Contract Status: Driver: 2016; Primary Sponsors: race-to-race
Dibenedetto wins charity event: It has become a tradition for the Outlaw Speedway dirt oval in Dundee, NY to host a match race featuring some of the drivers competing in this weekend's Cheez-It 355 at The Glen. This year's ninth annual Michael McDowell MRO Night to benefit Motor Racing Outreach was won by Matt Dibenedetto. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racer bested Xfinity Series driver and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece in the 12-lap race on the four-tenths of a mile clay oval. Kevin White, part of Dibenedetto's #83 BK Racing team, was third, followed by Fox Sports broadcaster and veteran NASCAR/dirt track racer Kenny Wallace. JJ Yeley, the 2010 winner of the event, was fifth. McDowell, the 2011 and 2013 winner, was sixth in the nine-car field. A silent auction for MRO was also held that offered many driver-autographed items and a chance to bid on Brad Keselowski's winner's trophy from the 2014 Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.(Elmiria Star Gazette)(8-7-2016)
Dustless Blasting to Sponsor DiBenedetto at Watkins Glen: BK Racing announced that Dustless Blasting will sponsor #83-Matt DiBenedetto for the upcoming Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International. Dustless Blasting's visit to Watkins Glen is a trip down memory lane for owner Benny LeCompte. "Dustless Blasting got an introduction to NASCAR three years ago at Watkins Glen, as a first time sponsor. That impression, complete with butterflies, was a lasting one. It was such an awesome experience that we have proudly continued to sponsor the #83 car and partner with BK Racing. We eagerly anticipate each race, and look forward to watching Matt DiBenedetto in action." 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. "As BK Racing grows, our relationship with Dustless Blasting is also growing," said BK Racing team owner Ron Devine. "Dustless Blasting has been a wonderful sponsor and we look forward to our continued success together. Matt DiBenedetto will drive the #83 Toyota and proudly represent Dustless Blasting and their industry leading products in Watkins Glen this weekend."(BK Racing), see images of car on the #83 Team Schemes page (8-6-2016)
E.J. Wade Construction sponsoring DiBenedetto at Pocono: BK Racing announced that E.J. Wade Construction will return as a primary sponsor (along with USA Network) on Matt DiBenedetto's #83 E.J. Wade Construction Toyota Camry in the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway. The race on July 31, 2016 will be E.J. Wade Construction's third race with BK Racing, debuting at Richmond in April. 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.(BK Racing), see an image of the car on the #83 team paint schemes page.(7-26-2016)
BK Racing Unveils Darlington Throwback Schemes: A NASCAR 'Throwback' weekend at Darlington Raceway and two Toyota Camrys serve as the perfect canvas for Dr Pepper and Orange Crush to pay homage to their history. David Ragan's #23 Dr Pepper paint scheme will echo the iconic "I'm a Pepper" look that we grew up with. Matt DiBenedetto's #83 is going to stand out in the Orange Crush paint scheme from the 70s. "We're proud to have both Dr Pepper and Orange Crush featured on our cars for the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway," said BK Racing owner Ron Devine. "Dr Pepper has been such a loyal partner of ours and we are thrilled to have them bring Orange Crush along for such an iconic race."
"We're thrilled to partner with NASCAR and BK Racing in remembering our heritage," says Derek Dabrowski, Senior Director of Brand Marketing for Crush and Dr Pepper. "'I'm a Pepper' remains one of the most iconic slogans and jingles in U.S. advertising history, and it's a great source of pride for 'Peppers' everywhere. We're looking forward to honoring it with NASCAR fans during this throwback weekend. We're also excited to pay tribute to the rich heritage of Orange Crush. We hope by showing off the brand's throwback creative we can tap into the nostalgic feelings race spectators and our longtime Crush fans have for the brand."
