MC ANDERSON - 12/7/1936 - 5/6/1999 -
TOMMY BALDWIN JR - Baldin is the son of former NASCAR Modified driver Tom Baldwin. He started as a crew chief in 1997 for owner Junie Donlavey. In 1998 he moved to Bill Davis as the crew chief for Ward Burton. Burton and Baldwin won four races together, including the 2002 Daytona 500, until his departure late that season. In 2003, Baldwin became the crew chief of the #7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid for Ultra Motorsports driven by Jimmy Spencer. He served as cre chief for several drivers and team through 2005. Baldwin announced on January 6, 2009 that he started his own Sprint Cup Series Team named Tommy Baldwin Racing and it will be running Toyotas. Scott Riggs was named to pilot the car for the 2009 season. Baldwin's cars for the Daytona 500 were mainly built and assembled by volunteer crew members who were laid off by other race teams affected by the economic crisis. On May 25, 2009, Sprint Cup Series driver Scott Riggs announced that he would leave Tommy Baldwin Racing following the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. TBR team owner Tommy Baldwin immediately announced that Mike Skinner, Patrick Carpentier and Brian Simo would be sharing driving duties in the No.36 Toyota for the remainder of the 2009 season. For much of the 2009 season, Tommy Baldwin Racing was a start and park operation, the reason Riggs left the team. In 2010 Tommy Baldwin Racing hired Mike Bliss to drive car #36. Wave Energy Drink returned as sponsor and the team also switched to Chevrolet. For 2011, Baldwin retained Blaney for a full season in the 36. The team once again went to Daytona with an unsponsored vehicle, but earned sponsorship from Golden Corral at Daytona after the team made the race. Accell Construction, All Sport, and Big Red also supported the team throughout the season. Blaney led at Daytona and Talladega and nearly pulled off upset victories at both tracks before being involved in late race incidents just laps before the finish. After a 13th place finish at Richmond, the team moved into the Top 35 in owner's points for the first time in its three-year history. The #36 finished 33rd in owner's points, which guaranteed the team a starting spot in the 2012 Daytona 500. In January 2012, Baldwin sold the owner's points from the #36 to Stewart Haas Racing to allow the No. 10, driven by Danica Patrick, to be locked into the Daytona 500. In 2012 Balwin was again mostly a start-n-park operation, but due to his reduced expense, and the decent pay-outs for the lower starting positions, he was able to make enough money to run a full racing schedule in 2013. His team also picked up some sponsorship, had several impressive runs, and for 2014 has expaned to a two car team fielding cars for drivers Reed sorenson, and rookie of the year candidate Michael Annett.
RAYMOND BEADLE - was an American drag racer and auto racing team owner. Beadle was perhaps best known as the driver and owner of the "Blue Max" Funny Car. Beadle won three consecutive NHRA Funny Car championships from 1979 to 1981 and three IHRA Funny Car championships, 1975-6 and 1981. Beadle entered NASCAR Winston Cup as a team owner in 1983 by buying out the equipment of M.C. Anderson, continuing with Anderson's #27 number. He started with sponsorship from Old Milwaukee beer and driver Tim Richmond. Mixed success followed for Beadle's Blue Max Racing team. When Richmond moved to Hendrick Motorsports in 1986, Beadle picked up Rusty Wallace. In its penultimate year of operation, the team won the 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup title, with Wallace driving the #27 Kodiak Pontiac. Jimmy Makar was the chassis specialist during that 1989 championship. The 1989 championship year was reportedly marked with acrimony between Wallace and Beadle. However, Wallace remained under contract with the team for the 1990 season. For 1990, the Kodiak sponsorship moved to Hendrick Motorsports to sponsor the #25, and Beadle's team was sponsored by Miller Genuine Draft beer. The four-year sponsorship deal was specifically tied to Rusty Wallace, meaning it went where the 1989 champ went as well. By June 1990, Wallace had chosen to leave Beadle's team, and he landed at Penske Racing for 1991, bringing the Miller beer sponsorship with him. Beadle's team suspended operations and left Winston Cup at the end of the 1990 season. His team's car number was always #27 and his car was usually a Pontiac. Along ith the CUP championship in 1989, Beadle also owned the car when Wallace on the 1990 World 600.
Jack BEEBE - was a NASAR CUP series car owner. From 1978 to 1986 car owner Jack Beebe fielded a car in 211 Cup races resulting in 2 wins, 32 top fives, and 82 top tens. In his 9 years of car ownership he employed only 5 different drivers, but he ran only one car number, the #47. Satch Worley was his first driver, and although he only ran four events, he did post an impressive ninth palce finish at pocono in 1978. Geoff Bobine would be hired with the intentions of racing the full CUP season, However, Bodine’s stay in the car was the shortest of all drivers (only 3 races). He was giving Bodine his Winston Cup debut in his cars. It seems that Bodine expressed some negative comments about the Beebe organization. Bodine was let go after only 3 races, he wouldn’t return to a full time Winston Cup ride for another 3 years. Harry Gant ould be hired to finishout the season. The opportunity to race for Jack Beebe’s ride would be Gant’s first full season in Winston Cup. He would contend for Rookie of the Year honors, but the rookie competition was stiff that year with Terry Labonte and eventual Rookie of the Year winner Dale Earnhardt. Sticking with a similar pattern as Bodine and Gant, next would be rookie Ron Bouchard’s debut in Winston Cup competition. Unlike Bodine, Ron would keep the ride full time. And unlike Gant, Bouchard would claim the Rookie of the Year title. Bouchard would also claim a race win with an exciting finish at Talladega, slipping by both Terry Labonte, and Darrell Waltrip between the tri-oval and start/finish line as the two battles for the win. Bouchard drove for BeeBee through 1985 posting 18 top five finishes. In 1986 Morgan Shepherd’s name was above the driver’s window net. He would race in what would become Jack Beebe’s final 12 races in Winston Cup competition. But of those 12 races, Morgan Shepherd would take the car to 6 top 10 finishes and 1 win. The win would come at the beginning of the 1986 season at Atlanta and it would be Morgan’s second of four career victories to date, and Jack Beebe’s final victory as car owner.
