The David Story Race Team continues to strengthen Robbie Crouch’s return to American Canadian Tour (ACT) racing with the announcement that his previous championship crew chief, Brian Latuch, will be the head wrench for their 2007 effort. Latuch led the six-time champion to his 1990 title after teaming up for a partial schedule the previous year.

Latuch, of Milton, VT, brings years of experience and knowledge to the Storey team and will be announcing the balance of the championship caliber group in the near future.

“I’m excited to have the chance to work with Robbie again,” Latuch said.
“It’s always been in the back of my mind but it happened sooner than I thought possible.” He added,”Tom (Curley) has put together a great series. It’s a tough program and I feel a little behind. Right now were trying to get the crew lined up and I hope to start working on the equipment soon. We’re up for the challenge and we’ll put our best foot forward.”

above right - Brian Latuch
above left - Robbie Crouch delivers his championship speech at the Banquet celebrating the 1990 season

Also joining the Storey team will be John Casey, a long time racing enthusiast with lengthy ties to the ACT racing circuit. Casey will be the hands-on team coordinator as well as team spokesperson and marketing director.

“In light of the fantastic response to the news that Robbie is returning to the ACT Tour, my first order of business is to announce that the team has added two races to its 14-race Tour schedule,” Casey stated. “Thunder Road (Barre, VT) is one of Robbie’s favorite tracks and we are making the commitment to be at the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic (Sun, May 27) and the Vermont Governor’s Cup (Thurs, July12).”

Crouch, 54, is a four-time winner of the Vermont Governor’s Cup. Only one of his victories in the event came on Thunder Road’s quarter-mile high banked oval. The others took place at the former Catamount Stadium, a 1/3 mile semi-banked oval in Milton, VT that closed in 1987. The “Tampa Tornado” has carried the checkers three times in the 42-year history of the Memorial Day Classic. The race, which Crouch won in 1983, 1984 and ’86, dates back to 1961.

Casey concluded, “The Dave Storey team is looking forward to joining the fierce competition looking for the 2007 ACT Tour championship as well as seeing old friends and fans and meeting new ones.”

Crouch and crew will begin their quest for a record setting seventh ACT Tour Championship on Saturday, April 28 at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway. He will make his first appearance at Thunder Road in track’s 48th season opener, the Merchants Bank 150 on Sunday, May 6.