During the weeks leading up to the race, BK Racing's social media will throwback to the history of the Dr Pepper brand. Fans can participate by using the hashtag #ImAPepper. Fans who participate will be entered to win autographed merchandise. The contest will run from August 18th through the Darlington race weekend.(BK Racing), see images of the cars on the 2016 Darlington Throwback schemes page (7-6-2016)
Mass Markets Joins BK Racing at Chicago: BK Racing announced that Mass Markets has signed as primary sponsor of Matt DiBendetto's #83 Toyota Camry for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 18, 2016. "The beginning of my fourth year as a NASCAR team co-owner/investor has made me realize that I missed sponsoring a team," said Anthony Marlowe, Mass Markets CEO and BK Racing co-owner/Investor. "I am thrilled with the on track improvements that BK Racing has made during this pivotal season as a Chartered team, and our continued pursuit of performance that I wanted to be part of the Cup Series as a sponsor as well. I recently bought my first company back, and look forward to replicating and multiplying the success the NASCAR Premier Series platform provided to us in the past."
On October 1st, 2015, TMone's original founder Anthony Marlowe bought back 100% of Iowa City, IA-based TMone, LLC and rebranded it as Mass Markets to reflect the XaaS (Anything-as-a-Service) vision of the company. Mr. Marlowe started on the phones as a telesales agent for a major Fortune 500 telecommunications company, and turned it into a colorful career. Mass Markets' holding company is Marlowe Companies Inc. (MCI, LC), which is a wholly owned Iowa City Capital Partners company, which Mr. Marlowe owns. Mr. Marlowe is redefining how cloud-based technology and business process outsourcing (BPO) meet."(BK Racing/140 BUZZ), see image of the scheme on the #83 Teams Schemes page.(7-5-2016)
Anest Iwata Joins BK Racing, Matt DiBenedetto at Kentucky: BK Racing announced that Anest Iwata will sponsor Matt DiBenedetto's #83 Toyota Camry at the upcoming Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. Anest Iwata USA, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, is the North American Spray Equipment Headquarters for the Anest Iwata Corporation of Yokohama, Japan. Besides being the leading producer of spray guns in the world, Anest Iwata is a leading manufacturer of engineered solutions for air compressors, vacuum pumps, spray and finishing equipment. "We are thrilled to return to Kentucky as the primary sponsor for the #83 Toyota," said Nicolle Williams, Head of North American Marketing for Anest Iwata. "It's really special to see Matt representing the Anest Iwata brand, in a car painted with Anest Iwata equipment, under the lights of our hometown track. We couldn't ask for better partners on and off the track and look forward to working with BK Racing and Matt DiBenedetto for years to come."
"Anest Iwata has been a wonderful company to work with," said BK Racing Chief Marketing Officer Doug Fritz. "We proudly use their spray guns in our shop and their quality is top notch. The #83 Anest Iwata Camry will not only showcase their brand on track but also the work of their products."(BK Racing/140 BUZZ), see image of the scheme on the #83 Teams Schemes page.(7-4-2016)
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)
Dustless Blasting sponsoring DiBenedetto at Sonoma: BK Racing announced that Dustless Blasting will sponsor #83-Matt DiBenedetto for the upcoming Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. In their third season of sponsorship with BK Racing, Dustless Blasting owner Benny LeCompte is excited for their first road course race with DiBenedetto. 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)(6-19-2016)
BK Racing names associate sponsor for Sonoma: BK Racing announced the signing of Frontline International as an associate sponsor on David Ragan's #23 Dr Pepper Toyota Camry and Matt DiBenedetto's #83 Dustless Blasting Toyota Camry in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. Founded in 2000 and with more than 26,000 installations worldwide, Frontline International designs and manufactures superior commercial foodservice equipment for the hands-free dispensing of fresh cooking oil to fryers as well as the automatic collection and storage of waste cooking oil. The company's products promote cleaner, safer, and more profitable restaurants.(BK Racing)(6-17-2016)
Hope for the Warriors featured on the #83: Running a "We Salute You" paint scheme on his #83 Toyota at Charlotte, Matt DiBenedetto's Hope for Warriors paint scheme honors the memory of troops lost while serving our country. DiBenedetto and #23-David Ragan are honoring fallen soldiers on their cars. DiBenedetto will honor Cpl. Jared Verbeek and Ragan will honor Lt. Col. Paul K. Mikeal of Mooresville, NC. Family members of both soldiers will be guests of BK Racing on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 600-mile Sprint Cup Series race, where they will get the opportunity to see the special military-themed car up close, meet Ragan and DiBenedetto and participate in pre-race ceremonies with the BK Racing team (BK Racing), see images of the scheme on the #83 Team Schemes page (5-28-2016)
