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BK Racing Hires New Manager of Partnership Sales: BK Racing announced that Ryan Tuttle has joined the team as Manager of Partnership Sales.
Tuttle brings over eight years of sales, client services, and business development experience to the team. Assuming a wide scope of responsibilities at BK Racing, Tuttle will be responsible for new sponsorship business development and growing existing sponsorships. He will also assist BK Racing CMO, Doug Fritz, with on-boarding new sponsors, sponsorship renewals, and new sponsors' at-track and in-market activation.
"I'm excited to join BK Racing as their Manager of Partnership Sales," said Tuttle. "To be able to help build onto the success that everyone at BK Racing has already achieved is a tremendous opportunity. I look forward to working with our existing sponsors as well as help new companies grow their brands with BK Racing in 2017."
"Ryan is going to make an excellent addition to our team," said Doug Fritz, Chief Marketing Officer at BK Racing. "Together we will work to build on the momentum from our very successful 2016 season. BK Racing has a very talented group of young drivers this year, and we believe these drivers will represent our sponsors very well. We are all looking forward to showcasing what we can do starting at Daytona in a couple weeks."(BK Racing)(2-11-2017)
BK Racing hit with $1.46 million judgement: Five days after a $1.46 million binding arbitration award was levied in a Mecklenburg County, NC case involving Ron Devine and BK Racing, Kickin' the Tires has confirmed through public documents that Devine encumbered the company's equipment, supplies and racecars in a UCC filing for a $15 million line of credit from Virginia Racer's Group, a company managed by his wife. The binding arbitration award involved Race Engines Plus (REP) and money proven to be owed by BK Racing for engines and parts provided from 2013 forward. Additionally, the award required REP to return equipment and engines to Devine's BK Racing. That arbitration ruling came on December 12, 2016. An order to that affect was signed by the Honorable Judge Richard Doughton of Cabarrus County on January 3, 2017, after the Mecklenburg County records were filed in Cabarrus County to secure the money owed.(See full article and links to documents at Kickin' the Tires)(1-10-2017)
BK Racing briefly locked out of race shop: Concerns over BK Racing losing their lease at their current shop location appear to be a misunderstanding and, in fact, the race team is negotiating and extended lease with BAM Property Holdings, Kickin' the Tires has confirmed. A sign posted, Wednesday evening, on the chained door of the building where BK's shop is housed read, "The Owner BAM Property Holdings has retaken possession of this property." A call to the number listed was answered by a man named "Chuck," who confirmed that BAM had taken possession of the building Wednesday evening but had returned it to the principles of BK Racing by Thursday - less than 24 hours later. "They have possession now," said Chuck. "And they are working on negotiating their lease for a longer term. So, they should be good." Reaching out to team owner Ron Devine, he did not address the sign when asked via text but stated, "We are fine and headed to Daytona."(Kickin the Tires)(12-10-2016)
DiBenedetto to run #49 NASCAR Heat car at Homestead: BK Racing has announced that Dusenberry Martin Racing's NASCAR Heat Evolution video game, available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, will be on the #49 NASCAR Heat Evolution Toyota Camry driven by Matt DiBenedetto at Homestead-Miami Speedway. NASCAR Heat Evolution is now $49.99, a new price point for the popular NASCAR video game, and the reason for the number change of the #93 BK Racing Toyota to the #49 NASCAR Heat Evolution Toyota Camry. Featuring over 40 drivers, all 23 licensed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tracks, and a variety of gameplay modes, NASCAR Heat Evolution is the first authentic NASCAR game for PlayStation4 and Xbox One. With the new AI system in NASCAR Heat Evolution, racing is like the real thing. NASCAR Heat Evolution is available for Xbox One, PlayStation®4, and Windows PC at all major mass-market retailers including Walmart, GameStop, Target, Best Buy, Toys "R" Us, Amazon, and more. This title is rated E (Everyone) by the ESR (BK Racing), see an image of the car on the #93/#49 team schemes page (11-14-2016)
