Contract Status: Drivers: race-to-race; Primary Sponsors: race-to-race
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)
Moffitt, DiBenedetto battle for NASCAR Cup rookie honors: Neither of the leading NASCAR Rookie of the Year candidates thought they'd be competing for the title when the season began. Both #34-Brett Moffitt and #83-Matt DiBenedetto were late arrivals to the Sunoco-sponsored program, but find themselves 1-2 in the complicated rookie points standings with two races remaining. "My first few races, I wasn't even signed up for it and didn't pay much attention to it," Moffitt said. "But later in the year, these last few races I've been asking them on the radio toward the end of the race: 'All right, where's the 23 (Jeb Burton) and 83 (DiBenedetto)?' We might not have the best day, but if we can beat them, it's kind of icing on the cake."
Rookie points are mostly based on finishes in comparison to the other rookies over their best 17 races, with bonus points for things like top-10 results. But points don't decide the title; they're just a guide for a panel made up of mostly NASCAR executives who will determine the winner next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
DiBenedetto had no clue 2015 would turn out to be his rookie season, either. A former development driver for Joe Gibbs Racing, DiBenedetto started the season at BK Racing with a last-minute deal thrown together just to get the #83 car to the track. "We weren't planning on running full-time, so I missed a lot of races and we had some good finishes that didn't count," he told USA TODAY Sports. "If we would have entered (at the start), it should have been a walk in the park. But obviously, I'm just thankful I got to run full time."(in part from the USA Today), see Rookie standings, race-by-race results and history on the 2015 Rookie of the Year Standings page.(11-15-2015)
Warnings issued after Kansas: NASCAR handed out warnings to teams Wednesday afternoon for issues discovered in technical inspection last weekend at Kansas Speedway, where the Sprint Cup Series competed in Race #2 of three in the Chase Contender Round. Of the four teams issued a warning, only one -- the Hendrick Motorsports team of driver #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- is in the Chase. Earnhardt's #88 group received its warning for twice failing pre-race inspection for Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400. The non-Chase team of driver #7-Alex Bowman was given a warning for likewise flunking pre-race inspection twice. The #83 team of driver Matt DiBenedetto, meanwhile, was given a warning for failing pre-qualifying inspection twice at Kansas. The #21 Wood Brothers Racing team of part-time Sprint Cup driver Ryan Blaney was hit with a warning for failing to comply with Section 10.7.2.b of the NASCAR rulebook. This is the second consecutive week that NASCAR has issued a written warning to the teams of Earnhardt and Blaney.(Fox Sports)(10-22-2015)
BK Racing Pit Crew Try-Out: BK Racing has scheduled a tryout on Wednesday 11/4/2015 for experienced Pit Crew members for the 2016 race season. This tryout will be by invitation only. Athletes interested in attending must submit their resume to Jason Gay, Pit Crew Coach, BK Racing. Resumes will be accepted by email only.
Deadline for resumes: Friday, 10/23/2015, 5:00pm/et
All resumes should be emailed to Jason.Gay@BKRacing.com.
Invitations will be sent by Friday, 10/30/2015
Rain Date is scheduled for Wednesday 11/11/2015.(10-15-2015)
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)
JMU themed NASCAR visits campus: This Wednesday as James Madison University students passed through the commons in front of D-hall they probably noticed something a little out of the ordinary - several students actually did a double-take upon walking by. Soon enough, a crowd gathered around to see what all the fuss was about. The fuss was really no fuss at all but actually a Toyota Camry parked smack in the middle of the commons. But this was no ordinary Camry - this Camry was decked out in full JMU purple and gold with a gigantic Duke Dog and JMU logo on the hood. The owner of the car is JMU Class of 1978 alumnus Ron Devine. Devine sat on the JMU Board of Visitors for eight years and is currently a part of the JMU Foundation. The idea for the car came when Devine was looking for ways to enhance JMU's exposure on the national scale. "[On the Board] we talked about ways to elevate JMU nationally, in all of our programs both academically and athletically," Devine, the co-owner of BK Racing located in North Carolina, said. "I said, 'Listen, I have a car, I have space in Richmond, it's close to home, if you want to, we can put a JMU car together and race it.'' The car is set to race in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at the Richmond International Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 12. JMU boasts over 10,000 alumni in the Richmond metropolitan area, providing an opportunity for many alumni to see their alma mater colors zoom by. The #83 Toyota Camry is adorned in JMU purple and gold with JMU athletics logos scattered across it. The car will also feature the name of slain journalist and JMU alumna Alison Parker on the side and a memorial picture on the rear. Devine hopes that the car helps in his effort to raise money for the Alison B. Parker Memorial Scholarship. "We're trying to make die-cast models of the car that we can sell in the bookstore," Devine said. Parker's family will be in attendance at the race. Financing the sponsorship of a stock car to race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is no cheap endeavor. "I took care of it all," Devine said. "JMU didn't have to pay a thing." The driver of the #23 Camry is 24-year-old rookie Matt DiBenedetto. DiBenedetto is a candidate for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award. "He is a really great driver and we're excited to have him drive for us," Devine said of DiBenedetto.(The Breeze), see an image of the scheme on the #83 Team Schemes page.(9-11-2015)
Congrats to Matt DiBenedetto: who was married to girlfiend 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).
