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|Owner(s)||Beth Ann Morgenthau
|Base||Charlotte, North Carolina|
|Series||Sprint Cup Series|
|Car numbers||49, 59, 70|
|Race drivers||Ken Schrader Mike Bliss David Gilliland Robby Gordon Klaus Graf|
|Sponsors||AT&T, Warner Music Group, Schwans|
BAM Racing was a NASCAR racing team based in Charlotte, North Carolina, owned by Beth Ann and Tony Morgenthau. The team began racing in the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 2000 before moving to NASCAR in 2001. They sat out 2009 due to the recession. They have not raced since.
Sprint Cup Series
Car No. 49 history
BAM Racing attempted its first cup race at the Aarons 499 in 2001 with Andy Hillenburg, but failed to qualify. They also attempted the Pepsi 400, Pennsylvania 500 and the Brickyard 400 with Hillenburg, as well as the Pennzoil Freedom 400 with Rich Bickle, but did not qualify for any of those races.
BAM switched to Dodge for 2002, and made its first race, the Daytona 500, with Shawna Robinson as its driver. It was announced that she would compete in 24 races, but struggled and her last race for the season was at the second Daytona race where she would finish 40th. Kevin Lepage, Stuart Kirby, Ron Hornaday, Stacy Compton and Derrike Cope would finish out the season with a best finish of 22nd at Talladega.
For the 2003 season it was announced that Ken Schrader would drive the No. 49. The team was forced to run with multiple sponsors throughout the year but most of the year the car was sponsored by AT&T through its 1-800-CALL-ATT collect call service. The team qualified for 32 races and had a best finish of 8th at Michigan. In 2004, it was announced BAM Racing had secured a deal with Schwan Food Company for multiple years. They were able to achieve a best finish of 6th during the season, had three less DNF's, and improved their average finish by two places.
Schwan's and Schrader again returned for the 2005 season and BAM had its best season to date with three top tens and an average finish of 25th place. After the conclusion of the 2005 season, Ken Schrader left to join Wood Brothers/JTG Racing. For 2006, Schrader was replaced by Brent Sherman who brought along sponsorship from Serta Mattresses. Sherman was to run for the Rookie of the Year award. However, after struggling through the start of the season he was released in favor of veteran Jimmy Spencer. Spencer was also be an advisor for BAM and was a mentor for Sherman during his time there. However, Sherman's departure from the team left it unsponsored, as Serta had followed Sherman from ARCA racing to Busch Series and Cup series racing. Spencer raced from the spring Martinsville race until the spring Richmond race, when Mike Wallace took over. In May 2006, Kevin Lepage left Front Row Motorsports to take over the No. 49, before he was replaced by Mike Bliss in October. Chris Cook was hired to drive for the team to run the road course events, but failed to qualify for both events.
In 2007, BAM Racing was to race with Mike Bliss as the driver, using Evernham engines, but Bliss failed to qualify for 11 out of 15 attempts, and resigned midway through the season. Chad Chaffin was the team's interim driver at Loudon and Chicagoland, and Larry Foyt racing at Daytona. In the team's first attempt to qualify after Bliss' resignation at Loudon, Chaffin made the race after Brian Vickers and the No. 83 Team Red Bull Toyota were disqualified after failing post-qualifying inspection. Journeyman road racer Klaus Graf attempted several races in the No. 49, but didn't qualify for any of them due to engine blowups and a rain shower cancelling qualifying. Bliss briefly returned for a few races, before journeyman John Andretti was hired to complete the rest of the season for BAM. John Andretti was signed to drive the full 2008 season, but the contract was nullified just days before 2008 Daytona testing to put Ken Schrader in the seat in hopes of attracting more sponsorship. Schrader drove in the Budweiser Shootout, but failed to qualify for the first two races of the season.
The team switched from Dodge to Toyota before the Goody's Cool Orange 500, along with announcing Microsoft's Small Business division as their sponsor. BAM promptly announced that they would be withdrawing from the next two races at Texas and Phoenix to refocus the team's efforts. Both the expenses of switching manufacturers and the pullout of Microsoft to Michael Waltrip Racing have forced BAM Racing to push their scheduled return further back, with NASCAR.com reporting on April 15, 2008, that the team may not return to racing until the fall. However, BAM made a minor attempt at a comeback in the Sprint All-Star Race. BAM fielded a ride for Petty Enterprises developmental driver Chad McCumbee, the car was a Dodge with sponsorship from Marathon Oil. McCumbee finished 13th.
