Contract Status: Drivers: race-to-race; Primary Sponsors: race-to-race
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)
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)
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)
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)
Ryan Truex uncertain of 2015 plans: Ryan Truex hasn't had too much to do this offseason. The 22-year-old stock-car driver, and younger brother of fellow NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr., is a free agent. With the Sprint Cup season starting Feb. 14 in Florida with the exhibition Sprint Unlimited race and the Daytona 500 on Feb. 22, it's beginning to look as if the Stafford Township native will have to wait for his chance to race in 2015. Ryan, a Southern Regional High School graduate, left BK Racing in September. Ryan said at the time that both parties decided "to part ways and move toward the future." There hasn't been much to update since then, Truex said, but he still hopes to be in a racecar this season. He remains signed to a multi-year deal as a developmental driver with Richard Petty Motorsports, a contract he signed in 2013. "We're still working hard with that and working to find the funding and right partnership to go out and run, whether it's XFINITY or (Sprint) Cup," Ryan said while attending the Atlantic City Indoor Races last weekend at Boardwalk Hall. "I felt like we had so many opportunities to capitalize on some strong runs (last NASCAR season) and just had a lot of bad luck," Ryan said. "Michigan (June 15), for example, that kind of hurt having the injury (concussion) and having to sit out for a week. For sure, the most up and down year of my career, by far. I'm glad I can put it behind me and move on." Those results aside, Truex said the biggest thing he got out of last year was experience.(Press of Atlantic City)(2-8-2015)
Johnny Sauter to drive for BK Racing at Daytona UPDATE: Johnny Sauter hopes to compete in the Great American Race - but he has to qualify first. BK Racing signed the Camping World Truck Series standout to run the #83 Dustless Blasting Toyota in the Daytona 500. Sauter, 36, has five Cup starts at the 2.5-mile track with three top 20 finishes. He won the truck opener at Daytona in 2013. Since the #83 finished 41st in the Sprint Cup owner points, Sauter will have to earn one of the 43 starting positions. Veteran crew chief Doug Richert will be the crew chief for Sauter's effort. The pair worked together at Pocono Raceway last August. Sauter was fitted for his seat at the shop on Thursday. He joins J.J. Yeley, who will pilot the #23 Dr. Pepper Toyota with Joe Williams calling the races. Yeley has 220 Cup starts. The 38-year-old Phoenix native finished 10th in the 2013 Great American Race. A press conference is scheduled for Monday to announce the third entry in BKR's driver lineup.(Motorsport)(2-6-2015)
UPDATE: Johnny Sauter will pilot the #83 Dustless Blasting Toyota Camry for BK Racing in the 57th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday February 22nd, 2015 at Daytona International Speedway for the premier race of the season. Dustless Blasting will return to BK Racing in 2015 for the second season and will be a primary sponsor for at least 4 races, including the Daytona 500. In addition to the premier race of the season, Dustless Blasting will also be on the #83 Toyota at both Talladega Superspeedway races and Daytona in July.(BK Racing)(2-7-2015)
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)
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)
ZAK Products and BK Racing Partner at Texas: ZAK Products, the #1 Professional Maintenance Fluid of NASCAR, will be the primary sponsor on the BK Racing #83 Toyota Camry of JJ Yeley this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway for the AAA Texas 500. Based in Irving, Texas, ZAK Products was recently named to the Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America list for the second consecutive year. ZAK Products has been the #1 Professional Maintenance Fluid of NASCAR since 2010, creating partnerships with teams such as BK Racing, Tommy Baldwin Racing and Go Green Racing. Since their establishment in 2002, ZAK Products has set the bar high for performance fluids for automobiles. With products such as their Engine Oil Conditioner, Brake Parts Cleaner, Racing Degreaser and Fuel System Cleaner, the brand has taken off with the enthusiasm of the NASCAR community. Founder, Vic Keller commented, "I am excited to be partnering with BK Racing and JJ Yeley. With our national headquarters in Irving and our strong Texas customer base there is no other track we'd rather see our logos than here at Texas Motor Speedway. Ron Devine and his entire BK Racing team have been great partners over the years and I'm thrilled that ZAK Products is able to take it a step further with the primary sponsorship this weekend."