KENNY BERNSTEIN - 9/6/1944 - was an American drag racer and former NASCAR and IndyCar team owner. He has also been nicknamed "The King of Speed," because he was the first driver to break 300 miles per hour in the standing-start quarter mile. In 1985 Bernstein got into NASCAR racing as an owner. He hired Joe Ruttman to drive the Quaker State Buick. The team showed immediate success posting five top five finishes it's first season; including second place finishes at Richmond and Martinsville. 1987 saw Mogan Sheperd behind the heel, and the air posted seven top five finishes. Once again his driver finished runner up as the team continued to be right on the cusp of getting their first win. Ricky Rudd would take over the driving duties for 1988 and 1989, and they would finally break through and grab their first win. Rudd would out run Rusty Wallace to get the win at the road course of Watkins Glen. In 1989 Rudd would again grab a win for Bernstein. This time on the road course at Sonoma, and once again just edging out Rusty Wallace. Rudd left Bernstein as the end of 1989 to drive for Rick Hendrick. Kenny picked up Brett Bodine who would carry his name over the drivers door for the next five seasons. For a third year in a row, Bernstein would see his driver visit victory lane. Bodine would lead a race high 146 laps and beat Darrell Waltrip. This would be the final win for bernsteins team, but they were always close to a win. Bodine once again psoed a second place finish in 1991, and they duo just missed winning major events finishing second at the Southern 500 in 1993, and the Brick yard 400 in 1994. Bodine moved over to drivefor Junior Johnson in 1995 so Hut stricklin assumed driving duties. The team ran respectable, but at the end of the 1995 season Bernstein decided to shut down his NASCAR operation to concentrate mor on drag racing. His entire career with CUP, Bernstein was sponsored by Quaker state, and his drivers drove the #26 car.
RICHARD CHILDRESS - 9/21/1945 - Richard Childress long before most fans realize. Childress was an independant driver and fielded his own cars starting in 1969. He raced full time from 1976-1980 posting three top five finishes with a best finish of third at Nashville. He retired from driving in 1981 after Rod Osterlund sold his NASCAR team to J.D. Stacy, and Osterlund's driver, Dale Earnhardt, did not want to drive for Stacy. Childress, with recommendations from R. J. Reynolds Tobacco, chose to retire and put Earnhardt behind the wheel of his #3 car, complete with Wrangler Jeans sponsorship. That first alliance lasted for the season. Ricky Rudd was hired in 1982 and drove for two years, giving Childress his first career victory in June 1983 at Riverside. Earnhardt returned for the 1984 season, and together with Childress formed one of the most potent combinations in NASCAR history. They won championships in 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, and 1994. He posted 67 wins with Earnhardt from 1984-2000; until Earnhardt untimely death on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. Childress promoted Busch driver Kevin Harvick to drive the renumbered #29. Harvick would win in only his third start, at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. During the mid-1990's Childress began expanding his racing empire, fielding entries in the Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series. The team won the 1995 Craftsman Truck Series championship with driver Mike Skinner in the series' first season. He also expanded to a two-car operation in the Sprint Cup Series. With Harvick having won the Busch Series championship in 2001 and 2006, RCR became the first team in NASCAR history to win all three of NASCAR's national championship series. Most recently, RCR won the 2011 Camping World Truck Series Championship and the 2013 Nationwide Series Championship, both with Childress' grandson Austin Dillon driving the #3. Dale Earnhardt had driven the car #3 for Childress during his CUP career (the same number Childress himself had driven). After Eanrhardt's death, Childress chose not to use the car #3; thus the reason when Harvick took over for Earnhardt they used the car #29. In 2014 Austin Dillon will move into the CUP series and since the #3 is the one Dillon has always used, Childress has decided to bring the #3 back onto the track. To date as an owner, Childress has six CUP Championships, 105 wins, and won such major events as World 600 (1986, 1992, 1993, 2011, & 2013); Southern 500 (1987 & 1989); Brick yard 400 (1995, 2003, & 2011); Daytona (1998, & 2007). As the 2014 season kicks off Childress has expanded to a four car operation. He will be fielding cars for drivers Austin Dillon, Paul Menard, Ryan Newman, and Brian Scott.
MIKE CURB -
12/24/1944 - is an American musician, record company executive, and NASCAR car owner. He is also the founder of Curb Records; and sponsored Dale Earnhardt Sr. during his 1980 Winston Cup championship winning season. He also owned Richard Petty's famed #43 in 1984 and 1985, including the 199th and 200th career wins for Petty. In 1986 Curb picked up Ron Bouchard to be his driver, and acquired the #98; the number he has used ever since. He fielded cars part time from 1986-1988. He stepped away from NASCAR ownership until 2012 hen he returned as a full time owner with driver Michael McDowell. In 2012-2013 the team was mostly a start-n-park team. McDowell did post their lone top ten finish in the 2013 Daytona 500. For 2014 Curb has paired with Phil Parsons to field a full time car for Josh Wise.
