BK Racing shifts staff for 2013 season
January 22, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Reutimann to drive full-time in Spint Cup with crew chief Pat Tryson
On top of becoming comfortable with the new Generation-6 race car, BK Racing team members are also adapting to staffing changes throughout the organization this season.
David Reutimann, who drove in two races for BK Racing last year and did not qualify for a third, will drive full-time in the team's No. 83 Toyota. In his last full Sprint Cup season, Reutimann had three top-10 finishes with Michael Waltrip Racing. He also has two Sprint Cup wins, both with Rodney Childers as crew chief. Under the BK Racing team, Reutimann's crew chief will be Pat Tryson, who has eight trips to Victory Lane.
Travis Kvapil will return to race in the No. 93 Burger King Toyota Camry this year. Kvapil finished the 2012 season with one one top-10 finish in the Sprint Cup Series, placing eighth at Talladega. While Todd Anderson will return as his crew chief for a second year, the team will still see some changes in the garage with additional oversight.
"I feel good about the additions we’ve made to this team in the off-season."
-- Ron Devine, owner of BK Racing
Already announced is the transition of Mike Ford to director of competition. The veteran crew chief, who worked with Denny Hamlin for six seasons, will oversee the shop and race-prep activities of BK Racing’s two Sprint Cup entries.
Harry McMullen will remain in his role as the team’s general manager, a position he’s held since the team started in January 2012. This year, he'll see additional support on day-to-day operations from new hire Rick Carpenter, who will be the assistant general manager. Carpenter comes most recently from Tri Star Motorsports, and formerly Rusty Wallace Racing, holding the position of general manager at both teams.
"The hiring of Mike Ford as our Director of Competition to work with a veteran like Harry McMullen really strengthens what BK Racing needs to move forward in this sport," Ron Devine, owner of BK Racing, said.
Doug Richert, who most recently worked with Landon Cassill, will move into a leadership role on the team as supervisor to the crew chiefs, overseeing their efforts at the shop and during race days.
“I feel good about the additions we’ve made to this team in the offseason,” Devine said. “We’ve brought winning and experienced management on board to guide us in the right direction."
According to Devine, there may be more changes coming for the team.
“We still have a few other things to announce in the near future," he said. "But the good part is we are building a team to go racing and be successful in all aspects of our team."