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FOX Sports Southeast’s EMMY Award-Winning Series DRIVEN Debuts Latest Episode with BK Racing – Slaying the Giant

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (JUNE 28, 2016)  – DRIVEN: BK Racing – Slaying the Giant presented by Toyota debuts Wednesday, June 29, at 10:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports Southeast. This latest episode of the Emmy® Award-winning original programming series DRIVEN will also be available on FOX Sports GO (FOXSportsGo.com), a free app that provides live streaming video of content televised on FOX Sports Southeast through select programming distributors.
BK Racing – Slaying the Giant lends an inside look at how a small, up-and-coming organization, founded in 2012, competes at NASCAR’s highest level, shadowing the team from the shop to the track with unique perspectives on what it takes to put a competitive car on the track week after week.
Said Gene Nead, No. 83 crew chief, “it’s a ‘David vs. Goliath’ story…. so you feel like when you run better you really have slayed Goliath.”
The show’s extensive behind-the-scenes access showcases the key players who are working to bring BK Racing to the next level, including team owner Ron Devine, who has invested heavily to make improvements on and off the track, signing veteran NASCAR driver David Ragan and purchasing a fleet of cars from Michael Waltrip Racing.
“What’s interesting about BK Racing is that we are new and fresh and young and we are scrappy,” noted Devine. “I think that’s one of the reasons to watch us to see if we can pull it off.”
“To be able to create something from where we’re at to be competitive with the monsters of the sports that have a lot more technology than we do,” said BK Racing Director of Research and Development Doug Richert. “We’re driven to go beat those guys with what we’ve got, beat them every week with what we’ve got and then there’s some satisfaction with that.”
DRIVEN – BK Racing: Slaying the Giant 
 
Debut:
Wednesday, June 29
10:30 p.m. ET
FOX Sports Southeast & FOX Sports GO
Re-airs:
Friday, July 1
11:30 p.m. ET
FOX Sports Southeast & FOX Sports GO
Monday, July 4
8:00 p.m. ET
FOX Sports South & FOX Sports GO
Thursday, July 7
7:00 p.m. ET
FOX Sports Southeast & FOX Sports GO
Sunday, July 10
1:00 p.m. ET
FOX Sports South & FOX Sports GO
Tuesday, July 12
4:00 p.m. ET
FOX Sports Southeast & FOX Sports GO
Wednesday, July 13
7:30 p.m. ET
FOX Sports South & FOX Sports GO
Thursday, July 14
5:30 p.m. ET
FOX Sports Southeast & FOX Sports GO
Saturday, July 16
6:00 p.m. ET
FOX Sports South & FOX Sports GO
Monday, July 18
4:00 p.m. ET
FOX Sports Southeast & FOX Sports GO
Friday, July 22
11:30 p.m. ET
FOX Sports Southeast & FOX Sports GO
Thursday, July 28
7:00 p.m. ET
FOX Sports South & FOX Sports GO
*Subject to territorial restrictions

BK Racing and Shriners Hospitals for Children Unveil Daytona Paint Scheme

16-Year-Old Patient from Minnesota Designs Car, Will Be Guest of Team at Daytona
 
STATESVILLE, N.C. (June 28, 2016) – With a little help from a special friend, BK Racing, David Ragan and Shriners Hospitals for Children® unveiled their paint scheme today for this weekend’s Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway. Hailey Randall, 16, is a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Twin Cities in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and assisted in the unveiling of the No. 23 BK Racing Toyota Camry that she designed as part of the Healing Power of Love design contest. The contest was open to patients at all 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children locations.
Randall, as well as representatives from BK Racing and Shriners Hospitals for Children, was on-hand at the NASCAR Hall of Fame with Ragan to unveil the car in front of family, media and others from Shriners International and the NASCAR community.
The paint scheme features metallic-silver paint that will reflect brightly under the lights at the Daytona International Speedway this Saturday night. Hailey’s design incorporates the Healing Power of Love theme with a red ribbon that wraps around the entire car, as well as an abundance of hearts which, reflects the love that patients feel at Shriners Hospitals. The Shriners Hospitals for Children logo, a “Good Luck!” message from the hospitals’ mascot, Fezzy, and motifs unique to the 22 hospital system are prominently featured in the design.
 The car design expands upon the relationship that Ragan has with the hospital system, serving as an official Love to the rescue® ambassador. Ragan is also a member of Shriners International.
“David has been a loyal friend of Shriners Hospitals for many years. This design contest gave a unique opportunity for our patients to illustrate what Shriners Hospitals for Children and Love to the rescue mean to them,” said Jerry Gantt, chairman of the Board of Directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children. “We are so proud of our relationship with David and are excited to see Hailey’s design on the track in Daytona.”
With the help of supporters like Ragan and BK Racing, Shriners Hospitals for Children has provided life-changing care to more than 1.3 million children for nearly 95 years. Shriners Hospitals provides all aspects of treatment, including surgery, rehabilitation, and psychological support to children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.
Randall has been a patient of Shriners Hospitals for Children since she was a small child, and has been treated for clubfoot, bilateral hip dysplasia and leg length discrepancy. Randall will join the BK Racing team this weekend in Daytona.
“I designed the car that I would want to drive so it is a dream come true to see it in real life and on the race track” said Hailey. “I am so happy that my design was selected to represent how Shriners Hospitals sends Love to the rescue every day to kids just like me.”
Ragan was excited to see Randall’s ideas come to life and is honored to have her design featured on his car during the race this weekend.
“I think Hailey and all the patients at Shriners Hospitals for Children are an inspiration,” said Ragan. “Hailey did an amazing job capturing the spirit and strength of the patients, employees and everyone associated with Shriners Hospitals in this paint scheme. I am grateful to be able to drive a car featuring Hailey’s design and represent Shriners Hospitals for Children this weekend.”
Saturday’s race will be televised nationally on NBC at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Dramatic last-lap pass gives Tony Stewart crucial victory at Sonoma

