Andy Petree
American motorsports commentator, team owner and driver
Andy Petree
Andy Petree, is a long-time fixture in NASCAR. After racing for years at local short track, Andy became part owner of the #32 Busch Series car for Dale Jarrett. By the age of 28, Andy was already a NASCAR Winston Cup crew chief on the Leo Jackson racing team. That car was driven by the Bandit Harry Gant. Petree is a color commentator on ESPN/ESPN on ABC NASCAR races. Andy now funds a 12 and under travel softball team named, The Lady Racers.
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Caraviello: For mid-season replacements, no time to waste
Yahoo News - over 4 years
When former crew chief Andy Petree moved from Leo Jackson's team to Richard Childress Racing in 1993, he was thrilled by the opportunity to work with a championship-caliber driver like Dale Earnhardt. At the same time, he was a little terrified -- because he would be working for a championship-caliber driver like Dale Earnhardt, and it was time to find out whether he could succeed among the levels of pressure and expectation that such an association would bring.
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NHHS holds pep rally, Relay walk to fight cancer
Blue Ridge Now - almost 5 years
North Henderson High students dropped golf balls from a helicopter, threw water balloons and listened to a cancer survivor's story Thursday at a pep rally as they continued the school's tradition of helping to fight cancer. The pep rally served as both a fundraiser and a fun way to kick off tonight's student and staff Relay For Life walk at the North stadium, which is open to the public. For four years, students have raised money for Henderson County Relay For Life, becoming the largest high school Relay in Western North Carolina. At the pep rally, students heard from cancer survivor Gary Massey, who previously worked at the school. They also witnessed as golf balls were dropped from a helicopter flown by former NASCAR driver Andy Petree as a fundraiser. Principal Frank Edney said they hoped to raise between $10,000 to $15,000 for Relay and the American Cancer Society. "In good economic times and bad economic times, our kids still find a way to contribute," he said. Stude ...
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NASCAR Sprint Cup TV Schedule: Nationwide Series Live in Prime Time from Richmond - TVbytheNumbers
Google News - over 5 years
Analysts Dale Jarrett, the 1999 driving champion, and two-time champion crew chief Andy Petree will join lap-by-lap announcer Allen Bestwick in the booth to call the action for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race, while Marty Reid will anchor the Friday night
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Petree now in his sixth season with ESPN - BlueRidgeNow.com
Google News - over 5 years
Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway, Hendersonville's Andy Petree, a NASCAR analyst for ESPN, had a full day of production meetings and appearances. Hendersonville's Andy Petree, a NASCAR race analyst for ESPN, poses in the ESPN booth at the suite level
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1-2 finish for Performance Friction Brakes in Bristol - Modern Tire Dealer
Google News - over 5 years
The race began with numerous cautions which collected several contenders including George Brunnhoelzl, III, Mike Stefanik and Andy Petree. When the checkered flag waved only 8 cars remained on the lead lap after a record 9 cautions
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The Final Word – Is ESPN trying to kill NASCAR? - SpeedwayMedia.com (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
They might not be the most dynamic duo ever, but usually I can stand Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. Not on Saturday night. Both were as exciting as funeral commentary delivered from my couch, little enthusiasm, unpolished, and adding nothing to what I
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BMS a serious test for drivers and crews - Kingsport Times News
Google News - over 5 years
It takes a complete effort by the entire race team to earn a trip to Victory Lane in Bristol, a lesson Andy Petree knows all too well. Petree was a crew chief for Harry Gant and a car chief for Dale Earnhardt, helping Earnhardt win his final two Cup
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Perfect Storm[s] Give Newman Second Straight Modified Win at Bristol - TricitiesSports.com
Google News - over 5 years
Dale Earnhardt's former crew chief and ESPN racing analyst Andy Petree was part of a five-car melee on the third lap. The UNOH Perfect Storm 150 was part of doubleheader with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series that started race week activities at
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NJ Race Fans Will Be Tuned into North/South NASCAR Modified Battle Wednesday - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Both Ryan Newman's and Andy Petree's last appearances in a NASCAR Modified didn't go as expected for very different reasons. Ryan Newman actually crossed the finish line first at New Hampshire, only to have the win stripped with the discovery of an
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Five decades of racing memories - TriCities.com
Google News - over 5 years
Now an analyst for ESPN, Andy Petree was Earnhardt's crew chief that night and remembers his driver coming through the pack twice to nearly win. “We'd had the best car all night but we'd gotten into quite a few altercations
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Our experts pick Michigan podium - ESPN
