The end of the 2018 season found Chad Simpson bringing the curtain down on a 15-year tenure with car owners Bud and Denise Brinkman. Throughout the off-season things have been quiet in the Simpson camp. As a result, discussion and rumors abounded about what the future might or might not hold for the Iowa driver.
Today all of those questions were answered.
In a team release, Simpson revealed that he’ll be fielding his own operation for the 2019 campaign. He’ll once again be behind the wheel of a Jay Dickens Racing Engine powered No. 25 Black Diamond Race Car. He’ll open the 2019 campaign on April 12-13 during the season-opening, Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association events at Missouri’s Lucas Oil Speedway.
It’s a bit of irony that he’ll embark on a new era in his driving career at the same track, where he ended his run with Brinkman Motorsports. Last October he won in his swan song with the team at the state-of-the-art facility.
Simpson also revealed that he’ll be moonlighting in the famed Larry Moring Motorsports machine throughout the season in various events. Chad, who is scheduled to drive the No. 1 car for the first time in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series triple shot in Iowa and Minnesota in mid-May. He will also enter the Dirt Late Model Dream, the Silver Dollar Nationals, the World 100, and the Knoxville Late Model Nationals’ for the Forreston, Illinois-based team.
Black Diamond Race Cars owner, Ronnie Stuckey will serve as Simpson during these select events with Larry Moring Motorsports.
“It has been a busy off-season trying to figure out what exactly I was going to do for 2019, but I’m very excited about fielding my own team and driving for Moring Motorsports this year,” exclaimed Simpson, who is a two-time MLRA Champion and a six-time Corn Belt Clash titlist.
“It is expensive to run your own Super Late Model program, but I have a great group of returning sponsors from my days with Brinkman Motorsports plus several new sponsors that are jumping on board with Chad Simpson Racing in 2019. I have to thank all of them for their support, as well as Larry Moring and Ronnie Stuckey for the opportunity to drive the brown No. 1 car. That takes a lot of burden off of me – driving for myself now – to show up at the big races at Eldora, I-80, and Knoxville and know that I’m in the best possible equipment.”