BK Racing

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BK Racing
BK Racing logo.png
Owner(s) Ron Devine
Wayne Press
Mike Wheeler
Base Charlotte, North Carolina
Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Car numbers 23, 26, 49, 73, 83, 93
Race drivers 23. Joey Gase, Corey LaJoie, Alon Day, Ryan Sieg (R)
83. Corey LaJoie, Ryan Sieg, Stephen Leicht, Brett Moffitt, Gray Gaulding, Joey Gase
Sponsors 23. Best Home Furnishings, Dr Pepper, Schluter Systems, SunFrog Shirts, Sweet Frog
83. Dustless Blasting, JAS Expedited Trucking, BK Racing Graphics, Bubba Burger, RMC Events, E. J. Wade Construction
Manufacturer Toyota
Opened 2012
Career
Debut 2012 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Latest race 2017 Ford EcoBoost 400 (Homestead)
Races competed 427
Drivers' Championships 0
Race victories 0
Pole positions 0

BK Racing is an American professional stock car racing team that currently competes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The team currently fields the No. 23 Toyota Camry full-time for part-time drivers: Joey Gase and Corey LaJoie, and the No. 83 Camry full-time for part-time drivers: Corey LaJoie, Ryan Sieg, Stephen Leicht, and Brett Moffitt.

Ownership and sponsorship[edit]

BK Racing's logo until 2015

BK Racing is owned by a couple of investors who were formerly involved in the ownership of TRG Motorsports Sprint Cup Series team, which closed after the 2011 season. Burger King franchise owner Ron Devine and tomato grower Wayne Press joined Thomas Uberall, former race director of the Red Bull Racing Team, to acquire the assets and race shop of the former Red Bull operation, which also closed after the 2011 season, for around $10 million.[1][2][3]

Like Front Row Motorsports owner Bob Jenkins, principal owner Devine's many Burger King franchises allow him to advertise the brand on the cars when there is no outside sponsor.[1][3][4][5][6] Prior to the 2012 Daytona 500, Burger King announced a "licensing agreement" with the team, authenticating the paint schemes of the 83 and 93 and the usage of the company's logos, though it is unclear whether or not the company and/or franchisee Devine funds the team. According to a 2013 Autoweek article, the partnership is limited to the licensing agreement, with Burger King not sponsoring the team.[6][7] The Burger King partnership includes the branding of Dr Pepper, a soft drink served at Burger King restaurants. Dr Pepper has appeared as the primary sponsor of the team on various occasions (typically the 93 car), and expanded to a newly renumbered 23 car for 2014 (signifying the drink's 23 flavors).[8]

In May 2014, the team expanded to three cars and added another owner and investor in Anthony Marlowe, who purchased a ten percent stake in the team.[1][3][9] Formerly a partner in the recently exited Swan Racing, Marlowe founded outsourcing company TMone, and is currently the managing partner in Iowa City Capital Partners and its subsidiary Marlowe Companies Inc.[3][10] After the 2015 season, Marlowe began the process of selling his stake in the team.[3][9]

The team used engines from Triad Racing Technologies upon inception.[2] In 2014, the team started an in-house engine program while using Triad engines on occasion.[1][11] For 2016, the team purchased equipment from the recently closed Michael Waltrip Racing, and hired several former MWR employees, with increased manufacturer support from Toyota.[3][12][13]

The team currently operates out of a facility in Charlotte, North Carolina, which housed former Cup Series team BAM Racing and was the base of GMS Racing until 2015.[14]

Car No. 23 history[edit]

Alex Bowman was signed to drive the 23 car in 2014.

