Charlotte, NC (November 14, 2000): Crew Chief Tony Lambert wrapped up a phenomenal 2000 season with Mark Martin and Roush Racing's ...
Charlotte, NC (November 14, 2000): Crew Chief Tony Lambert wrapped up a phenomenal 2000 season with Mark Martin and Roush Racing's #60 Winn-Dixie Busch Series team achieving 4 poles, 5 wins, 12 top-5's and 13 top-10's in only 13 Busch Series starts.
Looking ahead to 2001, Lambert has decided to Part Company from Roush Racing to become an integral portion of Team Rensi Motorsports. Tony has been assigned as Crew Chief to driver Kenny Wallace as he competes in an abbreviated Busch Series schedule for Team Rensi Motorsports. This is one of two Busch Series teams the Rensi's have in position for next season. The second team will run a full-time schedule in 2001 with Chad Chaffin as driver of the #25 Chevrolet and Greg Ely residing as Crew Chief.
"We were looking for another high profile crew chief like Greg Ely who has the ability to produce the best results in any given situation", stated Sam Rensi, co-owner of Team Rensi Motorsports. "Tony Lambert's knowledge and experience will bring to the table what we need to continue to be competitive in the Busch Series. We finished the season 9th in the 2000 Busch Series owners points standings with drivers Andy Santerre, Kenny Wallace, Chad Chaffin and Randy Tolsma sharing the seat of the #25 Lance Snacks Chevrolet. Now, we are looking to progress forward and we are excited about our programs we have in place for 2001. Further, we are glad that Tony will play a vital role in our day to day operations at Team Rensi."
"I would like to say that the past two years helping Team Rensi build their Busch Grand National program has been a lot of fun", said Kenny Wallace. "Handing the #25 car over to Chad Chaffin 9th in points gives me a lot of satisfaction that I helped them build the Busch Grand National program. The second chapter reads that we are going to run an abbreviated schedule next year of 18 races (more or less). The Rensi's surprised me when they went out and sought one of the top crew chiefs on the Busch Grand National circuit, which is Tony Lambert. Tony is known for his victories as crew chief for Mark Martin, driver of the #60 Winn-Dixie Busch Series car."
"It is exciting to know that I still get to be a part of the Rensi racing program," continued Kenny. I really enjoy racing in the Busch Series, Grand National Division. It is where I started and gathered all my victories, my poles and gained most popular driver recognition. I like staying true to the sport in racing and the Busch Series is a lot of fun. I am looking forward to working with Tony next year. "
Tony began his racing career in 1982 working on Dale Earnhardt's Busch car for Robert Gee. Two years later he found himself working as a fabricator and a paint/body man for the likes of Cale Yarborough, Davey Allison and Phil Parsons. Tony held this position for six years until he was offered his first job as a crew chief in 1992 for Mac Martin's Busch Series team with driver Hut Stricklin. From 1993 to 1994 he continued his work as a crew chief with second driver Larry Pearson. Tony achieved 9 top-5's and 23 top-10's between the two drivers he instructed.
In the 1995 NASCAR season, Tony once again assumed the role as a fabricator and began working with Penske Racing for the Winston Cup team of driver Rusty Wallace. Next, he moved over to Jack Roush's operation at the end of the 1996 to work as a fabricator for Jeff Burton's team and by 1997 he was overseeing Roush Racing's research and development.
Tony became crew chief of the #60 Winn-Dixie Taurus with driver Mark Martin in the 1999 Busch Series season. It was not long after that Tony received his first Busch win with Martin. His first win came during the third start of the season at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In 1999, Martin started 14 races earning 3 poles, 6 wins, 10 top-5's and 10 top-10's under the direction of Tony.