STUART, Va. (November 7, 2000) -- The No. 21 CITGO team has changed significantly since the Winston Cup season opener in Daytona, and as the 2000 season comes to a close, they look ahead to the future with much anticipation. The team has formed...
STUART, Va. (November 7, 2000) -- The No. 21 CITGO team has changed significantly since the Winston Cup season opener in Daytona, and as the 2000 season comes to a close, they look ahead to the future with much anticipation.
The team has formed an alliance with Roush Racing, parted ways with veteran crew chief Mike Beam, recruited Pat Tryson to assume the crew chief role for the 2001 season and ended a 16-year relationship with CITGO Petroleum. Wood Brothers Racing hopes the end result is improved on-track performance.
"Every team in the garage has to be willing to accept change and overcome adversity in order to survive in NASCAR today," stated co-car owner Eddie Wood. "No one ever said Winston Cup racing is easy but I'll have to tell you this season has been one of the toughest I've had to endure since we've been in business. Len and I decided before last season that we want a crew chief who focuses on nothing but the car's setup and preparation. That's when we brought in Mike. Now, Mike is gone but we're gonna stick with our strategy. I will manage all of the front office duties, Len the motors and Pat the racecars.
"This team hasn't been this far down in the point standings since we've been in the sport. We have stepped back, re-evaluated every thing and we're moving forward and positioning this team for a successful season next year."
Elliott Sadler enters the weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a new kind of excitement. Sadleris older brother, Hermie, will attempt to qualify for this weekend's race in the No. 60 owned Monte Carlo. The Sadler brothers have competed against one another in many forms of racing, but never Winston Cup.
"It will be awesome if Hermie and I can race together in Winston Cup this weekend," stated Sadler. "We've been against each other for a long time but we've never really had many heated battles. We always knew if one of us wrecked the other one, our Mom would not be a happy camper and we'd be in trouble when the race ended. It's great to see Hermie doing well and I hope both of us have a successful weekend."