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Herzog–Jackson Motorsports

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Herzog–Jackson Motorsports was a NASCAR Busch Series team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Originating as Herzog Motorsports, the team was owned by Bill, Randy, and Stan Herzog. In its final year, the team was co-owned by former Oakland A's and New York Yankees player Reggie Jackson. The team is notable for fielding two future champions in Todd Bodine and Jimmie Johnson.

Herzog–Jackson Motorsports
Owner(s)Bill Herzog, Randy Herzog, Stan Herzog, Reggie Jackson
BaseConcord, North Carolina
SeriesBusch Series, SODA
Race driversTodd Bodine, Jeff Green, Jimmie Johnson
SponsorsAlltel, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Excedrin, Monster.com, The GPS Store, Garmin
ManufacturerChevrolet
Opened2000
Closed2003
Career
Drivers' Championships0
Race victories3

SODAEdit

Herzog Motorsports started as an off-road racing team. The team won the 1998 SODA Pro-2 (rear wheel drive) championship with rookie driver Ricky Johnson. Johnson won 6 of 16 events.[1]

Busch SeriesEdit

Breeding of championsEdit

HJM debuted in 2000 as Herzog Motorsports with SODA and American Speed Association driver Jimmie Johnson, who had previously worked with them in SODA. Sponsored by wireless company Alltel, Johnson would finish 10th in the points and place third in the 2000 Rookie of the Year points, behind Ron Hornaday and Kevin Harvick. Johnson's rookie year was notable for a crash at Watkins Glen International, where his brakes failed heading into turn 1 and he slammed the barrier head on. He was not injured and even pumped his fists after exiting the car. After Alltel left for Penske Racing, Johnson remained with the team for 2001, sponsored by Excedrin. Johnson gave the team its first ever win at the inaugural race at Chicagoland Speedway. Herzog's plans were to field a Cup team with Johnson, but he had already signed a deal with Hendrick Motorsports for 2002. Herzog then turned to Todd Bodine. Bodine would take the team's second win at Kentucky Speedway and finished 23rd in points. After Excedrin's departure, Herzog Motorsports joined with former baseball player Reggie Jackson to form Herzog–Jackson Motorsports in 2003. With Bodine back at the wheel, the team took its third and final victory at Darlington Raceway. Despite the added presence of fame, the team had sponsors for a few races, but could not attract a major sponsor to pay the bills, despite Bodine leading the points. Troubles were evident when the team skipped the Chicago race and Bodine was released.[2] HJM returned at Kansas with Jeff Green, who finished 11th. That would be the final race for the team, as they shut down near the end of the season.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Chevrolet 1998 Season Review, December 8, 1998; motorsport.com; Retrieved February 15, 2008
  2. ^ "Herzog-Jackson Out At Chicago". Motor Racing Network. Charlotte, North Carolina. July 9, 2003. Retrieved 28 December 2016.

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