BK Racing ready to run with Bowman, Ryan Truex
It’s a fresh start for BK Racing in 2014.
Alex Bowman, who finished his rookie season 11th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with RAB Racing, will make his Sprint Cup debut Feb. 23 in the No. 23 Dr. Pepper Toyota at Daytona International Speedway. The 20-year-old Tucson, Ariz., native ran a combination of K&N Tour Series races prior to competing in NNS but has been most successful in ARCA, where he won six races in 2011 and 2012. The car’s change from No. 93 signifies the 23 flavors in Dr. Pepper.
The second seat will be filled by two-time K&N Pro Series East champion Ryan Truex. The 21-year-old brother of Martin Truex Jr. has competed in NASCAR’s top three touring divisions. He made his Sprint Cup debut with Phoenix Racing last August at Bristol. His best result was a 32nd-place finish in September at Dover. Truex will drive the No. 83 Toyota. His sponsor for Daytona will be Borla Exhausts.
Truex, who signed as a development driver with Richard Petty Motorsports last summer, remains under contract with RPM but has the team’s consent to drive for BKR. Both drivers will also be eligible for the Cup rookie of the year contests.
"Driving in the Sprint Cup Series has been a goal since I started racing, and to start this next chapter with BK Racing makes it extra special," said Truex. "I am very excited for this opportunity."
Both drivers tested with BK Racing earlier this month at Daytona. Bowman also tested for the team in December at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Veteran team engineer Dave Winston will be Bowman’s crew chief. Dale Ferguson, who was crew chief on the No. 93 for the second half of the 2013 season, will continue in that role with Truex.
"This is an extremely good opportunity for me," said Bowman. "Ron (Devine) and I first started talking about the possibilities months ago. I’m happy to be a part of this organization."
This marks BKR’s third season in NASCAR. The organization made its debut in 2012 at Daytona with Travis Kvapil, Landon Cassill and David Reutimann, who ran a second race for BKR at Darlington. That fall, Kvapil posted the organization’s first top 10, when he finished eighth at Talladega. Last season, Kvapil and Reutimann competed full-time for BKR and finished 31st and 33rd, respectively, in points.
On Jan. 6, Reutimann mutually agreed to part ways with BKR. Kvapil’s status with the team remains in limbo pending his domestic violence court case, which has been continued to Feb. 28.