Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Blair.com's Appearances in NASCAR! Is This Real???

Many Blair.com affiliates will think I am a photoshop guru when they take a look at these photos.  But that's not the case.  These photos are REAL!  In the early 2000's, Blair.com dabbled in NASCAR.

If my memory is still good, it all started with a back quarter panel on Kenny Wallace's #27 Pontiac at the Daytona 500 in 2001.  He started 23rd and finished in 25th place.  This was the race that took the life of racing legend Dale Earnhardt on the final lap.

Blair then hooked up with Midwest Transit Racing.  They were lacking a sponsor, and Blair agreed to work with them on their #50 Chevy driven by journeyman driver, Rick Mast.  Blair.com was the primary sponsor for 7 races in 2001 that the team qualified for, including Bristol, Martinsville, Richmond, Charlotte, Pocono, Daytona and Loudon. (The red car at the top is an image of Rick Mast driving the Blair.com #50 Chevy in front of Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the Bud car and Michael Waltrip in the NAPA car.)

In 2003, Blair.com was the primary sponsor for the #49 Dodge driven by Kenny Schrader at Pocono.  The team had several sponsors during the season, including BAM Racing, 1-800-CALL-ATT and Dakota Imaging.  Blair decided to jump on board for the Pocono race, since it was in our home state of Pennsylvania.  Unfortunately, Ken Schrader was out of the race on lap 7, due to a crash that had the car flipping end over end several times. (That's the #49 Blair.com Dodge in the bottom photo courtesy of jayski.com.)

Also in 2003, Blair was on the #32 Pontiac driven by Ricky Craven.  The primary sponsor was Tide, and Blair's CustomWear division served as the official clothing sponsor of the PPI Motorsports team.

That was a long time ago, but it's fun to look back at the memories from time to time.

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