E.J. Wade Construction to sponsor DiBenedetto at Pocono: BK Racing announced the re-signing of sponsor E.J. Wade Construction to a primary sponsorship on Matt DiBenedetto's #83 E.J. Wade Construction Toyota Camry in the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 at Pocono Raceway. The race on June 5, 2016 will be E.J. Wade Construction's second race with BK Racing, debuting at Richmond in April. 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. E.J. Wade Construction is a company that believes in quality, reliability, friendliness, and putting the concerns of the client first. "I'm excited to welcome E.J. Wade Construction back on our No.83 car at Pocono," said DiBenedetto. "Jeff and his team were great to work with at Richmond and we are really looking forward to Pocono." Also returning on the #83 is RMC Events, a premier event staffing company. This will be RMC Events second time as an associate sponsor with DiBenedetto and the #83 team, previously supporting the car at Richmond (BK Racing), see am image of the scheme on the #83 Team Schemes page (5-28-2016)
NASCAR teams join forces with Hope For The Warriors: Several NASCAR teams and drivers will join Hope For the Warriors this Memorial Day weekend to honor several fallen service members during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. With the NASCAR Salutes initiative driving a patriotic theme for the weekend, Hope For The Warriors has capitalized on its relationships within the NASCAR garage to let several Gold Star families know that their loved ones are still remembered this Memorial Day weekend. The initiative incorporates drivers from Richard Childress Racing, BK Racing and Front Row Motorsports, who have partnered with Hope For The Warriors, to not only honor the fallen service members, but also to host the Gold Star families at Sunday's Coca-Cola 600. The Gold Star families will gather for a private dinner on Saturday night before heading to Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday morning. On race day, Newman, Buescher, DiBenedetto and David Ragan have each agreed to do private meet and greets with the group. The families will have an opportunity to attend the drivers meeting and pose for photos with the drivers and cars while lined up on the grid during prerace. On a near weekly basis, Hope For The Warriors brings service members to the track through their Drive For Hope program, which focuses on engaging transitioning service members in a unique social setting while giving them an opportunity to learn about prospective careers, make networking connections and realize different ways their skills can transition as they reintegrate into the civilian sector.(PR)(5-27-2016)
DiBenedetto to run Hope For The Warriors scheme in Showdown: Kicking off their 10th anniversary celebration, Hope For The Warriors will draw on relationships within the NASCAR community to have two racecars decorated with the organization's logo and imagery. Leading up to Memorial Day weekend, two separate NASCAR drivers will run a Hope For The Warriors wrap on their vehicles to drive attention and awareness to the military nonprofit that restores family, self and hope for service members, veterans and military families. On Friday, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Brandon Jones will drive the #71 Hope For The Warriors Chevrolet Silverado in the truck race, which will feature the organization's 10 Year Anniversary logo on the hood and other imagery across the body of the truck.
Meanwhile, BK Racing's #83 Toyota driven by Matt DiBenedetto will also have a patriotic paint scheme featuring Hope For The Warriors. DiBenedetto is scheduled to compete in the Sprint Showdown on Saturday night. "Hope for the Warriors is a cause close to my family, as my brother Austin is currently in the U.S. Air Force and we've seen first hand what our military members go through," commented DiBenedetto. "Hope for the Warriors is an excellent organization and I'm proud to support them on the #83 Hope for the Warriors/Cosmo Motors Camry this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway."
On a near weekly basis, Hope For The Warriors brings service members to the track through their Drive For Hope program, which focuses on engaging transitioning service members in a unique social setting while giving them an opportunity to learn about prospective careers, make networking connections and realize different ways their skills can transition as they reintegrate into the civilian sector. To learn more about the program or find out how you can get involved, visit HopeForTheWarriors.org. Additionally, you can support Hope For The Warriors and its various programs by making a gift online, by phone at 877-246-7349, or by mail to 5101C Backlick Road, Annandale, VA 22003. Text the word WARRIORS to 20222 to donate.(A2B Strategies for Hope For The Warriors)(5-20-2016)
BK Racing owner talks about Bristol finish; hiring DiBenedetto: BK Racing owner Ron Devine talked to the media Friday at Richmond and was asked about #83-Matt DiBenedetto's 6th place finish at Bristol:
Q: How special was last week's finish for the entire BK Racing organization?
