You can lull yourself back into thinking I could still do that."Evernham's last race atop the pit box as Gordon's crew chief was at Dover International Speedway in September 1999, but he remained as hands-on as a team owner who spearheaded Dodge's return to NASCAR in 2001. 24 Chevrolet in '95, '97 and '98, setting a modern-era record with 13 victories in the last title campaign."I probably could still do it, but I don't think I could have the results I had," said Evernham, 55, after a news conference at his museum to present a 0,000 check to the Autism Society of North Carolina. If I couldn't hold up to that 1998 standard, I'd be constantly unhappy and frustrated, so I don't want to do that again."I got that call, and I was flattered to get it, but I had to pass."The New Jersey native still feels the tug of competition but isn't sure his style would fit well into the engineering-driven world of 21st century NASCAR."Would I like to hang out with a race team and be part of answering questions and giving direction on stuff? "Would I like to be in that competitive environment? HALL PASS: Wallace, Wood head of class"I had my time.
The Ray Evernham crew chief side couldn't fit in the box that's laid out now. I cut fenders off in the garage area, I put new snouts on. It's not a fun place."Evernham seems to be enjoying life by staying occupied away from the track.
I don't feel I deserve to be in that Hall of Fame more than anyone else."As for putting a period on his racing career?
I don't want it to be winning an Oscar because I spent the most money on the commercials.
It's important that my peers think my place in history that I deserve to be there.
But a recent call from a powerhouse NASCAR team – he wouldn't say which except that it wasn't Hendrick – had the man who was voted the greatest crew chief of all time in 2006 pondering a change of heart.
That doesn't make NASCAR wrong or me right, it's just a different game, and it's just not my game. I'm not a, 'Here's my technical drawing on my part and will you please approve it? I'm going to read the rulebook and say, 'Here's a gap, let's build something here.' Now you go to jail for that. His staff spent months restoring a custom-made 1964 Plymouth Belvedere whose sale last month at the Barrett-Jackson Auction provided the proceeds for Thursday's donation, which will benefit a new autism-oriented community center in Davidson, N. He will be working at least 15 NASCAR events for ESPN, starting at Daytona International Speedway and focusing on more in-depth features.He also is working with team owner Rick Hendrick on developing a new TV show called "Americarna" that will explore the country's evolving car culture."We're telling neat stories about the histories of Corvettes, moonshine and how things developed, using the assets Rick Hendrick and I have to tell an inside story," Evernham said.On Friday, he'll be attending the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.Despite his impressive credentials, Evernham has yet to be nominated but is in no hurry because he believes there are many drivers (such as Fireball Roberts) who deserve to be in ahead of him."Do I want to be in the Hall of Fame? "Being inducted in the Hall of Fame is one of the last things you do in your career. I want that period to be put on and feel good about it."Maybe we can tell them from a different perspective.
Between him and I, we own enough cars and know enough people."Evernham also still is working as a consultant with Hendrick's automotive business though he is scaling back to focus on his other projects and remaining involved in NASCAR.