WS: Gill named Sadler Hamilton crew chief

Veteran Crew Chief Danny Gill To Lead Sadler Hamilton Racing NASCAR Camping World Effort Nashville, TN (February 29, 2008) -- After years as a crew chief in all three top divisions of NASCAR, veteran top kick Danny Gill is looking forward to ...

Veteran Crew Chief Danny Gill To Lead Sadler Hamilton Racing NASCAR Camping World Effort

Nashville, TN (February 29, 2008) -- After years as a crew chief in all three top divisions of NASCAR, veteran top kick Danny Gill is looking forward to guiding a two-car NASCAR Camping World Series effort out of the Sadler Hamilton Racing shops this season.

"I think the NASCAR Camping World Series is a great division," said Gill (right). "It's a series designed around developing drivers, but it also develops crew members and race teams. That's something that we are especially looking at using the series for, as a building block for our team. We want to train good people so we can move them with us when we race in ARCA, the NASCAR Nationwide, Craftsman Truck and Sprint Cup ranks in the future."

The Sadler Hamilton NASCAR Camping World racing initiative is the latest career project for Gill, a Nashville native who got his start in racing at nearby Highland Rim Speedway when he purchased his first race car at age 11. Now 39, Gill will guide NASCAR Nationwide drivers Bobby Hamilton, Jr. and Richard Johns in a pair of potent Dodge Charger team cars this season.

"Having veteran drivers will pay off for us," said Gill. "I know Richard's career in the Nationwide Series isn't anywhere near as long as Bobby Jr.'s, but he was a very successful short track racer long before he got to the Nationwide Series. The fact that Richard is a race engineer is one of the things I am excited about the most. Our program has spring raters, shock dynos, squash rigs. We have access to a seven post shaker. What we don't have is an engineer and Richard is going to help us there a lot. If he can contribute as much off the track as I know he can on the track, we are going to be very successful."

The team will open with Hamilton, Jr. behind the wheel of the No. 95 Sadler Hamilton Racing Dodge Charger in the NASCAR Camping World West Series Phoenix 150 at Phoenix International Raceway Thursday, April 10.

Johns, meanwhile, will steer the No. 59 Sadler Hamilton Racing Dodge Charger into action the following weekend in an NASCAR Camping World East event at Greenville (SC) Speedway. Both Hamilton and Johns will compete in the East Division race at Iowa Speedway May 18.

"We're not looking to go to these races and ride around," said Gill. "We're looking to go there and win. We're going up against some of the best teams in the industry and all the technology they can bring to the racetrack. I don't want to get beat by technology. We'll be up against five or six NASCAR Sprint Cup teams have NASCAR Camping World Series programs. It won't be a cakewalk by any means, but I know we can compete. I'd like to be able to win our fair share of the races. We're bringing everything we've got and then some to every race we run."

In the end, Gill is not only looking to be successful on track, but also hopes to train the next generation of crew members to come out of the legendary Sadler Hamilton Nashville race shops. "I have a blast training people," said Gill.

"Honestly, I'd rather work with new people than a bunch of 15-year veterans. With new guys, they are wide eyed and wide open. They want to experience everything. They bring a spirit to the sport that sometimes a veteran been there, done it guy loses touch with. A lot of times, it's just another race for them. I like the new people who bring a fresh approach to things. It is fun teaching them and more often than not, you learn something too."

-credit: shr

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Richard Johns