DUSTY WILLIAMS A MAN ON A MISSION AS HE SEEKS TO IMPROVE IN NASCAR AUTOZONE ELITE DIVISION, SOUTHEAST SERIES DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 26, 2005) -- Dusty Williams is sick and tired of being sick and tired. The popular NASCAR AutoZone Elite...
DUSTY WILLIAMS A MAN ON A MISSION AS HE SEEKS TO IMPROVE IN NASCAR AUTOZONE ELITE DIVISION, SOUTHEAST SERIES
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 26, 2005) -- Dusty Williams is sick and tired of being sick and tired. The popular NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southeast Series driver from Garden City, Ga. has been with the tour the last three seasons, but has yet to live up to his own expectations.
Williams is looking to change his racing luck heading into the season-opening 'Rock 101' 150 presented by Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet this Saturday night at the famed Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway.
"At the end of last season when we were at the banquet and I was on the stage, I made the statement that I would not return with the same race team and race the same way we've raced the last three years," Williams said. "I meant what I said and now we've got quite a different organization than we've had in the past. Dixie Racing is still the same family-owned team, but we've gone through a lot of different changes.
"We've moved our entire team from Savannah, Georgia to the Charlotte area which is basically the heart of NASCAR country. I'm also going to be working with a new crew chief, Tracy Norman, who just moved his family to Mooresville from Bakersfield, California to get a job in racing. We've stripped all our cars down and redone them like they should have been done in the first place. We had to totally reconstruct our program in order to get better and that's exactly what we've done."
Williams -- whose best career Southeast Series finish is third at Greenville-Pickens last May -- admits his struggles to win his first race have been hard stomach.
"I've run the last three years here in the Southeast Series with what I felt like were dismal results and I was tired of it," Williams says. "I was tired of spending all this money and driving 10 or 12 hours knowing I didn't have a snowball's chance of winning or even being in Top-10. It got to the point to where I just didn't want to race anymore because I didn't feel like I was making a future for myself.
"The way we were doing things just wasn't working and I had made my mind up that I just couldn't go on like that. I had resigned myself as it was a sign from God that it was my time to call it quits. I didn't know what else to do. I had totally accepted it and I was fine with that."
Showing the true heart of all racers, Williams found it hard to walk away from the sport that has consumed his life. Changes had to be made and those changes were made. Now Williams has gotten the bounce back in his step and found a newfound sense of confidence that the 2005 Southeast Series season is finally going to be his breakthrough year.
In fact, Williams has set some high goals for himself and his Mooresville, N.C.-based team.
"I absolutely feel like we're going to win at least one race," Williams predicts. "That would mean the world to me, plus it would let me know that I'm back to where I was three years ago as far as my confidence. If I was to win a race, it would be very emotional. I don't think I'd be able to compose myself and I'd have a hard time doing my post-race interview without getting choked up. To win a race after struggling for so long would be unbelievable and very overwhelming for me."
AUTOZONE DRIVER APPEARANCE: For race fans in the Greenville area who want to get the chance to see several Southeast Series cars and get a few autographs, the AutoZone store in Easley, S.C. will have drivers Chris Davidson, Eddie Stivers and Dusty Williams on hand Thursday evening from 5:00-8:00 p.m. The store's address is 5554 Calhoun Memorial Highway, Easley, SC, 29640. Rock 101 will be at the AutoZone store location doing a live radio broadcast.