Sawyer went full-time with the team in 1994 with sponsorship from Ford Credit. They had six top-tens, as well as winning at Myrtle Beach Speedway, finishing fourteenth in championship points. The following season, they moved to ninth in points and Sawyer won the pole at Indianapolis Raceway Park. At the end of the year, Sawyer was replaced with Dennis Setzer with Lipton Tea sponsorship for 1996. He had two top-tens, before Sawyer came back to the team to finish out the year, posting one top-ten.
Glenn Allen, Jr. took over the #38 for the 1999 season, and had a fourth-place finish at The Milwaukee Mile, but was replaced dring the season by Hut Stricklin, who ended the season with a pole at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The 38 team was forced to shut down at the end of the season due to a lack of sponsorship.
Rookie Christian Elder drove the #38 in 2001 with Great Clips/Deka Batteries sponsorship for sixteen races that year, posting a best finish of 20th twice. Elder drove the 38 for eight races in 2002, sharing the ride with Mark Green before Green took over the ride permanently, posting three top-fifteen finishes.
In 2003, Akins hired Kasey Kahne as the team's driver. Kahne finished seventh in points and won his first career race at the Ford 300. He left for Evernham Motorsports' Cup ride at the end of the season, but continued to run Akins' Busch team, as they switched to Dodge Intrepids. He went winless, but had two poles and finished eleventh in points.
In 2005, team manager Doug Stringer assumed full ownership, and Kahne shared the car with Tyler Walker. He had two wins and three poles, while Walker did not finish better than 14th, and was released in August 2005. Mike Wallace and A. J. Foyt IV shared the driving duties with Kahne for the balance of the season.
In 2000, Sawyer continued to drive the 98, posting fourteen top-tens.
In 2001, Starter/Hot Tamales came on board as sponsor, and Sawyer posted a career-best nineteen top-ten finshes. At the end of the year, Starter and Hot Tamales left, causing Akins to sell the 98's equipment to Robert Yates Racing.
Elder's team battles odds; Former Minnesotan Christian Elder hopes for success on the Busch circuit, but found heartbreak in qualifying at Daytona.(SPORTS)
Feb 16, 2001; There were a number of emotional swings for driver Christian Elder and the crew for the No. 38 Busch car during the previous...