"The guy comes off the trailer ready to race," said Gary Howe, owner of Kalamazoo Speedway. "While a lot of teams are working on their cars in the pits, Andy's crew know what they want to do and have already done it before they arrive at the track.
"They aren't a big-funded team, but they really work well together."
Bozell said he's been able to find and keep a good crew for a long time. "Everyone knows what to do on the car. Everyone has his own job, and we don't worry about them doing it."
"They excel at it," said Howe.
Bozell said his team motto is "You win races in the shop Monday through Friday. You prove it on the weekends."
As a result, Bozell said his record is four DNFs in seven seasons.
"And two of them were crashes," he said. "You can't miss all of them."
Knowing What It TakesRacing success has always been about knowledge. Even back in its moonshiner days, the difference between winning and losing-either on the track or the back roads-is knowing how to get the most out of an engine and chassis.
It's no different today, according to Mark Wertz, two-time regional champion from Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia.
"One of the best investments a new driver can make is to go to a chassis school," he said. "A two- or three-day school is expensive, but it will be the best money a new racer can spend."
Wertz races a NASCAR late-model on pavement and said he reads everything he can find about suspension dynamics and how they apply to a short-track car. He said chassis setup should be the first priority for any new race team.
"You have to know how suspension dynamics work and how things like weight transfer affect a car," he said. "Until you know that, nothing else you do will really make much difference. If you aren't up on your math skills, a driver needs to find someone to work with him who is."
Wertz encourages young drivers to seek advice from those who have been successful at a track.
"But one of the things new drivers do is they listen to everyone," he said. "If they talk to 50 people they get 50 different ideas, and when something works, they won't know which did it."
He said it is critical that one person on the team becomes the crewchief-no crewing by committee-and makes the decisions.
Like most successful drivers, Wertz works at keeping his team intact. They've been together since 1998.
"We get together Tuesday and Thursday nights," he said, "unless we had a catastrophe at the track that requires something special."
He said the work night begins with dinner-he buys-and ends at 10 p.m.
"I want guys to get home to their wives at a decent time, so they get to come back the next night."
Bulldog Tenacity"There are a lot of guys out there who have fast cars," said Ted Christopher, 2001 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series national champion. "And there are a lot of guys who can drive fast in time trials. But that doesn't make them racers."
That happens on the track, wheel to wheel in the corners.
"I think that's where I'm strongest," he said. "I always focus on the car in front of me. I don't care where I am on the track, I'm always digging to pick up one more place. If there's a mistake new drivers make, it's to get behind a fast car and follow it. You don't pass anyone by following them. You end up taking the checker behind them.
"The key is to see where they run and find a way around them. Make your car handle better than theirs so you can pass them on the inside or outside, wherever you can force them to go."