"ZAK Products has been an outstanding partner for BK Racing since day one," said Team Owner Ron Devine. "Their product offerings are used every day in our shop. We certainly look forward to having their colors flying high at their home track at Texas Motor Speedway."(ZAK Products)(10-30-2014)
See an image of the scheme on the #83 Team Schemes page..(10-30-2014)
Yeley wins Better Half Dash: Kristen Yeley, the "better half" of NASCAR driver J.J. Yeley, held off the field to win the 4th annual Better Half Dash race Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The race was supposed to be a 25-lap event but was shortened due to time constraints after a caution-filled event, ending with a green-white-checkered finish after eight laps. "It feels pretty good," said Yeley. "I've been doing this for four years, so it is really special. The foundation I am racing for is really close to me heart. My dear friend lost a child this past May and my girlfriend started the foundation to raise awareness for organ donation for children." The "better halves" were thrilled to learn they had raised nearly $70,000 for charities including Motor Racing Outreach, Speedway Children's Charities and a charity of the winning driver's choice. Heidi Stoddard, wife of NASCAR team owner Frankie Stoddard, finished second, and Melanie Self of Motor Racing Outreach was third. "I made a promise to Sherry Pollex and Shawna Robinson that I would see them in Victory Circle," said Self. "This was for these ladies who are fighting cancer." Rounding out the top five were Ashton Bayne (wife of Trevor Bayne) and Adriene Pattie (wife of crew chief Brian Pattie). Bayne started from the pole by virtue of her having the highest donation total, but she slipped to second when Yeley overtook her on lap four. Bayne was charging hard to retake the lead late in the race when she spun, relegating her to fourth. The remaining competitors finished as follows: Jenna Robinson (sixth), Jordan Fish (seventh), Karlee Hensley (eighth), Ashley Allgaier (ninth), Ashley Stremme (tenth) and Amy Reimann (11th).(Charlotte Motor Speedway)(10-10-2014)
Yeley gets Charlotte sponsor: BK Racing announced a partnership with North Myrtle Beach, SC based Original Painters Home Made Ice Cream for the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 11. Original Painters Home Made Ice Cream will ride-along with the #83 Toyota Camry driven by veteran driver JJ Yeley. Original Painters Homemade Ice Cream has been manufacturing Homemade Ice Cream in North Myrtle Beach, SC since 1952. Their ice cream has been featured on many national television shows, books and magazines.(BK Racing), see an image of the car on the #83 team paint schemes page.(10-9-2014)
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)
Truex out of the #83 ride? UPDATE: Ryan Truex's run in the #83 Burger King/Borla Exhaust Toyota appears to have come to an end, after BK Racing replaced the New Jersey native with former Camping World Truck Series champion Travis Kvapil last weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Sources within the team said the change stemmed from unhappiness with the level of feedback received from Truex. He is not expected to return to the car this season. Messages left with BK Racing officials seeking comment were not immediately returned (Godfather Motorsports)
AND For the second consecutive week Ryan Truex will not drive the #83 BK Racing entry, and the rookie's long-term status with the team is in doubt. When asked about Truex's future with the team by SB Nation Tuesday, a BK Racing spokesman described the situation as "week-to-week" with no determination having been made about the remainder of the 2014 season. As to why Truex was being replaced, the reason cited was an "owner's decision," with discussions ongoing between the organization and Truex's representatives, according to the spokesman. BK Racing replaced Truex with former Camping World Truck Series champion Travis Kvapil last weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Kvapil is again listed as the driver of the #83 for Sunday's race at Dover International Speedway.(SB Nation)
AND Motorsport.com's Nick DeGroot tweeted that Truex's absence was due to BK owing Truex "a good amount of money." He later disclosed that sources of his own passed along that news to him.(9-24-2014)
UPDATE: Ryan Truex confirmed to the Charlotte Observer that he has parted ways with BK Racing [#83 Burger King Toyota], with who he has spent most of the season competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series as a rookie. BK Racing replaced Truex in the car last weekend at New Hampshire and again this weekend at Dover. Truex competed in 23 of 28 races with the team this season with a best finish of 20th at the August race at Pocono.(Charlotte Observer)(9-27-2014)
