Ford Drivers Bios, 1999 Update

RON BARFIELD No. 55 Ice House Beer Ford F-150 Gloy/Rahal Racing Personal Born: April 20, 1971 Hometown: Florence, South Carolina Current Residence: Dawsonville, Georgia Marital Status: Single NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Statistics ...

RON BARFIELD No. 55 Ice House Beer Ford F-150 Gloy/Rahal Racing

Personal Born: April 20, 1971 Hometown: Florence, South Carolina Current Residence: Dawsonville, Georgia Marital Status: Single

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Statistics Career 1999 Starts: 41 1 Top-five finishes: 3 0 Top-10 finishes: 14 0 Wins: 0 0 Poles: 0 0 Winnings: $374,735 $11,150

1999 update ... 15th-place at Homestead; is 14th in the points ...

Barfield joined the Elliott Racing stable as the team's R&D (research and development) driver in 1996. His racing background includes the 1988 World Karting Association national championship, track championships at Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina for the 1991 and 1992 seasons, and a victory at the famed Bristol International Raceway in the 1994 Slim Jim All Pro race. The South Carolina driver was the Texas Pete Sauces Rookie of the Year for the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro late model series in 1994 with a fourth place finish in the points, the highest ever for a rookie on that series, and the win at Bristol.

In his first race for the Elliott team Barfield started third and finished fourth. At Elliott's suggestion he ran two events for Tom Gloy in 1997.

For the 1998 season Barfield drove full-time for Charles Hardy and contended selected events on the Busch Grand National and Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) circuits. Barfield finished ninth in the season point standings.

GREG BIFFLE No. 50 Grainger Ford F-150 Roush Racing

Personal Born: December 23, 1969 Hometown: Vancouver, Washington Current Residence: Northville, Michigan Marital Status: Single

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Statistics Career 1999 Starts: 28 1 Top-five finishes: 8 0 Top-10 finishes: 12 0 Wins: 0 0 Poles: 4 0 Winnings: $371,007 $11,225

1999 update ... 11th-place at Homestead; is 10th in the points ...

Biffle always knew he wanted to race, but he needed sufficient income to finance his hobby. To that end, Biffle founded J&S Racing in 1990, a business which built and maintained stock cars for drivers and teams in the northwest area of the country.

Biffle started his own full-time racing career in 1994 racing late models at Portland Speedway. He won an incredible 16 of the 26 races he entered, and placed fourth in the Pacific Coast Region points. In 1995 he ended the season tied for the points lead in the NASCAR Winston Racing Series only to finish second because of a tie-breaking procedure. Biffle won championships at both Portland Speedway and Tri-City Raceway in 1996 with 27 wins in 43 starts. During the 1997 season Greg entered races in NASCAR's Rebco Northwest Tour and the Slim Jim All-Pro Series. He was 'discovered' by Benny Parsons who suggested Jack Roush take a look at the talented young driver.

He signed with Roush Racing toward the end of the 1997 season, and drove full-time in the Roush Ford F-150 in 1998 winning the Cintas Rookie of the Year Award and finishing eighth in the point standings.

MIKE BLISS No. 99 Exide Batteries Ford F-150 Roush Racing

Personal Born: April 5, 1965 Hometown: Vancouver, Washington Current Residence: Milwaukie, Oregon Marital Status: Wife, Sue

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Statistics Career 1999 Starts: 97 1 Top-five finishes: 30 0 Top-10 finishes: 49 0 Wins: 6 0 Poles: 12 0 Winnings: $1,435,725 $8,650 1999 update ... 28th-place at Homestead; is 28th in the points ...

Bliss was best known as the 1993 USAC True Value Hardware Silver Crown champion. That season, he took the title by the narrowest margin in series history, edging the second-place finisher by just two points with a win in the final race. That was before he became a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competitor.

Now Bliss not only is recognized for his accomplishments in open wheel racing, but also in NASCAR. He has competed in all but one event since the series' inception in 1995. For the past four years he raced for Jimmy Smith in the Team ASE Ford F-150.

The Milwaukie, Oregon native has 12 career poles and six wins to his credit.

Following the end of the 1998 season Bliss was hired by Jack Roush to drive the Exide Batteries Ford F-150, teaming with 1998 Rookie of the Year Greg Biffle.

