MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 17, 2000) Stock car veteran Dick Trickle will return to Jimmy Spencer's NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division operation to contest the entire 32-race schedule in the No. 5 Schneider National Chevrolet for the second...
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 17, 2000) Stock car veteran Dick Trickle will return to Jimmy Spencer's NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division operation to contest the entire 32-race schedule in the No. 5 Schneider National Chevrolet for the second straight season.
Spencer's entire crew returns for the NASCAR 2000 season - only Trickle's second full year in the NASCAR Busch Series -- and they will again be led by veteran crew chief Bryan Shaffer. Shaffer has been Trickle's crew chief in the NASCAR Busch Series for the past four years.
Last season, cars prepared by Shaffer vaulted Trickle to an 11th place finish in the points, Trickle's best championship finish in a long NASCAR career.
"During the off-season, we implemented some programs at Spencer Motor Ventures that we feel will elevate our No. 5 Schneider team to compete in the top-5," Spencer said. "For example, this year we are going to run Kevin Blank motors in our No. 5 car.
"Kevin has demonstrated to me a strong desire to work with Trickle in developing an engine program that fits his driving style. We have also implemented a conditioning and training program for our guys that we feel will produce 15- to 16-second pit stops, which is comparable to Winston Cup."
"I'm excited about this season because of what this team accomplished last year and the improvements that Jimmy made in the last several months," Trickle said. "When you can take a first-year team that missed two races and still finish 11th in the points in a series where only eight cars qualified for every race -- and then keep these guys together -- you're bound to be a front runner the second year.
"I think we're a top-5 team this year, and with a lot of luck, we might have a shot at the championship."
Trickle has seven Bud Pole Awards and two victories in 125 career starts in the NASCAR Busch Series. The NASCAR 2000 season begins at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 19 with the NAPA Auto Parts 300.