One week after a seventh-place qualifying effort at Martinsville, BAM Racing has withdrawn its #49 Toyota from the next two races at Texas and Phoenix.
Team owner Tony Morgenthau explained the decision today, saying, "Switching manufacturers was a taller order than we initially realized. While BAM Racing has a very strong short track program, our intermediate track program needs some work. Since we haven't had time to adequately test the cars, (and) since historically we don't run that well at either Texas or Phoenix; our organization has decided to take the next three weeks to focus on the remainder of the racing season. This has been a very difficult, `big picture’ decision. By taking a little time to regroup now, we should be a much stronger team for the rest of the year. For all the naysayers who predict this to be the death knell for one of the few remaining independent teams in Sprint Cup . . . wait until Talladega, then tell us if we're dead or not!"
BAM is currently 42nd in owner points, after posting a 37th-place finish at Martinsville. They have qualified for just three of this season’s six races, with a best finish of 21st at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Their withdrawal leaves 46 teams on Sunday’s entry list, with 10 “Go Or Gome Home” drivers competing for seven spots. Bill Elliott is the only former champion outside the Top-35, and his Past Champion’s Provisional makes Wood Brothers Racing a guaranteed starter Sunday.