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Dave Charpentier Becomes Crew Chief for Butch Mock Motorsports

6 August 1997

MOORESVILLE, NC -- Butch Mock Motorsports has a new crew chief in the house.

Dave Charpentier has left his post as Manager of Engineering at Team Sabco to take over the head wrench duties on the #75 Remington Arms Ford driven by Rick Mast. It is the first time in Charpentier's career that the 38-year old has served in the capacity of crew chief.

Team owner Butch Mock has held the position since releasing Gere Kennon almost three months ago. "I don't want to put added pressure on Dave," Mock said. "But I am very confident in his abilities as a leader and motivator."

The Mooresville, NC-based team is looking for a performance boost as a look through the season standings shows its only top-fifteen finish to be a 12th at Dover Downs International Speedway in June. Through the first 19 races of the season, Mast has failed to qualify for two events -- the season-opening Daytona 500 and the Save Mart Supermarkets 300 at Sears Point Raceway. The Lexington, VA driver is currently 29th in the season point standings.

"I just felt good about the situation," said Charpentier about his decision to switch jobs. "Butch has taken somewhat of a chance with me; I don't have a proven history as a crew chief. But this is a smaller group, without an in-house engine shop, that I feel like I can get my arms around and manage fairly effectively. Rick Mast and I, though we've never worked together, have known each other for a few years and really get along well. In fact, I hoped Rick would take over the Team Sabco ride last year after Kyle's departure, but that didn't work out. Basically, it's just an opportunity that felt right for me."

Charpentier's first race with Butch Mock Motorsports will be this weekend's The Bud at the Glen at Watkins Glen International, a 2.45-mile road course.

Lori Vizza -- The Auto Channel