Ballew and Countryman dissolve partnership

Countryman Ballew Racing dissolved. No. 15 NASCAR Craftsman Truck team to operate as Billy Ballew Motorsports. MOORESVILLE, NC (July 31, 2002) - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team owners Billy Ballew and Preston Countryman have split their ...

Countryman Ballew Racing dissolved.
No. 15 NASCAR Craftsman Truck team to operate as Billy Ballew Motorsports.

MOORESVILLE, NC (July 31, 2002) - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team owners Billy Ballew and Preston Countryman have split their respective operations, and the No.15 NCTS team will continue operation as Billy Ballew Motorsports. The team had been operating as Countryman Ballew Racing, a trade name for Countryman Motorsports. The original agreement between the two owners called for Countryman to provide the funding and Ballew the equipment and personnel for the NCTS effort.

As a result of the split, Billy Ballew Motorsports will not retain the Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co. and the Dickies brand of workwear as a sponsor despite the team's efforts to provide a motorsports marketing program for the company.

"The bottom line is that Countryman Motorsports ran out of the Dickies sponsorship money five races ago and I have been funding this Dickies program out of my own pocket since that time," said Ballew. "Neither Billy Ballew Motorsports nor I have any agreement or obligation to the Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co. We made a valiant effort to retain Dickies as our sponsor, but they elected to go in another direction. That's despite the fact that we gave them five races for free and moved from 23rd to 14th in points during that time. This is the third time I have assisted that sponsor and lost money doing it. They continue to sign agreements with owners who do not have the necessary equipment to compete in this series and I have provided equipment and personnel in each case."

Despite the split, Billy Ballew Motorsports team will compete in this Friday's Power Stroke Diesel 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park with driver Mark Gibson behind the wheel of the No. 15 Ford F-150.

'We are not going to quit," said Ballew. "We have come too far with the performance of this team to throw in the towel. All the guys on this team have put their heart and soul into this operation and I am extremely proud of how they have fought through the adversity we have faced. We made a very competitive offer to Dickies. Billy Ballew Motorsports offered to fulfill Countryman Motorsports contractual obligations for 2002 if they would commit to us for 2003. This operation showed a lot of loyalty to Dickies by competing in the last five races even though we had absolutely no obligation to do so. We had hoped they would show the same type of loyalty to us."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mark Gibson
Teams Williams