106 Days of Change
© February 2001
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competitors drive from the garage area and
onto the racing surface of the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway February
12, they'll put to end a 106-day off season that brought more changes
than any other in the seven-year history of the series.
the drivers who finished in the top four positions in the 2000 series
points standings. Of the 11 drivers who posted victories in 2000, only
five enter 2001 with teams committed to a full-time effort.
it's been a busy "off season". How busy? Here are 106 changes
made in the series, one for each day between the 2000 checkered flag in
Fontana, Calif. and the start of the 2001 campaign in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Greg Biffle leaves trucks to move to the Busch Series with Roush Racing.
of the year and series runner-up Kurt Busch exits for a ride in Winston
Cup with Roush Racing.
leaves trucks to challenge Busch for Winston Cup Rookie of the Year honors
driving for Cal Wells' new McDonald's team.
Mike Wallace gets a return ticket to Winston Cup with Ultra Motorsports.
Setzer stays in trucks, leaves the K-Automotive team to join veteran crew
chief Billy Ingle at Morgan-Dollar.
moves to Team Rensi from Impact Motorsports.
season and a 10th-place points finish, former Busch champion Steve Grissom
is out of trucks and serving as a test driver for Petty Enterprises.
joins the Busch Series.
Jimmy Hensley is out of work after departing Team Rensi.
Cook replaces Dennis Setzer at K-Automotive.
Dale Phelon announces plans to shut down if sponsorship isn't found.
keeps going without sponsorship.
announces plans to change from to Chevrolet
Norick gets a full-time sponsor for the first time with addition of Aventis
Contreras and Hot Wheels bolt Impact Motorsports for Petty Enterprises.
Setzer in the fold, Rob Morgan cuts back to a part-time schedule.
puts Dennis Setzer in a Chevrolet but will keep Morgan in a Ford.
Riggs joins Ultra Motorsports taking over the No. 2 Team ASE ride vacated
by Mike Wallace.
is looking for a ride after leaving Sonntag Racing.
McMurray's brief truck fling ends with him taking a Busch Series ride.
Renfrow remains in the hunt for a ride.
steps out of the truck his family owns.
Racing hires Gary Showalter as crew chief for driver Coy Gibbs. Showalter
holds the series record for wins with most drivers (four) and is the only
crew chief to win with Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford teams.
David Starr joins TKO on a full-time basis.
team launches a second full-time truck for Ricky Hendrick, son of the
Brothers abandon the No. 26 in honor of the late Tony Roper.
Gunselman joins Mittler Brothers as driver.
Tools storage is new Mittler Brothers' sponsor.
Brother change to No. 63.
T. Ribbs is hired by Bobby Hamilton Racing to drive as a teammate to Joe
Series veteran Bobby Dotter, who led the Winston West Series with four
victories in 2000, announces plans to compete in more truck events.
joins Circle Bar Racing as crew chief for driver Rick Crawford.
III announces expanded truck effort.
Small takes over as driver for Sonntag Racing.
Hossfeld replaces Biffle in Roush Racing's No. 50 truck.
Haselau follows Kurt Busch into the driver's seat of the No. 99 Roush
Kvapil takes over for Andy Houston at Addington Racing.
Cup veteran Ted Musgrave joins Ultra as a teammate to Scott Riggs.
Bigley, the 2000 Slim Jim All-Pro Series champion, replaces Marty Houston
goes to two trucks.
Donohue joins Randy Tolsma as Team Rensi drivers.
Compton announces plans to race trucks part-time.
Buttke, among candidates for Ware team ride, tests No. 51 at Daytona.
Dokken tests for Brevak Racing's No. 31 entry.
leaves Ford for Dodge.
by Dodge, K-Automotive heads to Ford.
(S.C.) Raceway is on 2001 schedule.
Speedway joins 2001 schedule.
Boston (Va.) Speedway is on 2001 schedule.
includes Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway in 2001.
(Wash.) Speedway, one of the series founding tracks, is off the 2001 schedule.
(Ore.) International Raceway drops from 2001 slate.
Glen (N.Y.) International is off the 2001 schedule, leaving trucks without
road course event for first time in history.
Speedway falls from 2001 schedule.
(Tenn.) Speedway USA is off 2001 schedule, replaced by new facility nearby.
Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway moves to Winston Cup weekend in
(Nev.) Motor Speedway returns to schedule in 2001 after one-year hiatus.
still not back to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, marking two straight
years away from Thunder Valley.
Dover (Del.) Downs moves to June.
second race at Texas Motor Speedway moves to September.
Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park in June, 2001.
six seasons as a Thursday night event, the race at Indianapolis (Ind.)
Raceway Park moves to Friday.
season finale is in November. The last two seasons finished in October.
joins Hendrick as sponsor of No. 24 truck and driver Jack Sprague.
loses sponsor of No. 50 truck when Grainger joins driver Greg Biffle for
Busch Series effort.
loses sponsor of No. 99 truck when Exide Batteries cuts back on involvement
loses sponsor of No. 86 truck when RC Cola leaves sport.
loses sponsor of No. 25 truck.
loses sponsor of No. 12 truck when Hot Wheels goes to Petty with driver
Randy Goss leaves Roush No. 50 to continue working with driver Greg Biffle
in Busch Series.
becomes crew chief of Roush No. 50 for driver Chuck Hossfeld.
Matt Chambers departs Roush No. 99 to continue working with driver Kurt
Busch in Winston Cup Series.
Campey becomes crew chief for Roush No. 99 with driver Nathan Haselau.
Comstock joins Petty as crew chief for Carlos Contreras.
joins Ultra as crew chief for Ted Musgrave.
allows higher compression engines in 2001. Trucks will feature 12:1 compression
ratio engines. Teams expect to gain approximately 100 horsepower and at
least $250,000 additional annual expense in the move.
debut comes in second race of 2001 season. Trucks continue with 9:1 compression
ratio engines for season-opener in Daytona Beach, Fla.
rules change to be more consistent with Winston Cup and Busch. Starting
in 2001, truck series provisional positions (up to five per races) will
be awarded based on owner points. In previous season, two positions were
awarded based on driver point standings. Team will be limited to using
four provisional starts per season.
fixture in the series since its debut in 1995, CBS will no longer telecast
truck events in 2001.
up commitment to 20 events in 2001.
picks up remaining four races on schedule.
broadcaster Dr. Jerry Punch selected as play-by-play announcer by ESPN.
veteran of Winston Cup and Busch Series racing, joins Dr. Jerry Punch
in ESPN booth as analyst.
joins Amy East as pit road reports. Dunlap comes to truck broadcasts after
previously working with ESPN telecasts of Winston Cup events.
Tolsma reunited with No. 61. When Tolsma came to trucks in 1996, it was
in a No. 61 entry fielded by IWX. He's with Team Rensi now, but back in
a truck No. 61. He's teamed with rookie David Donahue (No. 16).
Tutt to drive for Billy Ballew's team.
Indy car racer Richie Hearn looks for truck ride.
the 2000 Featherlite Southwest Series champion, follows some impressive
footsteps into trucks. Others with Southwest Series roots include Ron
Hornaday Jr., Rick Carelli, Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch. Crafton joins
Giles named crew chief for driver David Donahue by Team Rensi.
Huartson completes Team Rensi as crew chief for driver Randy Tolsma.
joins Spears as crew chief for Billy Bigley.
switches No. 86 team from Dodge to Ford.
Cope may run trucks full-time in 2001 in Impact's No. 86.
joins Ultra as sponsor of No. 2 team and driver Scott Riggs. CarQuest
takes position on Team ASE vehicle previously held by Wagner Brakes.
names Ted Kennedy crew chief of No. 86 team for driver Derrike Cope.
McGrew to serve as crew chief for driver Ricky Hendrick.
announces plans to launch team.
Racing, one of the founding teams of the series, closes. Team finished
in top 12 in series points four times and brought drivers Kenny Irwin
and Kevin Harvick to prominence.
heir to legendary Wood Brothers of Winston Cup fame, announces plans for
part-time truck effort.
Lindley, whose father Butch was a star-in-the-making before a horrific
accident, announces plans to compete part-time in trucks.
Petty becomes driver at Tex Racing.
injured in crash at Dover, looks for ride.
Rollins joins Bobby Hamilton Racing as crew chief for driver Joe Ruttman.
race moves to July, 2001 after debut event was held in June, 2000.
race moves to August in 2001.
moves to No. 17 Ricky Hendrick effort after previously sponsoring No.
24 and driver Jack Sprague.