Fellows NEMCO Back Together
June 13, 2001 | 12:00 A.M. EST
But because both of those series do have road course races during the year, Fellows can always count on someone obtaining his services for those events. It just so happens that NEMCO Motorsports, owned by Winston Cup driver Joe Nemechek, has had a monopoly on that recently.
Fellows, who won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in February, will drive both Winston Cup road course events – next weekend at Sears Point and Aug. 12 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International – for Nemechek in his No. 87 Chevrolet. Fellows will also pilot the car in the Busch Series race at Watkins Glen on July 8.
NEMCO and Fellows have teamed up several times in recent years in both the Winstson Cup and Busch Series. The two have combined for two victories in the past three Busch Series races at Watkins Glen, and Fellows finished second for NEMCO in the Winston Cup race at Watkins Glen in 1999.
“We’re very happy to continue our association with Ron and we’re thankful for the support of both Nortel Networks and Bully Hill Vineyards,” Nemechek said. “Ron and the team have developed a very solid relationship over the years, so we’re going to put that to work for us in hopes of grabbing a Winston Cup win.”
NEMCO Motorsports has never run the Winston Cup event at Sears Point. Fellows will drive the No. 87 Chevy Monte Carlo in next Sunday’s SaveMart 350 at the 1.949-mile, 10-turn road course.
“As always, whether it’s Winston Cup or Busch, the main priority is to make the race,” Fellows said. “I’ve raced at Sears Point in the Trans Am Series and in the Corvette, but this will be my first time in a Winston Cup car.
“We came out to Sonoma to test and were quite pleased with the result. It’s a very different track than Watkins Glen. It’s a fun track because of the elevation changes, but generally, the corners are slower. You’ve really got to have a handle on shocks at Sears Point and (crew chief) Brian (Pattie) was able to accomplish that during the test.”
Nemechek will not be able to compete against Fellows next weekend. He was injured in a Busch Series test session a few weeks ago at Dover and has not driven the No. 33 Andy Petree Racing Oakwood Homes Chevrolet since then.
Scott Pruett will drive the car next weekend in Sonoma.
NEMCO Motorsports already has a Busch Series victory this season, in March at Atlanta.