PETE DEPAOLO - 4/15/1898 - 11/26/1980 - was the American race car driver who won the 1925 Indianapolis 500, and also a successful NASCAR CUP owner from 1955 to 1957. His drivers finished second, third, and second in the final points standings those three seasons. He fieled cars for multiple drivers. In 1956 alone 13 different drivers wheel his cars that season; including two teams racing full time. He fielded top quality cars for such notable drivers as Buck Baker, Marvin Panch, speedy Thompson, Joe Weatherly, Junior Johnson, Fireball Roberts, Curtis Turner and many other famous drivers. For his career his drivers posted 21 wins. He died on November 26, 1980 at age 82.
DIGARD Racing - was formed by Mike DiProspero and Bill Gardner. At a time when motorsports was seen as a sport for southerners with participants that were not far removed from the rum runners/moonshiners, they entered the sport and put the wheels into motion that have helped turn NASCAR racing into a marketing platform that is virtually unrivaled in American sports. DiGard Racing fielded cars for such star drivers as Donnie Allison, Bobby allison, Darrell Waltrip Ricky Rudd and others. In addition to working with superstar drivers, the team also launched the careers of numerous other individuals in NASCAR, including team owner Robert Yates, former NASCAR Vice President of Research and Development Gary Nelson, NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton, and 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series champion crew chief Jimmy Fennig. The team achieved its first win with Darrell Waltrip at the wheel in 1975. Waltrip went on to win 25 more races in the team’s white and green No. 88 Gatorade cars, and came within 11 points of winning the series championship in 1979. Waltrip would win 26 races with Digard before Bobby allison became their driver in 1982. In 1982, Bobby Allison took the controls of the DiGard Racing ride and made an immediate impact. He started off the season with a dominant win in the season’s most prestigious event, the Daytona 500 and the Busch Clash. In addition, Allison also picked up the win in the Firecracker 400, being the first driver to sweep the Busch Clash, Daytona 500, and Firecracker 400 in a single season. Allison ended the season with 8 wins and finished second in the series championship standings. The following season the team created a new relationship with Miller Brewing Company, and Allison continued to pick up checkered flags at an astonishing rate. Gone were the familiar green and white Gatorade colors, and in was the red and white Miller look. The Miller sponsorship was the first in NASCAR history to be valued at over $1 million annually. Bobby Allison collected six more wins, but more importantly, claimed the 1983 NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship. Insistent that the team look professional when they celebrated the series championship at the awards banquet in New York, team owners Bill and Jim Gardner had the team wear tuxedos, becoming the first team to do so. DiGard Racing won at every track on the schedule and the team also has dozens of wins in support series such as the NASCAR Nationwide Series and ARCA Series. DiGard Racing pushed the envelope looking for new ideas that would improve performance on the track. DiGard Racing perfected the use of power steering in NASCAR racecars, developed shock absorber technology that improved handling characteristics, and made a concerted effort to use aerodynamics to lessen drag while giving downforce, thus increasing overall speed. While many teams were reluctant to try new technologies for the fear they would fail and hurt their performance on the speedway, DiGard Racing built a better mousetrap by taking the next logical step: Gardner fielded a second car with the expressed purpose of being a research and development vehicle. The R&D car proved to be a good investment as it won its first race out of the box in Daytona with Greg Sacks at the wheel in July 1985. Gardner himself was no stranger to innovative ideas as he was one of the first racing spotters, perched above the race track with radio contact with the driver to warn of accidents ahead. The Gatorade sponsorship was the first national sponsorship by a non-automotive, consumer brand in NASCAR history, and it opened the door for other non-traditional sponsors to follow. While Bill Gardner and the DiGard Racing team were seen as “outsiders” to the mainly southern participants while the team was active in competition, the legacy of the team is that of innovator and champion. The team's last NASCAR Winston Cup entry was in 1987 with Rodney Combs. In 1988, businessman Bob Whitcomb bought the team's assets. This was this team that won the 1990 Daytona 500 with Derrike Cope. For their time in CUP DiGard Racing won 43 events, including such major races as: World 600 (1978, 1979, 1984); Daytona 500 (1982); Southern 500 (1983).
