HIGH POINT, NC -- Doug Randolph has been named Crew Chief of the ...
HIGH POINT, NC -- Doug Randolph has been named Crew Chief of the #93 Amoco Ultimate Pontiac Team at Bill Davis Racing, beginning with this weekend's Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. The 35-year old Randolph joined Bill Davis Racing in February, 1999 to support Crew Chief Tom Baldwin, Jr. as his Car Chief on the #22 Caterpillar/Polaris Pontiac for driver Ward Burton. He replaces Gil Martin, who resigned this week after almost three seasons as Crew Chief for 2000 Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Dave Blaney.
Randolph, a native of Morristown, TN., began his motorsports career while a student at the University of Tennessee, where he graduated in 1988 with a B.S. in wildlife and fisheries biology. During college, Randolph worked as weekend help for the NASCAR Busch Series team of veteran driver L.D. Ottinger.
Upon graduation, Randolph decided to join Ottinger's team as a full-time crew member, as a fabricator and tire specialist. His intent was to return to Law School with specialization in wildlife law after several years in motorsports but his success with the front-running Busch team deferred Randolph's long-term intent with his area of formal training.
When Ron Parker became the co-owner of Ottinger's team and decided to move the team to North Carolina in 1991, Randolph moved to NC but to work for Junior Johnson's second NASCAR Winston Cup team with driver Sterling Marlin. He remained in North Wilkesboro with the legendary former driver for four seasons before joining Larry Hedrick Motorsports at the start of the 1995 season. He served as car chief for the #41 team during the final two years of his four-year tenure with owner Hedrick before moving to Bill Davis Racing in the same capacity in mid-February, 1999.
"Doug Randolph has played a significant role in the success of the #22 program, working right beside one of the best young crew chiefs in the sport in Tommy Baldwin, Jr., and we felt his hard work had earned him the opportunity to fill the crew chief's role with the #93 team," said car owner Bill Davis. "The #22 team has found a great deal of chemistry within the group that has certainly been a big part of their success so far in 2000 and we hope Doug can generate the same with Dave Blaney and the #93 team.
"Gil Martin is to be given an enormous amount of credit for bringing a driver who came from outside the NASCAR ranks and putting together a successful program for Dave Blaney in the Busch Series and getting that program ready for the move to Winston Cup this season. But we also felt that at the season's mid-point that Dave's team had stalled in its progress. We talked and both sides agreed there needed to be a change to help Dave and the Amoco team move forward."
Randolph moves to the #93 Amoco/Siemens team from the front-running #22 Caterpillar program, currently ranked fourth with driver Burton in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series standings 214 points behind points leader Bobby Labonte. Entering this weekend's race at Pocono, Blaney ranks third in the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year standings behind Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and is ranked 33rd in the overall WC standings, 138 points behind Elliott Sadler -- the 1999 Raybestos RoY runner-up.