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Teams penalized practice time at Chicago: The BK Racing team with driver #23-Jeb Burton will be docked 30 minutes of practice time Friday at Chicagoland Speedway for being late to qualifying and race inspection last weekend at Richmond International Raceway, NASCAR confirmed Tuesday night. NASCAR typically docks a team 15 minutes of practice time for being late to inspection. That penalty was doubled for BK Racing because the #23 team was late to two inspections. Three other teams - the #7 of Alex Bowman, the #26 of J.J. Yeley and the #95 of Michael McDowell - will be docked 15 minutes of practice time Friday for being late to qualifying inspection at Richmond.(NBC Sports)(9-16-2015)
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)
Jeb Burton's throwback to honor father Ward at Darlington: When Jeb Burton decided to join the wave of throwback paint schemes for Labor Day weekend at Darlington Raceway, he didn't have far to look for inspiration. Burton's BK Racing entry for the 66th running of the Bojangles' Southern 500 will pay tribute to the career of his father, Ward Burton, a two-time winner at NASCAR's oldest superspeedway. "I saw all the throwback stuff and Estes has the same colors as Dad had, so I just thought about the idea and I got the PR team to come up with a design," Jeb Burton said. "I saw it and I thought it'd be a cool idea so we went on with it." Ward Burton caught his first glimpse of the car's vintage look ahead of last weekend's race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The resemblance -- both in colors and its similarly styled numbers -- is uncanny. "It's really cool," the 53-year-old Burton said. "We had a lot of success at Darlington, but more importantly I really appreciate Jeb thinking about me." Ward Burton flew the Caterpillar flag for his most prominent wins in NASCAR's premier series, foremost among them the 2002 Daytona 500. The yellow-and-black look was also front and center for Burton and crew chief Tommy Baldwin Jr. when the Davis-owned team found a sweet spot at Darlington, yielding two victories at the 1.366-mile track, including the 2001 Southern 500.(NASCAR.com), see an image of the car on the #23 team paint schemes page.(8-26-2015)
Yeley-Burton switch rides at BK Racing? UPDATE: YES: hearing that JJ Yeley will now be the driver of the #26 Toyota for BK Racing and rookie Jeb Burton will move to BK Racing's #23 Toyota. The #26 is 44th in owners points, the #23 is 39th. The hope supposedly is that Yeley will be able to better qualify the #26 in on speed and give the rookie Burton a fall back on owners points. Hearing the change will take place for Darlington and stay thru the end of the season. No word if this includes crew chiefs changing. Joe Williams is the crew chief of the #23 and Patrick Donahue is the #26 crew chief.(8-24-2015)
UPDATE: Effective Darlington Raceway weekend, Jeb Burton will be piloting the #23 Toyota with Joe Williams as Crew Chief and JJ Yeley the #26 Toyota with Patrick Donahue as Crew Chief for the remainder of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season. Owner Ron Devine commented, "We are trying something different to improve performance for BK Racing. We are confident and proud of our drivers and employees, but we are looking to try some different combinations to improve our results."(BK Racing)(8-25-2015)
Yeley dons Elvis outfit for driver intros at Bristol: #23-JJ Yeley doesn't often stand out much on the track once the racing begins and Saturday was no different as he placed 34th in the IRWIN Tools Night Race. No one, though, does driver intros at Bristol Motor Speedway with the gusto of the driver of the #23 car. Choosing a rocker theme for the second straight Night Race with help once again from his daughter, Yeley walked on to the track dressed as Elvis Presley with his daughter in an angel's outfit as "Devil in Disguise" blared over the loudspeakers. "Are you ready Briiiistol?" bellowed Yeley's daughter to loud cheers.(Bristol Herald Courier)(8-23-2015)
BK Racing Continues American Salute Campaign: BK Racing continued its American Salute Campaign with a visit to Travis Air Force Base with #23-JJ Yeley and #26-Jeb Burton Thursday. Stepping off the plane the teamed headed straight to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, for a meet and greet with the service members. In addition to signing autographs and taking pictures, the two BK Racing drivers also handed out 350 tickets to Sunday's Toyota Save-Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. "It was great to get out and visit with the Airmen at Travis Air Force Base," commented JJ Yeley. "We were able to hand out tickets for Sunday's event, and meet with the folks who continue to make sacrifices on a daily basis, so we can continue to do what we love every weekend." Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Jeb Burton also commented, "I had a good time getting to meet with the Airmen yesterday at Travis Air Force Base. The team has done a great job with giving back to those who serve our country, and I'm glad to be part of it."
