|Waymond Lane "Hut" Stricklin|
June 24, 1961 |
|Achievements||1986 NASCAR Dash Series champion|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career|
|328 races run over 15 years|
|Best finish||16th (1991)|
|First race||1987 Holly Farms 400 (North Wilkesboro)|
|Last race||2002 Sharpie 500 (Bristol)|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|54 races run over 12 years|
|Best finish||25th (1992)|
|First race||1985 Miller 400 (Charlotte)|
|Last race||2000 NAPAonline.com 250 (Michigan)|
|Statistics current as of July 3, 2012.|
Two years later, he finished 2nd to Dick Trickle in the NASCAR Rookie of the Year championship with car owner Rod Osterlund. In his sophomore season, he competed in only three events before taking over the driving chores of Bobby Allison's #12 Raybestos Brakes-sponsored Buick. 1991 turned out to be one of his best seasons yet, as he finished 16th in points as well as a career high 2nd-place finish at Michigan International Speedway. With 8 races left in the 1992 season, Hut left Allison's team and after a few races driving for Junie Donlavey, he picked up a ride for 1993 with Junior Johnson, driving the #27 McDonald's-sponsored Ford. In 1994, Stricklin paired with owner Travis Carter to form a new team, the #23 Camel Cigarettes-sponsored Ford. It was a disappointing year with Hut finishing 26th in points.
After Stricklin failed to find a ride for 1995, he served as a consultant for Kenny Bernstein's rookie driver Steve Kinser, a World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion who was struggling to transition from dirt to pavement. During the season, Kinser resigned, and Stricklin took over, posting five Top 10 finishes. Unfortunately the team closed at the end of the year, and Hut had to find a new job.
1999 presented Stricklin with a new challenge. He was now the crew chief for Gary Bradberry's #78 Ford for Triad Motorsports. When that team was sold, Hut took over the #58 Ford for SBIII Motorsports. He posted some of the best finishes of the year for that team, including a top-ten finish at Michigan. Despite posting three consecutive DNQs, Stricklin appeared to have found solid footing, as Barbour announced Stricklin would be his driver through 2003, and would have Motorsports Safety Technologies as his sponsor. Unfortunately, sponsorship again plagued Stricklin, as shortly after signing the deal, MST produced a bounced check, causing Barbour's team to close its doors for good.
In 2000, Stricklin drove for longtime owner Junie Donlavey at the Brickyard 400 and finished 14th. The next year he had a 6th place finish at Michigan. However, sponsor Hills Brothers wanted to find a new team, and they both moved to Bill Davis' #23 Dodge.
He now owns Stricklin Auto & Truck Parts in Cleveland, North Carolina.
* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points
Winston Cup Series
|Year||Starts||Wins||Top 5||Top 10||Poles||Avg. Start||Avg. Finish||Winnings||Position||Team(s)|
Bobby Allison Motorsports
|1991||29||0||3||7||0||17.6||18.5||$426,524||16th||Bobby Allison Motorsports|
|1992||28||0||0||4||0||22.6||22.6||$336,965||27th||Bobby Allison Motorsports
Junior Johnson & Associates
Larry Hedrick Motorsports
|1993||30||0||1||2||0||21.0||12.8||$494,600||24th||Junior Johnson & Associates|
|1994||29||0||0||1||0||28.4||23.3||$333,495||26th||Travis Carter Motorsports|
|1996||31||0||1||1||0||23.7||24.0||$631,055||22nd||Stavola Brothers Racing|
|1997||29||0||0||1||0||23.3||26.6||$802,904||34th||Stavola Brothers Racing|
|1998||13||0||0||0||0||29.2||36.4||$337,106||50th||Stavola Brothers Racing
American Equipment Motorsports
Andy Petree Racing
Bill Davis Racing
|2002||22||0||0||0||0||33.4||27.5||$1,313,548||40th||Bill Davis Racing|
- "Hut Stricklin Auto and Truck Parts, Inc.". Hut Stricklin Auto and Truck Parts, Inc. Retrieved 2011-02-17.
- "25 years after 'Days of Thunder', a stunt driver remembers teaching Tom Cruise not to turn right". Retrieved 2015-06-24.
- Official website
- Hut Stricklin driver statistics at Racing-Reference
- Stricklin out of Winston Cup Ride
|NASCAR Charlotte/Daytona Dash Series Champion