Cole Rouse to compete for NASCAR K&N Pro Series West title in 2018
Cole Rouse is returning to NASCAR K&N Pro Series West competition in 2018 with the series’ premier organization.
Rouse, a 20-year-old native of Fort Smith, Ark., competed in the series as a rookie in 2016 and finished eighth in the series standings.
After a year off to compete with Kyle Busch Motorsports in the CARS Super Late Model Tour, where he won a championship, he will return to K&N West in 2018, driving the No. 99 Toyota for Bill McAnally Racing.
Rouse will compete full-time for the West championship as well as run in several East division races.
“I’m excited to be with BMR next year in the NAPA Filters Toyota,” Rouse said. “Bill does a great job of getting the right people to make the program thrive. BMR was the most dominant team in the West this past year and I think we will be in the coming year, too.
“My goal for the year is to win the championship in the West. I think we have a really good shot at it.”
BMR captured its third straight West title in 2017 – the past two with upstart Todd Gilliland – and eighth K&N West championship overall, a record for the series and the NASCAR Regional Touring level.
“It’s great to have Cole join the BMR team,” said team president, Bill McAnally. “We’ve watched his development and with the potential he’s displayed, we anticipate great results for BMR’s partners and fans. We look forward to chasing a championship together.
“Cole comes to us with a lot of racing experience. That should be beneficial in getting a quick start to the 2018 season.”
Rouse began his racing career at the age of 14, competing in mini-cup cars before advancing to Late Model competition in 2013. He captured attention in 2015 when he led a race-high 145 laps of the All-American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, before mechanical trouble relegated him to a fifth-place finish.