Google News - over 5 years
ESPN NASCAR personalities Ricky Craven, Jamie Little, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree share their predictions for the top three finishers at Michigan. I like Carl Edwards at Michigan because it's a track where drivers need to transition
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For DJ, Hickory Speedway was a way of life - Hickory Daily Record
Google News - over 5 years
“I was running Limited Sportsman, with Andy Petree and Jimmy Newsome helping me,” he said. “It's always been something I've loved to talk about. We had literally no money.” He also got help from Jerry Punch, who was then attending medical school at
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On Pit Road: Menard makes former teacher Petree proud - BlueRidgeNow.com
Google News - over 5 years
ESPN racing analyst Andy Petree was in the television booth, providing color commentary as Menard, who now drives for Richard Childress Racing, was holding off Jeff Gordon in the final laps. "Look at the crew chiefs... I know exactly what they're
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ESPN takes over for rest of NASCAR season - Nevada Appeal
Google News - over 5 years
Allen Bestwick is taking over the anchor spot from Marty Reid, and will be joined in the booth by Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. ESPN has also come up with some interesting technical innovations, including multiple high definition camera feeds from each
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Riding Shotgun with ESPN's Andy Petree - Newsday (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
Click here Riding Shotgun with ESPN's Andy Petree 5 m ago By Bobby Cassidy Andy Petree has done nearly everything in NASCAR. Driver, tire changer, crew chief, team owner and now ESPN analyst. He was a two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup-winning crew chief for
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ESPN hopes new features help NASCAR continue ratings upswing - Scene Daily
Google News - over 5 years
Dale Jarrett (center) and Andy Petree (right) will return to the broadcast booth for ESPN while Jerry Punch (left) will work pit road. Allen Bestwick will join Jarrett and Petree in the booth. A new play-by-play announcer
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ESPN announcers on Junior: Time to step it up - Yahoo! Sports (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
"I think the Junior Nation, they're getting impatient a little bit," Andy Petree added. "They saw a spark, like Dale said ... I've always been a big fan of Steve Letarte. I think he's one of the best crew chiefs in the garage, one of the smartest guys,
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Benson: Crew chief shuffle - ESPN
Google News - over 5 years
ESPN analyst Andy Petree helps us break it down. NASCAR Now Minute Tags: Andy Petree, Brian Pattie Call it desperation. Call it strategy. Call it the crew-chief shuffle. Greg Biffle, AJ Allmendinger and Juan Pablo Montoya will all have new management
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Andy Petree
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 56
    On February 10, 2015, Petree was hired by Fox NASCAR as a rules analyst.
    More Details Hide Details key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
  • 2011
    Age 52
    By 2011, Petree was the only member of the 2007 broadcast team still in the booth; until ESPN's final season of broadcasting NASCAR, he was joined by Bestwick and Dale Jarrett, with Wallace in the infield studio and Punch on pit road.
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  • 2010
    Age 51
    The Lady Racers split about halfway through the 2010 season when they lost their two star pitchers left to play for an upstate South Carolina "showcase" team.
    More Details Hide Details Afterwards, Petree was hired by Richard Childress Racing, ending up as car chief for the #3 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Dale Earnhardt. Earnhardt won his sixth and seventh championships (1993 and 1994) with Petree.
  • FORTIES
  • 2006
    Age 47
    On October 12, 2006, Petree was officially named a color commentator of the ESPN/ABC NASCAR broadcast team for their Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series coverage.
    More Details Hide Details Petree joined Rusty Wallace and Jerry Punch in the broadcast booth, with Jamie Little, Mike Massaro, Dave Burns, and Allen Bestwick reporting from pit road.
  • 2004
    Age 45
    Petree final start of his NASCAR career came at his best track: Martinsville in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details He started that race 9th and finished a respectable 18th. Seven months later, his team was sold and Petree's career as a car owner and a car driver was finished.
  • 2003
    Age 44
    In 2003, Petree made 4 Truck starts and finished in the top-20 in each.
    More Details Hide Details He was 14th at Mesa Marin, 10th at Martinsville (career best), 20th at IRP, and 18th at the second Martinsville race.
  • 2002
    Age 43
    While his NEXTEL Cup team was falling apart, Petree tried to get some momentum going in the Craftsman Truck Series. Petree made his debut in that series at Martinsville in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Despite an impressive 3rd place qualifying effort, Petree crashed and finished in 31st. However, the race at IRP later that year was better. He finished 12th.
    For 2002, Petree still wished to run the #33 along with Hamilton.