By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service

SONOMA, Calif. – Is Tony Stewart having fun yet?

In his last year of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing, Stewart came to Sonoma Racing asserting on Friday he wasn’t having much fun driving a Sprint Cup car. 

SONOMA, CA - JUNE 26:  Carl Edwards, driver of the #19 Stanley Toyota, and AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Ralph's/Kingsford Chevrolet, lead the field to the green flag during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 26, 2016 in Sonoma, California.  (Photo by Blaine Ohigashi/Getty Images)
SONOMA, CA – JUNE 26: Carl Edwards, driver of the #19 Stanley Toyota, and AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Ralph’s/Kingsford Chevrolet, lead the field to the green flag during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by Blaine Ohigashi/Getty Images)

That all changed in Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the 1.99-mile road course, where Stewart bulldozed Denny Hamlin into the outside wall in Turn 11, executing a dramatic last-lap pass for his first victory since June 2, 2013 at Dover.

In the three years since that victory, a succession of injuries and a personal tragedy have limited the three-time champion’s time in a Sprint Cup car and limited Stewart’s effectiveness when he was behind the wheel of the No. 14 Chevrolet he co-owns with Gene Haas.

But on Sunday, after a prescient pit call by crew chief Mike Bugarewicz put Stewart in the lead for a restart on Lap 91 of 110. Stewart held the top spot at the start/finish line for the rest of the race, but that hardly describes the excitement of the final lap.

For the second straight circuit, Stewart wheel-hopped the No. 14 Chevrolet into Turn 7, and Hamlin took full advantage, giving Stewart a bump and charging past him. In hot pursuit through the esses and Turn 10, Stewart caught Hamlin in the hairpin (Turn 11) when Hamlin slipped and ran wide. 

“I made mistakes the last two laps,” acknowledged Stewart, who missed the first eight races of the season after injuring his back in an ATV accident during the offseason. “I had just a little bit too much rear brake for Turn 7, and wheel-hopped it two laps in a row. I felt a nudge when I got down there and he knew where it was and he did the right thing doing it there.”

SONOMA, CA - JUNE 26:  Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Code 3 Assoc/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 26, 2016 in Sonoma, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SONOMA, CA – JUNE 26: Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Code 3 Assoc/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

“But if I could get to him, he knew what was coming. He told me (after the race) he was proud of me. He knows what it means. We were teammates for a long time (at Joe Gibbs Racing), and we respect each other a lot.” 

Contact from Stewart’s car sent Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota fish-tailing into the outside wall, but Hamlin held the runner-up spot, crossing the stripe .625 seconds behind the race winner.

“I take that, but I’m probably going to get the (crap) beat out of me,” Stewart said on his radio, after notching his third victory at Sonoma, his eighth on a road course and the 49th of his career.

Though disappointed at the outcome, Hamlin didn’t begrudge Stewart the victory, given the circumstances. Stewart needed a win to qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, and with Sunday’s result, Smoke is 32nd in the standings, nine points away from the 30th position he needs to achieve to become Chase-eligible.

In other words, Stewart is all but a lock to compete for a fourth title in NASCAR’s 10-race playoff.

“I thought with two or three (laps) to go he pretty much had it, but he made a couple mistakes and allowed us to get pretty close,” Hamlin said. “And then we just both wheel-hopped into 7, and I just let off my wheel-hop a little bit so I could get to his rear bumper and get him out of the groove just a touch. 

“It was perfectly executed, but I was going through the esses knowing that I needed to get the biggest gap that I could going into (Turn) 11, and when he was two back or so going into 11, I just … I didn’t run a low enough line in Turn 11 from wheel-hopping in Turn 7.  I got the rears hot, wheel-hopped it a little bit again, got out of line, and obviously gave him the inside line.”

