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* = Dillon ran the first four races of the 2008 season with ASM, but the rest of the schedule with Team Dillon Racing.
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History of ASM
Santerre finished 10th in points and won Rookie of the Year honors in 1993. The following year, he claimed his first win at Apple Valley (now Spencer Speedway), finished third in points and captured his first Most Popular Driver Award.
Santerre and O'Connor split ways after the '94 season and Santerre was expecting to hear from other team owners to run a full Busch North schedule in 1995. The calls never came.
Just four months before the 1995 season was set to begin, Santerre formed Andy Santerre Motorsports.
“The idea of fielding a competitive team seemed impossible at first,” said 26-year-old Santerre in a 1995 press release. “At first I was worried about not having enough time to prepare a competitive car, but the response I’ve received and the offers I’ve made, have made it possible for this thing to come together.”
Within a month, Santerre had a 1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo secured along with two Buick V-6 engines, equipment, a shop to work in and an experienced race team.
Andy Santerre Motorsports was born.
The unusually fast beginnings to ASM didn’t hurt Santerre on the track as he once again finished third in points with a win, eight top fives, 14 top 10s and three poles in ASM's inaugural season.
Santerre raced full time with his own team from 1995-1997 in the Busch North Series. He finished third, second and fourth in points, respectively. He was ready to move up NASCAR's ladder.
He joined George DiBidart and Innovative Motorsports in the NASCAR Busch Series in 1998, but he didn’t leave ASM behind.
Santerre was set to make one Busch North start with his own team in 1998 at Watkins Glen, but a mechanical failure on his qualifying lap prevented his return. He also raced part time in 1999 and 2000, garnering three wins in eight starts.
In the meantime, Santerre won the 1998 Busch Series Rookie of the Year Award and also claimed his only victory at Pikes Peak in 1999.
Before the end of the '99 season, Santerre and DiBidart would part ways after Santerre announced that he didn't want to race full time in 2000. He partnered with Team Rensi and driver Kenny Wallace for a part-time ride in the 2000 Busch Series season.
In 2000, ASM would drift from the Busch North Series for the first time as Santerre fielded the #57 Ford F-150 in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at Watkins Glen. Santerre placed a respectable 16th-place finish, on the lead lap.
After the season, Santerre would partner with Mike Reece, who was with Santerre at Innovative Motorsports, to form Santerre-Reece Motorsports. The pair would field the #01 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Busch Series in 2001 and the #44 in four races in the Busch North Series.
In just their second start, Santerre stunned the crowd at Bristol when he led a career-high 72 laps in the Spring race. His luck wouldn’t last as he crashed out of the event.
Funding also didn’t last as they only made five races early in the year with a best finish of 18th at Watkins Glen and the duo abandoned the rest of the season. Santerre would drive for two other owners for a handful of races for the remainder of the year.
The 2001 season marked the first time a driver not named ‘Santerre’ climbed behind the wheel of the #44 Chevrolet.
Tom Carey Jr., a former competitor against Santerre on the Busch North circuit, was tabbed to race the ASM car four times in the Busch North Series. Carey put the car into Victory Lane at Watkins Glen from the pole in his third start with the team. Carey also drove for Santerre-Reece at Pikes Peak in the Busch Series race in 2001.
After struggling with his own team at the Busch Series level, Santerre returned home to the Busch North Series. He found success instantly.
He promptly won the 2002 championship in a tight contest with Matt Kobyluck. It was the first championship for Santerre and the only championship for ASM.
ASM laid dormant for three years as Santerre drove first for fellow Mainer Joe Bessey in 2003 and 2004 and then with Grizco Racing in 2005; earning a championship in each season.
After four-straight championships, Santerre called it quits as a driver and headed up Andy Santerre Motorsports full time in 2006.
Santerre hired young Sean Caisse to pilot his car. Caisse, fresh off winning rookie of the year honors, climbed into Santerre’s car and didn’t disappoint as he won three races and finished second to Mike Olsen in the championship standings in 2006.
In 2007, Caisse returned to the #44 Chevrolet and for the first time ASM had a second team. Young Jeffrey Earnhardt, son of Kerry Earnhardt and grandson to seven-time NASCAR Cup Champion Dale Earnhardt, would drive a second ASM #1 Chevrolet in a development deal with Dale Earnhardt Inc.
Earnhardt finished fifth in the standings, earning a pole at Dover and six top 10 finishes while Caisse battled Joe Gibbs Racing driver Joey Logano for the championship, falling short once again. Caisse finished second in points for the second-straight year as Logano hoisted the championship trophy.
Both Caisse and Earnhardt moved on from ASM after the season.
In 2008, Austin Dillon, grandson and development driver to NASCAR Cup owner Richard Childress, climbed into the #3 Chevrolet of Santerre, bringing sponsor Garage Equipment Supply with him.
It was slower to find a replacement driver for the #44 Chevrolet, but Peyton Sellers, third-place points finisher in family-owned equipment a year ago, was chosen.
After four races including a win and a pole, Dillon announced he was leaving ASM and joining family-operated Team Dillon Racing due to travel concerns. Dillon's departure left ASM with one team once again.
ASM moved on with its flagship team as Sellers finally broke into victory lane with a win at the season finale at Stafford.
After a season filled with spins, mechanical problems and just plain bad luck, Sellers finished eighth in points. The worst full-season finish of any ASM driver. Sellers left ASM at the end of the season to join Cardinal Motorsports in a part-time NASCAR Nationwide Series campaign.
In 2009, Brett Moffitt, a 16-year-old driver from Iowa, would become ASM's seventh different driver. He found quick success as Moffitt won the pole and finished fifth in the NASCAR Camping World Series East's (formerly the Busch North Series) opening race at Greenville-Pickens.
In September 2009, team owner Andy Santerre announced that he had sold ASM to the 909 Group where they will form Revolution Racing. Revolution Racing will head NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program in the K&N Pro Series (formerly Camping World Series) and Whelen All-American Series divisions. Santerre will oversee the four-car Camping World Series East operation.
After ASM's final season in 2009, ASM drivers running a full season in Camping World Series East competition have never finished worse than eighth in the championship standings. Seven drivers have combined for 24 wins, 32 poles and one championship with the organization.