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Old Orchard Beach’s St. Hilaire fielding NASCAR Sprint Cup team

Posted Jan. 27, 2012, at 4:40 p.m.
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What does trash removal in Maine have to do with the NASCAR Sprint Cup series?

Old Orchard Beach native Archie St. Hilaire is the president and CEO of BBI Waste Industries, which handles solid and liquid waste removal in Maine and New Hampshire, and he is also the owner of the Go Green Racing team which will make its NASCAR Sprint Cup debut March 16-17 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

St. Hilaire, who will be in his second year as an owner in the Nationwide series, will put 29-year-old Tim Andrews in the Sprint Cup car and Andrews’ crew chief will be his father, Bangor-born Paul Andrews.

Paul Andrews was a crew chief in Sprint Cup for several years and teamed up with the late Alan Kulwicki to win the Sprint Cup points championship in 1992.

“We may try 10 to 12 (Sprint Cup races),” said the 52-year-old St. Hilaire. “We’ll see how we do. Timmy’s a great kid. He can drive. He can get in the show.”

It will be the first time a father-son team have collaborated as crew chief-driver since Darrell Bryant and his son Kirk ran a race together in 1987.

“It’s pretty cool,” said Tim Andrews, who has run a number of Nationwide races but will be making his Sprint Cup debut. “It’s a neat deal. Guys [like St. Hilaire] willing to give someone with no money or no experience a shot nowadays are few and far between.

“I’m really looking forward to it and I hope I can capitalize on my opportunity,” added Andrews.

He is thrilled to have his father as his crew chief.

“What better guy to have on my side than my dad,” said Andrews. “He’s a very accomplished crew chief and we work so well together. The line of communication is there. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

“They have great chemistry,” said St. Hilaire, who has two Sprint Cup Fords courtesy of an arrangement he has with Roush Fenway Racing.

“It’s pretty exciting,” said Paul Andrews. “Tim and I have always a great relationship and a great working relationship. Archie is a great guy and he’s good-hearted man. That’s why we came over.”

Paul Andrews is the general manager of the Cunningham Motorsports team which intends to run six ARCA races. The fact they are running just six races “gives me the leeway to help Archie” explained Andrews.

Paul Andrews said the fact he was born in Bangor and will be working for a race team owned by a Maine guy is a neat development.

“It’s a small world,” said Paul Andrews.

Tim Andrews said he hasn’t run a lot of laps at Bristol but, “for whatever reason, I’m always fast on concrete tracks like Bristol, Dover and Nashville.”

St. Hilaire said he is indebted to Roush Fenway Racing and Ford for making this a reality and he is also looking forward to having 18-year-old Joey Gase being his full-time driver in his No. 39 Nationwide Series Ford. Gase was one of 14 different drivers who ran for St. Hilaire last season and St. Hilaire finished 26th in owner points thanks to eight top-20 finishes. Gase ran five of those races.

“Joey has a tremendous upside,” said St. Hilaire.

Clinton Cram will be Gase’s crew chief.

St. Hilaire will also run a second Nationwide team for another owner and Tim Andrews, who works for St. Hilaire in the Go Green Racing shop in Mooresville, N.C., could be in the seat for some of those races.

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