Roush No. 16 Crew Chief Resigns

Roush Racing crew chief Ince resigns By Dave Rodman LIBERTY, N.C. (April 12, 1999) Former NASCAR Winston Racing Series national championship crew chief James Ince, who is in his fourth season as crew chief for Jack Roush's No. 16 TV ...

Roush Racing crew chief Ince resigns By Dave Rodman

LIBERTY, N.C. (April 12, 1999) Former NASCAR Winston Racing Series national championship crew chief James Ince, who is in his fourth season as crew chief for Jack Roush's No. 16 TV Guide/PRIMESTAR Ford, resigned from the position Sunday night following the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, citing "philosophical differences" with Roush Racing management and driver Kevin Lepage. "I had possibly the hardest working crew in racing and I appreciate everything those guys in Liberty did for me," said Ince, 28, who took over as crew chief of the No. 16 Roush Racing Ford for the last four races of the 1996 season. "But we had gotten to a point where we stopped moving forward. When you stop moving forward it is time to move on."

Roush's No. 16 program, one of five NASCAR Winston Cup Series teams the motorsports mogul owns, has been under intense scrutiny the past couple years due to lack of results.

Ince guided driver Ted Musgrave to a fourth-place finish at the end of 1996, and 14 other top-5 finishes, including one of Darlington Raceway's most memorable duels in which Dale Jarrett edged Musgrave for victory in the TranSouth Financial 400 in March 1997. Musgrave finished 12th in the standings that year but was fired midway through the 1998 season after going winless in his five years in the car.

Since assuming Musgrave's seat in August 1998, current driver Lepage scored two top-10 finishes in 13 starts last season, but has scored only two finishes in the top-20 in seven starts this season, including a season-best 13th in the Daytona 500.

Ince was head wrench for NASCAR Winston Racing Series legend Larry Phillips from 1989 to 1993, and headed his national championship efforts in 1991 and 1992, when Ince was named True Value Gold Wrench Award winner for the Mid-America Region -- signifying the region's top mechanic in a vote of his peers.

Midway through the 1996 season, Ince took on the crew chief duties of the No. 99 Exide Batteries Ford truck in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and headed Roush Racing's first truck win with driver Mark Martin at North Wilkesboro Speedway.

"I appreciate everything Jack Roush and Roush Racing have done for me," Ince said. "I am very proud of the things that we accomplished, but it is time for me to put myself back in the position to win NASCAR Winston Cup races."

A Roush Racing spokesman said the team was in the midst of reorganizing for this weekend's Goody's Body Pain 500 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway, and that an announcement on Lepage's pit boss would be forthcoming after management could consult with the driver.

"I have no definite plans at the moment," Ince said on Monday afternoon, "but I am hoping that other opportunities will open for me very soon."

Among the NASCAR Winston Cup Series teams that are seeking crew chiefs are Rudd Performance Motorsports.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Lake City, Fla. - The Myakka Brokers Southern Pro Truck Series traveled to Bert Ashleman’s Columbia Motorsports Park near Lake City, Fla, for 75 laps of slamming and banging around the semi-banked half mile speedway. When all was said and done it was Scott Bramlett of St Cloud, Fla. standing in Victory lane after a scintillating drive through the field to capture the win. Points leader Butch Yoakam of Newport Richie, Fla. finished second with Mark Manfredi of Debary Fla. in third. Jeff Sloan and Mike Gamache rounded out the top five.

In early qualifying action, Rusty Dixon of Riverview, Fla. set the quick time on his first of two laps around the oval, only to drive off the back straight as he tried to better what already was a track record for the Late Model trucks. His excursion caused the oil pan to rupture, laying oil down around the entire track and making it virtually impossible for anyone to beat his time.

The front five trucks were inverted for the start which put newcomer John Shields of Bradenton, Fla. on the pole for the start in his 1999 Dodge Ram. Yoakam in his Ford F-150 sat on the outside pole. Bramlett elected to scratch his qualifying attempt and started the race on the tail end of the field.

Bramlett soon showed the strength of his Chevrolet Silverado as he began to slice his way through the field. Using his Florida Pro experience on this same track, Bramlett had the truck setup perfectly and while the racing throughout the field was two and sometimes three wide, he was patient and picked off the opposition at the rate of one truck per lap in the early going.

Butch Yoakam was out front and Mark Manfredi was having his best outing of the season as he moved into the top five early on. But the focus of the crowd was on Bramlett as he continued his charge through the pack. Darting inside or using the high side, Bramlett continued his relentless advance to the front. Although his progress was slowed somewhat when he entered the top five, he still continued to advance.

By lap 70 Bramlett was in second place and pressuring leader Yoakam for the lead. With the laps winding down, the experience of Yoakam seemed to be prevailing until on lap 74 as the two headed to the white flag, Bramlett got the room and the run he needed and the two trucks flashed under the flagstand side-by-side as the white hankie waved,

The crowd was on its feet, roaring its approval as Yoakam and Bramlett entered turn one still side-by-side. Through one and two they battled even and then as they exited the turns on to the back straight, Bramlett began to edge ahead, Yoakam fought back, but with Bramlett on the inside going into turn three, the advantage lay with the Chevy and Bramlett emerged from turn four with the lead and swept across the finish line to take his first ever Series win, and completing a remarkable last-to-first run.

The next event for the exciting Southern Pro Truck Series will be Saturday April 24 at St. Augustine (Fla.) Speedway.

Race Result

1.      12      Scott Bramlett          Chev
2.      47      Butch Yoakam    Ford
3.      20      Mark Manfredi   Dodg
4.      31      Jeff Sloan              Ford
5.      44      Mike Gamache    Chev
6.      28      Steve Smith             Chev
7.      46      Tommy Caveney   Chev
8.      70      Jason Williamson        Chev
9.      37      Bruce Gaskins           Ford
10.     7       Randy Davis             Chev
11.     87      Terry Woodard   Chev
12.     76      Ronnie Barnett          Chev
13.     23      John Shields            Dodg
14.     74      Hubert Simmons Jr.      Chev
15.     04      Gayle Haines            Chev
16.     10      George Receveur Jr.     Chev
17.     97      Rusty Dixon             Ford
18.     95      Todd Blevins            Toyo

John Kaiser, SPTS

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Kevin Lepage , Steve Smith , Ted Musgrave , Jack Roush , Jason Williams , Mark Martin
Teams Williams