HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (May 9, 2016) – David Ragan, driver of the No. 23 Dr Pepper Toyota Camry, finished in the 29th position in
Saturday evening’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) event at Kansas Speedway. Teammate Matt DiBenedetto, driver of the No. 83 Cosmo Motors Toyota Camry, finished in the 30th position.
“We had a hard fought 29th place finish tonight,” Ragan said. “We had the
Dr Pepper Toyota fast at times and our pit crew did a great job all night.”
“Our team fought hard all night,” DiBenedetto said. “I made a mistake and got into the wall, hurting our car but the team was able to keep fighting and bring home a solid finish.”
Matt DiBenedetto started the GoBowling.com 400 in 24th position after advancing to Round 2 of qualifying on Friday. Teammate David Ragan started the race from 34th position.
Just after the drop of the green flag, Ragan reported to crew chief Patrick Donahue that his car was “freeing up slowly” and he was confident he would get it as the race got underway. In the closing laps, as the leaders in front wrecked, Ragan picked up a bit of damage to the nose of the Dr Pepper Camry. Pitting for repairs, Ragan was able to continue on.
In the early stages of the event, DiBenedetto reported to crew chief Gene Nead that the Cosmo Motors Camry needed help turning in the center. Picking up some speed by switching his preferred line, DiBenedetto moved to the outside line.
As the field took the green flag with just 19 laps to go, Ragan and DiBenedetto battled hard to advance their positions in the closing laps of the GoBowling.com 400. Ragan finished 29th while DiBenedetto finished 30th and scored the team’s fifth top-30 finishes of the season.
Next up, the NSCS heads to Dover International Speedway for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism. Race coverage begins at 1:00 p.m. on FOX Sports 1.
HUNTERSVILLE, NC (May 2, 2016) – BK Racing is pleased to announce that BUBBA burger has joined the team as primary sponsor of David Ragan’s No. 23 Toyota Camry at Charlotte Motor Speedway for both the Sprint All-Star Race weekend and the Coca-Cola 600.
“I’m really looking forward to working with BUBBA burger during the 10 days of racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway,” said Ragan. “Our No. 23 BUBBA burger Camry has a cool looking paint scheme supporting the military and I am proud to be driving the ‘We Salute You’ car for both the All-Star race weekend and the Coca-Cola 600.”
“We’re thrilled to welcome BUBBA burger to the BK Racing family,” said BK Racing Chief Marketing Officer Doug Fritz. “Andy has been a good friend for a long time and we’re excited to work with him and the BUBBA burger team during Charlotte race weeks.”
“BUBBA burger is joining forces with the BK Racing team, David Ragan and
Dr Pepper to share our support of our troops this Memorial Day weekend,” said Andy Stenson, Vice President of Marketing, BUBBA foods, LLC. “BUBBA burger Racing is excited to become a part of the BK Racing family during the two weekends of racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway. BUBBA burger and racing have become a great combination and this car is a way to show our support with the ‘We Salute You!’ design that honors those who serve.”
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (May 2, 2016) – David Ragan, driver of the No. 23 Schluter-Systems Toyota Camry, finished in the 34th position in
Sunday afternoon’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) event at Talladega Superspeedway. Teammate Matt DiBenedetto, driver of the No. 83 Dustless Blasting Toyota Camry, finished in the 36th position.
“Overall, I had a good day going,” Ragan said. “Our strategy was good and we found ourselves in the top 15 in the closing laps when the engine let go. Proud of the team for working hard and giving me a good car. Thanks to Schluter-Systems and Schwarze Industries for their support this weekend.
“Talladega was definitely a tough race for us after getting caught in the crash at Lap 51,” DiBenedetto said. “Our team worked hard to repair the Dustless Blasting Camry and we were able to get back out for a few more laps until our engine let go. We’ll regroup and head on to Kansas Speedway this weekend.”
Just after the drop of the green flag, Ragan was able to make early gains in the No. 23 Schluter-Systems Camry. Reporting to the team that the car was running well, but hot, Ragan worked his way to 13th. With just 38 laps remaining, Ragan came over the radio and reported to crew chief Patrick Donahue that his engine felt amiss. Heading to the garage with a blown engine, the team found that it was a broken valve train that prematurely ended Ragan’s day.
In the early stages of the event, DiBenedetto was able to work his way through the field. Trouble found DiBenedetto early when at Lap 51, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time when Dale Earnhardt Jr. got loose and collected him. After repairs in the garage, DiBenedetto returned to track 11 laps down and spirit in tact, ready to return to action.
Next up, the NSCS heads to Kansas Speedway for a Saturday night showdown. GoBowling.com 400 race coverage beings at 7:30 p.m. on FOX Sports 1.