What is now the 23 began as the 93, with David Reutimann driving in the 2012 Daytona 500.[15] Travis Kvapil took over the No. 93 after Daytona and the remainder of the 2012 season,[16] with the exception of one race at Darlington where Reutimann returned to the 93, while Kvapil raced a third No. 73 entry.[17][18][19] The 93 finished 28th in owner standings,[20] and Kvapil finished 27th in the drivers standings.[21] Kvapil returned to the 93 for the full 2013 season in a new blue scheme (the 83 ran a red car, the two primary colors of the Burger King logo), with Todd Anderson returning as crew chief.[22] Prior to the second Charlotte race in October, Kvapil was arrested for a domestic dispute with his wife. Kvapil was ultimately allowed to drive at Charlotte.[6] Overall, Kvapil fell back to 31st in points,[23] while the 93 slipped to 34th in owner points.[24]

For 2014, up-and-comer Ryan Truex tested the No. 93 at Daytona.[25] Truex would wind up in the 83, and fellow up-and-comer Alex Bowman (who had tested the 83) would take over the renumbered No. 23 to run for Rookie of the Year. Dr Pepper stepped up as the full-time primary sponsor of the car, the No. 23 applying to the soft drink's original 23 flavors.[8][26][27] When Truex's 83 missed the Daytona 500, his sponsor Borla Exhaust moved over to the 23, which Bowman drove to a solid 23rd-place finish in his Sprint Cup debut.[28] Houston-based Dustless Blasting came on to sponsor Bowman at Watkins Glen and the second Talladega race.[29] During July and August, BK Racing hosted an effort to field a Bitcoin-sponsored car at Atlanta with a goal of fundraising $100,000.[30] The goal was subsequently listed at $25,000,[31] but failed to raise enough money.[32] In October, DipYourCar.com, a retailer of Plasti Dip automotive finish products, signed to sponsor both the 23 and 83 cars at Martinsville and Homestead.[33] Both cars would promote the film Dumb and Dumber To at Phoenix in November, with Bowman's 23 car featuring the face of Jim Carrey's character Lloyd Christmas.[34] Bowman finished 2014 35th in the driver points,[35] while the No. 23 slipped again to 36th in the owner points.[36]

J.J. Yeley at Sonoma in 2015.

On January 27, 2015, it was announced that J. J. Yeley, who had been the interim driver of the No. 83 following Ryan Truex's release in late 2014, would be joining the team full-time. It was subsequently revealed that Yeley would be driving the No. 23, with Bowman departing for Tommy Baldwin Racing.[37] At Richmond in April, Yeley gave up his seat to teammate Jeb Burton after Burton failed to qualify his ESTES-sponsored 26 car.[11][38] In August, prior to the fall race at Darlington, it was announced that Yeley and Burton would switch rides on a permanent basis.[39] Also for Darlington, the team unveiled a retro scheme to honor Burton's father Ward, with the ESTES-sponsored Toyota replicating the Caterpillar Inc. cars Ward drove for Bill Davis Racing.[38] After making his first seven attempts in the No. 23, Burton failed to qualify at Talladega; this is the first time the No. 23 has failed to qualify. Burton would qualify for the next three races before missing the race again in the season-finale at Homestead-Miami. Burton would finish the season 38th in the driver points[40] and third in the Rookie of the Year standings,[41] while the No. 23 slipped once again to 40th in the owner points.[42]

Yeley and Burton were both released from the team at the end of 2015. On January 25, 2016, the team announced that David Ragan would take over the No. 23 full-time in 2016.[43] Ragan was sponsored by Dr Pepper outside of the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond, where he was sponsored by Sweet Frog,[44] and the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono, where he was sponsored by USA Network to promote the network's upcoming NASCAR broadcasts while NBC is airing the Summer Olympics.[45] Ragan's contract with BK was not renewed after the 2016 season.[46]

In 2017, Joey Gase joined the No. 23 Toyota Camry for three races starting at the Daytona 500.[47] Gray Gaulding was later announced as the driver of the car for the other 33 races, running for Rookie of the Year.[48][49] Gaulding will run some races in the 83. The only race he did not run was the Daytona 500, since NASCAR would not approve him due to the lack of superspeedway experience. Later in the season, Ryan Sieg joined the team at Michigan International Speedway in June, and NASCAR Whelen Euro Series driver Alon Day joined the team to make his Cup Series debut at Sonoma Raceway. In June Gray Gaulding was released from the team because of financial issues, although Gaulding returned to BK for Darlington but in the No. 83 team.

