MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 20, 1999) North Georgia automobile dealer Billy Ballew announced Monday that he has purchased Black Diamond Motorsports' NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team and hopes to run a full 24-race schedule in the series in 2000.
Ballew is a former partner in Black Diamond Motorsports. He has also been involved in various racing divisions as a sponsor, including the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division, the ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He purchased the two Ford F-150 trucks as well as all of the truck equipment and parts previously owned by BDM.
Black Diamond in the last several seasons has fielded trucks for drivers such as Joe Ruttman, Rich Bickle and Mike Cope. Ruttman finished 13th in a BDM truck at Martinsville Speedway and Cope made the team's only other start in 1999 and finished 14th in the Orleans 250 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Bickle drove the No. 15 trucks to a top-5 and two top-10 finishes in 1998.
"I'm really excited about fielding a team in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2000," Ballew said. "The trucks are currently being housed in Mooresville at Eel River Racing while we put together our driver and sponsorship package.
"Billy Ballew Motorsports is actively seeking a driver/sponsor program that will hopefully enable us to run the entire NASCAR truck schedule this year. We will have a first-class team with a lot to offer our sponsors."
Billy Ballew Motorsports plans to debut with the series at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 18, in the inaugural NCTS 250 at the "World Center of Racing."
Additional information on Billy Ballew Motorsports is available at (770) 592-2858 or (404) 202-8800.