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Ryan Ellis, ScienceLogic Join BK Racing

unnamed(5)HUNTERSVILLE, NC (March 28, 2016) – BK Racing announced that Ryan Ellis has signed on for multiple races in the No. 93 Toyota Camry with sponsorship from ScienceLogic. Ellis will make his debut in the No. 93 ScienceLogic Camry at Richmond International Raceway on April 24, 2016.
“Four or five years ago, I met Ron Devine and I told him one day I would drive for him. It seemed very far-fetched at the time, but this year it finally came to fruition,” Ellis said about his deal with Devine’s BK Racing team.
“It’s an amazing opportunity for me and I’m so happy to bring ScienceLogic with me to the BK Racing program,” Ellis continued. “I’ve gotten to know the ScienceLogic employees and brand a lot in the last year, and really feel like part of their family.”
“Ryan is a driver that we’ve been watching for quite some time as he raced in the Trucks and XFINITY,” said team owner Ron Devine. “We’re proud to bring him to BK Racing this season and welcome ScienceLogic to our family.”
“We see a lot of similarities between ScienceLogic and our driver Ryan Ellis – both in our passion for what we do every day and the speed at which we are advancing and growing in our respective professions. ScienceLogic is proud to continue our participation in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series by sponsoring Ryan Ellis and BK Racing this season,” said Yama Habibzai, Chief Marketing Officer at ScienceLogic.
About ScienceLogic:
ScienceLogic is the global leader in hybrid IT monitoring for the network of everything. Over 25,000 global service providers, enterprises, and government organizations rely on ScienceLogic to significantly enhance IT efficiency, optimize operations, and ensure business continuity. ScienceLogic is the first monitoring solution to provide a comprehensive view of all IT components through a single pane of glass, whether they reside in a public cloud environment or on-premises. With over 1,500 dynamic management apps and custom dashboarding capabilities, we deliver the scale, resiliency, and automation needed to simplify the constantly evolving task of managing IT resources, services, and applications.

BK Racing News and Notes: Auto Club Speedway

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (March 21, 2016) –  David Ragan, driver of the No. 23 Dr Pepper Toyota Camry, finished in the 22nd position in Sunday afternoon’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) event at Auto Club Speedway. Teammate Matt DiBenedetto, driver of the No. 83 Cosmo Motors Toyota Camry, finished in the 27th position.
“We had another solid day with the No. 23 Dr Pepper Toyota,” Ragan said. “We leaned on our teammate (DiBenedetto) yesterday on their set up. Matt was a little faster than me. We had really good pit stops and a great car on long runs. California has been a track where BK Racing has struggled in the past, so it was great to get another solid finish.”
“Proud of the Cosmo Motors team, we had a tough race but we fought to get back on the lead lap there at the end,” DiBenedetto said. “It wasn’t pretty but we’ll take it and head to Martinsville in two weeks.”
DiBenedetto took the green flag for the 200-lap race from the 33rd position, teammate David Ragan started the Auto Club 400 in 35th position.
In the early stages of the race, Ragan reported to crew chief Patrick Donahue that the Dr Pepper Toyota was very loose and he was working on adjusting his track bar. After the first pit stop and taking wedge adjustments, Ragan commented, “we made a decent adjustment there.”
Battling similar handling issues, DiBenedetto and crew chief Gene Nead worked on dialing in the Cosmo Motors Toyota throughout the race. Facing adversity that included a penalty for removing equipment (air gun) during a pit stop and hitting the wall multiple times, the 83 team battled back to finish on the lead lap.
As the race went into overtime following a caution with two laps to go, Ragan and DiBenedetto battled hard to maintain their position to bring home solid finishes for the team.
The NSCS takes a break next week to observe Easter weekend and will return to action at Martinsville Speedway on April 3rd. STP 500 race coverage beings at 1:00 p.m. on FOX Sports 1.

Johnson powers past Harvick for Sprint Cup win at Fontana

March 20, 2016
 
By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service
 
FONTANA, Calif. – Jimmie Johnson won the battle between hometown heroes on Sunday, outdueling Kevin Harvick in overtime at Auto Club Speedway.
 
“Awesome teamwork, boys!” Johnson shouted on his radio after taking the 77th checkered flag of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career, breaking a tie with the late Dale Earnhardt for seventh on the all-time victory list. “There’s nothing like winning at home.”
 
The six-time series champion from El Cajon got the chance he needed when Kyle Busch blew a tire and hit the Turn 3 wall on Lap 198 of a scheduled 200 to cause the sixth and final caution of the afternoon. With

FONTANA, CA - MARCH 20:  Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 American Ethanol Chevrolet, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John's Chevrolet, lead a pack of cars at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 20, 2016 in Fontana, California.  (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 American Ethanol Chevrolet, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet, lead a pack of cars at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)

the race destined for overtime, the lead-lap cars came to pit road for new tires, with Denny Hamlin leading Harvick and Johnson back onto the track.

 
Hamlin chose the outside lane for a restart on Lap 204, leaving Johnson behind Harvick in the inside lane. Johnson pushed Harvick clear of Hamlin into Turn 1 and dived to the inside of the race’s dominant driver, who had led 142 laps to that point.
 
Johnson stayed in the gas off Turn 2, ultimately clearing Harvick and pulling away to win by .772 seconds. The victory was Johnson’s second of the 2016 season and his sixth in 22 starts at the two-mile track.
 
