|Best finish 16th (1991)|
Best finish 25th (1992)
|Name Hut Stricklin|
Role Race car driver
|Born June 24, 1961 (age 54)
Calera, Alabama (1961-06-24) |
Achievements 1987 NASCAR Dash Series champion
First race 1987 Holly Farms 400 (North Wilkesboro)
Last race 2002 Sharpie 500 (Bristol)
First race 1985 Miller 400 (Charlotte)
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Waymond Lane "Hut" Stricklin, Jr. (born June 24, 1961) is a former NASCAR race car driver.
Stricklin grew up in Calera, Alabama. He married Pam Allison, the daughter of NASCAR legend Donnie Allison after they were introduced by her cousin Davey. Stricklin was the last member of the Alabama Gang.
In 1987, Stricklin won NASCAR's Dash Series championship and made his debut in the Winston Cup Series.
Two years later, he finished second to Dick Trickle in the NASCAR Rookie of the Year competition with car owner Rod Osterlund. In his sophomore season, he competed in only three events before taking over the driving chores of Bobby Allison's No. 12 Raybestos Brakes-sponsored Buick. 1991 turned out to be one of his best seasons, as he finished 16th in points as well as a career high second-place finish, at Michigan International Speedway. With eight races left in the 1992 season, Stricklin left Allison's team and after a few races driving for Junie Donlavey, he picked up a ride for 1993 with Junior Johnson, driving the No. 27 McDonald's-sponsored Ford. In 1994, Stricklin paired with owner Travis Carter to form a new team, the No. 23 Camel Cigarettes-sponsored Ford. It was a disappointing year for Stricklin, finishing 26th in points.
After Stricklin failed to find a ride for 1995, he served as a consultant for Kenny Bernstein's rookie driver Steve Kinser, a World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion who was struggling to transition from dirt to pavement. During the season, Kinser resigned, and Stricklin took over, posting five top 10 finishes. However the team closed at the end of the year.
Stricklin joined the Stavola Brothers Racing No. 8 Circuit City-sponsored Ford in 1996. He had a second-place finish at Darlington Raceway, and ended up 22nd in the points standings that year.
In 1998, Stricklin went between jobs, first driving the No. 8 car, which closed because of sponsorship troubles, then driving substitute duty for David Green and Robert Pressley for the rest of the year.
1999 presented Stricklin with a new challenge. He was now the crew chief for Gary Bradberry's No. 78 Ford for Triad Motorsports. When that team was sold, Stricklin took over the No. 58 Ford for SBIII Motorsports. He posted some of the best finishes of the year for that team, including a top-ten finish at Michigan. Despite posting three consecutive DNQs, Stricklin appeared to have found solid footing, as Barbour announced that he would be his driver through 2003, and would have Motorsports Safety Technologies as his sponsor. However, sponsorship again plagued Stricklin, as shortly after signing the deal, MST produced a bounced check, causing Barbour's team to close its doors for good.
In 2000, Stricklin drove for Donlavey at the Brickyard 400 and finished 14th. The next year he had a sixth-place finish at Michigan. However, sponsor Hills Brothers wanted to find a new team, and they both moved to Bill Davis' No. 23 Dodge.
In 2002, Stricklin struggled and was soon released. That was the last year in which he competed in a NASCAR race.
In a March 2016 "Where Are They Now?" article with KeepIt35.com, Stricklin mentioned that he recently went to work for an old friend at Stock Car Steel in Mooresville, NC. He also mentioned that one of his biggest missed opportunities was when he chose not to take an offer to drive for Joe Gibbs' new Winston Cup Series team in 1992.
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)