Andy Petree, a NASCAR veteran who has been a driver, car owner and two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup-winning crew chief for the late Dale Earnhardt, made his television debut in 2007 as an analyst on ESPN’s multi-platform NASCAR coverage. In addition to working in the booth during race telecasts, Petree also lends his expertise to ESPN2’s daily NASCAR news and information program NASCAR Now. The former short-track driver turned owner has experienced his share of the ins and outs of the sport. Petree occasionally raced from 1988 to 2004, with career-best finishes of 16th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (1998) and 10th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (2003).
In 1981, he entered his first full-time racing job as a tire-changer with Junior Johnson’s racing team, which won the Cup championship with driver Darrell Waltrip. He then joined the Leo Jackson racing team as a crew member, and by 1987, at the age of 29, Petree was a NASCAR Cup crew chief, steering Harry Gant to four consecutive Cup wins in 1991.
In 1993, Petree joined Richard Childress Racing as the crew chief for the famous No. 3 Goodwrench Chevy driven by Dale Earnhardt. In that time, Petree helped Earnhardt and Richard Childress Racing grab back-to-back NASCAR championships in 1993 and 1994. In 1996, Petree purchased the Jackson race team, creating Andy Petree Racing.
As a car owner, Petree worked with notable drivers, including Ken Schrader, Kenny Wallace, Joe Nemechek, the late Bobby Hamilton and Greg Biffle. As an owner, Petree’s breakout season was 2001, when his team earned its first victory at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama with Hamilton behind the wheel.
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