E.J. Wade Construction Returns to Sponsor two BK Racing cars :BK Racing announced that E.J. Wade Construction will return at Martinsville Speedway as primary sponsor on the #83 Toyota driven by Dylan Lupton and the #93 Toyota driven by Matt DiBenedetto. The Goody's Fast Relief 500 will be Dylan Lupton's third race with BK Racing. "We're proud to have E.J. Wade Construction back on two cars at Martinsville Speedway this weekend," said Doug Fritz, CMO of BK Racing. "E.J. Wade Construction has strong ties with the Virginia community and we love being able to partner with local companies." Headquartered in Mechanicsville, Virginia, E.J. Wade Construction is a Class A Contractor and a VDOT Prequalified Contractor. They have highly trained professionals with tradesman licenses in electrical, plumbing, HVAC and gas fitting. "We are excited to expand our relationship with Ron Devine, Doug Fritz and everyone at BK Racing by adding another E.J. Wade sponsored race to the schedule," said Jeff Wade President of E.J. Wade Construction. "All of us here at E.J. Wade Construction can't wait to watch Matt and Dylan race at Martinsville."(BK Racing)(10-25-2016)
Parking Forward joins BK Racing as assoicate sponsor at Talladega: BK Racing has announced a partnership with Parking Forward as an associate sponsor for the #23 sweetFrog Toyota of David Ragan, the #93 Dustless Blasting Toyota of Matt DiBenedetto, and # 83 Starter Toyota of Jeffery Earnhardt. Parking Forward offers a broad range of access and revenue control solutions to parking revenue recovery services and collections to full service parking management solutions. Their customers include parking operators, municipalities, universities, hospitals, commercial and residential buildings, hotels, and special event venues. As a sales alliance, they partner with businesses of all sizes, including new businesses, to drive sales on behalf of parking technology manufacturers and parking solutions providers.(BK Racing)(10-18-2016)
E.J. Wade Construction sponsoring DiBenedetto & Lupton at Richmond UPDATE: BK Racing announced that E.J. Wade Construction will return as primary sponsorship on two entries for the upcoming Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Dylan Lupton returns to drive a third BK Racing entry and will be behind the wheel of the #83 E.J. Wade Construction Camry. Matt DiBenedetto will drive the #93 E.J. Wade Construction Camry. E.J. Wade Construction is a Class A Contractor and a VDOT Prequalified Contractor that has highly trained professionals who have their tradesman licenses in electrical, plumbing, HVAC and gas fitting tradesman licenses. "We're proud to welcome back E.J. Wade Construction and to have them on two cars for Richmond International Raceway," said Doug Fritz, CMO of BK Racing. "They have continued to grow their marketing platform through their NASCAR sponsorship and we're excited to have them as part of our team at their home track of RIR."(BK Racing)(9-2-2016)
UPDATE: BK Racing announced that Union Bank & Trust will serve as co-primary sponsor on both Dylan Lupton's #83 Camry as well as Matt DiBenedetto's #93 Camry. Union Bank & Trust, commonly referred to as Union, is part of Union Bank shares Corporation, the largest community bank headquartered in Virginia. Offering more than 100 years of community banking history and strong customer relationships, Union strives to provide a more innovative style of banking along with the qualities and philosophy of community banking that our customers have come to know and trust.(BK Racing), see images of the cars on the #83 team paint schemes and #93 team paint schemes pages.(9-4-2016)
Lupton hopes to run more Cup races: With the help of sponsors Bell Brothers, Elk Grove Toyota, and Dr. Pepper, Dylan Lupton was able to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at the Toyota/SaveMart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 26. Unfortunately, he was only able to finish 35th place for BK Racing, the NASCAR team that built his #93 Toyota. Currently, Lupton is working with his team, BK Racing, to compete in some five or six more races before the year ends. Though they aren't able to specify which series or races.(Elk Grove Citizen)(7-9-2016)
Program Showcases BK Racing: Driven: BK Racing - Slaying the Giant debuts Wednesday, June 29, at 10:30pm/et on FOX Sports Southeast. This latest episode of the Emmy Award-winning original programming series Driven will also be available on FOX Sports GO (FOXSportsGo.com must sign in with provider), a free app that provides live streaming video of content televised on FOX Sports Southeast through select programming distributors.(6-29-2016)
