2007 Sacks Motorsports News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former driver trying to get back in as driver, owner

By Rick Houston, Special to NASCAR.COM
July 12, 2007
04:17 PM EDT

Greg Sacks sounds excited.

Sacks, who hasn't qualified for a Cup race in two years, says he's close to finalizing a multi-year alliance with an existing multi-car operation that would put at least two cars on the track beginning next year. Chances are, Sacks adds, that he'll be the driver of one of those cars. He's got an option on 25 acres in the Charlotte area, and building permits for the shop complex are in place.

That's not all Sacks has on his plate. Plans call for his sons, Paul and Brian, to run an "ABC" schedule in 2008. Some ARCA and Busch Series will start warming them up, if all goes well, for a Cup race or two late in the season. So, yeah. Greg Sacks is excited with everything he's got going on.

"We're very, very close to pulling the trigger on this endeavor," said Sacks, who adds that a formal announcement of his plans should be coming in no more than 30 to 60 days. "I don't want to disappoint our sponsors. We want to ensure that we've got the level of performance right from the start."

At age 54, Sacks hasn't given up on being a driver. Not yet. What Sacks is doing, though, is trying his best to make sure the deal he's putting together has the right kind of foundation.

"My focus is more on building the organization ... [but] yes, I want to drive," Sacks said. "Yes, I feel that I have the potential to go out and compete, and win races with the right operation. That's what we're looking to set up. That's why there's an alliance built with the current Cup operation. To start from scratch in this day and age, it's near impossible."

Early in Sacks' career, he was a hotshot Modified competitor, winning numerous races along the way. He first gave Cup a shot in 1983 with a team owned by his father, Arnie. Sacks would race the full 1984 schedule and the first three events of the following year with the operation, before hooking up with James Hylton and then a DiGard Racing research and development team headed by the noted -- if not infamous -- crew chief Gary Nelson.It was with Nelson and the DiGard team that Sacks scored was has been called one of the greatest -- if not the greatest -- upset in NASCAR history, after winning the 1985 Firecracker 400 at Daytona. He beat Bill Elliott, who was in the midst of one of the most spectacular seasons ever put together by a racecar driver, to the finish line by more than 23 seconds.

Making the win appear all the more improbable was Sacks' supporting cast in the pits. He had won despite a crew consisting mostly of members culled from other teams that had fallen out of the event. Another crew member was a native of New Zealand, had been hired only two weeks before, was sleeping in the team's shop and had never been to a Cup race before Daytona. The jackman was the son-in-law of team owner Bill Gardner and a former Boston College running back who had never jacked a car under race conditions.Each time Sacks pitted, he lost ground. Each time he lost ground in the pits, however, he made it right back up on the track.

How could it have been possible? There was talk, and still is to this day, that Nelson had tweaked the car well past the limits allowed in the rule book. Some said the Chevrolet had a big engine, others that there was something funny about its suspension ... or its fuel cell and/or lines. Asked about the rumors, Sacks doesn't bristle. He doesn't seem to take offense.

But he does explain his side of the story, in no uncertain terms. After a while, a reporter moves on to another subject. Before he answers, Sacks comes back to the matter of his Daytona win once again.

Sacks says that he and his father bought the car he drove that day from Harry Rainer. Cale Yarborough had raced the car, and won with it. Sacks had previously driven it to a sixth-place finish in the 1985 Daytona 500. It was then leased by the Sackses to DiGard when the R&D deal went down.

Nelson, Sacks says, changed some of the front-end geometry. The car, Sacks insists, was legal, although various sources have hinted Nelson admitted to trickery.

"Everything was well within the rule book," Sacks concluded. "It might've been a little bit ahead of its time, and a lot of that credit goes to ... Waddell Wilson. He worked at Ranier's when they built that car, and that car spent a lot of time in the wind tunnel prior to ever seeing the speedway.

"I had a guy say, 'You won the race, but they took away your points and your money because you had a big engine.' I kinda laughed because I know I got paid. That's all I know."

Bobby Allison, angry because he felt the R&D team was detracting from his own effort, quit DiGard less than two weeks after Sacks' win. Sacks would take over, but the once-mighty team soon found itself in dire financial difficulty. Again, Sacks was bouncing from team to team.