BK Racing and James Madison University partner for Richmond: BK Racing and James Madison University (JMU) have partnered together for the September night race at Richmond International Raceway. BK Racing, which is co-owned by former JMU Board of Visitors member Ron Devine ('78), will have its #83 car, decked out in purple and gold, driven by Matt DiBenedetto. The car features JMU purple prominently around most of the exterior with gold accent on the top and bottom. The car displays JMU's full portfolio of Athletics' logos in highly visible locations over the entire surface. Devine said, "James Madison University is a wonderful university that is nationally known. We are excited to be able to display the JMU logos on the national stage through NASCAR. As an alumnus, I was glad to provide this sponsorship for JMU and Athletics as a way to support its strategic plan, national branding efforts and overall university pride. I want to thank all of the JMU staff and especially the JMU Foundation for supporting this effort. Hopefully this will be the start of many efforts like this to come. Go Dukes!" JMU boasts over 10,000 alumni in the Richmond metropolitan area as well as another 60,000 alumni within a two-hour drive of Richmond International Raceway.
"We are grateful to Ron Devine and BK Racing for this sponsorship opportunity to showcase our university and athletics program on a professional sports stage," JMU Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne said. "As part of our strategic plan, Engaged in Excellence, we are striving to increase the brand and identity of our athletics program nationally. BK Racing and NASCAR provide a unique platform for increasing the overall awareness of and affinity for our university and our sports programs."(BK Racing), see an image of the scheme on the #83 Team Schemes page.(8-20-2015)
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)
Drivers treated after race: It was an incredibly and humid day at the Magic Mile with severe thunderstorms in the area. After 300 miles of racing, drivers were spent. Three drivers in particular needed medical attention - #47-A.J. Allmendinger, #46-Michael Annett and #83-Matt DiBenedetto. According to PRN, Allmendinger was suffering from strep throat and was treated after getting out of the car. "Great effort by @AJDinger today, tough race while not feeling well," tweeted the team. Allmendinger finished 13th after leading 13 laps. Both Annett and DiBenedetto went to the infield care center after both were showing signs of heat exhaustion and were need of fluids. 29-year-old Annett went via a stretcher. Both have since been released.(Motorsport)(7-20-2015)
DiBenedetto gets new sponsor for Kentucky: BK Racing has partnered with Anest Iwata as a primary sponsor on Matt DiBenedetto's #83 Toyota at Kentucky Speedway this weekend. Anest Iwata USA, 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 specializes in painting equipment, turnkey coating systems, air compressors and high-end dry vacuum pumps. In addition to being a primary sponsor this weekend, Anest Iwata joins BK Racing as an associate sponsor for the remainder of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.(BK Racing), see an image of the car on the #83 team paint schemes page)(7-9-2015)
DiBenedetto gets Bristol sponsor: BK Racing has partnered with Cosmo Motors as a primary sponsor on Matt DiBenedetto's #83 Toyota. Cosmo Motors, a family owned and operated business in Hickory, North Carolina, is well known for their large selection of high end vehicles. From a Dodge Viper to a Tesla, Cosmo Motors provides the best price on pre-owned vehicles. New colors will appear on the #83 Toyota of Matt DiBenedetto as a primary sponsor at Bristol Motor Speedway in late August. In addition, Cosmo Motors will be an associate sponsor for several other races including; Richmond International Raceway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway.(BK Racing), see an image of the car on the #83 team paint schemes page.(6-3-2015)
Testing at Dover UPDATE2: 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will visit Dover International Speedway on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 for an open test session next week, just weeks before NASCAR makes its return to Dover for the May 29-31 race weekend. Fans that want to attent the test session may watch from the enclosed, climate-controlled seating located on the third floor of the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. Fans can access this area by following signs to the Dover International Speedway ticket office and proceeding to the third floor. Drivers scheduled to participate include: #47-AJ Allmendinger, #43-Aric Almirola, #16-Greg Biffle, #26-Jeb Burton, #3-Austin Dillon, #11-Denny Hamlin, #48-Jimmie Johnson, #22-Joey Logano, #1-Jamie McMurray, #13-Casey Mears, #10-Danica Patrick and #55-David Ragan.(Dover International Speedway)(5-9-2015)
