CAT Leaving BDR No. 22 Before End of Season

B SCorrespondent INovember 7, 2008

Apparently, the No. 22 Bill Davis Racing Toyota Camry, piloted by Dave Blaney, has run its final race in its familiar CAT red, black, and yellow.  This weekend at Phoenix, as well as in the season finale at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Blaney's No. 22 will be sponsored by Bad Boy Mowers. 

CAT decided to end its long-running relationship with Bill Davis Racing earlier this year, announcing that it would be moving to the No. 31, Richard Childress Racing Chevy, with veteran driver Jeff Burton next year. 

Childress was left looking for sponsorship for the 31 car because stipulations in Sprint's title sponsorship contract stated that other cell phone company sponsorships must be out of the series by the end of this year.

CAT had sponsored the No. 22 for BDR since 1999, following the team through the transition from Pontiac to Dodge in 2001, and from Dodge to Toyota in 2007.  Blaney had run the No. 22 CAT entry for Bill Davis Racing for each of the past three years. CAT also sponsored the second BDR entry for veteran road-racer Butch Leitzinger in 2007 at Infineon.

The team does not currently have a sponsor for 2009, but Davis insists that he and his wife, Gail, are "sorting out" sponsorship for next season.  Blaney has spent the majority of his career with BDR, with short stints spent at Jasper Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing.