Donlavey Goes With Veterans

RICHMOND, Va. -– Junie Donlavey tested the youth and inexperience route with Ed Berrier in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Been there. Done that. Sold the T-shirts.

But after it was announced that the team owner and his driver have decided to separate, Donlavey didn't tae much time to announce that his replacement will be a pair of veterans.

Winston Cup Series veteran Hut Stricklin will drive the Hills Bros Coffee Ford in the Brickyard 400, and road-racer Brian Simo will drive the Hills Bros Coffee Ford in the Global Crossing @ The Glen, it was announced late last week.

"There is no substitute for experience in the Winston Cup Series, especially when we are preparing for the Brickyard," Donlavey said. 'Hut’s going to do a fine job for us, and of course, we’ll consider him for the long term.

"Brian Simo is one of the best road-course drivers in the world, and he got us into the race at Sonoma. We’re going to go to him again to get us in at Watkins Glen."

Donlavey said he has not decided who will finish the season in the No. 90 Ford.

Stricklin, who drove in the Coca-Cola 600 in 1999 for Donlavey, began his Winston Cup career in 1989. He has driven for Bobby Allison, Junior Johnson and the Stavola Brothers. A native of Calera, Ala., Stricklin has been active in the NASCAR Busch Series this season.

Simo, 40, led the standings in the BF Goodrich Trans Am Series after six races. On May 25, Simo earned a 36th-place finish in Donlavey’s Hills Bros Coffee Ford at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

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