BK Racing is hopeful a youthful presence can breathe some new life into its organization in 2014. BK Racing announced Monday afternoon the signing of rookie drivers Alex Bowman, and Ryan Truex. Both drivers participated in NASCAR preseason thunder down in Daytona last week in an effort to audition for the vacancies left by veteran drivers David Reutimann, and Travis Kvapil.
BK Racing announced earlier this month they would be parting ways with Reutimann effective immediately after two less than satisfactory seasons which produced finishes of 34th & 33rd in the standings respectively. Travis Kvapil’s future with the organization appeared murky since last fall when he was charged with misdemeanor assault.
Bowman and Truex will both compete for NASCAR Sprint cup series ROTY honors joining a crowded rookie class featuring front runners Austin Dillon and Kyle Larson to name a few.
Bowman’s coming off a spectacular rookie season in the NNS where he finished 11th in the final standings for RAB Racing. Bowman will pilot the newly numbered 23 Toyota Camry in honor of associate sponsor Dr. Pepper’s 23 original flavors. Dave Winston will serve as the team’s crew chief taking over from Dale Ferguson who moves on to the #83 team with Ryan Truex.
Ryan Truex the younger brother of NSCS driver Martin Truex Jr, finally gets his opportunity at a full time ride. Truex has spent the last couple of season as a part time driver in both the NNS and NCWTS. Ryan qualified for three NSCS races with Phoenix racing last season prior to his involvement with BK Racing. Most recently Truex was signed to a development contract with Richard Petty Motorsports, but never competed in a race on any level for the organization.
Prior to finalizing their driver lineup for 2014, BK Racing completed a deal with Borla Exhaust to serve as primary sponsor for both cars in the Daytona 500. The team may also run a third car using the #93 at some point in the season.
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