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Encyclopedia > Andy Petree

Andy Petree (born August 15, 1958 in Hickory, North Carolina), is a long-time fixture in NASCAR. After racing for years at local short track(most notably Hickory Motor Speedway), Andy became part owner of the #32 Busch Series car for Dale Jarrett. By the age of 28, Andy was already a NASCAR Winston Cup crew chief on the Leo Jackson racing team. That car was driven by the legendary Harry Gant. August 15 is the 227th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (228th in leap years), with 138 days remaining. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hickory is a city located in Catawba County, North Carolina. ... The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... Hickory Motor Speedway is a short track located in Hickory, North Carolina. ... NASCAR Busch Series logo The Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs second division (often compared to Triple-A baseball), and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations top level, the Nextel... Dale Jarrett prior to the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway. ... The NASCAR Championship is the championship held in NASCARs top stock car racing series. ... A crew chief is the head position on a pit crew in motorsports. ... Harry Gant Harry Phil Gant (born January 10, 1940) is best known for driving the number 33 Skoal Bandits car on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit. ...

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Championship Years

Afterwards, Andy was hired by Richard Childress Racing, ending up as car chief for the #3 Goodwrench Chevy driven by Dale Earnhardt. In 1993, Andy and Dale teamed up for Dale's 6th championship. The next year, Andy helped Dale win his 7th and final championship. However, Andy wanted to have his life calm down a little and on October 1, 1996, Andy went back to Leo Jackson and bought his #33 team. Richard Childress Racing is a NASCAR team fielding Chevys for Kevin Harvick (#29 Goodwrench), Clint Bowyer (#07 Jack Daniels), Kerry Earnhardt (#33 Bass Pro Shops) and Jeff Burton (#31 Cingular) in the Nextel Cup series, as well as the #2 AC Delco Chevy for Clint Bowyer and the #21... Chevrolet, or Chevy, is a brand of automobile that is now part of the General Motors group. ... Dale Earnhardt Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Sr. ... October 1 is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...


Car Owner

Andy took over the #33 Skoal Bandit Chevy as owner for the full 1997 season. That year, driver Ken Schrader drove the car to 2 top-5s and 8 top-10s in route to 10th place in the NASCAR Winston Cup final standings. Ken also won 2 poles in the season. It marked as strong comeback for the #33 team, which had struggled severely had severely struggled in 1996, as Robert Pressley only earned one top-10. Ken Schrader (born May 9, 1955) is a NASCAR Nextel Cup driver from Fenton, Missouri. ... Robert Pressley from Asheville, NC was born April 8, 1959. ...


In 1998, Ken recieved 3 top-5s and 11 top-10s. However, Ken fell two positions down the points ladder to 12th. Despite not recieving a visit to the New York awards ceremony, Andy was ambitious. At Daytona in October, Andy fielded a second car, the #55 Oakwood Homes Chevy, driven by Hut Stricklin. At the end of 1998, it was announced that Kenny Wallace would join APR (Andy Petree Racing) in the #55 Square D Chevy for 1999. Chevrolet, or Chevy, is a brand of automobile that is now part of the General Motors group. ... Wayman Hut Stricklin was born on June 24, 1961, in Calera, Alabama. ... Kenny Wallace (born August 23, 1963) is a NASCAR Busch Series driver who currently drives the #22 AutoZoneFord Taurus for PPC Racing. ...


1999 was a learning year for APR. The struggles of adding a second car may of showed. Ken Schrader struggled with only 6 top-10s, in route to a 15th place in points. Wallace was more flashy but also inconsistent. He earned his career best finish of 2nd at New Hampshire International Speedway, and had 4 other top-10s, but Kenny would finish 22nd in points.


