Dusty Williams Moves To Pro Cup
Former SES Driver Finds New Racing Home
Venerable stock car pilot Dusty Williams announced plans this week to run the entire USAR Pro Cup Southern Division and Championship Series schedule in 2007. After a handful of changes in the off-season and with a renewed passion, Williams is excited to be competing for the Pro Cup series' prestigious Rookie of the Year Award in the No. 40 Dixie Excavating/Dustcom Limited Ford Fusion.
Hinson's right-hand man will be long-time team member Will Mallard. Mallard will serve as Car Chief on the No. 40 car. The two have already been hard at work preparing the team's equipment and practicing with the pit crew for the new season.
The 2007 USAR Pro Cup season marks the next step forward in Dusty Williams' promising racing career. Since his first laps behind the wheel of a mini stock at his local dirt track in 1996, Dusty's path has taken him to tracks all over the United States.
Williams, the 2000 PARTS Pro Truck Series Champion, has found success in mini stocks, spec-series trucks, dirt and asphalt late models, Goody's Dash cars, and most recently the NASCAR Elite Division, Southeast Series.
After a five-year stint where he became a perennial front-runner on the Southeast Series and a handful of solid Pro Cup runs last season, Dusty is poised to once again demonstrate his ability to step up, adapt, and find success on a new circuit.
You can be sure that when the smell of hot rubber and burning racing fuel fill the air in Lakeland, Florida, next month Dusty Williams will be one to watch in the black No. 40 Dixie Excavating/Dustcom Limited Ford Fusion.
Williams drove the #40 in the now extinct NASCAR Southeast Series over the past few seasons.
Williams, a native of Savannah, Ga., will be campaigning for the family-owned Dixie Racing team, headquartered in Mooresville, N.C. While the team is the same as in recent years, loyal fans will see some marked differences when the green flag drops at USA International Speedway on Saturday, March 10.
Perhaps the most notable of the changes this off-season comes in the form of a new crew chief, Franklin "Petey" Hinson. Hinson spent last season as the car chief on the Baird Trucking/Johnny's Suzuki race team that won the 2006 Pro Cup championship with driver Clay Rogers.
"I think Petey's going to be a great addition to the team this year," Williams said about Hinson. "He really knows these cars and knows what it takes to run up front in this series - I can't wait to get started."