Allen takes well to multi-car team concept By Shawn A. Akers CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 21, 1998) Glenn Allen kinda likes this new multi-car concept. If only he'd have thought of it sooner. The 1996 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division...
Allen takes well to multi-car team concept By Shawn A. Akers
CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 21, 1998) Glenn Allen kinda likes this new multi-car concept. If only he'd have thought of it sooner. The 1996 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division Rookie of the Year, who spent the first three years of his series career with a single-car team, now has a teammate at Akins-Sutton Motorsports in Elton Sawyer, and he couldn't be happier about his chances of getting to Victory Lane for the first time in 1999. "There's a lot more advantages with a multi-car team, that's for sure," said Allen, who will drive the No. 38 Barbasol Ford. "It's going to help both Elton and me because we've got 14 tests instead of the seven that NASCAR has mandated. He'll test seven tracks and I'll test seven race tracks, and that will give us a lot more information and feedback. "It seems like we've got everything in place here. We've got a lot of new cars, and we're moving into a new building. Having Elton as a teammate, that's going to be a big plus for me, too. He's 10 years into the division, and that's a lot of experience. He's been in the top-10 in points for a while, so we're definitely going to lean on him for some things. "It's pretty neat with our two-car operation. Me and Elton are really close with what we've done all winter and what we're going to do all this next year. Basically, we're one team with two different drivers, so I think it will be a different concept than what you've seen." Allen certainly thinks he'll be a different driver. He did garner top rookie honors in 1996 while finishing 14th in the standings, but then fell to 16th in '97 with Bill Papke's No. 99 Luxaire Chevrolet team. This past season, Allen rose to 11th in the standings, just 70 points from beating out Hermie Sadler for the final spot in the top-10 and a trip to the post-season awards banquet in Beverly Hills, Calif. Learning from Sawyer, who finished fifth in the standings in '98, will be a big boost for his chances in '99, Allen said. Sawyer will drive the No. 98 Lysol Ford this season, while his old sponsor, Barbasol, will go with Allen. "Their first team finished fifth in the points last year, so going in and starting a brand new team, a second team, we're pretty optimistic on what's going to happen," Allen said. "We feel like a two-car team will help with the Ford effort for us all year. "We feel like with Barbasol sponsoring the race car, we've got a lot of things ready to make progress. We have Jack Roush engines that we will lease all year long. There's a lot of things that will make a good program for us." The two Akins-Sutton teams will run Ford Tauruses throughout most of the season, but decided to switch to Chevrolets for restrictor-plate races at Daytona and Talladega. Sawyer didn't fare well in either event last year. Allen said that, despite the strong influx of talent into the series, there's no reason both he and Saywer shouldn't finish in the top-10 in the standings at the end of the year. "What Glenn Allen wants most out of '99 is to get on stage (at the post-season banquet)," he said. "I definitely want to be in the top-10 in the points, and I definitely think I can win a race or maybe even two this year. We feel like everything is together to do that. So, we're know that both teams at Akins-Sutton Motorsports can win. I feel like we're going to be a lot more prepared than a lot of teams, so that will help."
Source: NASCAR Online