He was an ace in late model dirt track racing before he moved up to the Busch Series in 1989 making six starts, finishing with 2 top tens. He made his Winston Cup debut late in 1989, driving two races that year. He then ran fourteen races in 1990 in the #47 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme for Close Racing, he led in the 1990 Daytona 500 at one point with leading 6 laps in that race. He was second in the 1990 Rookie of the Year standings in controversial fashion (because the winner was posthumously awarded after being killed in a drunken driving incident after a race). He never raced in NASCAR again after that year, returning to the Georgia dirt Late Model circuit, winning often over 20 features each year for the next decade.