Owners Combine Forces In CTS

Sometimes, two heads are better than one. At least that’s how an old saying goes.

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series owners Preston Countryman and Billy Ballew are adhering to that sentiment, as the two have joined forces to run the entire 2002 CTS schedule, with rookie Trent Owens as the driver.

Both Countryman’s and Ballew’s teams ran limited schedules in the series this past season. Countryman Motorsports, which will field the No. 15 Fords for Owens, will run a full-time schedule next season out of Ballew’s existing race shop in Moresville, N.C.

The No. 15 truck will be sponsored by Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Company – maker of the popular Dickies Workwear clothing brand. Owens drove three CTS races for Countryman and three for Ballew in 2001.

“This is the best scenario possible, to have a terrific sponsor like Dickies commit for the entire 2002 season, and to work with two great owners like Preston Countryman and Billy Ballew,” Owens said. “Dickies was my sponsor last year, and they’re great. With the new team, our goal is simple – go out and win the Rookie of the Year title for Dickies in 2002.”

Owens is the nephew of seven-time Winston Cup champion Richard Petty. He has made his way up through the stock car ranks, racing in the NASCAR All Pro Series and the USAR Hooters Cup Series.

“The entire team is excited about Trent Owens and the opportunity that Dickies has given us,” Countryman said. “The sponsorship agreement provides the financial support necessary to compete week in and week out, and we all have a lot of confidence in Trent Owens and his talent. Given the right team, Trent can really excel – and now, thanks to Dickies, we’re all on the right track to success this next year.”

“We truly appreciate Dickies stepping up to the plate as our primary sponsor,” Ballew said. “They have a great product and a high profile. Now, it’s time to find other great partners for our associate sponsor positions.”

The No. 15 Countryman Motorsports Ford will first hit the track in February when the Craftsman Truck Series opens the 2002 season at Daytona International Speedway.

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