Amoco On The Go From BDR

Bill Davis Racing has had some serious hurdles to attempt to jump since moving from Pontiacs to Dodges this season, and now BDR and one of its drivers – Dave Blaney – have another.

Amoco, which sponsors Blaney’s No. 93 in the Winston Cup Series, announced Tuesday it will discontinue its sponsorship at the end of this season.

“Amoco has been with us four years and had expanded their involvement from a long-time associate to a primary Winston Cup sponsorship and had grown right along with Dave as he made a real difficult transition from sprint cars to NASCAR,” said Davis. “They helped him realize a big career goal along the way, but they’re going a different way with their entire marketing plan and racing just didn’t fit.”

Amoco joined BDR as primary sponsor of former World of Outlaws champion Blaney for an abbreviated (20 races) rookie NASCAR Busch Series season in 1998. Blaney finished sixth in points in his first full Busch Series (1999) season and collected six poles. He graduated to the Winston Cup Series last year and finished third in the rookie-of-the-year battle.

This season, Blaney – and teammate Ward Burton – have struggled. Blaney is currently 26th in points with no Top 5s. Burton is 19th in points with one Top 5.

“It’s always tough to have to look to replace a sponsor, but someone’s going to step into a great situation with a driver hitting his stride and with our Dodge program as it reaches maturity in its second year in 2002,” Davis said.

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