Next week, BK Racing continues the stride to saluting our military. Fifteen members of the BK Racing organization will be making their way to Feyetteville, NC, to participate in a skydiving event with the Golden Knights on Tuesday, June 30. In addition, the team is continuing its online silent auctions to help raise money for Hope For The Warrior, a non-profit that provides comprehensive support for service members, veterans and families. 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated back to the organization in Daytona, during Pre-Race Ceremonies at Daytona International Speedway on July 5.(BK Racing)(6-27-2015)
BK Racing Partners with Interscope Recording Artist, Yelawolf for Talladega: BK Racing has partnered with Interscope Records Recording artist, Yelawolf for this weekend's race at Talladega Superspeedway. Yelawolf, a Slumerican/Shady Records/Interscope Records recording artist from Gadsden, Alabama, will be joining the BK Racing stable with a special paint scheme on board JJ Yeley's #23 Toyota. Yelawolf's new album, Love Story, is currently debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Chart and No. 3 overall on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. Watch the videos for Yelawolf's current single, "American You" HERE and "Best Friend," featuring Eminem, HERE. "NASCAR provides a unique opportunity for athletes, brands, artists and media properties to crossover, integrate and/or triangulate their marketing efforts," team co-owner, Anthony Marlowe commented. "From our experience, this weekend's campaign at Talladega between Yelawolf, NASCAR, MAXIM Magazine, MAXIM Fantasy Sports, and BK Racing will not only be highly successful, but will also provide a massive media value return to all involved." Yelawolf and BK Racing driver, JJ Yeley, will be holding a Question and Answer session, followed by a photo opportunity at the #23 transporter on Sunday, May 3rd at 9:15am. The team invites all media and fans to stop by.(BK Racing)(5-3-2015)
BK Racing Launches Eight-Week American Salute Campaign: BK Racing announced that the team will participate in an eight-week American Salute Campaign, starting at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina May 24th. JJ Yeley, driver of the #23 Toyota, will run a special "We Salute You" scheme in honor of our fallen military Memorial Day weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Fans can give $10 through the BK Racing website, and submit a fallen service member's name, and the name will appear on the hood and rear quarter panels of the #23 Toyota for the Coca-Cola 600. In addition, BK Racing will donate a portion of the proceeds back to Hope For The Warriors, a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans and military families.
"I am honored to be able to salute our men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, through NASCAR and our organization," said team owner Ron Devine. "I believe it's important to remember our military and their families. It's also great to be able to partner with an organization like Hope For The Warriors, who provide support and resources for our active military. I encourage everyone to get online, submit names, and help us say 'Thank You' to our servicemen and women."
"The names that BK Racing will be display on JJ Yeley's car are the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. They are the men and women whose names stay in our hearts and minds everyday, and especially in the month of May," said Travis Hanson, Hope For The Warriors, Senior Director of Sports and Recreation. "Hope For The Warriors is thankful to NASCAR fans for the honor and recognition they give to our service members, veterans and the sacrifice of our military families."
