Billy Ballew Motorsports swiches to Dodge

MOORESVILLE, NC (June 17, 2003) -Billy Ballew Motorsports is making a switch from the Ford F-150, which they have raced since entering the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 1996, to the Dodge Ram for the No. 15 VOKAL sponsored team starting...

MOORESVILLE, NC (June 17, 2003) -Billy Ballew Motorsports is making a switch from the Ford F-150, which they have raced since entering the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 1996, to the Dodge Ram for the No. 15 VOKAL sponsored team starting this weekend at Memphis Motorsports Park. The team will continue to field Fords for their second entry, the No. 9 team.

"We are doing everything possible to make this team as competitive as we can," said Team Owner Billy Ballew. "We just want to see for ourselves what advantages or disadvantages there are with the Dodge Ram. NASCAR does a great job of leveling the playing field for all makes but in this particular instance we wanted the take things into our own hands and the best way to do that was to build a Dodge and see what we could do."

Ballew and Rich Bickle return to Memphis Motorsports Park site of their best finish in 2002. Bickle finished sixth in that event, running with the leaders all day. This time he will wage war with a brand new truck, a new Dodge body and a new motor combination from Wegner Automotive.

"Memphis was a great race for us last year," Bickle said. "We ran great from the start and with a little luck we could have had a better day. Gary Showalter and the guys have built me a really good VOKAL Dodge for Memphis this year and I can't wait to get on the track. We have done some things a little differently with this new truck and I think it will pay dividends for us at the end."

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Memphis Motorsports Park is slated for Saturday June 21. The event will be broadcast live by the Speed Channel and MRN Radio at 3 pm ET

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Rich Bickle