It seems the key to BK Racing’s line-up for the upcoming season is youth.
18-year-old Gray Gaulding will drive the No. 23 Toyota Camry in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
“When I first walked into the BK Racing shop I felt at home, it has the perfect mixture of corporate America and the old-school race shop feeling” said Gaulding. “Everyone was elbows deep preparing for Daytona, Atlanta, Las Vegas and the entire season. Ron Devine has invested a lot of time, effort, and equity into BK Racing and it shows as you walk the shop floor. To be back with Toyota is great, I’ve kept a great relationship with them and they’re a great technical partner. I can’t wait to get behind the wheel and represent everyone at BK Racing and our partners that allow us to be at the track.”
The Virginia native ran two XFINITY Series races and two Cup Series races last year, with a best XFINITY finish of 13th and best Cup Series finish of 37th. He previously spent two years in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, scoring one top-five and two top-10s in 13 starts.
The NASCAR Next Alumni was able to break into the top-three NASCAR divisions after having success in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. Gaulding scored his first career win at Phoenix International Speedway in 2013, to go along with 13 top-fives and 25 top-tens in a span of three years.
“I got involved with NASCAR and in ownership the middle of last year because of the opportunity to be a part of the life of a gifted young man, Gray Gaulding” said Steve Lynn, CEO of GGR Enterprises. “I am honored and pleased that he and we are now partnering with BK Racing. Ron Devine and his BK Racing team are an outstanding place for Gray to grow and learn, as he continues his rise in this wonderful sport.”
Gaulding’s first race with the team will be in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March. Gaulding joins another youthful driver, Joey Gase, who announced he’d previously run the Daytona 500 for the organization. It was also confirmed on Monday that 25-year-old Corey LaJoie will run a select number of Cup races for BK Racing, as well.
“Over the years, BK Racing has given many talented young drivers the chance to compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and make a name for themselves,” said Ron Devine, owner of BK Racing. “We see Gray Gaulding as a potential superstar in our sport.”
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