Schrader's 1999 season compelled him to leave APR. However, Andy was quick in signing Joe Nemechek and sponsor Oakwood Homes, after Skoal announced it would not be on the #33 for the first time in 21 years. The 2000 season was complete opposite for Petree's drivers. Nemechek was solid as he won 1 pole, and secured 3 top-5s and 9 top-10s. That enabled him to finish 15th in points. Kenny, on the other hand had one top-5: 2nd at Talladega Superspeedway. It was a memorable one though. Wallace stayed behind Dale Earnhardt in a two-lap dash and his help allowed Earnhardt to win his 76th and final NASCAR race. Wallace admitted later that he would of pulled out had he realized that Nemechek was behind him. (Nemechek would finish 3rd) Nemechek had been running a Charlie Daniels paint scheme and Wallace didn't recognize it. Despite getting as close as anyone to Petree's first victory, Wallace left for Eel River Racing. Joe Nemechek (born September 26, 1963) in Lakeland, Florida is a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver. ... Talladega Superspeedway is now the official name of a motorsports complex located north of Talladega, Alabama, that was formerly Alabama International Motor Speedway. ... Charlie Daniels performs at a USO concert at Camp Victory, Iraq on April 10, 2005 Charles Edward Daniels (born October 28, 1936 in Wilmington, North Carolina) is an American country music, Southern rock, and jazz singer, fiddler, and guitarist. ...


Still searching for victory in 2001, Petree kept Nemechek in the #33 and hired Bobby Hamilton to drive the #55. A 3rd team with Geoffrey Bodine driving made one start in 2000, but the deal fell through. It would turn out to be Petree's best season yet. The 9th race of the year, at Talladega Superspeedway, featured an amazing battle. After multiple lead changes, Hamilton took the lead as he took the white flag and held off Tony Stewart to win Petree's first career race. Hamilton would earn 6 more top-10s and 18th in the final 2001 rundown. For Nemechek, the season was mixed. While practicing at Dover Downs, Nemechek slammed the wall, and injured his leg. Luckily, Hamilton's son, Bobby Hamilton Jr. was more than willing to join his father. Hamilton Jr. ran 3 races, Wally Dallenbach Jr. ran at Pocono, and Scott Pruett took over at Sears Point. (now Infinion) When Nemechek came back, his season wasn't the best and before October was over he announced his plans to leave. But Nemechek had one more trick up the sleeve. Nemechek pulled a dominating victory at North Carolina Speedway, giving APR its 2nd win from its 2nd team. However, with Nemechek gone and Oakwood leaving the #33 began to fold. Bobby Hamilton (born May 29, 1957 in Nashville, Tennessee) is a driver and owner in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series circuit. ... Geoffrey Bodine (born April 18, 1949 in Chemung, New York) is the oldest of the three Bodine brothers (Brett Bodine and Todd Bodine) who are all NASCAR drivers. ... Wally Dallenbach, Jr. ... Scott Pruett (born March 24, 1960 in Sacramento, California) is an American race car driver who has competed in NASCAR, Champ Car, IMSA, Trans Am and Grand-Am. ...


For 2002, Petree still wished to run the #33 along with Hamilton. Mike Wallace would drive the car for 4 races. However, with a best finish of 21st (Daytona 500) and it's most memorable moment being at Talladega, (starting the big wreck) the #33 team's glory days were over. It would be up to Hamilton and the #55 team. However, just as the #33 quit for good, Hamilton was injured. Greg Biffle and Ron Hornaday took over. Hamilton came back and promptly announced he was leaving to his truck team. The 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup began on Saturday February 10 and ended on Sunday November 17. ... Mike Wallace (born March 10, 1959) is a NASCAR race car driver. ... The Daytona 500 is a 200-lap, 500 mile (805 km) NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ... Greg Biffle (born December 23, 1969 in Vancouver, Washington) is a NASCAR Nextel Cup driver. ... Ron Hornaday from Palmdale, CA was born June 20, 1958. ...


Andy Petree was backed in a corner. By February 2003, his Cup team was done. With no sponsor to be found, Christian Fittipaldi's run in the #33 Monaco Chevy in the Daytona 500 looked to be APR's last swan song. Christian Fittipaldi (born January 18, 1971, São Paulo, Brazil) is the son of former Grand Prix driver and team owner Wilson Fittipaldi, and the nephew of twice F1 Champion Emerson Fittipaldi. ...


