Username:

Password:

Fargot Password? / Help

Author: rboost

Earnhardt finishes 7th at Daytona

When Jeffrey Earnhardt walked to the starting grid for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night, the young driver knew that the Earnhardt name was on the tip of everyone’s tongue.

The media coverage on his grandfather, Dale Earnhardt, passing 10 years earlier at Daytona was widely covered across the globe and many eyes were focused on the 4th generation driver bearing the family name.

Jeffrey qualified his #1 Fuel Doctor Platinum Chevy in the 23rd position and knew his truck was going to be great in the draft once the green flag dropped.

Earnhardt moved quickly into the top twenty by lap ten and tested drafting partners throughout the day, moving from 11th to 22nd by lap 80.

The Fuel Doctor Chevy Team led by veteran crew chief Joe Lax already had a plan in place prior to the green flag dropping. “Our goal here in Daytona is for Jeffrey to log laps and finish the race” said Lax. “Jeffrey has spent countless hours this offseason working with a driver coach and learning to develop patience and that showed with his stellar performance on-track”.

After dodging several incidents ahead of him, Earnhardt and his Fuel Doctor team were in good company hanging back in the field with their drafting partner for the night the #18 truck of Kyle Busch and were ready to make their way to the front with their Chevy truck when chaos broke out and Jeffrey received some damage with just under ten laps to go in the event.

Jeffrey’s truck had severe damage to the front end, however because of the red-flag called, and the positioning of the truck, it was difficult for the spotter and his driver coach that were up on the spotter stand to see the damage. Lax made a veteran call, when he decided to stay out and take a chance at having a tire go down, since he know there would be no chance of a win if he were to bring the #1 Fuel Doctor Chevy to pit road with only a few laps remaining.

When the smoke cleared from nearly a dozen wrecked trucks, Earnhardt found himself in the seventh position with a green-white-checkered flag finish to decide it all.

Earnhardt strategically got the nose of this Fuel Doctor Chevy under the #10 of Jennifer Jo Cobb for the 3rd position as the white flag flew, and the Rookie of the Year Contender made a veteran decision in not causing an incident and settled in behind Cobb.

Coming to the checkered flag, Earnhardt took the inside line behind the leaders as an outside line picked up momentum. The photo finish provided Earnhardt his career high in the 7th position and the start to a solid Rookie of the Year campaign.

“I can’t thank everyone enough that has supported me on this Rick Ware Racing Fuel Doctor Chevy team” said Earnhardt. I have a great driver coach (Jerry Nadeau) and without the support of everyone around me I could not have done this. It was great having Kyle (Busch) help on the track and I am happy about our finish. I was told to hang back and just log laps and learn my truck, so that is what I did. I had a great spotter and my crew chief Joe did a great job. I would like to thank Mark Soffa from Fuel Doctor, Fast Wax and Rick Ware for supporting me. I think it is really cool that Michael Waltrip won; the only thing better would have been for my Rick Ware Racing Team to be celebrating in victory lane.

Earnhardt currently sits 3rd in the Drivers Championship standings and second in the Rookie of the Year standings heading to the Phoenix International Raceway for the running of the Lucas Oil 150 on Friday, February 25th.

For more information visit www.wareracing.com or you can also follow the team on Twitter at @rickwareracing

Doug Richert joins RWR NNS team

When Doug Richert joined Rick Ware Racing(RWR) he felt right at home with a fleet of Roush-Fenway Mustangs at his control. The former crew chief for Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle at Roush-Fenway Racing just grinned as he walked through the small shop of RWR.

Richert, a thirty year veteran of calling the shots in NASCAR, will once again will give guidence to a young driver that few have heard of such as Timmy Hill.

Thirty years ago, Richert became the youngest Championship Crew Chief in history in 1980 winning the NASCAR Winston Cup title with a driver by the name of Dale Earnhardt.

The first championship of Earnhardt’s was just a start for Richert, who at the age of 20 had reached the pinnacle of his profession.

For decades, Richert has seen success at every level. With wins for organizations like Osterlund Racing, Darrell Waltrip Racing, Dale Earnhardt Inc., Red Bull Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, Joe Nemechek, Liberty Racing and Roush-Fenway Racing, Richert feels success can be reached at Ware Racing as well.

“We have have all the tools to succeed in the Nationwide Series,” stated Rick Ware. “We have great cars and powerhouses, a great crew and driver, and we know Doug can get the job done to put us in contention each and every week!”

Richert looks to continue his successful ways with Hill and RWR as he did with NASCAR stars Darrell Waltrip, Buddy Baker, Neil Bonnett, Benny Parsons, Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle.

“I have heard nothing but great things about Timmy Hill. I have always enjoyed working with young drivers and have had success with rookies in the past. With the tools RWR has in place, I know that we can be very successful this year and I look forward to working with Hill and the Ware Racing organization.

For more information visit www.wareracing.com or you can also follow the team on Twitter at @rickwareracing

Timmy Hill to make NNS debut at Phoenix

When Timmy Hill watched Trevor Bayne win the Daytona 500 this past Sunday, a grin came across his face. Hill, the 2009 Allison Legacy Series Champion knows that his career in NASCAR is following Bayne’s very closely.

“Trevor won his Championship in the Allison Legacy Series in 2005 and in just a few short years, he is on top of the racing world after winning the Daytona 500. Timmy has the same aspirations and determination as Trevor and it says a lot about the strength of the Legacy Series,” stated Dave Mitchell, Vice-President of Rick Ware Racing.

Hill will take to the Phoenix International Raceway on his 18th birthday, Thursday in preparation for the Bashas Supermarket 200.

Hill is following in the footsteps of Brian Vickers and Trevor Bayne from the Allison Legacy Series but looks to make his own path to the top ranks.

“The kid has put in a lot of time and effort to become a NASCAR driver. His hard work will begin to show dividends this weekend,” stated owner Rick Ware.

Timmy will start his campaign for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year and run the remainder of the season in the #15 Ford Mustang of Rick Ware Racing. Hill will pilot the Fuel Doctor USA colors at Phoenix as he did all of 2010 in the ARCA, NASCAR K&N East and West Series’. Though Fuel Doctor is putting their focus on Jeffrey Earnhardt in the Truck Series for 2011, Hill looks to success in his debut with the FD-47 brand.

“I love running for Fuel Doctor USA. They have been behind me all last year and it’s an honor to have them on my NASCAR Nationwide Series debut. Fuel Doctor is dedicated to changing the future in fuel efficiency and being environmentally friendly, things we can all relate to and to carry the banner for them again is awesome,” stated Hill.

Timmy will take the wheel of the #15 Fuel Doctor Mustang for the running of the Bashas Supermarket 200 on Saturday February 26th at 5pm EST on ESPN2.

For more information visit www.wareracing.com or you can also follow the team on Twitter at @rickwareracing