“I got a great run off of Turn 2, and I thought ‘Man I’ve got a shot at this thing,’” Johnson said of the opening lap of the final restart. “Which I didn’t expect to have. Harvick has been so fast. I cleared him and kind of got away. 
 

FONTANA, CA - MARCH 20:  Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John's Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 20, 2016 in Fontana, California.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
“We saved our best for last, for sure. I told everybody Superman kicked Batman’s butt and it happened (teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. was driving the Batman car and finished 11th).”
 
Driving a No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet adorned with a “Superman” logo to plug the movie “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” Johnson led 25 laps, but his rival from Bakersfield had dominated the event until the final restart.
 
“That sucks,” said Harvick, who has finished second 20 times in 77 events since joining Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014, his championship season. “Just way too tight right there. Couldn’t put the throttle down. Wouldn’t turn.”
 
Harvick described the late-race caution as a “worst-case scenario.”
 
“We weren’t very good on restarts for four or five laps, unless we were all by ourselves,” said Harvick, who nevertheless retained the series lead by 11 points over Johnson. “The No. 48 was able to hang with us, and we just weren’t able to drive it in like I needed to, just didn’t have the front tires turning and

during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 20, 2016 in Fontana, California.
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s / Superman Chevrolet, celebrates after taking the checkered flag during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)

the back wouldn’t grip. 

 
“Still, a good day for us. … We’ll keep at it.”
 
Hamlin ran third, overcoming radio problems that left him mired in traffic early in the race. Joey Logano ran fourth, followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who notched his first top five since last year’s spring race at Bristol.
 
Rookie Chase Elliott, Carl Edwards, AJ Allmendinger, Brad Keselowski and Jamie McMurray completed the top 10. Polesitter Austin Dillon finished 24th, after a loose wheel forced him to return to pit road after stops under caution on Lap 110.
 
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race – Auto Club 400
Auto Club Speedway
Fontana, California
Sunday, March 20, 2016
 
               1. (19) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 205.
               2. (2) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 205.
               3. (3) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 205.
               4. (9) Joey Logano, Ford, 205.
               5. (18) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 205.
               6. (8) Chase Elliott #, Chevrolet, 205.
               7. (5) Carl Edwards, Toyota, 205.
               8. (11) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 205.
               9. (15) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 205.
               10. (10) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 205.
               11. (27) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 205.
               12. (21) Brian Scott #, Ford, 205.
               13. (24) Brian Vickers, Chevrolet, 205.
               14. (4) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 205.
               15. (13) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 205.
               16. (34) Landon Cassill, Ford, 205.
               17. (23) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 205.
               18. (29) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 205.
               19. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 205.
               20. (7) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 205.
               21. (25) Aric Almirola, Ford, 205.
               22. (35) David Ragan, Toyota, 205.
               23. (28) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 205.
               24. (1) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 205.
               25. (6) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 205.
               26. (36) * Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 205.
               27. (33) Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, 205.
               28. (12) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 205.
               29. (38) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 205.
               30. (26) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 205.
               31. (30) Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 205.
               32. (17) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 204.
               33. (16) Chris Buescher #, Ford, 204.
               34. (39) Jeffrey Earnhardt #, Ford, 200.
               35. (14) * Ryan Blaney #, Ford, Accident, 195.
               36. (37) * Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 195.
               37. (22) Greg Biffle, Ford, Engine, 146.
               38. (31) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, Accident, 120.
               39. (32) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, Accident, 46.
 
Average Speed of Race Winner:  137.213 mph.
Time of Race:  2 Hrs, 59 Mins, 17 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.772 Seconds.
Caution Flags:  6 for 33 laps.
Lead Changes:  26 among 8 drivers.
Lap Leaders:    0; K. Harvick 1-28; C. Edwards 29-33; K. Harvick 34; C. Edwards 35-36; K. Harvick 37-52; J. Logano 53; K. Harvick 54-70; M. Truex Jr. 71-77; J. Johnson 78-82; C. Elliott # 83; M. Kenseth 84-85; K. Harvick 86-105; J. Johnson 106-109; M. Truex Jr. 110; K. Harvick 111-113; J. Johnson 114-123; M. Truex Jr. 124-136; K. Harvick 137-157; J. Johnson 158-159; C. Edwards 160-161; J. Johnson 162-163; J. Logano 164-165; K. Harvick 166-200; D. Hamlin 201-202; K. Harvick 203; J. Johnson 204-205.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  K. Harvick 9 times for 142 laps; J. Johnson 6 times for 25 laps; M. Truex Jr. 3 times for 21 laps; C. Edwards 3 times for 9 laps; J. Logano 2 times for 3 laps; M. Kenseth 1 time for 2 laps; D. Hamlin 1 time for 2 laps; C. Elliott # 1 time for 1 lap.
Top 16 in Points: K. Harvick – 195; J. Johnson – 184; C. Edwards – 171; D. Hamlin – 170; Kyle Busch – 170; J. Logano – 165; Kurt Busch – 148; D. Earnhardt Jr. – 145; B. Keselowski – 142; A. Dillon – 139; M. Truex Jr. – 127; J. Mcmurray – 125; A. Almirola – 120; R. Stenhouse Jr. – 119; M. Kenseth – 113; C. Elliott # – 110.