Andy Shaver; MK Racing Part Ways
Charlotte, North Carolina (9-15-05) - - Veteran ARCA RE/MAX Series crew chief Andy Shaver has parted ways with MK Racing and driver Brandon Knupp effective immediately. Shaver has been crew chief on the No. 96 Mark Knupp Muffler & Tires Ford Taurus since the fall Toledo Speedway event last year.
"Unfortunately, I was not heading in the same direction as the team," explained Shaver who also has served as crew chief for ARCA veteran Andy Belmont. "I thank MK Racing for the opportunity they have given me, but I felt like we weren't on the same page. Brandon is a talented driver and I wish him and the team all the best in their future endeavors."
MK Racing launched out explosively at Daytona posting fast times and competitive speeds for one of the more under-budget teams of the series. However, vandalism problems arose on qualifying day forcing the team into a corner with no way out and missing the season opener. To no surprise, the team under the guidance of Shaver bounced back brilliantly with a top-five finish at Nashville in the second race of the season.
Since Nashville, the team has racked up four more top-ten finishes propelling Knupp to sixth in ARCA points heading into this weekend's final short track event of the season at Salem Speedway. "We've had some good runs this season, but a lot of bad luck too. Racing is all about chemistry and sometimes unexpectedly it disappears. While this was an amicable spilt it now allows both parties to explore other avenues for next season," said Shaver.
Now with success of building a start up team to contenders, Shaver, a native of North Carolina will begin reviewing his options. "I have a lot of experience in racing and I think it shows. I'm going to spend the rest of the year trying to nail something down whether it's back in ARCA or on another level. Racing is a dream sport and it's where I want to be."