ES: Dave Davis Mortorsports, driver part ways

Dave Davis Motorsports' No. 03 Available For Rest Of 2008 And Beyond What had been a pole- and race-winning partnership has ended. Dave Davis Motorsports, which fields the No. 03 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World East Series, now has that...

Dave Davis Motorsports' No. 03 Available For Rest Of 2008 And Beyond

What had been a pole- and race-winning partnership has ended. Dave Davis Motorsports, which fields the No. 03 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World East Series, now has that seat available for the rest of the 2008 season.

"We've got cars and a crew ready to go racing tomorrow," Davis, a Maine native now based in Denver, North Carolina, said. "We spent all winter and spring building new cars. They're fast, and they're ready to race, We just need a driver to put in them."

The combination that put the No. 03 car on the track had fallen apart.

"There was a failure to secure sponsorship dollars to complete the season," Davis said. "The program consisted of three sponsors, but, sadly, one was unable to fulfill its commitment because of circumstances beyond control. I have to thank Carlos Slim from TELMEX, Manny Guiterrez and Tog Bogner from Lucas Oil, and Rogelio Lopez for the opportunity to allow Dave Davis Motorsports to represent there respective companies and Mexico for the last four years."

Davis, who is also an accomplished fabricator who builds his cars from the ground up in-house, has an enviable track record in Camping World East competition. In 2007, the first year his team raced the full season, it earned a race win at Music City Motorplex and won the pole at the September race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

As good as 2007 was, 2008 was frustrating. A cut tire forced a green-flag pit stop at Greenville. Another flat, suffered on the last lap, prevented the team from earning a top-five finish at Watkins Glen. Wrecks cost the team dearly at NHMS in June and forced them to unload a backup car at Thompson. On-track incidents cost the team positions at both Music City Motorplex and Adirondack International Speedway.

While the finishes weren't there, it certainly wasn't due to the cars not being up to speed. The No. 03 car was consistently in the top ten in practice times throughout the season. At high-profile events at NHMS an Watkins Glen International, it was in the top three after practice.

"The cars have been fast all year, but we've had terrible luck," Davis said. "I can't deny, it's been a frustrating year, especially after we had a lot of success in 2007. It just goes to show that no matter how well prepared you show up, racing luck still plays a big role in how you do at the end of the night."

Davis is especially proud of how his team's represented itself over the last two seasons.

"I'm especially proud of the group of talented guys that I have assembled," he said. "They're the best in the business and they've worked hard to prepare fast cars. Their dedication is second to none. They deserve to win races. This team can, and it will.

"Everyone knows what we're capable of," he said. "We always show up with a professional-looking crew and the car's always coming off the trailer ready to race with no dents from the previous week, and the paint's always right and the decals correct. We've always represented our sponsors well and we'll continue to do so in the future."

-credit: ddm

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Drivers Rogelio Lopez