that also served as a Wehrmacht area regimental headquarters. The two began to inspect houses and spotted a German soldier running into a wooden hut. Moore attacked the hut, causing it to catch fire and prompting the soldier to surrender; he was tied onto the hood of the Jeep. As they continued through the town, they noticed more Germans hiding in a rock house, which Moore also fired upon. Although the Germans displayed a white flag of surrender,
they did not exit the building; Moore's driver ordered the captured soldier to convince his comrades to surrender before Moore summoned artillery. When they left the house, Moore discovered 15 soldiers and four officers among the surrendering German troops. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his work in the operation. As he continued through Germany into Czechoslovakia, Moore was promoted to sergeant, during which he earned a second Bronze Star after his involvement in a battle located in an abandoned hospital. He also received five Purple Hearts, four for shrapnel damage and one for taking machine gun fire to the hip. In spite of his injuries, he was often sent back into battle after brief stays in the hospital. In December 1944, he participated in the Siege
of Bastogne, providing support for the besieged 101st Airborne Division. Despite the victory in Europe, Moore wondered about the possibility of fighting in the Pacific War against Japan. To return troops home, the government instituted a points system in which the most decorated troops leaving first. With his medals and service time of nine months and fourteen days without a break, he was among the first to return to the United States. When Moore returned, he married Betty and had three sons, Greg, Daryl, and Brent. A decorated veteran of World War II, he described himself as "an old country mechanic who loved to make 'em run fast". His cars were usually numbered 15 and often painted red and white and sponsored by
Motorcraft. 1961 was the first year Moore got into NASCAR as a car owner. He fielded cars for five different drivers including Joe Weatherly who only started 23 races, but claimed eight wins in those events, and finished fourth in points. In 1962 and 1963 Weatherly would drive full time and chase the points championship. He would go on to win 12 races during those years, and claim the Cup title Those would be the only two years Moore fielded a full time race effort. In 1964 with Moore and Weatherly looking to win a third title, Weatherly would be killed in a race crash at Riverside Speedway road course. Moore
would field cars for five additional drivers in 1964, with Billy Wade winning four times and Darel Dieringer winning once. Wade posted 23 top ten finishes and finished fourth in the points. Wade was killed while testing at Daytona in 1965. Upon impact, Wade, who was strapped in securely, slid down and forward, causing his belts to crush him just below the rib cage. Car owner Bud Moore was devastated and sought a solution. That was the beginning of the “jockey strap,” often now
termed the submarine belt. Moore would only have two drivers in 1965, and Dieringer drove 13 races and Earl Balmer drove nine. Darel would win once. Dieringer would be the only driver for Moore in 1966 as he drove 14 races, but won twice. Moore had five different drivers in 1967, all stars in their own right. He supplied cars for Bobby Allison, Gordon Johncock, Sam McQuagg, Cale Yarborough, and Lee Roy Yarbrough. None of them managed to find victory lane, and in fact they only posted three top five finishes. Tiny Lund would wheel a Bud Moore car for 13 races, and finish in the top five three events in 1968; and Moore only entered one race in 1969. For 1970 and 1971 Moore would be on the sidelines as he did not race a car at
all, but in 1972 he was back. Donnie Allison, Dick Brooks, David Pearson, and Yarbrough would drive at least one race each for Moore, with only Pearson finishing in the top five. 1973 and 1974 saw two drivers behind the wheel of Moore's cars. Bobby Isaac drove in five events, while up-start Darrell Waltrip ran five races in his Terminal Transport Mercury in 1973. 1974 Moore had Buddy Baker and George Follmer drive a total of 27 races; together they posted 12 top five finishes. In 1975 Moore decided to concentrate all their efforts in a one car operation; and he hired Buddy Baker as driver. Even though Baker only ran 23 races that season, he managed to post four wins, and 12 top five finishes. The following season Baker and Moore ran full time. Baker only won once, but finished seventh in points. The next season he went win-less, but improved to fifth in the championship standings. due to
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their lack of success Baker was replaced by Bobby Allison for the 1978 season, and Allison won five times and posted 22 top tens in 30 events. 1979 saw more of the same for the duo as Allison once again claimed five wins, and 22 top ten finishes, this time finishing third in points. For 1980 the team had continued success with Allison getting four additional wins, but falling to sixth in the points. Allison was lured away from Moore in 1981 by Harry Ranier; he was replaced by Benny Parsons. He was only there one year,
but won three times. 1982-1983 saw Dale Earnhardt Sr come to wheel the Wrangler Ford for Moore. Earnhardt had one win in his first season with Moore, and followed that up with two more the following year. Earnhardt would leave to drive for Richard Childress Racing in 1984, and Rick Rudd took his turn behind the wheel. The pairing lasted four seasons with Rudd getting at least one win each year, and finish seventh or better in the points each year. Ricky Rudd would leave Moore to go and drive for Kenny Bernstein in 1988. Brett Bodine was he replacement, but over the next two seasons he would only have three top five finishes. He was replaced by Morgan shepherd in 1990 who grabbed a
win at Atlanta, and finished fifth in points. Shepherd posted 14 top ten finishes in 1991, but he left to drive for the Wood Brothers in 1992. Geoff Bodine would nab two wins two wins as he took over for Moore. Bodine won once in 1993 before he was replaced for the final seven races by Lake Speed. 1994-1996 Moore raced full time, with three different drivers. Speed in 1994, Dick Trickle in 1995 and Wally Dallenbach Jr in 1996. The trio had little success and they only combined to produce five top five finishes. Moore would only field a car for seven races from 1998-2000. Ted Musgrave would start those races, but not produce a top ten result. Moore closed his shop at the end of the 2000 season with 63 wins in 958 starts. His drivers posted 463 top ten finishes. Noteable accomplishments for Moore included. Cup champion in 1962 and 1963. Southern 500 (1966); Daytona 500 (1978). When his
NASCAR career ended, Moore returned to North Carolina and became a farmer, raising Santa Gertrudis cattle with Greg and Daryl. Moore died on November 27, 2017 in Spartanburg at the age of 92
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