UPDATE: Testing Monday at Dover International Speedway were: #47-Allmendinger, #11-Hamlin, #22-Logano, and #10-Patrick.(Goodyear Racing)(5-11-2015)
UPDATE: Matt DiBenedetto flew up to Dover to test the #26 Toyota in place of Jeb Burton (DiBenedetto's Twitter), supposedly Burton was injured and couldn't test.(5-13-2015)
Matt Dibenedetto and BK Racing Pit Crew Members Visit Camp Lejeune: #83-Matt Dibenedetto and a handful of BK Racing pit crew members spent the day at Camp Lejeune, a Marine Corps base in NC, as a part of the BK Racing American Salute campaign initiative. In an effort to give back to the men and women who serve this country, BK Racing has devoted two months to participate in military base visits, along with several other initiatives. While visiting Camp Lejeune, a Marine Corps base in Hubert, NC, Dibenedetto, along with fellow teammates, had the opportunity to visit the Hope For The Warriors, Hope and Care Center, where injured service members can go to get help. In addition, the team also spent time at a gun simulation station, and the base's brig. "It was really a great experience to spend time with some of our active military," commented Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, Matt Dibenedetto. "We got to spend time at the Hope and Care Center, as well as play with some machine guns in a gun simulation program. I think it's important to give back to the men and women that serve this country. I am proud and honored to be part of BK Racing's American Salute campaign, and have the opportunity to spend time with our service members."
Camp Lejeune marks the first of many military base visits for the team. Up next, the team will visit with Dover Air Force Base for a flight simulation, as well as spending the day touring the facility. Don't forget to submit the names of a fallen hero to appear on JJ Yeley's #23 Toyota at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600. 100% of all donations will be donated back to the Hope For The Warriors organization, a non-profit who provide comprehensive support programs for veterans and their families. For more information on BK Racing's American Salute Campaign, visit www.bkracing.com(BK Racing)(5-13-2015)
Four teams penalized with loss of practice time at Talladega: #4-Kevin Harvick's team is one of four NASCAR Sprint Cup teams that will lose 15 minutes of practice time this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR announced. Harvick's team, along with #83-Matt DiBenedetto's team will be docked 15 minutes of practice time at Talladega after being late for pre-race inspection last weekend at Richmond. #43-Aric Almirola's team also will lose 15 minutes of practice at Talladega after being late for qualifying inspection at Richmond. #7-Alex Bowman's team failed qualifying inspection more than three times at Richmond. The Tommy Baldwin Racing team received a written warning and will be docked 15 minutes of practice time at Talladega. NASCAR's rule book states that if a team receives two warnings during two consecutive events, it may result in one or more of the following P1 penalties - last choice in selecting pits, reduced practice time, reduced time for qualifying, delay in order of inspection and/or be selected for post-race inspection, among other things. NASCAR also announced that the teams of #98-Josh Wise and #32-Joey Gase (Bobby Labonte will drive the #32 at Talladega) each failed qualifying inspection twice at Richmond and received written warnings.(NBC Sports)(5-1-2015)
BK Racing, Tommy Baldwin Racing considering merger? Chatter in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage this weekend has a potential merger between BK Racing and Tommy Baldwin Racing being considered, CATCHFENCE.com has learned. Both teams have struggled thus far at NASCAR's top level this season, but the merger would combine resources, assets and personnel with hopes of lifting the on-track performance of their drivers. Another possible scenario is BK Racing simply acquiring Tommy Baldwin Racing, sources say. Currently, Tommy Baldwin Racing fields the #7 Chevy for Alex Bowman, while BK Racing fields three cars for rookie candidate Jeb Burton, Matt DiBenedetto and veteran JJ Yeley. Bowman drove for BK Racing in 2014, but left the team to join TBR. Sources tell CATCHFENCE.com if the merger happened, it's likely that Baldwin's team would switch to Toyota and Baldwin taking a director of competition role. A spokesperson for RAB Racing, which currently does not field a full-time team, confirmed that they were involved in an initial discussion with BK Racing, but wouldn't elaborate.(Catchfence)(4-26-2015)
