Fellows to race in the Frontier at The Glen MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 14, 1999) Ron Fellows takes the checkers at Watkins Glen International in an earlier NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. Just because Ron Fellows hopes to "bully" his way...
Fellows to race in the Frontier at The Glen
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 14, 1999) Ron Fellows takes the checkers at Watkins Glen International in an earlier NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. Just because Ron Fellows hopes to "bully" his way to Victory Lane at Watkins Glen doesn't mean that he'll be running the other competitors off the track.
It simply means that Fellows will once again be teaming on Aug. 15 with the Hammondsport, N.Y., winery for the Frontier at The Glen on, when he drives the No. 87 Bully Hill Vineyards Chevrolet Monte Carlo owned by Nemechek-McGraw Racing.
Fellows will be attempting to extend his stellar 1999 record at The Glen when he lines up against NASCAR's top drivers, including his car owner, Joe Nemechek. Fellows last month won the Bully Hill Vineyards 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race in his first race with sponsorship from Bully Hill on the Nemechek-McGraw Chevrolet.
The next day Fellows dominated the Lysol 200 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division event in the No. 87 Nemco Motorsports BellSouth Mobility Chevrolet and finished second when his car developed a misfire late in the race.
"I guess it's probably going to be a little more of an unusual thing for Joe than for me," Fellows said. "He's a regular in the Winston Cup Series and then suddenly he has an entry. The fact that I know him and we're friends is a bonus, but when we get out there we'll simply be two competitors racing."
Following up on last month's win at the 2.45 mile road course, Nemechek and partner Bob McGraw planned on running the NASCAR Winston Cup race provided they could do so with every opportunity of competing for the win.
"We obviously have an edge with Ron, but we knew it would take more than that to get the job done," stated Nemechek. "We wanted to make sure we had everything we needed in order to run competitively. Then we got together with Bully Hill Vineyards for the truck race and things just took off from there."
According to Bully Hill Vineyards CFO Lillian Taylor, this is just the opportunity they've been looking for.
"Watkins Glen is our home track so it's a great opportunity for us," said Taylor. "This year we sponsored the truck race and we also joined AER Manufacturing on Ron's truck and found ourselves in victory lane. We were very pleased with his performance and feel confident that he'll run well in the Winston Cup race."
Looking ahead to his third Winston Cup start, Fellows explains the features that make Watkins Glen International such a unique place for him.
"It's a race track I really enjoy," said Fellows. "They don't build them like this anymore with fast challenging corners. It's one of the few race tracks in North America that has a lot of history and that is a challenging course. Watkins Glen rewards the high speed cornering skill which suits my driving style."
Fellows' achievements at The Glen include three consecutive NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Bud Poles and two wins - for Billy Hess in 1997 and Nemechek-McGraw this year; a NASCAR Busch Series Bud Pole and a win in 1998; as well as two wins in the SCCA Trans Am Series. Should he achieve victory in the Frontier at The Glen, he would become the first driver to win a race in each of NASCAR's three premier touring series at one track.
Source: NASCAR Online