He landed for a time with Hendrick Motorsports, at first helping in the filming of Days of Thunder and then in a fourth team car. After that, Sacks would drive for a multitude of team owners, including, but certainly not limited to, Larry Hedrick, D.K. Ulrich, Dick Brooks, Felix Sabates and Cale Yarborough.

In 1996, Sacks ran a handful of Cup races for Diamond Ridge Motorsports owner Gary Bechtel. During that tenure, he also drove a July Busch Series event at Talladega.

He won it.

"It was kind of a confirmation," Sacks said. "I have always prided myself in the speedways, and my ability to draft and be in the right place at the right time. I didn't have the best car that day, but I won it."

Two years later, Sacks sustained injuries at Texas that initially left him in intensive care and later with edema -- or swelling -- in his spinal column. He says he couldn't walk for a couple of months after the accident.

That was then. This is now.

Sacks runs three to five miles a day, three times a week. And on New Year's Day this year, just for the heck of it he says, he ran eight miles.

"I don't know if it's through determination, God's will or whatever ..." Sacks said.

Six years passed before Sacks returned to Cup competition. He qualified for three races in 2004, and two more the next year. He has attempted a few races here and there, but failed to make the cut.

Nevertheless, because of the deal he's working on and evidently so close to finalizing, Greg Sacks has a positive outlook on the future.

"I don't look to drive for Sacks Motorsports in 2008," Sacks said. "I look to race to win for Sacks Motorsports in 2008. I don't want to go out there and drive. I don't want to be a racecar driver. I want to go out and race to win."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who's Your Daddy Kicks-Off 2006 NASCAR Season at Atlanta Motor Speedway in NEXTEL CUP SERIES
Tuesday March 14, 8:55 am ET

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 14, 2006--Who's Your Daddy, Inc. (OTCBB:WYDY - News) is pleased to announce it has entered into a sponsorship agreement to be the exclusive primary sponsor of Sacks Motorsports for the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES.

 

Greg Sacks will drive the Who's Your Daddy Car # 13 during the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL CUP season, debuting at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Golden Coral 500, this Sunday, March 19, 2006. Starting time for the race will be 1:00 EST. The race will be televised by Fox Sports and the TNT channel. Check your local listings.

Greg Sacks began his racing career in 1980 and has been a consistent winner. In 1994 Sacks set the track record at the Atlanta Motor Speedway when he won the pole position.

Edon Moyal, CEO of Who's Your Daddy, Inc. says, "We are extremely proud to be associated with Greg Sacks, who is one of the finest drivers on the circuit. We are looking forward to the debut of the Who's Your Daddy Car at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend."

Mr. Moyal continued, "We are looking forward to a long term relationship in which Who's Your Daddy will become a formidable presence at NASCAR. Moving from the BUSCH SERIES to the NEXTEL CUP SERIES this year is a major step in the Company's overall progress and places Who's Your Daddy amongst some of the greatest racing teams, NASCAR fans and global brands across the country."

Sacks responded to the Who's Your Daddy sponsorship by saying, "I cannot remember a time when I have been as enthused about a sponsor as I am about Who's Your Daddy. The company is young, vibrant and exciting, and has a tremendous product in the Who's Your Daddy 'King of Energy' Drink, which is a product destined for stardom."

During Sacks' impressive career he has raced for such teams as Proctor & Gamble, Coors Brewing Company, Miller Brewing Company, Kendall Motor Oil, and US Airways.

Who's Your Daddy is also pleased to announce the launch of the new "King of Energy" website (www.kingofenergy.com) in conjunction with the Atlanta race.

About Who's Your Daddy, Inc.

(www.whosyourdaddyinc.com; www.kingofenergy.com)

Who's Your Daddy, Inc. is a publicly traded licensing company that designs and licenses a variety of products centered on the trademark-protected brand, "Who's Your Daddy." In addition to the "King of Energy" drink, which is manufactured, promoted, and sold, exclusively by the Company, Who's Your Daddy, Inc. holds licensing rights to the name Who's Your Daddy for more than 300 products in the U.S. and Europe and is expanding internationally. The "Who's Your Daddy" range of product offerings are designed to appeal to young men, women and sports fans who strive for "style with authority