RICK CRAWFORD No. 14 Circle Bar Motel & RV Ford F-150 Circle Bar Auto Racing

Personal Born: July 26, 1958 Hometown: Mobile, Alabama Current Residence: Cleveland, Georgia Children: Richard Adam

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Statistics Career 1999 Starts: 54 1 Top-five finishes: 5 0 Top-10 finishes: 16 1 Wins: 1 0 Poles: 0 0 Winnings: $589,237 $11,725

1999 update ... eighth-place at Homestead; is 8th in the points ... Crawford came to the truck series from the Slim Jim All Pro series where he won 15 All Pro races between the 1987 and 1996 seasons.

The Alabama driver joined Tom Mitchell's Circle Bar Motel and RV Park team in 1992. The team is based in Cleveland, Georgia. Crawford continued on the All Pro Circuit, and then decided to go 'truck racing' at the beginning of the 1997 season. Crawford led the Cintas Rookie of the Year standings, and finished a close second to winner Kenny Irwin. He ended his first season with 10 top-10 finishes in 26 races.

Crawford won his first NCTS event at Homestead in 1998. However bad luck seemed to plague the team a good part of the season, and the Alabama native finished 18th in the points.

Crawford starts 1999 with new crew chief George Church at the helm. His interests outside racing include motorcycle riding , golf and attending his son Adam's sporting events.

KEVIN CYWINSKI No. 31 Brevak Racing Ford F-150 Brevak Racing

Personal Born: March 16, 1965 Hometown: Wausau, Wisconsin Current Residence: Huntersville, North Carolina Marital Status: Single

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Statistics Career 1999 Starts: 22 1 Top-five finishes: 0 0 Top-10 finishes: 2 1 Wins: 0 0 Poles: 0 0 Winnings: $183,305 $11,375

1999 update ... career-best sixth-place at Homestead; is 6th in the points ...

Cywinski competed at Indianapolis Raceway Park and Bakersfield in trucks owned by Kurt Roehrig last season. This year he drove two Busch events at Hickory and Richmond for Key Motorsports. He joined Brevak Racing in mid-season in 1998, obtaining his goal of becoming a full-time NCTS driver. Cywinski finished 28th in points.

Cywinski came to the truck series following a very successful, if brief, career with the American Speed Association (ASA). He started competing in ASA in 1996, and earned the Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie of the Year honors. Then in 1997, he took the ASA Championship title by winning four events, leading the most laps over the course of the season, completing 99.7 percent of the laps run, and setting an all-time ASA mark of 18 top-ten finishes.

In addition to his ASA championship, Cywinski won the Central Wisconsin Racing Association championship and the ARTGO Challenge Series points earlier in a career that started in a sportsman car on asphalt ovals at age 14.

JERRY GLANVILLE No. 81 Glanville Motorsports Ford F-150 Jerry Glanville

Personal Born: 10/14/41 Hometown: Detroit, Michigan Current Residence: Roswell, Georgia Marital Status: Wife, Brenda Children: Justin

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Statistics Career 1999 Starts: 23 0 Top-five finishes: 0 Top-10 finishes: 0 Wins: 0 Poles: 0 Winnings: $98,476 $0

1999 update ...

Long before he became a national celebrity as the charismatic James Dean and Elvis-admiring coach of the Atlanta Falcons NFL team, Jerry Glanville was obsessed with racing. In 1957, Glanville began drag racing near his hometown of Perrysburg, Ohio. In 1968, fresh from graduating from Northern Michigan University, he began drag racing Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

In 1992, a test in one of Felix Sabates' NASCAR Winston Cup cars at Atlanta Motor Speedway reignited Glanville's stock car racing flame. In 1994, Glanville drove Ford Thunderbirds sponsored by Frickers Restaurants in ARCA competition, and finished in the top-10 on two occasions. Glanville has continued his short-track racing in the southeast, and plans to run select NCTS events throughout the 1999 season.

KEVIN HARVICK No. 98 Porter-Cable Power Tools Ford F-150 Liberty Racing, Ltd.

