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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

ARCA Champ Sheltra finishes 24th at Daytona

Patrick Sheltra and his #41 Rick Ware Racing Fuel Doctor Platinum team hit the high banks of Daytona for the running of the first event of the year, the DRIVEFORCOPD 300 on Saturday night.

Sheltra qualified his Ford Mustang in the 30th position after having to qualify on time and knew he would need a good drafting partner to get to the front.

As the green flag dropped, Patrick got quickly shuffled to the 38th position before a caution came out on lap fifteen. The team took on fuel and added tape to the grill to help the Fuel Doctor Mustang pull up into the draft a little better.

The change seemed to help as he quickly moved into the 29th position before another caution fell just three laps later. Once again the team added fuel and more tape as the changes made a significant change in drafting.

When the green flag flew again on lap 28, Sheltra began his charge, moving up to the 19th position by lap 34 of the 120 lap event.

As Patrick worked with groups of three to four cars in the draft, leaders set sail in a two car tandem that was perfected by the cup drivers in the previous weeks of the Daytona festivities, leaving the Nationwide Series regulars at their mercy.

Caution fell again on lap 55 and Sheltra and the Fuel Doctor team went to work, taking four new Goodyear tires and fuel in hopes to get back in the hunt.

Restarting in the 28th position, one lap down, Sheltra battled six other cars for the lucky dog position but a long green flag run diminished that plan as the leaders placed all but twelve cars a lap or more down when a green flag pit stop was in order.

The Fuel Doctor team pitted on lap 96 for fuel and sent Patrick back into the hunt when a wreck involving several cars including Patrick brought out the next caution on lap 98. Sheltra slowed down to avoid the crash but was tagged from behind by the number 23 that sent him sliding.

The crew went to work, adding tape to the car’s tv panel and rear quarter panels over the next several laps.

With just seven laps remaining, Sheltra started 23rd and brought home a respectable finish in 24th as the checkered flag waved.

“It’s tough with all the Cup guys having so much practice with the new drafting style, but Patrick showed why he is a champion. He never gave up and kept turning better lap times each and every stint. We learned a lot with the NEW car and look forward to when Patrick can get behind the wheel for us again,” stated owner Rick Ware.

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

Racing comes full circle with Lax and Earnhardt

Racing has always been about family and how members of NASCAR are a fraternity that help each other. This sentiment will ring true for Joe Lax as he becomes the Crew Chief for Jeffrey Earnhardt and the #1 Fuel Doctor Chevy in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series during 2011.

When Lax had dreams of NASCAR glory, he left home with a mere one hundred dollars in his pocket and the desire to succeed. Upon his arrival in the Mooresville area he was introduced to Dale Earnhardt and the two hit it off instantly.

Earnhardt provided a place on his ranch for the youngster to live and to follow his dreams rent free so he can focus on racing. Within weeks, Lax was hired by Donlavey Racing as a shop fabricator via a reference from the “Man in Black”.

The break from Dale was all that Lax needed. He continued to gain knowledge and confidence over the years as he worked for such organizations as Billy Hagan Racing, Don Beverly Racing, A.G. Dillard Motorsports , Clement Racing and Joe Bessey Motorsports before finding a home at Bill Davis Racing in 2000.

Career highlights include a Southern 500 win as well as a Daytona 500 victory with Ward Burton in 2002. Lax then moved on to Hendrick Motorsports Nationwide program and eventually to Tommy Baldwin Racing before taking over the crew chief duties for Mike Skinner in 2008.

The Lax-Earnhardt journey came full circle in December 2010 when Rick Ware Racing reached out to have Lax join the team as Jeffreys crew chief for the #1 Fuel Doctor Chevy.

When asked about his new position Lax commented, “I am very excited about accepting the crew chief position at RWR with Jeffery and Fuel Doctor. I look forward to getting to know and work with Jeffrey. I am sure that with the Earnhardt lineage the talent and desire is already in him. Knowing what I do about his grandfather’s competitive spirit I am sure we will all enjoy the show.”

Two generations of Earnhardt later, the attraction to Joe Lax remained strong; "I can't begin to tell you how excited I am about having Joe Lax on board with the #1 Fuel Doctor truck. Joe has obviously been a long time veteran of this sport, so his experience will be a great addition to our team. I am also looking forward to hearing some of the stories he can share with me about my grandpa, and how it came to be that he lived on his ranch for a year when I was just born" said Earnhardt.

When the green flag drops on February 18th, 2011 at the NextEra Energy Resources 250 (live 7:30pm EST on SPEED TV) the next chapter will begin in the Earnhardt-Lax story.