Dylan Lupton to make Sprint Cup Series debut at Sonoma: Wilton, California native Dylan Lupton will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut in the Toyota / Save Mart 350 after successfully qualifying Saturday afternoon at Sonoma Raceway. Lupton in a third BK Racing (#93 Bell Bros / Elk Grove Toyota) entry went out early during Round 1 of Sprint Cup Series qualifying and laid down the 38th quickest lap overall and third quickest among the five drivers that had to qualify on-time to earn a starting berth into the sixteenth race of the season. By earning the third of four "open" spots, the 22-year-old Lupton will make a lifelong dream come true tomorrow, being one of the 40 starters in NASCAR's elite division. Lupton is attempting his third NASCAR race of the season after competing in back-to-back NASCAR XFINITY Series events earlier this season at Phoenix and Auto Club Speedway respectively. For his Cup debut, Lupton, a native of Wilton, California has paired with his XFINITY Series crew chief Mike Ford who led Lupton to a ninth place finish at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course last year. The finish was a career-best for Lupton and his Athenian Motorsports team in XFINITY Series competition. The recent UNC Charlotte graduate has two NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (NKSW) races at the 1.99-mile 10-turn venue driving for Bob Bruncati, Lupton has a best finish of third, while also producing a respectable eighth place finish after a late race charge from the back of the field in his track debut in 2013. "This is such a blessing to make my Sprint Cup Series debut tomorrow at Sonoma. I was hoping we would be a little faster than we were today, but we made more gains and that's a good feeling heading into the race tomorrow", said Lupton. "I've learned so much about these cars, myself and the track this weekend, it's really been an experience I'll never forget. I can't thank Bell Bros., Elk Grove Toyota, BK Racing, my family and friends for all their support this weekend. I can't begin to tell you what this debut means to me, I'm just excited to take the green flag tomorrow!"(Dylan Lupton PR)(6-26-2016)
Lupton driving for BK Racing at Sonoma; Image: Dylan Lupton Racing and BK Racing announce that NASCAR Next alumnus Dylan Lupton will attempt to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Sonoma Raceway for next Sunday's Toyota / Save Mart 350. Lupton will drive the #93 Bell Brothers / Elk Grove Toyota Camry for the sixteenth race of the Sprint Cup season. Both are joining Lupton in their first foray in Sprint Cup as part of a three-car effort for BK Racing joining teammates #83-Matt DiBenedetto and #23-David Ragan. Bell Brothers Plumbing Heating and Air was founded in 1991 in Elk Grove, Calif by brothers Jerry and Kenny Bell. After 25 years in the business, Bell Brothers has expanded to not only specialize in heating and air services, but windows, plumbing, ductwork, insulation and solar. Elk Grove Toyota is one of the top new Toyota sales leaders in the U.S.A. They are the only dealership in California to ever be awarded "The Official Sponsor of Savings" title. Elk Grove Toyota offers customers "Proof Pricing" on every vehicle, their lowest price - Simple. Clear. True. The dealership has also been awarded Toyota's highest honor, "The President's Award", for superior performance in sales, leasing, service, parts and customer satisfaction. The Wilton, Calif. native will reunite with crew chief Mike Ford for the Jun. 26 event. A longtime industry veteran, Ford led the 22-year-old to several impressive NASCAR XFINITY Series outings last season in the #25 Athenian Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro, including a ninth place finish on the road course at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. In over 450 starts as crew chief in Sprint Cup, Ford won 21 races, most recently in 2011 with driver Denny Hamlin. After finishing second in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship in 2014, Lupton advanced to the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2015 in a partial schedule with Athenian Motorsports. Additionally, Lupton has been elected twice to the NASCAR Next program.(Lupton PR)(6-16-2016)
IMAGE: see an image of the car on the #93 team paint schemes page.(6-18-2016)
BK Racing names associate sponsors for Richmond: BK Racing announced four additional associate sponsors for their team at the upcoming Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
Union Bank and Trust, commonly referred to as Union, is part of Union Bankshares Corporation (UBSH), will be on all three BK Racing entries with David Ragan, Matt DiBenedetto and Ryan Ellis's #93 ScienceLogic Camry. As the largest community bank headquartered in Virginia, Union offers their customers more than 100 years of community banking history and strong customer relationships.
Visit Henrico County will be on David Ragan's #23 sweetFrog Camry. As the resource center for Henrico County, they are your destination of where to eat, stay and shop while visiting Richmond International Raceway this weekend.
