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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.

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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.

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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.

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