Billy Ballew Motorsports Revved Up for Milwaukee Race Picks Up Last Minute Sponsorship West Allis, Wis. (June 24, 2005) -- Milwaukee might be home to Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, but it's Atlanta-based Earl Small's Harley-Davidson that has...
Billy Ballew Motorsports Revved Up for Milwaukee Race
Picks Up Last Minute Sponsorship
West Allis, Wis. (June 24, 2005) -- Milwaukee might be home to Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, but it's Atlanta-based Earl Small's Harley-Davidson that has agreed to come on board and sponsor the Billy Ballew Motorsports-entry for tonight's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at The Milwaukee Mile. NASCAR Busch Series Champion Martin Truex, Jr. has been tabbed to drive the No. 15 Chevy Silverado for this weekend's event, after rival Kyle Busch has driven the machine to two victories, one pole and one runner-up position in the last three out of four events.
"I can't thank Earl Small and Earl Small's Harley-Davidson enough for coming through for me and this whole Billy Ballew Motorsport's team," said team owner Billy Ballew, who hails from Blairsville, Ga. "Earl has been a great friend to me over the years and has supported this team to no end. This deal came about last night after we were unsuccessful in our efforts to obtain a sponsorship package for Milwaukee. I called Earl up and he said, 'No problem. I'll help you out.' It's friends like Earl who make you successful."
Ballew was also able to gain sponsorship from another local Georgia business, Alpharetta Self Storage. Alpharetta Self Storage's logos will adorn the TV panel of the No. 15 Chevy Silverado.
Billy Ballew Motorsports currently sits fifth in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series owners' points standings after 10 events. Truex, Jr. becomes the fifth driver to take the reigns of the No. 15 Chevy.
"We're excited to have Martin with us this weekend," continues Ballew. "He's a great driver that can get the job done for us. We've been able to pull ourselves out of a hole to get us in contention for the owners' title, and with a driver like Martin and support from Earl Small's Harley-Davidson and Alpharetta Self Storage, it should only improve our chances."
Not only does the Billy Ballew Motorsports team have some local Georgia flavor with team owner -Ballew and sponsors Earl Small's Harley-Davidson and Alpharetta Self Storage, the team has several members from Wisconsin, who are excited to make their way back home. Crew Chief Richie Wauters hails from Green Bay, Wis., while mechanics Jay Czarapata and Darin Bavery are formerly from Krakow and Edgerton respectively.
The Toyota Tundra 200 rolls off at 9:15 p.m. EST and is broadcast live on SPEED Channel and MRN Radio.