• 48°

NASCAR: Davis sells team

Associated Press
CHARLOTTE ó Just a month removed from his first NASCAR championship, but hampered by the current economic crisis, owner Bill Davis has sold his race team and engine company.
Mike Held, a California businessman, and Marty Gaunt, vice president at Bill Davis Racing, bought out the veteran owner. The duo said Monday they’ve also taken control of profitable Triad Racing Development, which supplies engines, chassis and bodies to customers from all three of NASCAR’s top series.
Davis, who has been in NASCAR for more than 20 years, won his first championship this season with Johnny Benson in the Truck Series. He also won the Daytona 500 with Ward Burton in 2002.
But Davis lost his Sprint Cup Series sponsor and has been unable to secure funding for 2009. Benson also announced before last month’s title-clinching finale that he would not return to BDR next season.
“When you’ve been involved for this long in this sport, and won in all three series, there’s definitely a lot of emotion involved,” Gaunt said. “But I believe Bill got to a time in his life where he said `There’s other opportunities for me.’ I think he realized this is the right time for him to move on.
“When we told him this is what we’d like to do, presented it to him at the round-table and went back and forth, he got to a point where he wanted to move on this deal.”
Davis was not immediately available for comment.
In addition to an Arkansas cattle farm, Davis owns and operates Bill Davis Trucking, which is separate from the NASCAR operation. The trucking company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October, 2007, and Davis said at the time the filing was “necessitated by an injury accident and an ensuing lawsuit against the company.”
Davis entered NASCAR in 1988, teaming with fellow Arkansas native Mark Martin to run 13 Busch Series races. He had Jeff Gordon under contract in the early 1990s before Gordon found a loophole that allowed him to move to Hendrick Motorsports.
BDR first competed in Cup in 1993 and has five wins, including the Daytona 500 and Southern 500 with Burton. He started last season with two cars, but former Formula One world champion Jacques Villeneuve failed to make the season-opener and never secured sponsorship to keep that program afloat.
BDR’s flagship No. 22, driven by Dave Blaney, finished 30th in the points and lost sponsor Caterpillar to Richard Childress Racing.
The Truck Series program remained successful, though, as Benson, Mike Skinner and Scott Speed combined to win seven races and Davis’ first championship.
The new owners of BDR want to have competition details finalized by late January, but are hoping to have both the Cup program and all the Truck Series teams on track in February in Daytona. Held said much of it is dependent on sponsorship, and they are unlikely to field the Cup team without funding.
“We both made a pact that we would not attempt to do something that is short of funding ó it always ends in disaster,” Held said. “If we come out onto the track, it’s because it makes good business sense and nothing more.”

Comments

Comments closed.

Coronavirus

13 deaths reported in Rowan, county stresses need to receive second dose

Coronavirus

10% of Rowan residents receive first dose; eight COVID-19 deaths reported this week

News

North Carolina State Highway Patrol commander to retire

Education

UNC School of the Arts may go for online learning due to COVID-19 spread

Coronavirus

Greensboro site to administer 3,000 daily vaccine doses starting March 10

Nation/World

Update: $1.9 trillion relief bill passes House, moves on to Senate

Nation/World

Lady Gaga’s dogs recovered safely

Coronavirus

Advisers OK single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from J&J

Local

Post wins 18 N.C. Press Association Awards

Education

Cooper vetoes bill that would force K-12 schools to reopen

Local

Lanning named Spencer’s fire chief

Crime

Blotter: Feb. 26

Crime

Salisbury, Kannapolis men charged with soliciting sexual acts

News

Racial bias ‘deeply entrenched’ in report critical of Apex Police Department

Nation/World

US bombs facilities in Syria used by Iran-backed militia

Elections

City council again dismisses idea of adding new member, focus now on recommendation to delay elections

Business

‘Let’s make some money:’ Loosened restrictions praised by bar owners, baseball team

High School

Salisbury High bucks historical trend in dominant shutout of West Rowan

Enochville

Garage declared total loss after Enochville fire

Crime

Cooper, N.C. prison officials agree to release 3,500 inmates

Coronavirus

Two more COVID-19 deaths reported in Rowan, six for the week

Crime

Blotter: Man brandishes AR-15, runs over motorcycle at Rockwell-area gas station

Crime

Salisbury man charged with exploitation of minor

Crime

Road rage incident results in assault charges