Arnold Releases Bigley Jr

Arnold Motorsports made a tough decision and released Billy Bigley Jr. from the duty of driving the Arnold Motorsports No. 79 Dodge Intrepid RT in the Winston Cup Series. Don Arnold, Owner of the No. 79 entry cited a lack of progress to be the determining factor. Arnold Motorsports is still geared to finish the 2003 season with a run at Homestead-Miami Speedway and progress into the 2004 Nextel Cup Series. The team is currently conducting a driver search to fill the void behind the wheel.

Arnold Motorsports has attempted to qualify in four Winston Cup races and failing to qualify most recently at the MBNA Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway this past weekend brought about the change. The team has tested Kentucky Speedway, Charlotte, Lakeland and Concord in addition to the tracks they attempted to make the field at. Unfortunately, the results and progression of the team never surfaced to the level it needs to be at.

"This was an extremely tough decision to make," commented Don Arnold. "Billy is a talented driver and an excellent human being, but we were not improving as a team to the level of competition that is necessary to be competitive in the Winston Cup Series. We felt a change had to be made and believe this is was the correct move. Arnold Motorsports will continue their operations and is searching for the right pilot of their No. 79 Dodge Intrepid."

Billy Bigley Jr. gained most of his driving experience in the Florida Late-Model series, the Hooters Cup and the Slim-Jim All-Pro Series with a year in the Craftsman Truck Series.

"The talent pool of drivers and teams is at the highest level in NASCAR Winston Cup and everybody and everything has to be on that same wavelength for things to be successful," explained Winston Cup Legend and consultant to Arnold Motorsports, Bobby Allison. "In this sport you always have to be improving and the chemistry and results have to come, and in this day and age, the results have to come quickly."

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