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Blair Motorsports
Owner(s) Name David Blair
Racing Series Winston Cup
Number of Championships 0
Number of Wins 0
Car Number(s) 27
Notable Driver(s) Kenny Irwin, Jr.
Notable Sponsor(s) Indianapolis Colts, Tonka
Manufacturer Ford
Shop Location Statesville, North Carolina
Year Opened 1996
Year Closed 1998

David Blair Motorsports is a former NASCAR Winston Cup team. It was formed in 1995 by attorney David Blair. It only ran a few years in the circuit, and never could hang onto a regular sponsor.

1996 Edit

DBM began racing in 1996 when it bought equipment from the defunct Junior Johnson Motorsports team. It was able to keep the number, 27, and the driver, Elton Sawyer. Sawyer and the team got off to a disappointing start, DNQ-ing twice and only mustering up a best finish of 19th at the spring Atlanta race. After the Coca-Cola 600, Sawyer was released due to a lack of funding for the operation. After a failed attempt at the Brickyard 400 with Jason Keller driving, DBM reappeared at the Mountain Dew Southern 500 with Todd Bodine driving. Bodine qualified sixteenth and finished 15th. Bodine ran two more races with the team that season, never qualifying outside of the top 20.

1997 Edit

After starting 1997 off with no driver or sponsor, the team finally hooked up a deal with Rick Wilson to run selected events that season. The tandum debuted at the Miller 400 at Michigan, where Wilson started 31st and finished 21st. He had the same finish later in the year at the Brickyard 400 in a car sponsored by the Indianapolis Colts. In September that year, Blair was hired by Robert Yates Racing to field a car for their new driver, Kenny Irwin, Jr. to prepare him for his rookie year in 1998. In his first start with the team at Richmond International Raceway, Irwin qualified on the outside pole. He followed that up with taking the lead at lap 86 and holding it for the next 12 laps before finishing in eighth place. In his next start, at Martinsville Speedway, He qualified third but had to make an early exit due to a field pump problem. He ran two more races that year before moving to RYR full time for 1998.

1998 Edit

DBM began 1998 in a familiar place, no sponsor. Despite signing Tommy Kendall to drive early on, the team was unable to locate a sponsor for the year, and Kendall left the team. This did not stop the team from looking towards the future, as they built a full shop of Ford Tauruses to prepare for a full-time run. A successful test at Darlington Speedway with Mike Wallace yielded optimism for 1999, but by November, it was obvious the situation hadn't gotten any better. As a result, Blair laid off all of his employees and sold the shop and equipment to Travis Carter Motorsports. In his autobiography, Darrell Waltrip, who drove the old Blair cars for Carter, described the old shop. "We drove to a warehouse. Not a shop, a warehouse... They had a tarp in to make a paint booth. Junk was piked everywhere. Someone else(Blair) had owned all these own cars. Ernie Irvan and Todd Bodine had diven them. Greg Sacks had driven them. Every Tom, Dick, and Harry had been in one of them. Just hodgepodge cars everywhere. Seven of them, all junk. My stomach sank." Under the TCM banner, the old David Blair team ran for five years with mediocre results, before disappearing in 2004.

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