Blake Koch Returning to TriStar Motorsports in 2016by Kyle Pokrefky August 14, 2015 0 comments
MOORESVILLE, N.C. — TriStar Motorsports has announced that they have reached an agreement with driver Blake Koch to remain with the organization for the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series season.
The current five-car organization in the XFINITY ranks will also retain sponsor LeafFilter Gutter Protection for next season.
“Ever since I first met Matt Kaulig and the LeafFilter guys, I knew it was going to be a great relationship,” Koch said. “Just being around Matt and the people at LeafFilter motivates you and encourages you to be the best you can be, and that has really rubbed off on me and my team.
“LeafFilter has grown at a rapid rate after beginning 10 years ago and they are continuing to grow at an unbelievable pace. The fact that Matt has chosen me to be his driver is such an honor and the opportunity I have to be a part of such a fast growing company is truly a dream come true.
“I am also very excited to continue my relationship with TriStar Motorsports in 2016. Mark and Kathy Smith took a chance on me two years ago, when I had very little sponsorship, so to be able to put this plan together for 2016 feels extra special.”
Mark Smith, owner of Koch’s No. 8 Toyota, labelled today’s announcement as part of a ‘big day’ for the team.
“This is a big day for TriStar Motorsports,” Smith stated. “We are excited to announce our continued partnership with Blake Koch and LeafFilter Gutter Protection for 2016. Blake has been a driver at TriStar since 2014 and we are looking forward to finishing out 2015 strong.
“LeafFilter came on board this season and they have been great partners of our racing program, so having the opportunity to continue working together in 2016 is exciting.”
Through 20 races this season, Koch, 30, presently sits 17th in the XFINITY driver standings with best finishes of 18th coming at Daytona International Speedway in July and at Watkins Glen International last week.
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