On July 11, 2008, Sports Illustrated reported that BAM Racing was in talks with Barack Obama regarding a one-race sponsorship at Pocono, through BAM spokesman Rhett Vandiver. However, Obama spokesman Bill Burton told Yahoo! Sports that the sponsorship would not happen. The team took the 2009 season off due to the economy and its unwillingness to be a start and park operation.
Warner Music Nashville announced a strategic marketing alliance that will give WMN exclusive promotional opportunities with the NASCAR Sprint Cup racing team. Under the agreement, WMN artists will have the opportunity to participate in branding and promotional programs at NASCAR events, including artist tie-ins, sponsorships and promotional appearances, as well as exclusive positioning for their images and branding on BAM's No. 49 racecar, show cars, transporter and pit equipment. The first BAM promotional event with WMN artists is scheduled to take place on February 6, 2010, at the Daytona International Speedway. The team will attempt a full schedule in 2010 with the new partnership and will run Toyotas. Larry the Cable Guy will be featured on the car for the Daytona 500, with WMN artists Blake Shelton, Whitney Duncan, Gloriana, Jessica Harp, Jason Jones and James Otto joining the team for later races.
On January 8, the team announced it would align with Robby Gordon and his self-owned team for the 2010 season. The join contract stated that RGM/BAM would have at least one car present at each race and would jointly field Gordon's No. 7 Toyota at certain races with sponsorship from WMN. However BAM had not been seen on track since the Daytona 500, and it was later announced that the RGM/BAM partnership had dissolved and that RGM is exploring taking legal action against BAM Racing and Warner Music Nashville. The team has not been heard from since February 2010. Their website is outdated, and there has been no word about them competing in the 2011 NASCAR season.
Car Nos. 59 and 70 history
The team fielded a second car for Klaus Graf at Infineon in 2004, the No. 59 SEM Products/Color Horizons Dodge. He finished 17th. The team attempted a number of races later in the year, but failed to qualify for all of them. Larry Foyt also attempted a number of races late in the 2004 season, instead running the No. 70. The team shut down at the conclusion of the 2004 season.
Cup Series driver history
- Andy Hillenburg (2001; DNQ for 4 races)
- Rich Bickle (2001; DNQ at Homestead)
- Shawna Robinson (2002; limited schedule)
- Ron Hornaday (2002 Coca-Cola 600 only)
- Derrike Cope (2002)
- Kevin Lepage (2002 at New Hampshire in September; 2006)
- Stuart Kirby (2002; Kansas only)
- Stacy Compton (2002)
- Ken Schrader (2003–2005; occasional starts in 2007 & 2008)
- Klaus Graf (2004; Sonoma only)
- Brent Sherman (2006; replaced in May)
- Mike Wallace (2006; Richmond only)
- Chris Cook (2006 road races)
- Mike Bliss (late 2006-mid-2007)
- Larry Foyt (2007)
- Chad Chaffin (2007)
- John Andretti (2007)
- Chad McCumbee (2008 Sprint Showdown only)
- David Gilliland (2010 Daytona 500 only)
ARCA RE/MAX Series
Car No. 49 history
The team was created in 2000 from the remnants of the ISM Racing that was not being used by Tyler Jet Motorsports. NASCAR Winston Cup Series team. Tony Morgenthau gave the team as a birthday present to his wife, Beth Ann, whose initials comprised the name of the team. BAM Racing attempted 6 races late in the 2000 ARCA Season with Matt Mullins. The team would have a best start of 10th at Charlotte in October and a best finish of 13th at Pocono in June. The team ceased operations upon BAM's move to Winston Cup.
Car Nos. 69 and 99 history
BAM Racing returned to ARCA in 2004 as part of Klaus Graf's development program. The German driver made his debut in the No. 69 BAM Racing Dodge at Nashville Superspeedway in October, starting 5th and finishing 3rd. He ran a second race in the No. 99 BAM Racing Dodge at Talladega in October, where he started 7th and finished 29th after a crash.
- Ken Schrader and the BAM team failed to qualify for the Daytona 500 and the following race at California Speedway. 
- NASCAR.COM – BAM Racing to skip Cup races at Texas and Phoenix – Apr 1, 2008
- Yahoo! Sports Article on Obama Sponsorship
- http://www.nascar.com/2010/news/headlines/cup/01/07/bam.racing.vip.artists/ BAM announces additional VIP artists
- Matt Mullins ARCA Stats
- Klaus Graf ARCA Stats