Visit the BK Racing website to submit names for the American Salute Campaign. BK Racing is honored to give back to our men and women who continue to serve this country and protect the freedom of this beautiful country, the United States of America. Stay up to date with news and information about the team through the BK Racing website, www.bkracing.com, or through social media on Twitter and Facebook.(BK Racing), see an image of the scheme Yeley will run on the #23 Team Schemes page.(5-2-2015)
BK Racing, Tommy Baldwin Racing considering merger? UPDATE: Chatter in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage this weekend has a potential merger between BK Racing and Tommy Baldwin Racing being considered, CATCHFENCE.com has learned. Both teams have struggled thus far at NASCAR's top level this season, but the merger would combine resources, assets and personnel with hopes of lifting the on-track performance of their drivers. Another possible scenario is BK Racing simply acquiring Tommy Baldwin Racing, sources say. Currently, Tommy Baldwin Racing fields the #7 Chevy for Alex Bowman, while BK Racing fields three cars for rookie candidate Jeb Burton, Matt DiBenedetto and veteran JJ Yeley. Bowman drove for BK Racing in 2014, but left the team to join TBR. Sources tell CATCHFENCE.com if the merger happened, it's likely that Baldwin's team would switch to Toyota and Baldwin taking a director of competition role. A spokesperson for RAB Racing, which currently does not field a full-time team, confirmed that they were involved in an initial discussion with BK Racing, but wouldn't elaborate.(Catchfence)(4-26-2015)
UPDATE: been told this was discussed but no merger will happen.(5-10-2015)
Burton in for Yeley at Richmond? UPDATE: hearing that Jeb Burton, who failed to qualify for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond in the #26, will replace J.J. Yeley in the BK Racing #23 for the race. Burton had sponsorship from Estes Express Lines this weekend.
UPDATE: BK Racing tweeted Saturday, ".@JebBurtonRacing will now be piloting the #23 @estesexpress Toyota in tonight's #ToyotaOwners400 @RIRInsider for #BKRacing. @jjyeley1 will return to the No. 23 #BKRacing Toyota next weekend."(4-25-2015)
American Cancer Society featured on the #23: There will be an important message turning laps at Martinsville this weekend. For the first time, the American Cancer Society is partnering with a race team and will have a presence during the race at the STP 500. March is colon cancer awareness month and NASCAR Driver #23-JJ Yeley will be sporting the America Cancer Society logo around the track. This car has personal meaning for Richard Turner. A colon cancer survivor and now a volunteer for the American Cancer Society, Turner says it all came together perfectly. They want this car to be a voice for those who have survived cancer and to remind others to always be up to date with their check ups.(WDBJ), see an image of the caron the #23 team paint schemes page.(3-29-2015)
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)
Congrats - Jason Burgess: Congratulations to BK Racing's Jason Burgess and his wife Vanessa, on the birth of their new born twin's, Kaylei and Roman.(BK Racing Facebook)(2-19-2015)
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)
BK Racing partners with Maxim Magazine and Maxim Fantasy Sports: BK Racing announced a new partnership with Maxim Inc. and Maxim Fantasy Sports for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. "We are thrilled to sponsor the BK racing team and look forward to an exciting 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Our new Maxim Fantasy Sports app is a fun and easy way to play fantasy sports online and win real money - download the app today and start winning" says Maxim COO Robert Price. Maxim is especially cutting-edge in the sports entertainment industry. It is launching its Fantasy Sports App for serious sports fans wanting to take the experience to the next level. Maxim's Fantasy Sports App allows users to pick between athletes in head to head fantasy matchups and play for real money.
BK Racing co-owner Anthony Marlowe adds, "We couldn't have a better sponsor for the Daytona 500 and the 2015 season. Maxim Magazine and Maxim Fantasy Sports App are leading the pack in sports media along with other entertainment, and delivering a truly new and exciting experience.
