Daytona 500: Mike Bliss preview

Bliss Marks Return to Full-Time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Racing in Daytona ... Mike Bliss, former Craftsman Truck Series champion and driver of the No. 49 BAM Racing Dodge, marks his return to full-time racing in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series in ...

Bliss Marks Return to Full-Time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Racing in Daytona ... Mike Bliss, former Craftsman Truck Series champion and driver of the No. 49 BAM Racing Dodge, marks his return to full-time racing in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series in Daytona. Bliss last competed in the Nextel Cup Series on a full-time basis in 2005. That season, he earned five top-10 and 10 top-15 starts with a total of two top-10 and nine top-15 finishes.

"I love to race period," commented Bliss. "I have found success in various racing series, including all three NASCAR divisions. I am looking forward to a competitive season with BAM Racing. We really came together as a team at the end of last season and feel we have something to prove right from the start of 2007."

A Season of Change for BAM Racing ... Heading into the 2007 season, BAM Racing is fully prepared for the crucial five races at the start of the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season. Ready to face the challenges before teams vying for position in the top-35 in the owner points standings, team owner Beth Ann Morgenthau feels the No. 49 team has taken the necessary steps to succeed. BAM Racing is intent on building a competitive single-car team with the return of Mike Bliss, the addition of crew chief Lee McCall, and the switch to Evernham Engines.

"Our team spent most of last season building our resources," said Morgenthau. "We have a perspective that many others do not. We know the difficulties facing cars that are outside the top-35 in owner points and we have really worked on our qualifying program. In addition, we spent last season restructuring practically every aspect of our organization. We feel this team is prepared to race its way into the top-35 in owner points by Bristol."

BAM Racing at Daytona International Speedway ... BAM Racing has nine starts at the 2.5-mie tri-oval over five seasons. The team has a track-best starting position of seventh (07/05/03) with an average start of 29.3. BAM Racing has one top-10 finish at the superspeedway with a track-best finish of 10th (07/02/05) and an average finish of 32.4.

-credit: bam racing

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Mike Bliss