Devine: "It was special for us and I know you saw it on pit road, we were all so emotional. We have a lot of confidence in this guy (Matt DiBenedetto) right here and I say he's kind of like, 'my guy,' because we found each other along the way. We were excited to put him in a race car and we kind of took a chance on him, but he deserves it and I think he showed it last week. Think about, we've been out here for five years and that's our best finish and it was real emotional. Even that last lap, we've taken the white flag in 10th by the way and came back 25th, and this time we took the white flag in sixth and came back sixth. It was really special for us and I can't say enough about him and about this race team. It really speaks to how hard these guys worked all winter putting the cars together and their commitment to make something happen. Now that we've finally had some success with it, it just felt great."
Q: How insistent was J.D. Gibbs that you hire Matt DiBenedetto to drive for you?
Devine: "I'm glad you asked that, the first person that mentioned Matt DiBenedetto to me was J.D. Gibbs and he said, 'Ron, this guy is special.' I have a lot of respect for the Gibbs organization - Joe (Gibbs) and myself have been friends for many, many years so I said, 'Let's take a look at him.' We looked at his test when he was over there and then we started just examining him and J.D. was the first one that said, 'Hey, we really like this young man and we think he's something special and you should get him.' For that, we thank you J.D. Gibbs and we wish you all the best with all that you're going through. That organization and us both being Toyota, we have a great relationship anyway, but he is just a great friend and he was very kind to send him our way."
(Toyota Racing PR)(4-23-2016)
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)
DiBenedetto gets sponsor for Richmond: BK Racing announced the signing of sponsor E.J. Wade Construction to a primary sponsorship on Matt DiBenedetto's #83 E.J. Wade Construction Toyota this weekend in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. The race on April 24, 2016, will be E.J. Wade Construction's debut into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Licensed in Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and West Virginia, E.J. Wade Construction is a company that believes in quality, reliability, friendliness, and putting the concerns of the client first. "I'm excited to have E.J. Wade Construction on board our #83 car this weekend at Richmond International Raceway," said DiBenedetto. "We've got a sharp looking car for a track that I really enjoy racing at, so we're looking forward to the Toyota Owners 400."
"We're proud to have E.J. Wade Construction, another Virginia-based company, join us at a track that means a lot to our race team," said Doug Fritz, CMO of BK Racing. "Matt DiBenedetto has shown perseverance and excellence in his drive to succeed," said Jeff Wade, President of E.J. Wade Construction. "We are excited for the opportunity to partner with and support such a talented and focused driver. He will represent E.J. Wade Construction well."(140 Buzz / BK Racing), DiBenedetto is coming off a career best finish of 6th at Bristol.(4-18-2016)
DiBenedetto has career-best run for BK Racing: If Matt DiBenedetto had done a burnout alongside race winner #19-Carl Edwards, no one would have blamed him. That's how unexpected DiBenedetto's sixth-place finish was in Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol. After going a lap down, the driver of the #83 BK Racing Toyota got a free pass as the highest-scored lapped car for a restart on Lap 345, and subsequent cautions kept him on the lead lap. On the final three late-race restarts, DiBenedetto lined up 14th, 10th and eighth - all in the top lane - and took full advantage of the fast way around the .533-mile concrete oval. On the final restart with five laps left, the NASCAR Next alumnus passed Kevin Harvick for sixth and held the spot to the finish. That result was a career-best for both DiBenedetto and BK Racing. "That's unbelievable for a team like to us to be growing this much and for us to get a sixth-place run," said DiBenedetto, who came to driver introductions disguised as ZZ Top lead guitarist Billy Gibbons, beard and all. "I'm sorry I'm so emotional. It's just this is like a win for us. I'm so excited. I see my family back here - my wife, Taylor, my brother is in town from the military and I'm so glad he got to experience this. This is just... this is incredible. I'm so blessed to be here." Race winner Carl Edwards had made a point of congratulating DiBenedetto on his 20th-place run in Phoenix in the fourth race of the season, but Edwards wasn't aware of the driver's strong run behind him. "They finished sixth?" Edwards asked, incredulous. "Man that's unbelievable. That's probably tougher than what we did."(NASCAR Wire Service)(4-18-2016)
DiBenedetto gets Phoenix sponsor: A company with Plattsburgh ties is sponsoring a NASCAR vehicle for Sunday's Good Sam 500. Schluter Systems announced it sponsored driver Matt DiBenedetto's #83 Toyota Camry. A spokesperson said this was the first time Schluter Systems had sponsored a NASCAR vehicle. 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.(WPTZ.com), see an image of the car on the #83 team paint schemes page.(3-11-2016)
Atlanta Post-Event Penalties announced: NASCAR released the Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report from Atlanta on Wednesday, among the penalties announced:
#78 Furniture Row Racing crew chief Cole Pearn has been fined $50,000, suspended from the next NSCS championship event [Las Vegas] and remains on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31; team has been assessed with the loss of 15 championship owner and 15 championship driver [Martin Truex Jr.] points for a roof flap violation at Atlanta.