Maxim Inc. and Maxim Fantasy Sports have signed on with BK Racing for several races during the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Maxim branding will be displayed on various BK Racing cars throughout 2015. Maxim and Maxim Fantasy Sports are starting off as the primary sponsors on the #23 Maxim Fantasy Sports App/Dr. Pepper car driven by J.J. Yeley at Daytona. The MAXIM branding will then debut on BK Racing's #26 Toyota of Rookie of the Year hopeful Jeb Burton at Atlanta. "I am excited about my #23 Maxim Fantasy Sports App/Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry for Daytona," commented driver JJ Yeley. "We have an awesome looking paint scheme, and an even better sponsor. I think the NASCAR fans will love the new Maxim Fantasy Sports App, which gives them an opportunity to enjoy fantasy sports games for real money and do so with many different sports." NASCAR Rookie of the Year contender, Jeb Burton, also commented, "I am looking forward to having Maxim and Maxim Fantasy Sports join BK Racing and the #26 this season. We have a lot of great new sponsors joining the team this year and giving us the backing we need to be competitive on the track."(BK Racing), see images of the car/scheme on the #23 Team Schemes page.(2-15-2015)
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)
Bowman to Tommy Baldwin Racing: BK Racing announced on Tuesday that J.J. Yeley will be its primary driver for the 2014. While it initially seemed curious there was no mention of Alex Bowman in the release, BK Racing owner Ron Devine later confirmed he was no longer with the team. Bowman is expected to drive for Tommy Baldwin Racing in the #7 Chevy. Baldwin would not confirm on Tuesday that Bowman was joining TBR, but promised the team would have "7 announcements in 7 days" starting on Friday. Yeley raced as a sub for BKR last year but plans to run the entire schedule in the #23 Toyota.(Motorsport)
AND Alex Bowman appears set to join Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) in the seat vacated by former driver Michael Annett (who is now with HScott Motorsports). Bowman is expected to be announced as the driver of the #7 Chevy soon, giving one of NASCAR's few independent teams a much-needed boost with the season-opening Daytona 500 less than a month away. Despite Annett's parting, the team (TBR) is still expected to utilize Richard Childress Racing cars and Earnhardt-Childress Racing engines for 2015. Tuesday, Toy State, an innovator and industry leader in the manufacture of licensed and highly stylized lights & sounds and radio controlled vehicles issued a press release announcing their sponsorship of TBR's #7 Chevy beginning with NASCAR's Super Bowl event. According to the announcement, the sponsorship is expected to cover the initial five races of the 2015 season.(Catchfence)(1-28-2015)
BK Racing names JJ Yeley as the Primary Driver for the 2015 Season: JJ Yeley will pilot a BK Racing Toyota for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, starting at Daytona International Speedway in a few weeks. Yeley, who filled in for the team at the end of the 2014 season, has signed on for a full 36 race season. JJ Yeley commented, "I am looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of my BK Racing Toyota Camry. I filled in for the team at the end of the 2014 season, and I'm glad to be given the opportunity to come back again for another season. I am ready to get the 2015 season started and head to Daytona International Speedway for some restrictor plate racing."
"JJ has been a great asset to the BK Racing team," owner Ron Devine commented. "He has been involved in the motorsports industry for several years now, and has the knowledge and skill to help build this organization."(BK Racing). Yeley ran the #83 and #93 Toyota's for BK Racing in 2014, the PR doesn't say which BK Racing team Yeley will be paired with.(1-27-2015)
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)
Bowman gets new crew chief: Following a string of finishes outside the top-30, #23-Alex Bowman is set to make his Sprint Cup Homestead-Miami Speedway debut this weekend. Having never raced at the 1.5 mile South Florida speedway, Bowman will rely on help from his teammates, #83-Yeley and #26-Whitt, who have both made starts at the track. During his rookie season, Bowman has completed 93.6% of the laps in the NSCS season leading up to this weekend. DipYourCar.com will be the sponsor of BK Racings #23 Toyota at Homestead. Change the color of any part of your car - wheels, trim or the whole car. Long lasting, removable and easy to use. Bowman on Homestead... "This will be my first time racing at Homestead this weekend. I will certainly use any advice that my teammates Cole (Whitt) and JJ (Yeley) will provide from me during the weekend. Working with a new crew chief in Patrick (Donahue) will be a challenge, but I am confident that all his experience will help a lot."(BK Racing), Dave Winston had been the crew chief for Bowman all season.(11-16-2014)
Dumb and Dumber To featured on #23 & #83 cars at Phoenix: BK Racing announced a partnership with Universal Pictures and Granite Pictures to promote Dumb and Dumber To, which hits theaters nationwide on November 14. Alex Bowman's yellow #23 Toyota Camry will carry the image of Lloyd Christmas, while JJ Yeley's blue #83 Toyota Camry will carry the image of Harry Dunne. Arizona natives Bowman and Yeley will be competing at their home track this weekend.
