Behind the NASCAR scene


Marylanders and Delawareans in NASCAR:

* EDDIE DICKERSON, Milford, Del. -- Crew chief for Rusty Wallace. Has worked for Darrell Waltrip, Cale Yarborough, Harry Gant, Terry Labonte and Buddy Arrington. Won mechanic-of-the-race honors when Wallace finished second at the First Union 400 in North Wilkesboro, N.C., on April 12.

* ELMO LANGLEY, Landover -- Drives pace car for NASCAR and is inspector for NASCAR, helping inspect the top five finishers in each race. Beat Cale Yarborough in 1991 Legends Race at Charlotte. Langley, 62, drove in the days before NASCAR became big-time with popular Winston Cup points circuit and got on cable television. Was consistently in the top 10 in points, and would have been a popular name driver from Maryland. Was the top driver at all the local dirt tracks in the late '50s and early '60s, finishing second to Bobby Allison at Beltsville. In long NASCAR career, Langley said he only finished ahead of Richard Petty once. Langley said he took second in a 1973 race in Hickory, N.C., in which Petty was third. Tiny Lund finished first. In NASCAR days, Langley said he often got suspended for driving unsanctioned races. Langley said he needed to drive those races to make enough money. However, Langley said the suspensions didn't always stop him from driving. He said he once went to Dorsey in late '50s and drove in a race with a mask to disguise his identity. Langley said he got away with it for two weeks before driver Johnny Roberts and his wife "told on me."

* TOMMY MORGAN, Joppa -- General mechanic and fabricator for Ted Musgrave. Has been crew chief for Jimmy Means, and was general mechanic and fabricator for Derrike Cope when Cope won the Daytona 500 in 1990. Had successful tours in the pits at Hagerstown and Dorsey dirt tracks for the likes of Bobby Ballantine, who won 14 of 14 races at Dorsey in 1985.

* FRANK PLESSINGER, Hagerstown -- Part-owner with Bobby Allison and two others of the Hut Stricklin Chevrolet Lumina. Still waiting for first win in nearly three years. Had a second-place finish to Davey Allison in Michigan race. Plessinger's construction firm built several shops for Allison in Charlotte, N.C. Owns Hagerstown Speedway, which was once rated the top dirt track in America by USA Today.

* JERRY PUCKETT, Dorsey -- Works in the pit for Ernie Irvan on race day and drives Irvan's show car. In seventh year with Irvan.

* WALT LOVE, Newark, Del. -- Sets up pits for Bill Elliott and runs tires to Goodyear. Has worked for Geoff Bodine and Terry Labonte.

* RICK VIERS, Darlington -- Mechanic in charge of left-side tires for Harry Gant. Started out as a limited stock car driver in 1984 and won Old Dominion Speedway championship in 1986. But took job with Gant when sponsors were hard to attain.

* TIM WHITE, Pittsville -- Unpaid, part-time gas runner for Darrell Waltrip for six years. Got hooked up with Waltrip through his friend Eddie Dickerson. Made the cover of Winston Cup Scene magazine with Waltrip after Waltrip won the Charlotte 600 in 1988. Raced on Maryland-Delaware area dirt tracks as a youngster, following in the footsteps of his father and


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