#78 Team Statement: The following statement is attributed to Joe Garone, president of Furniture Row Racing. "Due to the severity of the P3 penalty levied against Furniture Row Racing and its crew chief Cole Pearn today (Wednesday), the #78 Sprint Cup team has informed NASCAR it will appeal the decision. The infraction, which was immediately corrected following technical inspection at Atlanta Motor Speedway last week, was safety related and not competition related. We sincerely appreciate that NASCAR has an appeal process so we can review the level of the penalty. The one-race suspension to Cole Pearn and monetary fine are temporarily deferred until the conclusion of the appeal hearing (FRR).
#47 JTG Daugherty Racing crew chief Randall Burnett has been fined $15,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31; team has been assessed with the loss of 10 championship owner and 10 championship driver [AJ Allmendinger] points for illegal body attachment mounts/supports.
Crew chiefs from the #3 (Slugger Labbe), #27 (Jason Alexander) & #31 (Luke Lambert) Richard Childress Racing teams and #95 Circle Racing - Leavine Family Racing team (Dave Winston) have been fined $15,000 and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31; teams have been assessed with the loss of 10 championship owner and 10 championship driver (Austin Dillon, Paul Menard, Ryan Newman, Michael McDowell) points for illegal body attachment mounts/supports.
#32 Go Fas Racing team of Jeffrey Earnhardt failed template inspection three times, pre-qualifying and received a written warning/loss of 15 min. practice time.
#83-Matt DiBenedetto, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. and #98-Cole Whitt failed template inspection twice, pre-qualifying and received a written warning.(NASCAR)
Pearn has appealed the suspension and will be at Las Vegas this weekend.
see full report on the Atlanta Post-Event Penalties Page (pdf).(3-2-2016)
Sewanee to sponsor DiBenedetto: Heading to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, BK Racing welcomes Sewanee aboard the #83 Toyota. Known familiarly as "Sewanee" by its students, faculty, staff and friends, The University of the South offers an unmatched educational experience. The university remains purposefully small and dedicated to building a sense of community. Vic Keller, Founder of ZAK Products, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, and his wife Alesha provided this sponsorship as a unique way to support the school their son proudly attends. "Sewanee University is an extraordinary school and is very special to our family," said Vic Keller. "We look forward to watching for the #83 adorned in Sewanee purple at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend along with The University of the South student and Alumni community!"(BK Racing), see an image of the car on the #83 team paint schemes page.(2-25-2016)
Accident in practice forces Larson, Waltrip to backup cars for Duels: Wednesday's second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice brought the first major accident of Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway. Ty Dillon's #95 Cheerios Chevy spewed oil on the track, the result of an oil cooler cracked along the weld. Cars running behind Dillon's in Turn 2 checked up, and Michael Waltrip's #83 Maxwell House Toyota tapped the back of Ryan Newman's #31 Caterpillar Chevy, spinning the Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. That started a chain reaction that saw the #35 Ford of David Gilliland turn Waltrip's Camry into the outside wall. Behind Gilliland, #34-Chris Buescher rear-ended the #42 Target Chevy of Kyle Larson, who will start Thursday night's second Can-Am Duel 150-mile qualifying race from the rear of the field. "Once we got into the oil, it was a chain reaction, and I got shoved into the wall," Larson said. Waltrip also was forced to a backup and will drop to the back for the start of the second Duel. "I really hate it for those guys behind us," Dillon said. "It's just one of those weird situations. I hate that it tore up race cars. I couldn't do anything to make it any different. We were just getting the pack going. It was unfortunate for everybody involved. I hate it for our guys that our race car is torn up. It's just as simple as a cracked weld on an oil cooler. Hey, we didn't catch it early enough. It's unfortunate, but we'll be fine. We have time to get everything fixed, and I just hope the other guys do, too." By the time Dillon made his comments, Newman's crew already was hard at work, hoping to salvage the primary car for Thursday's qualifying races.(NASCAR Wire Service)(2-18-2016)