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their signature roles as Lloyd and Harry in the sequel to the 1994 smash hit that took the physical comedy and kicked it in the nuts: Dumb and Dumber To. The original film's directors, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, take Lloyd and Harry on a road trip to find a child Harry never knew he had and the responsibility neither should ever, ever be given. "This is a huge deal for BK Racing to promote one of the most popular movies of all-time," said Ron Devine, team owner of BK Racing. "Ever since I found out about this deal coming together many months ago I have been very excited. We hope to play a big role in promoting Dumb and Dumber To to NASCAR fans who will be attendance in Phoenix and the millions watching on television."
"I was only a little kid when the original movie came out, but I have seen it many times on television, said Bowman. "I like much of the team have been extremely excited for this deal and I hope to give them a great run this weekend in Phoenix."
"I am very excited to apart of this partnership this weekend in Phoenix," said Yeley. "Racing at my home track in front of friends, family and hardcore supporter is always enjoyable, but having a piece of motion-picture history on board is an added bonus." To learn more, visit www.dumblr.com or be a part of the phenomenon by using social media hashtag #DumbTo and #MuttCuttsTour.(BK Racing).
See images of the schemes on the #23 Team Schemes page and #83 Team Schemes page.(11-7-2014)
DipYourCar.com on the #23 & #83 for 2 races: BK Racing announced a partnership with Coral Springs, Fla. based DipYourCar.com for the Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville Speedway on October 26 and the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16. The colors of blue and purple will adorn the #23 Toyota Camry for Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Alex Bowman and #83 Toyota Camry for veteran JJ Yeley. "We make a product that finally gives the everyday person the control to decide how they want their vehicle to look. We offer unique products that allow a durable, temporary change of any part of the car - from small trim, to wheels up to an entirely new paint job. In addition, DipYourCar.com coatings help to protect the life of the original paint color by defending the factory paint against every day wear and tear as well as the elements of the outdoors. We offer an endless variety of colors and finishes, and the products can be removed at any time. We are thrilled to be associated with BK Racing, and Ron Devine's group."(BK Racing), see an image of the car on the #23 team paint schemes page.(10-24-2014)
Dustless Blasting returns to the #23 at Talladega: Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Alex Bowman will have a different look to his #23 BK Racing Toyota Camry at the final restrictor plate race of 2014. The green and white colors of Houston, TX based Dustless Blasting will ride with Bowman during this weekend's Geico 500 Talladega Superspeedway. Dustless Blasting has revolutionized the surface preparation industry. With the ability to strip all paint, primer, rust and body filler from the average car in only two hours without warping, Dustless Blasting is quickly becoming the new gold standard in surface preparation. Dustless Blasting's anti-spark, anti-dust, and anti-static properties have also made it extremely useful in the refinery, oilfield, mining and other industries. MMLJ Inc., the parent company of Dustless Blasting, has been manufacturing top quality abrasive blasters for over 70 years, but they say Dustless Blasting is the greatest advancement in paint stripping technology since the original sand blaster all those years ago.(BK Racing), see an image of the car on the #23 team paint schemes page.(10-17-2014)
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)
Bowman apologizes to Danica: #23-Alex Bowman apologized to #10-Danica Patrick for wrecking her during Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway but understands that "Danica Nation is probably going to hate me now.'' Bowman got into the back of Patrick and caused her to spin on Lap 263. Although she didn't hit the wall, she lost two laps. It was part of a rough night for Patrick, who battled an ill-handling car and finished 27th. Bowman said he tried to avoid Patrick but couldn't. "It looked like somebody slid up a couple of cars in front of her and they all checked up,'' said Bowman, who finished 32nd. " I was just too deep not to run into her. I was on the brakes as hard as I could. I went over and talked to her (after the race). Definitely didn't mean to wreck her. Hate that Danica Nation is probably going to hate me now. It was unintentional. I hope she knows that. There was no reason to wreck her. We weren't even on the same lap. I apologized.''