The Richmond Flying Squirrels, minor league baseball team, join the #23 and #83 BK Racing cars this weekend. In support of the Toyota Owners 400, the Flying Squirrels are hosting Turn Left Night Tuesday evening
RMC Events will be on both Matt DiBenedetto's #83 E.J. Wade Construction Camry and David Ragan's No.23 sweetFrog Camry. RMC Events, founded in 1999, is a private security services firm headquartered in Richmond, Virginia with an office in Charlottesville as well as personnel across the Commonwealth including in the following regions: Harrisonburg, Southwest Virginia and Tidewater.(BK Racing)(4-19-2016)
Ryan Ellis joins BK Racing for multiple races: BK Racing announced that Ryan Ellis has signed on for multiple races in the #93 Toyota Camry with sponsorship from ScienceLogic. Ellis will make his debut in the #93 ScienceLogic Camry at Richmond International Raceway on April 24, 2016. "Four or five years ago, I met Ron Devine and I told him one day I would drive for him. It seemed very far-fetched at the time, but this year it finally came to fruition," Ellis said about his deal with Devine's BK Racing team. It's an amazing opportunity for me and I'm so happy to bring ScienceLogic with me to the BK Racing program," Ellis continued. "I've gotten to know the ScienceLogic employees and brand a lot in the last year, and really feel like part of their family."
"Ryan is a driver that we've been watching for quite some time as he raced in the Trucks and XFINITY," said team owner Ron Devine. "We're proud to bring him to BK Racing this season and welcome ScienceLogic to our family."
"We see a lot of similarities between ScienceLogic and our driver Ryan Ellis - both in our passion for what we do every day and the speed at which we are advancing and growing in our respective professions. ScienceLogic is proud to continue our participation in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series by sponsoring Ryan Ellis and BK Racing this season," said Yama Habibzai, Chief Marketing Officer at ScienceLogic.(BK Racing)(3-28-2016)
Aaron's signs new deal with Waltrip, will race at Talladega: Aaron's, a lease-to-own retailer specializing in the sales and lease ownership of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, announced that they have inked a new multi-year deal with Michael Waltrip. Aaron's and Waltrip have had a relationship for over 16 years and this new agreement will create a lasting legacy between the two brands. The partnership with Waltrip renews Aaron's commitment to NASCAR as well as deepens the fan connection to the sport. As part of the deal, Aaron's will have associate sponsor placement when Waltrip races in the upcoming Daytona 500 (in the #83 Maxwell House Toyota fielded by BK Racing) as well as his race at the GEICO 500 (no word if it will be the #83 or another BK Racing car) at Talladega Superspeedway on May 1.(CWRUObserver), see an image of the #83 Toyota on the #83 Team Schemes page.(2-17-20146)
Three teams for BK Racing at Daytona: Two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip will compete in the 2016 Daytona 500 for BK Racing. Waltrip , a commentator for Fox Sports, had sponsorship for the race from Maxwell House, but he had not announced which team he would drive for until Thursday, nine days prior to opening practice at Daytona International Speedway. BK Racing is expected to have two automatic berths in the Daytona 500 as part of the new NASCAR "charter" system that is expected to be finalized in the coming days. The team will field three cars at Daytona with Waltrip driving the #83 that typically will be driven by Matt DiBenedetto. DiBenedetto will drive a third car, the #93, while David Ragan will drive the #23 he is expected to run all season.(ESPN.com)(2-5-2016)
David Ragan Secures Ride with BK Racing: Despite proving he can win at NASCAR's highest level and feeling like he's in his prime, David Ragan didn't know if he'd be able to race this year. "You can't do it forever, but you want to retire when it's your time or on your terms," said Ragan. The Unadilla (GA) native was without a spot driving for any NASCAR team for 2016 after splitting time between three racing teams in 2015. Months passed where he worked the phones himself, drawing on contacts with owners, sponsors and friends made through years of racing. Finally, he found the right opportunity. "It's a big relief to have the opportunity to go race full-time in the Sprint Cup series," said Ragan. The 30-year-old driver is the new face of BK Racing's #23 Dr. Pepper Toyota. Ragan has proven he can win, with victories at Daytona in 2011 and Talladega in 2013. He's raced for big teams, including Roush Fenway Racing for several years and a fill-in role with Joe Gibbs Racing last season while Kyle Busch was injured. BK Racing is a much smaller team with a different feel. "The pressure's there, but it's a little different," said Ragan. "You sometimes have more fun [with a smaller team]. You get to work with a closer knit group of employees that are real happy to be here." Ragan is set to run a full slate of Sprint Cup Series races starting with the Daytona 500. "You don't want to burn any bridges, but you want to keep everything healthy. It's a competitive sport we're in. It'll feel real good when I can beat those guys."(FOX5)(1-25-2016)
Matt DiBenedetto Returns to BK Racing: After making his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut with BK Racing in 2015, Matt DiBenedetto will return to pilot the #83 Toyota in 2016.
