Glover to remain with Marlin for time being Shawn A. Akers - NASCAR Online MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 4, 1998) Tony Glover certainly cherishes his role as manager for all three teams at Team SABCO. But for at least one more weekend, Glover...
Glover to remain with Marlin for time being Shawn A. Akers - NASCAR Online
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 4, 1998) Tony Glover certainly cherishes his role as manager for all three teams at Team SABCO. But for at least one more weekend, Glover will have a chance to get his hands dirty once again as a crew chief and to work closely with his old friend Sterling Marlin, driver of the No. 40 Coors Light Chevrolet. As he was in Las Vegas last week, Glover will be the interim crew chief for Marlin this weekend at the PRIMESTAR 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Glover's assignment follows the departure of former crew chief Buddy Barnes from the team early last week.
As team manager, Glover oversees the operations for the No. 40 Coors Light Chevy, driven by Marlin; the No. 42 BellSouth Chevrolet, driven by Joe Nemechek; and the No. 46 First Union Chevrolet, driven by Wally Dallenbach.
"Right now we are without a crew chief on the number 40 car, so I will fill in and I guess play that role for a race or however long it takes to get that situation put to bed," said Glover, who formerly teamed with up Marlin at Morgan-McClure Motorsports to win two Daytona 500s. "But this is not going to be permanent, and I'm not going to be Sterling's crew chief for the entire season.
"I've been chosen by Mr. (Felix) Sabates to be team manager for all of SABCO, and throughout the winter months and the start of the year I've put all of my focus and efforts into doing that. My main focus is on all three cars and all three drivers at SABCO, so hopefully I can get back to doing that in the near future. I can't do all three teams justice by focusing solely on one team."
However, there's virtually no one else he'd rather be working with than Marlin, after the two combined for six NASCAR Winston Cup Series victories from 1994 to 1996.
"Hopefully we'll be able to find that magic and that right combination again," Glover said. "We had a lot of success together, and what we want to do is to start getting the Coors Light Chevrolet running to its expectations. When we do that, we'll be in Victory Lane. Until we do that, we're not performing to our expectations."
According to Coors Light team public relations representative Jon Sands, there were "things that the team and Buddy didn't see eye to eye on." Barnes was named the crew chief for the No. 40
Coors Light Chevrolet team late last year and had high expectations going into the 1998 season.
"There are hurdles daily in Winston Cup racing, and this is just one of them, but I don't think any of them are hurdles that you can't get over," Glover said. "It certainly was a shock and a lot of displeasure to me to have the deal with Buddy happen because not only is Buddy a good crew chief, he's a very dear friend of mine.
"I'm sorry that things turned out the way they did. But hopefully it will work out the best for Buddy and work out the best for Sterling and Team SABCO, and that's basically all you can ask for."
Glover said the team hopes to make a decision on a crew chief soon, but because of the busy schedule in recent days, there hasn't been a lot of progress made in that area. Following the race at Atlanta, NASCAR Winston Cup Series teams will take the weekend off before focusing their attention on the March 22 TranSouth Financial 400 at Darlington Raceway.
"We were in Vegas last week, we got back late, and it's been somewhat of a short week trying to get things turned around for Atlanta," Glover said. "So hopefully next week things will cool down and we can put some real thought into it. Right now, time is of the essence. We need to use our time right here at the shop working on the cars as much as possible, and I guess we'll have to do other things later."
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