Houston to leave Addington Racing

ILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 11, 2000) Following Andy Houston's Monday announcement he would not return to Addington Racing as driver of the No. 60 CAT Rental Stores Chevrolet in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for 2001, the team has announced a driver ...

ILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 11, 2000) Following Andy Houston's Monday announcement he would not return to Addington Racing as driver of the No. 60 CAT Rental Stores Chevrolet in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for 2001, the team has announced a driver search is on for his replacement.

"I feel it is in the best interest of my family and myself to make a change," Houston said. "At this time I have not signed a contract to drive for anyone, but I am actively pursuing some opportunities to advance my driving career. I wanted to be up front and honest with Mike Addington, so he can start looking for a new driver.

"I really appreciate the opportunity Mike has given me. He has been a tremendous help to me in furthering my career as a racecar driver. We have had a successful season with two wins and a pole so far, and I look for us to win at least one more this year. Addington Racing is a top notch race team with a great group of guys and really good equipment. It is just time for me to move on."

Addington said the team appreciates Houston as well, and not only are they auditioning for a replacement for him, they are also pursuing sponsorship to start a second team, either in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series or NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division.

"Andy is not only a very good racecar driver, he is also a very good friend," Addington said. "We want to wish Andy nothing but the best, wherever he chooses to go. As far as selecting a new driver, Addington Racing has a long list of experienced drivers wanting to drive the No. 60 CAT Rental Stores Chevrolet in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. We are going to be doing some scouting in the next few weeks and hope to make a decision by the end of August.

"Our primary goal is to win a championship in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. When opportunity exists, we eventually want to move to Cup, but we don't want to go before we are ready."

Crew chief Rick Ren will participate in the decision-making process of hiring a driver.

"We have had several drivers contact us," Ren said. "It is a good feeling for the team to know that we are respected in the sport and that other teams know we have a championship caliber team."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Andy Houston