Daytona: Andy Belmont Motorsports 2002 preview

The break between the end of last year's racing season and the start of this year's can be measured in minutes. After November's Atlanta race, the last of the ARCA RE/MAX season, Andy Belmont finished third in the points. He made the trip to ...

The break between the end of last year's racing season and the start of this year's can be measured in minutes. After November's Atlanta race, the last of the ARCA RE/MAX season, Andy Belmont finished third in the points. He made the trip to Cincinnati to the end of season banquet and hit the ground running as he got ready for the new racing season which begins on Sunday.

To quote an ancient philosopher, who probably was a race fan, "The only constant is change." This certainly applies to Andy Belmont Motorsports. Scott Warchol who had been with the team for the past two years, first as Crew Chief and then as Car Chief, has moved to North Carolina and taken a job with a Busch Grand National team. Andy's brother, Kevin, who pulled double duty last year as Andy's Crew Chief and driver of the team's second race car has a full time ride with a North Carolina based ARCA team.

Andy has added Jeff Lemons to his staff as the Crew Chief. Lemons brings a wealth of experience to the team, most recently from LJ Racing's Busch Grand National team. In addition to ARCA RE/MAX Series experience with Frank Kimmel and Jack Bowsher Racing, Lemons has worked as a Crew Chief for SABCO Racing in the Busch Grand National Season.

Andy has entered into a joint agreement with Quest Motorsports. Quest, jointly owned by Derrike Cope and Mark Smith, operates from a facility in Huntersville, North Carolina that was home to the Kenny Bernstein NASCAR Winston Cup team. Quest will prepare Andy's super speedway cars while he builds and maintains the team's short track race cars in his shops in Bristol Township, Pennsylvania.

In addition to the now familiar America Online banner on the #1 car, Andy will field a second race car in all the ARCA RE/MAX series events in 2002. Richmond, Virginia driver Sunny Hobbs will be behind the wheel of the team's second Ford Taurus at Daytona carrying the number 91. Hobbs, a member of the Lyn St. James Automotive Team, will make her first attempt at the ARCA RE/MAX Series in the 200 mile race on Sunday on the high banks. A graduate of American University with a degree in International Relations, Hobbs has racing success at many levels. Her eight year driving career spans NASCAR's Late Model series as well aa Pro Truck, Charger, and the SCCA road racing divisions.

The second race car is being made available to aspiring race car drivers who want to drive in first class equipment with mentorship from a racer of the experience of Andy Belmont. In addition to Sunny Hobbs, two more drivers have already contracted to race in the #91 car this year.

Tri-Star Motorsports will provide engines for the Belmont racing program this year. Tri-Star is no stranger to success on the high banks, supplying horsepower to past NASCAR Winston Cup pole sitters.

Returning to Andy Belmont Motorsports as corporate sponsors this year are Racecakes.com, Southern Pan Services, Old Milwaukee Beer, and Phillyracing.com.

Building on last year's success, Andy has set his goals high for 2002. "We are going to win a race or two this year and are going to give Frank Kimmell a serious challenge for the season championship."

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Series ARCA
Drivers Derrike Cope , Kenny Bernstein , Frank Kimmel , Andy Belmont , Lyn St. James