Stott named crew chief for Marlin MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 15, 1998) After a seven-week search, Corrie Stott, the crew chief who led driver Jimmy Spencer to a NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division win in only their second race together...
Stott named crew chief for Marlin
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 15, 1998) After a seven-week search, Corrie Stott, the crew chief who led driver Jimmy Spencer to a NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division win in only their second race together at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, was named Wednesday as crew chief for Team SABCO's No. 40 Coors Light Chevrolet with driver Sterling Marlin.
Stott, 36, will join the No. 40 team this weekend at Martinsville Speedway, to begin his tenure as crew chief for the two-time Daytona 500 winner at the Goody's Headache Powder 500 at the .526-mile oval.
It took just two races into the 1998 NASCAR Busch Series season for Stott, a native of Keokuk, Iowa, and the son of former NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver and official Ramo Stott, to engineer the win for part-time series driver Spencer. Spencer, who drives full-time in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, handily won the Sam's Town Las Vegas 300 with Stott calling the shots from the pits.
According to Stott, the winning car was built in just seven days.
Team SABCO Team Manager Tony Glover, who had served as interim crew chief since Feb. 23, will continue to post a strong presence in the Coors Light pits on race days. Glover, however, will defer most of the pit strategy responsibility to Stott in the cooperative effort. Glover will resume his role of assisting and overseeing all three of Team SABCO's crew chiefs.
"It was an exhaustive search and we interviewed many qualified individuals," said John Erickson, Team SABCO vice president of racing operations. "It came down to finding the person with the right personality, leadership ability, potential and record of success. Corrie Stott fits all of those.
"He'll be a huge asset to the team. Anyone who's come up through the Hendrick organization and has enjoyed as many trips to Victory Lane as Corrie certainly brings something to the table. This is a great opportunity for him and one he surely deserves. We expect to see results immediately, not only with the No. 40 Coors Light team, but with all three SABCO teams as we now free up Tony Glover to resume his role as full-time team manager."
"If any of the guys on my Busch team can better themselves by going on to the Winston Cup Series I'll never hold them back," said Spencer, who added that Stott's brief tenure was a benefit to both parties. "I think the win in Vegas certainly helped him make this step, but it helped our team, too.
"I think Las Vegas, and Texas, where we probably should have won, showed that he can do the job. To move on to Winston Cup racing as a crewman and to aspire to be a crew chief is the ultimate goal. SABCO is a good race team and it's a good opportunity for Corrie. We're still friends and I wish him the best."
Spencer said the crew chief responsibilities for the April 25 Touchstone Energy 300, his next NASCAR Busch Series race in the No. 12 Zippo Chevrolet, would be handled by a combination of employees currently on his team and Donnie Wingo, the crew chief on his NASCAR Winston Cup Series Winston Ford.
Stott began driving race cars at age 16 and pursued his career from behind the steering wheel for about eight years. But he felt his best talents were in mechanical and organizational areas. In 1986, he opted for a move to North Carolina to be nearer the nucleus of the NASCAR community. He has steadily risen through the sport professionally.
"I think Sterling and I will get along great," Stott said. "We both came from similar type backgrounds. One interesting aspect is that in 1974 my dad finished third and Sterling's dad finished fourth in the Daytona 500. I didn't know Sterling all that well at the time, but we were there together (at tracks) as kids during those years.
"Naturally I look forward to going to the tracks that Sterling has run well on like the big superspeedways, but also the mid-sized tracks that I've had success on like Las Vegas (Stott also was instrumental in Jack Sprague's 1996 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win at Las Vegas). I think we have the ability to complement each other's talents right away."
Stott immediately landed a job in 1986 with the No. 55 Precision Products racing team and driver Phil Parsons and remained there until 1992. Late that year, Stott joined the newly-formed No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team as a general mechanic.
In 1995, the Hendrick organization promoted Stott to shop foreman/chief mechanic for the No. 24 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series program. The 1996 season saw Hendrick's Quaker State truck series team and driver Sprague score five wins and two poles before finishing second in the standings.
Stott joined Excel Motorsports in 1997 and served as crew chief for driver Mark Krogh in a limited schedule before teaming with Spencer Motor Ventures for the 1998 season.
Source: NASCAR Online