J.D. Stacy took over the team in 1981. Stacy had made millions in the oil business and was determined to put a ton of money into the racing business, he just didn't have the experience to make it work and Dale recognized it immediately. Dale and his new owner never hit it off well and the relationship was ended as soon as possible. Dale joined his future championship owner, Richard Childress to finish off the season after competing in only 4 races for Stacy.