Veteran NASCAR crew chief Richie Wauters took the leap into NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team ownership forming Wauters Motorsports in 2012.
Wauters’ career began at tracks around his hometown Green Bay, Wis. and quickly moved into the NASCAR Touring Series. Wauters crewed successful NASCAR Sprint Cup teams with drivers Kenny Wallace, Elliott Sadler, Robert Pressley and Jeff Green.
Wauters, in his tenure as a crew chief in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, led teams to 17 victories from 2004-2010 with drivers Shane Hmiel, Kyle Busch and Aric Almirola.
“It is something I thought about for awhile,” Richie Wauters said of his decision to become a team owner. “I had the opportunity to buy some trucks and have a great driver headlining the team. It hasn’t been a difficult transition so far and we are really excited about the season. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is very competitive and I’m certain the guys on this team will be right in the thick of that competition.”
In his off time Wauters still focuses on racing with his Late Model team. The team won the legendary Snowball Derby in 2004 at Pensacola Speedway in Florida and finished second in 2005 and 2015. His NASCAR Southeast Series team has nine wins over two seasons. The team won the Southeastern Elite Division championship and won the last race of the Elite Division at the Phoenix International Raceway in 2006.
Wauters has worked with such drivers as: Davey Allison, Aric Almirola, John Andretti, Kyle Busch, Bill Elliott, Jeff Green, Scott Hanson, Denny Hamlin, Alan Kulwicki, Mark Martin, Paul Menard, David Regan, Elliot Sadler, Jimmy Spencer, Dick Trickle, Kenny Wallace and Steven Wallace.
About Spencer Wauters: Spencer Wauters driving career started just a few short years ago but the 22-year old driver has been around auto racing his entire life. Not only is he the son of Richie Wauters, veteran NASCAR Crew Chief and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team owner, Wauters himself is a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series crew member for Wauters Motorsports.
Wauters first career start was in 2008 where he piloted the No. 5 Super Late Model in 10 of the 14 race PASS South Series posting one top-five and eight top-10 finishes. 2009 Wauters raced in five PASS South Series racing with a best finish of 3rd-place at Dillon Motor Speedway. 2010 Wauters raced in four events with a best finish at Dillon Motor Speedway of 5th-place position. In 2011, Wauters raced at Orange County Speedway, Motor Mile Speedway, Concord Motorsports Park, Hickory Speedway and North Wilkesboro Speedway.
“Racing is something I’ve always wanted to do. I grew up watching my dad build race cars in Wisconsin. I started helping him out when I was five, helping on the NASCAR Series car and truck teams he worked. I work for Wauters Motorsports on the team that my dad owns and have been able to learn a lot mechanically and from the drivers themselves. Hopefully, it will all transfer over and we’ll bring the No. 5 TDS Super Late Model to Victory Lane.” –Spencer Wauters