Daytona 500: BlackJack Racing preview

MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (February 5, 2009) - - BlackJack Racing will make a bold move to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) next week. Although the David Bean-owned organization knows that the odds are slim, the team is hoping to emerge as a...

MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (February 5, 2009) - - BlackJack Racing will make a bold move to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) next week. Although the David Bean-owned organization knows that the odds are slim, the team is hoping to emerge as a "Cinderella" story and gain an entry for NASCAR's biggest race, the Daytona 500.

BlackJack Racing enters NASCAR after a lengthy record in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Westby, Wisconsin driver Dexter Bean. After acquiring Dodge Chargers from Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabates Racing, the Beans have been working hard to get their cars ready as they intend to run the entire 2009 NSCS season.

For Daytona, Bean has elected to put fellow Wisconsin racer and NASCAR Nationwide Series standout Kelly Bires in the team's No. 51 Dodge Charger. Bires hopes to post a solid qualifying time on Sunday which could serve as a fall-back should something happen to the BlackJack Racing team during the Gatorade Duels next Thursday.

"We're excited about the move to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and announcing Kelly as our driver for Daytona," said David Bean, a successful Wisconsin entrepreneur. "We would not be putting the time and effort into this program if we didn't think we had a realistic chance of putting ourselves into the field. People feel that the odds are against us but we vow to conquer the odds and race in the Daytona 500."

He added, "Our goal for Daytona is to go out and compete in the biggest race of our career, all 500 miles, and hope for a solid top-20 finish. I believe we can put this team on the map."

With Bires set for a one-race deal, BlackJack Racing will head to California with the driver to be announced. Las Vegas is where Dexter Bean, a veteran ARCA RE/MAX Series driver, will take the wheel for the team in his second career NASCAR start.

"Dexter is the future of BlackJack Racing in NASCAR, but we aren't able to put him in the car right away," Bean added. "We have Kelly for Daytona, we're looking at our driver options for California and then Dexter will take the wheel in Vegas. Las Vegas is a special place for us. It's the city that helped us form BlackJack Racing. We're hoping the cards will be lucky to us in more ways than one that weekend."

The team has made it very clear that their organization is not a start-and-park effort. As the momentum builds, they hope to pick-up additional sponsorship which can increase the odds for BlackJack Racing.

-credit: bjr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Chip Ganassi , Kelly Bires , Dexter Bean , Felix Sabates