JUNIE DONLAVEY - 4/8/1924 - is a former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car owner with a team based in Richmond. Rarely fielding a car without his familiar #90, he began fielding his team in 1950. He drove for his team at first, but soon gave way to other drivers. Donlavey earned a reputation as working well with young drivers over his tenure, as Ken Schrader and Jody Ridley won NASCAR Rookie of the Year honors while driving for Donlavey. Donlavey made his debut as an owner in 1950 at Martinsville Speedway, where Runt Harris drove Donlavey's Oldsmobile to a nineteenth place finish. Donlavey's next race as an owner came in 1952 Southern 500, fielding the #53 Hudson Hornet for Joe Weatherly. He started 38th and finished 16th. He did not field a car again until 1957, when Emanuel Zervakis drove Donlavey's #90 Ford at Raleigh Speedway. Zervakis returned to run Donlavey's Chevys the next season, but did not a finish a race all season. Donlavey only ran one race in 1959, at the Capital City 200. Harris had a fifth place finish in that race. Throughout the 1960's Donlavey only started a few races per year with little success. Donlavey fielded his first full time team in 1971 with Bill Dennis at the wheel. 1972-1974 Donlavey only fielded a team part time. In 1973, Donlavey secured his first full-time sponsor, signing Truxmore Industries. In 1975 he would start fielding a car full time, and Dick Brooks would be behind the wheel. He would post a second place finish at Dover, and six top fives for the year. In 1976, Brooks had eighteen top-ten finishes and finished tenth in points again. The next season, Brooks finished sixth in points, and yet again just missed winning a race; finishing second at Bristol. Brooks began 1978 by finishing fifth in two out of the first three races of the season, but despite an eighth-place points finish, Brooks departed the team. In 1979, Donlavey signed Ricky Rudd to drive the #90. Competing in 28 races, Rudd had 17 top-ten finishes and finished 9th in points. Rudd left at the end of the season, Jody Ridley signed to drive the 90 for the full 1980 season. He had eighteen top-ten finishes, finished seventh in points, and was named Rookie of the Year. The next season, he finished fifth in points and WON the Mason-Dixon 500, the only points win Donlavey would have during his career. Even with the win Donlavey lost the Truxmore sponsorship, so J.D. Stacy sponsored the car in 1982, but after he failed to post a top-five, Ridley left the team. Brooks returned to the team, where he posted two top-fives and finished 14th in points with sponsorship from Chameleon Sunglasses. After just one top-five in 1984, Brooks departed the team for the final time. The next season, Donlavey signed rookie driver Ken Schrader to pilot the #90, with new sponsorship from Ultra Seal. Schrader had three top-tens and finished sixteenth in points. Schrader would also win the rookie of the year title, becoming the second driver to win that honor behind the wheel of a Donlavey car. In 1986, Red Baron Frozen Pizza, signed as primary sponsor, and in 1987, Schrader won one of two qualifying races for the Daytona 500, as well as picking up a pole at Darlington Raceway, finishing tenth in championship points. At the end of the season, Schrader left, and was replaced by Benny Parsons with Bull's Eye Barbecue Sauce. Running what turned out to be his last season, Parsons competed in 27 starts and grabbed an eighth-place finish at Phoenix. After the season, Bull's Eye left the team, and Donlavey signed rookie Chad Little to his ride. However, Little struggled and was released after the Coca-Cola 600. Donlavey cut back to part-time schedule for the rest of the season. In 1990, Donlavey signed True Cure as sponsor, and at the advice of Schrader, signed Ernie Irvan as driver. Unfortunately, True Cure did not meet their financial expectations, and Donlavey cancelled the contract. Donlavey granted permission for Irvan to seek other opportunities, and Irvan signed with Morgan-McClure Motorsports. Donlavey did not field a full team again until 1993, with Bobby Hillin as driver. With sponsorship from Heilig-Meyers. Hillin posted a best finish was eleventh and he finished twenty-seventh in points. Hillin ran just three races in 1994, before he was replaced by Mike Wallace. Wallace made 22 starts and had a fifth-place finish at the season-ending Hooters 500. He returned in 1995 but dropped to 34th in points. After making ten starts in 1996, Wallace was released in favor of Dick Trickle, whose best finish that season was a thirteenth at Michigan. Trickle signed the next season. He posted two top-fives. In 1998, he, along with Heling-Meyers and crew chief Tommy Baldwin, Jr., left the team at the end of the year. After the loss of personnel in 1998, Donlavey announced that for 1999, he would field the #90 Big Daddy's BBQ Sauce Ford Taurus driven by rookie Mike Harmon. Big Daddy did not been pay its sponsorship checks on time, and Harmon was replaced by Mike Wallace before the Daytona 500. The team ran the 500 with sponsorship from Accu-turn and Kodiak (a one-race deal after Kodiak's regular team missed the race). Donlavey's team was only able to compete in nive races that season, and in fact never fielded a full time team again. In 2002 a Donlavey car would make it's final CUP start. His cars would start 14 events with five different drivers. Jason Hedlesky would make the final start finishing last. In 2003, Kirk Shelmerdine drove Donlavey's car at the Daytona 500, but missed the field. Donlavey hoped to revive his team in 2004 by announcing Kevin Ray would drive a limited schedule that season with sponsorship from Boudreaux's Butt Paste. Late in the year A.J. Henriksen, began running races for Donlavey, but did not make a race. In 2006 he sold his race assest, and retired from racing.