Car No. 23 results[edit]

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Owners Pts
2012 David Reutimann 93 Toyota DAY
26
DAR
36
28th 644
Travis Kvapil PHO
19
LVS
39
BRI
27
CAL
29
MAR
27
TEX
38
KAN
25
RCH
30
TAL
16
CLT
29
DOV
23
POC
26
MCH
26
SON
36
KEN
17
DAY
16
NHA
30
IND
37
POC
25
GLN
24
MCH
15
BRI
18
ATL
26
RCH
27
CHI
31
NHA
31
DOV
29
TAL
8
CLT
25
KAN
17
MAR
31
TEX
23
PHO
20
HOM
26
2013 DAY
25
PHO
29
LVS
39
BRI
38
CAL
34
MAR
39
TEX
22
KAN
36
RCH
37
TAL
38
DAR
23
CLT
40
DOV
39
POC
20
MCH
27
SON
17
KEN
42
DAY
18
NHA
38
IND
31
POC
26
GLN
40
MCH
28
BRI
16
ATL
27
RCH
28
CHI
24
NHA
28
DOV
31
KAN
26
CLT
35
TAL
19
MAR
24
TEX
32
PHO
41
HOM
37
34th 496
2014 Alex Bowman 23 DAY
23
PHO
41
LVS
37
BRI
32
CAL
22
MAR
36
TEX
32
DAR
29
RCH
28
TAL
28
KAN
35
CLT
33
DOV
40
POC
31
MCH
40
SON
29
KEN
36
DAY
13
NHA
31
IND
40
POC
31
GLN
36
MCH
26
BRI
32
ATL
35
RCH
38
CHI
35
NHA
28
DOV
34
KAN
32
CLT
30
TAL
43
MAR
29
TEX
42
PHO
32
HOM
33
36th 412
2015 J.J. Yeley DAY
40
ATL
34
LVS
36
PHO
31
CAL
37
MAR
26
TEX
43
BRI
32
RCH
QL
TAL
14
KAN
37
CLT
38
DOV
29
POC
36
MCH
38
SON
41
DAY
33
KEN
39
NHA
43
IND
39
POC
30
GLN
30
MCH
38
BRI
34
40th 302
Jeb Burton RCH
38
DAR
31
RCH
39
CHI
38
NHA
33
DOV
43
CLT
41
KAN
37
TAL
DNQ
MAR
27
TEX
32
PHO
39
HOM
DNQ
2016 David Ragan DAY
29
ATL
32
LVS
32
PHO
24
CAL
22
MAR
21
TEX
33
BRI
39
RCH
23
TAL
34
KAN
29
DOV
17
CLT
31
POC
23
MCH
22
SON
32
DAY
16
KEN
22
NHA
30
IND
37
POC
32
GLN
33
BRI
21
MCH
29
DAR
21
RCH
34
CHI
35
NHA
32
DOV
30
CLT
23
KAN
36
TAL
24
MAR
37
TEX
33
PHO
31
HOM
29
34th 455
2017 Joey Gase DAY
23
KEN
36
BRI
34
TAL
32
35th 230
Gray Gaulding ATL
37
LVS
34
PHO
36
CAL
37
MAR
29
TEX
34
BRI
29
RCH
31
TAL
20
KAN
34
CLT
27
DOV
24
POC
29
RCH
35
Ryan Sieg MCH
33
Alon Day SON
32
Corey LaJoie DAY
11
NHA
31
IND
40
POC
25
GLN
33
MCH
31
DAR
28
CHI
36
NHA
27
DOV
34
CLT
28
KAN
27
MAR
33
TEX
39
PHO
31
HOM
31
- Qualified but replaced by Jeb Burton

Car No. 26 history[edit]

