Buckshot Racing announces sponsor, driver By Shawn A. Akers CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 30, 1998) For Larry Pearson, the 1999 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division season will be like a rebirth. The 44-year-old former two-time NASCAR...
Buckshot Racing announces sponsor, driver By Shawn A. Akers
CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 30, 1998) For Larry Pearson, the 1999 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division season will be like a rebirth.
The 44-year-old former two-time NASCAR Busch Series champion, who has not had a full-time ride in the series since 1996, has been named the driver of the No. 00 Buckshot Racing Pontiac for next season, with Cheez-It Snack Crackers as the car's primary sponsor. The deal is for one year, with an option for more.
The series champion in 1986 and '87, Pearson drove in only six events in 1997 for three different owners. This season, he has driven in three races for three different owners, including a 22nd-place finish at Talladega in the No. 2 New Holland Chevrolet owned by Ricky Craven.
With the No. 00 team, he'll also be able to remain at home in Spartanburg, S.C., the home of Buckshot Racing.
"It just feels good to get back in a first-class car again," said Pearson, the son of legendary NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver David Pearson. "It is instead of driving for different people in different situations. Nobody on this team has an ego, so I don't have to worry about that.
"Everything's going to be first class. Billy Jones wants to race, and he wants to win. He wants to run up front, and he's going to do everything it takes to make sure that car has the best parts and things underneath it. That's what I'm excited about. You know you're getting the stuff every week if you need it. You don't have to use recycled parts like I have before. You won't have to baby the car at all, you know that you'll be able to go and not worry about it breaking."
Pearson's brother, Ricky, has been the crew chief for Buckshot Racing's NASCAR Busch Series team the past few seasons. Ricky Pearson will move up to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series when Buckshot Jones, current driver of the No. 00 Pontiac, takes his talents NASCAR's highest level in 1999.
Pearson has 247 career NASCAR Busch Series starts, including 15 victories, 78 top-five and 127 top-10 finishes.
In addition to the announcement of a new driver and sponsor for next season, Buckshot Racing has also announced the hiring of a new crew chief, Kenneth Campbell, for its NASCAR Busch Series team. Campbell recently resigned as the crew chief for the No. 37 Brewco Motorsports Timber Wolf Chevrolet, driven by Mark Green.
"I feel we picked two of the most experienced people to be on this team," said team owner Billy Jones. "I see this team being a leading contender for the NASCAR Busch Series championship in 1999. The support we have received in the past from Keebler Foods and the support we will receive from their Cheez-It brand crackers is going to be a big part of this team's success. This team is a family, and we could not have asked for a better family-oriented sponsor than Cheez-It Snack Crackers."
For Campbell, his hiring by Buckshot Racing couldn't have come at a better time in his career.
This is a great opportunity for me," Campbell said. "Billy (Jones) has got a great commitment to the sport. He is totally committed to doing whatever he has to do to make this a successful deal. Then, with the backing from Cheez-It, it just makes for an unbelievable opportunity. I'm looking forward to working with Larry, too, because of his knowledge. That's just another factor in the deal that's going to make this a first-class deal."
"I've never worked with Kenneth before, but I've known him for a long time," Pearson said. "I think he's got what it takes. He and I have gotten along well. I recommended him for the job. I don't anticipate any problems whatsoever."
Source: NASCAR Online