DALE EARNHARDT INC - From 1980 to 2009, Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (DEI) operated as a NASCAR-related organization in Mooresville, North Carolina, United States. The company was founded by Dale Earnhardt and his wife, Teresa Earnhardt. Despite his ownership of the DEI racing team, Earnhardt never drove for his team in the Winston Cup; instead he raced for his long-time mentor and backer Richard Childress at RCR. In 1996, DEI debuted in the Winston Cup at the Charlotte Motor Speedway with the #14 Racing for Kids Chevrolet driven by Robby Gordon. Jeff Green drove the car in another two races that year. In 1997, sponsored by Burger King, Steve Park, a Busch Series standout, drove the car in five races. In 1998, the team switched the car number from #14 to #1 in an agreement with Richard Jackson, another car owner. DEI received sponsorship from Pennzoil and Park and made a bid for NASCAR Rookie of the Year honors. In the third race of the year, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Park failed to qualify. The following week, he broke his leg in an accident while testing at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Two weeks later, the team hired Darrell Waltrip, a champion on three occasions. He drove the car while Park recovered from his injuries and twice, finished in the top ten. Park returned at the Brickyard 400. In 1999, Park finished five times in the top ten and ranked fourteenth in points earned. In 2000, Park won his first two Bud Pole awards; won his first race at Watkins Glen International Raceway, his home track and ranked eleventh in points earned. In 2001, in the first race after Earnhardt's death, Park beat Bobby Labonte in a photo finish at North Carolina Speedway. Park's career encountered difficulties at a Busch Series race at Darlington Speedway. During a caution flag period, his steering wheel became disconnected from the steering column. Park received serious injuries, and Kenny Wallace drove the car while Park recuperated. Park gradually recovered from his injuries and returned, ironically, at the spring Darlington race in 2002. In mid 2003, he was relieved of driving duties and was replaced by Jeff Green. Both Green and Pennzoil left DEI when the 2003 season finished and the team moved to a part-time status. Meanhile Dale Earnhardt Jr had been racing in the Nationide series. Earnhardt Jr. won championships in both 1998 and 1999. In 2000, Earnhardt Jr. moved to the Sprint Cup on a full-time basis. That year, Earnhardt Jr. won two poles and three races (including the The Winston), but finished runner-up to Matt Kenseth in the competition for NASCAR Rookie of the Year. On July 7, 2001, Earnhardt Jr. won the Pepsi 400 at Daytona, the first restrictor plate race at Daytona after Earnhardt, Sr.'s death. By the time DEI was a multi-car operation with Michael Waltrip drive a second car, and Steve Park a third. Waltrip had won the race that Dale Sr was killed in with Earnhardt Jr finishing second. Waltrip had just moved to DEI heeling the #15 in 2001 with NAPA Sponsorship. Between 2002 to 2005, Waltrip won a further three times (twice at Daytona and once at Talladega) then, announcing he would no longer drive for DEI, he took NAPA to found his own team, Michael Waltrip Racing. For the 2006 NASCAR, the #15 team moved to a part-time status. Paul Menard, DEI's Busch Series driver drove and sponsorship was provided by Menards Home Improvement stores. Menard finished seventh at the Atlanta Motor Speedway and moved to full-time in the 2007 season. On July 25, 2007, the #01 car was added to DEI as part of the company's merger with Ginn Racing. Regan Smith drove the #01 full-time in 2008. Smith became the first rookie to finish every race he entered during the 2008 season and was named "Rookie of the Year" at the season's end. As far as Dale Earnhardt Jr, on February 15, 2004, 6 years after his father's win, Earnhardt Jr. won the 2004 Daytona 500. He won a further five races that season. Though he failed to qualify for the Chase Cup in 2005, he did race in 2006 when he finished fifth. On May 10, 2007, Earnhardt Jr. announced that he would not return to DEI for the 2008 season; on June 13, 2007, officially announced his move to Hendrick Motorsports. In 2006 Martin Truex and Paul Menard joined DEI full time. Truex won for DEI at Dover in 2007. Truex stayed with Earnhardt Ganassi through 2009, before moving over to drive for Michael Waltrip's team. When Earnhardt Jr left DEI in 2008, Menard also departed DEI and moved to Yates racing. also at the end of the 2008 season DEI would merge with Chip Ganassi to form Earnhardy-Ganassi Racing (see next item below)
EARNHARDT GANASSI RACING - Orginally this team started out as Team SABCO. It was formed in 1989 by Felix Sabates, a Cuban immigrant who was a self-made millionaire in products such as Teddy Ruxpin. It is owned by businessmen Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates. Since 2001, the team has also fielded teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series after Ganassi bought a majority stake in Sabates' Team SABCO Racing, and the team changed names to Chip Ganassi Racing. (See 'Felix Sabates' below for info when Sabates owned the team, and before Ganassi aquired majority ownership). On November 12, 2008 Chip Ganassi along with Teresa Earnhardt, widow of Dale Earnhardt, the seven-time NASCAR champion and namesake of their own NASCAR team, announced that the two teams would merge in time for the 2009 season and run under the name of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. The team fielded Chevrolets in all series for three drivers – the #1 Bass Pro Shops car driven by Jamie McMurray and the #8 car of Aric Almirola from the DEI stable and the #42 car Juan Pablo Montoya from Target Ganassi's stable. In 2009 the season kicked off with two full time race teams. The drivers were Martin Truex, and Juan Pablo Montoya. Truex would only post one top five finish this season, and at the end of the year would leave to drive for Michael Waltrip racing. Truex was replaced by Jamie McMurray, who was let go after Roush Fenway Racing downsized to four cars and who had previously driven for the Ganassi organization from 2002 until 2005, winning his first Cup race with the team as a substitute driver. The McMurray/Montoya duo raced for Earnhardt Ganassi through the 2013 season. McMurray won the 2010 Daytona 500 for EGR in his first race in the #1 car. McMurray returned to the winner's circle by winning the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis, the first time that he had won multiple races in a season since joining the Cup Series full-time in 2003. Two races later Montoya would win for Earnhardt Ganassi at Watkins Glen, and McMurray got his third win of the season with a victory at the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte during the Chase, the second time he has won that race (the first was his first career victory in the then-UAW GM Quality 500 in 2002). McMurray and the Ganassi team struggled in 2011 and 2012, and later switched to Hendrick engines looking to improve performance. After more struggles in the first half of 2013, McMurray finally broke back into victory lane at the fall Talladega race, his first victory in three seasons. Teresa Earnhardt had little influence in day-to-day operations of EGR since the merger. In 2014, the team resumed use of the Chip Ganassi Racing name.
