Andy Houston released from Ultra Motorsports

Houston Released as The Driver of The Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge MOORESVILLE, NC- (August 28, 2004) Andy Houston has been released as the driver of the Ultra Motorsports prepared No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge. Houston, a 33 year-old native of ...

Houston Released as The Driver of The Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge

MOORESVILLE, NC- (August 28, 2004) Andy Houston has been released as the driver of the Ultra Motorsports prepared No. 2 Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge. Houston, a 33 year-old native of Hickory, NC had three top-ten finishes in 16 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts this season.

"Andy Houston is a great guy and a really good racer but it was time to make a change," said Jim Smith, owner of Ultra Motorsports. "Andy came in last year and helped move this team in a positive direction after we had a driver change. He helped the Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge keep its momentum at the end of last year and all of us had high hopes for this year. Unfortunately, for all of us, we are not where we want to be from a competition standpoint and it is time to move forward."

Houston is a second generation NASCAR driver. His father, Tommy Houston, won 24 NASCAR Busch Series races and currently ranks third on the NBS all time win list. Andy's brother Marty has competed in both the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the Busch Series. Andy Houston has amassed 3 wins, 4 poles, 27 top-five finishes and 51 top-ten finishes in 112 career NCTS starts.

"Andy Houston is a truly outstanding individual," said Ron Weiner, President of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). "He is an upstanding husband and father as well as a talented driver. He provides a great example for all prospective young race car drivers. From a sponsorship perspective he has gone above and beyond the call of duty for both ASE and CARQUEST and we genuinely appreciate all the efforts he made on our behalf."

Ultra Motorsports has not yet named a replacement for Houston but will do so leading up to the Kroger 200 at Richmond International Raceway on Thursday September 9th. The race will be broadcast live by the Speed Channel, MRN Radio and XM Satellite radio at 8:30 pm ET.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Andy Houston , Jim Smith