Kvapil replaces Ryan Truex at New Hampshire: It's musical chairs at BK Racing this week with last minute seat changes to the driver roster. While Cole Whitt remains in the #26 Toyota with sponsorship from Rinnai and Alex Bowman continues his campaign in the #23 Dr. Pepper Toyota, Travis Kvapil will reprise his role in the #83 Burger King Toyota this weekend and Clay Rogers will fill the #93 Iowa City Capital Partners Toyota. The changes were made on Tuesday and leave Ryan Truex on the sidelines this weekend. The team elected not to discuss Truex' status. "I didn't have anything going on this weekend," Kvapil said. "We had talked about doing something with the 93. These are my guys here. I had been with them for the last two years and feel I had a hand in building this team. I don't know what the plans are beyond this weekend, but it's good to be back." Rogers, 34, was once a development driver for Roush Fenway Racing. Most recently attempted to qualify for New Hampshire in July and Richmond two weeks ago but failed to qualify.(Motorsport)(9-19-2013)
Tires stolen from Chicago garage: One week it's a fan on the fence, the next week tires are stolen in the garage. Just who is policing the paddock? On Saturday night tires were lifted from the #55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota and the #83 BK Racing Toyota teams prior to Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway. The tires from Brian Vickers car were later discovered dumped in another area in the garage, the team told Motorsport.com. However, the scuff and rim from Ryan Truex's car was never recovered according to team owner Ron Devine. Tires cost roughly $500 each.(Motorsport)(9-15-2014)
#83 Tire Carrier skips race...for baby: BK Racing's pit coach Gary Smith got a call Saturday night from his #83 front tire carrier Anwar Parrish who told him he was not coming to Atlanta on Sunday because his wife went into labor. The #83 car found a replacement for the race in Devon Armstrong, crewman from the #95 Leavine Family Racing team [failed to make the race]. Coach Smith went on to tell Pit Talks that he has two other crewman expecting babies in the next two to three weeks.(PitTalks)(8-31-2014)
Ryan Truex taken to hospital after practice crash UPDATE3: NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie #83-Ryan Truex hit the Turn 2 wall hard Saturday morning in the day's opening practice session at Michigan International Speedway. Running eight laps in the early morning session, Truex lost the back end of his #83 Toyota. The car corrected and shot head-on into the outside wall. Per NASCAR's new rule, Truex remained in the car until NASCAR and safety officials arrived on site, and then walked away under his own power. According to a BK Racing official, Truex was complaining of a headache and shoulder pain and was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. Truex broke his collarbone in 2013 while riding a motorcycle.(Fox Sports)(8-16-2014)
UPDATE: Ryan Truex, driver of the #83 Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota Camry was involved in a single-car crash during practice at the Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. Truex was transported to a local hospital where he underwent CT scans of his head, neck, chest and abdomen, which were all negative. Truex was diagnosed with a concussion. He will follow the NASCAR guidelines to return to racing. JJ Yeley will pilot the #83 Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota Camry in tomorrow's Pure Michigan 400.(BK Racing).(8-16-2014)
UPDATE2: Ryan Truex, tweeted Sunday, "Hardest hit of my career by far yesterday..Feeling better today. Thanks for the concern,will see the doc this week & hopefully be back soon."(8-18-2014)
UPDATE3 Truex cleared to return at Bristol: Ryan Truex, driver of the #83 Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota Camry, has been medically cleared to return to previous racing activities. Truex was involved in a single-car crash during Saturday practice at this past weekend's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. JJ Yeley substituted for Truex and finished 30th in last Sunday's race.(BK Racing)(8-21-2014)
Armed Forces Motorsports partners with BK Racing on #83 car UPDATE: Through the support of NASCAR team owner, Ron Devine and his BK Racing team, Armed Forces Motorsports will make a NASCAR Sprint Cup appearance at Daytona International Speedway for the 4th of July weekend race event. The AFM logo will be featured on the hood of the #83 Toyota Camry Sprint Cup car driven by Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Ryan Truex. Additionally, the car's design will focus on a "Text-to-Donate" Campaign, as well as a special wrap which will sport the logos of hip hop recording artist B Taylor's "1-Life Movement" and Warrior Gateway, AFM's outreach partner. The weekend race will also serve as the official launch of the 1-Life Movement, a program centered on B Taylor's new Hip Hop single release "1 Life." The Armed Forces Motorsports Foundation is a Virginia-based, federally registered 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit Organization. AFMF was born in early 2013 out of necessity - a need to provide direct support to our veterans. The Foundation's signature program is the "Veteran's Resource Summit." In short, the Summit is a one stop resource fair that will bring together local, state and federal agencies and organizations that serve our veterans. The summit will also serve as a platform to help veterans reintegrate back into their communities by bringing the two together.(BK Racing)(7-2-2014)