Later in the race, Patrick ran up on Bowman and expressed her displeasure at the time. Afterward, Patrick was ready to move on. "I think were fine,'' she said. "He's just got to know that when you do that and you don't leave room for error and you hit me and take me out, I'm right there. As soon as I find you again I'm going to let you know I'm not happy. We're fine. If he does it again, worse things will happen. That's all.''(Motor Racing Network)(8-24-2014)
Bowman gets two race sponsor: For the second time in 2014, Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Alex Bowman will have a different look to his #23 BK Racing Toyota Camry. The green and white colors of Houston, TX based Dustless Blasting will ride with Bowman during this weekend's Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International and Talladega Superspeedway in October. Dustless Blasting has revolutionized the surface preparation industry. With the ability to strip all paint, primer, rust and body filler from the average car in only two hours without warping, Dustless Blasting is quickly becoming the new gold standard in surface preparation. Dustless Blasting's anti-spark, anti-dust, and anti-static properties have also made it extremely useful in the refinery, oilfield, mining and other industries.(BK Racing), see an image of the car on the #23 team paint schemes page.(8-6-2014)
Bitcoin starts funding campaign to sponsor the #23 at Atlanta: The bitcoin crowdfunding campaign called Bitcoin23 launched Thursday via funding platform Crowdtilt. The campaign will support rookie Sprint Cup driver Alex Bowman and his team, BK Racing, with the goal of fully wrapping the #23 car in a Bitcoin livery for the Labor Day weekend race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The new campaign is focused on increasing awareness and driving the future growth of Bitcoin. The goal is to raise $100,000 by the end of the campaign on August 20th.(more info at Bitcoin Magazine)(7-24-2014)
Career best finishes for drivers at Daytona Four drivers scored a career-best finish in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday:
#43-Aric Almirola's win bested his 3rd place finish at Bristol in April;
#3-Austin Dillon finished 5th. His previous best was 9th at Daytona in February;
#95-Michael McDowell's 7th place finish topped his 9th place finish last year in the Daytona 500;
#23-Alex Bowman finished 13th. His top finish had been 22nd at California in February.
See more stats on active driver wins and drivers without a win on the Active Winners page.(7-7-2014)
Vertx partners with BK Racing: BK Racing announced a partnership with Vertx for the upcoming Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway. Vertx will ride-along on the deck lid, TV panel and c-post of the #83 Toyota Camry driven by Ryan Truex and b-post of the #23 and #26 Toyota Camry's of Alex Bowman and Cole Whitt. The entire BK Racing team will be outfitted in Vertx apparel throughout the weekend. Born out of necessity, Vertx was established after a top federal agency approached a group of award-winning designers with one simple request - to develop a line of apparel bearing full tactical features and a low-profile appearance for covert application.(BK Racing), see an image of the car on the #83 team paint schemes page.(6-26-2014)
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).
BK Racing partners with Aerodynamics, Inc for airline transportation: BK Racing announced a partnership with Aerodynamics Inc., a leader in full-service shuttle operations. Aerodynamics Inc. will serve as an official transportation partner for BK Racing for the remainder of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Aerodynamics Incorporated, operationally based in Atlanta GA., has multiple operating bases in the U.S. and is a certified FAA 121/135 Air Carrier offering large aircraft flight operations. Long recognized for its core value of operational excellence, ADI has served the industry for 54 years without incident or accident, one of only two companies operating Regional Jets in the supplemental 121 on-demand regime able to make this claim. "This is a very exciting partnership in multiple ways," said team owner Ron Devine. "Efficient travel is very important to a successful race team and ADI will be a fabulous partner for our team to travel to and from the races throughout the year."(BK Racing)(3-19-2014)
Bowman continues relationship with Arizona company: Innovative Green Technologies announced a new agreement to continue their relationship with Alex Bowman, driving the #23 BK Racing Toyota Camry for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. As an Arizona based company, IGT is excited about the opportunity to continue their relationship with Tucson native, Alex Bowman, a vocal supporter of their innovative fuelxx technology, having experienced its cost-saving benefits first-hand. fuelxx is a patented technology that processes diesel fuel creating a more complete and cleaner burn reducing its detrimental environmental impact and significantly reducing the fuel cost of long-haul diesel engines.(Innovative Green Technologies)(3-2-2014)
Borla Exhaust to sponsor the #23 car in the Daytona 500: Alex Bowman will now pilot the #23 Borla Exhaust Toyota Camry in Sunday's 56th running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Dr Pepper however will remain as an associate sponsor on the #23 BK Racing entry. Bowman will start from the 29th position. For over three decades, Borla has been the leader in the manufacture and design of high-performance exhaust systems for racing and the street. Made with pride in the heartland of the USA.(BK Racing)(2-22-2014)
BK Racing and Widow Wax announce 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 support from Hicksville, OH based Widow Wax. Widow Wax offers the highest quality car-care products money can buy. They have made it a point to go above and beyond all industry standards while choosing key ingredients. They have brought products that offer the consumer the easiest application while delivering the most professional results. Widow Wax products are sold with 100% Money Back Guarantee, if the customer is not satisfied. "We're thrilled to begin a partnership with the BK Racing team in 2014," said Justin Kuhn, Founder of Widow Wax. "This level of exposure for Widow Wax is unparalleled. We appreciate Ron Devine and the entire team at BK Racing for this tremendous opportunity."
