Mark, Andy Carrier Selling FRAM Top Fuel Team to Scott Griffin NHRA team owners Mark and Andy Carrier are selling their interests in Carrier Boyz Racing and the Cory McClenathan-driven FRAM Top Fuel dragster to Scott Griffin, a longtime...
Mark, Andy Carrier Selling FRAM Top Fuel Team to Scott Griffin
NHRA team owners Mark and Andy Carrier are selling their interests in Carrier Boyz Racing and the Cory McClenathan-driven FRAM Top Fuel dragster to Scott Griffin, a longtime friend who already owns one-third interest in the team.
"Scott recently came to us and wanted to know if he could buy the other two-thirds of the team," said Mark Carrier, "and we decided to sell it. We wouldn 't have sold it if we thought Scott wouldn't keep it the way it is now. Scott is adamant about keeping the team together.
"The car will be going to all the NHRA races and isn't going to wont for anything. Cory has a contact with us until 2009."
McClenathan, meanwhile, said "Mark and Andy are going in a different direction. My position is that we -- crew chief Wes Cerny, assistant crew chief Tony Shortall and me -- will be running the team on a day-to-day business.
"We are going to focus on the POWERade Series points chase. We are in 10th place and only 40 points out of eighth place," McClenathan continued. "We want to do our best for the sponsors on the car, the ones that help us stay competitive -- FRAM, Torco Racing Fuels, JEGS, GMC, Mac Tools, Lucas Oil, Nordic Boats, Seelye-Wright Automotive Group and Lucas Cycles.
"Obviously, we want to wish Mark and Andy well. We will always be friends and I hope they come out and watch us run."
Mark Carrier said he and Andy made the decision because "I want to spend more time at home with my family and Andy and I want to devote more time to several business projects we're working on" in the Tri-Cities (Bristol, Johnson City and Kingsport), Tennessee area.
"I wouldn't have done this without keeping the people on the team intact," said Griffin, of Wilmington, N.C., and owner of Scott Griffin Motorsports. " And I wouldn't have done it if I didn't think it was a smart business move. And my wife Holly feels the same way.
"Nothing is going to change . . . and I'm looking forward to being involved in NHRA drag racing in the years to come."