LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (Dec.30, 1999) - Bill McAnally Racing and 140 friends and relatives enjoyed an evening together recently at The Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas celebrating the team's successful run for the 1999 NASCAR Winston West Series championship.
The Orleans' elegant Esplanade Room provided a beautiful backdrop for the banquet, which included a wonderful prime rib dinner. The year's successes were relived through both video highlights and anecdotes told from the podium.
Ralph Sheheen, motorsports announcer for TNN and CBS television, and a long-time friend of team owner Bill McAnally, emceed the event. Another good friend, former NASCAR Vice President Ken Clapp, provided his perspective on the team's growth and success during his keynote speech.
NAPA Vice President, Western Division, Wayne Wells, offered his appreciation of the team's efforts and expressed his gratitude to driver Sean Woodside for his part in helping the team win the championship.
McAnally's presentation included recognition and championship trophies for NAPA and its many manufacturers and storeowners for their friendship and support during the 1999 season. Each of the team's members was recognized individually for their efforts during the year, and presented with a championsh ip team jacket.
"We couldn't have done it without the strong support given to us by our sponsors," said Bill McAnally. "That, coupled with an excellent driver and the team's hard work all season long, helped us reach the goal we set at the beginning of the season."
"I want to thank Sean Woodside for a great year. He is a talented driver, and was an important part of the championship effort. Thank you also to each of the team members for their hard work and the personal sacrifices it took to make it happen."
"Finally, and importantly, I'd like to thank NAPA Auto Parts, Martin Senour Automotive Finishes, NAPA Filters, California Integrated Waste Management ecycled Oil Program, NAPA Belts and Hoses, NAPA Batteries, EagleOne, and all of our other sponsors, vendors and suppliers who participated in this championship year."
"We wish everyone could have been there to celebrate with us, and want to wish everyone involved with the team happiness and health in the New Year."
The team's schedule for the 2000 season will be released soon after NASCAR releases the 2000 Winston West schedule.
"This will be our last release under the BMR name," McAnally continued. "As you know, we recently completed the merger between BMR and Orleans Motorsports. We're excited about starting the 2000 season under our new name, Orleans Racing, and feel very positive about the relationship/partnership we have with Michael Gaughan and The Orleans, along with NAPA and their storeowners and manufacturers. We're also looking forward to a great year with our new driver, Brendan Gaughan, who showed great promise during his 1999 rookie Winston West season."
"We hope to defend our 1999 Winston West championship, and make inroads into the next levels in NASCAR racing by running the west coast Craftsman Truck events and the Winston Cup date at Las Vegas Motor Speedway."
"Thanks again to everyone involved in BMR's successful 1999 season."