Akins Motorsports Adds Tyler Walker To its Stable in 2005 MOORESVILLE, NC--Akins Motorsports owners Doug Stringer and Brad Akins named World of Outlaws standout Tyler Walker as the driver that will share duties with Kasey Kahne behind the wheel...
Akins Motorsports Adds Tyler Walker To its Stable in 2005
MOORESVILLE, NC--Akins Motorsports owners Doug Stringer and Brad Akins named World of Outlaws standout Tyler Walker as the driver that will share duties with Kasey Kahne behind the wheel of the No. 38 Great Clips Dodge during the 2005 NASCAR Busch Series season.
"I'm very excited about this opportunity with Akins Motorsports and Great Clips," said Walker. "I can't wait to work with Paul Andrews and the entire team. I know that I've got a lot of learning to do, and I'm fortunate that I'll have Kasey to give me a ton of feedback. That will be a big advantage for me because he'll be able to relay information to me that normally you don't get unless you go out and test for 500 miles. I'm grateful to everyone at both organizations for giving me this chance, and hopefully we'll be able to take the Great Clips Dodge to the front as soon as the season starts."
Walker, 23, has fielded the No. 38 Great Clips Dodge this season in the Goulds Pumps/ITT Industries 250 at Pikes Peak International Raceway where he started eighth and finished 27th after experiencing mechanical problems. In addition, Walker practiced and qualified the Great Clips Dodge at Nashville Speedway and Kentucky Speedway for Kahne in both events.
Walker, a native of Los Angeles, Calif., will again get behind the wheel for Akins Motorsports in the upcoming Sam's Town 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park on October 23, while Kahne will stay at Martinsville Speedway for his NEXTEL Cup obligations.
"I'm thrilled that we have the opportunity to align ourselves with another open-wheel standout such as Tyler," said Stringer. "With these two drivers and Paul Andrews at the helm, I hope to think it's inevitable that we'll be competitive all season long and challenge for the owner's championship next season. We look forward to having Tyler on board, and can't wait for the 2005 season to begin."
Kahne will compete in the NASCAR Busch Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway next season with further races yet to be determined in addition to his full-time NEXTEL Cup duties.
"I'm real excited for Tyler," said Kahne. "I know that he'll do a good job for Great Clips. I'll be able to help him with some things that took me awhile to learn, and I'm hoping that we'll be able to test together next year. Ultimately our goal is to bring home the NASCAR Busch Series owner championship for Great Clips and Akins Motorsports, and we feel that it's within our reach."
Throughout the years, Kahne and Walker have competed against each other in open wheel. Because of that relationship, Kahne hired Walker to race his No. 19 Curb Records/Brown & Miller Dodge Mopar Silver Crown entry this season.
This past Sunday, Walker not only led the final 20 laps of the Bully Hill Vineyards 100 at Nazareth Speedway but also took the checkered flag for the first time in his 28th start in the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series.
"It's pretty exciting to get my first win as a car owner," said Kahne. "I won this Silver Crown event last year at Nazareth, so it's pretty cool to have back-to-back wins there. I give all the credit to Tyler, Willie (Kahne, crew chief) and the guys on that team. They did an awesome job, so congratulations goes out to them."
Walker's next event in the Silver Crown Series will take place this Sunday at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds (DuQuoin, Illinois) in the Ted Horn 100.
This season, the Great Clips team has recorded seven top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in 24 starts. The team is currently 10th in the NASCAR Busch Series owner point standings, while Kahne is currently 18th in the NASCAR Busch Series driver point standings.
Kahne finished the 2003 NASCAR Busch Series season seventh in points with one victory (Homestead-Miami Speedway), one Bud Pole (Michigan International Speedway), four top-five and 14 top-10 finishes.
For more information on Akins Motorsports, please visit www.akinsmotorsports. For additional information on the team's primary sponsor, Great Clips, visit www.greatclips.com.