BUSCH: Evernham, HDR name new crew chief

Evernham Motorsports Names Trip Bruce as Crew Chief of its NASCAR Busch Series No. 6 Hungry Drivers Team Statesville, NC (May 4, 2005) -- Evernham Motorsports and Unilever Foods officially announced today that Trip Bruce has been named...

Evernham Motorsports Names Trip Bruce as Crew Chief of its NASCAR Busch Series No. 6 Hungry Drivers Team

Statesville, NC (May 4, 2005) -- Evernham Motorsports and Unilever Foods officially announced today that Trip Bruce has been named Crew Chief of the No. 6 Hungry Drivers Racing Dodge team and will lead the organization's NASCAR Busch Series program. Elton Sawyer, will take over as Team Manager, overseeing Evernham Motorsports NASCAR Busch Series program and the day-to-day operations of the No. 6 Hungry Drivers team.

Bruce, a Richmond, Virginia native, began his racing career at the age of 18, racing late models and grand stocks at Southside Speedway in Richmond. He soon became acquainted with fellow Richmond native Don Beverly of Don Beverly Racing. In 1989 he joined Don Beverly Racing as a mechanic and fabricator, igniting his successful career in NASCAR.

Over the next several years, Bruce worked for some of the most respected NASCAR Nextel Cup operations in the industry, including Richard Childress Racing as a mechanic and fabricator, and Bill Davis Racing as car chief of the No. 22 team with driver, Ward Burton. In 2003, Bruce joined Ultra Motorsports where he was named car chief for the No. 7 car driven by Jimmy Spencer. A year later, Bruce was chosen to lead Ultra Motorsports' No. 2 entry in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series as crew chief. Under Bruce's leadership, the team posted one pole award at Richmond International Raceway and three wins -- Martinsville with driver, Jamie McMurray and Darlington and Homestead with Kasey Kahne.

Sam Johns, Evernham Motorsports Competition Director, thinks that Bruce will be a positive addition to the Busch Series program.

"Our Busch program has struggled in the early stages of the season but in the last few weeks we have made significant progress and feel that we are headed in the right direction," said Johns. "We have high expectations for the remainder of the 2005 season and I think that Trip, combined with Elton Sawyer, will play a pivotal role in our success. I am confident in their abilities to work with and develop our drivers to help them achieve success on the race track."

Bruce is looking forward to his new role as Crew Chief of Evernham Motorsports' first full time NASCAR Busch Series effort and to being a part of the unique Hungry Drivers program.

"I am excited about the opportunity to join such a high caliber organization as Evernham Motorsports," said Bruce. "I am looking forward to working with the veteran and rookie drivers involved with the Hungry Drivers program and to help give Ray Evernham and Unilever their first of many NASCAR Busch Series victories."

-www.hungrydrivers.com

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Ward Burton , Jimmy Spencer , Elton Sawyer , Jamie McMurray , Kasey Kahne , Ray Evernham
Teams Bill Davis Racing