Barclay new crew chief for Buckshot Racing By Shawn A. Akers SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Jan. 12, 1999) Buckshot Racing, which will enter its first full season in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series in 1999, with rookie Buckshot Jones at the wheel, has...
Barclay new crew chief for Buckshot Racing By Shawn A. Akers
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Jan. 12, 1999) Buckshot Racing, which will enter its first full season in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series in 1999, with rookie Buckshot Jones at the wheel, has named Tony Barclay as the crew chief of its NASCAR Winston Cup Series effort.
Ricky Pearson, who has served as crew chief of the No. 00 Buckshot Racing Pontiac for the past three years, has been promoted to the role of General Manager, where he'll oversee both the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division teams.
Barclay has been with Buckshot Racing since 1994, serving as a fabricator and spotter in the NASCAR Busch Series under the tutelage of Pearson.
"It's been a dream of mine for a long time," said Barclay, a native of Muskegon, Mich. "I've been around racing my whole life. I've been around race tracks since I was about four or five years old. I moved down south about 10 years ago with a dream of becoming a Winston Cup crew chief. I guess it's happened."
Barclay was first approached by Pearson and team owner Billy Jones about the opportunity a little more than a month ago. Barclay didn't hesitate to accept the offer.
"About the first of December, he (Billy Jones) and Ricky got me in the office, and they asked me if I felt like I could handle the job and if I would like it. I said, 'Of course.' Any time you get a chance to work with a team like this is the chance of a lifetime. Buckshot Racing is an established and successful race team and I've been lucky enough to learn about the sport from Ricky Pearson over the past three years. With the way we've got things set up, this should take a lot of pressure off Ricky."
Pearson, who led the Buckshot Racing team to a top-10 finish in the NASCAR Busch Series standings in 1998, had nothing but praise for Barclay and optimism about the upcoming season, which will see Buckshot Jones run for NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year against the likes of Elliott Sadler and Tony Stewart.
"Tony has all of the qualities that I see in a crew chief," Pearson said. "He's an organized leader and he's always a step ahead in his planning. What I consider to be a pro in this sport is someone who is the first one at the shop every day and the last one to leave. That is Tony Barclay."
Barclay was hired as the crew chief of Buckshot Racing's NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series effort, with the young Jones behind the wheel, in 1994. After one year with that series, the team made the jump to the NASCAR Busch Series in 1995, but Barclay chose to step down in 1996 when the team hired Pearson as the crew chief.
"At that time, it was all inexperience," Barclay said. "Buckshot was basically inexperienced at the Busch level, and so was I, so I figured it was best for the team if I didn't assume the crew chief role. It just wasn't the right time for me and it wasn't the best thing for Buckshot Racing. Now, we've both got some experience, and I think we're going to do some really good things here."
"Tony has the ability to build great race cars and is work with drivers is known as the best on the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series," Billy Jones said. "In my opinion, any man who is willing to step back for the betterment of the team is a true team player and that's how I feel about Tony Barclay. He chose to stay with this team and learn about the sport from one of the best crew chiefs in the industry, and I feel he has earned the right to do his job. He was the natural choice."
After moving down from Michigan in the late 1980s, Barclay became the crew chief at A-1 Engineering, competing in the NASCAR Winston All-American Challenge Series (which later became the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series) with driver Mike Garvey. His driver finished second in the series point standings and won rookie of the year honors. The very next season, Garvey won the series championship.
Barclay also was the crew chief for Murrah Motorsports in the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series in 1993, before being hired by Buckshot Racing.
Source: NASCAR Online