UPDATE: The now familiar Mardi Gras colors of purple and gold for New Orleans, LA based VooDooBBQ & Grill will return for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway with Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Ryan Truex. VooDooBBQ & Grill served as the primary sponsor of the #83 earlier this year at Richmond and Talladega. VooDooBBQ & Grill has continued as an associate sponsor for 2014 until the opportunity presented itself to have them as a primary sponsor once again. The hood of the #83 will be co-branded with Armed Forces Motorsports Foundation (AFM). The AFM logo will focus on a "Text-to-Donate" Campaign, as well as a special hood wrap which will sport the logos of hip hop recording artist B Taylor's "1-Life Movement" and Warrior Gateway, AFM's outreach partner.(BK Racing)(7-3-2014)
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).
Ryan Truex gets 2 race sponsor: Race fans will once again have to keep a keener eye for the #83 BK Racing Toyota in the next two Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway and Talladega Superspeedway. The black color has been replaced with Mardi Gras colors of purple and gold for New Orleans, LA based VooDoo BBQ & Grill. VooDoo BBQ & Grill served as the primary sponsor of the #83 car at the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2013 and has continued as a partner and associate sponsor for 2014 until the opportunity presented itself to have them as a primary sponsor once again. 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.(BK Racing), see an image of the car on the #83 team paint schemes page.(4-23-2014)
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)
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)
Ryan Truex gets five race sponsorship deal: Race fans heading to Speedweeks or watching on television will have to keep a keener eye for the No. #83 BK Racing Toyota Camry. The traditional BK Racing colors have been replaced with black, header pipes and flames of Johnson City, TN and Oxnard, CA based Borla Exhaust. For over three decades, Borla has been the leader in the manufacture and design of high-performance exhaust systems for racing and the street. Borla Exhaust will also adorn the #83 BK Racing Toyota Camry in four additional races to be announced at a later date during the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.(BK Racing), see an image of the car on the #83 team paint schemes page.(1-23-2014)
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)
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)
Bowman to test for Reutimann: Alex Bowman will fill in for David Reutimann in the #83 Burger/Dr. Pepper Toyota during the test at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Bowman, 20, ran 32 races for RAB Racing in his first full season in the Nationwide Series and finished 11th in the points standings. He earned two poles - at both Texas Motor Speedway races - and posted top-five finishes at Daytona and Kentucky. Reutimann, 43, had a scheduling conflict this week. However, in his seventh season in the Sprint Cup Series, he finished 33rd in the BK Racing Toyota. His only top-20 finish of 2013 came in the Daytona 500, where he finished 16th. Could the test be an audition for Bowman? All BK Racing team owner Ron Devine would say is, "My driver lineup isn't set yet."(Fox Sports)(12-11-2013)
New sponsor for Reutimann at Homestead: Race fans will have to keep a keener eye for the #83 BK Racing Toyota in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The red and white has been replaced with Mardi Gras colors of purple and gold for Prairieville, LA based VooDoo BBQ & Grill. 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. VooDoo serves competition-style barbecue beef, pork and chicken with unique side dishes, plus salads and sandwiches, in a clean, colorful fast-casual environment. VooDoo currently has nine locations in Louisiana, Florida and South Carolina. They have been the recipient of many taste and business awards, as well as charitable support of many worthwhile causes throughout the state of Louisiana. "We're thrilled to have this opportunity to be associated with NASCAR and the BK Racing Team at one of the most important races of the year," said Tony Avila, Chief Executive Officer of VooDoo BBQ & Grill. "This level of exposure for VooDoo is unparalleled. We appreciate Ron Devine and the entire team at BK racing for this tremendous opportunity."
