Akins Motorsports

Akins Motorsports

Akins Motorsports was a NASCAR team based in Mooresville, North Carolina, which is near Charlotte. The team was formed in 1993 by at the time owned by Brad Akins and Bob Sutton. At the time the team was sold to Braun Racing it was owned by Doug Stringer.

Busch Series

Car #38 history

Akins Motorsports debuted in 1993, running the #38 Country Time Ford Thunderbird driven by Bobby Hamilton. They ran two Winston Cup races with Hamilton driving, posting a tenth-place finish at Dover International Speedway. They also ran a pair of Busch Races with Elton Sawyer driving, his best finish a 25th at Richmond International Raceway.

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.

In 1997, Barbasol became primary sponsor, and Sawyer finished a then-career-best sixth in points, before moving up to fifth the following season.

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.

Rookie driver A.J. Foyt IV was to compete for Rookie of the Year in the #38 Akins ride in 2006 but was released from the team when Doug Stringer merged Akins Motorsports with Braun Racing.

Car #98 history

In 1999, Akins formed a second car, the #98 with Lysol sponsorship with Sawyer driving. He won his second race at New Hampshire International Speedway and finished fifth in points again.

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.

Truck Series

Truck #38 history

During the 1995 season, Akins/Sutton also fielded a Craftsman Truck Series team with Sammy Swindell driving with sponsorship from Channellock, posting four top-tens and finishing twelfth in points.

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