Billy Ballew Motorsports sign Shane Sieg

Mooresville, NC (February 30, 2009)- Billy Ballew Motorsports announced. today that Shane Sieg will set the line-up for the team's 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series roster. Sieg will pilot the No. 15 Billy Ballew Motorsports entry in the...

Mooresville, NC (February 30, 2009)- Billy Ballew Motorsports announced. today that Shane Sieg will set the line-up for the team's 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series roster. Sieg will pilot the No. 15 Billy Ballew Motorsports entry in the first four Camping World events and pending sponsorship will continue through the 2009 Series season Sieg has 10 starts for Ballew posting two top-10 finishes (Loudon 2007, Memphis 2008) with 36 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and two NASCAR Nationwide Series starts.

"I'm really excited about getting back behind the wheel of these Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota trucks," Sieg said. "Billy's equipment is the best out there and I know with more seat time we'll be able to put the No. 15 back in victory lane."

"Shane has a lot of untapped talent," Ballew said. "Running on a consistent basis will no doubt bring him closer to a win for the team. The (No.) 15 hasn't been back to Victory Lane in a few years and I think with the Shane behind the wheel they have a good shot at a win. It will be really fun to see how he develops, he has already built a solid relationship with the team and I know we're headed in the right direction. Hopefully, we'll be able to bring in some sponsorship money and keep him in the throughout the season."

Billy Ballew Motorsports is in their 14th-year competing in the NASCAR Truck Series. In 2009, the team will focus on going back to their roots of the operation by putting a young driving talent in the hands of an experienced winning crew chief, Richie Wauters. Wauters has been with Billy Ballew Motorsports since 1998 and has led the team to 10 wins. The first was with Shane Hmiel behind the wheel of the No. 15 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2004.

Wauters took over responsibilities of the No. 51 truck driven by Kyle. "Rowdy" Busch in 2007, but this year will trade responsibilities with. the other veteran crew chief and former driver, Doug George. George has been with Billy Ballew Motorsports since early spring 2007 as the crew chief on the No. 15 Toyota Tundra. George's knowledge of auto racing comes from the mechanical side and the driver's point of view. He is a former NASCAR Grand National, West Series Champion and the NASCAR Southwest Series Champion in 1990 George has two starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Sonoma and Phoenix, 1995) and 56 starts in the Camping World Truck Series Career.

The Miccosukee Resort will be back onboard as the primary sponsor for the No. 51 Toyota Tundra with Busch slated to pilot the entry in a select number of races in 2009. Another driver will be announced at a later date.

Ballew's decision to flip-flop the teams gives the opportunity for George and the other crew members to have a chance at victory lane in every event, while giving Wauters the opportunity to groom a young talent into a championship caliber driver.

"The teams have always worked hand and in hand at the race shop and never really have been divided except when we go to the race track," Ballew said. "This gives some of the guys who have put their heart and soul into these trucks the opportunity to do so with a talent like Kyle Busch behind the wheel."

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season kickoff is slated for Friday, February 13, 2009 at the Daytona International Speedway for the running of the NextEra Energy Resources 250.

-credit: bbm

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Shane Hmiel , Shane Sieg