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Andrew "Andy" Houston (born November 7, 1970 in Hickory, North Carolina) is a veteran of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, scoring three wins. Houston is the son of legendary Busch driver Tommy Houston and the youngest of three brothers, one of them being part-time NASCAR driver Marty Houston and the other being the oldest of the three, Scott Houston. He is also the cousin of former team owner Teresa Earnhardt. Houston has also raced in the Winston Cup Series and the Busch Series. Houston is married to wife Lorie and has two children, Collin (born in 1997) and Clark (born in 2001). He is currently the spotter for Austin Dillon in the Monster Energy Cup Series, who drives the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Richard Childress Racing.

Andy Houston
Born (1970-11-07) November 7, 1970 (age 48)
Hickory, North Carolina
Achievements1994 Hickory Motor Speedway Late Model Champion
Awards1996 NASCAR Dash Series Most Popular Driver
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
22 races run over 2 years
Best finish46th (2001)
First race2000 Pepsi 400 Presented by Meijer (Michigan)
Last race2001 Protection One 400 (Kansas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
7 races run over 5 years
Best finish68th (2002)
First race1996 Kroger 200 (IRP)
Last race2002 Sam's Town 300 (Las Vegas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
121 races run over 8 years
Best finish3rd (2000)
First race1997 Cummins 200 (IRP)
Last race2005 O'Reilly 200 presented by Valvoline Maxlife (Bristol)
First win1998 Pennzoil/VIP Discount Tripleheader (Loudon)
Last win2000 LINE-X 225 (Portland)
Wins Top tens Poles
3 51 4
Statistics current as of July 10, 2012.

Early racing careerEdit

In 1994, Houston won Hickory Motor Speedway's Late Model Championship and in 1996 he won the Goody's Dash Series Most Popular Driver Award.

NASCAR careerEdit

Cup SeriesEdit

2000 marked Houston's first start in the Winston Cup Series as he competed in five races to prepare for his 2001 rookie campaign with PPI Motorsports. Out of the five races his best finish would come at Lowe's Motor Speedway, a 26th. Houston began the 2001 year well with a 9th place qualifying effort at the Daytona 500 in the No. 96 McDonald's Ford. It would be one of the highlights of the year, as Houston ended the year with no top 10s and a best finish of 17th at Martinsville; Houston only managed to qualify for 17 races and his team folded after McDonald's pulled its sponsorship late in the season. He has not returned to the Cup Series since.

Busch SeriesEdit

Houston made his Busch Series debut in 1996 driving the No. 0 Suburban Propane Ford at Indianapolis Raceway Park. He would start the race in the 21st position and finish in the 24th position, five laps down. He returned to the series in 1998 to make another start this time at Hickory Motor Speedway in the No. 50 Dr Pepper Ford. He would start the race in 7th and finish in the 20th position. In 2000, Houston made one start for Team SABCO and brought the No. 82 Channellock Chevrolet home in the 36th position at the Milwaukee Mile. For the 2002 season, Houston was supposed to run the whole season with the Herzog-Jackson Motorsports team, but was replaced by Todd Bodine after 3 races. His best finish with the team was a 9th at Daytona.

Truck SeriesEdit

In 1997, Houston made his first Craftsman Truck Series start with Addington Racing. He would compete in four races for the team with a best finish of 11th at Martinsville. For the 1998 season, he returned to Addington Racing and ran full-time in the Truck Series. Houston would have a solid year winning his first race at New Hampshire International Speedway and posting 9 top tens, while finishing 12th in points. Houston again returned to Addington Racing for the 1999 season and he scored 14 top tens with an 8th-place finish in points. 2000 was a breakout year for Houston, as he won two races at Homestead and Portland, had 13 top fives, and 18 top tens, finishing 3rd in points to Roush Racing teammates Greg Biffle and Kurt Busch. He returned to the series in 2002 with Melling Racing where he ran one race at South Boston Speedway. After that Billy Ballew Motorsports hired him to run the remainder of 2002. He would post a best finish of 12th at California out of the five races he competed in. In 2003, Houston was still running races for Billy Ballew and Nelly when Vokal became his primary sponsor, until Billy ran out of money to run two trucks. Ballew kept Rich Bickle, leaving Houston without a ride. Later that year, Ultra Motorsports gave him a truck ride and he did very well, finishing no worse than sixth and earned a pole at Texas Motor Speedway. For the 2004 season, he continued driving for Ultra Motorsports until he was released after the race at Bristol. Andy's best finish with the team that year was a 7th at Dover. For the remainder of 2004 with the exception of Richmond, Houston raced with multiple teams, but with limited success. In 2005, he only ran one race with Key Motorsports at Bristol Motor Speedway, finishing 33rd after a crash in his final NASCAR race.

