VETERAN WILL MAKE THE CALLS FOR ...
VETERAN WILL MAKE THE CALLS FOR #9 ARCA TEAM AND ITS DRIVERS
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (January 13, 2006) -- Hagans Racing team owner Matt Hagans prides himself with hiring only the best for his #9 Dodge / Eagle Creek Aviation ARCA RE/MAX Series team. Several weeks ago, Hagans announced that highly-touted NASCAR Modified driver Donny Lia would run a selected number of speedway races with the Hagans team. Now, Hagans has announced that veteran team leader Bobby Blount will steer the team in 2006 by serving as crew chief for the #9 team.
Blount has worked with Matt Hagans in the past, but most recently he has worked with the Braun Racing NASCAR Busch Series team in North Carolina.
"I worked for Matt about five years ago and I left to do a deal with Todd Braun and my son, Chad (ARCA & Busch Series driver)," said Blount, who is also a successful driver in his own rite. "I guess you can say I found my way back home. Matt and I left on very friendly terms years back; I just wanted to try and help my son's career. Now I'm ready to move back to Indiana. I have a couple of other ventures there, so this will work out well.
"This team has a lot of potential and they will continue to get better. They were really good last year and it was really their startup year. It's going to be a fun and successful year."
"Bobby was my crew chief when I ran late models in the early 90s," said Hagans, who will compete in the season-opening ARCA race at Daytona Int'l Speedway during Florida Speedweeks. "What can you say about the Blount family; they've won tons of races. They did it all themselves, so they know everything about racing. You take a guy like that, put him down in Charlotte for several years while he helps start, develop and manage a very successful Busch team and there is nothing better. And we are friends, too. I'm just very pleased and lucky to have him with us."
Most recently, Blount put together his own highly-competitive Super Late Model to run in selected big shows around the country. In 2005, JR Norris drove Blount's car in the All American 400 at Music City Motorplex, while Bobby Gill drove it in the legendary Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway. Both drivers came away with top-five finishes in Blount's ride.
However, it is the experience he's learned in the last three years working with his son and a handful of other drivers that will help him bring the most to the Hagans Racing team.
"I've learned a lot in the last three years," added Blount. "I think being prepared and done ahead of time will be the biggest thing. I am big on coming to the track prepared and having everything done. I've worked with my boy; I've done some stuff with Walt Brannen and Ryan Hemphill in ARCA as well. I like working with the young guys. I like helping them learn.
"Donny is probably the most experienced of the guys I've worked with and I'm excited to be working with another young guy. There is nothing like watching a guy win his first race, especially on a superspeedway. With what we have here at Hagans Racing and Donny's talent behind the wheel, I think we can win this year."
Blount's first race on top of the pit box will be February 11th at Daytona International Speedway. Team owner Matt Hagans will be behind the wheel that weekend. Lia will take the wheel for the first time April 15th at Nashville Superspeedway and then compete in at least another seven events. Hagans will also compete in a handful of other races on the ARCA schedule.
The Hagans Racing team led Joey Miller to the 2005 ARCA Rookie of the Year award and finished second in the season-long standings.