Fellows to run limited schedule for NEMCO By Dave Rodman MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 21, 1998) NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver Joe Nemechek has signed Canadian road racing ace Ron Fellows to run a limited number of NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division events in 1999, but Fellows' NEMCO Motorsports schedule could increase drastically if sponsorship falls into place. "We're gonna do some racing together," Nemechek said Monday. "We're going to do at least four truck races with Ron, and he'll definitely be back in my Busch car at The Glen -- he did a good job for us there last year."
Fellows won his second NASCAR race at Watkins Glen International when he captured the NASCAR Busch Series Lysol 200 in June 1998 on the 2.45-mile upstate New York road course. While Nemechek covets the opportunity to put Fellows on track for more races, he admits financing that effort is, as usual, the holdup.
"Ron is trying to put a sponsorship package together that would enable us to do up to 10 truck races," Nemechek said. "He is trying to get all the details put together and we're currently building a couple new Craftsman trucks for him -- right now we only have just one truck that I ran last year at Disney.
"There are four races that are definitely gonna happen. After that he's gotta come up with the sponsorship package but Ron is confident of that happening. I know AER Manufacturing from down in Texas will be on board for the truck races."
Fellows, who is a Chevrolet factory driver in the manufacturer's Corvette sports car program this season, has made no secret of the fact he'd like to do more NASCAR events. He has made limited forays into NASCAR's three premiere divisions, with most of his experience coming in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, where he's made 10 starts over two seasons, with two Bud Pole Awards and his victory in August 1997 at The Glen.
"We're looking forward to doing this program with Ron," Nemechek said. "He really excels at the road courses and hopefully he can help me out a little bit there.
"Right now, The Glen is the race as far as the Busch car goes. That's one of my BellSouth Mobility races, but he is talking to some people about sponsorship packages for The Glen. I know Ron has expressed an interest in running some others, but we'll have to wait and see. It costs so much to run 'em properly -- the way it needs to be done to run competitively -- but if we can get a good sponsorship package in place we may run quite a few races with him."
Nemechek said his own race schedule in the No. 87 BellSouth Mobility Chevrolet would include 14 races, primarily the "major speedway races," and definitely beginning with the Feb. 13 NAPA Auto Parts 300 at Daytona International Speedway, where he is the defending champion.
"We have eight cars in our Busch fleet and Brian Pattie will be the crew chief both for me and all the races that Ron runs in the trucks and in the Busch car. I know they're definitely gonna have their hands full at Watkins Glen, where they'll run both races in the same weekend. I think they'll be OK, though."
Nemechek said he'd spend a busy January between testing his NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet and his No. 42 BellSouth Chevrolet NASCAR Winston Cup Series car for Team SABCO. He said he is eagerly anticipating the expanded NASCAR Busch Series schedule.
"I have found it to be a positive," he said of running both NASCAR Winston Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series races in one weekend. "For a while I couldn't equate anything from one to the other. But then we learned some things and now we can transfer a lot of information we learn from the Busch car to the Cup car."
Source: NASCAR Online