Veteran crew chief Gene Nead will return atop the pit box for the #83 team. "Last year I learned a lot from everyone here at BK Racing and I'm looking forward to having a full notebook heading into the season," DiBenedetto said. "Ron, Gene and the team have put in a lot of work over the offseason and we are all looking forward to Daytona."
"We're excited to have Matt back with us for 2016," said Devine. "We were very pleased with the progress he made throughout his rookie season and we look forward to continuing down that path." Returning to BK Racing for 2016, Dustless Blasting will sponsor Matt DiBenedetto and the #83 car in the upcoming Daytona 500 and for multiple races this season. Known as the fastest, most cost effective surface preparation tool on the market, Dustless Blasting's system can remove virtually any type of coating from most substrates very quickly and without creating heat or a dust plume. Benny LeCompte, owner of MMLJ, Inc. is proud to say "this is our third year working with BK Racing through sponsoring key races, like the season opener at the Daytona 500, for the #83 car and Matt DiBenedetto." Dustless Blasting is an MMLJ Inc. Company. The original manufacturer of blast equipment, and still the only to offer lifetime warranty on tank assemblies. Built in America with quality.
Cosmo Motors returns to the #83 for multiple races in 2016. A family owned and operated business in Hickory, North Carolina, Cosmo Motors is well known for their large selection of high-end vehicles. "We at Cosmo Motors are beyond excited to rejoin BK Racing and Matt DiBenedetto as a sponsor on the No 83 Toyota again for the 2016 race season," said Cosmo Kogan, owner of Cosmo Motors. "We're a smaller family run car dealership in Hickory, North Carolina and are very humbled by the ability to be a part of such a great sport, team, and driver. Last year was our first year sponsoring a car in NASCAR. It was an amazing experience. Not just working with the team and the driver but overall the entire experience was on a whole other level. We are really looking forward to the upcoming season as we embark on another extraordinary season with Matt and BK Racing."(BK Racing)(1-25-2016)
Kvapil has charges dismissed: Per ESPN.com's Bob Pockrass, as part of plea deal, and after completion of two years of probation and community service, domestic violence charges against Travis Kvapil have been dismissed.
Kvapil was originally charged in October 2013 and faced misdemeanor charges of false imprisonment and assault after an incident with his wife at their home. He was also required to attend an anger management class.(1-17-2016)
Ryan "Frenchie" Dubois is Named General Manager of BK Racing: BK Racing nameed Ryan "Frenchie" Dubois the new General Manager of the multi NASCAR Sprint Cup team.Ryan "Frenchie" Dubois has been involved in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since 1999, when he started with Evernham Motorsports. He moved to Melling 92 for a year, before heading to Hendrick Motorsports to work on the 48 working under Chad Knaus in 2005. In 2013, Dubois found his way to BK Racing as the Shop Foreman. For the past 2 years, Frenchie has worked hard and dedicated his time to bettering the three car program at BK Racing. "I am looking forward to my new position at BK Racing," Dubois commented. "We've rebuilt the team going into Daytona, for the good of this team, and I'm eager to help implement and grow this group. We have a lot of great guys that pour their heart and soul into this team, and it is slowly starting to show."
BK Racing Owner, Ron Devine commented, "We are very proud to announce that Ryan Dubois will be the General Manager of BK Racing. He has been earned the position by being a tremendous asset to the team since he started in 2013. I believe that Ryan has the knowledge, experience and dedication to take BK Racing to the next level. I look forward to seeing the progressive changes and accomplishments that I'm sure are soon to come."(BK Racing)(3-5-2015)
Dr Pepper to Partner with BK Racing for 2015: Dr Pepper partners with BK Racing as the primary sponsor on the #23 Toyota of JJ Yeley for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The one of a kind soft drink, whose involvement with BK Racing started in 2011, will be back on board the #23 Toyota Camry as a primary sponsor for multiple races throughout the 2015 NASCAR season. Starting with their "hometown track," Texas Motor Speedway in April, the brand's iconic colors will be a little different this year. "We are thrilled to partner with BK Racing and continue our partnership for the fourth consecutive year," explains Kelton Graham, vice president of sales for the Burger King account at Dr Pepper Snapple Group. "The NASCAR community and Dr Pepper have a strong connection through our loyal fan base. We are happy to partner with BK Racing and can't wait to celebrate with them in Victory Lane in 2015."
