Mike Dunn leaves Gwynn/Steinbrenner Racing

Mike Dunn and crew chief Ken Veney announced they will not return to Gwynn/Steinbrenner Racing in 2002. Veney and Dunn have worked together for the last five years; 16 months of which has been for the team co-owned by Darrell and Jerry Gwynn, ...

Mike Dunn and crew chief Ken Veney announced they will not return to Gwynn/Steinbrenner Racing in 2002. Veney and Dunn have worked together for the last five years; 16 months of which has been for the team co-owned by Darrell and Jerry Gwynn, and Hank Steinbrenner.

"There has been lots of speculation and rumor about my future status with Gwynn/Steinbrenner Racing over the last few months," Dunn said. "With it now being January and my future still uncertain, I've decided to pursue other interests. I am grateful for the opportunity that Darrell and Jerry have provided me and my family over the last nine seasons. I wish them much success in the future."

Dunn, 44, has won 22 national events. All 12 of his top Fuel wins have been in a Gwynn Racing car. He was the first NHRA driver to break the 331 mph barrier.

Darrell Gwynn commented, "It's disappointing and shocking. It's hard to beat him as a driver. He's as good as they get. But I know a lot of good news will come out of this on the other end.

"We'll be announcing our new driver in the next few days. I'll have a lot more to say about this situation at that time. I have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for Mike and Ken. They have been a part of the family and they will be missed by all of us. It's just that sometimes things change and this is one of those times."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mike Dunn , Darrell Gwynn , Jerry Gwynn