Billy Ballew Motorsports Signs Jason Bowles to Race Martinsville MOORESVILLE, NC (October 18, 2010) - Billy Ballew Motorsports announced today that it has signed current NASCAR K&N West Series champion Jason Bowles to race the No.15 BBM Toyota...
Billy Ballew Motorsports Signs Jason Bowles to Race Martinsville
MOORESVILLE, NC (October 18, 2010) - Billy Ballew Motorsports announced today that it has signed current NASCAR K&N West Series champion Jason Bowles to race the No.15 BBM Toyota Tundra at Martinsville this weekend.
Bowles spent the last three seasons in the K&N West Series where he won nine races, ten poles, rookie-of-the-year, and last season captured the championship. His 4.2 average finish in 2009 is the best in series history since 1995 among drivers with 13 or more starts in a full season.
"Really can't wait to get in the truck and go," said Bowles, a native of Ontario, California. "Billy gave me a chance to test last week with the team and Aric (Almirola) and it went well, so he decided to give me a shot to go racing at Martinsville."
Billy Ballew Motorsports sits second in the driver championship standings with Aric Almirola in the 51 truck, who has won two races this season.
"We have a great team here with the No.15 operation," said Ballew, one of the most successful NASCAR Truck Series owners of all time. "I do this to win races and championships, otherwise I wouldn't be here. Jason is someone I feel like I can put in this truck and watch him get up to speed right away and run at the front. With Aric trying to close the championship gap, it's going to help having a solid teammate out there."
Bowles is looking to follow up with his championship year in the west with an opportunity in one of NASCAR's upper tiers. Driving for BBM is exactly the type of opportunity he was looking for in a seasoned team with excellent equipment.
"This sport is tough, I worked really hard to win the West Series last year and I think even harder this year trying to get the chance to move up to Trucks or Nationwide cars. Billy knows I'm going to give 110% to make this work for both of us and I appreciate him believing in me to get the job done," Bowles said. "I eat and sleep racing - I have my whole life from go-karts all the way through to today, so that's not going to change now."
Bowles made his Truck Series debut in Las Vegas finishing 16th for Germain Racing, with the goal of gaining experience, something he did running all night on the lead lap.
"There's a lot to learn in this series and there's nothing like racing to learn right away," said Bowles. "It was my first time in a truck and first time on a mile and a half track. Nobody is really going to help you understand things like side-drafting or how important momentum is in these trucks if you don't experience it on the track."
This season Bowles has run in a variety of NASCAR races, most recently in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. In three Canadian events he finished third, second and was leading in Montreal on the last lap when he was unceremoniously punted into the tire barriers on the last corner.