Tommy Mauney 2001 racing plans

SPARTANBURG, SC - Veteran chassis builder and two-time World Champion Tommy Mauney will be back in 2001 amidst much-speculation that the veteran driver would be without a ride. Mauney, 48, of Shelby, NC., will be driving Mike Johnson's ...

SPARTANBURG, SC - Veteran chassis builder and two-time World Champion Tommy Mauney will be back in 2001 amidst much-speculation that the veteran driver would be without a ride. Mauney, 48, of Shelby, NC., will be driving Mike Johnson's nitrous-injected 1968 Camaro. Sponsorship for the Annapolis, Md.-based entry will come from MJ Johnson Paving with additional support from Redline Oil and NOS. This association will last for the first two races of the season until Mauney can complete a new Pete Fulwylie-owned Chevrolet Cavalier.

Mauney wanted to go ahead and set the record straight and silence speculation.

"There's been a lot of talk and I just wanted to go ahead and let the facts out before the bad rumors began," explained Mauney, who left Roy Singleton's team a couple of weeks ago. "I'm looking forward to joining Mike's team until we get the other car finished. I would like to thank Mike for giving me this opportunity."

The same motor that propelled Mauney to victory at the 1999 IHRA World Finals in Shreveport, La, will power Johnson's Camaro. The motor has been freshened with key components and should insure competitiveness.

Mauney should have a new Cavalier by the third race of the season and will return to the Fulwylie Motorsports operation.

k-Bobby Bennett

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