Andy Belmont has been involved in motorsports for more than 30 years as a driver, owner and crew chief.
From Langhorne, Pa., Belmont started his career in motorsports as a driver. He won the 1987 NASCAR Dash Series Rookie of the Year Award and followed that up the following season by capturing the NASCAR Dash Series championship.
In 1989 Belmont made his debut in what is now known as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, starting 35th and finishing 29th at Dover (Del.) Int’l Speedway. He would go on to make 12 NASCAR Cup Series starts from 1989 to 2004 as well as five NASCAR XFINITY Series starts from 1992 to 2003.
During the same time period Belmont raced extensively in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. He raced in seven full-time seasons in the ARCA Racing Series, finishing a career-best third in the championship in 2001 while driving for his own race team.
After retiring as a driver, Belmont continued as an owner in the ARCA Racing Series. He scored his only win in the ARCA Racing Series as an owner in 2011 when Chad McCumbee won the Allen Crowe 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill.
Belmont ended his run as a team owner in 2012, but he couldn’t stay away from racing forever.
The relationship between Mullins Racing team owner and driver Willie Mullins and Belmont dates back to 2007 when Mullins purchased a race car from Belmont to build his first ARCA car.
Over the following years when Mullins had questions, he would always ask Belmont and in time, the two became friends. In 2012 when Belmont closed his race team, he sold Mullins his road course race car and later helped Mullins acquire his first superspeedway car.
Belmont formally joined Mullins Racing in 2015 for the season-opening event at Daytona Int’l Speedway when he served as crew chief for J.J. Pack in the Mullins Racing No. 1 Ford. He returned to Mullins Racing in 2016 and helped guide driver/owner Mullins to an eighth-place finish at Daytona Int’l Speedway.
The 59-year-old motorsports veteran will continue his role as crew chief at Mullins Racing throughout the 2017 ARCA Racing Series season.
Darrell Ferree, originally from East Tennessee, is a career Firefighter and US Marine Corps Veteran. Darrell grew up around the local short tracks of Tennessee with his dad, until he ended up settleing down in Virginia. His racing had a little short track car racing, a little bit of karting, and he is a three time Virginia Cross Country ATV Champion. In an effort to give his kids the best opportunity to be successful, he sidelined himself as a driver once his kids Ashleigh and Peyton were ready to take the Ferree Racing driver roles. In just three seasons, the two kids have gotten three Championships in three different classes of racing. Darrell teamed up with Mullins Racing in 2015 in an effort to improve both racing teams. Both teams have already seen a great benefit of this partnership.