Throwback Thursday: NASCAR Cup Crew Chief Wins UARA Debut

Some people know his name because he’s currently a NASCAR Cup Series Crew Chief for 2014 champion Kurt Busch, but Matt McCall has a background in racing that extends beyond his time on the pit box.  McCall grew up racing around the Carolinas, and it was on the short tracks where he first became a proven winner.


In this edition of Throwback Thursday on Speed51, we rewind to 2005 when the defending track champion at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) was out for a new challenge in the Late Model Stock Car UARA Series.  McCall dominated from the pole and scored the win.  It was his first start in the series and help swept the day.


Here is Speed51’s race write up from that day:


Following his first UARA win, McCall didn’t waste time as he won five times in 16 starts and posted 12 top five runs, with 11 of those being on the podium. He easily won the UARA Championship that season.


In 2009, McCall returned to become the only two-time champion in the series.


Other Racing Events on March 19


1967: Runt Harris wins a Modified race at South Boston Speedway over Sonny Hutchins and Bill Dennis.


1972: Five years later, Sonny Hutchins dominated a Martinsville Speedway (VA) Late Model Sportsman event. Jimmy Hensley was second in this 250-lap contest.  The top 14 cars were Chevelles.


1988: Dave Blaney was victorious in a World of Outlaws race at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Texas.


2005: Jason Boyd bested a 23-car Limited Late Model field in a 100-lap event with the old Goodyear Challenge Series at New Smyrna Speedway.  Jerry Artuso was second and Rich Clouser completed the podium.


2005: Eric Sartin won a 300-lap Late Model Stock Car race at Motor Mile Speedway. He led 132 laps of the 300 as he beat out Frank Deiny, Jr. for the win.


-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 “Stat Boy”

-Photo credit: Chip Ganassi Racing

Throwback Thursday: NASCAR Cup Crew Chief Wins UARA Debut