King Racing

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King Racing
Owner(s) Kenny Bernstein
Base Unknown
Series Winston Cup
Car numbers 26
Race drivers Joe Ruttman, Morgan Shepherd, Ricky Rudd, Brett Bodine, Dick Trickle, Steve Kinser, Hut Stricklin
Sponsors Quaker State
Manufacturer Buick, Ford
Opened 1986
Closed 1995
Career
Drivers' Championships 0
Race victories 3

King Racing was the name of famed NHRA champion Kenny Bernstein's racing team which fielded cars in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series as well as in CART and the Indianapolis 500.

NASCAR[edit]

The team won its first NASCAR Winston Cup Series race in 1988 with Ricky Rudd at the wheel of the Quaker State Buick at The Budweiser at the Glen. Rudd also won the Banquet Frozen Foods 300 at Sears Point Raceway in 1989.

The third and final win for King Racing came in 1990 at the First Union 400 at North Wilkesboro with Brett Bodine driving. Bodine competed in the most events with the team, driving in 158 races. At the 1994 Brickyard 400, Bodine drove the car to a second-place finish to Jeff Gordon. It would be Bodine's final top 5 finish of his career, and the team's best result over the final few seasons.

In 1995, sprint car champion Steve Kinser started the season in the car but struggled and was released. Hut Stricklin took over and ran the rest of the season, with two top 5's. Bernstein sold the team in 1995, but has maintained his NHRA team with continuing success.

Indy cars[edit]

1988[edit]

King Racing made their debut during the 1988 season, fielding the No. 15 and 17 Mac Tools Lola T8700-Buick V6 at the Indianapolis 500 with Jim Crawford in No. 15 and Johnny Rutherford in No. 17. Both qualified mid-pack. Crawford led for eight laps (the only laps not led by a Team Penske driver). Crawford was running in second place late in the race. Crawford then ran too low on the track, getting into the grass, and dropped to 6th place during a pit stop to change the damaged tire.

1989–1991[edit]

For the 1989 season, the team fielded Crawford again in the No. 15 Mac Tools Lola T8700-Buick V6 at the Indianapolis 500 and qualified in 4th place. Crawford suffered a practice crash. The car was repaired in time to race. Crawford retired with mechanical problems. King Racing did not compete in 1990. They made a return during the 1991 season with Crawford driving the No. 26 Quaker State Lola T9100-Buick V6 and would qualify in 8th place. Crawford would retire with mechanical problems.

1992[edit]

For 1992 season King Racing would compete in their first race besides the Indianapolis 500 when Roberto Guerrero drove the No. 36 Quaker State Lola T9100-Buick V6 at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on the streets of Long Beach; he was however off the pace due to CART ruling not giving V6 engines as much boost. However at the Indianapolis 500 King Racing ran a pair of Quaker State Lola T9200-Buick V6 with Guerrero in No. 36 and Crawford in No. 26. The USAC (who sanctioned the Indianapolis 500) regulations for V6 engines gave them more boost. As a result, Guerrero would qualify on the pole position setting new one-lap and 4-lap records with a 4-lap average of 232 mph and one lap at 233 mph. Crawford was also fast but had mechanical problems on pole day and recovered to qualify. Guerrero would spin out during the parade lap and would fail to start as a result. Crawford was running in the top 10 when he spun into the wall, collecting Rick Mears. Mears' teammate Emerson Fittipaldi also spun and crashed on the same lap.

1993[edit]

For 1993 King Racing would expand to a full-time team with Guerrero driving the No. 40 Budweiser King Lola T9300-Ilmor-Chevrolet Indy V8. Jim Crawford would drive No. 80 and Al Unser Sr. in No. 60. At the Indianapolis 500, Guerrero was involved in a crash with Jeff Andretti. Unser led early on but dropped to 13th. Crawford would spin out early on and would not recover. Guerrero would get a best finish of 4th at the New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway but was replaced by Eddie Cheever for the last few races of the season. Guerrero would finish 14th in points.

1994[edit]

For 1994 Scott Goodyear would drive the No. 40 Budweiser King Lola T9400-Ford-Cosworth XB. At the Indianapolis 500 the team hired Davy Jones to drive a spare car numbered 40T (it would be changed to 60 on race day). Goodyear would fail to qualify while Jones would qualify. So Goodyear would replace Jones on race day but retired with mechanical problems early on. Goodyear gave King Racing their only CART win when he drove to victory at the Marlboro 500 at Michigan International Speedway. Goodyear finished 12th in points (King Racing's highest CART position in points). The team closed their CART team at the end of the season and their NASCAR team closed at the end of 1995 NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

Driver history[edit]

CART IndyCar[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

Racing results[edit]

Complete CART Indy Car World Series results[edit]

(key)

Year Chassis Engine Drivers No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
1988 Lola T87/00 Buick 3300 V6t PHX LBH INDY MIL POR CLE TOR MEA MIC POC MDO ROA NAZ LAG MIA
United Kingdom Jim Crawford 15 6
United States Johnny Rutherford 17 22
1989 Lola T87/00 Buick 3300 V6t PHX LBH INDY MIL DET POR CLE MEA TOR MCH POC MDO ROA NAZ LAG
United Kingdom Jim Crawford 15 19
1991 Lola T91/00 Buick 3300 V6t SFR LBH PHX INDY MIL DET POR CLE MEA TOR MCH DEN VAN MDO ROA NAZ LAG
United Kingdom Jim Crawford 26 26
Colombia Roberto Guerrero 15 19 18
1992 Lola T92/00 Buick 3300 V6t SFR PHX LBH INDY DET POR MIL NHA TOR MCH CLE ROA VAN MDO NAZ LAG
United Kingdom Jim Crawford 26 25
Lola T91/00 Colombia Roberto Guerrero 13
Lola T92/00 36 33
1993 Lola T93/00 Chevrolet 265C V8t SFR PHX LBH INDY MIL DET POR CLE TOR MCH NHA ROA VAN MDO NAZ LAG
Colombia Roberto Guerrero 40 19 15 5 28 7 26 24 29 10 7 4 23 11
United States Eddie Cheever 28 10 14
United Kingdom Jim Crawford 60 24
United States Al Unser 80 12
1994 Lola T94/00 Ford XB V8t SFR PHX LBH INDY MIL DET POR CLE TOR MCH MDO NHA VAN ROA NAZ LAG
Canada Scott Goodyear 40 10 11 19 30 22 11 28 14 10 1 22 11 4 7 8 27
Italy Andrea Montermini 60 16 7

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