Koch at Road America in 2017
|Born||August 7, 1985|
West Palm Beach, Florida
|Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career|
|6 races run over 2 years|
|Best finish||67th (2014)|
|First race||2013 Bank of America 500 (Charlotte)|
|Last race||2014 Ford EcoBoost 400 (Homestead)|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|213 races run over 8 years|
|Best finish||7th (2016)|
|First race||2009 Kroger On Track for the Cure 250 (Memphis)|
|Last race||2017 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)|
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career|
|10 races run over 3 years|
|Best finish||100th (2012)|
|First race||2012 American Ethanol 225 (Joilet)|
|Last race||2014 WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 (Texas)|
|Statistics current as of November 18, 2017.|
Blake Koch (born August 7, 1985) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He last drove full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 11 Chevrolet Camaro for Kaulig Racing. Koch is also a businessman. He is the founder of FilterTime, a residential air filter company that delivers the filters to consumer's homes on a regular basis.
Koch began his racing career at the age of 22 after he graduated from college with an associate degree in Marketing and Business Degree at Northwood University. Prior to racing on 4 wheels, Koch raced on 2 wheels and was considered one of the top 20 motorcross riders in the state of Florida. Koch raced 8 years until the end of 2008 when he made the transition to NASCAR. In 2009, he started racing in the NASCAR Camping World West Series. He finished 8th in the final point standings and finished runner up in the Rookie of the Year standings. In 2011, he made his 1st Nationwide Series race at Phoenix and finished 17th and on the lead lap. He earned 4 top 20 finishes in 2011 and finished 18th in the final point standings.
Koch planned to compete for Rick Ware Racing in the 2012 Nationwide Series driving the No. 41. Partway through the season Koch was switched to the No. 15 when Timmy Hill returned to Nationwide competition, and soon afterwards was forced to switch to a limited schedule due to a lack of sponsorship. Koch lost the sponsor after the accompanying ESPN ad campaign was denied for "political and religious overtones".
For 2013, Koch could not find a full-time ride, and was forced to start-and-park for SR² Motorsports, for which he had driven a limited start-and-park schedule late in 2012. Koch ran most of the season in the team's No. 24 and No. 00 Toyotas. The team ran full races on occasion. In October, he made his debut in the Sprint Cup Series, driving for Leavine Family Racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
However, again unable to find a full-time ride, Koch moved to TriStar Motorsports for the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, for the most part running the team's start-and-park entries which help fund TriStar's full-time teams. He also signed with Front Row Motorsports to drive the No. 35 Ford in the Sprint Cup Series for a limited schedule of races. He also ran a handful of races for Go FAS Racing as well.
In 2015, Koch was finally given a full-time ride by TriStar Motorsports for the full Xfinity Series (formerly Nationwide Series) in the No. 8 Toyota with LeafFilter Gutter Protection as a primary sponsor. Koch was leading with 6 laps to go in Road America when the battery died, resulting in a 20th-place finish. After the race Koch described the race as the closest he had come to winning in his entire career.
In 2016, LeafFilter owner Matt Kaulig left TriStar to start his own team, Kaulig Racing, with an alliance with Richard Childress Racing. Koch came over as well, running the full season in the No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet. Koch finished 9th at the season opener at Daytona, his first top-ten of his career. Koch went on to have the best season of his career, scoring five top-10s and qualifying for the inaugural Xfinity Series playoffs. Koch would finish 7th in points, by far his best career NASCAR performance.
In 2017, Koch returned to Kaulig Racing for another full-time Xfinity Series season with LeafFilter.
On January 9, 2018, it was announced that Ryan Truex would take over Koch's No. 11 ride. Koch knew in the later stages of December that LeafFilter would not return in a large role and that he needed to find sponsorship to stay with the team. Kaulig has stated that he would like to retain Koch in a second car dependent on sponsorship. Koch has stated that he has been contacted by teams in all three of NASCAR's national series and that he would be content with a full or part-time ride in any of those series.
Koch is a Christian. Koch has spoken about his faith saying, "[God has] given me this platform that people listen to me and I feel like I have a great opportunity to tell people about Jesus through that."
Koch appeared in a commercial for the voting awareness organization Rise Up and Register; however, it was rejected by ESPN due to "religious and political overtones"; despite there being no religious messages in the commercial. ESPN later issued a statement saying, "Koch’s personal religious beliefs played no role in our evaluation."
Koch is the founder and owner of FilterTime, a residential air filter delivery service. The business was founded in 2017 after losing his ride with Kaulig Racing, formed for the purpose of funding his racing career.
Motorsports career results
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Sprint Cup Series
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series results|
|2013||Leavine Family Racing||95||Ford||DAY||PHO||LVS||BRI||CAL||MAR||TEX||KAN||RCH||TAL||DAR||CLT||DOV||POC||MCH||SON||KEN||DAY||NHA||IND||POC||GLN||MCH||BRI||ATL||RCH||CHI||NHA||DOV||KAN||CLT
|2014||Front Row Motorsports||35||Ford||DAY||PHO
|Go FAS Racing||32||Ford||CLT
Camping World Truck Series
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results|
|2014||SS-Green Light Racing||07||Chevy||DAY||MAR||KAN||CLT
|† - Qualified for Clay Greenfield|
K&N Pro Series West
ARCA Racing Series
* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points
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- Knight, Chris (May 13, 2014). "Blake Koch Joins Go FAS Racing For Three Races; Return Set For Travis Kvapil". Catchfence.com. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
- Report, Staff (2015-05-02). "NNS: Koch Picks Up Primary Sponsor". NASCAR. Retrieved 2015-02-17.
- "KAULIG RACING™ INC. TO JOIN NASCAR XFINITY SERIES IN 2016". Kaulig Racing. January 20, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
- "Ryan Truex replaces Blake Koch at Kaulig Racing". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-01-14.
- "NXS: Blake Koch Out at Kaulig Racing, Remaining Positive for the Future – Rubbings Racing". rubbingsracing.com. Retrieved 2018-01-14.
- "10 things we know about what Blake Koch is about to do every now and then". www.theoverseascharlottean.com. Retrieved 2018-01-14.
- "God, Grace, and the Roar of Thunder".
- Diamond Joe's Media Rantz. "ESPN Blocks The Vote, Rejects NASCAR Driver's Ad Allegedly Due To "Religious Overtones"". Sportsrantz.com. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
- Gluck, Jeff (March 29, 2012). "ESPN Declines To Air NASCAR Sponsor Commercial Due To 'Advocacy'". SBNation. Vox Media. Retrieved 2013-10-11.
- Pockrass, Bob (March 29, 2012). "Nationwide driver loses sponsor after ESPN rejects commercial". Sporting News. Retrieved 2013-10-11.
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