CHEW CALLS AN
END TO DRIVING CAREER
Team Will Return
With Different Driver In 2014
Whelen Modified Tour driver Bryon Chew announced
today that he has retired as a full-time competitor.
Chew, from Mattituck, N.Y., began his NASCAR touring
series career in 1999 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series
East. Chew ran 129 races across 10 seasons in the
stock car division, and after sitting out two
seasons, he moved on to the open wheel race cars of
the Whelen Modified Tour in 2011.
Chew competed in 42 events in three seasons on the
tour and recorded a best finish of fourth this past
season at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. In
the recently-completed 2013 season he finished 17th
in the standings.
Chew spends his days as the general manager of the
Buzz Chew Chevrolet Cadillac car dealership on Long
Island. He cites his growing work and family
responsibilities as reasons for stepping away.
“I’m running the business, I have three young kids,
I have so much stuff going on right now,” Chew said.
“With the time that I have to devote to this
business growing more and more each year, I’m going
to stop racing cars at this point.
“It’s time to make this decision now, at 42 years
old, and get to the business and my kids. It’s a
little upsetting. I’ve raced for 18 with NASCAR.
It’s a tough decision.”
Although Chew left the door open for a spot start or
two behind the wheel in the future, he emphasized
that his No. 88 Chevrolet modified will return to
the Whelen Modified Tour in 2014 and continue to
compete on a full-time basis.
The team plans to name Chew’s successor in the No.
88 within the next couple of weeks.
“I might do a couple races during the year at some
point – I’m not sure about that – but I will field
the car,” Chew said. “I will have a car there
full-time with somebody in it. I don’t have a driver
picked out yet. My father and my crew chief are
working on that, but we are definitely going to put
someone in the car for the whole year.”
Source: Jason Cunningham / NASCAR