BNS: Dale Shaw to drive for Willoughby Motorsports

Dale Shaw Takes Over Willoughby Motorsports' Busch North Effort (Rochester, N.Y.) - Willoughby Motorsports, which fields the No. 15 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series effort, will have a change in drivers for the 2005 season....

Dale Shaw Takes Over Willoughby Motorsports' Busch North Effort

(Rochester, N.Y.) - Willoughby Motorsports, which fields the No. 15 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series effort, will have a change in drivers for the 2005 season. Dale Shaw, of Center Conway, N.H., takes over the wheel of the Waste Management/BG Environmental Chevrolet from Bobby Dragon.

"Bobby wanted to cut back some, reduce the traveling he does," Mark Willoughby said. "I wanted to continue running a full schedule, so Bobby decided to step out of the ride. We're still friends, and we appreciate everything he's done for us over the last two and a half years. We had our best season ever last year, including finishing fifth in the NASCAR Showdown in California."

The search for a new driver was on, and Shaw, the series' 1994 champion, became that new driver.

"Dale and I have been friends for a while," Willoughby said. "I've bought cars and parts off him and he's been very good to us. We wanted somebody with experience in our car. We didn't want to start over with a new driver, we wanted someone who could jump right in and be competitive right off the bat. We knew Dale and we knew he got along with our crew so that made the decision easy."

Shaw is no stranger to Busch North racing. In addition to his title, he ranks at or near the top in most statistical categories. In 226 career starts, he has 19 race wins, 89 top-fives, and 134 top-tens. This will be the first full season Shaw's attempted since 2002. He's also raced in the Pro All-Stars Series for touring Pro Stocks as well as the American-Canadian Tour for Late Models.

"I'm looking forward to being back in the Busch North Series," Shaw said. "I've raced a lot of cars lately, but I like the Busch cars the best, probably because my experience level is so much greater than with any other cars. It's been tough trying to run the Busch car in the last couple years when I was just running it a couple times a years, it just wasn't happening.

"I'm really looking forward to working with Mark in a situation where I won't have to make all the decisions," Shaw continued. "It's hard to be a crew chief from the seat. In the past I made a lot of the calls myself and a lot of those calls wound up being wrong. Hopefully this will be a good thing for both me and Mark. His team is ready to take the next step in Busch North, and I hope I can be the guy who can get him there. I'm always looking for a new challenge."

Shaw's first race behind the wheel of the Waste Management/BG Environmental Chevrolet will be at Lee (N.H.) USA Speedway on Sunday, May 15th.

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