STUART, Va. (Dec. 16, 1999) Newt Moore, who served as crew chief for two NASCAR Winston Cup Series teams in 1999, has been named shock specialist for the Wood Brothers No. 21 Citgo Ford, driven by Elliott Sadler.
Moore started the 1999 campaign as crew chief for Robert Pressley's No. 77 Jasper Engines Ford, but later moved to the No. 9 Cartoon Network machine as crew chief. He is enthusiastic about his new role with the team and eagerly awaits the start of the 2000 season, which will take place in pre-season testing in January at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.
"This is a great opportunity for me and this is the best team I've been associated with," Moore said. "I can't wait to start the season. The Wood Brothers, Elliott Sadler and every member of this team is working hard to put us in a position to win races. I'm here to contribute in every way possible."
After spending the majority of the 1999 season as crew chief for Pressley and Jerry Nadeau, he was hired by the Wood Brothers in November. Co-car owner Eddie Wood believes the addition of Moore is another step in the right direction.
"Newt has hit the ground running," Wood said. "He's a good fit for our team and he and (crew chief) Mike Beam are gearing up to take us and the Citgo Ford to the next level. Newt adds depth and knowledge to our team and he has a great work ethic. Len (Wood) and I are committed to running up front every week and the people we have in place can make it happen."
Moore believes the timing was perfect and he feels the time he spent with the team at the end of the '99 season will help him as he moves into his new role.
"I spent the last few weeks of the season getting to know all of the guys and familiarizing myself with the processes and the organization," said Moore. "We have a good team in place and I'm a good fit to the system."
Beam and Moore have worked together in the past and Moore believes they have the same philosophies when it comes to building high quality race cars.
"I've known Mike for years," Moore said. "We used to share information after practice and during the week when I was the crew chief with Kenny Wallace. We probably spend 20 hours a week now planning and discussing our race cars. The communication between the two of us is great and there's nobody I'd rather work with than Mike Beam."