DARLINGTON, SC -- (March 13, 2002) -- The last thing Kevin Grubb expected to happen in Las Vegas two weeks ago was to be racing in the Sam's Town 300 race. Grubb, a free agent driver at the start of the 2002 NASCAR Busch Series season, traveled...
DARLINGTON, SC -- (March 13, 2002) -- The last thing Kevin Grubb expected to happen in Las Vegas two weeks ago was to be racing in the Sam's Town 300 race. Grubb, a free agent driver at the start of the 2002 NASCAR Busch Series season, traveled to Las Vegas hoping to keep his face familiar to the Busch Series car owners. One car owner, Rick Goodwin recognized Grubb and made a quick decision to remove the free-agent tag. Immediately following qualifying, TEAM BRISTOL MOTORSPORTS owner, Rick Goodwin hired the 23-year-old Mechanicsville, VA native. Grubb replaced Kelly Denton behind the wheel.
Grubb scrambled to find a uniform before practicing the # 54 Chevrolet in happy hour. With a borrowed suit in hand, Grubb started the car the following day before engine woes ended his afternoon. Grubb has since been hired to pilot the car full-time beginning this weekend at the Darlington Raceway.
"The last two weeks have been hectic to say the least," Grubb said. "I spent a lot of time in Bristol at the shop getting my seat installed and getting to know Tony Lambert (crew chief) and all the guys. This race team has a lot of potential, hopefully we can grow together and begin to contend for some top-finishes."
Grubb will rely heavily on the knowledge of crew chief Tony Lambert this weekend. Lambert led Mark Martin to three wins in four races at Darlington in 1999 and 2000.
"I couldn't ask for a better crew chief in Darlington than Tony," Grubb said. "He and Mark were so dominant here together, hopefully some of that will rub off on me this weekend."
The Darlington Raceway.com 200 will take the green flag Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm EST.
TEAM BRISTOL Motorsports partner Ed Whitaker has four career victories at Darlington Raceway as a car owner. All four wins came with Harry Gant behind the wheel of Whitaker's car.
Kevin Grubb will be making his eighth career start at Darlington Raceway. Grubb lists two top-15 finishes to his credit.