Uk Coach Tubby Smith To Partner In New NASCAR Busch Series Team
Two of the winningest names in their respective sports - and two national champions - are putting together a new NASCAR Busch Series team with driver Jamie Mosley beginning in 2005.
Mosley will drive a Chevrolet fielded by a partnership involving the driver, University of Kentucky basketball coach Tubby Smith and his wife Donna, and NEMCO Motorsports, which is owned by former NASCAR Busch Series champion and Cup driver Joe Nemechek.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for me, and I am really excited with the team we are putting together," said Mosley, who orchestrated the arrangement with the Smiths and NEMCO.
Smith, whose Kentucky Wildcats won the 1998 NCAA championship, is the sixth-winningest active coach in Division 1 men's basketball. Smith and his wife, Donna, have partnered with Mosley and NEMCO, the 1992 NASCAR Busch Series national champions led by Joe Nemechek, who has 16 career wins in the series and is a leading driver in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.
"The attraction of one of the top names in collegiate sports and one of the top names in major league stock car racing has already gotten attention from potential corporate sponsors," Mosley said. "We've been in discussions with several top corporations, and no doubt will be speaking with more who see this arrangement as a unique opportunity to be part of a championship scenario."
Said Coach Smith, "I am very excited to be partnering with a young driver like Jamie Mosley and a proven winner like Joe Nemechek. This is a unique opportunity to expand the scope of our efforts with the Tubby Smith Foundation, to further the education of many children in need and to bridge the knowledge gap that exists for many of our young people today."
"Working with champions is what we do best at NEMCO, and we are really excited with a chance to partner with Coach Smith and Jamie Mosley," Nemechek said. "Winning is what we are all about at NEMCO, and this is an opportunity to build a winning combination."
Mosley is a native of Hazard, Ky., and brings an experienced resume to the NASCAR Busch Series, including nine earlier career starts. Mosley has also competed successfully in the ARCA ReMax Series, after a winning stint at short tracks throughout the upper Southeast. The 34-year-old has driven everything from Busch Series cars to single-seat off-road buggies to go-karts.
Smith's achievements have added to an eye-popping resume. Since arriving at Kentucky in 1997, Smith has led the Wildcats to a national championship, four SEC crowns and five SEC Tournament titles, with five Sweet 16 finishes in his seven seasons. Over his 13 seasons as a head coach, the 52-year-old has had 11 consecutive 20-win seasons. In 2004, he joined an elite group when he became the sixth head coach to win 300 games in 13 seasons or less, joining the likes of Roy Williams, Jim Boeheim and Nolan Richardson. Smith's career record is now 315-114, and his 73.4 winning percentage is sixth among active coaches entering the 2004-05 season.
Smith also is a former event grand marshal at Kentucky Speedway.
NEMCO Motorsports began competing in the NASCAR Busch Series in 1990 when Nemechek guided the first-year team to Rookie of the Year Honors, and in 1992, a Busch Series Championship. Since 1994, the team has raced a part-time Busch Series schedule due to Nemechek's obligations to compete full-time in the Nextel Cup Series where he has four victories. In that time, NEMCO Motorsports has expanded to become one of the premier Busch Series teams, winning more than 20 races in over 10 years of limited competition.
Courtesy of The Williams Co. of America