On April 23, 2014, during a two-week hiatus between the spring Darlington and Richmond races, it was announced that Anthony Marlowe had acquired the No. 26 team from Swan Racing and merged his ownership with BK Racing. The 26 team's driver Cole Whitt was carried over in the transaction, with Marlowe being listed as the owner on the No. 26.[1][3][50] The team inherited Swan Racing's Speed Stick GEAR sponsorship, and the company proceeded to extend their sponsorship for six additional races starting at the Coca-Cola 600.[1][51] Additional sponsors (that were absent when Whitt and Marlowe were with Swan Racing), came on race by race, leaving only two races to be filled by Burger King logos. Scorpyd Crossbows joined the team for its first two races under the BK Banner.[52] Iowa Chop House partnered with the team at Kansas.[53] Rinnai Water Heaters came on to sponsor the team at Sonoma,[54] then returned for Atlanta Motor Speedway and Loudon.[55] Scorpion Window Film sponsored the car at Daytona in July.[56] Axxess Pharma and their TapouT Muscle Recovery brand signed on for multiple races in June, starting with the first New Hampshire race.[57] Anthony Marlowe's Iowa City Capital Partners came on to back the car at Michigan and Chicagoland. At Watkins Glen, local New York winery Bully Hill Vineyards sponsored the 26.[58] A strong road course racer, Whitt qualified a solid 18th and was running in 19th when his brakes failed entering turn 1, sending him into the distant tire barrier in an eerily similar fashion as Jimmie Johnson's notorious Busch Series crash in 2000.[59]

At Richmond in September, Standard Plumbing Company signed on to sponsor. Uponor would sponsor the fall races at Dover and Martinsville, the latter of which resulted in an 18th-place finish. Moen was on the car for the second Kansas race. At Talladega, with Bad Boy Mowers sponsoring, Whitt led his first lap in Sprint Cup competition after staying out under caution. He would go on to post his then-career-best finish of 15th in the race. Fuelxx was on the hood for the penultimate race at Phoenix, unfortunately Whitt would be caught up in a mid-race wreck after an earlier parts failure. Whitt and the No. 26 finished the season 31st in both driver and owner points.[35][36] Whitt did not return to the No. 26 for the 2015 season,[60] moving to the No. 35 at Front Row Motorsports.[61]

Jeb Burton at Sonoma in 2015.

On February 8, 2015 the team announced that former Camping World Truck Series driver Jeb Burton would be the replacement for Whitt and would compete for the series Rookie of the Year award.[62] Burton failed to qualify for the Daytona 500 after being involved in an accident during his Budweiser Duel qualifying race.[63] Burton would qualify for the next five races afterward, before failing to qualify at Texas Motor Speedway. Shortly afterward, Estes Express Lines, who had sponsored Burton at ThorSport Racing in the Truck Series, announced that they would sponsor the No. 26 beginning at Richmond.[64] When he failed to qualify at Richmond in April, Burton and Estes moved to the 23 for one race, supplanting J. J. Yeley and regular BK sponsor Maxim Fantasy Sports.[11][38] Burton failed to qualify for seven of the first 24 races in 2015, leading the team to put him in the 23 car (which was higher in owner points) for the remainder of the season beginning at Darlington. Yeley would take over the 26.[38][39] In his first race in the 26, needing to qualify on speed, Yeley was able to run 36th to make the field. He finished 34th. After Yeley ran Richmond and Chicagoland, qualifying for both races, Josh Wise stepped in for a single race at New Hampshire, due to Yeley's driving duties with JGL Racing in the Xfinity Series. Yeley returned at Dover. At Charlotte, being required to qualify on speed for the first time since Darlington, Yeley was once again able to make the field, this time in 35th place. Yeley qualified on speed at Kansas and Talladega as well, with the latter being his best start in the No. 26, at 30th place. Ultimately, the No. 26 would not miss a race in the final third of the season,[65] but still tumbled to 43rd in the owner points;[42] Yeley was ineligible for driver points in the Sprint Cup Series as he had declared for the Xfinity Series at the start of the year.[40]

Burton and Yeley were both released from BK Racing at the end of 2015. With the team reportedly only eligible for two guaranteed starting spots under a proposed revision to NASCAR's qualifying system,[66] and with Marlowe divesting himself from the team,[9] the No. 26 ceased full-time operations.

The No. 26 car returned for the 2016 Daytona 500 with Robert Richardson Jr. driving, with sponsorship from StalkIt.[13][67] After DiBenedetto raced the No. 93 in through the Can-Am Duels, Richardson was able to qualify on speed, starting 40th in the race.[13] However, he suffered an engine failure and finished 38th.

