Falk hires Grissom, Birosh for 1999 By Brett Borden MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 4, 1999) NASCAR Winston Cup Series car owner Joe Falk has hired former NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division champion Steve Grissom to drive his No. 91...
Falk hires Grissom, Birosh for 1999 By Brett Borden
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 4, 1999) NASCAR Winston Cup Series car owner Joe Falk has hired former NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division champion Steve Grissom to drive his No. 91 Chevrolet Monte Carlos and former short track Modified driver John Birosh as crew chief for 1999. While Falk's LJ Racing team plans a full NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule in 1999, a team spokesperson said the operation does not have a primary sponsor at this time. Grissom, the 1993 NASCAR Busch Series champion, has five top-five finishes and 17 top-10s in 129 NASCAR Winston Cup Series starts. He had three top-fives, six top-10s, and won $1,074,374 in 1997, his best year on the circuit. His production slipped last season, when he had just two top-10s in 26 starts. Falk's team, meanwhile, qualified in the first round in 16 races last season with a handful of different drivers. With Todd Bodine mostly at the helm, they qualified the first day in eight out of the season's last nine races, and earned a top-five finish in the season-finale NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The team accumulated seven top-15s and 11 top-20s over the 1998 season, leading races at Sears Point Raceway with Tommy Kendall driving and at Richmond International Raceway with Bodine behind the wheel. They were 35th in owner's points and took Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors six times while Kevin Lepage drove the car at the beginning of the season. LJ Racing played "musical chairs" in its driver's seat in the second half of the 1998 season after Lepage and Falk split after the driver accepted a ride with multiple team owner Jack Roush. Birosh has worked for a number of NASCAR Busch Series teams since relocating to the Carolinas after a successful career driving dirt Modified cars in the Northeast. He most recently was co-crew chief for driver Mike McLaughlin's championship-contending Goulds Pumps Chevrolet team. Glenn Darrow will be the team's assistant crew chief, while Mike Sweet will take over team manager duties. The team's engines will be provided by Fischer Engineering. The car colors will be neon orange and royal blue, similar to those used in 1998.
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