"I am excited to have Dr Pepper on board the #23 Toyota Camry this year," commented driver JJ Yeley. "We have some really awesome things planned this year with Dr Pepper, and I think the fans will love the new look. I don't want to give too much away, but make sure you stay tuned for the new paint scheme!" Dr Pepper associate branding will also appear on all BK Racing's [#26, #83, #93] cars throughout the 2015 season. "Dr Pepper has been a trusted partner of ours for years, and we place a lot of value and significantly appreciate their loyalty," said Ron Devine owner of BK Racing. "As we continue to augment our digital and creative capabilities we look forward to further integrating with the Dr Pepper brand."(BK Racing)(2-21-2015)
Rock Band 311 & BK Racing Partner for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season: Multi-platinum rock band, 311, will be an official media partner of the BK Racing organization for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Throughout the 38 race weekend-schedule for the 2015 season, BK Racing and 311 will work together to bring a new experience to both the NASCAR community and 311 fans through social media Q&A's, giveaways and photo sharing. NASCAR fans that follow and mention both @311 and @BKRacing_2383 on Twitter or Facebook will be eligible to win 311 gear and VIP NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hot Passes throughout the 2015 season.(BK Racing)(2-12-2015)
BK Racing moving: BK Racing, currently fielding multiple teams (#23, #26, #83, #93) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS), will have a new place to call home. BK Racing announced Tuesday that the team's race operations will move from their current location in Statesville, NC to a new home in Charlotte beginning in January. BK Racing's new address will be 11881 Vance Davis Drive in Charlotte. This location formerly housed GMS Racing and BAM Racing. The new facility will allow for growth in race operations as well as further opportunities to increase performance development potential. The new shop will allow for BK Racing to be an all-in-one facility for the growing team, and allowing the team to have additional space for engineering and simulation. By January 2015, all of BK Racing's race teams will be able to call the facility home. "We needed a new location that allowed for more space to increase our performance," said Ron Devine, owner of BK Racing. "We continue to invest into race operations to improve our potential and performance both on and off the track. It all starts in the race shop, and having the best resources and assets, in addition to our team of employees."(BK Racing)(12-31-2014)
Mike Ford leaves BK Racing for NNS team: Athenian Motorsports announced veteran NASCAR crew chief Mike Ford has joined the team as the crew chief for the #25 Zaxby's NASCAR Nationwide Series Toyota Camry with driver John Wes Townley. Mike Ford has more than 20 years in NASCAR and has worked as a NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chief since 2000. In late 2012, he moved to BK Racing as the Director of Competition where he remained until joining Athenian Motorsports. Ford will now lead the #25 Athenian Motorsports team as crew chief for the remainder of 2014 with driver John Wes Townley beginning at Kansas Speedway, October 3, 2014.(Athenian Motorsports)(10-1-2014)
Kvapil replaces Ryan Truex at New Hampshire: It's musical chairs at BK Racing this week with last minute seat changes to the driver roster. While Cole Whitt remains in the #26 Toyota with sponsorship from Rinnai and Alex Bowman continues his campaign in the #23 Dr. Pepper Toyota, Travis Kvapil will reprise his role in the #83 Burger King Toyota this weekend and Clay Rogers will fill the #93 Iowa City Capital Partners Toyota. The changes were made on Tuesday and leave Ryan Truex on the sidelines this weekend. The team elected not to discuss Truex' status. "I didn't have anything going on this weekend," Kvapil said. "We had talked about doing something with the 93. These are my guys here. I had been with them for the last two years and feel I had a hand in building this team. I don't know what the plans are beyond this weekend, but it's good to be back." Rogers, 34, was once a development driver for Roush Fenway Racing. Most recently attempted to qualify for New Hampshire in July and Richmond two weeks ago but failed to qualify.(Motorsport)(9-19-2013)
Swan Racing Restructures UPDATE Yeley in for Kligerman: Swan Racing announced it has successfully restructured the company by finding solutions for the #26 and #30 teams in an attempt to save the jobs of the crews, the drivers, and to keep those teams competing throughout the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. As a result, Anthony Marlowe has merged his ownership of the #26 team into BK Racing, effective immediately. Cole Whitt will remain behind the wheel of the #26. The #30 team has been sold to John Cohen of XxxTreme Motorsports, which will operate the team going forward and intends to compete with veteran driver J.J. Yeley. Stephen "Bones" Lane will serve as crew chief and be joined by several other former Swan Racing crewmembers. Driver Parker Kligerman remains under contract with Swan Racing, which will seek to identify options for him to get back on track. Team owner Brandon Davis issued the following statement:
"I want to first thank our employees, fans, and others in the NASCAR industry for their patience and understanding over the past several days while we work out the future of Swan Racing. As previously stated, the team is restructuring due to a lack of additional funding. However, over the past couple weeks we worked tirelessly to find an alternative to ending operations. Fortunately, we were able to find a home for the #26 team and the #30 team thanks to Anthony Marlowe and Jonathan Cohen respectively. "Anthony and Jonathan are both young and ambitious NASCAR enthusiasts. It is important to keep them in the sport for the long term. I am very relieved to know that the #26 and #30 teams will be in good hands and will continue to compete the remainder of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Most importantly, most of the team members have the opportunity to continue their employment in the sport and to support their families. This was critically important to me. Swan Racing is exploring any and all options to keep Parker Kligerman on track throughout the season. We are encouraged by the response we have received from interested parties. Parker continues to be one of the most talented young drivers in NASCAR. He brought this racing team one of its strongest results in his first race with us, and we are certain of his success in the future.(Swan Racing PR)(4-23-2014)
UPDATE: "It went from a lot of fun to a nightmare in a matter of months," [Swan Racing owner] Brandon Davis told NASCAR.com by telephone Wednesday, after his race team farmed off both its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars to other organizations. "I'm not going to point my finger in any one direction. It was just the overall thing, probably adding two cars, etc. ... There were challenges there." Davis, whose Swan Energy oil and gas company has bankrolled the team for most of its brief existence. Davis was willing to dig into his pockets to get the team going last year, when it fielded one car. But he expanded to two entries for 2014 and had hoped to subsist on sponsorship dollars, and the pieces simply didn't come together in time to keep the organization operational. Combine that with the time demands of Davis' growing oil and gas businesses, and it added up to difficulty from the first weeks of the season. Davis added he's retained a few people to help "wind things down" with Swan Racing, and can't foresee the team returning to the track in any capacity in the immediate future. Although Swan lacked sufficient sponsorship dollars, money wasn't the only issue -- expansion to two cars took more of a toll than Davis expected, and the demands of his day job cut into the available time he had to help the race team grow. With two cars now in the stable, everything took double the time, money, and effort. The financial amount contributed to the team by Swan Energy, Davis said, was used up in a matter of weeks. Asked if expanding to two cars proved too much, he did not mince words. "Yes. Most definitely."(NASCAR.com)
AND: Per Xxxtreme Motorsports Twitter, the team will run the #30 Chevy at Richmond, then switch back to the #44 starting at Talladega, and have the owners points / race attempts from the #30 team (4-24-2014).
Morgan Shepherd to attempt Daytona 500: Support Military Foundation announced that Morgan Shepherd will be driving the #93 SMF Toyota at Daytona International Speedway in an attempt to qualify for the Daytona 500. The presenting sponsor will be named at a later date. If Shepherd makes the field he would become the oldest driver ever to compete in the Daytona 500. Shepherd, 71, most recently partnered with Support Military Foundation to become the oldest driver to compete in the Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire in 2013. The team is a collaboration of BK Racing, Randy MacDonald of MacDonald Motorsports and Dell Hamilton of Support Military Foundation/HMR. "Whenever you can break a record or make history, it's something special. To have Morgan in the car and the SMF presented on the car we couldn't be happier," said Dell Hamilton. "We are still looking for a presenting sponsor for the race, Support Military Foundation colors will be on the car but we are hoping for a presenting sponsor to come along and help us with this unique initiative."(SMF PR)(2-5-2014)
this was the #93, for news go to the #23 Team News and Links page. BK Racing may race a third car, #93 in a few races or as a part-time team in 2014.
