Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Kaulig Racing Announces Formation... Veteran Driver Behind the Wheel

NASCAR Xfinity Series Veteran Blake Koch has a new home for 2016 with a new Manufacturer, Team, Car Number and Alliance! Blake has been in the NASCAR Xfinity Series now for 8 years in 2016. Blake has driven for many Team Owners over the past years including most recently with Mark Smith and Tri-Star Motorsports. Blake has been here and there over his career but has always seemed to be around Racing. I personally met Blake through a friend of Mine and he is a great Christian Guy. In 2016 Blake will drive for the newly formed Kaulig Racing which is owned by Matt Kaulig, the owner and president of LeafFilter Gutter Protection which has been Blake's
sponsor for almost 3 years. That car that Blake will be running in 2016 will be the #11 Chevrolet with LeafFilter Gutter Protection as the primary sponsor. The team will have a Richard Childress Racing alliance in 2016 where Blake will have a very large opportunity at making the inaugural Xfinity Series Chase field of 12 Drivers. Industry veteran Chris Rice will serve as both the General Manager and crew chief for Koch during the 2016 season. He worked with the Florida racer once before at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2013, leading Koch to a career-best finish of 11th with RAB Racing. (Koelle,2016)

Silly Season Is In Full Swing

David Ragan to BK Racing

Ok many did not expect to see this but reports are showing that David Ragan will return with Toyota in 2016 over at BK Racing. We believe he will be teammate to at least Matt DiBenedetto but speculation could arise that he is replacing JJ Yeley. There is also a rumor circulating that Michael Waltrip has purchased the 10% Stake of BK Racing from Anthony Marlowe that has been for sale for a while now. With this a rumor has rose that BK will be using some old Michael Waltrip Racing cars. Could BK Racing become a power house Toyota Team with the addition of these 2? We will find out very soon!  

Landon Cassill to Front Row Motorsports

Ok this move was expected but where Landon is moving was still up in the air after Hillman would merge with Premium Motorsports. That Question can really be answered now as Landon Cassill will join Chris Buescher over at Front Row Motorsports in 2016. Landon is not necessarily a veteran but certainly knows his way around every race track on the NASCAR Circuit. From Eldora (If he had the chance I am sure he would be excellent) to Daytona. Last we heard was that Snap Fitness will follow Cassill to Front Row! This will be a great thing for both Landon, Chris, and Front Row Motorsports!

McDowell to Run First Full Time Cup Schedule of Career 

Leavine Family Racing has been teasing fans on facebook and twitter among other social media outlets and Last yesterday they revealed that Michael McDowell will be the driver of the Car in 36 races in 2016 with what looks like a Black and Red Paint Scheme like they ran in the 2014 Budweiser Duels. Thrivent and K-Love look to be returning but at the moment it's unaware on if they are growing into the Team Penske camp or moving Manufacturers. I am personally excited to see my friend go full time in the Sprint Cup Series and look forward to seeing him make a chase for the Sprint Cup Series Championship!