Contract Status: Driver: 2016; Primary Sponsors: race-to-race
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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