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HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 31, 1998) Bob Hustler has stepped down from his position as crew chief for the No. 19 Roehrig Motorsports truck driven by Tony Raines in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He accept a non-racing position at ...

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 31, 1998)

Bob Hustler has stepped down from his position as crew chief for the No. 19 Roehrig Motorsports truck driven by Tony Raines in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He accept a non-racing position at Dinan Performance, based in California. Rich Parks will replace Hustler in his main capacity as chief mechanic and team manager Scott Treichler will now take on the new title of crew chief.

"Since the beginning, we've organized our team to have two equal positions at the top - chief engineer and chief mechanic," Roehrig said. "The crew chief title is given for those on the outside to have a consistent point of contact. Scott has been that contact for me for quite a while and it seemed logical to give him the title of crew chief. We expect the change to especially help us at the track, so the chief mechanic (Rich Parks) and chief engineer (Michael Kadlecik) can focus on the car and not be distracted."

Meanwhile, the team's preparations for the Florida Dodge Dealers 400K at Miami-Dade Homestead Motor Sports Complex continue.

"I'm ready for this one," Raines said. "Before we went to race at this track last year, I had heard some stories that it might be pretty tough. So, before I went out to practice, I went on top of the transporter and watched Kenny Schrader go down to 250' in turn one before he lifted. I decided it was mind over matter and if he could do it, so could I . . . and I did. We qualified 13th, but engine troubles gave us a 30th-place finish. That's not going to happen this year.

"We watched the Busch Series race in November to see how they performed and it appeared the same drivers who finished in the top in '96, were able to do well again in the season finale in '97. We've obviously heard it's a faster track, but the team also believes it's a track that favors Kurt's type of set-up. Receiving an extra day of practice to get acclimated to the new design should really prove to be beneficial."

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Tony Raines