Concord, NC - Mike Cheek has been released from the ...
Concord, NC - Mike Cheek has been released from the #14 Circle Bar Racing team as of today. Cheek had been crew chief of the team since July of 1999, but concerns over performance and cohesion within the team led to the change.
Cheek was hired on an interim basis in July of 1999 before taking over permanent duties as crew chief several races before the end of last season. He came to the #14 team after working with the #90 L&R Motorsports team for most of the 1999 season.
The Milwaukee Electric Tool/Circle Bar Motel and RV Park race team had high expectations coming into the season with many major changes taking place in the offseason. Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation had become primary sponsor of the team for 2000 enabling a move to the Charlotte area and a substantial upgrade in equipment. Also this past July, the team has switched to Roush engines in a move to advance the engine program. However, as many changes took place to improve the team, performance has continued to remain stagnant.
At this time last season the team had six top-ten finishes and three top-five finishes compared to ten top-ten's and one top-five in 2000. Concerns grew as the team that many assumed would be a legitimate title contender, never became a threat to win and had only posted one top-five finish to date. Also, over the past eight races, the team was only able to post two top-ten finishes.
No replacement has been named as of yet, but an announcement is expected by the end of the week.