Personal Born: December 8, 1975 Hometown: Bakersfield, California Current Residence: Mooresville, North Carolina Marital Status: Single

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Statistics Career 1999 Starts: 46 1 Top-five finishes: 3 0 Top-10 finishes: 7 0 Wins: 0 0 Poles: 0 0 Winnings: $351,361 $8,850

1999 update ... 27th at Homestead; is 27th in points ... Although only 23 years of age, Kevin Harvick has racing experience that would be the envy of many 10 years his senior. During the 1998 season he competed full-time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and NASCAR Winston West where he won the points championship.

In the trucks he had three top-five finishes and five top-10s. In Winston West he tallied five wins, five poles, 11 top-fives and 12 top-tens. In addition, he also won the NASCAR Southwest Tour Series event at Mesa Marin Raceway. In recognition of his outstanding season, Harvick was named the Motorsports Press Association Driver of the Year.

The Bakersfield, California native had 45 starts in NCTS prior to the beginning of this season, having raced in events in each of the years of the series' existence.

Harvick joined Liberty Racing following the end of the 1998 season and is teamed with veteran NASCAR crew chief Roland Wlodyka for 1999.

ERNIE IRVAN No. 28 Federated Auto Parts Ford F-150 Irvan/Simo Racing

Personal Born: January 13, 1959 Hometown: Salinas, California Current Residence: Rockwell, North Carolina Marital Status: Wife, Kim Children: Jordan

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Statistics Career 1999 Starts: 12 0 Top-five finishes: 7 Top-10 finishes: 7 Wins: 0 Poles: 0 Winnings: $144,125 $0

1999 update ...

Now fully recovered from the massive injuries he during a practice session at Michigan International Speedway in August of 1994, Irvan is with a new team this year on the Winston Cup circuit. He joined MB2 following the 1997 season and drives the Skittles Racing Pontiac.

While he is by no means a regular in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Irvan's appearances have resulted in a better than 50 percent average of top-five finishes. As co-owner of the team that fields the Federated Auto Parts Ford F-150s driven by Boris Said, Irvan races at selected NCTS events throughout the year.

In 1998 Irvan finished second at both Fontana and Richmond.

TAMMY JO KIRK No. 51 Kirk Motorsports Ford F-150 Kirk Racing

Personal Born: May 6, 1962 Hometown: Dalton, Georgia Current Residence: Dalton, Georgia Marital Status: Single

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Statistics Career 1999 Starts: 32 0 Top-five finishes: 0 Top-10 finishes: 0 Wins: 0 Poles: 0 Winnings: $257,545 $0

1999 update ...

Tammy Jo Kirk came to the NASCAR Craftsman truck program from the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series, and was the first woman driver to compete full-time in the truck series. She purchased her own team following the 1997 season, and has been working to secure a primary sponsor.

The 1996 All Pro Series season was a good one for Kirk. She posted two poles, five top-fives, 11 top-tens and was seventh in the point standings. Her other professional racing accomplishments include victory in the 1994 Snowball Derby in Pensacola, Florida - she was not only the first woman to ever to win, but the first to qualify for this event. During her motorcycle racing career (1971 - 1989) she was the only female in the nation to obtain the rank of Expert as a dirt track motorcycle race, and then the first woman to win an AMA Expert Division event. Kirk tried stock cars in 1986, and when her schedule permitted she raced late models on local dirt tracks. She retired from motorcycle competition in 1989, and joined the NASCAR All Pro Series in 1991.

Kirk raced for Geoff Bodine's team in 1997, competing in a truck sponsored by the Lovable Company, a manufacturer of personal apparel for women. Even though she only competed in 19 races she finished out the year 20th in points.

In 1998 Kirk had sponsorship for 13 events, and finished the season 29th in points.

ROB MORGAN No. 46 Acxiom Ford F-150 CSG Racing

Personal Born: November 11, 1973 Hometown: Conway, Arkansas Current Residence: Little Rock, Arkansas Marital Status: Single

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Statistics Career 1999 Starts: 10 1 Top-five finishes: 0 0 Top-10 finishes: 0 0 Wins: 0 0 Poles: 0 0 Winnings: $71,230 $8,050

1999 update ... 26th at Homestead; is 26th in points ...

Rob Morgan is a second generation driver, whose father Charles is a former IMSA World Sports Car champion. Coming from a road racing background, Morgan earned points at Topeka and Sears Point during the 1998 NCTS season. He competed in only eight events in 1998, and finished 37th in the points.

