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Races that Best Home Furnishings is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2017 with Joey Gase driving:
Daytona - 2/26
Kentucky - 7/8
Bristol - 8/19
Races that Schluter Systems is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2017 with Gray Gaulding driving:
Las Vegas - 3/12
Martinsville - 10/30
Races that SunFrog is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2017 with Gray Gaulding driving:
Phoenix - 3/19
Auto Club - 3/26
Martinsville - 4/2
Races that BUBBA burger is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2017 with Gray Gaulding driving:
Charlotte Monster Open - 5/20
Charlotte - 5/28
Contract Status: Drivers: 2017; Primary Sponsors: race-to-race?;
#23 Team / Drivers News
Gaulding to run special patriotic scheme at Charlotte: The #23 Toyota Camry will sport a very special military-inspired paint scheme at Charlotte Motor speedway thanks to returning sponsor, BUBBA burger. BUBBA burger, sold in grocery stores nationwide, will be the primary sponsor on board with Gray Gaulding for Monster Energy All-Star Weekend and the Coca-Cola 600.[More](DATE-2017)
Cautions by LaJoie and Gaulding impact Auto Club race: BK Racing is hitting the wall for a high average so far in 2017. After #23-Gray Gaulding and #83-Corey LaJoie each caused caution flags in Sunday's race at Auto Club Speedway, the team kept up its proficiency at slowing down Cup Series races.[More](3-27-2017)
SunFrog hops on board with BK Racing and Gaulding on Race Hub on Fox Sports 1, BK Racing and Gray Gaulding unveiled the #23 SunFrog Toyota Camry that will race this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. SunFrog, one of the nation's fastest growing apparel printing companies, will be joining the #23 Toyota team for multiple Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races this year, starting with Sunday's Camping World 500.(BK Racing)[More](3-16-2017)
Dr Pepper and BK Racing celebrate 6th year together BK Racing welcomes Dr Pepper back for its sixth consecutive year in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Dr Pepper is the longest running partner for the team. The iconic soft drink brand, which first teamed up with BK Racing in 2011, will be back on board the #23 Toyota with driver Gray Gaulding as a primary sponsor for multiple races throughout the 2017 NASCAR season, beginning with the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In addition, Dr Pepper will remain on board all of the BK Racing cars as an associate sponsor all year long.[More](3-1-2017)
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 announced 2-sponsor for #23 car: BK Racing and Schluter-Systems announced today that they will continue their partnership into the 2017. Gray Gaulding's #23 Toyota will carry Schluters' signature orange and gray colors at Las Vegas in March and at Martinsville in October. Schluter will continue to be an associate sponsor on the #23 for the entire season. Schluter-Systems improves and promotes tile installation through the development of products for ceramic and stone tile at facilities in Plattsburgh, Reno, Canada, and Europe.(BK Racing), see image of the scheme on the #23 Team Schemes page (2-9-2017)
Gaulding to BK Racing UPDATE: 18 year-old Gray Gaulding will pilot the #23 Toyota Camry in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The team made the announcement at Richmond International Raceway, home track to BK Racing and Gaulding. Gaulding has been competing in some form of racing since the age of three. Gaulding's rookie season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series in 2013 started with a bang with a 2nd place finish in the inaugural Battle at the Beach on the Daytona International Speedway's back straightaway. Gaulding's impressive three year stint in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West included 13 top-five finishes, 25 top-tens, and three pole awards. His first pole award was here at RIR in 2013, making Gaulding the youngest driver to do so at 15 years, 2 months, and 15 days. That same year, Gaulding picked up a win at Phoenix International Raceway making him the youngest driver to win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at 15 years, 8 months, and 30 days. In 2014-2015, Gaulding moved up to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where he made 13 starts with one top-five and two top ten finishes. In 2016, Gaulding furthered his career by making starts in both the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Gaulding's first race in the #23 will be the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 5, 2017. The team will announce sponsorship for Gaulding at a later date.(BK Racing) Gaulding's first race will be Atlanta because he has not been approved by NASCAR to run at Daytona.(1-24-2017)
