Hubert to drive 13 at Watkins Glen NASCAR Online
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Aug. 6, 1998) Tom Hubert will attempt to qualify Bill Elliott's No. 13 FirstPlus Financial Ford Taurus this weekend for the Bud at the Glen at Watkins Glen International, team sources confirmed Thursday. Hubert, an accomplished road racer, made his only start of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series season at Sears Point in June, qualifying and racing the No. 19 Ford owned by Kurt Roehrig in the Save Mart/Kragen 350. Hubert started 10th for the race, but finished 42nd, dropping out after only 46 laps due to a handling problem. Hubert is the crew chief for the No. 19 Yellow Freight NASCAR Winston Cup Series team, which is running a limited schedule in 1998. Tony Raines, a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series regular, is the regular driver of the No. 19 Ford. His ultimate goal, however, is to be a full-time driver. That's why he hopes to make the most of the driving opportunities that are given him, like this weekend at Watkins Glen. Hubert's first NASCAR Winston Cup Series start came last season at Sears Point in the No. 78 Triad Motorsports Ford. Hubert was second-fastest in Bud Second-Round Qualifying for that event, starting from the 27th spot. He finished 28th. He also made five starts in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 1997, finishing 23rd at Colorado, 28th at Nashville, 31st at Topeka, second at Sears Point and 11th at Phoenix. The No. 13 FirstPlus Financial Ford team is still searching for a full-time driver since Elliott released rookie Jerry Nadeau from his duties following the Jiffy Lube 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway last month. Wally Dallenbach drove the No. 13 Ford for the past two races, finishing 25th in Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway and 40th last weekend in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Source: NASCAR Online