"VooDoo's unique offering is something NASCAR fans have never seen," said team owner Ron Devine. "I feel that VooDoo's continued growth, along with BK Racing's will make for a great partnership."(BK Racing), see an image of the car on the #83 Team Schemes page.(11-13-2013)
Horizon Corporation to sponsor the #83 at Phoenix: David Reutimann and the #83 BK Racing team will have a different look on his red and white Toyota Camry as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Phoenix. Reutimann will carry the colors of Chandler, AZ based Horizon Corporation. Horizon has served as an associate sponsor of both BK Racing cars since the team's inception last year. Horizon is the only full-service distributor specializing in irrigation systems, landscape products, outdoor equipment, and specialty items like lighting, ponds, BBQs, pavers and misters. Horizon currently has 60 retail locations nationwide. "We are very excited to be part of the NASCAR family," said Mary Martinez, Director of Marketing for Horizon. "We know a lot of our customers are NASCAR fans and this is a great opportunity to showcase the Horizon brand."
"Horizon has been a tremendous partner for BK Racing these past two seasons," said team owner Ron Devine. "We hope to make the Horizon name even more familiar with the NASCAR faithful with this full primary scheme."(BK Racing), see an image of the car/scheme on the #83 Team Schemes page.(11-8-2013)
Mike Ford hired by BK Racing: BK Racing has named Mike Ford director of competition and racing operations. Ford, 42, joins BKR after a successful career as a crew chief with some of NASCAR's most prominent organizations. Team owner Ron Devine believes Ford will be a valuable liaison between BKR and Toyota as the company continues to establish a foothold in the Sprint Cup series. "We are very excited to have Mike Ford join BK Racing," Devine said. "Mike's experience will help take BK's on-track performance to a new level." Ford most recently served as the crew chief for both Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola at Richard Petty Motorsports. BKR is still working on finalizing both its driver and crew chief lineup. Announcements are expected later this month.(Fox Sports)(12-4-2012)
BK Racing switching numbers? Riggs & SHR? hearing that one of the BK Racing cars (#83 & #93) will switch to using the #23 in 2013. Supposedly they asked for the car number as a sponsor request. They did not purchase the current #23 R3 Motorsports team owned by Robert Richardson Sr., but asked NASCAR for the car number and got it. No word which car number will switch, the #83 or the #93. Some rumors have David Reutimann possibly going to one of the BK Racing rides in 2013. No word if current drivers #83-Landon Cassill or #93-Travis Kvapil will return to BK Racing in 2013. Reutimann could also staying at Tommy Baldwin Racing if the team keeps tow cars running or run with the #44 Xxxtreme team that is debuting at Phoenix this weekend. end up Some rumors have BK Racing expanding to three cars in 2013, but been told it will likely be a two-car operation in 2013. Been told that R3 Motorsports is weighing its options for 2013 and if they will run the Sprint Cup Series. As for current #23 driver, Scott Riggs, hearing he has an opportunity at Stewart-Haas Racing as a driving coach for Danica Patrick and/or testing cars for Stewart Haas Racing (#10, #14, #39) with a chance of running a 4th SHR Chevy in some races, if a sponsor can be found.(11-9-2012)
Burger King signs NASCAR licensing agreement with BK Racing: Burger King Corp. has entered into a licensing agreement with BK Racing LLC. As part of the agreement, BKC has licensed the primary paint scheme on the #83 and 93 Toyota Camry Sprint Cup cars, which debuted during Monday's delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway. "I'm extremely happy to welcome Burger King Corp. to the team and really proud to be associated with such a great brand," said Scott Gunderson, president and co-owner of BK Racing LLC and a Burger King franchisee. "This demonstrates another important step in getting the BK Racing team ready for the season. As a longtime franchisee, I look forward to a successful racing season and know firsthand the benefits of a partnership with a winning team." BKC will leverage the sponsorship both on and off the track through select regional marketing programs and promotions. "This sponsorship with the BK Racing team provides the perfect scenario to get back into NASCAR. The team's passion, both on and off the track, resonates very well with an important segment of Burger King customers," said Alex Macedo, senior vice president, North America marketing, Burger King Corp.(Quick Service Restaurant News)(2-29-2012)
