Frank Stoddard, 14-time winning NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chief, announced today that he has formed his own NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race team. Stoddard will own the #32 Ford Fusion and plans to compete in the full schedule.
Stoddard, a native of North Haverhill, New Hampshire, paved the way for a successful Sprint Cup career by working with the great Stanley “Stub” Fadden while racing short tracks throughout the northeast and collecting four wins together.
Stoddard moved to the south to join Roush Racing in 1995 and worked with driver Jeff Burton where they amassed 14 victories, including the Southern 500, two Coca Cola 600 trophies and four wins in his backyard at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He continued his career with Scott Wimmer, where they finished third in the 2004 Daytona 500, the highest finishing rookie to date. Stoddard claimed an impressive 64 top-five and 98 top-10 finishes as crew chief for Jeff Burton, Scott Wimmer and Ward Burton.
In 2005, Stoddard joined forces with road course king, Boris Said. Said sat on the pole at the 2006 Pepsi 400 at Daytona international Speedway and went on to finish fourth after leading with three laps to go.
“I’m really eager to get this off the ground,” said Stoddard. “It’s a great time to enter the sport. We’ll just have to wait and see where we can go from here. My hope is to take this team to a competitive level and put together some respectable runs with the limited resources we have in place. One never knows, with our determination and just a little bit of funding we could definitely improve our chances on the track.”
Stoddard and FAS Lane Racing are actively seeking sponsorship and plan to enter the 2011 Daytona 500.