The Nextel: Dave Blaney gets sponsor

Finish Line Dodge to Sponsor Dave Blaney in Bill Davis Racing's ...

Finish Line Dodge to Sponsor Dave Blaney in Bill Davis Racing's #23 for this Weekend's NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge

HIGH POINT, NC (May 19, 2004) -- Dave Blaney will drive the #23 Finish Line Dodge in this weekend's NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge for Bill Davis Racing. Finish Line Dodge is located at exit 49B off Interstate 77 in Statesville, NC. Finish Line Dodge is one dealership in the Bertolami Automotive Group, which also owns Finish Line Ford and Toyota West.

"This is an incredible opportunity for our automotive group," said Gary Reece, President of the Bertolami Automotive Group and General Manager of all dealerships. "Bill and Gail Davis have been personal friends of mine for quite some time and it was an incredible opportunity to do a one race deal with them. We saw it is a great opportunity to do a business deal together where we could cross promote the dealership with this unique sponsorship opportunity.

"We're located in Statesville, where many of the NASCAR teams are within minutes of our dealership," added Reece. "Our employees are really charged up about having Dave Blaney in the #23 Finish Line Dodge for such a fun and exciting race. They are all looking forward to seeing the Finish Line Dodge car finish up front in the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge this weekend. We'll definitely have some fan support in the stands."

Blaney will have to race his way in by winning the NASCAR NEXTEL Open or by fan voting at in order to advance into the NASCAR NEXTEL All- Star Challenge. The winner of the event will transfer and the driver with the most fan votes will also transfer. Blaney is slated for a spectacular run after a successful test session last week with the #23 Bill Davis Racing team. Blaney was among the quickest teams at the test session.

Practice begins Friday, May 21 and qualifying for the event will take place on Friday at 6:05 p.m. The NASCAR NEXTEL Open is a 30-lap race to be run in two segments - 20 laps and 10 laps. Between the two segments, there will be a caution where teams will pit, change tires and make needed adjustments. Teams that pit will not retain their position on the track and will start the final segment in the rear of the field in the order they leave pit road.


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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dave Blaney
Teams Bill Davis Racing