Third-place finisher Joey Logano was trailing the action into the final corner, hoping Hamlin and Stewart would take each other out.

“Going into Turn 11, I was 100-percent sure that Denny was not going to win just by watching it, and we were right there on the cusp of trying to sneak one by,” Logano said. 

Having opened up the inside lane in Turn 11, Hamlin shared Logano’s sense of inevitability.

SONOMA, CA - JUNE 26:  Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Code 3 Assoc/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 26, 2016 in Sonoma, California.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
SONOMA, CA – JUNE 26: Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Code 3 Assoc/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

“Once I knew he had position, and we had a wall on the other side of us, then I knew, pretty good chance, that we were going to go in the wall,” Hamlin said. “I don’t think he was going to leave it to chance, a drag race coming off Turn 11. We definitely had a car that should have won, but we were on the bad end of the deal.”

Had Stewart and Bugarewicz not chosen the perfect time to make a pit stop, however, Stewart almost certainly would not have won the race. With NASCAR officials scanning the track after reports of debris between Turns 6 and 7, Stewart and his crew chief decided to gamble and bring the car to the pits on Lap 86.

NASCAR called the caution a lap later, and when all the rest of the contending cars pitted under yellow on Lap 88, Stewart inherited a lead he would hold—with the exception of Hamlin’s brief interlude from Turns 7 to 11—for the rest of the race.

“It was just a chance that we took, a chance to get a win,” Bugarewicz said.

Polesitter Carl Edwards finished fourth, followed by Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch. Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch completed the top 10. Harvick retained the series lead by 35 points over second-place Kurt Busch. 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race – Toyota – Save Mart 350

Sonoma Raceway

Sonoma, California

Sunday, June 26, 2016

              1. (10) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 110.

              2. (6) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 110.

              3. (7) Joey Logano, Ford, 110.

              4. (1) Carl Edwards, Toyota, 110.

              5. (3) Martin Truex Jr, Toyota, 110.

              6. (25) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 110.

              7. (8) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 110.

              8. (17) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 110.

              9. (19) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 110.

              10. (4) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 110.

              11. (13) Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, 110.

              12. (5) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 110.

              13. (15) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 110.

              14. (2) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 110.

              15. (12) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 110.

              16. (9) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 110.

              17. (21) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 110.

              18. (32) Greg Biffle, Ford, 110.

              19. (11) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 110.

              20. (23) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 110.

              21. (16) Chase Elliott #, Chevrolet, 110.

              22. (24) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 110.

              23. (26) * Ryan Blaney #, Ford, 110.

              24. (14) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 110.

              25. (28) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 110.

              26. (27) Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Ford, 110.

              27. (29) Aric Almirola, Ford, 110.

              28. (31) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 110.

              29. (37) Landon Cassill, Ford, 110.

              30. (36) Chris Buescher, Ford, 110.

              31. (33) Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, 110.

              32. (30) David Ragan, Toyota, 110.

              33. (22) Brian Scott #, Ford, 110.

              34. (35) * Cole Whitt, Toyota, 110.

              35. (38) * Dylan Lupton(i), Toyota, 110.

              36. (40) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 109.

              37. (34) Patrick Carpentier, Ford, 108.

              38. (39) * Josh Wise, Chevrolet, Engine, 97.

              39. (20) Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, Rear Gear, 91.

              40. (18) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, Electrical, 5.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  80.966 mph.

Time of Race:  02 Hrs, 42 Mins, 13 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.625 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  4 for 10 laps.

Lead Changes:  12 among 8 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   C. Edwards 1-8; A. Allmendinger 9-24; P. Menard 25-27; K. Harvick 28-30; C. Edwards 31-46; A. Allmendinger 47; Kyle Busch 48-49; D. Hamlin 50-70; A. Allmendinger 71-72; D. Patrick 73-75; D. Hamlin 76-87; A. Allmendinger 88; T. Stewart 89-110.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  D. Hamlin 2 times for 33 laps; C. Edwards 2 times for 24 laps; T. Stewart 1 time for 22 laps; A. Allmendinger 4 times for 20 laps; D. Patrick 1 time for 3 laps; P. Menard 1 time for 3 laps; K. Harvick 1 time for 3 laps; Kyle Busch 1 time for 2 laps.

Top 16 in Points: K. Harvick – 562; Kurt Busch – 527; C. Edwards – 510; B. Keselowski – 506; J. Logano – 493; C. Elliott # – 473; J. Johnson – 469; M. Truex Jr – 469; Kyle Busch – 452; M. Kenseth – 430; D. Hamlin – 421; D. Earnhardt Jr – 413; R. Newman – 402; A. Dillon – 400; J. Mcmurray – 398; K. Kahne – 385.