BK Racing announced its driver lineup for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Alex Bowman will drive the No. 23 Toyota and Ryan Truex will drive the No. 83 Toyota. Both drivers drove for BK Racing in the Preseason Thunder testing at Daytona and Bowman also drove in the test in December at Charlotte.
The No. 23 will use the owner points that the No. 93 accumulated last season. The number change is due to trying to better align with the original 23 flavors of Dr Pepper which is one of the team's sponsors. The team plans to use the No. 93 car as the team's third car in select races but did not announce a driver.
"Alex and Ryan have always impressed me," team owner Ron Devine said in a release from the team. "Both take care of their cars and have shown speed at every level they have competed in. With their abilities, we feel they can both excel in our equipment. As a team we are very excited, and their abilities to work with everyone here at BK Racing will be important."
Bowman will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut in the Daytona 500. The 20-year-old from Tucson, Arizona drove all but the season finale last year for RAB Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. He earned two poles and six top 10's and finished 11th in the points. In 2012 he won four times in the ARCA Racing Series and finished fourth in the points.
??"This is an extremely good opportunity for me," Bowman said in the team's release. "Ron (Devine) and I first started talking about the possibilities months ago. I'm happy to be a part of this organization."
Ryan Truex, is the 21-year-old, younger brother of Sprint Cup driver Martin Truex Jr. Truex made his first three Cup starts during 2013 for Phoenix Racing and had a best finish of 32nd. He won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship in the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He has made 35 career starts in the Nationwide Series and has scored one pole and nine top 10's. He also has made three career Camping World Truck Series starts.
"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," Truex said in the release from the team. "I am very excited for this opportunity."
David Reutimann was the driver of the No. 83 car for the team in 2013 and finished 33rd in points. The team announced they parted ways with him earlier in January. Travis Kvapil drove the No. 93 for the team in 2013 and finished 31st in points. He had his case stemming from his October domestic violence charge and false imprisonment delayed until February 28th according to Bob Pockrass of Sporting News. No word on whether he has other plans lined up for 2014 or if he still could race some for BK Racing.
BK Racing has turned to a youth movement in its third full season of Sprint Cup Series competition. Bowman and Truex will both compete in what is a very deep field for the 2014 Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year. They join Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, Parker Kligerman, Cole Whitt, Michael Annett and most likely Justin Allgaier in the class of 2014.
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