Car No. 26 results[edit]

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Owners Pts
2014 Cole Whitt* 26 Toyota DAY
28
PHO
27
LVS
36
BRI
40
CAL
18
MAR
29
TEX
31
DAR
38
RCH
41
TAL
21
KAN
28
CLT
27
DOV
27
POC
30
MCH
28
SON
27
KEN
28
DAY
34
NHA
28
IND
32
POC
21
GLN
43
MCH
25
BRI
30
ATL
30
RCH
30
CHI
30
NHA
38
DOV
30
KAN
23
CLT
28
TAL
15
MAR
18
TEX
26
PHO
42
HOM
26
31st 502
2015 Jeb Burton DAY
DNQ
ATL
35
LVS
40
PHO
34
CAL
39
MAR
29
TEX
DNQ
BRI
42
RCH
DNQ
TAL
DNQ
KAN
42
CLT
DNQ
DOV
30
POC
33
MCH
37
SON
32
DAY
36
KEN
41
NHA
41
IND
DNQ
POC
35
GLN
39
MCH
33
BRI
DNQ
43rd 252
J.J. Yeley DAR
34
RCH
34
CHI
35
DOV
35
CLT
33
KAN
42
TAL
38
MAR
29
TEX
33
PHO
29
HOM
34
Josh Wise NHA
31
2016 Robert Richardson Jr. DAY
38
ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL KAN DOV CLT POC MCH SON DAY KEN NHA IND POC GLN BRI MCH DAR RCH CHI NHA DOV CLT KAN TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 46th 3

Car No. 83 history[edit]

The No. 83 driven by David Reutimann at Richmond International Raceway in 2013

After spending the majority of the 2011 season driving Phoenix Racing's 09/51 car, former JR Motorsports driver and Hendrick test driver Landon Cassill was signed to drive the 83 car for the balance of the 2012 season.[68] Cassill drove all 36 races in the number 83, finishing 31st in driver standings while the team finished 32nd in the owners points. Cassill had 14 finishes of 25th or better, including a best finish of 18th three times.[20][21] One of these 18th-place finishes came at Kansas Speedway in October, when Cassill was involved in several incidents with then-part-time Cup driver Danica Patrick, eventually leading Patrick to attempt to wreck Cassill, though she ended up collecting severe damage herself.[69]

Cassill departed the team in January 2013 after a new deal could not be achieved for the upcoming season.[70] Cassill later sued the team and principal owner Ron Devine for unpaid winnings and salary in excess of $205,000, in addition to Cassill's claim that he was misinformed about his employment status with the team until January 16 of that year. Meanwhile, owner Devine stated that Cassill's demands to be the team's number-one driver led contract negotiations to go sour, while claiming teammates Travis Kvapil and David Reutimann were content with sharing two rides among three drivers. Cassill ultimately signed with Hillman-Circle Sport LLC to be their primary driver.[3][71][72]

For 2013, David Reutimann, who had driven the number 73 for BK Racing in select races during the 2012 season (when Danica Patrick was driving the 10), replaced Cassill in the red No. 83 for the 2013 season with Pat Tryson as the team's crew chief.[22][73] The 83 dropped to 36th in the owner points,[24] while Reutimann finished 33rd in driver points,[23] the lowest ranked driver to run all 36 races. Reutimann and the team mutually parted ways after the season.[74]

2013 Nationwide ROTY runner-up Alex Bowman tested the No. 83 at Daytona testing in January 2014.[25] Bowman moved over to the new 23 team, while former MWR and JGR development driver Ryan Truex was signed to drive the 83 during the 2014 season and run for Rookie of the Year.[26] In January, California-based Borla Exhaust was signed to a five race sponsorship, sporting a unique black paint scheme with flame-emitting exhaust pipes adorning the sides of the car.[75] The flames were retained even in races where usual sponsor Burger King was on the car. VooDoo BBQ & Grill returned to the team for the spring races at Richmond and Talladega.[76] Truex's rookie season was a struggle, as he missed three races including the Daytona 500 and was marred by crashes and mechanical failures that led to 8 DNFs.[77] When running, the 83 was often the slowest of the three BK cars, with an average finish of 36.3.[78] The high point of his season was at Richmond, where qualifying was cancelled and Truex started 8th based on practice speeds, though he would finish 31st. Truex was taken to the hospital after a hard practice crash at Michigan in August.[79] J.J. Yeley replaced Truex in the race, finishing 30th.[80] At New Hampshire in September, Truex was entered in the race, but was pulled from the car on the Friday prior to the race, with the team not citing a reason for the driver change. Former BK driver Travis Kvapil, scheduled to drive the No. 93, was moved into the 83 for the race.[81] Prior to the Dover race the following weekend, several reports surfaced that Truex had been dismissed from the ride after his name was once again left off the entry list, and Truex ultimately parted ways with the team.[78] Chatter from within the team stated that Truex was giving unsatisfactory feedback to the team, while Nick DeGroot of Motorsport.com tweeted that the team owed Truex "a good amount of money."[82][83]

