Washington-Erving Motorsports

Defunct American stock car racing team

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Washington-Erving Motorsports
Owner(s) Julius Erving, Joe Washington
Base Lexington, North Carolina
Series NASCAR Busch Grand National Series
Race drivers Stanton Barrett, Joe Buford, Nathan Buttke, Jimmy Foster, Jeff Green, Mark Green, Andy Houston, Jimmy Kitchens, Dave Rezendes, Tony Roper, Dennis Setzer, Mike Wallace
Sponsors Dr. Pepper
Manufacturer Chevrolet, Ford
Opened 1997
Closed 2000
Career
Debut 1998 Sam’s Town Las Vegas 300 (Las Vegas)
Latest race 2000 Touchstone Energy 300 (Talladega)
Races competed 56
Drivers’ Championships 0
Race victories 0
Pole positions 0

Washington-Erving Motorsports is a defunct American stock car racing team. It was owned by former NFL running back Joe Washington and former NBA player Julius Erving. Washington and Erving fielded cars in the NASCAR Busch Series (now Xfinity Series) from 1998 to 2000.[1][2]

Founding[edit]

Washington first piqued his interest in NASCAR by attending the 1997 Daytona 500. He then convinced Erving to come on board, and they formed a team in the summer of 1997. The feelings were split about the new team, which at one time planned to field Winston Cup cars for Rich Bickle.[3] Owner-driver Geoff Bodine was against the team, but others, like Washington’s former coach Joe Gibbs and owner-driver Ricky Rudd were in support of the team.[4] The team was only the third fully minority owned team, after Wendell Scott owned his own team and Thee Dixon owned Mansion Motorsports.[5] Before the 1998 season started, the team secured number 50 in honor of that anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier. WEM hired the first female team president in NASCAR, Kathy Thompson.[6]

Busch Series[edit]

Car No. 50 History[edit]

In 1998, the team failed to qualify for the first two races of the season with Jimmy Foster. Foster managed to qualify for four of the next five races, plus the Milwaukee race.[7] The team then rotated through nine more drivers. Andy Houston, Dennis Setzer, Jimmy Kitchens, Nathan Buttke, and Joe Buford each made one start.[8][9][10][11][12] Stanton Barrett made two starts for the team, while Jeff Green and Mike Wallace made three apiece.[13][14][15] Dave Rezendes made five starts for the team.[16] The team recorded no wins, top five or top ten finishes during that season.

In 1999, Mark Green drove the entire schedule for the team. He failed to qualify for two races. Green failed to finish seven races, two due to crashes and five due to mechanical mishaps. He recorded one top ten finish, a tenth at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Green and the team parted ways after the 1999 season.[17]

In 2000, the team started out with plans to run the entire season with Tony Roper. However, the team disbanded after Dr Pepper pulled its sponsorship after Roper qualified for only three of the first twelve races.[18][19]

Car No. 50 History[edit]

NASCAR Busch Series results
Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 .mw-parser-output .tooltip-dotted{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}Owners Pts
1998 Jimmy Foster 50 Ford DAY
DNQ
CAR
DNQ
LVS
41
NSV
25
DAR
DNQ
BRI
42
TEX
37
MLW
39
MYB
DNQ
38th 1629
Andy Houston HCY
20
Rick Wilson TAL
DNQ
Stanton Barrett NHA
34
HOM
29
Jeff Green NZH
13
CLT
13
RCH
28
Dennis Setzer DOV
41
Jimmy Kitchens PPR
32
Dave Rezendes GLN
14
SBO
30
IRP
26
MCH
35
BRI
12
Mike Wallace CAL
21
DAR
35
CLT
20
CAR
DNQ
Casey Atwood RCH
DNQ
Nathan Buttke DOV
39
Joe Buford GTY
42
Ken Bouchard ATL
DNQ
1999 Mark Green Chevy DAY
24
CAR
23
LVS
32
ATL
10
DAR
33
TEX
31
NSV
30
BRI
17
TAL
37
CAL
36
NHA
27
RCH
21
NZH
22
CLT
16
DOV
29
SBO
26
GLN
37
MLW
26
MYB
DNQ
PPR
23
GTY
32
IRP
19
MCH
41
BRI
42
DAR
33
RCH
19
DOV
22
CLT
40
CAR
28
MEM
17
PHO
31
HOM
DNQ
25th 2466
2000 Tony Roper DAY
DNQ
CAR
37
LVS
DNQ
ATL
DNQ
DAR
DNQ
BRI
DNQ
TEX
DNQ
NSV
31
TAL
24
CAL
DNQ
RCH
DNQ
NHA
DNQ
59th 370
Stanton Barrett CLT
DNQ
DOV SBO MYB GLN MLW NZH PPR GTY IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV CLT CAR MEM PHO HOM

References[edit]

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