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Monday, July 13, 2015

Robert Pressley #29 Cartoon Network Chevrolet

    Robert Pressley was another driver who just couldn't cut it in the Cup series~ Following the 1994 retirement of Harry Gant, Pressley was chosen to take control of the #33 Skoal Bandit car~ He only managed 1 top 10 during the season, a 10th at Bristol~ The following year was a little better, with Pressley notching 2 top 5's, and 3 top 10's~ Before the end of the season however, car owner Leo Jackson sold the team to crew chief Andy Petree~

    Robert ran 1 race with the team after the sale, the UAW-GM Quality 500 @ Charlotte, where he started 42nd, and finished 32nd~ He left the team following that race, and found a new ride, driving for Gary Bechtel in his #29 Cartoon Network Chevrolet~ Pressley ran the final 3 races of the season with the team, his best finish being a 33rd in the NAPA 500 @ Atlanta~

    Pressley remained with the team for the start of the 1997 season, running 10 races, with a best finish of 14th in the Food City 500 @ Bristol~ He failed to qualify for 3 of those 10 races, (Atlanta, Fort Worth, Sonoma) and was let go following the 10th race of the season, (Winston 500 Talladega) after finishing 29th~ He wouldn't race again until the 25th race of the circuit, the CMT 300 @ Loudon, where he would finish dead last, driving Doug Bawel's #77 Japser Engines Ford~

                                        Pressley going for a ride in the 1997 Daytona 500~
Robert Pressley #29 Scooby Doo Shaggy 1997 Daytona 500 Racing Champions 1/64 NASCAR diecast blog

    He finished out the season in the Jasper car, failing to qualify for the final race of the season, the NAPA 500 @ Atlanta, and having his best run in the AC Delco 400 @ Rockingham, where he finished 13th~ He ran the next 4 seasons with the team, and had a total of 3 top 5's, and 7 top 10's during that time~ Following the 2001 season, Pressley was let go from the team,~ He ran 1 more race in the Cup Series, the 2002 Daytona 500, driving for Mark Melling in his #92 Brand Source Dodge, where he qualified 31st, and finished 22nd, 10 laps down~

    He attempted to qualify for the 2003 running of the Brickyard 400 @ Indianapolis, driving for Larry McClure's #4 Kodak Perfect Touch Pontiac, but failed to do so~ This was the last time Pressley was seen in the Cup Series~ In 2004, Pressley ran a full schedule in the former BGN series, netting 1 top 5, and 2 top 10's, driving Tad Geschickter's #47 Clorox/Wisk Ford~ He ran 6 races for the team the following season, failing to qualify for the CarQuest Auto Parts 300, and posting a season best 16th @ IRP, and Bristol~

                                          Robert Pressley #29 Cartoon Network Chevrolet~
Robert Pressley #29 Scooby Doo Racing Champions 1/64 NASCAR diecast blog Presley Winston Cup Shaggy
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Robert Pressley #29 Scooby Doo Racing Champions 1/64 NASCAR diecast blog Presley Winston Cup Shaggy


   Thankfully, Pressley's Racing Champions car looks much better than his career statistics~ Very fine detailing, especially for a RC car~ This car is almost a spitting image of his Cup ride~ It was so funny to watch him run this car because he was usually crashing it, and it looked funny as he was doing so, as it looked like he was scaring the crap out of ol' Shaggy the entire time~

    I enjoyed all the different Cartoon Network cars, my favorite probably being Lake Speed's #9~ Again, for a RC car, this one is just popping with color and detail~ This paint scheme could still run today and look just as smooth and sleak as it did back in 1997~

    Robert also ran 3 seasons in the Truck series, where he tallied 2 wins (both in 2002), 11 top 5's, and 10 top 10's, over the span of 69 races~ His Cup career ended after 9 years and 205 races, with 0 wins, 5 top 5's, and 11 top 10's~ His best was in the BGN series, where he finished his career there with 244 races ran, 6 poles, 10 wins, 38 top 5's, and 76 top 10's~ Below, I have attached some videos from Robert's career~ Thanks for stopping by the blog~

                                                               1997 Daytona 500 flip~

                                            1997 Goodwrench Service 400 Pressley crash~

                                                       2000 GoRacing.com 500 crash~

                                                                   Darlington crash~

2 comments:

  1. That Scooby Doo car is my favorite paint scheme of all time.

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    1. I've contacted Cartoon Network on Twitter several times, asking them to sponsor a car in NASCAR again.. but they never respond to me~ lol~ I loved their cars~

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