Owner Ron Devine stated that Truex's release was an attempt "to put a little more seniority in the car,"[78] with Kvapil running the 83 again at Dover. Yeley stepped back in starting at Kansas, running the rest of the season in the 83. In October, DipYourCar.com, a retailer of Plasti Dip automotive finish products, signed to sponsor both the 23 and 83 cars at Martinsville and Homestead.[33] The two cars would promote the Dumb and Dumber To film at Phoenix in November; Yeley's 83 car featured the face of Jeff Daniels' Harry Dunne character, and Yeley sported a firesuit mocked up as a powder-blue dress suit.[34] The 83 would end the season 41st in owner points, lowest among cars that attempted every race in 2014.[36] Truex's partial season resulted in a driver rank of 39th.[35]

Matt DiBenedetto at New Hampshire in July 2015.

In February 2015, the team announced that Camping World Truck Series driver Johnny Sauter would attempt the Daytona 500 in the car, with Doug Richert as crew chief.[84][85] It was later revealed that Sauter would run a select number of races that don't interfere with his truck schedule. Former Joe Gibbs Racing development driver Matt DiBenedetto signed to drive the car beginning at Atlanta.[63] Dustless Blasting, which sponsored the 23 car in two races in 2014, would return for all four restrictor plate races including the Daytona 500, as well as the spring Bristol and Charlotte races.[84] DiBenedetto missed his first two attempts at Atlanta and Las Vegas, making his series debut at Phoenix finishing 35th. DiBenedetto ran solid at Bristol in April, qualifying 22nd and finishing 21st.[86] Ultimately, Sauter did not return to the team; DiBenedetto would later apply for Rookie of the Year contention, and ran in the car every week from Atlanta to Homestead. In 33 starts, he had an average finish of 32nd,[13] finishing 35th in driver points[40] and second to Brett Moffitt for Rookie of the Year.[41] The No. 83 rebounded to 37th in the owner points.[42]

DiBenedetto returned to BK Racing full-time in 2016 with sponsors Dustless Blasting and Cosmo Motors returning. For the Daytona 500, Michael Waltrip drove the car with sponsorship from Maxwell House.[12][66] DiBenedetto scored the team's best finish to date at Bristol Motor Speedway in April, finishing sixth;[87] the finish was BK's first top ten since Kvapil's eighth-place run in the 2012 Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 at Talladega.[88] For the following race at Richmond, DiBenedetto acquired sponsorship from E. J. Wade Construction.[89] Dylan Lupton drove the No. 83 at the Richmond fall race,[90] while Jeffrey Earnhardt drove at the Talladega fall race with sponsorship from Starter Clothing Line.[91] Earnhardt drove the car against the AAA Texas 500 in place of DiBenedetto, who suffered a concussion in the previous day's Xfinity Series race.[92] DiBenedetto parted ways with BK Racing after the 2016 season.[93] Corey LaJoie joined the team in late January to run a part-time schedule.[94] Gray Gaulding will drive the car in at least two races, when Joey Gase occupies his usual ride in the No. 23.[48] Ryan Sieg joined the team at Dover International Speedway to attempt his Cup Series debut. He finished 26th. The No. 83 team skipped Sonoma and planned to return at Daytona. Sieg made another start with them in the 83 and for the next three races (four until they withdrew at Indy). Stephen Leicht drove the car at the second Pocono race.[95] Joey Gase drove the car at the final race in Miami.

