Morgan-Dollar Motorsports is a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team. It is owned by David Dollar and National Football League player Randy Moss. Former driver Rob Morgan co-owned the team until 2004. They currently field the #81 Chevrolet Silverado for Landon Cassill.
The team was originally based in Hennessey, Oklahoma, where it competed in Pro-Stock, Modified, and Asphalt Late Model races until it moved to North Carolina in 2004.
Truck #47 history Edit
What is now the #47 truck debuted in 1997 at Sears Point International Raceway. Joe Bean qualified the #46 Ford F-150 in 28th place, but finished in ninth. Morgan ran two races for the team in 1998 with Acxiom sponsorship at Heartland Park Topeka and Sears Point, finishing 28th, and 26th, respectively. Morgan returned to drive full-time in 1999, posting a fifth-place finish at Topeka and finishing 19th in points. In 2000, he finished eighth at Kentucky Speedway and moved up to eighteenth in points.
After that season, Morgan retired from driving but remained onboard as a partner with the team. They also switched to Chevy and hired Dennis Setzer as driver. In his first year, Setzer won three poles as well as a race at Memphis Motorsports Park, earning him a seventh place points finish. After dropping to ninth in points in 2002, Setzer picked up three wins and finished second in points in 2003. Setzer also received sponsorship from the Chevy Silverado brand, and won four races in 2005. The team finished second in points for three consecutive years between 2003-2005.
For 2006, Morgan-Dollar Motorsports became the flagship team for Chevrolet. Chevrolet changed the team's factory sponsorship from Silverado to FlexFuel E85 Ethanol. The change was to help initiate General Motors' new Live Green Go Yellow initiative to promote the use of E85 Ethanol and the variety of FlexFuel vehicles the company produces. The team switched truck numbers from #46 to #85 to coincide with the E85 sponsorship. Setzer failed to win a race for the first time since 1997, causing him to leave the team. Kinser and Jesus Hernandez were originally scheduled to share the #47 truck in 2007, but after the merger between their primary owner Ginn Racing and Dale Earnhardt, Inc., Regan Smith became the team's new primary driver for the rest of the year. Timothy Peters drove the #47 at Martinsville Speedway with Tahoe Smokeless sponsoring, finishing 19th.
Truck #81 history Edit
The truck did not run again until 2004 when the Morgan-Dollar team debuted a special program called the Chevrolet Silverado All-Stars program, which was a unique program showcasing popular music stars and Chevrolet's Nextel Cup drivers. Michael Waltrip was the debut driver for this special program and drove the #47 truck to a fifth place finish at the Infineon 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Waltrip's truck carried a paint scheme featuring Sheryl Crow. For the remainder of the 2004 season, a series of rotating drivers raced the truck, with Tony Stewart, Robby Gordon, and Bobby Labonte posting top-five finishes in the truck. The truck featured Sara Evans (Stewart), George Thorogood (Robby Gordon), Big and Rich (Ron Hornaday), Josh Turner (Labonte - Martinsville), Joe Nichols (Jason Leffler), Acxiom (Kyle Busch and J.J. Yeley), and Chevrolet Silverado (Labonte - Homestead) as sponsors on the truck for the remainder of the season. Acxiom and Chevrolet Silverado split primary sponsorship (with Acxiom on the quarter panels and Silverado on the hood of the truck) on all of the trucks, except at Michigan International Speedway and Indianapolis Raceway Park (where Acxiom was on both the hood and quarter panels with drivers Yeley and Busch, respectively).
The Silverado All-Stars program returned in 2005, with Stewart, Labonte, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, and Willie Allen all running. The truck featured sponsorship from Phil Vassar (Labonte - Atlanta 1), Econo Lodge/Rodeway Inn/Trick Pony (Labonte - Martinsville 1), Tork/Diamond Rio (Stewart - Lowe's Motor Speedway), Makita Tools (Stewart - Dover), FedEx Express/FedEx Kinkos/Silverado/Home Depot (Almirola), The City of Nashville (Allen), Econo Lodge/Rodeway Inn/Julie Roberts (Labonte - Atlanta 2), and Kiss/RaySat (Harvick - Richmond). The truck came within .008 of a second from scoring its first victory with Labonte at the Atlanta Motor Speedway race in March 2005, then finally scored their first win with Labonte back at the wheel the next week at Martinsville Speedway.
In 2006, MB2 Motorsports development driver Kraig Kinser took over the truck, expanding Morgan-Dollar to two full-time truck teams. After DNQ-ing at California Speedway, the team switched to the #29 briefly to assume K Automotive Racing's owner's points, then switched to the #46. The truck alternated sponsors between Centrix Auto Finance and the U.S. Army, and also sported sponsorships from Ginn Clubs and Resorts and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (Kansas Speedway, July 2006).
Kinser was replaced in the truck by Clint Bowyer at New Hampshire International Speedway in September. Kinser returned to the truck for his final 2006 NCTS race two weeks later at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Joe Nemechek and Bowyer were announced as replacements in the truck for the races at Talladega and Texas, respectively. Bowyer gave the team a victory at Texas. Mike Wallace drove the truck at the beginning of the season at Daytona, but crashed at the beginning of the race. Timothy Peters drove the 46 in three races, with a top ten. Erin Crocker drove the first two races for this team in 2008, followed by Scott Speed who drove the truck at Atlanta and Martinsville, followed by Landon Cassill at Mansfield and Lowe's. Aric Almirola and Regan Smith drove in between races when Cassill was fulfilling obligations for his Nationwide Series team.
|Chevrolet in NASCAR|
|Models||Impala (2008- ) | Monte Carlo (1995-2007) | Lumina (1989-1994) | Monte Carlo (1979-1988) | Chevelle (1964-1977) | Impala (50's-60's)|
|Sprint Cup Teams||Dale Earnhardt, Inc. | Front Row Motorsports | Furniture Row Racing | Haas CNC Racing | Hendrick Motorsports | Richard Childress Racing|
|Nationwide Series Teams||CJM Racing | Day Enterprise Racing | Elite 2 Racing | Front Row Motorsports | Jay Robinson Racing | JD Motorsports | JR Motorsports | Kevin Harvick Incorporated | Mac Hill Motorsports | ML Motorsports | Mac Hill Racing | MSRP Motorsports | Phoenix Racing | Richard Childress Racing | Rusty Wallace Racing | SKI Motorsports|
|Craftsman Truck Series Teams||Kevin Harvick Incorporated | Key Motorsports | MRD Motorsports | Randy Moss Motorsports | SS-Green Light Racing | TRG Motorsports | ThorSport Racing | Xpress Motorsports|
|Richard Childress Racing|
|Sprint Cup Drivers||Clint Bowyer (#07) | Kevin Harvick (#29) | Jeff Burton (#31)|
|Nationwide Series Drivers||Scott Wimmer (#29)|
|Driver development program Drivers||Austin Dillon | Ty Dillon | Stephen Leicht | David Mayhew | Tim McCreadie|
|Partnerships and Affiliations||Dale Earnhardt, Inc. | Kevin Harvick Incorporated | Randy Moss Motorsports | Rusty Wallace Racing | SKI Motorsports|
|Other||Richard Childress | Dale Earnhardt|