Morgan began road racing in 1992 and has competed in a variety of amateur and professional series. He won the IMSA Exxon Supreme GTO race at Mosport, Canada in 1995, and had a 1997 class win in the Daytona 24 Hours, finishing second overall.

The Arkansas native has a Marketing Management degree from the University of Arkansas.

RANDY NELSON No. 26 Mittler Brothers/American Trucking Ford F-150 Core Motorsports

Personal Born: January 20, 1979 Hometown: San Diego, California Current Residence: El Cajon, California Marital Status: Single

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Statistics Career 1999 Starts: 8 1 Top-five finishes: 0 0 Top-10 finishes: 0 0 Wins: 0 0 Poles: 0 0 Winnings: $46,315 $6,700

1999 update ... 30th-place at Homestead; is 30th in points ...

At 20 years of age, Nelson is the youngest full-time competitor in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He made his series debut last year at Colorado National Speedway.

Prior to coming to trucks, Nelson drove his Dwarf-class car to 22 victories and three championships over a two and one half year period. He also drove a Lightning sprint at Perris and Imperial Speedways in California. To enhance his racing prowess, Nelson attended the Buck Baker and Bob Bondurant driving schools.

Nelson competed in only five events during 1998 and finished 41st in the point standings.

JOE RUTTMAN

Personal Born: October 28, 1944 Hometown: Compton, California Current Residence: Franklin, Tennessee Marital Status: Wife, Peggy Children: Shawn, Carrie, Nicki

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Statistics Career 1999 Starts: 98 1 Top-five finishes: 44 0 Top-ten finishes: 70 0 Wins: 8 0 Poles: 5 0 Winnings: $1,737,537 $7,350

1999 update ... 33rd at Homestead; is 33rd in points ...

Joe Ruttman has started over 200 Winston Cup races, finished in the top-five on 19 occasions, and has had 60 top-ten results. The California native, who was the 1980 United States Auto Club (USAC) champion, winning over Rusty Wallace, has also raced short tracks, go karts and snowmobile events. He easily adapted to the Craftsman Truck Series with two wins, a pole and second place in the inaugural point standings.

Although both Ruttman and his team expressed disappointment with the 1996 year, the Tennessee driver finished fourth in the point standings. While a win seemed within his grasp at more than one event, Ruttman never saw victory lane. That changed in 1997 when he posted five wins, and finished just one point out of second place in the final point standings.

Ruttman is one of only five NCTS drivers to compete in every event since the start of the series in 1995.

Ruttman finished the 1998 season third in points with one win, poles at Monroe and Richmond, 14 top-fives and 19 top-10s.

BORIS SAID No. 44 Federated Auto Parts Ford F-150 Irvan-Simo Racing

Personal Born: September 18, 1962 Hometown: Carlsbad, California Current Residence: Carlsbad, California Marital Status: Wife, Karen

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Statistics Career 1999 Starts: 47 0 Top-five finishes: 4 Top-ten finishes: 7 Wins: 1 Poles: 1 Winnings: $500,775 $0

1999 update ...

In 30 Trans-Am starts, through the 1996 racing season, Said had recorded a pole, one win, 11 top-fives and 22 top-10s. The talented road racer never set foot in a race car until he was 25. That summer he attended the Detroit Grand Prix, and was so taken with the sport he purchased a Mustang GT. from the classified section of 'Auto Week'. He then signed up to attend the Skip Barber Driving School.

In addition to his Trans-Am accomplishments, Said is a three-time SCCA Runoffs showroom Stock GYM class national champion. He started on the pole, recorded the fastest lap of the race, and led every lap in the 1989, 1990 and 1991 events.

Although he continued to campaign in various road racing circuits in 1998, Said was the full-time driver for the Irvan-Simo team. He took his first win in NCTS competition at Sears Point, and won a pole at Topeka. By the end of season it appeared he was also becoming adept on the ovals.

The California resident is the Director of Motorsports for No Fear, a popular producer of apparel and accessories that targets sports markets associated with fearlessness.