HOSS ELLINGTON - 5/12/1935 - is a retired NASCAR driver and team owner. He made 31 starts as a driver between 1968 and 1970 in the Sprint Cup series, finishing in the top 10 four times, all in 1969. Ellington ws out of CUP racing in 1971, but in 1972 he would return for the next 17 years to field cars for such all star drivers as Fred Lorenzen, Cale Yarborough, AJ Foyt, Bobby Isaac, Donnie Allison, David Pearson, Dale Jarrett, and many others. He never ran a team full time, preferring instead to pick his races, and field cars that were competitive with a chance to win. In 1968, Ellington made his NASCAR Grand National debut at the 1968 Dixie 500 racing event that took place in Atlanta Motor Speedway while driving his self-owned #61 Mercury; he finished in 31st. In 1969, he made his first start of the season at Rockingham, scoring his first career top ten with a tenth place finish. He competed in 15 races, finishing in the top ten four times, including two career-best 7th place finishes. In 1970, he made three more starts, at Charlotte, Darlington, and Rockingham, with a best finish of 13th that year. He then retired as a driver after the 1970 American 500 race in order to focus on being a team owner. In 1972, Ellington began fielding cars as an owner for Fred Lorenzen. In Lorenzen's first start with the team, at Darlington, he finished 29th due to an engine failure. Lorenzen would later gather two top 5s and 3 top 10's. Later in the season, Ellington had Cale Yarborough ran three races in the Ellington car, earning two top 10s, and John Sears ran one race for the team, finishing 5th. Between the three drivers, the team competed in 11 races, scoring 3 top 5s and 6 top 10 finishes. In 1973, Ellington hired Ramo Stott, Charlie Glotzbach, and Gordon Johncock to drive for him, and the team again ran 11 races, with Johncock finishing fourth at the Firecracker 400 at Daytona. 1974 was much better for the team, with A. J. Foyt, Charlie Glotzbach, Bobby Isaac, and Sam McQuagg spltting up 15 races. Foyt and Glotzbach both scored a single top 5, Isaac finished in the top 10 three times with the team, and McQuagg scored two top tens. The team scored 2 top 5s and 7 top 10s in 15 races. 1975 was when Donnie Allison made his first start with the team. He ran two races with Ellington, finishing third at Talladega in his first race with the team. A. J. Foyt ran seven races with Ellington, scoring an additional top five finish. In 1976, Allison scored Ellington's first win as a team owner at Lowes Motor Speedway in the #1 car, a second team, as A. J. Foyt drove the familiar 28 in that race. Foyt also scored the first pole for the team in that year. For 1977, Allison was hired as the sole driver for the team, with the main car renumbered #1. Allison repaid Ellington with three pole positions, as well as two wins and 10 top 10s in 17 starts. He finished 24th in points despite running a partial schedule. 1978 was another successful year, with Allison winning at Atlanta. The Atlanta win would be his last career win. Allison did not win at all in 1979, but he became a part of NASCAR history when he and Cale Yarborough crashed while racing for the lead on the last lap of the Daytona 500, when, after the wreck, Allison, Yarborough, and Allison's brother Bobby got into a fistfight in the grass infield in front of what was then the largest televised audience for a NASCAR race. Donnie Allison only drove 3 races for the team in 1980 before he left to join Kennie Childers's team. David Pearson ran 9 races that year, winning once. It was the last win for both Pearson in his career and also Ellington's team. It would come at Darlington in the CRC Chemicals 500. In 1981, Buddy Baker drove 15 races, scoring nine top ten finishes and Pearson drove one race, finishing 8th. 1982 saw four different drivers behind the wheel for Ellington's mounts. Buddy Baker would finish fifth in the World 600 and post another top ten finish. In 1983 and 1984, Lake Speed drove for the team. He ran 18 races in 1983 and 17 in 1984. Overall during Speed's time with Ellington, he scored 4 top 5s and 12 top 10s. Pearson returned for 8 races in 1985, along with three other drivers; but none of them was able to post a finish better than tenth. In 1986, Sterling Marlin ran a partial schedule for Ellington scoring 2 top 5s and 4 top 10s, including the Firecracker 400 where he led 6 laps and almost won, coming in second. In 1987, Brett Bodine and Ron Bouchard shared the car, with Bouchard scoring the only top 10 for the team all year. The team's last season was in 1988, when Dale Jarrett drove 8 races for Ellington, with a best finish of 11th. The team shut down after attempting to qualify for the 1989 Daytona 500 in an unsponsored Buick with driver, Doug Heveron. Unfortunately, a blown engine on lap 1 of the Gatorade 125 Qualifying race forced the team to miss the race.