UPDATE: At only 18 years of age, Gaulding has achieved a lifetime goal of competing full-time in NASCAR's premier Cup Series. His first season begins this March at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Gaulding will drive BK Racing's #23 Toyota for 33 of the 36 points races on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule. Although sponsorship is slated to be announced at a later date, it is expected that Gaulding's main primary sponsor on the #23 will be Dr. Pepper. Although Gaulding's teammate Joey Gase will have the #23 and Best Home Furnishings as his primary sponsor in three races this season - Daytona in February, Kentucky in July and Bristol in August - the two drivers are really only sharing the same car number. Gaulding is expected to have the #83 at Kentucky in July and Bristol in August, and he is slated to retain his crew and points for those two races. The only race that Gaulding will miss in 2017 is the season-opening Daytona 500, as he has not received approval from NASCAR to run the race due to the requirement that he has to race a Cup race at a track that is 1.5-plus miles in length before he can compete at the 2.5-mile superspeedways of Daytona and Talladega. His two starts last season in Cup were at the half-mile short track of Martinsville and the one-mile raceway of Phoenix.(Progress-Index)(2-1-2017)
BK Racing unsure of plans for #83 team charter: BK Racing is still determining the fate of one of its charters a month away from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Granted two charters under the business model NASCAR implemented going into 2016, a spokesperson for the team told RACER that the # 23 Toyota will use its charter "for sure" in 2017. Joey Gase will drive the car in the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 26, as well as in two other races this season with backing from Best Home Furnishings. Gray Gaulding was announced Tuesday as the primary driver. Dr. Pepper will remain with the team as the sponsor. However, the charter for the #83 Toyota is still to be determined. On Wednesday, Corey LaJoie was announced to run multiple races in the #83 this season.(Racer)(1-26-2017)
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)
Joey Gase to runs some races with BK Racing: BK Racing announced a multiple race partnership with Best Home Furnishings to sponsor the #23 BK Racing Toyota with driver, Joey Gase. The Best Home Furnishings Toyota will be on track at the Daytona 500 in February, the night race at Bristol Motor Speedway, and additional races throughout the 2017 season. The Daytona 500 will be Gase's first race with BK Racing. "We're thrilled to have Joey and Best Home Furnishings, one of the largest furniture manufacturers, join us for the Daytona 500 in February, said BK Racing team owner Ron Devine. "It is the largest race of our series and a wonderful event for Joey to debut his BK Racing relationship. We've been watching Joey's growth for quite some time and looking forward to seeing what he can do behind the wheel of a BK Race car."
"I cannot put into words how thankful I am for the opportunity everyone at Best Home Furnishings and BK Racing has given me," said driver Joey Gase. "Racing in the Daytona 500 and the Bristol night race has been a dream of mine since I can remember. It's very exciting to share this experience with everyone at Best Home Furnishings and those who have helped me get to this point in my career."
Best Home Furnishings is becoming one of the largest furniture manufacturers in the world. With five locations throughout the US and over 1,000 employees they have a very simple theme, make the best quality product at the most affordable price. "We are thrilled to be partnering with BK Racing and Joey Gase," said Glenn Lange, CEO of Best Home Furnishings. "Joey is a young, energetic and up-and-coming driver who has shown to be competitive from an early age. His heavy involvement with the non-profit, Donate Life exemplifies our shared values and passion to exude excellence in all facets of our business and personal lives. Our family has been involved with the collection of classic and sports cars for decades. To have our company's name as a primary sponsor on a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car is a dream come true," said Lange.(BK Racing), see images of the scheme on the #23 Team Schemes page.(12-20-2016)
Cassill returning to Front Row Motorsports; Ragan rejoining FRM: Front Row Motorsports will have two familiar faces behind the wheels of its racecars in 2017. Landon Cassill will return to the team and drive the #34 Ford after an impressive first season with the team in 2016. David Ragan, who drove for the Statesville-based organization from 2012 to 2015 and earned its first win, will rejoin the team to drive the #38 Ford. The team will continue its technical alliance with Roush Fenway Racing and its engine program with Roush Yates Engines.
The 27-year-old Cassill earned seven top-20 finishes in his first season with Front Row. One of the series' steadiest and most reliable competitors, he completed 98 percent of the laps run and was the only premier series driver in 2016 to finish the season with just a single DNF (Did Not Finish). The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native will enter his eighth year competing in NASCAR's premier series.
Ragan is a 10-year veteran of the series who made history for Front Row Motorsports in 2013 when he charged through the front of the field on the final lap to win at Talladega Superspeedway, sending owner Bob Jenkins and his team to Victory Lane for the first time. The 30-year-old Unadilla, Ga., native owns two premier series wins, 15 top-five and 36 top-10 finishes, and two poles.
