BKR announced the rest of its driver lineup details for this season on Sunday in Charlotte, N.C.
Cindric will be behind the wheel of the No. 19 Ford F-150 and will have Doug Randolph on top of his pit box as crew chief. Cindric has made six career NCWTS starts with a career best finish of 14th coming at Phoenix International Raceway in November 2015.
Randolph has spent the last five seasons with Brad Keselowski Racing, leading eight drivers to six wins, 43 top-fives and 72 top-10s in 116 starts. Randolph spent the last two years working with Tyler Reddick, including a runner-up finish in points in 2015.
“This is a massive opportunity from Brad and everyone at BKR who trusts me and believes in my abilities as a driver to move on to the next level for a full season,” said Cindric. “2017 gets more and more exciting for me with every day that goes by. I’ve only done a handful of one-off races in my brief stock car career, so I’m really looking forward to having the same guys by my side week in and week out. I’ve spent a lot of time at the shop the last few weeks and I know everyone is really excited to get back racing.”
Briscoe will be behind the wheel of the No. 29 Ford with two-time champion crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. serving as crew chief. Briscoe will make his series debut at Daytona next month but is no stranger to big time Stock Car Racing as he won the ARCA Series championship just last season.
Hillman Jr. has 10 years of experience under his belt in the Camping World Truck Series, posting 20 wins, 93 top-fives and 132 top-10s in 235 starts. He spent the past two years at Richard Childress Racing, leading Brandon Jones to a 10th place finish in the XFINITY Series Standings last year.
“It’s is an absolutely huge opportunity and such an honor to drive for Brad,” said Briscoe. “The competition level in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is so high, but I’m going to be in the best equipment out there. It’s really cool to once again be working with the Keselowski family. When I moved to North Carolina three years ago, I was helping Brian and Bob in their shop, so things have come full circle. I’m truly blessed with this opportunity, and I hope to make the most of it. At the end of the day, it’s all about winning races and championships, and that’s what I plan to do.”
“We’re very fortunate to have partners like Cooper Standard and Horizon Global, with brands like Draw-Tite, Reese and Bulldog, that make it possible to give two young drivers an opportunity. And that’s something I’m very proud of,” team owner Brad Keselowski said. “Austin Cindric has already had success in various forms of racing, and has shown a lot of potential in our Ford F-150 race trucks. I certainly believe that Chase is ready to take the next step in his career, and we’re excited to have him join the BKR family. He won the ARCA championship in his first full-time season, and he’s proven to have the ability to learn quickly and win races. We’re pleased to give both Austin and Chase the opportunity to compete full-time at a high level in NASCAR.”
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