Travis Kvapil takes deal in domestic assault case: NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Travis Kvapil was placed on two years probation Thursday and must perform community service as part of a deferred prosecution agreement in his domestic assault case. Kvapil, 37, faced misdemeanor charges of false imprisonment and assault after an Oct. 8 incident at his home. Under the prosecution agreement, the charges against him eventually will be dropped. Kvapil, who drove for BK Racing last season but does not have a ride yet for 2014, appeared Thursday in North Carolina District Court in Iredell County. According to court records, he pleaded guilty to the charges as part of an agreement that will dismiss the case after he completes two years probation (at least one year of supervised probation) and 72 hours of community service. He had to pay $460 in fees and court costs and must attend an anger management class. The probation stipulates that he can travel out of the state for work purposes as long as he gives notice to his probation officer.(Sporting News)(2-1-2014)
Bowman, Truex to drive for BK Racing: BK Racing has signed Tucson, AZ native Alex Bowman and Mayetta, NJ native Ryan Truex to pilot the team's #23 and #83 BK Racing Toyota Camry's and compete for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Bowman will drive the newly renumbered #23 entry and comes off his rookie season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series which saw him win two poles and finish 11th in the final standings. Truex made four starts between the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series this past season. Both Bowman and Truex tested for BK Racing in the NASCAR Preseason Thunder at Daytona last week and have already begun to create a relationship with their respected teams and crew chiefs. Bowman and Truex will make their team debuts in the season-opening 56th annual Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway on February 23. Dave Winston will crew chief the #23 BK Racing entry with Alex Bowman while Dale Ferguson will crew chief the #83 BK Racing entry for Ryan Truex. BK Racing has also finalized an agreement with Borla Exhaust as a primary sponsor for the Daytona 500. The deal signifies a multi-race sponsorship for the 2014 season. More details to follow this week. In an effort to better align with long-time partner Dr Pepper, BK Racing will renumber the #93 to the #23 in 2014. The number is synonymous with the regular Dr Pepper's original 23 flavors. However the #93 will remain with the team on a part-time basis.(BK Racing)(1-20-2014)
Kvapil's legal case postponed: According to the Sporting News' Bob Pockrass, Travis Kvapil's domestic violence case has been continued until to Feb. 28. Kvapil was charged last October with misdemeanor assault on a female [his wife] and false imprisonment. His status with BK Racing for this season has not been announced.(1-20-2014)
BK Racing and ZAK Products increase partnership: As BK Racing embarks on its third season in NASCAR's premier level on February 23 with the 56th running of the Daytona 500, the team will have increased support from Irving, TX based ZAK Products. ZAK Products is the #1 Professional Maintenance Fluid of NASCAR and is an industry leading automotive chemical maintenance product line, offering a comprehensive value proposition to franchised automobile dealerships and professional installers across the U.S. and Canada since 2002. ZAK's professional grade product line is designed to drive customer loyalty by empowering installers with the training and tools needed to consistently deliver value to the consumer. Their products are specifically formulated to exceed the needs of today's vehicles, including fuel, cooling, climate control, and lubrication systems.(BK Racing)(1-9-2014)
Different drivers testing for BK Racing at Daytona UPDATE: Alex Bowman, who subbed for David Reutimann in the #83 Toyota during the Charlotte Motor Speedway test in December, will continue in that role at Daytona International Speedway this coming week. Ryan Truex will shake down the #93 Toyota. Truex remains under contract with Richard Petty Motorsports but was given permission to test with BK Racing. "We're going to test those two to keep our options open," said Ron Devine, BKR team owner. On Sunday, Devine said both he and the team were impressed by Bowman's performance at the Charlotte test. He added BKR's driver lineup "is not set yet for 2014." Given the uncertainty surrounding his current drivers, that's understandable. Travis Kvapil, who competed in the #93 Toyota last year, has a pending court date Jan. 17 following charges of misdemeanor assault on Oct. 8. The case was continued from Nov. 19. Reutimann struggled to finish 33rd in the points standings last year. While Dale Ferguson will continue as the crew chief for the #93 team, Dave Winston [not Martin] will replace Doug Richert on the #83 squad. However, Devine says Richert will remain with the organization.(Fox Sports)(1-6-2014)
UPDATE: After completing a full season with BK Racing in 2013, the decision has been mutually made to part ways between driver David Reutimann and BK Racing effective immediately. Due to the current uncertainty of the team's 2014 driver lineup, driver David Reutimann has decided not to pursue a seat with BK Racing for 2014. No official driver lineup for the upcoming season is currently available at this time.(BK Racing), Reutimann drove the #83 Burger King Toyota in 2013 for BK Racing.(1-6-2014)