The team's 2017 partnerships will be announced soon.(Front Row Motorsports)(12-16-2016)
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)
Ragan will not return to BK Racing: BK Racing and driver #23-David Ragan have parted ways. The news comes one day after team owner Ron Devine announced Matt DiBenedetto would no longer continue with the organization. "BK Racing is in the process of trying to restructure the company," Devine told Motorsport.com. "Our finishes of 33rd and 35th in the standings, did not achieve our goals. We had a one-year agreement with David Ragan that has since expired and we have elected not to renew his contract." Devine expects to maintain two teams in 2017 with a variety of drivers to be named.(Motorsport)(12-9-2016)
Ragan uncertain of next year's plans: #23-David Ragan, who is in his 10th fulltime season in the Cup series, said he is uncertain what his NASCAR future holds after this season. "I don't have any commitments and I've made no plans for next year," he said. "I want to be in the Cup series. I'd like to drive the most competitive car that I can and if that's not in the Cup series, I would be satisfied with a good Xfinity program or even a good Truck program. I want to race in NASCAR's top three series but I'm at a point in my career where I'm not really racing for a paycheck or a bio sheet that says 'Cup driver.' I want to race and be competitive. My heart's in the Cup series - that's where I want to be and I want to win some more races but I want to be in the right situation."(Motorsport)(10-30-2016)
Doug Fritz Named Chief Marketing Officer at BK Racing: BK Racing announced that industry veteran Doug Fritz has joined the team as Chief Marketing Officer.
Fritz assumes a wide scope of responsibilities as he spearheads and manages all aspects of the team's marketing, business development and digital content strategies. Fritz arrives at BK Racing with over 25 years of experience in the motorsports industry, including a decade of service as Sr. Director of Marketing and Business Development for NASCAR, as well as Chief Executive Officer of Iowa Speedway and President of the Richmond International Raceway. "I am very excited to join Ron Devine and BK Racing. With the recent announcements of Matt DiBenedetto returning and the signing of David Ragan, this team is positioning itself to accomplish great things in 2016 and beyond."
Fritz has also served as the Director of Corporate Administration at International Speedway Corporation (ISC). ISC is recognized as one of the leaders in the motorsports entertainment industry and parent company of 12 speedways; including Daytona International Speedway, home of the Daytona 500. Most recently, Fritz was Managing Director, Business Development and Event Operations for SP+ Gameday. Fritz is a visionary in the motorsports industry and his leadership abilities have been recognized with several prestigious awards. He was named Henrico County VA Business Leader of the Year in April 2005, one of Richmond Times-Dispatch's "Most Influential Sports People" in 2007, as well as USAC Silver Crown Promoter of the Year in 2008. He is also the author of "A Moment with a Legend" story in the 2009 Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul book.
"Doug has been an influential figure on the business of NASCAR for many years," said team owner Ron Devine. "He has a very broad perspective of the sport and I am confident that he'll have a positive impact as we continue on our path of forward progress." Fritz graduated from Virginia Tech in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in marketing management. He is the proud father of two and currently resides in Cornelius, NC. Fritz begins his position with BK Racing on February 1st.(BK Racing)(1-28-2016)
Marlowe close to sale of stake in BK Racing: Social media has grown to become the megaphone for all things these days, from breaking news and marketing products to communicating with friends and even showing off what's for dinner. But using the medium to advertise the sale of a professional sports team? That's one of the few things that hadn't been done - until recently, that is. NASCAR team investor Anthony Marlowe said last week that his plan to sell his 10 percent stake in BK Racing via Twitter is bearing fruit. Marlowe, who joined BK Racing last year from now-defunct Swan Racing, is believed to be the first sports team owner to advertise the sale of a stake in a team on the social media platform. And according to Marlowe, the current "lead sled dog" for the sale found out about the opportunity from two tweets he sent out in recent months. "We're moving swiftly toward getting a deal done by the end of the year," Marlowe said. The asking price is $1 million. Marlowe's first tweet on the subject came in mid-September, when he announced the sale, the amount of equity involved and his contact info. He then sent a second message - this time a promoted tweet - in mid-October, noting the stake's price and that the sale was open only to accredited investors who could receive venture financing. Marlowe believes he can turn a slight profit from his initial investment - something that many former NASCAR team owners never had the opportunity to do. "With the prospective charter system being discussed, I'm looking at this as a window of opportunity where I'm likely selling too early," he said. "But it's an opportunity to get out whole or make a little bit of money, something that 95 percent of NASCAR owners up until this point had a very difficult time doing." Marlowe, who said the sale could still fall apart but hopes to have it done by the time the NASCAR owner agreement is signed in 2016, is planning to maintain a presence in motorsports. For example, he is in talks with Iowa Speedway executives about possibly buying race title sponsorships or hospitality packages there because many of his company's locations are in that state or nearby South Dakota. In the meantime, he is trying to help BK Racing accomplish a spate of business-side goals - including finding a company that wants to take over naming rights of the team.(Sports Business Daily)(12-3-2015)
BK Racing co-owner offering to sell his stake in team: Anthony Marlowe has For Sale 10% equity (his full interest) in BK Racing, a three car [#23, #26, #83) NASCAR Sprint Cup team and Race Team Alliance member. Interested parties, see Anthony Marlow's Twitter for contact info. Along with 10% interest in all of BK Racing, Marlow's stake comes with being the listed owner of the #26 NSCS car as long as BK Racing runs three or more cars.(9-12-2015)