TIM STEELE No. 21 HS Die & Engineering/Softech Ford F-150 HS Motorsports

Personal Born: March 1, 1968 Hometown: Coopersville, Michigan Current Residence: Coopersville, Michigan Marital Status: Single Children: Kelsey

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Statistics 1999 Starts: 1 Top-five finishes: 0 Top-10 finishes: 0 Wins: 0 Poles: 0 Winnings: $8,300

1999 update ... 25th at Homestead; is 25th in points ...

Tim Steele is competing for rookie of the year in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 1999 although, like others have preceded him in the series, he is anything but a rookie. Steele's record in ARCA is nothing short of spectacular. He was the 1993, 1996 and 1997 series champion. Tim holds the all-time ARCA superspeedway win record with 20, and led in 70 of the 93 races he entered in the series. Steele's total win count is 34. His 12 victories in 1997 were the most in a single season in ARCA history. Following a devastating accident in the fall of 1997, while testing a Winston Cup car, Steele did not race the first half of the 1998 season, but when he returned in ARCA's first race at the Pocono he did so wide open. He won. Then he came back the following month to sit on the pole and record another victory.

Other racing interests have included motorcycle ice racing, AMA motocross, and International Jet Ski boat racing. MIKE STEFANIK No. 66 Carlin Burners and Controls Ford F-150 Phelon Motorsports

Personal Born: May 20, 1958 Hometown: Indian Orchard, Mass. Current Residence: Coventry, Rhode Island Marital Status: Wife, Julie Children: Nicole and Christine

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Statistics Career 1999 Starts: 2 1 Top-five finishes: 1 1 Top-10 finishes: 2 1 Wins: 0 0 Poles: 0 0 Winnings $43,850 $27,375

1999 update ... career-best second at Homestead; is 2nd in points ... Stefanik came to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series from the NASCAR Busch North Series and the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour where he attained championships in both divisions in 1997 and 1998. He was also the Modified Tour champion in 1989 and 1991.

Stefanik started racing in 1979 and quickly became a standout on short tracks in the northeastern area of the United States. His racing accomplishments include track championships at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway, Limited Sportsman division, 1979; Riverside Park (Mass.) Speedway, Pro Stock division, 1982; Stafford Motor Speedway, Modified division, 1986; and Riverside Park Speedway, Modified division, 1987.

Stefanik's first outing in the truck series came in the 1998 Las Vegas race where he drove for Phelon Motorsports and finished an impressive eighth. He joined the team full-time following the end of the 1998 season.

MIKE WALLACE No. 2 Team ASE Ford F-150 Ultra Motorsports

Personal Born: March 10, 1959 Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri Current Residence: Concord, North Carolina Marital Status: Wife, Carla Children: Lindsey, Christina, Matthew Ryan

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Statistics Career 1999 Starts: 44 1 Top-five finishes: 5 1 Top-10 finishes: 19 1 Wins: 1 1 Poles: 1 0 Winnings: $435,479 $51,125

1999 update ... first career win at Homestead; 1st in points ...

Wallace was selected by Jimmy Smith, one of the founders of the truck series, to replace Mike Bliss in the Team ASE Ford F-150 for the 1999 season. He has been joined by his Schrader team crew chief Tim Kohuth at Ultra Motorsports.

Wallace began his racing career at the age of 16. Following in the footsteps of older brother Rusty, he proved himself on the midwestern short tracks. In 1990 he won the NASCAR Mid-America Region championship with 21 victories, and five second places in 29 races.

>From there Wallace moved to the Busch Grand National series where he finished sixth in his first start in Martinsville. He also raced a number of events in ARCA winning the ARCA 200 at Daytona in 1994.

The accomplished driver also has Winston Cup experience having run selected events in 1991, 1992 and 1993. He joined Junie Donlavey's Winston Cup team mid-season in 1994 and raced for the Richmond, Virginia based operation until the middle of 1996. In 1997 Wallace moved to Pro Tech Motorsports in Winston Cup. He came to the truck series with Kenny Schrader's team starting with the 1997 race at Milwaukee where he posted a sixth place finish. He competed in 15 NCTS races in 1997, and stayed with Schrader during 1998, finishing 13th in points.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Boris Said , Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Joe Ruttman , Bob Bondurant , Tim Steele , Mike Bliss , Rob Morgan , Skip Barber , Benny Parsons , Tom Gloy , Tammy Jo Kirk , Jack Roush , Kurt Roehrig , Felix Sabates
Teams Carlin