Each season, a new Rookie NASCAR Sprint Cup Series class emerges with yellow strips and little experience racing in the top tier. With fresh eyes, they take a look at the task at hand and try to learn everything they possibly can about the car, the track and their team. Each weekend the driver is building that important racing notebook they can look back on for years to come. This season, the series is seeing it’s biggest rookie class in recent history. With eight new drivers running for the coveted Rookie of the Year award at the end of the season, 2014 is gearing up to be one of the best rookie battles ever.
Here is a look at the two rookies driving for BK Racing: Alex Bowman and Ryan Truex.
Alex Bowman: Another 20-year old with a 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ride is Alex Bowman. Finishing eleventh in his first full season of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, he has yet to make a Cup start.
Getting behind the wheel of the re-numbered No. 23, with sponsorship from Dr. Pepper, Bowman could use this opportunity to build his racing resume and gain some insightful knowledge in NASCAR’s top series.
With two top-5 and six top-10 finishes in the Nationwide Series, while driving for RAB Racing in the No.99, Bowman was a contender for race wins but came up short of victory lane. He collected two poles in 2013, both at Texas.
Although I think he could have benefitted from one more season in the Nationwide Series, this offer was too good to pass up. Being at BK Racing where he can grow and learn how to drive these cars will be good for his career long term.
Ryan Truex: BK Racing is going for fresh faces by adding Ryan Truex to their driver line-up along with Bowman this season. Younger brother to Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Truex has never completed a full season in one of NASCAR’s major touring series.
With two K&N Pro Series East championships under his belt in 2009 and 2010, this 21-year old has shown a lot of talent. Competing in 35 Nationwide Series races between 2010 and 2012, Truex collected two top-5 and nine top-10 finishes including one pole award.
Racing in only four NASCAR sanctioned events in 2013, three being Sprint Cup Series races, Truex still has a lot to learn about driving these Sprint Cup machines. With a team like BK Racing, he has time to build that oh-so-important notebook which would be the ultimate payoff for this young driver.
BK Racing is taking a chance in signing two young rookie drivers to their organization. Although this could lead to some high repair bills, it could also prove to be a great move in the long run. Both team’s chances of reaching victory lane in 2014 are very slim but racing in NASCAR’s top series every week will be worth the struggle.