Brewco Motorsports

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Brewco Motorsports
Owner(s)

Clarence Brewer

President
Series NASCAR Busch Series
Car numbers 27, 37, 41, 66
Sponsors Castrol, Duraflame, Swedish Match, Kleenex
Manufacturer Chevy
Pontiac
Ford
Opened 1995
Closed 2007
Career
Drivers' Championships 0
Race victories 10

Brewco Motorsports was a racing team that competed in the NASCAR Busch Series (now the Xfinity Series). The team was owned from 1995 until 2007 by Clarence Brewer, his wife Tammy, and Todd Wilkerson. The team won 10 races over 13 seasons in the Busch Series, and entered a single Sprint Cup race in 2004. The team was sold to Mike Curb and Gary Baker with nine races left in the 2007 season, with both Brewco entries becoming part of Baker-Curb Racing.

Nationwide Series[edit]

Car No. 27 History[edit]

Brewco debuted at the Kroger 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park in 1995. Mark Green finished 18th in the No. 41 car. After a 28th-place finish the next month at Richmond, the team gained sponsorship from Timber Wolf and ran ten races with Green in 1996 as the No. 37, posting a top-ten finish at Myrtle Beach Speedway. The team finally went full-time in 1997, with Green chalking up five top-ten finishes and finishing just 79 points shy of a top-ten finish in points. After the 1998 season yielded four top-ten's, Green left for Washington-Erving Motorsports, and was replaced by Kevin Grubb. Grubb failed to qualify four times, yet finished fifth at Richmond and was seventeenth in points at season's end. Grubb improved four spots the next season with six top-tens, and in 2001, he had seven finishes of ninth or better. After that season, Grubb departed for Carroll Racing, and was replaced by Jeff Purvis. Purvis started off by winning at Texas Motor Speedway, but almost died later in the year from a crash at Nazareth Speedway. Kevin Lepage took his place, and won two poles before Elton Sawyer finished out the year.

In 2003, Mark Green's brother David took over the driving chores and won three races and was runner-up in the championship standings in his debut season in the ride. After a winless 2004, Brewco switched to Ford from their combined Chevrolet and Pontiac team, with the number of Green's car switching to No. 27 (although Green's car wasn't the one that changed numbers technically—the No. 27 Kleenex sponsored machine was already in the stable and had been driven by Johnny Sauter prior to Green; Greg Biffle and Aaron Fike took over Green's old 37 and had it changed to 66). He collected one win and finished eighth in the points. After struggling in 2006, Casey Atwood replaced Green late in the season.

In 2007, Ward Burton, Jason Keller, Bobby East, and road course ringer Jorge Goeters split the No. 27 Ford Fusion, with sponsorship from Kimberly-Clark and State Water Heaters. Before the second Bristol race, Burton was replaced by Johnny Sauter, in what would be Brewco's final race. After Bristol, Brewer sold the team to Baker-Curb Racing.

Car No. 37 History[edit]

The No. 37 car debuted at Myrtle Beach Speedway in 1998, as the No. 27 receiving Timber Wolf sponsorship. Casey Atwood finished 28th in that race. Scot Walters drove next at California Speedway, finishing 43rd after handling problems plagued the car. It went full-time in 1999, with Atwood driving the Castrol-sponsored ride. Atwood won twice at The Milwaukee Mile and Dover International Speedway, and finished 13th in points.[1] He would not win 2000, but finished eighth in points and signed with Evernham Motorsports' Winston Cup program.[1] He was replaced by rookie Jamie McMurray who was sponsored by Williams Travel Centers. After three top-ten finishes in 2001, McMurray won three times the next year and finished sixth in points, departing the team for Chip Ganassi Racing in the Cup Series.[2]

Rookies Chase Montgomery and Joey Clanton shared the ride with Hank Parker Jr. in 2003 with sponsorship from TrimSpa and the band Alice Cooper. The team also switched from Chevrolet to Pontiac. Montgomery ran seven of the first nine races, with Parker Jr. running the other two. Clanton then ran the car for the next 18 races, before Montgomery returned for the rest of the season. The car had three top-ten finishes, one with each driver.[3][4] In 2004, Johnny Sauter came aboard with Kleenex sponsoring. Sauter posted eight top-tens and had an 18th-place finish in points. While the 27 Kleenex team took the place of the former 37 car, for 2005, the old 27 car switched to No. 66, with the number and Duraflame sponsorship moving from Rusty Wallace, Inc. to Brewco.[5] Greg Biffle and Aaron Fike shared the driving duties,[5] with Biffle winning once and garnering sixteen top-ten finishes in twenty-one starts, while Fike had one top-ten in eleven starts in 2005. In 2006, Biffle, Ken Schrader, and Scott Wimmer shared the ride. Bobby Labonte also drove in some races.

The team switched back to the No. 37 in 2007; Rusty Wallace, Inc. reassumed the No. 66, the original number RWI debuted with. Greg Biffle and Jamie McMurray began the season sharing driving duties with sponsorship from Cub Cadet and Yard-Man. John Graham was named the driver for ten races in 2007, with Fun Energy Foods sponsoring, and with Casey Atwood also driving part-time in the 37. Brad Baker drove early in the season, before he was replaced by Burney Lamar, before Baker returned during the summer Daytona race. Prior to the fall Fontana race, Brewer sold his team to Mike Curb and Baker-Curb Racing, which took over the #37 at that point.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sporting News Wire Service (July 19, 2008). "Logano driving Nationwide 20, but hoping for Cup 20". nascar.com. Madison, Illinois: NASCAR. Archived from the original on 2008-12-17. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Atwood, Evernham part ways". motorsport.com. motorsport.com. November 23, 2003. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "BUSCH: Daytona II: Chase Montgomery preview". motorsport.com. Mount Juliet, Tennessee: motorsport.com. July 3, 2003. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Brewco Motorsports; Montgomery Motorsports (March 19, 2003). "BUSCH: Bristol: Chase Montgomery preview". motorsport.com. Bristol, Tennessee: motorsport.com. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  5. ^ a b NASCAR (January 22, 2005). "BUSCH: Preseason Test: Day one report". motorsport.com. Daytona Beach, Florida: motorsport.com. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 

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