Car No. 83 results[edit]

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Owners Pts
2012 Landon Cassill 83 Toyota DAY
22
PHO
35
LVS
36
BRI
29
CAL
36
MAR
29
TEX
30
KAN
34
RCH
20
TAL
34
DAR
26
CLT
18
DOV
38
POC
43
MCH
18
SON
31
KEN
25
DAY
32
NHA
29
IND
25
POC
26
GLN
23
MCH
25
BRI
24
ATL
20
RCH
19
CHI
29
NHA
27
DOV
36
TAL
30
CLT
26
KAN
18
MAR
19
TEX
26
PHO
25
HOM
27
32nd 598
2013 David Reutimann DAY
16
PHO
25
LVS
34
BRI
39
CAL
33
MAR
38
TEX
24
KAN
28
RCH
22
TAL
41
DAR
36
CLT
21
DOV
26
POC
32
MCH
32
SON
26
KEN
27
DAY
30
NHA
28
IND
29
POC
31
GLN
43
MCH
37
BRI
29
ATL
32
RCH
32
CHI
36
NHA
26
DOV
28
KAN
37
CLT
26
TAL
40
MAR
37
TEX
28
PHO
39
HOM
31
36th 465
2014 Ryan Truex DAY
DNQ
PHO
35
LVS
35
BRI
42
CAL
31
MAR
30
TEX
DNQ
DAR
40
RCH
31
TAL
31
KAN
43
CLT
38
DOV
32
POC
32
MCH
DNQ
SON
41
KEN
33
DAY
32
NHA
36
IND
41
POC
20
GLN
39
MCH
INQ
BRI
37
ATL
36
RCH
42
CHI
42
41st 287
J.J. Yeley MCH
30
KAN
29
CLT
38
TAL
42
MAR
39
TEX
31
PHO
30
HOM
37
Travis Kvapil NHA
32
DOV
38
2015 Johnny Sauter DAY
19
37th 434
Matt DiBenedetto ATL
DNQ
LVS
DNQ
PHO
35
CAL
42
MAR
31
TEX
34
BRI
21
RCH
37
TAL
18
KAN
25
CLT
34
DOV
32
POC
32
MCH
39
SON
29
DAY
26
KEN
42
NHA
35
IND
32
POC
29
GLN
26
MCH
30
BRI
33
DAR
25
RCH
36
CHI
39
NHA
30
DOV
34
CLT
29
KAN
30
TAL
40
MAR
30
TEX
35
PHO
28
HOM
37
2016 Michael Waltrip DAY
30
35th 406
Matt DiBenedetto ATL
29
LVS
31
PHO
20
CAL
27
MAR
29
TEX
34
BRI
6
RCH
30
TAL
36
KAN
30
DOV
40
CLT
32
POC
40
MCH
34
SON
31
DAY
33
KEN
38
NHA
31
IND
40
POC
28
GLN
34
BRI
17
MCH
32
DAR
26
CHI
30
NHA
28
DOV
27
CLT
25
KAN
24
TEX
INQ
PHO
25
Dylan Lupton RCH
25
MAR
31
Jeffrey Earnhardt TAL
34
TEX
34
HOM
31
2017 Corey LaJoie DAY
24
ATL
34
LVS
39
PHO
38
CAL
30
MAR
28
TEX
32
BRI
24
RCH
32
TAL
27
KAN
27
CLT
32
POC
28
MCH
30
SON BRI
28
RCH
29
36th 211
Ryan Sieg DOV
26
DAY
40
KEN
27
NHA
32
IND
Stephen Leicht POC
32
Brett Moffitt GLN
32
MCH
32
CHI
37
NHA
32
DOV
33
CLT
39
KAN
31
Gray Gaulding DAR
36
TAL
9
MAR
31
TEX
40
PHO
Joey Gase HOM
39
- Qualified but replaced by J. J. Yeley. - Qualified but replaced by Jeffrey Earnhardt

Car No. 93 history[edit]

