Hensley, Bown reunited in Busch Series By Dave Rodman HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Nov. 14, 1998) Car owner Jeff Hensley and driver Chuck Bown, who together won the 1990 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division championship, will make another run at...
Hensley, Bown reunited in Busch Series By Dave Rodman
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Nov. 14, 1998) Car owner Jeff Hensley and driver Chuck Bown, who together won the 1990 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division championship, will make another run at the title in 1999 with backing from Exxon Superflo.
The announcement of the formation of HVP Motorsports, a partnership between Jeff Hensley, owner of the Hensley Racing team; former television executive/broadcaster Pat Patterson; and Tim Vargo, president and COO of AutoZone Inc. and its two-year deal with Exxon was made at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex, site of the season-ending Jiffy Lube Miami 300.
In addition, Mac Martin, former owner of Martin Motorsports, has sold his equipment to HVP Motorsports and will remain with the team as a consultant. Martin's No. 92 Kraft Chevrolet, ironically, failed to qualify for Sunday's Jiffy Lube Miami 300 while driven by Bown.
Bown will start the new year driving the No. 63 Exxon Superflo Chevrolet.
"I can't be more pleased to be sitting here, because two months ago things looked pretty bleak for Hensley Racing," long-time team owner Hensley said of the operation he's run with his father, Hubert, for many years. "They came to me with this deal three weeks ago, and it's been a dream come true ever since."
Hensley has struggled since parting company with Bown, who went on to an aborted NASCAR Winston Cup career that was interrupted when he suffered head injuries in a crash at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway driving for NASCAR legend Bobby Allison. He came back from that to drive again in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and most recently had driven for Jack Roush in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series until Roush's sponsorship for the truck dried up.
Hensley was ecstatic at getting back together with his former champion driver, as well as the equipment merger with Martin's operation.
"The best part of the deal is getting Chuck back," Hensley said bluntly. "No promises, but I think we can be competitive right off the bat. We've got some good equipment right now, and we've got some good equipment coming in. I can't promise you we can win, but we'll give it 110 percent. Hopefully, we can pull off some of the magic we had."
Bown, a native of Portland, Ore., and a former NASCAR Winston West champion, had some of his greatest success as a race car driver with Hensley Racing. In a four-year span from 1989-93, Bown won 10 races and 16 Bud Pole positions, and posted 42 top-five and 70 top-10 finishes, as well as winning the NASCAR Busch Series title in 1990.
"I'm glad to be here, no doubt about it," Bown said. "Jeff and I had a very good rapport, and I don't see why we can't take up where we left off. I left in 1994 to go to Winston Cup, and my career has been up and down since then for a variety of reasons.
"It's exciting for me to get back in the Busch Series. It's very fun and very competitive. I can't wait to get to Daytona Beach (for the 1999 season-opening NAPA Auto Parts 300 at Daytona International Speedway)."
Bown has driven for a variety of owners in the NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this season.
Source: NASCAR Online