RAY EVERNHAM - 8/26/1957 - Evernham started as a modified racer in the North east. He crashed at Flemington in the middle of the 1993 season. He damaged his brain stem, which left depth perception impairment ending his driving career. Evernham started working for NASCAR driver Alan Kulwicki at the end of 1991. Evernham moved to Rick Hendrick Motorsports and was the crew chief for Jeff Gordon after he moved up into Sprint Cup from the final race of the 1992 season to 1999. Gordon and Evernham won 47 Cup races, 3 Cup championships (1995, 1997, and 1998) and were the dominant team in NASCAR Cup competition at the time. Evernham left Hendrick Motorsports and Gordon/Evernham Motorsports in 1999 to form his own team, Evernham Motorsports, which in 2000 announced Bill Elliott would drive for him. The team ran in 2000 out of Elliott's race shop. The team would also be the cornerstone for Dodge's return to Winston Cup racing in 2001. Before the 2001 Winston Cup season, a Dodge had not raced in the series since Phil Good at the Pocono Raceway in June 1985. Evernham led Dodge's return to NASCAR by fielding two full-time cars in the 2001 season. Bill Elliott was named to drive the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge on March 10, 2000. The driver of the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge was announced to be Casey Atwood. The two teams had the backing of nearly 3,000 Dodge Dealers and the Chrysler Group’s performance brand Dodge. The duo would have success in their initial season, as Elliott won at Homestead, breaking a 7 year winless streak. 2003 would see Elliott in victory lane again in 2003 at Rockingham, and the following week he would be leading at Homestead when he had a flat tire with 1/2 lap to go. Rockingham would be Elliott's final career win. On August 6, 2007, it was announced that George N. Gillett, Jr. had purchased a majority share in the team, and that the name had been changed to Gillett Evernham Motorsports. In 2002, Jeremy Mayfield was added to Evernham's program, taking over the No. 19 Dodge from Atwood. In 2002, Evernham found success with his new program by witnessing Mayfield win the Winston Open, as well as Bill Elliott winning back to back in the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono and The Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In 2003, Elliott ran strong with several 2nd place finishes and won the next to last race at North Carolina Motor Speedway at Rockingham and nearly won the season finale at Homestead, cutting a tire while leading on the last lap, surrendering the lead and win to Bobby Labonte in Elliott's last full time race. In 2004, Kasey Kahne took over the 9 car with Elliott running part time in a third car, number 91 and Mayfield in the 19. 2005 saw both Kahne and mayfield claim one win, and in 2006 Kahne broke out and had a six win season with Evernham. Meanwhile after 21 races Mayfield was fired for "lack of performance" and for comments deterimental to the team. In August 2006 Elliott Sadler was announced as the new driver of the 19 car. Court documents reveal that Mayfield blames Evernham's personal life, included a claim that a "close personal relationship" had developed between the then-married Evernham and development driver Erin Crocker, and "sub-par" equipment as the reasons he has not won a race in 2006. Evernham admitted that he had an ongoing relationship with Crocker. Furthermore, he said about Crocker, "The proper thing to do and something her and I would like to do is move her to another race team." Evernham and Crocker eventually were married at a private ceremony in Las Vegas on August 26, 2009. In August 2007, it was announced that George N. Gillett, Jr. had purchased a majority share in the team, and that the name had been changed to Gillett Evernham Motorsports. The transaction was similar to the creation of Roush Fenway Racing. In 2009, GEM then completed a merger with Petty Enterprises and brought the team's famous #43 car into the fold. Owner George N. Gillett, Jr. told reporters that the team would change names to reflect the merger, with Richard Petty Motorsports or Gillett Petty Motorsports being two of the potential names. The team finally decided on the former name on January 19, 2009. Late in the 2009 season, RPM announced that it was to merge with Yates Racing. In late 2010, Evernham sold his remaining share in the operation. As the 2014 season kicks off, Evernham has Busch was released from his contract to prepare for his transition the upcoming year. Finch's final season was 2013. He started 26 races with nine different drivers. Ragan smith managed to post two top ten finishes for Finch. Finch announced in 2013 that he was getting out of racing after failing to find consistent sponsorship for the past three seasons. He sold the team to Harry Scott, Jr., of Turner Scott Motorsports.
Ray Fox - 1917 - a retired American engine builder, NASCAR car owner and NASCAR engine inspector. Fox built Fireball Roberts' engine for the 1955 race on the Daytona Beach Road Course. He started building the engine at 8:00 pm the night before the race and got done at 4:00am. Roberts car qualified fourth and led every lap of the 160 lap event. NASCAR disqualified the car 24 hours after the event, for the sanctioning body found the pushrods to be 30/100 of an inch too short. Mechanic Red Vogt had ground the pushrods even, which was an illegal modification. Flock was awarded the victory. It was the last NASCAR race to be taken away from the winner. Subsequent rules violations have resulted in fines and point loses. Carl Kiekhaefer hired Fox and Herb Thomas in 1956. Fox said "He hired us because we were the only ones who could outrun his cars." Kiekhaefer's cars won 22 of the first 26 races, with drivers Thomas, Buck Baker, Tim Flock, and Speedy Thompson. Fox was named the Mechanic of the Year. Fox began owning his own car starting in 1962. Drivers to race in Fox's car include Buck Baker, Buddy Baker, Darel Dieringer, Junior Johnson, Fred Lorenzen, Fireball Roberts, Cale Yarborough, and LeeRoy Yarbrough. 1962 proved successful for the duo. In race #52 of the 53 race season, Johnson would find victoy lane at Charlotte. 1963 proved even more successful as Johnson won a race early in the season, and that propelled him to a seven win season. 1964 saw johnson win yet again, even though he only started 11 races, while Buck Baker won twice driving Fox's car in his 22 start. Baker posted 11 top five finishes. Fox only fielded car for eight events in 1965 but it did produce one top five finish. Little known driver Earl Balmer won a race for Fox in 1966; albeit one of the Daytona twin 125 mile qualifying races. Back at that time the Twin 125's counted as official wins. Buddy Baker on a race for Fox in 1967, and also claimed Fox's final CUP win in 1968 grabbing the checkers in the World 600. Fox continued to field cars through 1974. Jim Vandiver posted the best finish in the final years as he finished second at Talladega. As an owner Fox compiled 14 wins, including the Southern 500, and World 600. As a side note; In 1965, LeeRoy Yarbrough drove a Fox-prepared Dodge Coronet racecar to a new closed-course world speed record at 181.818 mph. He set the record on the second lap and he was increasing speed on the third lap when the car began smoking. NASCAR black flagged the car and Yarbrough slowed down. When he arrived in the pits, the pit crew found a bolt in the tire. The bolt easily could have caused a flat tire, which could have been deadly at high speed.
