Strickin to Drive For Pressley at Dover

Stricklin to drive for injured Pressley By Shawn A. Akers MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 15, 1998) Jasper Motorsports owner Doug Bawel has announced that he has signed Hut Stricklin for one-race deal to drive the No. 77 Jasper Engines Ford in this...

Stricklin to drive for injured Pressley By Shawn A. Akers

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 15, 1998) Jasper Motorsports owner Doug Bawel has announced that he has signed Hut Stricklin for one-race deal to drive the No. 77 Jasper Engines Ford in this weekend's MBNA Gold 400 at Dover Downs International Speedway, replacing the injured Robert Pressley. Pressley suffered a broken right scapula in last Saturday night's Exide NASCAR Select Batteries 400 at Richmond International Raceway. He was taken to Memorial Regional Medical Center in Richmond and was released, and is now recovering at his home in Asheville, N.C.

Public relations representatives for Jasper Motorsports said Pressley will be evaluated from day-to-day and is currently undergoing physical therapy for the injury. It is not yet known how long Pressley will be out of action or whether he'll be able to drive in the NAPA Autocare 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Sept. 27, but the PR representative said they'll know more about that next Monday.

Earlier this season, Pressley broke three ribs in a hard crash in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, but was back in the car for the Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway the following week.

Stricklin, who was released from his duties as the full-time driver of the No. 8 Stavola Brothers' Chevrolet earlier this season, has also made a few starts in the No. 96 Buz McCall-owned Caterpillar Chevrolet recently. His last race was the Goody's Headache Powders 500 at Bristol on Aug. 22, where he finished 41st after encountering engine problems.

"I'm glad Jasper has given me the opportunity to drive this weekend," Stricklin said. "I wish Robert the best and hope he is feeling better."

"Hut is a good driver," said Newt Moore, who took over the crew chief duties for the No. 77 Jasper Engines Ford this past week. "He has had some good runs this year and great qualifying efforts."

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Hut Stricklin , Robert Pressley , Buz McCall