Former MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES championship crew chief Andy Petree serves as an analyst on NASCAR RACE HUB, FS1’s daily NASCAR news and information program. In 2015, Petree joined FOX NASCAR to offer his expertise as NASCAR Rules Analyst for FOX Sports’ coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES.
CHAMPIONSHIP-WINNING CREW CHIEF
Petree, who joined FOX Sports from ESPN, has a long history in the sport, including as team owner of the Nos. 33 and 55 teams and as crew chief for the late Dale Earnhardt during his sixth and seventh championship seasons (1993 and 1994) at Richard Childress Racing. Petree, a former racer, served as an analyst for ESPN/ABC’s coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES and NASCAR XFINITY SERIES from 2007 to 2014.
Petree’s Cup Series crew chief career commenced at the age of 28 with driver Harry Gant and car owner Leo Jackson. In 12 years as a Cup Series head wrench, he scored two championships, 25 wins, 12 pole positions, 110 top-five and 168 top-10 finishes in 361 starts. He also served as a NASCAR XFINITY SERIES crew chief, posting two wins, eight top-five and 19 top-10 finishes in 47 starts. Petree got his racing start as a teenager at Hickory Motor Speedway and other local short tracks before becoming part owner of Dale Jarrett’s No. 32 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES team.
FORMER NASCAR TEAM OWNER
Upon completion of his career as a crew chief, Petree purchased the No. 33 team from Jackson and established Andy Petree Racing in late 1996. Between late 1996 and the 2003 season, his MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES teams amassed 322 starts, including two wins, 16 top-five and 54 top-10 finishes with drivers such as Bobby Hamilton, Ken Schrader, Kenny Wallace and Joe Nemechek, among others. Petree’s teams also competed in 64 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES races from 1998 to 2004 and 15 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES events between 2002 and 2004, scoring two victories with Tony Stewart. In his first complete season of Cup Series competition as an owner in 1997, Petree guided Schrader to two top-five and eight top-10 finishes en route to a 10th-place finish in the point standings. Schrader finished 12th in 1998, prompting Petree to add a second Cup Series team with Wallace behind the wheel of the No. 55 in 1999.
Petree also spent time behind the wheel of a race car at the national level, making five NASCAR XFINITY SERIES starts and seven NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES starts, in addition to two ARCA RACING SERIES and one NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR start.
Born in Hickory, N.C., Petree resides in Hendersonville, N.C. with his wife, Patty, and daughter Jonnie. He also has two sons, Joey and Justin. You may follow Petree on Twitter at @apetree33.