JOE GIBBS - 11/25/1940 - is a former American football coach, NASCAR Championship team owner, and two time NHRA team owner. He was the 20th and 26th head coach in the history of the Washington Redskins (1981–1992, 2004–2007). During his first stint in the National Football League, he coached the Redskins for 12 seasons and led them to eight playoff appearances, four NFC Championship titles, and three Super Bowl titles. He is well known for his long hours and work ethic in the NFL, and those same values carried over to his NASCAR teams helping there success. After retiring at the end of the 1992 season, he switched focus to his NASCAR team, Joe Gibbs Racing, which has won three championships under his ownership. The first driver for his team was Dale Jarrett (1992–1994), with the sponsor Interstate Batteries. In 1993 Jarrett won the first race for Gibbs by pulling off a win at the prestigous Daytona 500. Jarrett also went on to finish fourth in the CUP points. Jarrett won again for Gibbs in 1994 befor leaving to drive for Yates racing. Bobby Labonte then assume the seat, and claimed three wins in 1994. Labonte would drive nine season for Gibbs, and would post at least one win for Gibbs in every one of those years. He would have 21 wins, and claim the CUP Championship in 2000. In 1999 Gibbs expanded to a two car team; hiring Tony stewart to wheel his second car. Stewart would finish fourth in the points while Labonte finished second. Stewart would finish second in the points in 2001 and grabbed three wins. Labonte added two more wins for the Gibbs team. In 2002 stewart grabbed three more ins, and also the CUP Championship (the second for Gibbs). This marked four years in a row a Gibbs driver had finished in the top two in the points chase. Labonte and Stewart both claimed two wins each in 2003, but could muster no better than 8th and 7th respectively in the points. 2004 and 2005 saw Labonte go winless, while Stewart won twice in 2004, five times in 2005, and claimed another CUP title. In 2006 Labonte would depart Gibbs to race for Petty Enterprises. He would be replaced by Denny Hamlin. Hamlin ould win twice his initial season, an finish third in the points. Stewart started the season strong, but a series of problems and DNF's as the cut off to be in the Chase left him out of the Chase. He did rebound during the ten race Chase segment, winning three times, five for the season. Hamlin and stewart combined for four wins in 2007; and the next season saw Gibbs expand to a three car team, adding driver Kyle Busch. The trio won ten times in 2008, with Busch claiming eight of those. In 2009 Stewart decided to become an owner driver, and teamed with Gene Haas to form Stewart-Hass racing. Joey Logano was brought on board as stewart's replacement. Busch and Hamlin won four races each, with Logano adding another. 2010 again saw a Gibbs driver finish second in the points as Hamlin won eight races, but came up just short in the points chase. Kyle Busch also made the Chase finishing eighth and added three wins. 2011 again saw Busch and Hamlin make the Chase, but neither finished better than ninth. Busch did claim four wins, while Hamlin added another. Busch only ran 35 of the 36 races because of an incident in the NASCAR truck series where he intentionally wrecked title contended under a yellow flag. Busch was suspended for one race. 2012 once again saw all three Gibbs drivers claim wins as Logano and Busch both won once while Hamlim visited victory lane five times. In 2013 Gibbs racing again saw a driver swap. Joey Logano was let go to make room for Matt Kenseth. Logano ended up with Penske Racing, while Kenseth left Jack Roush racing, the only owner he had ever driven for. Gibbs racing made a strong showing in 2013. Hamlin would have a serious wreck; breaking a bone in his back, and miss four races. Hamlin decided to tough it out and return to the race car as soon as possible, but he clearing was far from 100%. He did appear to return to full form as the season came to a close, and he won the season ending race at Homestead. Busch had a successful season as he made the Chase and and had a best career finish (so far) of fourth. Kenseth had an outstanding first season with Gibbs. They clicked fom the start, and Kenseth posted seven wins, and just got beat for the CUP title by Jimmie Johnson. The Gibbs team currently has a stellar stable of drivers with Hamlin, Busch, and Kenseth all returning; and looks to be a title for several years to come. To date Gibbs drivers have 112 wins. They have won such prestegious events as: Daytona 500 (1993); Coke 600 (1995); Brick Yard 400 (2000, 2005, & 2007); Southern 500 (2000, 2008, 2010, & 2013).