Joey Arrington (born July 25, 1956) is an American former NASCAR driver, Team Owner and crew chief from Rocky Mount, Virginia. He made nine Winston Cup (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) starts with a best finish of 12th. He made his first start in 1974 as a 17-year-old and raced until 1980.
|Born||July 25, 1956|
Rocky Mount, Virginia, United States
|Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career|
|9 races run over 5 years|
|Best finish||84th (1980)|
|First race||1974 Capital City 500 (Richmond)|
|Last race||1980 Richmond 400 (Richmond)|
He is currently the owner of Race Engines Plus LLC and is the son of former NASCAR driver Buddy Arrington. Arrington was a partner in Bobby Hamilton Racing. Joey Arrington started Arrington Manufacturing and Arrington Engines in 2000. After selling his interests in both entities he moved the majority of his business ventures to Concord, NC. In 2012 Joey, once again owned a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Team under the Toyota banner with REP providing the engines.
Arrington is the son of Buddy and Jeanette Arrington, and often was present at his fathers races. His interests in engines and car tuning was sparked by Petty Enterprises engine builder Maurice Petty, and Joey would tweak his skills in the Petty shop in Level Cross. After graduating high school in 1975, the younger Arrington became the crew chief and engine builder for his father's racing efforts.
Arrington was an integral part of Dodge's return to stock car racing, building engines and providing parts for Dodge teams for their return to ARCA in 1991, Trans-Am, and the Craftsman Truck Series in 1995.
Arrington Manufacturing / Race Engines PlusEdit
|United States worldwide|
|Brands||Toyota, GM, Dodge, Ford|
|Services||Engine building and parts|
|Website||Race Engines Plus|
In 2000, Arrington founded Arrington Manufacturing, Inc. in Martinsville, Virginia, also operating as Arrington Engines. Arrington built engines for Dodge truck teams Bobby Hamilton Racing and Ultra Motorsports, winning championships in 2004 and 2005 with Ted Musgrave and Bobby Hamilton.
In 2009, with Dodge pulling support from the truck series, Arrington shifted its focus and expanded into the aftermarket parts industry. That same year, they began providing engines to rookie Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team Tommy Baldwin Racing, a team he had worked with in the Xfinity Series.
In 2011, Arrington began his new entity, called Race Engines Plus and located in the auto racing hub of Concord, North Carolina. The company builds race engines for teams in NASCAR, NHRA and SCCA. Race Engines Plus also provides engine building contract services for businesses and individuals. REP provides rebuild and complete engine building services for race teams and the speed enthusiast. The Weddington Road location of Race Engines Plus, is the all under one roof engine building facility owned entirely by Joey Arrington.
Arrington's association with Dodge remains, providing customized HEMI engines for street cars. Buddy Arrington, Joey's father was a 2015 Mopar Hall of Fame inductee.
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- Newton, David (January 7, 2009). "Stars align for new team owner Baldwin". espn.go.com. Charlotte, North Carolina: ESPN. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
Tommy Baldwin could be rolling the dice by starting a new Sprint Cup team in this depressed economy. But the longtime crew chief is feeling awfully lucky, writes David Newton.
- "About Race Engines Plus". raceenginesplus.com. raceenginesplus.com. Archived from the original on 17 October 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2014.