Daniel Hemric, Tyler Reddick Driving Full-Time for BKR in 2016by Kyle Pokrefky November 4, 2015 0 comments
Brad Keselowski Racing will field two full-time teams in the Camping World Truck Series once again as the team announced today that the No. 19 and No. 29 Fords will return for the 2016 season.
This year, BKR has fielded the No. 19 full-time with second-year driver Tyler Reddick taking the driver’s seat for the whole season. The No. 29 entry has been piloted by a variety of drivers this year with team owner Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Brian Keselowski, Joey Logano, Alex Tagliani and Austin Theriault taking turns driving the truck.
Next season, Reddick will return to run in the No. 29 truck full-time while Daniel Hemric will move over from NTS Motorsports to run the No. 19 truck full-time for his second season in the Camping World Truck Series.
Next year, the No. 19 truck will be sponsored by California Clean Power and Cequent as the No. 29 truck will be sponsored by Cooper Standard.
“We’re very fortunate to have partners like Cooper Standard, California Clean Power and Cequent that make it possible to give two young drivers an opportunity and that’s something I’m very proud of,” Brad Keselowski said. “Our main goal is to build off our momentum from 2015 and pursue a championship with two great full-time drivers.
“Both Tyler and Daniel have shown a lot of success on the racetrack and have more than earned this opportunity.We have two of the best drivers in the Series running on a full-time basis and I’m really happy about that and very optimistic about our future and chance for success in 2016.”
Through 20 races this year, Reddick, 19, currently sits third in the drivers standings with the help of two race victories (Daytona and Dover), 11 top-fives and 16 top-10s.
“This is an outstanding opportunity that I have for a second consecutive season,” Reddick said. “Cooper Standard is a long-time partner of the Team and it will be great to work with them in an enhanced role to support their objectives including furthering awareness of their important Careers For Veterans program.
“It’s so much fun to drive for Brad Keselowski Racing. It’s such a great organization to be around. We’ve grown so much as a team from the first part-time season in 2014 and I’ve really enjoyed the experience. I’m very happy to be coming back for a second full-time year to get to do it all over again.”
Hemric, 24, is currently towards the end of his rookie season in the series and sits seventh in the standings with four top-fives and 12 top-10s to his credit.
“When the opportunity was available with Brad Keselowski Racing and all of our great partners, it seemed like a good deal for everyone concerned,” Hemric said. “It’s an honor to team up with Brad and to have common goals when you go to the racetrack: win races and put yourself in contention for a championship.
“To be able to insert yourself on a championship contending team and a team that has a solid baseline on what they need every weekend. I’m really excited about continuing my relationship with California Clean Power and can’t wait to work with everyone at Cequent and their brands such as Draw-Tite. I’m already looking forward to Daytona.”
The return of Reddick and the acqusition of Hemric help achieve part of Keselowski’s goals for his organization – one of them being to provide a home to develop young talent in the stock car ranks.
“One of the things I wanted to do at BKR is give talented young drivers an opportunity,” Keselowski said. “Both Tyler and Daniel are perfect examples of what I’m trying to accomplish. We saw a lot of improvement with Tyler in 2014 and he’s done a great job in 2015. We hope we can finish it off with our first championship but we’re also excited about running for it again together in 2016.
“The first time I went to watch Daniel race in 2012 he won and that impression hasn’t left me. He’s having an incredible year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as a rookie. I feel like he has a lot of untapped potential that we hope to showcase for our team.”
Up next for the two-truck team is Friday’s WinStar World Casino 400k at Texas Motor Speedway where Reddick and Blaney will compete to deliver the team their fifth win of the season.
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