Red Bull Owners Points changing hands? UPDATE 2: Been told that Thomas Ueberall [Red Bull's race director] is now listed as the owner of the #83 and now #93 [was #4] team owner points. Sinica Motorsports attempted to run Homestead running the #93, but their website now shows no car number and facebook and twitter pages no longer work. Ueberall may be listed as the owner when the new owners take place, due to the points. Supposedly part owners of TRG Motorsports are rumored to be buying the assets from Red Bull Racing.(2-3-2012)
UPDATE: Sinica Motorsports will be running a partial Sprint Cup schedule this year with a new car number to be released soon. The team will continue to run Chevys.(Sinica Motorsports)(2-6-2012)
UPDATE2: Landon Cassill is going racing at Daytona International Speedway with a new, yet-unnamed race team, at the wheel for a #83 Toyota purchased from the former Red Bull Racing team. In an exclusive interview with Sirius/XM NASCAR Radio's Sirius/XM Speedway with Dave Moody, Cassill said the team is preparing two cars for a full schedule of Sprint Cup Series racing, beginning with the Daytona 500. "We're going to announce a sponsor in the near future," said Cassill. "At this point, I can tell you that Doug Richert will be the crew chief, with (former Roush Fenway Racing executive) Harry McMullin serving as General Manager.
Multiple sources say Virginia resident and former TRG Motorsports minority partner Ron Devine is a leading player in the new ownership group. The team will reportedly be owned and sponsored by Devine and a group of his fellow Burger King franchisees. Cassill declined to speak specifically about the new owners, but confirmed they were involved with TRG Motorsports majority owner Kevin Buckler a year ago. "They broke away from TRG at the end of last year," said Cassill. "They want to go racing the right way and do it efficiently. They know what their goals are. They're going to be announcing the team name and our sponsorship information very soon. All I can say at this point is that they are investors. It'll be a company owned team from the sponsorship side of things." The team will operate out of the former Randy Moss Motorsports building in Statesville, NC, and will run with, with horsepower supplied by Triad Racing Technology.
"The guys are really hustling to get ready for Daytona," said Cassill, "and this will be my first time going into a season knowing there's a full-time ride with my name on door. I'm going to be locked into the Daytona 500 for the first time in my life, and that's an emotional deal for me." He confirmed that the team will field two cars in every race this season, beginning at Daytona. "They're working on signing the second driver right now, and there are some pretty good guys out there that still need a ride."
"This has been a tough deal to keep quiet," laughed Cassill. "They've had to make a lot of decisions before the story gets out and things begin to spin out of control. They've been working hard, 12-14 hours a day, seven days a week thrashing on things. Fortunately, Red Bull built really nice race cars that gave us a chance to pull things together quickly. A lot more is set in place than we can talk about yet, but the work is getting done. Cassill said he understands the team is behind the eight-ball at this point, and will need time to reach its full potential. "I think you'll see us shine 10-12 weeks into the season, once we get our feet underneath us," he said. "We need to establish a baseline on setups and find out what our cars and teams are capable of."(Sirius Speedway)
AND the AP's Jenna Fryer @JennaFryer is hearing Travis Kvapil could be second driver of the 2nd car [which was #4 with Kahne in 2011, but have heard it'll be #93](2-9-2012)
a couple UPDATES: Speculation is that former Red Bull driver Brian Vickers will be named Cassill's teammate in a second entry.(MRN)
AND II While Harry McMullen will act as general manager of the two-car operation, Cassill could not confirm nor deny that the team will be called BK Racing, a name that stems from Burger King franchisees that are expected to be associated with the deal. Sources said Ron Devine, of Virginia, and Wayne Press, of Florida, two former TRG partners, will be part of the new ownership group. Travis Kvapil has been mentioned as the driver for the team's #93 Toyota. Kvapil could not be reached for comment.(FoxSports)(2-10-2012)
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