A Robert Pressley Driver Suit, And The End Of An Era

By David G. Firestone

This is kind of an odd moment for me. I’m sad and excited at the same time. When I wrote a column for Uni-Watch back in 2013, I never thought I would end up creating The Driver Suit Blog. I never thought I would be able to keep this project going for eight years. I never thought I would be able to interview Funny Car drivers Jack Beckman, Cruz Pedregon, Alexis DeJoria, and Del Worsham. I also never thought that this would be the last traditional Friday Feature column I would ever do. For the last few years, I’ve been thinking of ending The Driver Suit Blog, and I always find a way to save it. Starting next year, Friday Features will be replaced with Driver Suit Blog Radio, a podcast. Everything is ready to go, and I will start on the first Friday of January. With that, on to the column.

It can be said that a lot of drivers who had success in the Xfinity and Truck Series, didn’t have that same success in the Cup Series. One such example is Robert Pressley. While he only had 5 top 5’s and 11 top 10’s in the Cup Series in 205 races between 1995 and 2002, his Xfinity and Truck careers are different. In the Xfinity Series, he has 10 wins, 38 top 5’s, 76 top 10’s, and 6 poles in 244 starts. In the Truck Series, he has 2 wins, 11 top 5’s and 27 top 10’s in 69 starts.

From 2002 to 2005, Robert Pressley raced in the Truck Series. During that time, while raced for Bobby Hamilton in 2002, and James Harris from 2003-2005. During that time, he was constantly sponsored by Harris Trucking. As mentioned before, he has 2 wins, 11 top 5’s and 27 top 10’s in 69 starts. He raced in this Simpson firesuit at some point during that time. The suit doesn’t really show any use.The black collar is unadorned, and doesn’t have any closures.The cowl has a standard Simpson warranty label.The right chest features a NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES logo and a DUCK HEAD FOOTWEAR logos embroidered.The left chest features HARRIS TRUCKING, MOOG CHASSIS PARTS, and STARLINE logos embroidered, and a SIMPSON patch sewn into it.The red front torso is unadorned.The red belt has ROBERT PRESSLEY embroidered in white.The red legs are boot cut, and have black vertical stripes.The black shoulder epaulets have GOODYEAR embroidered in white. The right sleeve has a HARRIS TRUCKING logo on the upper sleeve, and an SFI 3-2/A 5 certification patch, and a SIMPSON logo sewn into the end of the sleeve.. The left sleeve has a SIMPSON logo and a HARRIS TRUCKING logo embroidered, and nothing at the end. The back of the suit doesn’t have any wear.The back of the neck is unadorned.There is an additional set of fabric on the belt area of the back of the suit.I still can’t believe that this is my final traditional Friday Feature. I’m sad, but excited for the future as well. I will do the traditional Paint Scheme Awards and Rankings starting in two weeks.

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