Sunrise Ford Racing

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Sunrise Ford Racing
Sunrise Ford logo.png
Owner(s)Bob Bruncati
BaseFontana, California
SeriesARCA Menards Series West
Race drivers6. Trevor Huddleston
9. Blaine Perkins
SponsorsSunrise Ford
ManufacturerFord
Opened2000
Career
DebutARCA Menards Series West:
2006
Drivers' Championships2009, 2013, 2018

Sunrise Ford Racing (SFR), sometimes referred to as Bob Bruncati Racing,[1] is an American professional stock car racing team that currently competes full-time in the ARCA Menards Series West. It is a subsidiary of the Sunrise Ford dealership network based in North Hollywood and Fontana, California. The team currently fields the No. 6 Ford Fusion for Trevor Huddleston and the No. 9 Ford for Blaine Perkins.

History[edit]

The team was formed by Bob Bruncati in 2000 to allow his sons to race at the Irwindale Event Center.[2]

ARCA Menards Series West[edit]

SFR moved to the West Series in 2006 as a way to stay involved in racing and to promote Sunrise Ford dealerships on a wider scale.[3] Over the course of their time in the series, the team has won three series championships. Jason Bowles won the title in 2009 and Derek Thorn in 2013 and 2018. All three of Sunrise Ford's titles came with their No. 6 car. In 2020, the team formed a driver development program with Stewart-Haas Racing.[4]

Car No. 6 history[edit]

Derek Thorn drove the No. 6 car to two championships in 2013 and 2018. Here, he is seen driving at Sonoma in 2018.

Originally operating as car No. 22, Jason Bowles drove the car for SFR's first three full-time seasons, winning Rookie of the Year in 2007 and the series championship in 2009.[5] Luis Martinez Jr. drove the entry in 2010, earning Rookie of the Year honors.[5] He returned to the seat in 2011.[6]

Derek Thorn drove Sunrise's main No. 6 in 2012 and 2013, winning the drivers' championship in his second year.[7] James Bickford replaced Thorn for the following season, and won races at Stateline Speedway in both 2014 and 2015.[8] Cole Rouse then drove the No. 6 in 2016.[9] He was then replaced by Julia Landauer for 2017.[10]

Thorn returned to Sunrise's No. 6 in 2018, and won Sunrise's third championship.[11] Jagger Jones drove the No. 6 for 2019, winning one race and earning Rookie of the Year honors.[12] Trevor Huddleston took over the No. 6 entry in 2020.[13]

Car No. 9 history[edit]

Trevor Huddleston drove the car full-time in 2019. Here, he is seen driving at Sonoma that year.

In his lone West Series season, Austin Dyne won Rookie of the Year driving the No. 9 car in 2012.[5] The No. 9 was driven by Dylan Lupton for 2013 and 2014. He got two wins, the first at Evergreen Speedway in 2013, and Kern County in 2014. Lupton also claimed West Series Rookie of the Year in 2013.[5] For the next two years, Ryan Partridge drove the No. 9, notching four wins. For 2017, the No. 9 was a full-time team; Zane Smith drove the opening race, and after an offer from team owner Bob Bruncati, Michael Self drove the car in the rest of the events.[14] Partridge, returning to the seat, finished second in the 2018 point standings behind teammate Derek Thorn.[11] He then was replaced by Trevor Huddleston who drove the No. 9 for 2019. Clinton Cram served as crew chief in 2019.[15] Blaine Perkins drove the car in 2020.[13]

Car No. 22 history[edit]

Trevor Huddleston drove the car full-time in 2018. Here, he is seen driving at Sonoma that year.

2016 was the first year the team's third entry raced. Trevor Huddleston and James Bruncati each ran one race in the car.[16] In 2017, the car was also used as an occasional entry, this time for Thorn.[17] For 2018, Huddleston returned to the No. 22 for a full season.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Souza, Kyle (25 September 2018). "Pit Box: Bob Bruncati Racing Drivers Lead K&N Pro West To Meridian". NASCAR Home Tracks. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved 10 March 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Page, Scott (12 January 2019). "Jeff Gordon, Mike Bliss, Rick Mears among 12 finalists for West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame's 2019 Class". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 10 March 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Kurylko, Diana T. (22 May 2017). "For dealer Bruncati, winning doesn't come cheap". Automotive News. Retrieved 8 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Sunrise Ford Names Their Drivers for 2020 ARCA West Season". Speed51. 29 January 2020. Retrieved 29 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b c d "Bruncati Racing". Jeff Andretti Motorsports. Retrieved 8 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Car number 6 in the 2011 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season". Racing Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved 8 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Broussal, Jeanie (9 November 2013). "Lakeport driver Thorn snags K&N Pro Series West title". Napa Valley Register. Retrieved 8 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Broussal, Jeanie (15 July 2015). "Napa's Bickford wins again at Stateline". Napa Valley Register. Retrieved 8 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Cole Rouse Joins Sunrise Ford Racing in 2016". Speedway Digest. Spire Sports + Entertainment. 15 February 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Julia Landauer Joins Sunrise Ford Racing". Speed Sport. 5 January 2017. Retrieved 8 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ a b Souza, Kyle (28 October 2018). "Derek Thorn Marches To Second K&N Pro West Championship". NASCAR Home Tracks. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved 8 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Bonkowski, Jerry (13 November 2019). "Jagger Jones earns K&N West Rookie of the Year honors". NASCAR on NBC. NBC Sports. Retrieved 8 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ a b Seelman, Jacob (30 January 2020). "Huddleston & Perkins Confirmed At Sunrise Ford". Speed Sport. Retrieved 8 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Michael Self Makes Most of Opportunity for Sunrise Ford Team in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West". K&N Filters. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 8 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ Segal, Davey (6 September 2019). "Behind Sam Hunt's resilient NASCAR journey to stay on track". Autoweek. Retrieved 11 May 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "Car number 22 in the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season". Racing Reference. Retrieved 8 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ "Car number 22 in the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season". Racing Reference. Retrieved 8 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ Segal, Davey (8 August 2018). "Trevor Huddleston Looking to Gain Experience, Learn From Teammates". NASCAR Home Tracks. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved 8 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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