However, Petree wasn't quite done. His longtime friend, John Menard convincd him to look at John's son, Paul Menard. Andy was quite impressed by Paul. He signed him to a contract quickly. Paul made his debut in the #55 Menards Chevy at Nashville Superspeedway, Andy's first career Busch race as an owner. It was a productive race, as Paul finished 12th. After finishing 14th at the next race at Kentucky Speedway, Andy allowed Paul to make his Cup debut at Watkins Glen International (after Paul had DNQd at Infenion). That race at the Glen would be Petree's last Cup race. The next week, Paul grabbed his first top-10 at IRP. Andy, who had made some Craftsman Truck Series starts, decided to put Paul in some Truck races. Menard drove the #33 Menards truck in 5 races and finished with one top-10, an 8th place at Kansas. Paul Menard (born August 21, 1980) is a NASCAR driver currently competing in the Busch Series. ... Nashville Superspeedway is a motor racing complex located in Gladeville, Tennessee (though the track has a Lebanon address), United States, about 48 km (30 miles) east of Nashville. ... Kentucky Speedway is a relatively new superspeedway located in Sparta, Kentucky, approximately halfway between Louisville, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio, with easy interstate highway access to both cities, and is additionally less than 100 miles from another fairly sizable market, Lexington, Kentucky. ... Watkins Glen International (nicknamed The Glen) is an auto race track located near Watkins Glen, New York at the southern tip of Seneca Lake. ... Indianapolis Raceway Park is a short track motor racing facility located in Indianapolis, Indiana. ...


Petree signed Menard to a full [[Busch Series[[ schedule for 2004, hoping to get Menard ready for a return to NEXTEL Cup in 2006. However, Menard had other plans. Halfway through the year, Menard signed with Dale Earnhardt Inc., leaving Petree without at driver and a sponsor. His last Busch race would be at Chicago, where driver Clint Bowyer finished. Dale Earnhardt Inc. ... Clint Bowyer from Emporia, KS was born May 30, 1979. ...


Petree's race team was dead in the water. After Michael Waltrip finished last at a Craftsman Truck race at IRP, Petree sold his equipment and his shop. He went to work for Michael Waltrip, as a consultant for Waltrip's Busch team. Michael Waltrip #55 NAPA Dodge Michael Waltrip (born April 30, 1963 in Owensboro, Kentucky) is the younger brother of former NASCAR driver Darrell Waltrip. ... Michael Waltrip (born April 30, 1963 in Owensboro, Kentucky) is the younger brother of former NASCAR driver Darrell Waltrip. ...


Car Driver

Unbeknowst to most, Petree has had some experience and some luck driving.


In 1988, Petree joined the G & G Racing team for 4 races. He finished 36th, 17th, 22nd and 30th, with the best finish at Martinsville Speedway. Martinsville was also his best qualifying effort of the season. There he started 18th. Martinsville Speedway is an International Speedway Corporation-owned NASCAR stock car racing track located in Martinsville, Virginia. ...


While working for Dale Earnhardt, Earnhardt allowed Petree to drive his Busch car at Martinsville (1994). After starting 27th, Petree bettered his career best with a 16th. It would be his final BUSCH series start. Dale Earnhardt Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Sr. ...


While his NEXTEL Cup team was falling apart, Petree tried to get some momentum going in the Craftsman Truck Series. Petree made his debut in that series at Martinsville in 2002. Despite an impressive 3rd place qualifying effort, Petree crashed and finished in 31st. However, the race at IRP later that year was better. He finished 12th. NASCAR Nextel Cup logo NEXTEL Cup trophy, adopted in 2004 4-time champion Jeff Gordon poses with the Winston Cup trophy (used prior to 2004) The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series is NASCARs top racing series. ... NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series logo The Craftsman Truck Series is a popular NASCAR racing series that features modified pickup trucks. ...


In 2003, Petree made 4 Truck starts and finished in the top-20 in each. He was 14th at Mesa Marin, 10th at Martinsville (career best), 20th at IRP, and 18th at the second Martinsville race.


Petree final start of his NASCAR career came at his best track: Martinsville in 2004. He started that race 9th and finished a respectable 18th.


Seven months later, his team was sold and Andy's career as a car owner and a car driver was finshed.


See also

External links

  • Andy Petree NASCAR.com Bio
  • Career Stats

 
 

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