Richmond, Virginia -- Cully Barraclough, a veteran head wrench in the NASCAR Busch Series, is the newest employee of Clay Andrews Racing (CAR). He will serve as a team consultant. Barraclough joins another new member, Steve Dietrich, who serves as the team’s new car chief. Duties begin this weekend at the Richmond (Va.) International Raceway for both new additions.
“I think bringing Cully and Steve is a huge asset for this race team”, sounded crew chief Billy Wilburn. “We are going to steadily build this team as this season goes along. Adding people with the amount of experience Cully and Steve have, it makes everyone’s job much easier.”
Barraclough is a well-respected garage member who has proven that he can help get a team up and running quickly. Barraclough is no stranger to Gilliland. He is excited to finally get a chance to work with the younger Gilliland.
“I’ve known for years that David Gilliland can drive a race car,” said Barraclough. “I worked for his father Butch, who was a West Coast legend, and kept my eye on him. I have seen what he can do. This is a job that just feels right.”
Dietrich joins the team from the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series after working at the successful Billy Ballew Motorsports. This will be Dietrich’s first time as a car chief in the Busch Series.
“Clay Andrews Racing has been gaining a lot of momentum,” said Dietrich. “I just want to help keep that momentum going forward. Hopefully I can bring some added experience to the team. We all want to make this a successful, winning team.”
Clay Andrews Racing is building a reputation as one of the fastest-growing teams in the Busch Series. They have acquired a 28,000 state-of-the-art race shop in Statesville, N.C., and owner, Clay Andrews, has appointed winning personnel. Veteran crew chief, Billy Wilburn, and Cully Barraclough, team consultant, will lead Gilliland in 2006. Former Nextel Cup winner Jerry Nadeau also serves as a team consultant. The team is running a partial schedule in 2006 while looking to secure sponsorship for the long-term future.