BK Racing's rookies tackle Darlington for the first time

BK Racing's rookie drivers made their first trip to the "The Lady in Black" this past weekend.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (April 14, 2014) - Alex Bowman and the No. 23 Dr Pepper Toyota Camry team finished 29th at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway on Saturday night. The BK Racing team worked diligently on the balance of their car throughout the 500-mile race before ultimately bringing home their third top-30 finish of the 2014 race season.

Bowman rolled off 34th for his first Sprint Cup Series race at the track pegged as "too tough to tame." Early in the race, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender reported challenges with the balance of his car. Describing his car as loose in, tight through the center and loose off, Bowman worked closely with his BK Racing crew to devise a strategy for air pressure and chassis adjustments to help improve the balance of their racecar. As the sun set and track conditions changed, Bowman and his Dr Pepper team continued to combat a loose condition with their Toyota Camry. Throughout the duration of the 500-mile event, the No. 23 team continued to work through a variety of chassis and air pressure adjustments to improve the balance of their car. By the time the checkered flag waved, Bowman was scored in the 29th position.

"Our Dr Pepper Toyota Camry team didn't exactly have the run we hoped for tonight, but I'm happy that we stuck with it and brought the car home in one piece," commented Bowman. "Darlington Raceway is always a challenge-that's how it got its nickname. We didn't expect tonight to be easy, but I'm happy that we were able to have a clean race and bring our car home in one piece. I'm looking forward to getting back to another short track at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway in a couple weeks. We've run well at short tracks in the past, and I hope we can continue that trend at Richmond."BK

Ryan Truex and the No. 83 Borla Exhaust Toyota Camry team finished 40th at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway on Saturday evening. The BK Racing team was temporarily sidelined by a right front tire failure early in the race, but was able to return to competition and pick up a couple additional positions prior to the checkered flag.

Competing in his first Sprint Cup Series event at the track labeled "too tough to tame," Truex rolled off 39th for the prestigious Southern 500. Shortly after the green flag, Truex radioed his team to report a tight handling condition and a front tire chatter in the center of the turns. The problem escalated causing Truex to suffer a flat right front tire just 42 laps in to the event. With hard contact with the turn 2 wall, the Borla Exhaust team was the first of many to fall victim to a flat right front tire. The heavy contact resulted in suspension damage, which caused the No. 83 team to report immediately to the garage to make repairs. After spending over 80 laps in the garage area, Truex was able to return to the track.

Focused on making laps and regaining as much ground as possible, Truex was able to cross the finish line in the 40th position.

"It's unfortunate that our Borla Exhaust team had the problem that we had tonight," commented Truex. "A lot of teams suffered tire problems, and unfortunately we were the first to fall victim to the issue. My BK Racing team worked really hard in the garage to get the car fixed, and we went back on track to regain as much ground as possible. I'm proud of our effort and for not giving up. I'm looking forward to getting back on another short track at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway in a couple weeks-it should be a lot of fun."

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Tags alex bowman, bk racing, darlington, nascar, ryan truex, sprint cup