Post-racing careerEdit

Following his racing career, Houston worked as a spotter for other drivers; he worked with Richard Childress Racing, spotting for Austin Dillon in the Nationwide Series in the early 2010s,[1] moving up with Dillon to the Sprint Cup Series in 2014.[2]

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Winston Cup SeriesEdit

NASCAR Winston Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 NWCC Pts
2000 PPI Motorsports 96 Ford DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX MAR TAL CAL RCH CLT DOV MCH POC SON DAY NHA POC IND GLN MCH
35
BRI DAR RCH NHA DOV MAR CLT
26
TAL CAR
28
PHO
36
HOM
42
ATL 55th 314
2001 DAY
38
CAR
DNQ
LVS
DNQ
ATL
21
DAR
DNQ
BRI
39
TEX
32
MAR
17
TAL
21
CAL
19
RCH
42
CLT
41
DOV
23
MCH
DNQ
POC
DNQ
SON
DNQ
DAY
43
CHI
43
NHA POC IND
43
GLN MCH
31
BRI
40
DAR
DNQ
RCH
DNQ
DOV
40
KAN
18
CLT MAR TAL PHO CAR HOM ATL NHA 46th 1187
Daytona 500Edit
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2001 PPI Motorsports Ford 9 38

Busch SeriesEdit

NASCAR Busch Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 NBSC Pts
1993 DAY CAR RCH DAR BRI HCY ROU MAR NZH CLT DOV MYB GLN MLW TAL IRP MCH NHA BRI DAR RCH DOV ROU CLT MAR CAR HCY
DNQ
ATL NA -
1995 DAY CAR RCH ATL NSV DAR BRI HCY
DNQ
NHA NZH CLT DOV MYB GLN MLW TAL SBO IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV CLT CAR HOM NA -
1996 Houston Racing 0 Ford DAY CAR RCH ATL NSV DAR BRI HCY
QL
NZH CLT DOV SBO MYB GLN MLW NHA TAL IRP
24
MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV CLT CAR HOM 89th 91
1998 Washington-Erving Motorsports 50 Ford DAY CAR LVS NSV DAR BRI TEX HCY
20
TAL NHA NZH CLT DOV RCH PPR GLN MLW MYB CAL SBO IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV CLT GTY CAR ATL HOM 102nd 103
2000 Team SABCO 82 Chevy DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX NSV TAL CAL RCH NHA CLT DOV SBO MYB GLN MLW
36
NZH PPR GTY IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV CLT CAR MEM PHO HOM 106th 55
2001 Team Rensi Motorsports 25 Chevy DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX NSH TAL CAL RCH NHA NZH CLT DOV KEN MLW GLN CHI GTY
17
PPR IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM PHO CAR HOM 101st 112
2002 Herzog-Jackson Motorsports 92 Chevy DAY
9
CAR
17
LVS
24
DAR BRI TEX NSH TAL CAL RCH NHA NZH CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI GTY PPR IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM ATL CAR PHO HOM 68th 346
- Qualified but replaced by his father, Tommy Houston

Craftsman Truck SeriesEdit

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 NCTC Pts
1997 AAG Racing 65 Chevy WDW TUS HOM PHO POR EVG I70 NHA TEX BRI NZH MLW LVL CNS HPT IRP
18
FLM NSV
24
GLN RCH
DNQ
MAR
11
SON MMR CAL PHO
32
LVS
DNQ
46th 441
1998 Addington Racing 60 Chevy WDW
27
HOM
20
PHO
4
POR
16
EVG
28
I70
10
GLN
15
TEX
2
BRI
28
MLW
29
NZH
15
CAL
4
PPR
18
IRP
26
NHA
1*
FLM
20
NSV
13
HPT
32
LVL
3
RCH
12
MEM
34
GTY
30
MAR
12
SON
6
MMR
9
PHO
5
LVS
11
12th 3188
1999 HOM
5
PHO
3
EVG
14
MMR
19
MAR
17
MEM
7
PPR
4
I70
3
BRI
4
TEX
7
PIR
7
GLN
8
MLW
20
NSV
6
NZH
11
MCH
19
NHA
7
IRP
8
GTY
25
HPT
11
RCH
6
LVS
22
LVL
12
TEX
8
CAL
18
8th 3359
2000 DAY
3
HOM
1*
PHO
3
MMR
10
MAR
11
PIR
1
GTY
24
MEM
15
PPR
3
EVG
8
TEX
4
KEN
9
GLN
6
MLW
5
NHA
5
NZH
11
MCH
4
IRP
26
NSV
6
CIC
4
RCH
25
DOV
4
TEX
2
CAL
2*
3rd 3566
2002 HT Motorsports 17 Dodge DAY DAR MAR GTY PPR DOV TEX MEM MLW KAN KEN NHA MCH IRP NSH RCH TEX SBO
21
38th 578
Billy Ballew Motorsports 15 Ford LVS
12
CAL
12
PHO
17
HOM
17
2003 DAY
5
DAR
21
MMR
12
MAR
15
21st 1487
Fasscore Motorsports 9 Ford CLT
30
DOV TEX MEM MLW KAN KEN GTW MCH IRP NSH BRI RCH NHA
Ultra Motorsports 2 Dodge CAL
6
LVS
6
SBO
6
TEX
5
MAR PHO
10
HOM
4
2004 DAY
30
ATL
19
MAR
11
MFD
15
CLT
19
DOV
7
TEX
9
MEM
20
KAN
31
KEN
8
GTW
13
MCH
23
IRP
19
NSH
25
BRI
19
RCH 20th 2540
HT Motorsports 59 Ford MLW
19
NHA
33
LVS
14
CAL
21
Green Light Racing 07 Chevy TEX
14
DAR
34
ThorSport Racing 13 Chevy MAR
25
PHO
16
Ken Weaver Racing 20 Chevy HOM
18
2005 Key Motorsports 40 Chevy DAY CAL ATL MAR GTY MFD CLT DOV TEX MCH MLW KAN KEN MEM IRP NSH BRI
33
RCH
DNQ
NHA LVS MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM 86th 64

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.darlingtonraceway.com/Articles/2010/08/Austin-Dillon.aspx
  2. ^ Bruce, Kenny (February 20, 2014). "Night spotting adds tough element to Daytona Duels". NASCAR.com. Retrieved 2014-02-24.

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