DiBenedetto, Stewart not happy with each other after practice UPDATE: Matt DiBenedetto was just looking for an opening on the track during practice - that's when he aroused the wrath of #14-Tony Stewart on Friday. On the track the three-time champion flipped off the rookie and yelled at him. Off the track when the driver of the #83 BK Racing Toyota tried to explain what happened, DiBenedetto's attempt was futile. "I went up to him to apologize and explain the situation to him," DiBenedetto told Motorsport.com. "I'm not an idiot. I wouldn't just pull in front of him. I told him the 19 pulled out in front of me on the racetrack. That checked up all of my momentum and by that time - things happen so fast around here - that when I got to Turn 3, he was getting a few car lengths of me so I just pulled over to let him go. He didn't understand. I tried to tell him what happened, but he just told me I just needed to get out of the way and whatever. He really just didn't know what to say. He's just an arrogant prick," DiBenedetto said. "He has anger issues and needs to focus on driving the race car other than dedicating the whole practice session to blocking somebody when it wasn't something I did intentionally. I don't care who he is, he's barking up the wrong tree."(Motorsport)(3-28-2015)
UPDATE: Sprint Cup Series rookie Matt DiBenedetto says all is fine now between he and three-time champion Tony Stewart, but that wasn't the case Friday after the two crossed paths on and off the racing surface at Martinsville Speedway. During Friday's lone NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, a relatively innocent-looking run-in between DiBenedetto and Stewart led to some harsh words and further explanation afterward. Explaining the situation to Stewart afterward, DiBenedetto said the veteran listened to him, and DiBenedetto believes Stewart now understands the situation better. "He didn't say a whole lot," DiBenedetto said. "I explained what happened and he didn't have much to say, since I explained the whole deal. It is what it is. It was kind of dumb, a little bit of an overreaction. It's all over with now. In reality it's such a small issue. I felt like it was something minor," said DiBenedetto, adding that he was more frustrated for his team than taking it personally. "If I was in his situation I would have kind of blown it off, especially since I made an effort to get out of his way. It is what it is. I guess it's understandable. We'll just move on."(FoxSports)(3-29-2015)
NASCAR issues inspection penalty UPDATE: NASCAR handed out one inspection penalty Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, with a second potential penalty under review. #7-Alex Bowman of Tommy Baldwin Racing will lose 15 minutes of practice time in the opening round of practice Friday at Auto Club Speedway. Bowman's car did not make it out of the garage on time Sunday morning at PIR. Also, AJ Allmendinger's #47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet went through inspection four times and is under review for a possible penalty. A NASCAR official said "other issues" may have been responsible for the car's inspection problems. A decision likely would come on Monday or Tuesday.(FoxSports)(3-15-2015)
UPDATE: NASCAR says no-harm, no-foul on the #47 JTG Daugherty Racing team following pre-race inspection issues at Phoenix International Raceway. On Sunday, the crew made four attempts to pass through the laser platform inspection station prior to the start of Sunday's CampingWorld.com 500. Before the race, a NASCAR representative said the No. 47's situation was "under further review" at the behest of Sprint Cup Series director Richard Buck. It was later determined that the wheel plate that sits inside the wheel bead and measure the toe of the rear, the forward and aft for offset and wheel base and rear end location for the truck arm crossmember was not tight enough to provide an accurate reading. Therefore, the #47 team and AJ Allmendinger will not be penalized practice time this weekend at Auto Club Speedway. NASCAR did confirm however, that the #7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy, which did not line up and get out of the garage in time and the #83 BK Racing Toyota, which did not pass inspection on the second attempt will be held for 15 minutes in first practice on Friday at Fontana.(Motorsport)(3-18-2015)
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)
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)
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22 David Pearson
23 Greg Biffle, Peter Sospenzo, Ray Dunlap, Chris Cook, Addison Frye
24 Fr. Steven Janoski, David Ragan, Krista Marie Allison, Mike Gooch
25 Jesus Christ, Charles Comstock, Randy Earnhardt, Jimmy Buffett, Starr Elliott, Butch Lamoreux, Curtis W. Key, Noel Schafer
26 Ben Kennedy, Blair Makenzie Nemechek, Josh Mick
27 Mike Laughlin, Don Radebaugh
28 Jack Ingram, Nelson Stacy, Brittany Wallace, Joyce Kearns
29 Waddell Wilson, Boston Reid, Mike Bagley, Owen Kearns Jr., Jessica Stroupe
30 Fred Lorenzen, Donnie Mergard, Ryan Hemphill, Kole Kahne, Cooper Berrier
31 Ryan Blaney, Riley Craven, Benny Ertel, Joe Hicks, Dorthy Schrader, Beth Simons-Dykes, John Wes Townley