"We are excited to welcome Widow Wax to the BK Racing organization," said team owner Ron Devine. "The fine products Widow Wax offers will be used every day both in the shop and at the track."(BK Racing)(2-20-2013)
VooDoo BBQ & Grill returns as associated sponsor for BK Racing: BK Racing announces that the Mardi Gras colors of purple and gold for New Orleans, LA born brand VooDoo BBQ & Grill will return as a continuing partner for the team's two Toyota Camry's fielded for Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders Alex Bowman and Ryan Truex. VooDoo BBQ & Grill served as the primary sponsor of the team's #83 car at the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2013. VooDoo BBQ & Grill opened its first location in New Orleans, LA on Mardi Gras Day 2002 and has expanded to reach 57 planned locations in six states. "We're thrilled to continue this opportunity to be associated with NASCAR and the BK Racing Team," said Tony Avila, Chief Executive Officer of VooDoo BBQ & Grill. "The level of exposure we saw for VooDoo at Homestead was unparalleled. We appreciate Ron Devine and the entire team at BK Racing for this tremendous opportunity to continue our relationship into this new season."
"VooDoo's unique offering gave BK Racing and NASCAR a boost at the end of 2013 leading into the 2014 season," said team owner Ron Devine. "I feel that VooDoo's continued growth, along with BK Racing's will make for a great long-term partnership."(BK Racing)(2-7-2014)
BK Racing & Dr Pepper continue partnership thru 2014: The start of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season will be a story of "23s" for BK Racing. As the team embarks on its third season in NASCAR's premier level beginning in just 23 days with the 56th annual Daytona 500 on February 23, the team will continue its longtime partnership with Dr Pepper aboard the renumbered 23 BK Racing Toyota Camry for Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Alex Bowman. "We are excited to partner with BK Racing for the third consecutive year," explains Kelton Graham, vice president of sales for the Burger King account at Dr Pepper Snapple Group. "Like Dr Pepper, the BK Racing team is one of a kind, and we look forward to celebrating with them in Victory Lane in 2014!" BK Racing renumbered the #93 to the #23 in 2014 as in honor of the 23 flavors in Dr Pepper. The #23 Dr Pepper Toyota Camry will carry two different paint schemes throughout the 2014 season. For day races the car will be maroon with a single-silver offset stripe and for night races silver with a maroon single-offset stripe. "Since we started BK Racing in February of 2012, I always wanted the #23," said team owner Ron Devine. "We feel like the relationship with Dr Pepper is very strong and this will take it to the next level."(BK Racing), see image of the maroon scheme on the #23 Team Schemes page.(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)
BK Racing gets new pit crew coach: BK Racing has decided to move in another direction with their pit crew coach and over the off season they hired long time Cup coach Gary Smith to run their program. Last year Gary worked with the Front Row Motorsports group and has spent many years before that as a coach and Crewmen. Gary brings years of experience to the team and sees an opportunity to improve at BK. "I've had the opportunity to work with Mike Ford before and we work well together. Rick Carpenter and the owners are dedicated to winning and that excited me about the future and building a good pit crew to help with the performance of the teams." Pit crews are generating a lot more attention due to the inability to pass on the track. Everyone is looking to make their teams better and adding Gary Smith to the BK line up is a good start. Gary will inherited a team from last year with very few returning starters and expects to build a team they can build on.(Pit Talks)(12-27-2013)
