Bill Davis Racing Announces NASCAR BGN Plans for 1998
14 November 1997
By Lori Vizza HAMPTON, GA - Bill Davis Racing unveiled its plans to field a NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division team in 1998 sponsored by Amoco Corporation. 1995 World of Outlaws champion David Blaney will drive the team's No. 93 Pontiac Grand Prix in a 21-race schedule next season and will progress to full-time status in 1999 with the organization planning a full-time Winston Cup campaign in the year 2000. "Over the course of 1998 and 1999, Team 93 intends to focus its efforts on competing primarily in the Busch Grand National Series, to develop the necessary experience and teamwork to succeed in NASCAR's top series," said John Kleine, Amoco Regional Vice President. Gil Martin, most recently with FilMar Racing and driver Kenny Wallace, has been named as the team's crew chief. Martin's racing credentials include the 1987 and 1988 Nashville Speedway USA track championship with driver Bobby Hamilton. Dave Blaney became the youngest driver to ever win the USAC Silver Crown championship in 1984 at the age of 21 and finished second in the 1997 World of Outlaws point standings. "I'm just excited to be a part of this team," said Blaney, who finished second in the said. "The fact this is a developmental program that fits a guy like me coming from a different series." Bill Davis Racing currently runs the No. 22 MBNA Pontiac, which will carry associate sponsorship from Amoco in 1998 and 1999, on the Winston Cup circuit.