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Mike Ford Leaves BK Racing for Athenian Motorsports

Mike Ford Leaves BK Racing for Athenian Motorsports

by October 2, 2014 0 comments

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. — BK Racing will begin the search for a new Director of Competition as former director Mike Ford has departed the operation to join Athenian Motorsports in the Nationwide Series.

Ford will join the one-car Nationwide Series operation as crew chief for the driver of the No. 25 Zaxby’s Toyota – John Wes Townley. With his arrival, Ford will replace Mike Beam as crew chief of the No. 25 car in the remaining events that Athenian enter for this season.

Ford is a former crew chief in the Sprint Cup Series and has proven to be successful at the Sprint Cup level. In 458 career starts as crew chief, Ford has 21 career wins with Bill Elliott and Denny Hamlin and he helped guide Hamlin to a second-place finish in the championship standings in 2010.

“It’s a good opportunity. You know, in this environment you don’t see too many teams trying to grow,” Ford said in a statement released by Athenian. “So when you have one that is trying to grow and move forward, this is always exciting. We have our challenges in front of us, having to put a group of guys together in the short term, in the middle of the season, is always a challenge but I feel like we’ve gotten some really good talent on Zaxby’s Nationwide team.

“I’m really encouraged with that. I think that with the races that were put together by Mike Beam and his guys – there’s definitely a platform there to start with and improve. We are looking to take what has already been started and elevate it to the next level. It might take a couple of weeks to see where we need to work and improve but I’m encouraged with it and excited for the challenge.”

In seven starts this year in the No. 25 Toyota, Townley has three top-20 finishes and has been running at the finish in six of his starts. Townley’s best finish of the year came in his first race of the season at Talladega where he finishes 13th.

Athenian Motorsports’ Vice President, Mike Hamlin, spoke of the acquisition of the veteran crew chief and what he hopes he’ll bring to the organization.

“We are very excited to have Mike Ford on board,” Hamlin said. “He brings a lot of experience and knowledge. We are looking forward to his help in building a competitive Nationwide Series program at Athenian Motorsports. We anticipate his presence will assist in the growth of the company for 2015 and beyond.”

Ford will make his debut with Athenian Motorsports this Saturday in the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway.

Kyle Pokrefky
Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

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