November 7, 1970 |
Hickory, North Carolina
|Achievements||1994 Hickory Motor Speedway Late Model Champion|
|Awards||1996 NASCAR Dash Series Most Popular Driver|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career|
|22 race(s) run over 2 year(s)|
|46th - 2001|
|First race||2000 Pepsi 400 Presented by Meijer (Michigan)|
|Last race||2001 Protection One 400 (Kansas)|
|NASCAR Nationwide Series career|
|7 race(s) run over 5 year(s)|
|68th - 2002|
|First race||1996 Kroger 200 (IRP)|
|Last race||2002 Sam's Town 300 (Las Vegas)|
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career|
|121 race(s) run over 8 year(s)|
|3rd - 2000|
|First race||1997 Cummins 200 (IRP)|
|Last race||2005 O'Reilly 200 presented by Valvoline Maxlife (Bristol)|
|First win||1998 Pennzoil/VIP Discount Tripleheader (Loudon)|
|Last win||2000 LINE-X 225 (Portland)|
|Statistics current as of July 10, 2012.|
Andrew "Andy" Houston (born November 7, 1970 in Hickory, North Carolina) is a veteran of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, scoring three wins. Houston is the son of legendary Busch driver Tommy Houston and the youngest of three brothers, one of them being part-time NASCAR driver Marty Houston and the other being the oldest of the three, Scott Houston. He is also the cousin of team owner Teresa Earnhardt. Houston has also raced in the Winston Cup Series and the Busch Series. Houston is married to wife Lorie and has two children, Collin (born in 1997) and Clark (born in 2001). He is currently the spotter for Austin Dillon in the Sprint Cup Series.
Early racing career
2000 marked Houston's first start in the Winston Cup Series as he competed in five races to prepare for his 2001 rookie campaign with PPI Motorsports. Out of the five races his best finish would come at Lowe's Motor Speedway, a 26th. Houston began the 2001 year well with a 9th place qualifying effort at the Daytona 500 in the #96 McDonald's Ford. It would be one of the highlights of the year, as Houston ended the year with no top 10s and a best finish of 17th at Martinsville; Houston only managed to qualify for 17 races and his team folded after McDonald's pulled its sponsorship late in the season. He has not returned to the Cup Series since.
Houston made his Busch Series debut in 1996 driving the #0 Suburban Propane Ford at Indianapolis Raceway Park. He would start the race in the 21st position and finish in the 24th position, five laps down. He returned to the series in 1998 to make another start this time at Hickory Motor Speedway in the #50 Dr Pepper Ford. He would start the race in 7th and finish in the 20th position. In 2000, Houston made one start for Team SABCO and brought the #82 Channellock Chevrolet home in the 36th position at the Milwaukee Mile. For the 2002 season, Houston was supposed to run the whole season with the Herzog-Jackson Motorsports team, but was replaced by Todd Bodine after 3 races. His best finish with the team was a 9th at Daytona.
In 1997, Houston made his first Craftsman Truck Series start with Addington Racing. He would compete in four races for the team with a best finish of 11th at Martinsville. For the 1998 season, he returned to Addington Racing and ran full-time in the Truck Series. Houston would have a solid year winning his first race at New Hampshire International Speedway and posting 9 top tens, while finishing 12th in points. Houston again returned to Addington Racing for the 1999 season and he scored 14 top tens with an 8th place finish in points. 2000 was a breakout year for Houston, as he won two races at Homestead and Portland, had 13 top fives, and 18 top tens, finishing 3rd in points to Roush Racing Teammates Greg Biffle and Kurt Busch. He returned to the series in 2002 with Melling Racing where he ran one race at South Boston Speedway. After that Billy Ballew Motorsports hired him to run the remainder of 2002. He would post a best finish of 12th at California out of the five races he competed in. In 2003, Houston was still running races for Billy Ballew and Nelly when Vokal became his primary sponsor, until Billy ran out of money to run two trucks. Ballew kept Rich Bickle, leaving Houston without a ride. Later that year, Ultra Motorsports gave him a truck ride and he did very well, finishing no worse than sixth and earned a pole at Texas Motor Speedway. For the 2004 season, he continued driving for Ultra Motorsports until he was released after the race at Bristol. Andy's best finish with the team that year was a 7th at Dover. For the remainder of 2004 with the exception of Richmond, Houston raced with multiple teams, but with limited success. In 2005, he only ran one race with Key Motorsports at Bristol Motor Speedway, finishing 33rd after a crash in his final NASCAR race.
Following his racing career, Houston worked as a spotter for other drivers; he worked with Richard Childress Racing, spotting for Austin Dillon in the Nationwide Series in the early 2010s, moving up with Dillon to the Sprint Cup Series in 2014.
- Bruce, Kenny (February 20, 2014). "Night spotting adds tough element to Daytona Duels". NASCAR.com. Retrieved 2014-02-24.
- Andy Houston driver statistics at Racing-Reference