Steve Grissom to Drive Cat Car at Charlotte

Grissom to drive Cat Chevy at Charlotte Steve Grissom, who has finished in the top 16 in four of his last six NASCAR Winston Cup races at the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway, will be behind the wheel of the ...

Grissom to drive Cat Chevy at Charlotte

Steve Grissom, who has finished in the top 16 in four of his last six NASCAR Winston Cup races at the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway, will be behind the wheel of the #96 Caterpillar Chevrolet this week when the series returns to the famed speedway for Sunday's UAW-GM 500.

The Caterpillar Chevrolet team, owned by Buz McCall, is coming off a 25th-place finish at the .526-mile Martinsville Speedway. While that might not sound like a great deal on the surface, it came with Mike Bliss driving in his NASCAR Winston Cup debut.

"I think runs like Sunday at Martinsville show what this team is capable of doing," McCall said. "Mike Bliss is a fine driver with a lot of talent and he has done very well in the NASCAR Truck series but, still, it was not just his debut in a Winston Cup car but the first time he had even met a lot of the guys on our race team. I think that says a whole lot of what we can do.

"The right driver with the right team is so key to this sport, especially on the NASCAR side of things," McCall said. "That's one of the reasons we're very excited that Steve is going to be with us at Charlotte. He has a pretty good track record there and is a heck of a driver anywhere he goes. We think he can add a lot to our race team, and really help this Caterpillar bunch.

"In races, he has done very well this year, just as he has throughout his career. He started near the back a good bit but you didn't see him there very long," McCall added. "Off the track, you'll never find a nicer guy. On the track, you'll never find anyone more intense, more dedicated and more intent on going fast and going to the front. We think he can do some pretty neat things with us."

Grissom, 35, is a native of Gadsen, Ala. McCall, who works from his Company's headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., owns the Mooresville, N.C.-based Caterpillar Chevrolet team. Crew chief Sammy Johns, who is quickly becoming one of the closer-watched young crew chiefs in NASCAR racing, is a native of Winter Park, Fla.

"Charlotte is a neat track and it's a place I've always enjoyed racing," Grissom said. "I've had some good moments there and some pretty rewarding times. I sure don't want to sit home or sit in the pits and watch it. Once you've driven, it's hard to sit still and watch a race, whether it's a Winston Cup race or a Legends one. You get that itch to drive. "Charlotte is something of a cross between a big superspeedway and a short track. You need some good horsepower but you need a car that can really handle too," Grissom said. "It's easy to lose time in the corners with an ill-handling car, and it's easy to lose time down the backstretch or through the double dogleg if you don't have the horsepower. A good-handling, good-horsepower car at Charlotte is one of the nicest feelings in the world.

"I think we'll have that with this Caterpillar Chevrolet," Grissom continued. "I know they have good stuff and they have good people. I believe we can run pretty well there. All the ingredients are there. It's just a question of how quickly we can mix well."

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Steve Grissom , Mike Bliss , Buz McCall