JEFF HENSLEY NAMED CREW CHIEF FOR BRIAN SCOTT MOORESVILLE, NC (September 16, 2008) -- Veteran NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series crew chief Jeff Hensley has been named as the crew chief for the Xpress Motorsports prepared No. 16 Albertsons Toyota and...
JEFF HENSLEY NAMED CREW CHIEF FOR BRIAN SCOTT
MOORESVILLE, NC (September 16, 2008) -- Veteran NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series crew chief Jeff Hensley has been named as the crew chief for the Xpress Motorsports prepared No. 16 Albertsons Toyota and driver Brian Scott for the remainder of the 2008 season. The two will work on developing team chemistry for the 2009 season when Scott moves full time to Bill Davis Racing. Their partnership begins this weekend at the Quik-Liner 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV. Xpress Motorsports has joined into an operating agreement with Bill Davis Racing for the remaining seven races of the 2008 season. The Xpress Motorsports team will continue to work out of its Mooresville, North Carolina shop and provide the manpower to compete in the remaining seven events.
"I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with Brian Scott," Hensley said. "I have been watching Brian very closely over the past couple of weeks since we knew that we were going to put this deal together. It is evident that the talent is there and I have always felt that I worked better with younger drivers. I am thrilled to be working with Toyota once again. All the Toyota Tundra teams are on the top of their game.
"Jeff Hensley has a great reputation in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series garage area," Scott said."I am thrilled to get the chance to work with him. When you look at what he has accomplished with Mike Skinner last year and what he has accomplished in this series as a whole it is pretty amazing. I am really grateful to get the chance to work with him for the rest of this year and in 2009. He is very talented, he is very knowledgeable about these trucks, what it takes to make them go fast, how to make them qualify and he is very good with race strategy. I think I can learn a lot from Jeff and I am looking forward to the experience."
Hensley comes from a racing family. His father, Hubert Hensley, began building modified race cars in his driveway in 1952. He pass ed his passion for racing to his son, who was attending races by age 10. Jeff stepped into the driver's seat for the first time at age 18, driving a family-owned car at tracks throughout Virginia and North Carolina. Hensley had great success behind the wheel and wanted to take his career to the next level. When NASCAR announced the formation of the Busch Grand National Series, the Hensleys jumped on the chance to race all over the country. Hensley drove his family-owned No. 63 Chevrolet in the inaugural Busch Grand National Series season in 1982. At the end of the 1985 season, Hensley decided to hang up his driving gloves and become the crew chief for the family racing team. The team finished fifth in Busch Grand National points in his first season as crew chief. Veteran driver Chuck Bown joined the Hensley Racing stable in 1988. Two years later, the team won six races and clinched the Busch Grand National Series Championship. Hensley's success in the 1990 season earned him the Mechanic of the Year award.
Bill Davis Racing hired Hensley in 2004 to lead his newly-formed Craftsman Truck Series team with driver Bill Lester. The duo put together seven top-10 starts and a solid eighth-place finish at Gateway International Raceway (Madison, Ill.). The 2005 season was monumental for Hensley. He was paired with Mike Skinner, under Hensley's leadership, Skinner compiled seven pole positions and brought Bill Davis Racing its first win in two years in dominating fashion at "The World's Fastest Half Mile," Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. The team won again the following week at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. The Skinner-Hensley duo continued their success in 2006. For the second consecutive year, the team bested the series in pole positions (eight). The No. 5 team went to victory lane at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and garnered eight top-five finishes and 13 top-10 finishes. The season ended with the team in the 10th position in the championship standings. In 2007, Skinner and Hensley were absolutely incredible. For the third consecutive year, the team captured the most poles in the series (11) while Skinner broke his own 1995 record of most poles in a season (10). The duo also managed to win five races and capture 17 top-five finishes and 20 top-10 finishes before finishing second in the championship battle.