Kvapil charged with assault UPDATE3: Police in Mooresville, NC say a NASCAR driver has been arrested and charged with assault after getting into a dispute with his wife. According to the Mooresville Police Department, officers were called to the home of Travis Wade Kvapil, 37, on Tuesday evening after getting a 911 call. Officers say Kvapil, who is currently the driver of the #93 Burger King / Dr. Pepper Toyota in the Sprint Cup Series, and his wife had been involved in a domestic dispute. Kvapil was arrested and charged with assault on a female and false imprisonment. Kvapil was taken to Iredell County Jail and held under a domestic hold awaiting an appearance in District Court. Kvapil drives for BK Racing, with teammate #83-David Reutimann. BK Racing posted a photo of Kvapil and Reutimann's race cars on Twitter around 1:00pm/et on Wednesday showing both cars with ribbons supporting Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness. That photo was pulled from Twitter after news of Kvapil's arrest broke.(WBTV)(10-9-2013)
UPDATE: The team [BK Racing] told Sporting News it had no comment yet on the incident. Kvapil has been released from custody, according to a state offender database. NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said the sanctioning body has no comment at this time with the matter in the hands of legal authorities.(Sporting News)(10-10-2013)
UPDATE2: NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Travis Kvapil allegedly pulled his wife into a bedroom by her hair and struck her in the head as she tried to pull away Tuesday night, causing minor injuries and resulting in his arrest, according to police and court records. Kvapil, who was not under the influence of alcohol and did not use any weapons, was charged with misdemeanor assault on a female and false imprisonment. His next court date will be Nov. 19, according to Iredell County (N.C.) District Court records obtained Thursday morning by the Sporting News. Kvapil, 37, and his wife, Jennifer, have three children.(Sporting News)(10-10-2013)
UPDATE3: BK Racing has opted to stand behind Travis Kvapil and allow the driver to remain behind the wheel of the #93 Toyota this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "After discussions with NASCAR and the Kvapil family, BK Racing has elected to support Travis and his family," co-owner Ron Devine told FOX Sports on Thursday. "It's the right thing for Travis and his family to let the system take its course. He has the ability to set aside the issues and focus, and he's prepared to race this weekend."(FoxSports)(10-10-2013)
NASCAR Statement Regarding Travis Kvapil: "NASCAR does not condone the actions with which Travis Kvapil has been charged and we are disappointed to learn of this incident. We have been in close communication with the race team and are in the process of gathering as much information as possible. NASCAR takes this matter very seriously and will continue to monitor the situation as it moves forward."(NASCAR)(10-10-2013)
Statement from BK Racing: The following is a statement from BK Racing regarding the allegations against driver Travis Kvapil: "BK Racing understands the severity of the situation and we don't condone the actions that Travis has been accused of," commented Ron Devine, co-owner of BK Racing. "We feel it's important to let the system take its course. For that reason, we have elected to support Travis and his family and keep Travis in the car for this weekend's race. Further comment will be available as additional information becomes available."(BK Racing)(10-10-2013)
New crew chief for Kvapil: BK Racing has appointed Dale Ferguson as the interim crew chief for the #93 Burger King / Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry of Travis Kvapil. Ferguson joined BK Racing as the Head Engineer after spending several seasons at Rusty Wallace Incorporated. Mike Ford remains with the team and will resume his normal role as the Director of Competition.(BK Racing)(7-3-2013)
Mike Ford to assist #93 team at Darlington: Veteran crew chief Mike Ford returns to the pit box next week at Darlington Raceway. Although Ford holds the title of director of competition for BK Racing, he will join the #93 team in what has been termed a "training exercise" to improve the systems on that squad and assist current crew chief Todd Anderson get up to speed with driver Travis Kvapil. Ford, who started as a crew chief with Bill Elliott in 2000, had his most success run guiding #11-Denny Hamlin to six consecutive Chase for the Sprint Cup appearances including a career-high second-place in 2010.(FoxSports)(5-5-2013)
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