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)
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)
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 #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)
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% 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)
DiBenedetto 'expects' to be back with BK Racing in 2016: While a formal announcement has not been made, one driver anticipates to be back with his current team. Matt DiBenedetto, who drives the #83 Toyota, expects to be back with BK Racing next season "I expect to, for sure," he said, "I do expect to be back, and I'm just thankful for the opportunity." DiBenedetto, who is also a rookie-of-the-year contender this season, sits four points behind fellow candidate Brett Moffitt. Sunday afternoon will be the final race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "Wonderful, I couldn't be happier, honestly," he said on assessing his rookie season. "I ended last year not knowing-I thought I was going to be done racing for life, have to go get a job and be done. It was a blessing to be able to just drive a race car this year. I love working with everyone at BK Racing and I'm glad that they like me being there."(The Racing Experts)(11-21-2015)
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)
Congrats to Matt DiBenedetto: who was married to girlfriend Taylor Carswell on Friday. DiBenedetto tweeted, "Today is the day that I get to marry my best friend Taylor! I'm lucky to get such a beautiful, sweet woman for the rest of my life!". DiBenedetto drives the #83 for BK Racing.(8-29-2015).
DiBenedetto gets new crew chief: NASCAR's updated entry list for Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway now lists Gene Nead as the crew chief for #83-Matt DiBenedetto. Doug Richert had been serving as DiBenedetto's crew chief. Nead was crew chief of the #98 team through Indianapolis.(8-12-2015)
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)
Matt DiBenedetto joins BK Racing starting at Atlanta: Matt Dibenedetto joins BK Racing as the driver of the #83 Burger King Toyota, starting at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. Matt DiBenedetto, a first generation driver, started his NASCAR career as a development driver for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2009-2010. Competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and Xfinity Series, Dibenedetto made a name for himself in the racing community. After much success, Matt's opportunity got cut short due to a tough economy and lack of sponsorship. Starting in 2011, Dibenedetto has done extensive Sprint Cup testing for various teams and last year competed in the Xfinity Series for The Motorsports Group (TMG) and got some of the teams best finishes in their 9 year history. Dibenedetto will share the #83 ride with last weeks driver, Johnny Sauter, for several races throughout the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. "I am so excited to get an opportunity to drive in the Sprint Cup Series for BK Racing. I truly can not put into words how thankful I am for Ron Devine, Anthony Marlowe, and the whole organization giving me a chance to be a part of their team. I look forward to proving my ability behind the wheel and I hope to grow with the team for years to come."
"BK Racing's third full-time entry is a great platform to allow young talents like Matt DiBenedetto to gain experience," said Ron Devine, "I'm happy to know that we'll be working with someone who has a strong appreciation for the ride, is self made, and has the confidence of his peers." Joining Dibenedetto this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway is Jeb Burton in the #26 Maxim Fantasy Sports App Toyota and JJ Yeley in the #23 Dr Pepper Toyota. Burton looks to make his debut in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in Sunday's Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500.(BK Racing)(2-26-2015)
DiBenedetto to run some races for BK Racing: Matt DiBenedetto tweeted Monday, "I can announce that I have been signed with @BKRacing_2383 to run select races in the 83 Sprint Cup car! Blessed to have this opportunity." DiBenedetto ran 29 NASCAR XFINITY races last season, mostly with The Motorsports Group. He was previously a development driver for Joe Gibbs Racing.(2-10-2015)
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