Richeson remembers his Milwaukee days WEST ALLIS, Wis. (July 2, 1998) For NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division crew chief Donnie Richeson, the road to stock car racing's big leagues went through Milwaukee. Richeson's first racing job...
Richeson remembers his Milwaukee days
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (July 2, 1998) For NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division crew chief Donnie Richeson, the road to stock car racing's big leagues went through Milwaukee. Richeson's first racing job away from his home town of Owensboro, Ky., was with Alan Kulwicki in Milwaukee from the winter of 1983 to the summer of 1985. At that time Kulwicki was mainly competing in the American Speed Association.
Not only was it Richeson's first racing job away from home, but his time with Kulwicki provided him with a racing foundation that continues to serve him today.
"Alan taught me how to prepare and maintain a race car so it would finish the race," Richeson said. "If he didn't have a motor problem or get in a wreck, he'd always finish. Alan had more determination in his little finger than most people have in their whole body.
"They were doing four tire pit stops in the ASA then and I learned to be a good tire changer and tire man. And that's what helped me move to the next level."
Ironically that also happened at Milwaukee
"In 1985 when they had the second Milwaukee Busch race it was an off weekend for the ASA. Darrell Waltrip was running the race and he needed a tire changer. The Owensboro connection kicked in and I helped him. After the race he offered me a job on his team and the next week I moved to Charlotte."
Richeson worked for Waltrip's NASCAR Busch Series team through the 1987 season. He started 1988 with the Bob Whitcomb-owned NASCAR Winston Cup Series team and later that year was hired by Gary Nelson at Team SABCO where he worked through 1991.
From 1992 to 1994, he was crew chief for Brett Bodine at Kenny Bernstein's King Racing. He spent the 1995 season as crew chief with Jeff Burton at the Stavola Brothers. Then from 1996 until this spring he was back with Bodine.
Richeson joined the Team 34 Slim Jim Chevrolet team just before the Hickory race. Since then, rookie driver Mike Cope has posted two top-10 finishes.
"After leaving Brett's team I had some time to think about what I wanted in racing," Richeson said. "I decided there were three main things I was looking for, a multi-car team, an organization with a winning tradition and to be able to spend more time with my family. And I found all of that with Team 34 Racing."
This will be Richeson's first time back to The Milwaukee Mile since that fateful NASCAR Busch Series race in 1985.
Source: NASCAR Online