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Hill’s debut a learning experience

Timmy Hill made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut Saturday night at Phoenix International Raceway. Driving the #15 Fuel Doctor USA Ford, Hill qualified in the 30th position for the Bashas Supermarket 300.

“This was definitely a learning experience for me,” stated Hill. “The competition is tough with guys like Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Ryan Newman in the field and we did the right thing and logged laps and learned a ton about these NEW cars.”

Hill fell back to through the field while trying to balance a fast pace with a tight car early in the race, giving constant feedback to crew chief Doug Richert and the Fuel Doctor-Rick Ware Racing team.

A long green flag run at the start of the race put the 18 year old two laps down before the team could make adjustments on lap 47 and a clean race only providing three cautions did not allow the team to make adjustments as needed for the rest of the race.

“We made changes when we could but our goal was to run clean, gain seat time and respect from my fellow competitors. I feel we did just that. We finished 29th which isn’t great but we will take it as a debut. I will head to my first mile and a half track at Las Vegas and apply what we learned about the car and my driving style and better our results.”

Hill will be making his Las Vegas Motor Speedway debut in the #15 Ford Mustang for the running of the Sams Town 300 on Saturday.

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