The current No. 93 team began as BK's third car, a part-time entry numbered 73. At the 2012 Bojangles' Southern 500, David Reutimann drove the No. 93 car with his regular ride at Tommy Baldwin Racing being occupied by Danica Patrick. The team fielded the additional No. 73 car for full-time driver Travis Kvapil, qualifying 33rd and finishing 32nd. On May 21, 2012, BK Racing announced that they would run Reutimann in the No. 73 in the eight remaining races he was not scheduled to drive the No. 10 for TBR, beginning at the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte.[96] The No. 73, however, failed to make the 600. Reutimann later decided to take further weekends off that he was not driving for Tommy Baldwin, and the No. 73 was not run for the rest of the year.[73]

The team announced that this team would return on a part-time basis in 2014, bearing the No. 93 due to the team's previous No. 93 changing to No. 23.[26] The car was driven by Morgan Shepherd for the 2014 Daytona 500 in collaboration with Pat MacDonald, with sponsorship from the Support Military Foundation.[97][98] However, Shepherd failed to qualify.[99] Though the team had already expanded to three full-time cars with the addition of the No. 26, the No. 93 returned later in the year as a fourth BK car. Veteran Mike Bliss drove at both Kentucky and Loudon with Dr Pepper on the car.[100] Johnny Sauter then drove the car with Dr Pepper at Pocono in August, and J. J. Yeley drove a Burger King-branded No. 93 at Richmond in September. At Loudon in September, Travis Kvapil was scheduled to return to BK's No. 93, but moved over to the No. 83 and was replaced with Clay Rogers,[81][101] with Iowa City Capital Partners appearing on the car. Rogers returned to the car again at Martinsville, this time with Burger King decals. Except for the Daytona 500, the part-time car was a start-and-park ride used to fill the sponsorship gaps on the other three cars.[101] Since the team failed to qualify in its first attempt and its next three appearances were late-entries, the team had no owner points prior to Richmond in September.[102]

For 2015, it was planned that Sprint Cup Series rookie Matt DiBenedetto would race the 93 car part-time, driving the 93 in races that Camping World Truck Series driver Johnny Sauter drove in the 83. However, after Sauter only ran the Daytona 500, DiBenedetto took over the 83 full-time; the 93 did not run in 2015. For the 2016 Daytona 500, DiBenedetto drove the car due to Michael Waltrip driving the 83, with sponsorship from Dustless Blasting.[103] The team also utilized an engine from Toyota Racing Development.[13] DiBenedetto qualified for the race on speed,[104] but crashed with Chris Buescher just before the halfway point of the race, finishing last. Starting at Richmond in April, the 93 car would return for multiple races with Ryan Ellis driving and sponsorship from Science Logic.[105] Dylan Lupton joined the team in the 93 at Sonoma.[106] DiBenedetto returned to the 93 at the fall Richmond race.[90] At the Ford EcoBoost 400, the car was renumbered to No. 49 to promote NASCAR Heat Evolution's $49.99 price.[107]

Car No. 93 results[edit]

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Owners Pts
2012 Travis Kvapil 73 Toyota DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL MAR TEX KAN RCH TAL DAR
321
58th 0
David Reutimann CLT
DNQ
DOV POC MCH SON KEN DAY NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI ATL RCH CHI NHA DOV TAL CLT KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM
2014 Morgan Shepherd 93 DAY
DNQ
PHO LVS BRI CAL MAR TEX DAR RCH TAL KAN CLT DOV POC MCH SON 51st 3
Mike Bliss KEN
411
DAY NHA
431
IND
Johnny Sauter POC
431
GLN MCH BRI ATL
J.J. Yeley RCH
43
CHI
Clay Rogers NHA
43
DOV KAN CLT TAL MAR
43
TEX PHO HOM
2016 Matt DiBenedetto DAY
40
ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH
37
CHI NHA DOV CLT KAN TAL
27
MAR
32
41st 55
Ryan Ellis RCH
37
TAL KAN DOV CLT POC MCH IND
32
POC GLN BRI MCH DAR TEX
38
PHO
Dylan Lupton SON
35
DAY KEN NHA
Matt DiBenedetto 49 HOM
27
1 Post-Entry. Driver and Owner scored no points


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