- Mar 17, 2014
Burt Reynolds and Hal Needham, a couple of celebrities from a long line that continues today that lost their everlovin asses in the racing business.
I've never heard their involvement in NASCAR described that way. Can you expand on that? The first five years, they had a LOT of success, probably totally over achieved. The last couple of year WERE a struggle though, and I've never really known why. It seemed like their luck turned to total crap in 1986 and they never recovered. Few people remember it now, but they were a blown engine in the fall Atlanta race away from winning the 1984 title. The last time I looked at Google Street View, their old race shop up in Denver NC was still there. The pole that used to have one of the race cars perched on it was still there too.
sold what was left to a crew chief. I WOULDWell, Gant and Mach One won nine races together, Gant went 3rd, 4th, 7th (after leading the points early in the season), 2nd and 3rd in their first five years together, not too damn bad for a startup team and a driver who was not yet an established Cup star. The had a boatload of 2nd place finishes, including a stretch of four in a row, and two consecutive races at Rockingham where Gant lost by a total of about 10 feet. It is my understanding that the Skoal sponsorship was on par with major sponsorships of the day, and it was never a big operation. I don't think they ever had more than about 10-12 people on the team, so unless Needham was a total idiot with the money, they shouldn't have been too bad off. I am led to believe that if they could have found a sponsor for Mast, the team would have went on much longer. With the amount of money Needham made from 1977, forward, (I was never clear on much money Burt was actually putting in) he should have been able to weather any shortfalls. I certainly WOULDN'T characterize it as losing their ass, at least not by auto racing standards. If somebody has more knowledge of the situation, I would be willing to reconsider my position.
he had already lost his ass when he sold it. He meaning Needham, Burt was already long gone. Nobody has yet to rank to list you seem to be taking exception to. It was a true statement I made about a celebrity owner team that is no longer in the series, but was for a very short while. I didn't intend to junk up the thread and I am done with this as all of the flavor has been chewed out of it.I would suggest he did that so he WOULDN'T lose his ass. In the miles long list of people who truly HAVE lost their ass trying to field a NASCAR team, I just can't see this one as being anywhere near the top of the list.
he had already lost his ass when he sold it. He meaning Needham, Burt was already long gone. Nobody has yet to rank to list you seem to be taking exception to. It was a true statement I made about a celebrity owner team that is no longer in the series, but was for a very short while. I didn't intend to junk up the thread and I am done with this as all of the flavor has been chewed out of it.