    More Details Hide Details Mike Wallace would drive the car for 4 races. However, with a best finish of 21st (Daytona 500) and its most memorable moment being at Talladega, (starting the big wreck) the #33 team's glory days were over. It would be up to Hamilton and the #55 team. However, just as the #33 quit for good, Hamilton was injured. Greg Biffle and Ron Hornaday took over. Hamilton came back and promptly announced he was leaving to his truck team. Petree was backed in a corner. By February 2003, his Cup team was done. With no sponsor to be found, Christian Fittipaldi's run in the #33 Monaco Chevy in the Daytona 500 appeared to be the final race. However, Petree wasn't quite done. His longtime friend, John Menard convinced him to look at John's son, Paul Menard, who impressed Petree He signed him to a contract quickly. Paul made his debut in the #55 Chevrolet at Nashville Superspeedway, Petree's first career Busch race as an owner. It was a productive race, as Paul finished 12th. After finishing 14th at the next race at Kentucky Speedway, Petree allowed Menard to make his Cup debut at Watkins Glen International (after Paul had DNQd at Infineon). That race at the Glen would be Petree's last Cup race. The next week, Paul grabbed his first top-10 at IRP. Petree, who had made some Craftsman Truck Series starts, decided to put Paul in some Truck races.
  • 2001
    Age 42
    Still searching for victory in 2001, Petree kept Nemechek in the #33 and hired Bobby Hamilton to drive the #55.
    More Details Hide Details A 3rd team with Geoff Bodine driving made one start in 2000, but the deal fell through. It would turn out to be Petree's best season yet. The 9th race of the year, at Talladega Superspeedway, featured an amazing battle. After multiple lead changes, Hamilton took the lead as he took the white flag and held off Tony Stewart to win Petree's first career race. Hamilton would earn 6 more top-10s and 18th in the final 2001 rundown. For Nemechek, the season was mixed. While practicing at Dover Downs, Nemechek slammed the wall, and injured his leg. Luckily, Hamilton's son, Bobby Hamilton Jr. was more than willing to join his father. Hamilton Jr. ran 3 races, Wally Dallenbach Jr. ran at Pocono, and Scott Pruett took over at Sears Point (now Sonoma). When Nemechek came back, his season was not the best and before October was over he announced his plans to leave. But Nemechek had one more trick up the sleeve. Nemechek pulled a dominating victory at North Carolina Speedway, giving APR its 2nd win from its 2nd team. However, with Nemechek gone and Oakwood leaving the #33 began to fold.
  • 2000
    Age 41
    The 2000 season was complete opposite for Petree's drivers.
    More Details Hide Details Nemechek was solid as he won 1 pole, and secured 3 top-5s and 9 top-10s. That enabled him to finish 15th in points. Kenny, on the other hand had one top-5: 2nd at Talladega Superspeedway. It was a memorable one though. Wallace stayed behind Dale Earnhardt in a two-lap dash and his help allowed Earnhardt to win his 76th and final NASCAR race. Wallace admitted later that he would have pulled out had he realized that Nemechek was behind him (Nemechek would finish 3rd). Nemechek had been running a Charlie Daniels paint scheme and Wallace did not recognize it. Despite getting as close as anyone to Petree's first victory, Wallace left for Eel River Racing.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1998
    Age 39
    At the end of 1998, it was announced that Kenny Wallace would join APR (Andy Petree Racing) in the #55 Square D Chevy for 1999.
    More Details Hide Details 1999 was a learning year for APR. The struggles of adding a second car may have shown. Schrader struggled with only 6 top-10s, en route to a 15th place in points. Wallace was more flashy but also inconsistent. He earned his career best finish of 2nd at New Hampshire International Speedway, and had 4 other top-10s, but Kenny would finish 22nd in points. Schrader's 1999 season compelled him to leave APR. However, Petree was quick in signing Joe Nemechek and sponsor Oakwood Homes, after Skoal announced it would not be on the #33 for the first time in 21 years.
  • 1997
    Age 38
    His daughter was also born in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details In 1998, Schrader received 3 top-5s and 11 top-10s. However, he fell two positions down the points ladder to 12th. Despite not receiving a visit to the New York awards ceremony, Petree was ambitious. At Daytona in October, Petree fielded a second car, the #55 Chevrolet, driven by Hut Stricklin.
    Petree took over the #33 Chevrolet as owner for the full 1997 season.
    More Details Hide Details That year, driver Ken Schrader drove the car to 2 top-5s and 8 top-10s en route to 10th place in the NASCAR Winston Cup final standings. Schrader also won 2 poles in the season. It marked a strong comeback for the #33 team, which had struggled severely in 1996, as Robert Pressley only earned one top-10.
  • 1996
    Age 37
    However, Petree wanted to have his life calm down a little and on October 1, 1996, Petree went back to Leo Jackson and bought his #33 team.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1958
    Born
    Born on August 15, 1958.
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