Musgrave, Purvis to drive for Diamond Ridge in 1999 By Shawn A. Akers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Dec. 8, 1998) Jeff Purvis, who drove James Finch's Lance Snacks Chevrolet to a 15th-place finish in the 1998 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division point standings despite missing five races, will drive a Chevrolet for Diamond Ridge Motorsports and owner Gary Bechtel with Lance as the sponsor in 1999.
Team sources have confirmed that an announcement regarding Purvis and the sponsor will be forthcoming next week.
The team source also confirmed Tuesday that Diamond Ridge has signed Ted Musgrave to drive a second Chevrolet in a limited schedule in the NASCAR Busch Series in 1999. The source said the number of races Musgrave will drive for the team depends on the acquisition of sponsorship.
Officially, Musgrave, a NASCAR Winston Cup Series regular since 1991, is currently without a full-time ride for 1999, but he has been rumored as the next driver for Butch Mock's No. 75 Ford in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.
Purvis recently parted ways with Finch after the owner signed two-time NASCAR Busch Series champion Randy LaJoie to drive for him in 1999. Both of Diamond Ridge's 1998 drivers, Elliott Sadler and Hermie Sadler, made other plans for next season. Elliott Sadler will drive the No. 21 Citgo Ford for the Wood Brothers in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, while Hermie Sadler will drive the No. 72 Parker Racing Chevrolet in the NASCAR Busch Series.
Sandy Jones, who was the crew chief on the No. 66 Phillips 66 Chevrolet driven by Elliott Sadler this past season, will be the crew chief for the Lance Snacks Chevrolet next season. Jay Guy, who came on board as crew chief of the No. 29 DeWalt Tools Chevrolet for the final five races of 1998, will be the crew chief of Diamond Ridge's second team.
Team sources said they're "not 100 percent sure if the car's number is going to be 4 or not." The team source said the number 29, which Hermie Sadler used last season on his DeWalt Tools Chevrolet, could be chosen.
Both Diamond Ridge NASCAR Busch Series teams will operate out of the old Diamond Ridge Motorsports NASCAR Winston Cup Series shop on Orr Road in Charlotte. Diamond Ridge's NASCAR Winston Cup Series team folded early in the 1998 season due to a lack of primary sponsorship.
Source: NASCAR Online