Roehrig taps Hubert to be crew chief HIGH POINT, N.C. (April 28, 1998) Team owner Kurt Roehrig has named shop foreman Tom Hubert crew chief of his NASCAR Winston Cup Series team preparing the No. 19 Yellow Freight Ford for driver Tony Raines, replacing Mike Bodick.
Bodick stepped down as crew chief since Roehrig's team, which competes full time on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, last appeared at the Las Vegas 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Hubert joined Roehrig Motorsports last year as fabricator and shop foreman, after working with Bahari' Racing on its NASCAR Winston Cup Series team. He went on to race for Roehrig several times in the No. 18 DANA Corporation Dodge entry in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series last season.
"It's a big honor to get this opportunity with Kurt Roehrig," Hubert said. "I really feel like my time behind the wheel will help me better understand where Tony wants us to be with the Taurus set-up. The team will do everything we know how to get that No. 19 Yellow Freight Ford in the field for California."
Raines, following a top-five finish at the Craftsman 200 presented by NAPA Auto Parts at Portland Speedway last weekend, heads west again as he attempts to make the field for the California 500 Presented by NAPA.
"We took our brand new Taurus out to California for a test session," Raines said. "Rusty Wallace was also there at the time and since he's been doing so well lately, that was a good benchmark for us to have there. When we attempted to qualify at Las Vegas in a Thunderbird, it was like showing up at the gunfight with a knife. Our team should be on a more equal playing field at California, and it is up to us to turn it into something that brings results."
Roehrig described the team's recent test session at California as "one of the best test sessions we've ever had.
"We learned the Taurus has a totally different air package and needs a completely different weight positioning as opposed to the Thunderbird," Roehrig said. "As we head to California, we've got a new crew chief and a new car. The team built one of the sharpest-looking, best engineered race cars I've ever seen, and we're ready to take it to California to compete with the best."
Source: NASCAR Online